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Currently, I am a Computer Science Grad Student at UIowa. My research deals with the intersection of technology and society, understanding how social mores evolve with evolving technology. My work primarily looks at how language develops in online spaces and how it is used by online communities to construct their identities.

I am part of Dr. Padmini Srinivasan's research group. Focused on the language politics of underprivileged communities, my current research is concerned with understanding and mitigating algorithmic biases that negatively impact these communities.

I also am part of Dr. Zuzanna Fuch's Heritage Grammar & Processing Lab. My work at HGAP deals with how Polish speaking children acquire grammatical gender.



Khalid, Osama, and Padmini Srinivasan. "Style Matters! Investigating Linguistic Style in Online Communities." Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. Vol. 14. 2020. [paper] [talk]

Rusert, Jonathan, Osama Khalid, Dat Hong, Zubair Shafiq, and Padmini Srinivasan. "No Place to Hide: Inadvertent Location Privacy Leaks on Twitter." Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies 2019, no. 4 (2019): 172-189. [paper]

Other Projects

Legal AI: A search engine(under construction) to look up legal rulings coming out of Pakistan. Once finished, it should also be able to retrieve and summarize relevant rulings.[link]

Hobson-Jobson: An online and searchable version of the 19th Century lexicon.[link]

A System to predict the Major of Students: I made a system which predicted and recommended the majors of students. [Made this for Leepfrog]

The Power Structures of the Advisor: This essay explores how poetry has been used in societies which repress certain kinds of public discourse by limiting freedom of speech.[link]