My areas of research include artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and scalable data science. I am particularly interested in unsupervised learning, zero-shot learning, and conversational AI. I investigate emerging research topics in open-domain natural language interfaces and knowledge-grounded response generation, and build reliable and practical solutions that can seamlessly adapt to new unseen domains on-the-fly. Moreover, I am interested in exploring opportunities to leverage NLP and ML methods across disciplines.

My research has appeared in top venues such as WWW, SIGIR, KDD, CIKM, and VLDB.


  • 03/31/2023 Our paper titled, "MobileRec: A Large Scale Dataset for Mobile Apps Recommendation" is accepted for presentation at SIGIR '23.
  • 03/18/2023 Our paper titled, "Schema Guided Zero-Shot Generalizable End-to-End Task Oriented Dialog System using Context Summarization" is accepted for presentation at FLAIRS '23.
  • 01/25/2023 Our paper titled, "Toward Open-domain Slot Filling via Self-supervised Co-training" is accepted for presentation at TheWebConf '23 (aka WWW).
  • 01/14/2023 Our paper titled, "A Deep Learning Approach for Intrusion Detection in Internet of Things using Focal Loss Function" is accepted for publication the Internet of Things journal.
  • 12/16/2022 Our paper titled, "Robust Zero-Shot Intent Detection via Contrastive Transfer Learning" is accepted for presentation at IEEE ICSC '23.

Selected Publications

Journal / Other Publications

Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Adib Mosharrof
Moghis Fereidouni
Muhammad Umair Haider
Ayesha S. Dina (Co-advised)

Masters Students

Srijata Maji
Halima Abukadah

Professional Experience

University of Kentucky

08/2021 - Present: Assistant Professor

University of California, Riverside

09/2017 - 06/2021: Graduate Student Researcher

University of Management & Technology, Pakistan

09/2009 - 08/2017: Lecturer


Ph.D. in Computer Science
09/2017 - 06/2021

University Of California, Riverside
Advisor: Professor Vagelis Hristidis

M.S. in Computer Science
08/2008 - 06/2011

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

B.S. in Computer Science
08/2003 - 01/2008

International Islamic University, Pakistan

Teaching Expertise

  • Natural Language Processing with Deep Neural Networks
    Spring '23, Spring '23.
  • Machine Learning
    Fall '21, Fall '22, Fall '23.
  • Algorithm Design
    Fall '23.

Service & Outreach

  • Program Committees
    ACL RR 21-23, NeurIPS ’23, ICML ’23, ACL ’23, ACM KDD ’23, WWW ’23, AAAI ’23, IEEE ICSC ’23, EMNLP ’22, NeurIPS ’22, ICML ’22, WWW ’22, ICRL ’22, CIKM ’22, AAAI ’22, IEEE ICSC ’22, NeurIPS ’21, WWW ’21, ICML ’21, ICLR ’21, ICML ’20.
  • Mentoring
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduate Summit, UCR 2020.