I'm an Associate Professor of Information Science and an affiliate member of Computer Science at Rutgers University. Currently I am also a Visiting Research Scientist at Spotify. My research interests include studies of interactive information retrieval/seeking, especially those involving social and collaborative aspects. I study social media and data generated by wearable devices as kinds of signals that can help us understand and impact human behaviors. I apply them to various problems related to search, personalization, and recommendation. My work falls under and uniquely connects Computer Science, Data Science, and Information Science.
As a constant flux of rapidly growing amounts of data is created and used in industries and research environments, there is an increasing demand for individuals and professionals who are able to pursue data-driven thinking and decision-making using meaningful insight derived from large and diverse data. This course offers students a practical introduction to the field of "Data Science," and common methods for quantitative and computational analytics, through which they can have an overview of key concepts, skills, and technologies used by data scientists. While the course covers several programming languages and tools, the focus is on solving problems or "hacking". "Hacking", in this context, refers to being able to find ways to address a problem with anything and everything available to one's disposal. The students will be introduced to several real-life problems that involve collecting and analyzing data, and it is in this context of solving problems that an appropriate set of tools and programming languages, including Python, PHP, R, and MySQL, will be taught.