Neeti Pokhriyal

PhD Student
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
neetipok 'at' buffalo 'dot' edu

I am a Ph.D student in CSE Department at State University of New York, Buffalo under the guidance of Prof. Venu Govindaraju. My research interests include Data Mining and Machine Learning. I am interested in working on challenging problems with broader social impact in an interdisciplinary environment.

My research work on Virtual Networks and Poverty Analysis in Sub-Saharan African country, Senegal, received the National Statistics Prize in Data for Development Challenge (2014), held at NetMob, MIT, 2015. Press release

This work received financial support by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, involved travelling to the beautiful West African nation of Senegal, and working in close collaboration with the National Statistics Office of Senegal and telco company, Orange, to build spatially detailed poverty maps, using Call Data Records. This study opens doors for multidisciplinary initiatives to tackle poverty and its determinants, using novel big data sources, or statistical methods, integrated with traditional census/surveys.

Our work was featured @ Brookings.eduBig Data for improved diagnosis of poverty: A case study of Senegal. Also in UB ReporterPinpointing poverty with cellphone data.

Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, I was a Researcher in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. I have completed my Masters in Computer Science from University of California, Riverside, where I was the recipient of Dean's Distinguished Fellowship.


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