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My friends and relatives call me Arif. I am 24 years of old, a Bangladeshi male.
 
Currently I am in the beginning year of my Graduate Studies at the Department of Computer Science in The University of Texas at Dallas. I work as a Research Assistant under Dr. Vincent Ng. My research area is Natural Language Processing (NLP), which is a branch of Artificial Intelligence.
 

Artificial Intelligence is a branch of Science which deals with helping machines find solutions to complex problems in a more human-like fashion. This generally involves borrowing characteristics from human intelligence, and applying them as algorithms in a computer friendly way. A more or less flexible or efficient approach can be taken depending on the requirements established.

 

AI is generally associated with Computer Science, but it has many important links with other fields such as Mathematics, Psychology, Cognition, Biology and Philosophy, among many others. Our ability to combine knowledge from all these fields will ultimately benefit our progress in the quest of creating an intelligent artificial being.

 

Many AI researchers love to believe that mimicking the human brain and the human process of thinking is the best way to develop an artificially intelligent agent. I am a strong supporter of this opinion. I believe that breakthroughs in AI would have been only possible when we would be able to truly realize ourselves – how we think, how we correlate our thoughts and how we choose to act in diverse uncertain situations. Though in addition, I love to believe that in no way, an intelligent agent can surpass the intelligence of its creator.

 

The fictitious character – a genius Indian scientist – Professor Shanku by Satyajit Ray, is my idol as an AI researcher. My last couple of years has been obsessed by his thrilling science fictions.

Sketch of Professor Shanku
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by Sattyajit Ray

Favorites

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:

Sonar Kella, Agantuk, Hirok Rajar Deshe, Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen, Life is Beautiful, Mission Impossible, Die Another Day, Moner Majhe Tumi, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil Chahta Hai, Aguner Paroshmoni, Lagaan, 1942 A Love Story, Koi Mil Gaya, Akhery Raasta, Titanic, The Matrix

Here's a list of some of my favorite music directors:
 
Satyajit Ray, A. R. Rahman, Sachin Dev Barman, Sanjeeb Chatarjee, Shumon Chatarjee

Here's a list of some of my favorite music artists:

Rezwana Choudhuri Bonna, Sadi Mohammad, Sreekanto Acharjya, Anuseh, Endru Kishor, Ayub Bacchu, Miles, Sumon Chatarjee, Anjon Sen, Nochiketa, Sagor Sen, Hemonto, Satinath, Indrani Sen, Mousumi Bhoumic, Bob Dilon, Boyzone

Here's a list of some of my favorite books:
 
Shanku Somogro, Sonar Kella, Badshahi Aangty, Joto Kando Kathmandute, Golpo 101 (by Satyajit Ray), All Feluda's (by Satyajit Ray), Durbeen, Parthib, Agni-Purush, I Love You Man, Best Laid Plans, and.....

If you are interested to learn more about Satyajit Ray, I can suggest a good website on his works.... try this.