Daniel Nkemelu

I am a PhD student in Human-Centred Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, advised by Mike Best and Irfan Essa. My research interests are in Machine Learning for Development, Human-Computer Interaction, and Computational Social Science.

My research aims to advance our understanding of and develop tools to tackle digital threats to democracy and political participation within developing, under-resourced contexts. I'm interested in the positives (how people use technology to mobilize, organize, and protest), and the negatives (understanding the spread of hate speech, d(m)isinformation, and online incitement); I build AI-driven tools to address these issues.

Prior to beginning my Ph.D at Georgia Tech in 2019, I received a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan.

Since April 2019, I co-organize the Black in AI Academic Program started by Rediet Abebe and Moses Namara in 2018.

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PARQR: Automatic Post Suggestion in the Piazza Online Forum to Support Degree Seeking Online Masters Students
India Irish, Roy Finkelberg, Daniel Nkemelu, Swar Gujrania, Aadarsh Padiyath, Sumedha Raman, Chirag Tailor, Rosa Arriaga, Thad Starner
Learning@Scale, 2020
A Machine Learning Environment To Determine Novel Malaria Policies Learning from Simulation
Oliver Bent, Sekou Remy, Nelson Bore, Daniel Nkemelu, Violette Ogega, Komminist Weldemariam & Stephen Roberts
NeurIPS Conference Demonstration, 2018
Deep Convolutional Neural Network for Plant Seedlings Classification
Daniel K. Nkemelu, Daniel Omeiza, Nancy Lubalo
Deep Learning Indaba & 2nd Black in AI Workshop @ NeurIPS, 2018


  • February 2021: Selected to be a Student Volunteer @ CHI' 21
  • January 2021: Offered Summer 2021 Internship @ Google Research
  • August 2020: AI4D-IndabaX grant for our work on COVID-19 & Misinformation in Nigeria.
  • April 2020: Paper accepted at Learning@Scale 2020.
  • March 2020: CRA-URMD Graduate Cohort Workshop in Austin, TX.
  • January 2020: Google PhD Summit at Google Atlanta office, GA.
  • Aug 2019: Started PhD HCC @ GT.


  • Reviewer: Practical ML for Developing Countries Workshop @ ICLR [Virtual] - 2020.
  • Co-organizer: Black in AI Mentoring Program - 2019, 2020.
  • Co-organizer: Black in AI Workshop @ NeurIPS - Montreal, 2018, Vancouver, 2019.
  • Student Volunteer: ITU Kaleidoscope @ Atlanta, GA - 2019.
  • Teaching Assistant: Research Methods in Engineering @ CMU, Spring 2019.
  • Reviewer / Member: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Research Fund Sub-Committee - 2018.

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85 Fifth Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

Thanks to Jon, I did not reinvent the wheel.