Patrick Hosein

Patrick Hosein

Director

patrick.hosein@sta.uwi.edu

Ph.D (EECS), MIT

E.E (Engineer’s Degree), MIT

S.M (EECS), MIT

S.B (EE), MIT

S.B (Math), MIT


Patrick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he obtained five degrees including a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked at Bose Corporation, Bell Laboratories, AT&T Laboratories, Ericsson and Huawei. He has published extensively with over 150 refereed journal and conference publications. He holds 41 granted patents in the areas of telecommunications and wireless technologies. He was nominated for the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award in 2004, was the Huawei US Wireless Research Employee of the year for 2007 and is a 2015 Anthony Sabga Caribbean Laureate for Science and Technology. Patrick is presently the administrative and technical contact for the TT top level domain, CEO of the TTNIC and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of the West Indies. His present areas of research include Applied Data Science, Operations Research and Performance and Pricing Optimization for Cellular Networks

Shellyann Sooklal

Shellyann Sooklal

PhD Fellow: 27-04-2015

shellyann.sooklal@gmail.com

M.Phil, The University Of The West Indies

B.Sc., The University Of The West Indies


Shellyann is an experienced Data Scientist, Lecturer, Researcher and Software Engineer with 6 years of applied research and practical knowledge in Machine Learning, Data Mining, Optimization, Recommender Systems, Data Visualization, Image Recognition, Natural Language Processing, Genomics and Health Analytics. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Computer Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI) where the emphasis of her research is in Data Science/Machine learning, specifically cost-based learning with imbalanced datasets. Shellyann also facilitates BSc and MSc level courses in the areas of Big Data, Optimization, Operations Research, Machine Learning and Algorithms. After graduating with first class honours Shellyann started her professional career as a software developer but eventually returned to the UWI in 2012 where she pursued an MPhil in Computer Science, with her research focusing around diagnosing and rating Parkinson’s Tremors using augmented reality in partnership with Microsoft using Kinetic technology.

Inzamam Rahaman

Inzamam Rahaman

MPhil Fellow: 16-11-2015

inzamam.rahaman@outlook.com

B.Sc., The University Of The West Indies


Inzamam Rahaman graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. During his penultimate year, he worked under the AgriNeTT project developing models for crop price prediction and developing web applications for agricultural data visualisation. For his undergraduate project, he adapted a VQ Index Based Steganography technique to an FPGA using VHDL. In the period immediately following his degree, he interned at the NASA Ames Research Centre developing geospatial web applications using NASA’s Web World Wind SDK. In addition to working as an MPhil Fellow of TTLAB, he is also a teaching assistant for the Department of Computing and Information Technology. His present areas of research interest are in Social Network Analysis, Data Mining, and Artifical Intelligence.

Shiva Ramoudith

Shiva Ramoudith

CIBC FCIB Project: 26-08-2016

shiva@lab.tt

M.Sc., The University of the West Indies

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies


Shiva obtained his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science with first-class honors and an M.Sc. Computer Science with distinction from the University of the West Indies.
Shiva is currently a Data Scientist assigned to the CIBC FICB project. He also a part-time tutor for the Department of Computing and Information Technology at the UWI, where he assists in courses ranging from software engineering to data analysis. While completing his undergraduate degree, Shiva was a software developer for the AgriNeTT and CSRP projects at the department. For his M.Sc. project, he collaborated with Professor Hosein and Massy Technologies, Trinidad. The project focused on optimizing vehicle imports for the company.
Shiva led a team of students to represent Trinidad at the ACM ICPC regionals in 2018. He was also a part of the winning team for the bmobile Code Challenge in 2019.
His interests lie in data science, cybersecurity, and teaching.

Keanu Nichols

Keanu Nichols

Undergraduate Intern: 28-06-2018

nichols.keanu9@gmail.com


Keanu is an undergraduate at the University of the West Indies going into his second year studying Computer Science Special. He spent a year at Penn State University but later attended the University of the West Indies. He was selected for an internship for Google Summer of Code to work at a company called CHAOSS (Community Health Analytics Open Source Software) where he is working to implement a SQL Database to store mailing archives and implement Natural Language Processing on the emails. He is participating on the online Data Science competition website Kaggle to create machine learning models to solve different problems, so far he as worked on a problem related to computer vision and sentiment analysis.

Reshawn Ramjattan

Reshawn Ramjattan

M.Sc Student: 12-10-2019

reshawnramjattan@gmail.com

B.Sc.,The University of the West Indies, 2018


Reshawn graduated with a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. During his second year he interned at First Citizens Internal Audit where he wrote data analysis scripts. In his final year he was a part of a team that built a block-chain based food trace-ability app and for his undergraduate project his team built a map of local street food vendors with collaborative filtering based recommendations. He went on to spend some time as a developer at a retail software company before becoming a part time tutor at the Department of Computing and Information Technology. He is currently pursuing his M.Sc in Computer Science.

