Growing up in Bangladesh, Ahmed Imteaj had no role models to lead him through the complicated world of computer science. But as he continued his studies, he was fascinated by what he calls “the power of programming.”
After completing his undergraduate education in Bangladesh, he decided to pursue graduate studies at FIU because he was attracted to the research facilities here. Going so far from home was not easy, but his whole family was behind him.
His perseverance paid off. At FIU, Ahmed conducted research under the guidance of his Ph.D. supervisor and mentor, Prof. M. Hadi Amini, director of the solid lab at FIU. He worked to develop novel machine learning algorithms for agent-based decision-making. His research has made groundbreaking contributions to advancing the frontiers of machine learning and AI, helping to generate preliminary results that led to research grants at FIU.
During his studies, Ahmed was lead author of, “Foundations of Blockchain: Theory and Applications,” published in 2021. He also authored six peer-reviewed journal articles and 14 conference papers. Ahmed received various FIU awards and was recognized with the best conference paper from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computational Science and Computational Intelligence conference in 2019.
Ahmed has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Southern Illinois University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research university, and has received start-up funding to set up his own research lab. Another payoff: “My parents are really, really proud.”