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I am currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science and an MA in Linguistics at the University of Iowa.

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.

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.

You can find my resume here.



Osama Khalid, and Padmini Srinivasan. "Smells like Teen Spirit: An Exploration of Sensorial Style in Language" Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. 2022.[paper]

Osama Khalid, Jonathan Rusert, and Padmini Srinivasan. "Suum Cuique: Studying Bias in Taboo Detection with a Community Perspective." Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-IJCNLP) 2022.[paper] [talk]

Osama Khalid, 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

I made a little language game which involves guessing the word based on its TokiPona translation. [link]

I took part in Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2021 and helped create a Language Accessibility Metric for the Worker Friendliness Index. [link]

MausiqiBot: A twitter bot that posts a spatio-temporally random song every twenty-four hours.[link] [Dead!]

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]