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, social network analysis, 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, misinformation detection, URL reputation, spam detection and censorship analysis. I also work on large Twitter datasets to do topic classification and sentiment analysis. You can find my recent publications A Proactive Fake News Domain Discovery System Using Real-time Social Media Feeds, An Unsupervised Approach to Detect Spam Campaigns that Use Botnets on Twitter, and Known Unknowns: An Analysis of Twitter Censorship in Turkey. This is a slide deck about my Master's 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 half marathon PR is 01:29:40. 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.