Rahul Dass

Here's my story:


Hello! I am a third year Ph.D. student and U-LINK Predoctoral Fellow studying Computer Science at the University of Miami. My research interests lies in Computer Vision, more specifically in the domains of facial analysis and recognition. Currently, I am investigating how deep learning models reinforce racial inequalities using theories and methods combining Computer Science and Sociology under the supervision of Dr. Ubbo Visser and Dr. Nick Petersen. My goal is to develop interdisciplinary approaches that would significantly reduce bias in the criminal justice system by more accurately classifying arrestees based on facial feature classifications such as race, ethnicity, skin tone and Afrocentric features.

Recently concluded projects: (i) I was a graduate research assistant for an interdisciplinary U-LINK Phase 1 project “Facial Profiling” where I developed and assessed state-of-the-art machine learning models to classify arrestees’ mugshots from Miami-Dade County based on race and ethnicity. (ii) I was a graduate research assistant for an NSF funded project StarExec Miami: a cross-platform logic solving service for the TPTP Problem library, under the supervision of Dr. Geoff Sutcliffe [NSF Award 1730419]. StarExec Miami is a fork distribution of StarExec developed in a joint collaboration with the University of Iowa and University of Miami.

Prior to my time at UM, I completed my Master's in Computer Science at Indiana State University in May 2017. My final research project focused on improving the running time of the ID3 Decision Tree Learning algorithm using Gain Ratio and Random Forests under the supervision of Dr. László Egri [report][slides]. In July 2013, I received my Master of Physics (MPhys) degree in Theoreical Physics Honours from Lancaster University. My research focused on understanding the mathematical formalism of Quantum Field Theory and investigating its application in the context of cosmology [MPhys thesis][poster]. Supervisor: Dr. Anupam Mazumdar

I am thankful to those who said NO to me. It's because of them I did it myself. - Albert Einstein.