New: I am organizing the Penn State AI for Social Impact seminar series. Please check website for upcoming talks!
I am the PNC Technologies Career Development Assistant Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. I also have an affiliate faculty appointment at the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society at USC. Broadly speaking, I conduct use-inspired research in AI, ML and Game Theory to tackle pressing problems faced by marginalized communities around the world.
Currently, my research group is focused on tackling problems faced by two marginalized communities around the world: (i) homeless youth in North America; and (ii) poor smallholder farmers in East Africa & South Asia. Among other things, we have developed HEALER and CHANGE, two AI decision support systems which can reduce incidence of HIV (and other STIs) among homeless youth in America. We have also recently developed CORTA, an AI decision support system which can help non-profit organizations in mitigating illicit substance abuse among homeless youth. For low-resource farmers, we have developed AI-driven profit prediction systems for Indian farmers which can help in the economic empowerment of these farmers. We have also developed decision support systems which can aid in the social empowerment of poor farmers in Chattisgarh, India.
Our research is in real world use in the form of decision aids to assist Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations. For example, HEALER and CHANGE have been deployed at three non-profits in Los Angeles: Safe Place for Youth, My Friend's Place and Los Angeles LGBT center.
Here is some recent media coverage about our work which can help to give you a high level idea about the project and the research problems that arise in this domain.
Recent Media Coverage