KolpoKoushol (কল্পকৌশল, Imagination Engineering)
Some Interesting Alumni Feedback (voluntary feedback in 2020 via alumni feedback forms)
Research Projects in Social Justice, Equity, and Implicit Bias
Here are a few papers from my research mentorship program that were published in NeurIPS workshops (Machine Learning for the Developing World, ML4D). These projects dealt with bias, equity, and social justice in the context of Bangladesh, and were done under my active mentorship and collaboration. The papers utilized computer vision, NLP, and network science methods.
Skyview and Quality of Living in Dhaka, Bangladesh
We show that people in lower economy classes may suffer from lower sky visibility, whereas people in higher economy classes may suffer from lack of greenery in their environment, both of which could be possibly addressed by implementing rent restructuring schemes. (paper)
Gender Portrayal in Bangladeshi TV
We demonstrate a noticeable discrepancy in female screen presence in Bangladeshi TV advertisements and political talk shows. Further, contrary to popular hypotheses, we demonstrate that lighter-toned skin colors are less prevalent than darker complexions, and additionally, quantifiable body language markers do not provide conclusive insights about gender dynamics. Overall, these gender portrayal parameters reveal the different layers of onscreen gender politics and can help direct incentives to address existing disparities in a nuanced and targeted manner. (paper)
Political Statements Echo Chambers
Our research results indicate there is a presence of cliquishness between powerful political leaders when it comes to their appearance in news. We also show how these cohesive cores form through the news articles, and how, over a decade, news cycles change the actors belonging in these groups. (paper)
Data Science Paper Reading Club (Organizer)
Some discussion sessions from the data science paper reading club I organized for Bangladeshi students in KolpoKoushol. Check for all sessions in my Youtube channel!
Eulerian Video Magnification
Structure and Tie Strengths in Mobile Communication Networks
Detecting Pickpocket Suspects from Large-Scale Transit Records
Startup Advising and Mentoring (selected)
Data Science Advisor/Mentor. ShopUp is revolutionizing micro businesses in Bangladesh. It raised $22.5M in series A. I mentored their data science team to build automated loan assessment systems, disbursing $4M in microloans to microentrepreneurs.
Shikho is a math learning app for high school students in Bangladesh, with a rapidly developing user base. It provides video-based tutorials and quizzes, a significant step ahead from traditional math textbooks in Bangladesh.