Saish Sali

Graduate Student | Software Engineer

About Me

Greetings! I am a Masters candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, USA. For the past 2 years, I invested considerable time solving some of India’s most challenging healthcare problems at Practo, Asia's largest health tech startup. As a software developer, I was working on creating India’s first online consultation marketplace, Practo Consult and solved critical problems such as classifying and assigning health queries to doctors to match demand-supply gaps, providing relevant data using information retrieval techniques like Elasticsearch and creating seamless chat experiences using Google Firebase realtime database. I dream to employ my technical knowledge in the betterment of our society and all my academic and professional endeavors in the past have been in support of realising that dream.


Practo Technologies

Senior Software Engineer

  • Developed direct consultation platform that acts as a private communication channel between patients and doctors and serves 1.5 million Monthly Active Users (MAU).
  • Built server side architecture to integrate Google Firebase realtime database with Practo Consult to provide seamless chat experiences.
  • Developed audio call consultation for doctor-patient communication.

Practo Technologies

Software Engineer

  • Revamped and implemented scalable search architecture for Practo Consult using Elasticsearch, decreasing search response time by 80% and improving search relevance.
  • Backend implementation of health campaigns like AskPracto twitter bot, World Health Day, Women’s Day and World Cancer Day serving 7k average Requests Per Minute (RPM).
  • Implemented algorithm to assign health queries to doctors for matching demand supply gaps in online consultation marketplace.
  • SEO improvements for Practo Consult (Sitemap, RSS feed).

Dreamz Group

Project Intern

Devised and simulated working of networking protocols UPnP and mDNS on software emulated network stack snabbswitch using Lua and C.


Stony Brook University

August 2017 - Dec 2018

Masters in Computer Science | GPA: 4.0/4.0

Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT)

August 2011 - May 2015

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science | GPA: 3.61/4.0

Kendriya Vidyalaya 2, Pune

April 2000 - March 2011

Primary and secondary education


SBUnix | x86_64 Operating system

September 2017 - December 2017

Stony Brook, NY

  • Collaborated to develop a x86-64 preemptive multitasking operating system with a support for virtual memory, ring-3 user processes, file systems, terminals, interrupt handlers and syscalls.
  • A shell that supports executing binaries interactively, scripts and background processes.

Min Containment Hash | Sequence analysis

October 2017 - December 2017

Stony Brook, NY

  • Implemented min and containment hash in C++ to approximate overlap of two long reads and map long reads to a reference genome.

Passistant | Health assistant chat bot

January 2017

Bangalore, India

  • Developed a health assistant chat bot as a part of Practo health app, which understands the intent of the conversation and replies back appropriately. Based on the intent of the health query asked by the user, the bot replies with appropriate health articles, health questions and answers and doctors of appropriate speciality in the nearby locality.
  • The bot was developed as a part of hackathon (Practo Sandbox 5) using natural language understanding platform, flask and android.

INC 14 | Android Application

February 2014 - March 2014

Pune, India

  • Impetus & Concepts(INC) is an annual national level technical competition organised by PICT. This application provides a hassle-free method for contestants to participate in the various events held at the competition.


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