- MTech in Financial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- BTech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- Hometown: Barrackpore, West Bengal, India
- Field of Study: Computer Science
- PhD Advisor: Alan Mislove
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I have worked so far around social networks from both a measurement point of view and a content analysis point of view. I have built disaster management systems using twitter data and am now currently focusing on various aspects of the Facebook advertisement ecosystem.
What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?
I am broadly interested in social networks, usable privacy and online behavior of humans. Any research that involves user behavior or biases, algorithm auditing (studying machine behavior or biases), and usable privacy, which once again ties into the idea of humans vs computers, is fair game.
I was always interested in Social Networks, but the privacy aspects of it came under my area of interest after my internship as an undergrad with Alan, after which I decided to join Northeastern as a full time PhD.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I would like to make our online behavior more accessible and transparent, in light of recent events on the global scale. I would also try to minimize the influence that biases can have when they are transferred by algorithms by actively incorporating notions of ethics and fairness in technical systems.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?
Ethical concerns rising out of social media behavior of inauthentic players has already come to light in the media. Although research in this space is new and often difficult to perform, sometimes our team finds alarming evidence of online malpractice, and that is great to share with the research community since it often leads to overhauling of ethics guidelines and transparency of algorithms that affect so many people around the world.
What are your research/career goals, going forward?
I would like to work as a researcher in an academic institute or in the industry.