About Me

I am currently working as a Software Engineer(AI/ML) in the STCI Search team at Microsoft, Hyderabad (India). I work on applying NLP and Data Science oriented methods to create new experiences and improve the quality of answers shown for "Tech Queries" on Bing.com, ultimately providing a better user experience. I like to work on impactful user facing problems!

Apart from the industry-driven work, I also work on academic research problems. I am mainly interested in the area of intersection between Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Social Computing. Presently, I am working as a Research Associate at Georgia Tech with Prof. Munmun De Choudhury and at Precog@IIITH with Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru.

Previously, I graduated from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad with B.Tech (Honours) and M.S in Computer Science and Engineering. I was advised by Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru and Dr. Manish Shrivastava for my masters thesis, Towards A More Holistic Approach On Online Abuse and Antisemitism.


Updates

  • [July 2021]: Our work “A Virus Has No Religion”: Analyzing Islamophobia on Twitter During the COVID-19 Outbreak has been accepted at the proceedings of 32nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT ’21).

  • [June 2021]: Invited as a speaker at the AI/ML Venture event organised by Girl Up Ahsaas. I'll be talking about getting started with academic research and opportunities in the industry.

  • [April 2021]: Our work “Subverting the Jewtocracy”: Online Antisemitism Detection Using Multimodal Deep Learning has been accepted at the proceedings of 13th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci’21).


Experience

Microsoft Icon [2020-Present] Working as Software Engineer in the Bing Team (STCI) at Microsoft IDC. I work in the developer segment on Bing.com that is responsible for presenting coding/development related answers to the user queries. In addition to this, I also work in the Question and Answer segment that is used for answering multiple user query intents such as "How to?" and information related to technology oriented products.

Georgia Tech Icon [2021-Present] Collaborating as an external Research Associate at Georgia Institute of Technology with Prof. Munmun De Choudhury. My current work deals with the analysis of changes in the workplace culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our project aims to build a prediction model that can be used to predict the chances of success for an organization in creating a healthy working culture in the post COVID-19 era.

SMU Icon [2021-Present] Working as an external collaborator with Dr. Jisun An from Singapore Management University. The project aims at analyzing the rising problem of Islamophobia in the Indian Sub-continent. Specifically, we are performing a user level study to analyse the patterns in spread of online hate against the Muslim community.

Precog Icon [2018-2020] Worked as a Research Assistant with Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru for my masters thesis. My work focused in the area of content moderation. I worked on detection and analysis of hate speech on social media platforms. During this period, I worked on general purpose abuse detection, multimodal Antisemitism detection and large-scale quantitative study analyzing Islamophobia.

IIIT Hyderabad Icon [2017-2020] Worked as a Teaching Assistant for Statistical Methods in AI (twice), Design and Analysis of Software Systems (twice), Operating Systems and Distributed Systems. Responsible for setting up the assignments, evaluating papers and conducting tutorials.