Career Profile

Hello, welcome to my website. I am Ankit Aich. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
My primary area of research is Natural Language Processing. My specific interests lie in the area of figurative speech detection and computational social science. Primarily, I aim to detect subtle nuances in speech, and figurative language such as humor using sarcasm or metaphor. I am also interested in a variety of computational social science tasks, such as fairness with technology, discrimination, and the effect of social science, and social media on people. My resarch has led me to use a variety of both classical and multimodal NLP techniques to achieve my research goals.

I currently work at the Natural Language Processing Lab at UIC and work under Dr. Natalie Parde, who is my advisor and the co-director of the NLP lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I also have a variety of other interests, which range from creating and playing music, to teaching, reading books, and practicing martial arts. All of which I try and pursue as I make my way through a very interesting journey called life.

Skills & Proficiency







Data Structures

Shell Scripting (Windows & Linux)

Deep Learning Methods


Teaching Assistant for Programming Language Design

Jan '20 - May '20
University of Illinois at Chicago

Responsibilities included, but were not limited to, providing one on one academic advising to students. Design and detailing of assignments, homework, and projects in course.

Research Assistant

Jan '20 - Present
Natural Language Processing Laboratory, UIC.

I work as a research assistant at the Natural Language Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My research encompasses using both, classical and modern NLP techniques to solve problems in the areas of figurative language and computational social science.

Research Assistant

Summer 2019
Graduate Research Assistant at Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory, RIT, NY

I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the MVRL at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester, NY, USA.

My research consisted of feature extraction, localization, and prediction on human iris models using Deep Learning and Machine Learning techniques.

Research Assistant

Aug '18 - Jan '19
Graduate Research Assistant at the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory, RIT, NY

I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of technology, NY, USA.

My research consisted of uncertainty quantification and model personalization for patient specific cardiac models.

Research Intern

Jun '16 - Aug '16
Jadavpur University, Kolkata

I worked with Dr. Amit Konar and other PhD students to use an ABB IRB 120 robot to work according to human will. Towards the end of my intern the robot was able to draw shapes, trace simple figures, and follow paths according to user input and wants.


A Scaled Conjugate Gradient Backpropagation Algorithm for Keyword Extraction

Ankit Aich Amit Dutta, Aruna Chakraborty

A Crawler-Parser Based Approach to Newspaper Scraping and Reverse Searching of Desired Articles

Ankit Aich Amit Dutta, Aruna Chakraborty

Non Technical Work

Educator of English at Unacademy: I taught English and functional grammar at Unacademy, India's largest free education initiative. The courses in total had 9000+ followers

You can find the course here

Singer and Musician: I am a huge fan of classic rock music from the 60s. One of my major hobbies is to play the guitar and sing along. Although I mostly play covers of my favorite songs, I also like to compose my original music in my spare time.

Practitioner of Shotokan Karate: I have been practicing traditional karate and martial art since a very young age. I have a 1st Kyu belt in Shotokan Karate. Also I have studied about various other forms of traditional martial art

Orator and Public Speaker: I have been a public speaker since seventh grade. I have participated in many debates, extempores, and other competitions. Participation has ranged from intra-institute to national and international levels. I have also been the director and judge of some public speaking events in the institutions I have attended.