Md Shad Akhtar

Md Shad Akhtar

Research Scholar

  • Research Interest Natural Language Processing, Sentiment Analysis, Emotion Analysis
  • Address Department of Computer Science & Engineering
    Indian Institute of Technology Patna
  • E-mail shad[dot]akhtar[at]gmail[dot]com
    shad[dot]pcs15[at]iitp[dot]ac[dot]in
  • Phone +91 612 3028338, +91 612 3028003

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Hello! I am a fifth year PhD student of department of computer science & engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Patna (IIT Patna), one of the India’s finest institution. My supervisor is Dr. Asif Ekbal and I’m associated with AI-NLP-ML group of IIT Patna led by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya. My area of research broadly covers many facets of sentiment analysis such as fine-grained aspect level sentiment analysis, multi-modal sentiment analysis, multi-lingual/cross-lingual sentiment analysis, social media, less-resourced languages etc. My research interest also includes emotion analysis and rumour detection. I have published research papers in Knowledge-based systems, ACM TALLIP, IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, NAACL, EMNLP, COLING, LREC, ICONIP, NLDB, CICLing etc.

Publications

JOURNALS
  • Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal, Erik Cambria (2019). How Intense Are You? Predicting Intensities of Emotions and Sentiments using Stacked Ensemble. IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (CIM). (Accepted)

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Palaash Sawant, Sukanta Sen, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2018). Improving Word Embedding Coverage in Less-resource Language through Multi-linguality and Cross-linguality: A Case Study with Aspect based Sentiment Analysis. ACM Transaction on Asian Language and Information Processing (TALLIP), vol. 18, no. 2, pages 15:1-15:22.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal, Sunny Narayan and Vikram Singh (2018). No that never happened!! Investigating Rumours in Twitter. IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 33, no. 5, pages 8-15.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Deepak Gupta, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2017). Feature Selection and Ensemble Construction: A Two-step Method for Aspect Based Sentiment Analysis. Knowledge based Systems, Elsevier, vol. 125, pages 116 - 135.

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CONFERENCES
  • Md Shad Akhtar, Dushyant Chauhan, Deepanway Ghosal, Soujanya Poria, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2019). Multi-task Learning for Multi-modal Emotion Recognition and Sentiment Analysis. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL:HLT-2018), June 2018, Minneapolis, MN, US. (Accepted)

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  • Kumar Shikhar Deep, Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2019). Related Tasks can Share! A Multi-task Framework for Affective language. In Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLING-2019), April 2019, La Rochelle, France. (Accepted)

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  • Deepanway Ghosal, Md Shad Akhtar, Dushyant Chauhan, Soujanya Poria, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2018). Contextual Inter-modal Attention for Multi-modal Sentiment Analysis. In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-2018), November 2018, Brussels, Belgium, pages 3454--3466.

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  • Navonil Majumder, Soujanya Poria, Alexander Gelbukh, Md Shad Akhtar, Erik Cambria and Asif Ekbal (2018). IARM: Inter-Aspect Relation Modeling with Memory Networks in Aspect-Based Sentiment Analysis. In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-2018), November 2018, Brussels, Belgium, pages 3402--3411.

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  • Deepanway Ghosal, Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2018). Deep Ensemble Model with the Fusion of Character, Word and Lexicon Level Information for Emotion and Sentiment Prediction. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP-2018), December 2018, Siem Reap, Cambodia, pages 162--174.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Palaash Sawant, Sukanta Sen, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2018). Solving Data Sparsity for Aspect based Sentiment Analysis using Cross-linguality and Multi-linguality. In Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL:HLT-2018), June 2018, New Orleans, LA, US, pages 572--582.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Abhishek Kumar, Deepanway Ghosal, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2017). A Multilayer Perceptron based Ensemble Technique for Fine-grained Financial Sentiment Analysis. In Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-2017), September 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark, pages 540-546.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Ayush Kumar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2016). A Hybrid Deep Learning Architecture for Sentiment Analysis. In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-2016), December 2016, Osaka, Japan, pages 482-493.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2016). Aspect based Sentiment Analysis in Hindi: Resource Creation and Evaluation. In Proceedings of the 10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC-2016), May 2016, Portorož, Slovenia, pages 2703-2709.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Sarah Kohail, Amit Singh, Asif Ekbal and Chris Biemann (2017). Feature Selection Using Multi-objective Optimization for Aspect Based Sentiment Analysis. In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2017, LNCS, June 2017, Liège, Belgium, pages 15-27.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, (2016). Aspect Based Sentiment Analysis: Category Detection and Sentiment Classification for Hindi. In Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLING-2016), April 2016, Konya, Turkey, pages 246--257.

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WORKSHOPS
  • Md Shad Akhtar, Palaash Sawant, Asif Ekbal, Jyoti Pawar and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2017). IITP at EmoInt-2017: Measuring Intensity of Emotions using Sentence Embeddings and Optimized Features. In Proceedings of the EMNLP 2017 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment, and Social Media (WASSA), September 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  • Depanway Ghosal, Shobhit Bhatnagar, Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2017). IITP at SemEval-2017 Task 5: An Ensemble of Regression Algorithms with Effective Features for Fine-Grained Sentiment Analysis in Financial Domain. In Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluations (SemEval-2017), August 2017, Vancouver, Canada, pages 899–903.

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  • Abhishek Kumar, Abhishek Sethi, Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2017). IITP at SemEval-2017 Task 5: Sentiment Prediction in Financial Text. In Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluations (SemEval-2017), August 2017, Vancouver, Canada, pages 894–898.

