Biography

My areas of research include artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and scalable data science. I am particularly interested in unsupervised learning, zero-shot learning, and conversational AI. I investigate emerging research topics in open-domain natural language interfaces and knowledge-grounded response generation, and build reliable and practical solutions that can seamlessly adapt to new unseen domains on-the-fly. Moreover, I am interested in exploring opportunities to leverage NLP and ML methods across disciplines.

I am looking for enthusiastic PhD and MS students who are interested in ML/NLP and data science to join my research group at Computer Science department at the University of Kentucky, where I will join as Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Fall 2021.

News

  • 05/07/2021 Joining CS department at the University of Kentucky as Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Fall 2021.
  • 04/23/2021 Invitied Talk on "Zero-shot Natural Language Interfaces" at University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • 04/22/2021 Presenting our work, "Linguistically-Enriched and Context-Aware Zero-shot Slot Filling" at WWW '21 | Talk.
  • 04/21/2021 Invitied Talk on "Zero-shot Natural Language Interfaces" at Texas State University.
  • 04/14/2021 Invitied Talk on "Zero-shot Natural Language Interfaces" at University of Kentucky.
  • 04/14/2021 Our paper on Generalized Zero-shot Intent Detection is accepted to SIGIR '21 (Short Paper).
  • 01/15/2021 Our paper on Zero-shot Slot Filling is accepted to WWW '21 (Full Paper).
  • 12/01/2020 Invitied Talk on "Chatbot Technologies and Challenges" at University of California Irvine.

Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science
09/2017 - Present

University Of California, Riverside
Advisor: Professor Vagelis Hristidis

M.S. in Computer Science
08/2008 - 06/2011

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

B.S. in Computer Science
08/2003 - 01/2008

International Islamic University, Pakistan

Selected Publications

Other Publications

Working Papers

Professional Experience

University of California, Riverside

09/2017 - Present: Graduate Student Researcher

University of Management & Technology, Pakistan

09/2009 - 08/2017: Lecturer

Teaching Expertise

  • Advanced Web Technologies
    Spring '15, Spring '16, Spring '17.
  • Big Data Programing
    Spring '15, Spring '16, Spring '17.
  • Artificial Intelligence
    Spring '10, Spring '11, Spring '12, Spring '15, Spring '16, Spring '17.
  • Internet Applications Design and Development
    Fall '12, Fall '13, Fall '14, Fall '15, Fall '16.
  • Advanced Software Development
    Fall '14, Fall '15, Fall '16.
  • Mobile Application Development - Android
    Fall '14, Fall '15, Fall '16.
  • iPhone Applications Development
    Spring '13, Spring '14.
  • Web Technologies
    Spring '13, Spring '14.
  • Programing Fundamentals
    Spring '13, Spring '14.
  • Software Project Management
    Fall '12, Fall '13.
  • Testing and Quality Assurance
    Fall '12, Fall '13.
  • Object Oriented Programing
    Spring '10, Spring '11, Spring '12.
  • Software Engineering
    Spring '10, Spring '11, Spring '12.
  • Analysis of Algorithms
    Fall '09, Fall '10, Fall '11.
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
    Fall '09, Fall '10, Fall '11.
  • Object Oriented Design and Programing
    Fall '09, Fall '10, Fall '11.

Service & Outreach

  • Program Committees
    WWW '21, ICML '21, ICLR '21, ICML '20.
  • Student Research Workshop Program Committees
    ACL-IJCNLP '21, NAACL '21, EACL '21, ACL '20, AACL '20, ACL '19.
  • Mentoring
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduate Summit, UCR 2020.
  • Sub-Reviewer
    SIGMOD '21, SIGMOD '20, SIGMOD '19, KDD '19, ICDE '18.
  • Volunteer
    ICLR '21, ACM SIG SPATIAL '17.