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.
My research interests are in the areas of Data Science, Computational Sociolinguistics and Computational Social Science, Cognitive Science, Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence.
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.
January 2017: Proposal to College of Computing and Information - Innovation Fund funded!
December 2016: Selected to be an NSF panelist for 2017
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.