Gabriela Sewdhan

Gabriela Sewdhan

TSTT Intern: 14-11-2019

gabiems13@gmail.com

B.Sc., The University Of The West Indies


Gabriela Sewdhan is a student at the University of the West Indies (UWI). She possesses a bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently pursuing another bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She is most passionate about Machine Learning and Robotics and would one day like to own a company specialising in these fields. Gabriela has interned at Persisto Labs where she developed various software modules with a stringent and well-documented Git workflow and worked on deploying these microservices to Amazon Web Services. She gained practical experience in Cloud infrastructure and deployment, React Native app development, as well as created a chatbot using Amazon Lex. In 2017, she worked with a team consisting of Michael Ali and Qarun Bissoondial for the Telios Code Jam and built MET-Oracle, which uses Machine Learning to Improve City Resilience and Awareness to Extreme Weather Conditions Due to Global Warming. She has also worked with the same team to produce PiDronics, an Automated Hydroponics Control System to Increase Effectiveness with Limited Resources and to diagnose plants using Image recognition. Furthermore, body language analysis was experimented on, in a team with Michael Ali during the Hacker Hostel program. Gabriela is planning to pursue a Master’s in Robotics and is very interested in applying Artificial Intelligence to try to fix environmental problems. During her spare time, she loves baking, playing the piano and guitar, and journaling.

Navin Dookeram

Navin Dookeram

TSTT Intern: 19-11-2019

ndookeram@yahoo.com

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies


I am an aspiring young professional who is eager to be assimilated into the field of Data Science. My journey is a strange one, having completed my BSc Petroleum Geoscience degree (Hons), and later pursuing an MSc Statistics degree. I became interested in Data Science during my exposure to various statistical aspects of my postgraduate degree. Currently, I am working on my final year project which entails the use of Bayesian spatiotemporal modelling to aid in identifying crime hotspots in Trinidad and Tobago. I also investigated how these hotspots are evolving over time, that is, which specific communities in the country are becoming ‘warmer’ and ‘cooler’ over the years. This can then provide law enforcement with insight as to where they should optimally deploy resources in order to prevent crime in high-risk areas or even prohibit crime hotspot formation. I am presently employed as a Data Science Intern at TSTT.

Nicholas Jacob

Nicholas Jacob

Undergraduate Intern: 23-01-2020

n.s.jacobtt@gmail.com

BSc., The University of the West Indies


Nicolas is a final year student pursuing a BSc. in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of the West Indies. His interest in applied mathematics lead him to begin pursuing actuarial science independently, currently, he has achieved passing grades in 3 of the professional examinations necessary for becoming an associate of the Society of Actuaries, and intends to go on to attain at least associateship, and hopefully even fellowship. He served as the project manager for the actuarial science club for the academic year 2019/2020 and also received the faculty prize for the best performance in mathematics of finance. Other areas of interest, though not exhaustive, include machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence. Greatest desire involves using mathematics to solve real interesting world problems. One of his favorite pastimes includes completing online courses in mathematics and computer science, among other disciplines, with the aim of increasing his arsenal of tools with which to solve problems.

Jodhan Medina

Jodhan Medina

Undergraduate Intern: 02-02-2020

jodhanmedina@gmail.com

B.Sc., Computer Science – The University of the West Indies


A final year undergraduate at the University of the West Indies, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Physics. Jodhan’s talents lie in both pure and applied mathematics, specifically areas such as algebra, analysis, statistics and optimisation, which he has employed while working on projects in recent years (such as examining the relationship between spectral filtering and temporal photon bunching in thermal light sources and devising a semi-classical framework for the spectral generation of optical quantum bits). He’s keen to extend his talents to the realm of computer science by working on many real-world problems of significant interest.

Chelsea Marjadsingh

Chelsea Marjadsingh

Guardian Group Reverse Intern: 05-04-2020

Chelsea.Marjadsingh@myguardiangroup.com

B.Sc., The University of Bristol, 2017


Chelsea graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2017, where she formed an interest in applying mathematical modelling on real-world data to answer economic questions. Upon graduating, she completed the associate professional programme at the economics unit in the Ministry of Public Utilities, building analytics reports for the water sector. Currently, she is employed at Guardian Group as a Data Analytics Specialist. In her role, she is involved in the implementation of machine learning solutions and business intelligence reporting.

