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I am the Principal Data Scientist at KenSci Inc., a health informatics start up based in Seattle. I am Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Washington (UW) 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. My current research is focused on interpretable models of machine learning, applications of machine learning in healthcare, study of massive historical social networks and personality emulation via machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to KenSci I also worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Groupon and as a Research Scientist at Ninja Metrics. I am also an exhibited artist, my work lies at the intersection of multiple artistic traditions. My work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions.

I did my doctorate in Computer Science at UMN where Professor Jaideep Srivastava was my academic advisor. My graduate research was on the application of machine learning models for studying human behavior in massive online games. During grad school I also worked extensively with Dmitri Williams (USC), Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University) and Marshall Scott Poole (UIUC) on virtual worlds related projects. This research work resulted in a spin-off from Professor Srivastava’s lab – Ninja Metrics which was a machine learning gaming 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, intersection of multiple cultural traditions and data art. I am trained in Arabic, Calligraphy as well as Chinese Calligraphy. I am 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 the founder and editor of the 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.

My essays have appeared in Aeon and Three Quarks Daily (3QD).

Research Archives

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My entry at the Math Genealogy Project

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