I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Singapore Management University (SMU), where I conduct research with Hady W. Lauw on Statistical Learning for Recommender Systems, as part of the Preferred.AI project. More precisely, we are working on Probabilistic (Bayesian) modeling and representation learning for user preferences.

I am also leading development of Cornac, which is a python recommender systems library.

Research Interests

My research falls into the field of Statistical Learning. I am particularly interested in mixed membership, deep and hierarchical generative models. I am also interested in probabilistic approximate inference and learning. In practice, I usually deal with high dimensional sparse data, and our methods find their applications in various Artificial Intelligence problems such as personalized recommendation, topic modeling, word embedding, representation learning, and other related topics.


Email:       asalah@smu.edu.sg

Office:       0404

Address:   SIS, Singapore Management University
                   80 Stamford Road
                   Singapore 178902

A brief history