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.
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.
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. More info about those projects will be avaialble on the research page in October 2018.
August 2018: Our paper on using Hidden Markov Models to ascertain user cognitive states was accepted at VIS 2018 Workshop on Machine Learning from User Interactions . Congratulations Mohamad!
August 2018: Our paper on Emotion Detection using CNN+LSTM was accepted at International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA 2018). Congratulations Malak!
June 2018: Attended ICWSM 2018. Our group had three papers at this conference.
March 23 2018: Joined a panel discussion at the CMU CASOS group with Dr. Kathleen Carley and colleagues in Computational Social Science.
March 22 2018: I am giving an invited talk at Carnegie Mellon University Language Technologies Institute.
March 21 2018: I gave an invited talk at the Analytics Frontiers Conference.
February 2018: I will give a talk at the UNCC Complex Systems Institute on work related to Solidarity Detection from Social Media text.
January 2018: I will be on a panel speaking about Artificial Intelligence at Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in Charlotte.