Rabiul Awal

MS Student

University of Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan, Canada


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.


I conduct research in machine learning and natual language processing, with a strong focus in social AI.

  • Social NLP - Graph convolution structure for rumor detection, knowledge-aware hate speech detection.
  • Transfer Learning & Meta-learning - Parameter efficient transfer and preventing negative transfer. Learning from small data [slides] and fast adaptation on novel tasks.
  • Multilingual multi-task co-training: Efficient multi-task learning with multilingual pre-trained sentence encoders.

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.


🇧🇩❤️ 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.

Books I read in 2021

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