Asif Khan

I am a master's student at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Bonn. I am majoring in Intelligent Systems. I also work as a student assistant at Data Science and Data Engineering group, BIT, University of Bonn. My interest is in the areas of Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Cognitive Science. I'm particularly interested in the interpretability and analysis of Machine Learning methods using tools from Statistical Learning Theory, Probabilistic Modeling and Topological Data Analysis (TDA).

Currently, I'm working to develop novel methods for graph embeddings. I'm also exploring methods from TDA to study neural networks.

Apart from research I have also participated in teaching activities. I tutored a graduate course on Knowledge Graph Analysis offered in WS 2017/18. I worked on preparing exercises and revising content with my instructor Prof. Jens Lehmann and Prof. Asja Fischer. Have a look at our course content on Github. I'm also tutoring a new version of same course in WS 2018/19.

Previously, I was a research assistant at Smart Data Analytics (SDA), University of Bonn where I worked on embedding methods for Knowledge Graph (KG). One of the key project I worked on was to combine literal/attribute information on top of entities in KG. For further details check out my publication page.

I enjoy using machine learning to address real world problems from different disciplines. Through my internships and projects I have had an experience of working with problems in the areas of Vision, Speech, NLP, Bioinformatics and Cognitive Radio Networks.

I'm a very passionate learner, I like reading scientific books and journals. Some of the books which have influenced and shaped my interest:

-The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist by Richard Feynman.

-The Society of Mind by Marvin Minsky.

-The Emotion Machine by Marvin Minsky.

-Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.

A few of my other personal favorite books are:

-The End of Faith by Sam Harris.

-The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

-Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye.

-12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson.

-Academia Obscura by Glen Wright.

I'm an atheist and a critic of religion. I believe, "Religion is the biggest tragedy in the history of mankind."

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