Hi! I am Abdullah, born and raised in Bangladesh. After completing my Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from the Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET), I moved to the States to pursue an MS in Computer Science. While working on my Master’s thesis at Delaware State University (DSU), I got fascinated in the machine learning for medical imaging research and decided to go for a PhD and further explore the field. I have finished my PhD in Computer Science at UCLA in Spring this year and I have recently started my first postdoc position at Stanford University. I loved my PhD work! I developed a number of deep learning-based algorithms, with special focus in learning from limited labeled data, ranging from single to multi-tasking. In general, my research work focuses on exploiting artificial intelligence, specifically deep learning techniques for various tasks in the medical imaging spectrum such as, image generation/reconstruction, image quality assessment, diagnostic classification, anatomical structure/lesion segmentation, disease quantification, etc.
This depends on the stage of any project (literature review, experimental design, implementation, or paper writing). For example, when I am working for any submission and close to the deadline, I work almost 24/7 checking the final results, doing any last moment analyses, or writing/editing the paper. Usually, I try to wake up very early in the morning and get ready for work (from home though for the time being). I start with checking my emails and to do list. Then, I like to read (or at least skim through) couple of papers while enjoying my morning coffee. Every week, I usually attend several meetings (lab group, joint group, 1:1, project), and seminars and journal club.
Except the struggle in the early part, I enjoyed every bit of it. Especially, I would say internships and Summer schools. I research interned at three different companies during my PhD studies. Through the internships, I could explore what’s happening in a company, learn from the peers in a corporate settings, and get exposed to unprecedented problems/technologies. I also attended couple of machine learning/medical imaging Summer schools in different European countries. While learning from the experts in the field, I could also make a lot of new connections and learn from other PhD students coming from different parts of the world.
To overcome my personal, mental hurdles. Sometimes I was very hard on myself as I felt whatever I was doing probably not good enough. Another challenge was to come up with a concrete proposal for my dissertation, something that I could defend in front of my committee and accomplish the milestones within the time-frame. While overcoming the challenges, in the process, I grew up as an independent researcher, when I became able to prioritize my professional character over my personal/emotional feelings. I was really fortunate to have an excellent, supportive supervisor and I am truly grateful for that.
Definitely the location and the beautiful weather of LA. One of the world’s most ethnically and culturally diverse communities, UCLA has representation of students from all 50 states and more than 120 foreign countries. The quality of UCLA’s academic program is supported by the exceptional resources and facilities. You can enjoy all different things, the amazing city of Los Angeles, beaches, mountains, forests, Hollywood as all are close by. You will never feel bored as you can always find something for fun. Moreover, the vibrant and beautiful UCLA campus makes it really a unique place to study.
I don’t have anything consistent though. I love to do some free-hand exercise and enjoy sports (mostly watching). I enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge mostly through my social media profile, especially for the students in Bangladesh. I like meeting friends, traveling, and driving. I also like enjoying my time sitting in a coffee shop or a park bench. I enjoy reading and running too.
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