Raman, a computer science and mathematics double major, has authored or co-authored seven conference papers on topics at the intersection of computer science, economics and social good.
The Churchill Scholarship will allow him to work on his M.Phil. in computer science in the University of Cambridge Computer Lab, where he’ll focus on the fairness of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms in critical fields such as criminal justice, job markets and health care. After that, Raman plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science.
“AI and ML have the potential to revolutionize health care through improvements in clinical prognosis, but predicting patient outcomes and diseases is especially challenging for patients from marginalized communities due to data sparsity and bias,” he said. “I plan to combat these problems by developing robust learning algorithms that work in the presence of data perturbations and minimize error rates.”
Raman began using intelligent computing with Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science Aravind Srinivasan and former computer science Assistant Professor Max Leiserson. He then worked with computer science Assistant Professor John Dickerson to develop policies that balance fairness and profit in ride-pooling systems, and now works with computer science Associate Professor Jordan Boyd-Graber to improve question answering systems by leveraging data from trivia competitions.
“Naveen is working at the forefront of a broad portfolio of fields—software engineering with his CMU colleagues, natural language processing with Jordan Boyd-Graber here at UMD, computer vision with his MIT Lincoln Labs colleagues, and “EconCS” meets fairness in AI with me,” Dickerson said.
Raman, who attended Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, is a member of the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students program in the Honors College and the Global Fellows program. He is also a Goldwater Scholar, President’s Scholar, Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar and a Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher finalist. He has been awarded the Brendan Iribe Endowed Scholarship, Capital One Bank Dean’s Scholarship in Computer Science and Corporate Partners in Computing Scholarship.
Raman’s team won the National Academy Quiz Tournaments’ Division 2 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament during his freshman year. In 2020, he and two classmates received an honorable mention award in the 72-hour Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
He has been a teaching assistant for a programming languages class and the lead student instructor for a class on algorithms for coding interviews.
Off campus, Raman teaches math skills to underprivileged elementary school students in the Maryland Mentor Program and volunteered at the College Park Academy charter school helping students improve their math skills.