About Me

I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, advised by Dr. Ismini Lourentzou. My research focuses on robust feature representations in machine learning, with specific interests in representation learning, multi-modal learning, self-supervised learning, information retrieval, and conversational AI.

During my internships at IBM Research - Almaden Lab in Summer ‘22, ‘23, and ‘24, I contributed to projects that resulted in a conference paper and two patents (one filed and one pending).

I completed my B.Sc. in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Dhaka and M.Sc. in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I have worked as a Full Stack Web Developer at Enosis Solutions and as a Machine Learning Engineer (R&D) at TigerIT Bangladesh Ltd., where I specialized in signal processing and video classification.

As a Research Assistant at the Data & Design Lab, I collaborated on projects utilizing satellite data for socio-economic proxies and worked with BRAC on UID generation, COVID-19 data analysis, and developing a web portal for economic data analysis. Additionally, I was part of one of the finalist teams in the Amazon Alexa Prize Taskbot Challenge 2.

I possess a deep understanding of statistical concepts, deep learning, and large language models, along with extensive experience in programming languages and frameworks, particularly Python and C. My background also includes Android and Full Stack Web Development, making me well-suited for R&D roles where both prototype development and pioneering research are critical.


  • May, 2024: Started my internship at IBM Research.
  • October, 2023: My paper on multi-modal representation learning for image-to-text and text-to-image retrieval got accepted at the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV).
  • August, 2023: Our team advanced to the finals of the Amazon Alexa Prize Taskbot Challenge 2.
  • August, 2023: My paper on human-in-the-loop model selection for set expansion got accepted at the 32nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM).
  • May, 2023: Started my internship at IBM Research.
  • May, 2023: I completed my M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
  • March, 2023: Our paper got accepted in Science.
  • January, 2023: Our team was selected to participate in Alexa Prize TaskBot Challenge 2.
  • December, 2022: I was awarded the Pratt Fellowship by the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.
  • October, 2022: My paper on Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing Framework was accepted to IEEE BigData 2022.
  • May, 2022: Started my internship at IBM Research.
  • August, 2021: My paper on truncated sparse bit-vector representations was accepted to CIKM’21 Applied Track (joint work with IBM Research).
  • January, 2021: Joined Virginia Tech as a Ph.D. Student in Computer Science.
  • December, 2020: Left TigerIT Bangladesh Limited
  • June, 2020: Joined TigerIT Bangladesh Limited as a Machine Learning Software Engineer
  • June, 2020: Left Data & Design Lab
  • October, 2019: Left Enosis Solutions.
  • April, 2019: Joined Enosis Solutions as a Software Engineer, and Data and Design Lab as a Research Assistant.
  • January, 2019: Completed my B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Dhaka.