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. More info about those projects will be avaialble on the research page in October 2018.


News and Updates (2017-2018)


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!

July 2018: Ethan Mines compeleted his REU project on Emotional Natural Language Generation with some exciting new findings. Wish you good luck Ethan!

June 2018: Check out press coverage of our emojis of solidarity work in The Conversation and Wired magazine.

June 2018: Attended ICWSM 2018. Our group had three papers at this conference.

May 2018: This summer I am supervising an NSF REU scholar and Charlotte Research Scholar. Welcome to the lab Ethan Mines and Erfan Al-Hossami!.

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 was interviewed by Heather Freeman for her documentary on Social Bots and Witch's Familiars! Watch out for the film Winter 2019. So exciting!!

February 2018: Our team won 3rd place in Arabic Emotion detection at SemEval-2018. Congrats Malak!

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.

December 2017: First student graduated from my lab! Prasanna Lalingkar (MS 2017) now at Microsoft Research!

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