Kris Manohar

Kris Manohar

Postdoc Researcher: 11-05-2020

justkrismanohar@gmail.com

M.Sc., The University of the West Indies

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies


Kris Manohar is passionate about research, teaching, and student development. He has received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and a M.S. Computer Science with distinction from the University of the West Indies. Since 2010, he has been with the Department of Computing and Information Technology (DCIT). During his time at DICT he has taught several undergraduate courses in computer science and mathematics, and has been involved with the organization of several local and international contests, and training activities. A few examples are the ACM-ICPC national contests (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), AMC-ICPC national training camps (2013, 2018), Open Data conference and code sprint (2013, 2015), Computing Fourm (2012, 2013), DICT Runtime competition (2012, 2013) and DCIT Bootcamp (2011, 2012, 2017, 2018). Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the UWI. His research interests include information hiding, stegoanogrpahy, data compression, and image processing.

Nidia Sahjara-Rattan

Nidia Sahjara-Rattan

Research Member: 18-05-2020

nidia.sahjara@gmail.com

B.Sc., Computer Science – The University of Derby


Nidia obtained her BSc Computer Science from the University of Derby (1st Hons) where she started her machine learning research with political science applications. At present, she works as a Back-end Developer while continuing to pursue her NLP (Natural Language Processing) research with the goal of publication. Past experiences include business development in healthtech startups which played a significant role in expanding her mindset. She is due to start her postgraduate studies at Kings College London from the next academic year with a focus on Intelligence in the Faculty of War. On another note, during undergrad her extra-curricular activity of being a sponsored athlete allowed her to achieve the title of National IFBB Body-Fitness champion. In conjunction with her career path, her capacity extends into writing as she is currently a columnist for the Trinidad Guardian.

Rajeev Ratan

Rajeev Ratan

Research Member: 22-05-2020

mail@rajeevratan.com

B.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering – The University of The West Indies

M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence – The University of Edinburgh


Rajeev Ratan is a Data Scientist who obtained his MSc. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the West Indies. He has worked in several London tech startups as a Data Scientist, Computer Vision specialist, and Software Developer. He was a cohort member of Entrepreneur First, a London based startup incubator where he was the co-founder of an Edtech startup. Later on he worked in tech-startups involved in the Real Estate and e-Gambling sectors. He has created several online courses on Data Science and Computer Vision on Udemy, Packt Publishing, and Manning Publications. Before venturing into Data Science, Rajeev worked as a Radio Frequency Engineer for 8 years at both TSTT and Digicel. His research interests include Probabilistic Modeling, Deep Learning, and Computer Vision. At present, he works as a Data Science consultant and online course creator.

Simeon Ramjit

Simeon Ramjit

Associate Professional: 01-06-2020

simeonramjit@gmail.com

B.Sc., The University of The West Indies


Simeon Ramjit graduated with a BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine campus in 2019, with a specialty in Computer Systems. He is the author of several papers to peer-reviewed journals. He has done work with OpenCV for facial recognition as well as Firebase for a dynamic Progressive Web Application. He is the creator of CoronavirusTT, a website to provide statistic tracking, data visualization and push notifications to keep persons informed about the pandemic in T&T. His current pursuits lie within machine learning, web development, cloud computing, circuit design and the holistic development of lives in Trinidad and Tobago.

Karesia Ramlal

Karesia Ramlal

CIBC FCIB Project: 05-07-2020

karesia.ramlal@gmail.com

B.Sc., The University of Waterloo


Karesia is currently pursuing her M.Sc. in Data Science at the University of the West Indies. She also attended the University of Waterloo, Canada, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Studies Unit (UWI) with focus on a feasibility study for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects using depleted oil and gas fields in Trinidad. During the second year of undergrad, she was part of a biotechnology research lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering (UW) where she designed experiments and analysed chromatography (HPLC) data to illustrate relationships between experimental conditions and percentage of protein aggregation. Her interests include Machine Learning, Statistics and Materials Science. In her spare time, she enjoys diy projects and knitting.

Aqeel Mohammed

Aqeel Mohammed

CIBC FCIB Project: 06-07-2020

aqeel.mohammed.eng@gmail.com

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies


Aqeel Mohammed is a graduate from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of the West Indies where his key focus was on FPGA systems with a final year project developing a “Gunshot Detection System for the Ministry of National Security”. This chef turned engineer attempts to embody the term “jack of all trades” having worked in a variety of fields from farming, robotics, education and Photovoltaic Engineering. Currently he is pursuing a masters in Data Science and NABCEP PV engineering certifications. His immediate goal is to break into the data science and renewable energy industries, establishing a renewable energy company built by wiremen he previously trained. His overarching goal however is to leverage a diverse portfolio of technical knowledge to better serve Trinidad and Tobago in tandem with TTLAB.

Jade Chattergoon

Jade Chattergoon

Research Intern: 07-09-2020

jade.marena16@gmail.com

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies


Jade attended the University of the West Indies, St Augustine where she obtained a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with First Class Honours. Her final year group project at UWI focused on comparing the efficacy of hyperbolic embeddings and euclidean embeddings on the task of community detection. The project utilised neural networks in order to produce embeddings. The neural network embeddings were then used with clustering algorithms to detect communities in the data . The strengths of the communities were assessed using their respective modularity scores. Jade is also the co-founder of Mathemaniacs Private Tutoring where she prepares Primary and Secondary School students for their major upcoming examinations. Her hobbies include Music, Visual Art and Graphics, Culinary Arts and Fitness. Jade is passionate about her work and her main research interests include Data Science, Cyber Security and Robotics.

