Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

Education

  • PhD., Computer Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2012.
    Thesis: Computational Trust in Multiplayer Online Games
    Adviser: Professor Jaideep Srivastava
  • BSc Honors Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 2006.

Industry Experience

  • Groupon Inc (November 2015 – Current)
    Senior Data Scientist
  • Ninja Metrics Inc (December 2011 – February 2015)
    Senior Scientist
  • Boston Scientific (June 2008 – August 2008)
    Research Intern
  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York. June 2006 – August 2006
    Research Intern
  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York. June 2005 – November 2005
    Research Intern

Academic Appointments

  • University of Washington, Department of Computer Science (January 2016 – Current)
    Affiliate Assistant Professor
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Department of Computer Science (December 2016 – Current)
    Visiting Research Scientist
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota (May 2012 – March 2016)
    Project(s): Evolution and analysis of multiplex social networks; Reconstruction and analysis of historical social networks
    Research Associate
  • Center for Cognitive Science, University of Minnesota (October 2014 – Current)
    Project(s): Synesthesia and Religious Texts
    Research Associate
  • GIS Technology Innovation Center, Umm Ul Qura University (February 2015 – August 2015)
    Project: Behavioral analysis of massive pilgrimage data
    Research Scientist
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota (May 2008 – December 2011)
    Project: Virtual Worlds Observatory: Computational Methods for studying human behaviors in Massive Online Games
    Research Assistant
  • Minnesota Population Center (September 2006 – May 2008)
    Project: Machine Learning Methods for Record Linkage in Historical Census Data
    Research Assistant
  • Center for Advancing the Study of Cyber Infrastructure (CASCI), Rochester Institute of Technology (September 2004 – May 2006)
    Project: Multi-Media Multi-Relational data mining for image data
    Research Assistant

Publications

Books

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Cuihua Shen, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor (Editors) Predicting Real World Behaviors from Virtual World Data August 2014 Springer Verlog [Link]

Book Chapters

  • Ankur Teredesai, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Juveria Kanodia, Roger Gaborski CoMMA: A Framework for Integrated Multimedia Mining using Multi-relational Associations Knowledge and Information Systems, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 135-162, 2006. [Link]

Conference Papers

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, After Death: Big Data and the Promise of Resurrection by Proxy Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2016. [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brian Keegan, Atanu Roy, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, and Noshir Contractor. Guilt by association?: network based propagation approaches for gold farmer detection. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, pp. 121-126. ACM, 2013. [Link]
  • Atanu Roy, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Chandrima Sarkar, Brian Keegan and Jaideep Srivastava The Ones That Got Away: False Negative Estimation Based Approaches for Gold Farmer Detection IEEE SocialCom 2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands September 3-5, 2012 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brian Keegan, Sophia Sullivan, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor Illicit Bits: Detecting and Analyzing Contraband Networks in Massively Multiplayer Online Games IEEE SocialCom 2011 Boston, MA October 9-11, 2011 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Zoheb Borbora, Cuihua Shen, Jaideep Srivastava, Dmitri Wiliams Guilds Play in MMOs: Rethinking Common Group Dynamics Models SofInfo 2011 October 6-8, 2011 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Marshall Scott Poole, Jaideep Srivastava The Trust Propensity Prediction Problem The Third ACM WebSci Conference, Koblenz, Germany June 14-17, 2011 [Presentation Video]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Models of Social Capital for Predicting Success in MMOs The Third ACM WebSci Conference, Koblenz, Germany June 14-17, 2011 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Item Recommendations in Multiple Overlapping Social Networks in MMOs The Third ACM WebSci Conference, Koblenz, Germany June 14-17, 2011 [Presentation Video]
  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi Virtuali? Promise and Peril at the Intersection of Computational Social Science and Online Clandestine Organizations The Third ACM WebSci Conference, Koblenz, Germany June 14-17, 2011 (Best Paper Award) [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brian Keegan, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor. (2011). Trust Amongst Rogues? A Hypergraph Approach for Comparing Clandestine Trust Networks in MMOGs 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-11) [Link]
  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor, Dark Gold: Statistical Properties of Clandestine Networks in Massively-Muliplayer Online Games IEEE Social Computing Conference (SocialCom-10) Minneapolis, MN, USA, August 20-22, 2010 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, David Huffakar, Annie Wang, Jeff Treem, Scott Poole, Jaideep Srivastava GTPA: A Generative Model for Online Mentor-Apprentice Networks Twenty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence Atlanta, Georgia July 11-15, 2010 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Xin Zhao COLBERT: A Scoring Based Graphical Model For Expert Identification 2010 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, & Prediction (SBP10) March 29 – April 1, 2010 Bethesda, MD [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Mohamed Elidrisi Opponent Classification in Poker 2010 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, & Prediction (SBP10) March 29 – April 1, 2010 Bethesda, MD [Link]
  • Li Xiong, Scott Poole, Dmitri Williams, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad The Effects of Group Structure on Group Behavior and Outcomes in an Online Gaming Environment Fourth Annual InGroup Conference July 16-18, 2009 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Ankur Teredesai Modeling Spread of Ideas in Online Social Networks Australasian Data Mining Conference (AusDM 2006), Sydney, December 2006 [Link]
  • Nishith Pathak, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Automatic Extraction of Concealed Relations and Communities from email log data Army High Performance Computing Conference, November 2006

