Rabiul Awal

MSc Student

University of Saskatchewan

r.awal@usask.ca

Saskatchewan, Canada

BIO

I am a CS master’s student at University of Saskatchewan. I work with Professor Michael Horsch and Roy Ka-wei Lee. I am also a member of SocialAI.Studio based at SUTD. Before moving to Canada, I worked at Goava, a B2B sales intelligence startup as a software engineer. I completed bachelor in Computer Science at Noakhali Science and Technology University in Bangladesh in 2018.

I am running a Dhaka-based reading group on NLP research started this summer [course-page], an advance graduate-level reading course will continue for Fall 2021 season also [webpage].

This site double as my personal blog. Posts range from computer science to my perspectives on life and absurdity. In my free hours, I like reading paperbacks, cooking, and blogging sometimes.

Research

I am broadly interested in machine learning models that can learn, multi-task and adapt from small data.

  • NLP for Social Good - Cross-domain multilingual disinformation detection, cross-lingual meta-training for low-resource hate speech, commonsense reasoning and implicit hate speech detection.
  • Multilingual NLP: Cross-lingual transfer. Efficient and flexible multi-task learning with multilingual pre-trained sentence encoders.
  • Transfer Learning & Meta-learning - Efficient transfer learning and preventing negative transfer. Learning from small data [slides] and fast adaptation on novel tasks.

Locate me at UofS

☕🍕I work at G60 lab in the basement of Thorvaldson Building. If you are interested in deep learning or nlp, feel free to drop by during office hours.

Pointers

🇧🇩❤️ To access my about-me in Bengali [page link]
🎉👋 Fall NLP Reading Group 2021 @Dhaka [details here].
Applying for MS/Phd? Check Misc section for resources.
Tired of surfing? Grab some coffee and listen this track or this.
My third person bio page.

Books I read in 2021

  1. #Novel A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  2. #Novel Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  3. #Novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  4. #Tech The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
  5. #Tech The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman