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Selected Publications


Harms of Gender Exclusivity and Challenges in Non-Binary Representation in Language Technologies
In this paper, we explain the complexity of gender and language around it, and survey non-binary persons to understand harms associated with the treatment of gender as binary in English language technologies. We also detail how current language representations (e.g., GloVe, BERT) capture and perpetuate these harms and related challenges that need to be acknowledged and addressed for representations to equitably encode gender information.
Motif-Driven Contrastive Learning of Graph Representations
Our framework MotIf-driven Contrastive leaRning Of Graph representations (MICRO-Graph) can: 1) use GNNs to extract motifs from large graph datasets; 2) leverage learned motifs to sample informative subgraphs for contrastive learning of GNN.
MOTIF-Driven Contrastive Learning of Graph Representations
We propose a MOTIF-driven contrastive framework to pretrain a graph neural network in a self-supervised manner so that it can automatically mine motifs from large graph datasets. Our framework achieves state-of-the-art results on various graph-level downstream tasks with few labels, like molecular property prediction.
Automated, Cost-Effective Optical System for Accelerated Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) Using Deep Learning
We demonstrate an automated, cost-effective optical system that delivers early AST results, minimizing incubation time and eliminating human errors, while remaining compatible with standard phenotypic assay workflow. The system is composed of cost-effective components and eliminates the need for optomechanical scanning. A neural network processes the captured optical intensity information from an array of fiber optic cables to determine whether bacterial growth has occurred in each well of a 96-well microplate.
Estimating the Ages of FGK Dwarf Stars Through the Use of GALEX FUV Magnitudes
We utilized far-ultraviolet (FUV) photometry acquired by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) space telescope as an indicator of chromospheric activity to infer ages of late-F, G, and K type dwarf stars. We derived a purely empirical correlation between FUV magnitudes and stellar age in conjunction with (B βˆ’ V) color. Such a calibration has utility in population studies of FGK dwarfs for further understanding of the chemical evolution of the Milky Way.
How to Make Virtual Conferences Queer-Friendly: A Guide
Queer in AI frequently gets inquires about making virtual conferences more inclusive from both conference organizers and queer community organizers. The purpose of this document is to provide a tutorial for D&I organizers on how to make virtual conferences queer friendly.
Queer | Inclusive | Badass
Employing future ML capabilities and ML-generated artifacts as a proxy, my poster presents how the tech community, by 2025, will prioritize the creation of fair, intersectional, and ethical technology.

Honors


  • MLH Top 50 Class of 2021 ~ out of 135,000 students who participated in hackathons, story was one of 50 recognized due to projects and impact on other students in community
  • UCLA Samueli School-Wide Outstanding Bachelor of Science (2021)
  • UCLA Chancellor's Service Award (2021)
  • UCLA Samueli Engineering Achievement Award in Student Welfare (2021)
  • UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (2021) ~ one of most prestigious graduate fellowships awarded by UCLA
  • UCLA Graduate Research Assistantship (2021)
  • Boeing Company Scholarship (2021)
  • Brian J. Lewis Endowment (2021)
  • Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Honorable Mention (2020)
  • AAAI Undergraduate Consortium (2020) ~ presenting at AAAI Undergraduate Research Symposium and receiving mentorship from leading researchers in AI; 1 of 14 accepted out of 82 applicants for inspiring personal statement and exemplary service and research in self-supervised methods for learning graph-level representations
  • IBM Quantum Challenge (2020) ~ decomposed a large unitary gate for a minimal gate set with Qiskit; 1 of 574 winners out of 1745 participants
  • Out for Undergrad Tech Conference (2020) ~ 1 of 300 applicants accepted for superb academics, exemplary leadership, and work experiences, as well as diverse and unique viewpoints
  • Google Queer Tech Voices Conference (2020) ~ 1 of 32 accepted out of hundreds of applicants
  • 3rd Place Award for Best Hack @ Rose Hack, Major League Hacking (2019) ~ developed application that produces mashups of songs and evaluates which two songs form the best mashup
  • Siemens Competition Regional Finalist (2017) ~ 1 of 101 finalists selected from 4092 entrants
  • Award of Achievement, Association for Computing Machinery, San Francisco Bay Area Professional Chapter (2016) ~ developed automated digital music transposer
  • Dean's Honors List (2018-2021)