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  • Vikram Singh, Sunny Narayan, Md Shad Akhtar, Asif Ekbal and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2017). IITPB at SemEval-2017 Task 8 : A Supervised Approach for Rumour Evaluation. In Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluations (SemEval-2017), August 2017, Vancouver, Canada, pages 488–492.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Utpal Kumar Sikdar and Asif Ekbal, (2015). IITP: Multiobjective Differential Evolution based Twitter Named Entity Recognition. In Proceedings of the ACL 2015 Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (WNUT-2015), July 2015, Beijing, China, pages 61–67.

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  • Md Shad Akhtar, Utpal Kumar Sikdar and Asif Ekbal, (2015). IITP: Hybrid Approach for Text Normalization in Twitter. In Proceedings of the ACL 2015 Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (WNUT-2015), July 2015, Beijing, China, pages 106–110.

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Talks & Lectures

GIAN workshop on Natural Langauge Processing, IIT Patna
May 2016
Delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Sentiment Analysis in Indian Languages’ during the workshop on 'Natural Language Processing' organized by ‘Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), an MHRD - Govt. of India program’. Slides

Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing, ICON - 2017
21st December 2017
Jointly conducted a day-long tutorial on the topic of ‘Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing’ at the '14th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (ICON - 2017)' held at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Other speakers were Mr. Rudra Murthy V (Research Scholar, IIT Bombay) and Mr. Kevin Patel (Research Scholar, IIT Bombay). Major topics covered during the tutorial were - Introdcution to Neural Network and Deep Learning, Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), Recurrent Neural Network (RNN), Long Short Term Memory (LSTM) network, Attention mechanism, Word Embeddings and various natural language processing applicatoins e.g. Sentiment Analysis, Named-Entity Recognition etc. You can find the slides below.

Demo/Lab sessions on Natural Langauge Processing, C-DOT New Delhi
15th - 21st January 2018
Jointly conducted demo/lab sessions on various problems of ‘Natural Language Processing’ during a week long tutorial at Center for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), New Delhi (a Government of India owned Telecommunications & Technology Development Centre).

Lectures at IIT Patna
I had delivered many lectures on various topics during my PhD at IIT Patna so far. The prime audience of these were the under-gradutes, post-graduates and newly joined doctral students. You can find slides for few of my lectures below.

Academic Activities

Reviewer of Academic Journal and Conferences
  • Served as program committee member for COLING-2018, AAAI-2018 and NAACL-2019.
  • Served as reviewer for ACM Transaction on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing (TALLIP) and Springer Sadhana.

Work Experience

Teaching Assistant at IIT Patna
Jan 2015 - Present
  • CS513: Computer Systems (Laboratory) - Winter semester 2015.
  • CS201: Object Oriented Programming and Data Structure (Laboratory) - Autumn semester 2015.
  • CS347: Compiler Design (Laboratory) - Winter semester 2016.
  • CS571: Artificial Intelligence (Theory and Laboratory) - Autumn semester 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • CS563: Natural Language Processing (Theory) - Winter semester 2017, 2018 and 2019.

R P Sharma Institute of Technology, Patna
September 2014 - December 2014
Assistant Professor

HCL Technologies Ltd., Gurgaon
April 2010 - June 2012
Software Engineer

Education

Doctoral Degree
December 2014 - Present
PhD (CSE)
Indian Institute of Technology Patna

Master's Degree
2012 - 2014
M.Tech (CSE)
Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad

Bachelor's Degree
2005 - 2009
B.E (Computer Engineering)
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Diploma
2001 - 2004
Diploma in Computer Engineering
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

High School
2001
Matriculation
P. N. Anglo Sanskrit High School, Patna

Awards and Recognitions

Invited to attend the Amazon Research Days
September 2018
Invited to attend and present the research work on Multi-modal Sentiment Analysis at Amazon Research Days - 2018 held in Bangalore, India.

Travel grant to attend Google NLP Summit
September 2017
Received Google grant to attend Google Natural Language Processing Summit-2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Best Presentation Award
April 2016
Received best presentation award from Samsung India during their research visit at IIT Patna.

Qualified UGC-NET for lecturership
June 2014
Successfully qualified the University Grant Commission - National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) for the lecturership.

Qualified GATE
2010, 2011 & 2014
Successfully qualified Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering (GATE) examination thrice in the years 2010, 2011 and 2014.

LiveWire Excellence Award
2010 - 2011
Awarded LiveWire Excellence Award for the outstanding contribution to the project at HCL Technologies Ltd., Gurgaon.

Gold Medal in Bachelor's Degree
2009
Received gold medal for securing the highest marks in the class in B.E (Computer Engineering) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Supervisor, Mentors & Referees

Dr. Asif Ekbal

Dr. Asif Ekbal
Associate Professor, IIT Patna
Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya

Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya
Professor, IIT Patna & IIT Bombay
Dr. Sriparna Saha

Dr. Sriparna Saha
Associate Professor, IIT Patna

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me

Address AI-NLP-ML Lab,
Room#510, Fifth Floor, Block - III,
Department of Computer Science & Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Patna
Bihta, Patna, India.
Pin - 801106.
phone +91 612 3028338, +91 612 3028003 E-mail shad[dot]akhtar[at]gmail[dot]com
shad[dot]pcs15[at]iitp[dot]ac[dot]in