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PhD student at King's College London -
 researching Natural Language Processing
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Mubashara Akhtar

About me

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I am a PhD student at King's College London where I am part of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence research group and supervised by Prof. Elena Simperl and Dr. Oana Cocarascu

 

I recently interned at Google Deepmind where I was working with Julian EisenschlosPrior to that I was doing a research visit with Andreas Vlachos at the Cambridge NLP Group

My research is on multimodal approaches for automated fact checking, focusing on the modalities text, tables, and images, but also related problems such as numerical reasoning with large language models (LLMs). I recently received the Research Impact Award among several hundreds of final-year PhD students from King's Faculty of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences.

Previously, I was a teaching & research assistant at TU Wien, as well as a Java software engineer (Vienna, Austria) and data scientist (Darmstadt, Germany) in industry. During this time I was working on machine learning projects for the biggest telecom provider in Europe. 

I obtained my undergraduate and master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien).

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Selected Publications

Exploring the Numerical Reasoning Capabilities of Language Models: A Comprehensive Analysis on Tabular Data.
Mubashara Akhtar*, Abhilash Shankarampeta*, Vivek Gupta, Arpit Patil, Oana Cocarascu, Elena Simperl.
Findings of Annual Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2023.

 

Multimodal Automated Fact-Checking: A Survey.
Mubashara Akhtar, Zhijiang Guo, Michael Schlichtkrull, Oana Cocarascu, Elena Simperl, Andreas Vlachos.
Findings of Annual Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2023.


Reading and Reasoning over Chart Images for Evidence-based Automated Fact-Checking.
Mubashara Akhtar, Oana Cocarascu, Elena Simperl.
Findings of Annual Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), 2023.


PubHealthTab: A Public Health Table-based Dataset for Evidence-based Fact Checking.
Mubashara Akhtar, Oana Cocarascu, Elena Simperl.
Findings of Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), 2022​

Honours & Awards

  • King’s College London NMES PhD research competition award for the category "Research Impact" (across the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering sciences)

  • King’s College London NMES Faculty Studentship for 2020-2024 

  • European Forum Alpbach scholarship for the years 2020/21 

  • Selected for US Embassy Austria's Austria to Austin program, 2019

  • Ban Ki-moon Center mentoring partnership (mentored by Vice Rector of   TU Wien, Anna Steiger), 2019

  • Research scholarship from TU Wien for my master's thesis project, 2017

  • Summer school and conference grant from TU Wien for ACM RecSys, 2017

  • Merit-based scholarship from TU Wien, 2012-2016

  • Top 1% with 1.0 overall score at Austrian high school final exam (summa cum laude)

Honours & Awards

  • King’s College London NMES PhD research competition award for the category "Research Impact" (across the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering sciences)

  • King’s College London NMES Faculty Studentship for 2020-2024 

  • European Forum Alpbach scholarship for the years 2020/21 

  • Selected for US Embassy Austria's Austria to Austin program, 2019

  • Ban Ki-moon Center mentoring partnership (mentored by Vice Rector of   TU Wien, Anna Steiger), 2019

  • Research scholarship from TU Wien for my master's thesis project, 2017

  • Summer school and conference grant from TU Wien for ACM RecSys, 2017

  • Merit-based scholarship from TU Wien, 2012-2016

  • Top 1% with 1.0 overall score at Austrian high school final exam (summa cum laude)

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