Dr. Samira Shaikh, Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science
Department of Computer Science, UNC - Charlotte
430E Woodward Hall
9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte NC 28269
samirashaikh at uncc dot edu
(704) 687-7022
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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 an affiliate faculty member of the Data Science Intiative and Project Mosaic 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 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.

This research on persuasion and chatbots has resulted in two active funded projects (DARPA and ARO) for which I currently serve as a PI and co-PI respectively.

News and Updates (2018-2019)

January 2019: Feels great to be featured on CCI website for the Innovator Spotlight. Thanks to Mike Fresina for the piece.

January 2019: Got funding as an ARO supplement to broaden participation of under-represented groups in STEM.

December 2018: Congrats Gizem on a successful PhD defense! And congrats on Post-Doc position at the Santa Fe Institute. So proud.

December 2018: Thanks to NVIDIA for a GPU grant!

September 2018: Thanks ARO for funding our work on Emotional Contagion in Social Media.

Older News (2016-2018)