Journal Papers

  • Zoheb Hassan Borbora, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jehwan Oh, Karen Zita Haigh, Jaideep Srivastava, Zhen Wen Robust Features of Trust in Social Networks Social Network Analysis and Data Mining December 2013, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 981-999 [Link]
  • Young Ae Kim, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Trust, distrust and lack of confidence of users in online social media-sharing communities. Knowledge Based Systems 37: 438-450 (2013) [Link]
  • Jing Wang, David A. Huffaker, Jeffrey W. Treem, Lindsay Fullerton, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Marshall Scott Poole, Noshir Contractor Focused on the prize: Characteristics of experts in massive multiplayer online games First Monday Volume 16, Number 8. 1 August 2011 [Link]
  • Jim Kang, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Ankur Teredesai, Roger Gaborski Cognitively Motivated Novelty Detection in Video Data Streams In the Multimedia Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (MDM-KDD 2006), Springer Publishers. Valery A. Petrushin and Latifur Khan (Eds.) 2006. [Link]

Tutorials

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Behavioral Mining, Cultural Differences and Social Network Analysis in Massive Online Games International Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and Prediction (SBP15) UCDC Center, Washington DC, USA March 31, 2015
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Behavioral Data Mining and Network Analysis in Massive Online Games The 7th ACM WSDM Conference (WSDM2014) New York City, February 24-28, 2014.
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Mining and SNA in Massive Online Games International Conference of Web and Social Media ICWSM, Boston, MA July 11, 2013
  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Sophia Sullivan, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor Untangling Dark Webs: Theories, Methods, and Models for a Computational Social Science of Clandestine Networks. Third IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, (IEEE SocialCom 2011) Boston, MA
  • Jaideep Srivastava, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Nishith Pathak, David Kwo-Wei Hsu Data Mining for Social Network Analysis 9th international conference on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM 2008) Zhangjiajie, China
  • Jaideep Srivastava, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Nishith Pathak, David Kwo-Wei Hsu Data Mining based Social Network Analysis from Online Behavior SDM April 2008 Georgia, Atlanta
  • Jaideep Srivastava, Nisthith Pathak, Sandeep Mane, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Data Mining and Social Network Analysis ICDM 2006 Hong Kong, China

Invited Papers

  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor. 2011. What can gold farmers teach us about criminal networks? XRDS 17, 3 (March 2011), 11-15. [Link]

