Omar Shaikh

My interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction and machine learning. I'm fascinated by the amount of trust we place in computing technologies without democratizing how they work to non-experts. Currently, I'm drawn to research that aims to identify/explain complexities to humans in intelligent systems that affect humans, especially in systems that (attempt to) understand language.

Education

Present — Aug. 2018
B.S. in Computer Science, Minor in Linguistics
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Overall GPA: 4.00/4.00, Concentrations in Intelligence and Theory

Academic Research Experience

Present — Aug. 2018
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Polo Club of Data Science
Advisor: Duen Horng (Polo) Chau, Diyi Yang
Working at the intersection of HCI and Machine Learning; building interactive interfaces that help explain ML models.
Summer 2020
University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, CA (remote)
Research Intern, Natural Language Group
Mentor: Jonathan May
Research on understanding and using monolingual embeddings to improve transfer learning in neural machine translation tasks.
May 2018 — Aug. 2016
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (remote)
Visiting Research Assistant, Virtual Embodiment Lab
Advisor: Andrea Stevenson Won
Understanding synchrony in virtual environments; built movement trackers for networked VR environments, visualized interpersonal synchrony.

Industry Research Experience

Summer 2019
Square, Atlanta, GA
Applied Research Intern, Commerce Machine Learning
Mentor: Marsal Gavalda
Built a trending item identification platform (Square Trends), classified items into tax categories. Presented to CEO (Jack Dorsey) + Core after garnering attention on Trends.

Honors and Awards

2020
Best Poster, Honorable Mention at IEEE VIS
For "Mapping Researchers with PeopleMap"
2021 — 2020
President's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA)
Funding ($1500) for both the Spring 2020 and 2021 semesters
2020 — 2018
Faculty Honors
GPA of 4.00, with a schedule of at least 12 hours of coursework with no W grades
Summer 2019
Square Intern Hackathon
1st place at Square's intern hackathon for work on identifying trending items
For 2018 AY
Outstanding Freshman, Georgia Tech, College of Computing
Awarded to a single freshman student for outstanding academic and extracurricular performance
2017
Middle East and Africa Finalist, Microsoft Imagine Cup
For work on Insight, a Virtual Reality tutoring platform; represented Saudi Arabia.

Publications

Selected: Latest & Greatest

Examining the Ordering of Rhetorical Strategies in Persuasive Requests
Omar Shaikh, Jiaao Chen, Jon Saad-Falcon, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau, Diyi Yang
Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP Findings). 2020.
Project PDF Video Code BibTeX
Mapping Researchers with PeopleMap
Jon Saad-Falcon, Omar Shaikh, Zijie J. Wang, Austin P. Wright, Sasha Richardson, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2020.
Project Demo PDF Code BibTeX Best Poster, Honorable Mention
CNN Explainer: Learning Convolutional Neural Networks with Interactive Visualization
Zijie J. Wang, Robert Turko, Omar Shaikh, Haekyu Park, Nilaksh Das, Fred Hohman, Minsuk Kahng, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2021.
Project Demo PDF Video Recording Code BibTeX Top of Github Trending

Everything

Examining the Ordering of Rhetorical Strategies in Persuasive Requests
Omar Shaikh, Jiaao Chen, Jon Saad-Falcon, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau, Diyi Yang
Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP Findings). 2020.
Project PDF Video Code BibTeX
Argo Lite: Open-Source Interactive Graph Exploration and Visualization in Browsers
Siwei Li, Zhiyan Zhou, Anish Upadhayay, Omar Shaikh, Scott Freitas, Haekyu Park, Zijie J. Wang, Susanta Routray, Matthew Hull, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
ACM International Conference on Information & Knowledge Management (CIKM). 2020.
Project Demo PDF Code BibTeX
Mapping Researchers with PeopleMap
Jon Saad-Falcon, Omar Shaikh, Zijie J. Wang, Austin P. Wright, Sasha Richardson, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2020.
Project Demo PDF Code BibTeX Best Poster, Honorable Mention
CNN Explainer: Learning Convolutional Neural Networks with Interactive Visualization
Zijie J. Wang, Robert Turko, Omar Shaikh, Haekyu Park, Nilaksh Das, Fred Hohman, Minsuk Kahng, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2021.
Project Demo PDF Video Recording Code BibTeX Top of Github Trending
RECAST: Interactive Auditing of Automatic Toxicity Detection Models
Austin P. Wright, Omar Shaikh, Haekyu Park, Will Epperson, Muhammed Ahmed, Stephane Pinel, Diyi Yang, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
The Eighth International Workshop of Chinese CHI (ChiCHI). 2020.
Project PDF BibTeX
CNN 101: Interactive Visual Learning for Convolutional Neural Networks
Zijie J. Wang, Robert Turko, Omar Shaikh, Haekyu Park, Nilaksh Das, Fred Hohman, Minsuk Kahng, Duen Horng (Polo) Chau
Extended Abstracts on ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Honolulu, HI, USA, 2020.
Project PDF Video Code BibTeX
Nonverbal Synchrony in Virtual Reality
Yilu Sun, Omar Shaikh, Andrea Won
Public Library of Science (PLoS One). 2019.
Project PDF BibTeX
Personalized Avatars and Self-Presence
Yilu Sun, Swati Pandita, Omar Shaikh, Byungdoo Kim, Andrea Stevenson Won
International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference (PRESENCE). 2018.
Project PDF BibTeX
Movement Visualizer for Networked Virtual Reality Platforms
Omar Shaikh, Yilu Sun, Andrea Won
IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR). 2018.
Project PDF BibTeX

Press

Nov. 2020
"Being Polite Can Be Essential to Getting a Loan," Georgia Tech, College of Computing
Sep. 2019
"Axe throwing and hard seltzer: Here are 2020's hottest spending trends," CBS News. *probably not very accurate now thanks to COVID :(

Service

Institutional
Georgia Tech Threads Mardi Gras, 2019
Member
Present — 2018
Serve Learn Sustain Student Ambassador
Present — 2018
Ramblin' Tennis @ Georgia Tech

Technology Skills

Languages: Python, JavaScript, C, Java, C#, Some Arabic and Hindi

Technologies: PyTorch, Node.js, React (Native), Redux, Unity

References

Dr. Polo Chau, Associate Professor
School of Computational Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Diyi Yang, Assistant Professor
School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Andrea Won, Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Cornell University