Another day at the lab

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

Affiliate Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Systems
University of Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Visiting Research Scientist
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Senior Data Scientist, Groupon

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Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Systems at the Institute of Technology, University of Washington. He also holds a Visiting Research Scientist Position at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Additionally he is a Senior Data Scientist at Groupon. His research spans Data Science and Applied Machine Learning, reconstruction and analysis of massive historical networks, personality emulation and large scale cutural analytics of the Islamic world. At Groupon he work is foucused on behavioral modeling, optimization and applications of machine learning to retail data.

In the past he was a researcher at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota (UMN) and research associate at the Center for Cognitive Science at UMN. He received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota with Professor Jaideep Srivastava as his academic advisor. He has also worked extensively with Dmitri Williams from USC, Noshir Contractor from Northwestern University and Marshall Scott Poole from UIUC on virtual worlds related projects. This research work resulted in a spin-off from Professor Srivastava’s research lab – Ninja Metrics which is a social analytics start up. While in grad school he was a research assistant at the Minnesota Population Center where he mainly worked on the IPUMS project on the application of machine learning to population studies. He was also a research intern at Boston Scientific where he worked on data mining Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) data. He completed Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology with minors in Philosophy and Mathematics. During his undergraduate years at the Rochester Institute of Technology I was also research assistant at the Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure where he worked with Professor Ankur Teredesai.