ABOUT

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 measuring bias, discriminatory behavior, and possible adverse affects on users in machine learning algorithms. My current work revolves around measuring these issues in internet advertising.

I am spending Summer 2022 at Oracle Labs, working on measuring linguistic biases in large language models. I've also spent time as a research intern at Intel, working on model cards and explanations for their repository of ML models.

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

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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 student of the tabla – 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.