Shamya Karumbaiah

I’m a Ph.D. candidate at UPenn working in the Penn Center for Learning Analytics with Professor Ryan Baker. My research lies in the intersection of machine learning and learning sciences. I design solutions to promote student engagement and learning in virtual learning environments by modeling student affect, behavior, and cognition.

Previously, I earned a M.S. in Computer Science from UMass Amherst with an emphasis in machine learning, where I worked on student affect and behavior in a math tutoring system with Professor Beverly P. Woolf and Professor Ivon Arroyo. In 2016 I was a visiting researcher at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies working with Dr. Benjamin Nye and Dr. Mark Core on student affect detection and policy optimization of an intelligent tutoring system through reinforcement learning.

In summer 2017 I interned as a Data Scientist with Dr. Antonio Nucci at the Advanced Technologies and AI lab at Cisco, where I worked on neural network-assisted computer network management. Between 2011-2015 after earning a B.E in Computer Science from SJCE India, I worked as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems on data-driven problem solving in Service Supply Chain.

In 2018 at Catalyst @ Penn GSE I designed and taught a pilot of EXACT, a 30-week teacher professional development program on Computational Thinking. In 2019 we won two PASmart advancing grants of around $500K each from the PA Department of Education to implement it in our school districts.