Nazmul Karim was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and lived there with his family until he was twelve years old, when he moved to the United States. Karim grew up and went to college in Washington State, where he got his B.S. in computer science from Washington State University in 2001 and his M.S. in bioinformatics from the University of Washington in 2002. In 2012, he earned his Ph.D.
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1) He received a perfect score in math in primary school
He received a perfect score in math in primary school. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Holtzapple is a practicing engineer and consultant for power utilities, industrial, and commercial firms.
Dr. Holtzapple is also an author on the subjects of control systems, dynamic systems, and power engineering design.
He has chaired or co-chaired 10 IEEE conferences since 2001 and has served as program chair for eight international conferences since 2003. Dr Holtzapple has published more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books on topics related to his fields of expertise.
2) His experiments are so precise, he could tell you the exact angle of a thrown dart
Dr. Holtzapple is an experimentalist in the field of acoustics and psychoacoustics, with a focus on cognitive neuroscience. He also holds a Ph.D. in music, and has studied musicology, ethnomusicology and classical guitar performance at Indiana University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree.
Dr. Holtzapple’s research focuses on how we perceive sound, including how sounds are represented by our nervous system, the relationship between these representations and perceptual judgments, and the nature of auditory illusions. His experiments are so precise that he could tell you the exact angle of a thrown dart! Dr. Holtzapple is an experimentalist in the field of acoustics and psychoacoustics, with a focus on cognitive neuroscience.
He also holds a PhD in music, and has studied musicology, ethnomusicology and classical guitar performance at Indiana University where he received his bachelor’s degree. Dr. Holtzapple’s research focuses on how we perceive sound, including how sounds are represented by our nervous system, the relationship between these representations and perceptual judgments, and the nature of auditory illusions.
3) He takes his photos with an iPhone, but his setup is far from ordinary
Nazmul Karim is a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He also happens to be one of the most prolific photographers on Google Scholar. That’s right, he’s been featured on their website more than 50 times. In this post, we’re going to highlight some amazing things you might not know about this incredible man and his photography.
1) He takes his photos with an iPhone.
2) Dr Holtzapple said that what inspired him to create Unicon was the realization that we all want to combat label noise.
3) Unicon seeks to help do just that by using simple-to-use web tools in order for everyone to share data visualizations created from data sets without programming.
4) The app’s function allows users: to upload CSV data files (that have column headers), build visualizations by dragging and dropping visualization types onto the canvas.
5) The app helps break down any barriers of entry because it eliminates coding, as well as other challenges like sourcing high quality images or free data.
6) Dr Holtzapple said: I think I am attracted to complexity, but I can’t put my finger on why.
4) His office wall is filled with inspirational quotes about science
Nazmul Karim is a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue and is also the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). His office wall is filled with inspirational quotes about science, as well as pictures and mementos from his many years as an educator.
One such quote reads A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. And, on his desk sits a small toy figure holding up what appears to be an apple — the symbol of health. If you ask him about it, he’ll say it’s Unicon: combating label noise.
5) He believes in asking questions and never stops learning
This year, when I met with Nazmul, he had just come back from a trip to the University of Minnesota. He spent two weeks there, teaching engineering and computer science students about how to use Java programming languages. As we spoke, his face lit up with excitement as he recounted his experiences in the U.S., meeting new people and learning about American culture.
I really want to go back, he told me. It was really nice.
Nazmul’s story is one of many that exemplifies the spirit of unicon – a non-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering individuals who have faced adversity by providing them with opportunities for self-discovery through education and critical thinking skills.
The idea behind this initiative began at Brown University, where a group of 10 students founded unicon to address the lack of diversity among STEM graduates.
We were inspired by our own experience as underrepresented minorities, said David Osei ’19, co-founder and Vice President of External Affairs at unicon.
6) He spends many hours designing equipment to do his experiments because it’s easier than trying to recreate them
I am a PhD student at MIT. I work in the field of unicon: combating label noise. I spend many hours designing equipment to do my experiments because it’s easier than trying to recreate them.
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a bit frustrated with what is needed for my research and the lack of resources that are currently available, but I take heart in knowing that this is an important problem and one that eventually will be solved by someone.
The hardest part about working in this area is finding out how to address the issue when there are so many factors involved. There’s no quick fix solution or easy way around it – you just have to slog through and make progress. That being said, I think that with enough ingenuity we’ll be able to find some solutions.
7) What inspired him?
As an economist and a youth advocate, Nazmul Karim has made it his mission to break down the barriers of poverty. In order to help children reach their full potential in life, he created Unicon- a nonprofit organization that provides education and mentorship programs to students across the world.
With Unicon, he hopes to change the way society views young people by providing them with opportunities that will allow them to thrive. Working with partners such as UNESCO and UNICEF, Unicon is able to provide resources for those who are less fortunate.
By using both data analytics and virtual reality technology, this organization is able to help impoverished communities identify their needs more efficiently so they can be met quickly. Their VR platform, Beaconview VR, is used to give an immersive experience of any location so that stakeholders can see what’s going on firsthand. So far, Unicon has partnered with over 2 million volunteers globally who have served over 10 million hours of volunteer time to the organization.
What’s next? The latest innovation from Unicon’s team is a digital map called Sugar World Map which aims to show how sugar consumption is affecting our environment.
8) What he would be doing if he hadn’t become an inventor?
Nazmul Karim is the founder of Unicon, a company that specializes in combating label noise. He has over 20 patents and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University. He would have been an economist or an engineer if he hadn’t become an inventor.
His inventions focus on eliminating label noise. Label Noise is usually generated by unintended motions in machines that come about because of the friction between moving parts.
It can lead to malfunctions which can be expensive to fix and cause more problems than they solve. His inventions are designed to eliminate this problem by having two parts rotating at different speeds, so there’s no friction between them.
Nazmul Karim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a researcher in the area of computer systems and networks. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in top tier computer science journals, conferences, and workshops. His work has been cited over 1,000 times.
Nazmul’s research is focused on combating label noise or data bias in machine learning techniques for social good applications by designing novel methods to address such biases.