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Doctoral Candidate
Computing and Information Science

Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623
(Currently in Redmond, WA)
(585) 210-7785
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I work at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Linguistics to design, evaluate, and improve human language and assistive technologies.

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research and Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Laboratory. My doctoral advisor is Matt Huenerfauth. I am one of the 5 receipient of 2022 Duolingo's dissertation research grant.

Internships and Work Experience. I am currently a Student Researcher at Meta, where I work at the Reality Labs. I was a Research Scientist Intern before. Between May 2021 and May 2022, I was a student researcher and a research intern at Google AI with the Perception team. Previously during summer 2017, I was an intern in the ACM Summer Internship Program.

Thesis Work. My research includes the application of automatic sign langauge recognition to design technologies for people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and hearing people who are learning sign languages. I focus on the user-centric design and experimental evaluation of sign-language-based tools, as well as the evaluation metrics of the performance of underlying AI technologies. See publications section for full list of publications, demos, and invited talks.

Other Research. I am also engaged in other research projects spanning live television captioning, detecting and removing social biases in NLP systems, language acquisition, and m-health tools. See research projects section for full list of projects.

Undergrad. Prior to starting at RIT, I did my undergrad at Lahore University of Management Sciences , where I got my Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science.

** Beyond research the things that matter to me the most are political activism, sustainability, and human welfare. I also enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction books, creating Spotify playlists, and occassionally painting and creating digital art.

I'm always looking to work with new researchers and talk about shared academic or non-academic interests so please drop me an email.

I also hold the position of Communication Chair within Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research. I am tasked with keeping the 40+ team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students organized by setting weekly agendas and inviting extnernal speakers to our meetings. Please drop me an email if you are interested in presenting your work to the group.



  • July 15, 2022
    1 technical paper and 1 poster accepted at ASSETS 2022! I will be attending ASSETS 2022 in-person!
  • May 23, 2022
    I started as a Research Scientist Intern at Meta (Reality Labs)!
  • April 24, 2022
    Attending CHI 2022 in person in New Orleans! Find the details of my two papers in publications section. Looking forward to connecting with the community.
  • April 15, 2022
    I will serving on the programme committee of ASSETS 2022.
  • April 14, 2022
    I will be joining Meta as a Research Scientist Intern in Summer 2022!
  • March 25, 2022
    2/2 CHI papers accepted! Will be attending CHI 2022 in-person in New Orleans.
  • November 7, 2021
    Attending and presenting at EMNLP 2021 in-person at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!
  • September 7, 2021
    I returnd to Google where I will be working as a student researcher!
  • August 25, 2021
    My submission to 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing with Dr. Cecilia Alm and Dr. Matt Huenerfauth titled "Unpacking the Interdependent Systems of Discrimination: Ableist Bias in NLP systems through an Intersectional Lens" was accepted in short paper track findings!
  • June 15, 2021
    My first Journal article was accepted into TACCESS!
  • May 17, 2021
    I joined Google as an Research Intern for the summer, where I will be working with Thad Starner and George Sung!
  • May 4, 2021
    I was recognized as one of the recipients of the 2021 Language Science and Computational Linguistics Student Excellence Award for my research and coursework in natural language processing.
  • May 10, 2020
    Passed Research Potential Assessment (RPA)