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Hemant Purohit

Assistant Professor, Information Sciences and Technology

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  • 703-993-5838 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building
    4400 University Drive, MS 1G8
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Hemant Purohit is an interdisciplinary;researcher whose interests lie at the intersection of computing and social sciences. His educational journey started with a bachelor’s degree in communication and computer engineering from the LNM Institute of Information Technology, India in 2009. He pursued an integrated MS and PhD program in computer science and engineering at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, under the supervision of Professor Amit Sheth, and worked at the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) until his graduation in 2015. At this time he collaborated with experts in cognitive science, public health, and global humanitarian technologies as part of a number of interdisciplinary projects at Kno.e.sis. This work included a National Science Foundation social computational systems grant on organizational sense making during crises.

Purohit’s PhD work focused on mining social media communities for designing a cooperative system between citizens and organizations by addressing the problems of intent mining and user engagement via fusion of top-down and bottom-up computing approaches. His future interests include physicalcyber-social computing for cooperative systems. 

As a volunteer, he applied his research to real-world crisis coordination during the 2014 Jammu and Kashmir floods, which garnered much mainstream media coverage. He was selected from among 150 international applicants as a 2014 ITU Young Innovator for social entrepreneurship by the United Nations’ ICT agency. He was also one of the eight international 2013 fellows of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Google, and ICT4Peace at the influential annual humanitarian conference of CrisisMappers. He has jointly presented tutorials at top conferences and organized workshops on crisis computing.

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Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor