Hi, I'm a PhD student at NYU Center for Data Science. I'm an avid learner and dedicated marathon runner. My favorite quote is from legendary marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge: "Only the disciplined ones are free in life. If you are undisciplined, you are a slave to your moods, you are a slave to your passions. That’s a fact."
I'm very interested in the intersection of machine learning and security. I've been doing research with professors and Ph.D. students at Rice University since I was a sophomore. My research focuses on data mining, natural language processing, domain reputation, spam detection and censorship analysis in social media. I also work on large Twitter datasets to do topic classification and sentiment analysis. You can find my recent publications An Unsupervised Approach to Detect Spam Campaigns that Use Botnets on Twitter, Known Unknown and The Decline of Social Media Censorship and the Rise of Self-Censorship after the 2016 Failed Turkish Coup. My award-winning posters are here and here. This is a slide deck about my research.
I'm a dedicated distance runner. I have completed six marathons since high school. I run about 50km per week. My marathon PR is 03:32:14. My 5k PR is 18:43. I'm also a NCCA-certified personal trainer and a sports nutrition specialist. I served as the president of Rice Road Runners for 2 years when I was an undergrad. I believe that nothing is more valuable than a healthy body and mind so I will keep running and encourage other people to run together.
I also keep a blog about food, sports and life thoughts in general.