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. 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 ( A good getaway of Arizona's heat!).

My research interest include Machine Learning and Social Computing and their applications in Online Markets, User-Generated Content, and Finance. 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 Information Systems Research, Management Information System Quarterly, Journal of Management Information System, INFORMS Journal of Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and top CS conferences such as ACM SIGCHI, 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 from the President of Arizona State University. 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.