Talks and Panels


Press


  • .Tech Domains x Major League Hacking: 24 Student Programmers Share Their #MyStartInTech Stories (.Tech Domains, 2021)
  • UCLA Engineering Outstanding Bachelor Awardee Champions Equity for LGBTQ+ Community (UCLA Samueli Newsroom, 2021)
  • Queer in AI with Arjun Subramonian (500 Queer Scientists, 2021)
  • UCLA Samueli Announces 2021 Commencement Awards (UCLA Samueli Newsroom, 2021)
  • QWER Hacks: A Case Study on How to Build an Inclusive Hackathon (UCLA Samueli Newsroom, 2021)
  • UCLA’s ACM AI Podcast Addresses AI and Diversity, Featuring Guests from Underrepresented Communities (UCLA Samueli Newsroom, 2021)
  • Student-run tech podcast aims to make computer science more diverse, accessible (Daily Bruin, 2021)
  • ACM AI at UCLA, Outreach + Events Feature (A.I. For Anyone, 2020)
  • Students code software to help underrepresented groups in LGTBQ+ hackathon (Daily Bruin, 2020)
  • Equality in America Town Hall with Tom Steyer (CNN, 2019)
  • Washington, California Students Win Regional Siemens Competition at California Institute of Technology (citybizlist, 2017)
  • Indian American STEM Whiz Kids Named 2017 Siemens Regional Finalists (IndiaWest, 2017)
  • Three MVHS students make it to semifinal round of Siemens competition (El Estoque, 2017)
  • Local Charity Map of Bay Area (ArcGIS, 2016)

Service


  • (2021-Present) I am a core organizer with Queer in AI, hosting workshops and socials (AAAI-21, ICML '21, NeurIPS 2021) at AI conferences to build a strong community of queer and trans researchers. Furthermore, I organize the undergraduate mentoring program, which gets junior queer and trans folks involved with AI research. Additionally, I advise AI conferences on diversity and inclusion and accessibility issues.

  • (2021-Present) I am serving as an Accessibility Chair on NAACL 2022's Diversity and Inclusion committee.

  • (2021-Present) I serve on the UCLA Samueli Standing Committee on Diversity, on behalf of Queer and Trans in STEM.

  • (2021) I helped organize AllenNLP Hacks, a hackathon to connect with marginalized students, welcome them into AllenNLP's open-source community, bring their perspectives to AllenNLP's research, and encourage them to apply to intern and work with AllenNLP.

  • (2021) As an organizer of the inaugural UCLA Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI), I interviewed and recruited a diverse group of Undergraduate Tutors to lead interactive coding and problem-solving sessions with the high school students.

  • (2020-2021) I led JEDI initiatives within ACM at UCLA, employing actionable goalsetting and reflection to take concrete steps towards making the organization more inclusive of everyone.

  • (2019-2021) I co-founded QWER Hacks, Major League Hacking's first-ever LGBTQIA+ event and the first collegiate LGBTQIA+ hackathon in the nation, which increases the visibility of and celebrates the queer and trans community in STEM.

  • (2019-2021) I advocate to make an AI education accessible to everyone. With the prevalence of AI in modern society and the harms it poses to marginalized communities, it is paramount that we empower individuals from these communities to have informed conversations about AI and fight against algorithmic injustices. As Outreach Director of ACM AI at UCLA, I created, led, and taught machine learning and AI ethics classes at Title I schools in LA, through in-person visits, virtual sessions, and educational technology (e.g. mean-squared error, convolutional filters, biases in machine learning, etc.)

  • (2020) I created and produced the "You Belong in AI!" podcast, which inspires youth and college students of all identities and backgrounds, especially those who are marginalized, to pursue AI opportunities.