I am currently a research assistant professor in the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering), and a research lead in the USC Information Sciences Institute. In 2016, I joined ISI's Center on Knowledge Graphs as a researcher after finishing my PhD in Computer Science under Daniel P. Miranker at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to research duties, I organized the AI Seminars at ISI in the calendar year 2017, and I also occasionally lecture on the USC campus for graduate level courses in information integration and knowledge graphs.
In our group at ISI, we deal with very challenging datasets that cover a variety of genres, such as tables, graphs, HTML documents from both the Open and Dark Web, natural language documents, and social media documents like tweets, and that span challenging domains such as human trafficking, crisis informatics, causal reasoning and geopolitical forecasting. Our group's work on human trafficking is funded under the DARPA MEMEX program, which has received significant press attention in the last several years (60 minutes, Forbes, Scientific American, WSJ, BBC, Wired,...).
A full list of the projects I work on may be accessed on my ISI page, as well as our group website, where much of our open-source software and datasets, and recent tutorials, including at KDD 2017, ISWC 2017, and AAAI 2018 are also available.
Before graduate school, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with highest honors with a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and Engineering Physics. A long version of my CV can be found here, my LinkedIn profile here, my dblp page here, and my GitHub page here.