Christopher Gift

Christopher Gift

MSc Student: 26-10-2020

christophergift@hotmail.com

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies


Christopher graduated from The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine campus where he received his BSc in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics with First Class Honours. He is currently in pursuit of his Masters in Data Science at the same institution. Christopher is passionate about utilizing his skills in Computer Science and Mathematics in the areas of Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics to try and extract meaningful insights from data to aid decision making in businesses. Christopher also competed in the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Pro League for the football club Joe Public Fc, and thus developed an interest in applying data science to enhance performance in sports.

Gregory Ollivierre

Gregory Ollivierre

MSc Student: 10-11-2020

ollivierre.gregory@outlook.com

B.Sc., The University of the West Indies, 2006


My name is Gregory Ollivierre and I’m an aspiring Data Scientist with a keen interest in geophysics and data visualization. I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics in 2006 from the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies and I am due to complete my Msc in Data Science from the same university in late 2020. I have worked at ION Geophysical as Senior Geophysicist for the past 10 years where I enjoyed condensing complex geological problems into simple data driven displays that inform key decision making. I am fascinated by all things tech related and I spend much of my free time on Coursera keeping up with recent developments. I enjoy coffee, travelling and anything chess related.

Kaveer Bachoo

Kaveer Bachoo

Associate Professional: 06-12-2020

kaveer_bachoo@hotmail.com

B.Sc., University of Southampton


Kaveer graduated with his BSc. Computer Science from the University of Southampton in 2020. Having done his dissertation on problem solving with Machine Learning Algorithms, he wants to continue his studies by pursuing a Masters degree in Data Science in the future. He has completed projects that involved Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Social Computing. His passion for this field of study is fueled by his interest in real world Problem Solving and Data Analysis, as well as Visualizing data appropriately to come to informed conclusions . His main areas of interest are Machine Learning, Big Data and Deep Learning.

Kevan Rajaram

Kevan Rajaram

PhD Fellow: 19-01-2021

kevan.rajaram@gmail.com

M.Sc., The University of the West Indies

B.Sc., The University Of The West Indies


Kevan has worked in the Analytics & Data Science field for the past 8 years in various industries including Telecoms, Banking & Finance and Business Consultancy throughout the Caribbean and Central America region. He is the holder of a BSc. Mathematics (UWI) and MSc. Statistics (UWI). Currently he serves as the Manager, Analytics & Marketing Technology at Republic Bank Limited. Kevan is passionate about sharing his love and knowledge on all things related to Data and in using it to add value to the world around him. His research interest lies Machine Learning Applications, Natural Language Processing and Predictive Modelling.

Aadidev Sooknanan

Aadidev Sooknanan

MSc Student: 27-01-2021

aadidev.sooknanan@my.uwi.edu

B.Sc., The University Of The West Indies


Current MSc Data Science Student at the UWI St Augustine after graduating from the BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialty in Computer Systems. My current pursuits lie in machine learning, specifically optimizing classic methods for few-shot image/video processing and natural language processing. Side-hobbies include Indian classical music and photography, I’ve worked both in the aviation industry (Augmented Reality application development) and the public sector (process optimization), and I’m currently an Associate Professional in the Department of Engineering at UWI St Augustine.

Kevin Baboolal

Kevin Baboolal

MPhil Fellow: 20-04-2021

k.baboolal1.0@gmail.com

B.Sc., University of Waterloo

M.Sc., Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business


Kevin acquired his first degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in additive manufacturing at the University of Waterloo, after which he pursued a Master of Business Administration focusing on Business Strategy at the Arthur Lok Jack, Graduate School of Business. At present, he manages the operations of a leading manufacturer in the Caribbean region and leverages technology to build sustainable competitive advantages. His interests lie in companywide digital transformations and industry 4.0 initiatives. Kevin has deployed multiple machine learning algorithms in the manufacturing environment synthesizing his knowledge of data science, engineering and business.

Celine Ganar

Celine Ganar

MSc Student: 08-06-2021

celineganar@hotmail.com

B.Sc., The University Of The West Indies


Celine is currently in pursuit of a MSc. in Data Science at the University of the West Indies, which is also where she acquired her BSc. in Computer Science (Special). At present, she is an intern attached to First Citizens Bank Limited, working closely with the analytics team that is currently researching data governance within the institution. Her interest lies in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning in the environmental sciences. Her passion for data science derives from seeking innovative strategies to address real life problems. Her hobbies include navigational rallying, paint-balling and photography.