My name is Ali and I am a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Northeastern University's Khoury College. I am extremely fortunate to be co-advised by Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson.

I am interested in identifying and mitigating instances of bias and discriminatory behavior in machine learning algorithms in the wild – such as Facebook's ad delivery system.

Before Northeastern, I got my master's degree in computer science at Saarland University, where I spent some time working in Krishna Gummadi's Networked Systems group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.



Back home in Lahore, Pakistan, I did my undergrad in computer science at FAST-NUCES. My Twitter handle is the name of the neighborhood in Lahore where I grew up.

The font for all headings on this homepage is inspired by Ed Ruscha W.E.B. Du Bois – who used data visualizations as a way to communicate social injustices.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, running, indie video games and music. I am an (extremely) amateur tabla player – it's something I picked up very late in life but am currently refusing to give up. I have an unhealthy habit of re-reading Bill Watterson's commencement speech, and re-watching Kogonada's Columbus.