It is intriguing when you get to know about the perks and privileges a data scientist gets. But do we know what it takes to become one? In order to know their side of the story, every week we get in touch with some of the top data scientists from the industry and try to take a look at their journey.\n\n\n\nFor this week\u2019s \u2018My Journey In Data Science\u2019 we got in touch with Puneet Gupta who is the Senior VP and Head of Engineering at HomeLane. With more than 18 years of experience, Gupta has established himself as an energetic product and engineering leader in the industry.\n\n\n\nThe Onset\n\n\n\nGupta is an electrical and electronics engineering graduate from IIT Delhi, and he has done his Masters from the University of Maryland, College Park. When asked whether he ever faced peer pressure on selecting any stream, he said that it was entirely his decision, \u201cI am not one to buckle to peer pressure.\u201d\n\n\n\nTalking about the instance when he fell in love with data science, Gupta said that he has always been intrigued by how signals are processed by machines - speech, images, videos etc. He even said that this inclination towards data science led him to his B.Tech and M.Tech thesis on subjects such as pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning and AI. \u201cData science was a natural extension to that area of interest for me,\u201d said Gupta.\n\n\n\nComing to the education part in the data science domain, Gupta says that learning never stops \u2014 there is always something new to learn. When asked how he prepared to enter this domain, he said that he believes that it doesn\u2019t matter whether it\u2019s a paid resource or completely free thing, you should keep reading about the things you want to learn. He also suggests that one should always keep exploring \u2014 which is all about getting yourself involved with different aspects of the domain. \u201cRead, Explore, Collaborate, Repeat - that is my way to prepare,\u201d says Gupta.\n\n\n\nThe Excitement Factor\n\n\n\nWhile Gupta walked us through his data science journey, we also asked what is about the domain that excites him much. He believes that what machines are able to do today without manual intervention is mind-boggling. And he also emphasised that much of it is due to the advancement in the computing capabilities that people have to avail. Technologies like AI and Data Science that looked futuristic a decade back is now at the core of innovations driving these innovations in automation. \u201cWhat intrigues me is to see how much of the seemingly \u2018abstract\u2019 concepts or thoughts are actually structured enough to be modelled by data science,\u201d said Gupta.\n\n\n\nHis Current Work\n\n\n\nTalking about his current work, Gupta at HomeLane is an integral part of the work process of building Unified Data Platform, a centralised cognitive data centre which will help the company to run analytics, generate business reports and derive insights based on data modelling and machine learning.\n\n\n\n\u201cThe first beta version is already up, and we are developing it further to make it part of HomeLane\u2019s business DNA,\u201d said Gupta.\n\n\n\nFurthermore, he is also working on some other significant projects such as the next-generation version of HomeLane\u2019s industry-best 3D interior design platform \u201cSpaceCraft\u201d. \n\n\n\nTalking about the toolkits he prefers, he said that more than tools, the true hero of data science is the data itself. \u201cThe term data science is wide and all-inclusive and hence the answer cannot be universal and will depend on the application and the purpose of \u201cwhat you are trying to analyse". However, his favourite tools include:\n\n\n\nTensorFlowCNNSVMAirFlowSparkHadoop\n\n\n\nPiece Of Advice To Aspiring Data Science Professionals\n\n\n\nWhen asked about any advice he would like to convey to the beginners or the aspirants, Gupta said that data is a source of intelligence, but it is just one source. While we should rely on insights data presents to us, human intuition is still irreplaceable. \u201cConsumer products designed without this intuition, in my opinion, tend to stay dry & transactional. And that is not my idea of a great product,\u201d Gupta said in conclusion.