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Jamell Dacon is now a third year Ph.D student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU).

Jamell completed his M.S degree in Computer Science in Spring 2020 at Michigan State University, his B.S degree in Mathematical Sciences in Spring 2018 and A.S degree in Computer Science in Fall 2017 both at The City University of New York - Medgar Evers College (MEC).

Jamell was awarded a University Enrichment Fellowship (UEF) by The Graduate School at MSU, and an NSF Research Traineeship IMPACTS Fellowship for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021. He joined the Data Science and Engineering (DSE) Lab in Fall 2018. His research interests are in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Jamell not only concentrates on increasing his academic skills, but is very passionate about Community Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion, in that, he was awarded a Graduate Leadership Fellowship by the College of Engineering.

In the year 2021:

02, 2021: Our paper "Does Gender Matter in the News? Detecting and Examining Gender Bias in News Articles" has been accepted to the The Web Conference (WWW) 2021. [PDF: comming soon..]

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In the year 2020:

10, 2020: Invited to serve as an external reviewer for WWW 2021.
09, 2020: Our paper "Does Gender Matter? Towards Fairness in Dialogue Systems" is accepted to the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING) 2020 [PDF] [BibTex].
09, 2020: Invited to serve as PC Member for the 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2021.
08, 2020: Invited to serve as a PC Member for AAAI 2021.
07, 2020: Awarded an NSF Research Traineeship IMPACTS fellowship for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021.
07, 2020: Invited to serve as a panelist for the panel, Addressing Implicit Bias Towards the Black Community in Conversational Products hosted by Voice Tech Global.

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06, 2020: Invited to serve as an external reviewer for IEEE IRI 2020.
06, 2020: Awarded 1 of 20 technical conference registration fee waivers from AAAI for ICWSM 2020 for Black scholars and scholars who are members of other marginalized groups from around the globe.
05, 2020: Awarded a full-time, fully-remote Digital User Experience (UX) Research and Design internship during the Summer of 2020.
02, 2020: A preprint of our paper "Link and Interaction Polarity Predictions in Signed Networks" is released [PDF] [BibTex].
02, 2020: Our paper, "Link and Interaction Polarity Predictions in Signed Networks" has been accepted for publication in Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM) 2020.
01, 2020: Nominated to be a Representative for Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Student Association (CSEGA, pronounced see-sega).

In the year 2019:

12, 2019: Invited to serve as PC Member for Artificial Intelligence for Education (AI4EDU) workshop for AAAI 2020.
12, 2019: Awarded a Graduate Leadership Fellowship by the College of Engineering.
11, 2019: Volunteered as a judge at the AGEP Student Success Conference.
10, 2019: A preprint of our paper "Does Gender Matter? Towards Fairness in Dialogue Systems" is released [PDF].
10, 2019: Presented a poster titled "Cross-domain Recommender Systems: Cross-domain Recommendations in Signed Networks" at the AI for Society, Michigan Symposium.
10, 2019: Invited to serve as reviewer for IEEE BigData 2020.
10, 2019: Invited to serve as reviewer for AAAI 2020.
09, 2019: Invited to serve as a PC Member for ICML 2020.
09, 2019: Administered a Recommender System Dataset Repository on Github consisting of a list of compatible datasets, algorithms, tutorials, metrics and more. Note that this repository contains popular real-world datasets, and can be found [HERE].
08, 2019: Awarded a Michigan State University Teaching Assistantship for FALL 2019.
07, 2019: Awarded a travel grant to The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2020.
04, 2019: Volunteered to be an evaluator for the 2019 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) at MSU, where 927 undergraduate student researchers from all MSU colleges displayed their work.
04, 2019: My Ph.D advisor Dr. Jiliang Tang was awarded an NSF CAREER Award for research on Signed Networks.
02, 2019: Volunteered as a presentor at the Girls Math Day at MSU, along with other members of the DSE Lab.

In the year 2018:

12, 2018: Michigan State University + Urban Field Station + CUNY Medgar Evers College: Invited to CUNY Medgar Evers College to amplify student matriculation into student internship experiences, and post-undergraduate opportunities
08, 2018: Awarded a Michigan State University Enrichment Fellowship (UEF) 2018-2023.
07, 2018: Presented a poster titled The Power of Data Visualization to examine the correlation between Air Quality and Health Disparities within the Five Boroughs of New York at the HCCP Program, New York Symposium.
06, 2018: Awarded a Data Analytics Undergraduate Research Assitantship at The City University of New York - Medgar Evers College (MEC) through the HCCP Program.
02, 2018: Awarded a NASA Space Grant Scholarship by Google Inc.