About

I am a third year PhD student in Computer Science at Cornell University, advised by Joe Halpern. I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Maryland, College Park.

I am broadly interested in artificial intelligence, logics (especially modal logics), and theoretical computer science.

I like working on hard technical problems that are motivated by hard societal problems.

Research

Areas of particular interest to me at the moment include AI & Society (especially blameworthiness, intention, and AI law) and computational social science (especially mental health analytics and models of cognitive biases). Examples of projects I've worked on recently include:

  • Blameworthiness, Intention, and Moral & Legal Responsibility
    Using a causal reasoning framework, developing formal definitions of notions that are critical for ascribing moral and legal responsibility.
    Advisor: Prof. Joseph Y. Halpern
  • Combining Causal Models
    Developed a formal definition of compatibility of causal models in situations where experts producing the models had different focus areas. Showed how to combine compatible models and analyzed the complexity of doing so.
    Advisor: Prof. Joseph Y. Halpern
  • Triage and Forecasting of Mental Health Crises from Social Media Posts
    Worked on developing machine learning and natural language processing techniques for the detection of social media posts that are likely indicative of mental health crises in the present or near future.
    Advisors: Prof. Philip Resnik and Prof. Hal Daumé III
  • Formal Computational Modeling of Cancer Metabolism
    Used model checking techniques to analyze metabolic pathway deregulation in cancers, especially the effects of IDH mutation in glioblastoma. Results suggested new experiments for the neuro-oncology branch of the NIH.
    Advisors: Dr. Orieta Celiku and Dr. Mark Gilbert
You can find a list of some of my publications here.

Teaching

Coming from a family of many educators, teaching is of utmost importance to me. I have served as a teaching assistant for a number of courses, with responsibilities including teaching a twice-weekly recitation section, holding office hours, and grading. The specific courses for which I have TAed are:

I have also completed coursework in both education and educational psychology.