I am a Tenure-Track Assistant Teaching Professor of Data Science in the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. I am also chair of the undergraduate Data Science program (major and minor).
I have both a background as a pure mathematician as well as a working Data Scientist and Software Developer. At HDSI, I have the oppurtunity to work with Engineers, Humanists, Mathematications, Scientists, Social Scientists, and Statisticians.
My efforts currently focus on developing the undergraduate Data Science major, including new course development and structuring student interaction with outside projects, campus research, and industry partners.
My research interests span applied machine learning across a variety fields, particularly understanding the robustness of techniques applied to heterogeneous data-types without a natural choice of metric. I’m especially interested in human-bot interactions on the internet.
I received my PhD in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, and spent a number of years working as a Machine Learning Scientist in the Tech Industry, before returning to the university setting.