I’m a PhD student in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Prof. Duncan Watts and Prof. Chris Callison-Burch. My research interests are in computational social science and natural language processing. I received my MS from the University of Southern California, where I worked with Prof. Emilio Ferrara and Prof. Nanyun Peng at the USC Information Sciences Institute.

Before that, I was a research assistant at the Center for Language Engineering with Prof. Sarmad Hussain and received my BS from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, in 2016, advised by Prof. Haroon Babri.


9/20 I will be attending the 2020 Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

8/20 Started my PhD at UPenn!

5/20 Honored to receive USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Best Research Award!

9/19 I will be presenting two posters at the Southern California NLP Symposium, SoCalNLP.

1/19 I am the new President of USC’s student data science community, GRIDS.

8/18 Started my MS at USC!

12/17 My paper on Urdu Word Embeddings was published at LREC 2018. PDF.

12/17 I gave a talk on deep learning with Python at PyCon Pakistan 2017. Slides.

5/17 I gave a talk on NLP for low-resource languages at the University of San Francisco’s Seminar Series in Analytics. Link.

4/17 My work on Urdu was mentioned in a Forbes story on the impact of democratizing artificial intelligence on the developing world. Link.

10/16 I received the first international fellowship from fast.ai to join their new deep learning course. Link.

12/15 I was featured in Andrew Ng’s #LearnML challenge on the Coursera Blog. Link.


Urdu Word Embeddings, Samar Haider, International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), 2018.