Dr. Samira Shaikh, Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science
Department of Computer Science, UNC - Charlotte
430E Woodward Hall
9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269
sshaikh2 at uncc dot edu
(704) 687-7022

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNCC). I have a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science.

I am also a faculty member of the Data Science Intiative at UNCC.

Her research interests are in the areas of Data Science, Computational Sociolinguistics and Computational Social Science, Cognitive Science, Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence.

I have extensive experience working in these areas of research through federally-funded grants as a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Foundation of SUNY.

I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University at Albany - State University of New York in 2016. For my dissertation, I created a persuasive virtual chat agent, capable of changing people's opinion in online discussions.

News and Updates

August 2017: Story about press coverage and recent work appeared on College department webpage

August 2017: Press coverage of my work in Digital Trends magazine and Motherboard

July 2017: Talk at The Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2017 conference in Los Angeles, CA.

June 2017: Received seed funding for project on Modeling Emotion Contagion and Persuasion in Big Data from the Charlotte Research Institute

May 2017: Selected as 2017-2018 Data Fellow by National Data Science Consortium

April 2017: Paper on Social Distance in Language accepted at the The 3rd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science.

March 2017: Paper on Emotion Classification accepted at the Symposia held by Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour.

February 2017: Received funding from the UNC Faculty Research Grants office.

January 2017: Received funding from the College of Computing and Information - Innovation Fund!

December 2016: Selected to be an NSF panelist for 2017

November 2016: Our tweet analysis work in press here and here!

November 2016: Traveled to EMNLP 2016 at Austin, TX.

October 2016: Became an affiliate member of Project Mosiac.

September 2016: Our tweet analysis paper is Best Paper Nominee at AHFE 2016.

August 2016: Start work at UNCC.

July 2016: Successful Defense of Thesis! Officially Dr. Shaikh.