Workshop Papers

  • Zoheb Borbora, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Karen Zita Haigh, Jaideep Srivastava, Zhen Wen Exploration of Robust Features of Trust Across Multiple Social Networks. SASO Workshops 2011: 27-32 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Iftekhar Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava, Marshall Poole Trust me, I ‘m an Expert: Trust, Homophily and Expertise in MMOs IEEE SocialCom 2011 Boston, MA October 9-11, 2011 [Link]
  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor. (2011). Mapping Gold Farming Back to Offline Clandestine Organizations: Methodological, Theoretical, and Ethical Challenges. Game Behind the Game. (Best Paper Award)
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Zoheb Borbora, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor Link Prediction Across Multiple Social Networks Domain Driven Data Mining Workshop (DDDM2010), ICDM 2010 Sydney, Australia [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, David Huffaker, Jing Wang, Jeff Treem, Dinesh Kumar, Marshall Scott Poole, Jaideep Srivastava, The Many Faces of Mentoring in an MMORPG IEEE Social Computing (SocialCom-10). Workshop on Social Intelligence in Applied Gaming. Minneapolis, MN, USA, August 20-22, 2010 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Marshall Scott Poole, Jaideep Srivastava, Network Exchange in Trust Networks IEEE Social Computing (SocialCom-10). Workshop on Social Intelligence in Applied Gaming. Minneapolis, MN, USA, August 20-22, 2010 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brain Keegan, Jaideep Srivastava, Dmitri Williams, Noshir Contractor, Mining for Gold Farmers: Automatic Detection of Deviant Players in MMOGS Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Social Computing (SocialCom-09). Symposium on Social Intelligence and Networking (SIN-09). Vancouver, Canada, August 29-31, 2009 [Link]
  • Kyong Jin Shim, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Nishith Pathak, Jaideep Srivastava, Inferring Player Rating from Performance Data in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Social Computing (SocialCom-09). Workshop on Social Intelligence in Applied Gaming. Vancouver, Canada, August 29-31, 2009 [Link]
  • David Huffaker, Annie Wang, Jeff Treem, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Lindsay Fullerton, Dmitri Williams, Scott Poole, Noshir Contractor. The Social Behaviors of Experts in Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games. Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Social Computing (SocialCom-09). Symposium on Social Intelligence and Networking (SIN-09). Vancouver, Canada, August 29-31, 2009 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava An Ant Colony Optimization Approach to Expert Identification in Social Networks First International Workshop on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction Phoenix, Arizona April, 2008 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Concepts as Actions-Oriented as ‘Search’ NA-CAP 2007, Layola University, Chicago, IL July 2007 [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Ankur Teredesai Domain Independent Integrated Multimedia Data Mining is a Frivolous Exercise: Classicism vs. Connectionism Debate Revisited Second International Workshop on Philosophy and Informatics (WSPI 2005) Kaiserslautern, Germany. Also published in WM2005: Professional Knowledge Management Experiences and Visions, Klaus-Dieter Althoff, Andreas Dengel, Ralph Bergmann, Markus Nick, and Thomas Roth-Berghofer (Eds.), 587-594 ISBN 3-00-016020-5, DFKI GmbH, 2005 [Link]
  • Ankur Teredesai, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Juveria Kanodia, Roger Gaborski CoMMA: Combing Multimedia Multi-relational Associations The 7th ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Multimedia Data Mining, Seattle, WA, USA, August 2004

Conference Abstracts

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Dynamics of MMO Social Networks: Inconsistent Densification and non-shrinking Diameters June 2-6, 2014 NetSci Berkeley, CA
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Construction and Analysis of Hadith Networks: World’s Oldest Large Scale Social Network Sunbelt XXXIV February 18 – February 23, 2014 St. Pete Beach, FL
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Information Network Analysis meets Islamic Studies: Case study from the Analysis of the Hadith Literature Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference. Boston, MA November 7, 2013
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brian Keegan A Computational Social Science Perspective on Criminal Networks Computational and Online Social Science (CAOSS) Workshop October 12th, 2012 New York, NY
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor The Generalizer’s Dilemma: How Social Network in MMOG’s are different from ‘Normal’ Social Networks Sunbelt XXXII March 12-18, 2012 Redondo Beach, CA
  • Nishith Pathak, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Kyong Jin Shim, Jaideep Srivastava Analyzing network motif signatures in large social network data Sunbelt XXXII March 12-18, 2012 Redondo Beach, CA
  • Zoheb Borbora, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Karen Zita Haigh, Jaideep Srivastava Robust Features for Link Prediction in MMOGs Sunbelt XXXII March 12-18, 2012 Redondo Beach, CA
  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor. (2011). Using ERGMs to Map Online Clandestine Behavior to Offline Criminal Activity. Sunbelt (XXXI) Florida
  • Jing Wang, David Huffaker, Jeff Treem, Lindsay Fullerton, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Dmitri Williams, Marshall Scott Poole and Noshir Contractor Focused on the Prize: Characteristics of Experts in Virtual Worlds The 59th Annual International Communications Association Conference Chicago 2009.
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Nishith Pathak, Rakesh Ramakrishnan, Jaideep Srivastava, Social Network Based Churn Analysis in a Virtual World International Sunbelt Social Network Conference (XXIX), San Diego, CA. March 14 2009
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, David Huffaker, Jing Wang, Jeff Treem, Lindsay Fullerton, Marshall Scott Poole, Noshir Contractor, Social and Collaboration Networks in Multiplayer Online games International Sunbelt Social Network Conference (XXIX), San Diego, CA. March 14, 2009
  • Young Ae Kim, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava, A Technique for Inferring Trust in Recommendation Systems International Sunbelt Social Network Conference (XXIX), San Diego, CA. March 14 2009
  • Nisith Pathak, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, David Kuo-Wei Hsu, Young Ae Kim, Jaideep Srivastava. Computational models for inferring trust, social capital and efficiently tracking community evolution in a virtual world The 94th Annual National Communications Association Conference, San Diego 2008

