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Maryam Aziz is a PhD candidate studying machine learning at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Javed Aslam. Her research is driven by a goal of using computer science to help cure diseases efficiently. Maryam earned her Master of Science degree in Computer Science at Northeastern University.
- MSCS, Northeastern University
- Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
- Field of Study: Machine learning
- PhD Advisor: Javed Aslam
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I have a masters degree in computer science from Northeastern University. I currently study multi-armed bandits for my PhD work.
What are your research interests?
Imagine you walk into a casino with an infinite number of one-armed slot machines. You can pull an arm and get a reward for the chosen arm. You want to find an arm that maximizes your profit with as few total trials as possible. How do you do that? I am trying to answer that question. This work has many potential applications across computer science, mathematics and other fields.
Initially, my goal was to help cure diseases. I have the same goal now, but the path is different. I’d rather focus on goals and change my plans to reach the goal as I see fit in the light of more information. One application of my current research is finding effective drugs for some diseases efficiently.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I’d ultimately like to use my research to help cure diseases.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
My current work involves a fair bit of theoretical mathematics. I find that mathematics is closer to arts, at least to me, than many think. You don’t need to be good at algebra or arithmetic or be able to list mathematical formulas from the top of your head to do good math. Certainly those things help, but they are not necessary.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
I am not so keen on a career, per se. I pick research goals that seem exciting and fun to me. So, let’s see where I end up.