My philosophy in life is to be Simple, Clear, and Creative.
Hello! My name is Amin G Alhashim and I am a Ph.D. student at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the University of Oklahoma. I am currently working in the Human Factors and Simulation lab under the supervision of Dr. Ziho Kang.
I obtained my Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certificate on October 2017.
Lastly, a fun fact about me. I am a husband and a father of three terrific kids: 2009, 2012, and 2017.
The foreground of my research picture consists mainly of Human Factors of computers, aka, Human Computer Interaction with an intended future focus on Affective Computing. Besides the prominent HCI, the Machine Learning applications and Data Visualization reside. On the other hand, the background of the picture is User eXperience. The Eye Tracking technology is what drives my research now.
Study Abroad Scholarship Program
Applying the lean/six sigma DMAIC model to improving the evaluation process of the Study Abroad Scholarship program at the University of Oklahoma. The projected ROI is 291% over five years.
Reatime Eye Tracking Data Visualization
In this project, I developed a Matlab program that communicates with the Tobii TX300 Pro eye tracker system and visualizes the user’s gaze data in real time.
Visualizing English Print
My role in the Visualizing English Print (VEP) project was to visualize the Early Modern 1080 corpus as a 2D plot. The process involved writing code in Python to do topic modeling on the corpus and then a set of dimensionality reduction algorithms on the result. The final 2D coordinate for each document in the corpus was visualized using tableau.
In this project, I explored the underlying successful concept behind the Google word2vec models.
Spoken Dialog System
This project was a survey of the available toolkits and frameworks that can be utilized to build a speech recognition system. A test project was implemented in Java based on the CMUSphinx engine. One direction of this project is to build a system that can control devices such as thermostats via voice.
In this project, I created a corpus using a number of movies that have English and Arabic subtitles. The English subtitles were translated into Arabic using Google Translator. The aim of this project was to cluster a given set of English sentences into different groups based on their syntactical tree structure. The level of similarity is calculated based on a kernel function. One benefit of such clustering is to inform the language translator such as Google Translate and Microsoft Bing Translator of the pattern of the grammatical error that they may encounter. The project was implemented in Java.
My experience is mostly in academia, except for a three-month summer internship in the IT department of the biggest oil producer company in the Middle East, Saudi Aramco.
In academia, I occupied three main roles: a lab instructor, a course coordinator, and a teaching assistant. As a lab instructor, my role is to prepare the lab materials (manuals, quizzes, and projects) and grade the assignments. I worked closely with the course coordinators in case of the multi-section courses or the course instructor otherwise. However, I mostly worked as a standalone instructor.
My role as a course coordinator for the multi-section courses entails (1) facilitating course material (slides, quizzes, assignments, exams) creation and distribution among the course instructors, (2) scheduling exams venues and assigning proctoring responsibilities, (3) hiring graders for the assignments, (4) and grades management.
The teaching assistant role is similar to the lab instructor role but it could involve responsibilities outside the lab environment. The teaching assistant role is characterized by working closely with the course instructor –providing help in preparing course material (slides, quizzes, and activities), proctoring the exams, and grading.
To foster my teaching skills, I attended many seminars, workshops, and training session about different topics in teaching such as syllabus design, active learning, and assessment strategies to mention few. I am still taking the initiative to attend any workshop or training session happening in town. I received a number of certificates through workshops; one of them is the Einstein Master Classroom Coacher (EMC2) certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2016.
- HFES Student Newsletter, Layout Designer
- HFES Education & Training, Interviewer
- Career Fair @ the University of Oklahoma
- Emerging Topics & Challenges Café and Active Teaching Lab, Facilitator
- Sam Noble Museum
- Big Event by the University of Oklahoma
- Habitat for Humanity of Dane County
- Magazine Literacy
- Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Programming Languages: Python, Java, C, C#, FORTRAN, Assembly
Software Packages: Matlab, Octave, R, SAS
Content Management Systems: WordPress, Adobe CQ5
Database Management Systems: MongoDB, Oracle 9i, MS SQL Server 2000
Mobile Development Platforms: Android
Office: LaTeX, MS Office, Google Office
Visualization: Plotly, Tableau
Version Control Systems: Git, GitHub