Saijal Shahania

Saijal Shahania

Research Area Research Infrastructure and Methods
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I did my bachelor's in Punjab, India and worked as a decision consultant for three years after at MuSigma. After that, I decided to study Data and Knowledge Engineering at the Otto-Von-Guericke University (OVGU) Magdeburg, where I finished my degree in 2022. I did a lot of research as a HiWi on Natural Language Processing and Time Series Prediction. In addition, I worked as a Machine Learning, Data Mining and Deep Learning tutor for several terms. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD at the DZHW in cooperation with the OVGU.

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Academic research fields

Natural Language Processing, especially Topic Modeling, Feature Engineering and Similarity Metrics, Explainable AI and Machine Learning, Deep Learning


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Predicting ecological momentary assessments in an app for Tinnitus by learning from each user's stream with a contextual multi-armed bandit.

Shahania, S., Unnikrishnan, V., Pryss, R., Kraft, R., Schobel, J., ... & Spiliopoulou, M. (2022).
Predicting ecological momentary assessments in an app for Tinnitus by learning from each user's stream with a contextual multi-armed bandit. Frontiers in Neuroscience Sec. Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 2022(16), 1-17.
Curriculum Vitae
since 09/2022

Research Assistant, DZHW

  • Similarity of Regulations and Content Extraction, Recognition and Explanation for Researchers
  • Trend Recognition in the WissZeitVG-Discussion 'IchBinHanna' zooming in on aspects of recentdebates
  • Web crawling of job postings for automatic evaluation

04/2021 - 12/2021

Student Assistant, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany
Project Qualiman

  • Long-term analysis of students on solid data in order to measure their progress, academic successand their study duration, comparing degrees to each other
  • Usage of R and SQL to statistically evaluate the collected data, automate the recording andcombination of different sources and simplify derivable actions in a frontend application

04/2020 - 11/2021

Software Developer, LegalHorizon AG, Magdeburg, Germany

  • Development of a tool for retrieval of law documents given legislative preparatory documents(e.g. proposals) from the EUR-Lex portal
  • EUR-Lex is a website providing details about all public documents of the European Union as wellas existing laws and pending proposals

10/2019 - 07/2022

Teaching Assistant, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany
Conducting exercise classes for Master and Bachelor study programs: Data Mining, Machine Learning, Knowledge Engineering and Digital Humanities, Deep Learning

10/2019 - 03/2020

Student Assistant, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany
Data pre-processing, data extraction from the EUR-Lex website, text summarising, topic modellingand clustering the proposals based on law semantics for use in adhoc requests.

09/2019 - 12/2019

Software Developer, in4s GmbH, Magdeburg, Germany
Task was about camera calibration for an ongoing project with Volkswagen for getting the intrinsic, extrinsic, and distortion parameters for the cameras.

10/2019 - 03/2020

Senior Decision Scientist, Musigma Business Solutions, Bangalore, India

  • Development of an analytical data warehouse together with stakeholders for increasing operational efficiency using SQL and Netezza as well JIRA and Bitbucket
  • Optimization of legal spend, its efficiency and improvement of the audit process together with an Australian insurance company using SQL, Netezza and Cognos
  • Proactive identification of fraudulent claims in the initial phases of the claim life-cycle with an estimated savings of around 4M for an Australian insurance company using Machine Learning (esp. Text Mining) methods in R and Python

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09/2022 - ongoing

PhD, DZHW, Hannover, Germany

10/2018 - 07/2022

Master of Science, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburg, Germany

  • Otto-von-Guericke Scholarship 2020 for exceptional academic achievement and social engagement
  • Focus on the fields of Machine Learning (especially Natural Language Processing, Text Mining) and Data Mining
  • Master's thesis in the detection of fake news and explainability of the results

08/2011 - 05/2015

Bachelor in Information Technology, UIET, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjab, India