Agha Ali Raza

Agha Ali Raza graduated from FAST-NU Lahore in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He also completed his masters from FAST and taught there for several years. Dr. Agha Ali Raza is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science at Information Technology University, Lahore. He is a Fulbright Scholar who did his PhD from the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
His research interests include Speech-based Human Computer Interfaces, telephone-based automated dialog systems, Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and Natural Language Processing with a focus on the use of Speech & Language Technologies for Development. The aim of his research is to enable dissemination of speech-based, development-related information and communication services (over simple mobile phones) to low-literate telephone users throughout the developing world; without the benefit of explicit user training. Raza has authored/co-authored more than 15 research papers published in peer-reviewed conferences. Over the last five years, the benefits of his research have directly reached more than 250,000 people via various projects in Pakistan (Polly, Job-Audio Browser, Hello-Rozgar, Baang, Sawaal), India (Polly in collaboration with and Jharkhand Mobile Vaani) and West Africa (Polly-Message, Ebola-HealthLine). His novel approach to mass-disseminate information about job-opportunities to low-literate users in Pakistan received the 2013 best paper award at the prestigious ACM CHI conference on Human Computer Interfaces.