Technical Reports

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Towards the Analysis of Narrative Networks CSE Technical Report 13-017 Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota May 23, 2013 [Link]
  • Young Ae Kim, Marla E. Eisenberg, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava Modeling Trust in Online Social Networks to Improve Adolescent Health Behavior, CSE Technical Report 10-018 Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota August 18, 2010 [Link]
  • Young Ae Kim, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Jaideep Srivastava, Soung Hie Kim, Role of Computational Trust Models in Service Science (January, 05 2009) KAIST Business School Working Paper No. 2009-002. [Link]
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brian Keegan, Jaideep Srivastava, Dmitri Williams, Noshir Contractor Mining for Gold Farmers: Automatic Detection of Deviant Players in MMOGs CSE Technical Report 09-016 Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota May 22 2009 [Link]
  • Kyong Jin Shim, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Nishith Pathak, Jaideep Srivastava Inferring Player Rating from Performance Data in Massively Multiplayer Online
  • Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) CSE Technical Report 09-014 Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota May 20, 2009 [Link]

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Brian Keegan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Dark Sides of Social Networking Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining Edited by Reda Alhajj and Jon Rokne Springer Verlag 2014

Invited Talks

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad The Generalizer’s Dilemma: What Network Science can Learn from MMO Games Program, Game Design Department, Northeastern University July 5, 2013
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Trust in MMORPGs Social Media in Strategic Communication, DARPA Program March 7, 2012
  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Social Behavior and Online Games Minnesota Arab American Engineers Association February 18, 2012

Patents

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Brian Keegan, Dmitri Williams, Jaideep Srivastava, Noshir Contractor Automatic Detection of Deviant Players in MMORPGs Gold Farming (Patent Pending)
  • Xianting Dong, Deepa Mahajan, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Systems and Methods for Programming Implantable Medical Devices (Patent #8346369, March 21, 2012)

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant: Principles of Databases CSCI 5707. University of Minnesota (Fall 2008, Fall 2009)
  • Teaching Assistant: Advanced Data Mining Course. Rochester Institute of Technology. (Winter 2004-2005, Spring 2005-06)
  • Teaching Assistant: Data Mining. Rochester Institute of Technology. (Fall 2004-05, Winter 2005-06)

Symposiums Organized

  • Co-organized with Arun Saldhana the Time and Embodied Cognition Symposium (April 25, 2008) at the Institute of Advanced Studies in University of Minnesota

Advising

  • Parag Srivastava (Undergraduate)
    Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (2016)
  • Gauri Subramani (Undergraduate)
    Department of Economics, Wellesley College (2012)

Academic Honors

  • Computing Research Association (CRA)’s Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award 2006: Honorable Mention
  • Nominated for the Krause Award for Best Undergraduate Paper at RIT (2003)
  • Jones Physics Prize 1998 (Government College Lahore, Pakistan)

Program Committees

  • Program Committee ICDM-2016 Workshop on Data Mining Systems and their Applications on the Cloud (CLOUDMINE) Barcelona, Spain December 12-15, 2016
  • Program Committee The 20th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications April 20-23, 2015 , Hanoi, Vietnam DASFAA 2015
  • Organizing Committee Agents, Virtual Societies and Analytics Workshop co-located with  13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2014) May 5th-6th, 2014 Paris, France
  • Conference Chair International Workshop on Predicting Real World Behaviors from Virtual World Data (RWVW-2013) Washington DC. September 9-12, 2013
  • Program Committee 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) 4-8 June, 2012
  • Program Committee Social Network Analysis in Applications (SNAA 2012) Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2012) 26-29 August, 2012

External Reviews

  • Conferences: ACM KDD, IEEE ICDM, PAKDD, ICWSM, ACM-SAC
  • Journals: Network Science

Software

  • Link Prediction Binary Classification Code at GitHub [Link]

Datasets

  • IMSCAN Dataset AOL Instant messaging data and overlapping LiveJournal network data from 2004 [Link]

Industrial Collaboration

  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • KingSoft (China)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)

Programming Languages

  • Java
  • R
  • Python
  • C/C++
  • Javascript

References

Professor Jaideep Srivastava
Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Minnesota
200 Union Street SE
5-209 Keller Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Marshall Scott Poole
Professor, Department of Communication
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
3001 Lincoln Hall
702 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Professor Noshir Contractor
Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University
2-133, Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

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