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 in San Jose, California. I obtained my Ph.D in Computer Science from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where I worked under Dr. Subbarao Kambhampati. During my graduate school, I 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 such as Twitter, Instagram, and Indiegogo at both individual and collective levels. My research has been published in premier journals such as MISQ, ACM JDIQ, IEEE TKDE and top conferences such as CHI, ICWSM, IJCAI, and AAAI.

My research has won several awards, including Best Paper Nominations at the ACM CHI conference, INFORMS CIST conference, and INFORMS eBusiness Best Paper Award. The President of Arizona State University Michael Crow wrote me a letter of commendation for my research. My research has also been widely covered by national and international media outlets such as ABC, PBS, WIRED, the Seattle Times, FastCompany, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Besides, my research work has led to two patents granted by USPTO.