Thank you for your interest in working with me.
I have multiple open positions for undergraduates, summer interns, MSc and PhD students (all funded). A postdoctoral position could also be arranged for the right candidate.
Please read the following instructions and then send me an email.
Add the word ''prospective student'' in the subject of your email.
Attach a CV in pdf when sending the email (avoid external link to CV). Attaching transcripts, and links to github or personal websites are also helpful. You can skip the CV if the email is for undergraduate positions and you don't have a CV yet, instead attach your transcripts.
Help me understand your programming skills (especially if your major is not CS). Most of my research projects are applied and involve working with large datasets and a good amount of programming.
Give me a sample of your writing in English, it could be a published paper, a project report, or a short summary of one of my papers. Not required for undergraduate positions.
If I do not reply to your email, send me a reminder. I read all emails and take note of those that should be followed up, but may not be able to reply to them in a timely manner or at all. Using an email tracker is distasteful and strongly discouraged.
Check the research directions below and let me know which one(s) piques your interest. If none is a good match, send me a clear proposal of what you want to work on, to see if we can find an overlap.
For undergraduates interested in PhD positions:
At McGill (and most Canadian universities), the usual procedure is to apply for a PhD after completing your MSc. If you are interested in a PhD right after your undergraduate studies, you still need to apply to the MSc program first, which is funded similar to the PhD program and can be fast-tracked to a PhD after a year. Please mention if this is your plan clearly in your email. Otherwise, I will assume you are only interested in the direct admission into the PhD program, which is very unlikely to happen unless your case is exceptional.
For a summer internship, please apply through Mila's admission process. Graduate students can apply through both Mila and McGill.
Current Research Directions:
Mining online escort advertisements to find instances of human trafficking
Mapping and risk analysis of complex vendor networks
Mining online social networks and computational social science
Mining interactions in online classrooms
Analyzing attributed graphs
Inferring networks form data
Clustering and community detection
Active learning, learning with the human in the loop, and learning with no or limited labeled data