I am Senior Data Scientist at Groupon Inc and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Washington in Tacoma. I am also a Visiting Research Scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. Prior to these positions I was a researcher at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota (UMN) and research associate at the Center for Cognitive Science at UMN. At Groupon I work on behavioral modeling, optimization and applications of machine learning to retail data. My current research interests are extraction and analysis of massive social networks from historical sources, (technical challenges as well as ethical implications of) making simulations of deceased people and (historical and contemporary) cultural analytics of the Islamic(ate) world. I am also an artist an work at the intersection of multiple artistic traditions. My work has been exhibited in different galleries and exhibitions.

I did my PhD in Computer Science at UMN where Professor Jaideep Srivastava was my academic advisor. I also worked extensively with Dmitri Williams at USC, Noshir Contractor at Northwestern University and Marshall Scott Poole at UIUC on virtual worlds related projects. This research work resulted in a spin-off from Professor Srivastava’s lab – Ninja Metrics which is a social analytics start up. During grad school I was a research assistant at the Minnesota Population Center where I mainly worked on the IPUMS project on the application of machine learning to population studies. I was also a research intern at Boston Scientific where I worked on data mining Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) data. I completed Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology with minors in Philosophy and Mathematics. During my undergraduate years at the Rochester Institute of Technology I was also research assistant at the Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure where I worked with Professor Ankur Teredesai.

My work as an artist is at the intersection of mathematics, multiple cultural traditions and digital humanities. I know Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew Calligraphy. I am also the inventor of Kordu a polysemic script that can be simultaneously read from left to write in Korean and right to left in Urdu. I also invented Silicon Arabic which is calligraphy done with Computer Circuits. I am also the founder and editor the of Islam and Science Fiction Project housed at the Texas A&M University. I also give talks on panels at different fan conventions (Cons) on this subject. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject. I also write for Three Quarks Daily (3QD) as a columnist.

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