Sunandan Chakraborty
Moore-Sloan Post-Doctoral Researcher
Center for Data Science
Courant Institute of Mathematical Science
New York Univeristy
60, Fith Avenue Room 607
New York, NY 10011
Phone:   + 1 (212) 998 3496
Email:    sunandan [AT] cims [DOT] nyu [DOT] edu

I am a Moore-Sloan Post-Doc Researcher at the Center for Data Science, where I am working with Jennifer Jacquet. I am also a visiting scholar at the Environmental Studies and affiliated to the Big Data Group and the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED). I completed my PhD from the Department of Computer Science of New York University in the Fall of 2015. My PhD supervisor was Lakshminarayanan Subramanian.


[ Research Interest | Education | Projects | Publications | Research Experience ]


Research Interest

  • Web search, Data Mining, Computing for Development, Computers in Education, Computational Sustainability


Education

  • PhD (2015): Department of Computer Science, New York University, USA
    Thesis Title: Big Data Analytics for Development
    Advisor: Prof. Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

    • Winner of Janet Fabri Prize for Outstanding Thesis

  • MS: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, INDIA.
    Thesis Title: Shikshak: A Framework for an Intelligent Tutoring System
    Advisor: Prof. Anupam Basu and Prof. Sudeshna Sarkar

  • B.Tech: Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Kalyani, INDIA


Projects

General theme of my projects is Data Science for Social Good, with a special emphasis on problems related to Environment, Agriculture and Health. I have extensively used text (including news) as data to address these problems. I have also have looked into other sources, such as images in some projects. Here is a list of my main projects,
  • Enforcement Gaps in Internet Wildlife Trade: This project uses data science to identify gaps in enforcement in the Internet wildlife trade. The project is aimed at building a computational model that can search the relevant sites automatically and identify illicit trades from those sites. The goal is to mine pertinent information from existing, large, unstructured, datasets and use it to improve enforcement-related decision-making.
    • Winner of Grand Prize of the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge organized by USAID in 2015
  • News Analytics: Presence of large corpus of online articles provides a unique opportunity to understand and scrutinize the events happening in the real world. We have developed a novel event extraction method and use it to build predictive models for several socio-economic indicators.
  • Satellite Image Analytics: Building a tool to use online satellite images to identify land patterns in a region and compute the change in the pattern over the years
  • Text-as-data [miscellaneous]


Publications

  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2016). "Extracting Signals from News Streams for Disease Outbreak Prediction", GlobalSIP 2016, Washnigton DC, USA [PDF]
  • Christopher Rohlfs, Sunandan Chakraborty, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2016). " The Effects of the Content of FOMC Communications on US Treasury Rates ", EMNLP 2016, Austin, USA [PDF]
  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Ashwin Venkataraman, Srikanth Jagabathula, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2016). "Predicting Socio-Economic Indicators using News Events", KDD 2016, San Francisco, USA [PDF]
  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Zohaib Jabbar, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Yaw Nyarko (2016). "Satellite Image Analytics, Land Change and Food Security", Workshop on Data Science for Food, Energy and Water (DSFEW), KDD 2016, San Francisco, USA [PDF]
  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Filip Radlinski, Milad Shokouhi, and Paul Baecke, (2014). "On Correlation of Absence Time and Search Effectiveness", SIGIR 2014, Gold Coast, Australia
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  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, and Yaw Nyarko, (2014) "Extraction Of (Key,Value) Pairs From Unstructured Ads", AAAI Fall Symposium, 2014, Washingtin, DC, USA
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  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Tiffany Tong, Jay Chen, Afshan Aman, Talal Mufti, Yaw Nyarko and Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2013). "Experiences in Designing a Mobile GIS Mapping Tool for Rural Farmers in Ghana", ACM DEV, 2013, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Rakesh Agrawal, Sunandan Chakraborty, Sreenivas Gollapudi, Anitha Kannan, and Krishnaram Kenthapadi, (2012). "Empowering Authors to Diagnose Comprehension Burden in Textbooks", KDD, 2012. Beijing, China
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  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Scot Dalton, Yaw Nyarko and Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2012). "Computing the Rate of Disappearance of Cropland Using Satellite Images", International Conference of Computational Sustainability (CompSust, 2012). Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Rakesh Agrawal, Sunandan Chakraborty, Sreenivas Gollapudi, Anitha Kannan, and Krishnaram Kenthapadi, (2012). "Quality of Textbooks: An Empirical Study", ACM DEV 2012, Atlanta, USA
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  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Jay Chen, Mangala Kanthamani, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2011). "On the Feasibility and Utility of Web based Educational Lesson Plans", ACM DEV 2012, Atlanta, USA
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  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, (2011). "Location Specific Summarization of Climatic and Agricultural Trends", WWW 2011, Hyderabad, India
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  • Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Sunandan Chakraborty, Pushkar V. Chitnis, Kentaro Toyama, Keng Siang Ooi, Matthew Phiong, Mike Koenig, (2010). "Managing Microfinance with Paper, Pen and Digital Slate". ICTD 2010, London, UK.
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  • Sunandan Chakraborty,Devshri Roy, Anupam Basu, (2008). "Semiautomatic Annotation of Test Materials in an ITS Authoring System". International Workshop of Cognitive Aspects in Intelligent and Adaptive Web-based Educational Systems (CIAWES, 2008) held in conjunction ICCE, 2008. Taipei, Taiwan. [PDF]
  • Sunandan Chakraborty,Devshri Roy, Anupam Basu, (2008). "Shikshak: An Architecture for an Intelligent Tutoring System". International Workshop of Cognitive Aspects in Intelligent and Adaptive Web-based Educational Systems (CIAWES, 2008) held in conjunction ICCE, 2008. Taipei, Taiwan. [PDF]
  • Sunandan Chakraborty, Tamali Bhattacharya, Plaban Bhowmick, Anupam Basu and Sudeshna Sarkar, (2007). "Shikshak: An Intelligent Tutoring System Authoring Tool for Rural Education". ICTD 2007, Bangalore, India. [PDF]
  • Plaban Bhowmick, Samiran Sarkar, Sudeshna Sarkar, Anupam Basu and Sunandan Chakraborty, (2007). "Samvidha: A ICT System for Personalized Offline Internet Access for Rural Schools". ICTD2007, Bangalore, India. [PDF]


Research Experience

  • Post-doc Researcher, Center for Data Science, New York University, New York, USA (Sep 2015 - present)
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Computer Science, New York University, New York, USA (Sep 2010 - Sep 2015)
  • Research Intern, Machine Learning and Perception group, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK (Fall, 2013)
  • Research Intern, Search Labs, Microsoft Research Lab Silicon Valley, USA (Summer, 2011)
  • Intern, Team-SECRET, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, France (Oct, 2009 - June, 2010)
  • Research Intern, Microsoft Research Lab India, India (November, 2008 - September, 2009)
  • Senior Project Asst., Communication Empowerment Lab, IIT Kharagpur, India (July, 2004 - October, 2008)