About me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences at College of Business Administration of University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining UIC, I was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research - Almaden. I obtained my Ph.D in Computer Science from Arizona State University, where I studied under Dr. Subbarao Kambhampati. I also did a few fun and fruitful internships at Microsoft Research and Avaya Labs (also a good getaway of Arizona's heat!).

My research interest is on the intersection of Machine Learning, User-generated Content, and Online Markets. My current work focuses on analyzing large-scale and heterogeneous human behaviors on various online platforms at both individual and collective levels. My research has been published in premier journals such as ISR, MISQ, JMIS, JAIS, INFORMS JOC, ACM JDIQ, IEEE TKDE and top CS conferences such as CHI, ICWSM, IJCAI, and AAAI.

My research has received several honors, including 6 Best Paper Awards (and nominations) at WITS (2020 and 2018), HICSS (2021), INFORMS CIST conference (2017), INFORMS eBusiness conference (2017), the ACM CHI conference (2013) , and a Letter of Commendation for my research from the President of Arizona State University, Dr. Michael Crow. My research has been widely covered by national and international media outlets such as ABC, PBS, WIRED, the Seattle Times, FastCompany, the Sydney Morning Herald, etc. I also hold two patents granted by USPTO.