I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University (SMU), where I direct the BSc (Computer Science) programme and coordinate the Computational Thinking course.  I also lead the research activities of the Preferred.AI group. Our research interest is in data mining and machine learning, focusing on preference analytics and recommender systems.  I currently hold an NRF Fellowship, Class of 2016, awarded by the Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF).

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, working on research problems related to Web search and social networks.

I first learnt the craft of research at the School of Computer 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 fellowship/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.