I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information Systems of Singapore Management University (SMU), where I direct the BSc (Computer Science) programme and coordinate the Computational Thinking course. I also lead the Preferred.AI research group. Our interests are in artificial intelligence, data mining, and machine learning, focusing on Web mining, preference analytics and recommender systems. I hold an NRF Fellowship (Class of 2016) awarded by National Research Foundation Singapore. I currently serve as the Chair of the Singapore Chapter of ACM SIGKDD.

Before joining SMU, I was a Scientist in the Data Mining department of A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research. There, I helped start and oversee the ARISE project, a collaborative research effort with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and its Singapore presence ADSC.

Earlier on, I began my professional research career as a postdoctoral researcher with Microsoft Research in the United States. I was then based in Rakesh Agrawal's lab in Silicon Valley, working on Web search and social network mining.

I first learnt the craft of research at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), earning PhD and BEng (1st Class) degrees along the way. My PhD thesis focused on mining social networks from user-generated content.

I also had the fortune of receiving several scholarship awards for my studies. I'm grateful for the education and the opportunities afforded me by the following generous and supportive programs: A*STAR Graduate Scholarship, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship & ASEAN Scholarships.