Ayaan Haque

Hi! I'm Ayaan Haque, an 18 y/o incoming freshman at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

My research interests are in deep learning (DL) and computer vision (CV). Specifically, I tackle the β€œlimited-labeled data” challenge by leveraging self-supervised and unsupervised representation learning. Most notably, I've worked with the Wang Group at Stanford’s Radiological Sciences Lab, where I published novel methods using semi-supervised, self-supervised, and multi-task learning to address clinical imaging tasks. More recently, I've interned at Samsung SDSA working on unsupervised learning for 3D vision analysis.

I'm also a builder 🧱 and a hacker (an MLH Top-50 Hacker!) πŸ’», so I love developing software applications and projects through hackathons. Most importantly, my work is centered around making an impact in my communities, whether it be locally or all the way back home in Bangladesh. Other than that, I enjoy writing, watching sports, eating out with friends, and just having a good time. My ongoing goal and dream:

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News/Updates

  • [Aug 2022] Released new preprint with Samsung on contrastive learning for mesh segmentation
  • [June 2022] Joining Samsung SDSA as an AI Research Intern
  • [April 2022] Committed to UC Berkeley to study EECS! (First update)

Education
UC Berkeley College of Engineering
Berkeley, CA August 2022 - May 2025 (Exp.)

  • Bachelor of Science - BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Research

My research focus is in Deep Learning, specifically computer vision, and I've published award-winning work in these fields. I've also conducted research in other fields from NLP and Intelligent Robotics. Only my relevant papers are listed below. For a full list of my papers, visit my Google Scholar.

Self-Supervised Contrastive Representation Learning for 3D Mesh Segmentation
Ayaan Haque, Hankyu Moon, Heng Hao, Sima Didari, Jae Oh Woo, Patrick Bangert
Samsung SDS Research America
ArXiv (available on ArXiv, in submission), 2022
ArXiv / BibTex

We introduce self-supervised MeshCNN, or SSL-MeshCNN, a novel mesh-specialized contrastive learning method to perform downstream segmentation with limited-labeled data. We create an augmentation policy tailored for meshes, enabling the network to learn efficient visual representations through contrastive pre-training.

Window Level is a Strong Denoising Surrogate
Ayaan Haque1, 2, Adam Wang2, Abdullah-Al-Zubaer Imran2
Saratoga High School1, Stanford University2
MICCAI Machine Learning in Medical Imaging (MLMI), 2021 (Poster Presentation w/ 5-Min Oral Presentation)
Project Page / ArXiv / Oral / Poster / Presentation / Code / Blog / Proceedings / BibTex

We introduce SSWL-IDN, a novel self-supervised CT denoising window-level prediction surrogate task. Our method is task-relevant and related to the downstream task, yielding improved performance over recent methods.

MultiMix: Sparingly Supervised, Extreme Multitask Learning From Medical Images
Ayaan Haque1, Abdullah-Al-Zubaer Imran2,3, Adam Wang2, Demetri Terzopoulos3,4
Saratoga High School1, Stanford University2, University of California, Los Angeles3, VoxelCloud Inc.4
IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), 2021 (Oral Audio and Poster Presentation)
Project Page / ArXiv / Oral / Poster / Presentation / Code / Blog / Proceedings / BibTex

We introduce MultiMix, a joint semi-supervised classification and segmentation model employing a confidence-based augmentation strategy for semi-supervised classification along with a novel saliency bridge module that guides segmentation and provides explainability for the joint tasks.

EC-GAN: Low-Sample Classification using Semi-Supervised Algorithms and GANs
Ayaan Haque
Saratoga High School
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2021 (Best Student Abstract Finalist, Oral and Poster Presentation)
Project Page / ArXiv / Oral / Poster / Presentation / Code / Blog / Proceedings / BibTex

We propose EC-GAN, which combines a Generative Adversarial Network with a classifier to leverage artifical GAN generations to increase the size of restricted, fully-supervised datasets using semi-supervised algorithms. Mentored by Microsoft Postdoc and Princeton University PhD Jordan T. Ash.

Generalized Multi-Task Learning from Substantially Unlabeled Multi-Source Medical Image Data
Ayaan Haque1, 2, Abdullah-Al-Zubaer Imran2,3, Adam Wang2, Demetri Terzopoulos3,4
Saratoga High School1, Stanford University2, University of California, Los Angeles3, VoxelCloud Inc.4
The Journal of Machine Learning for Biomedical Imaging (MELBA), 2021 (Journal Paper)
Project Page / Journal Page / Paper / Code / BibTex

We expand upon MultiMix (in ISBI 2021). Our extended manuscript contains a detailed explanation of the methods, saliency map visualizations from multiple datasets, and quantitative (performance metrics tables) and qualitative (mask predictions, Bland Altman plots, ROC curves, consistency plots).

Noise2Quality: Non-Reference, Pixel-Wise Assessment of Low Dose CT Image Quality
Ayaan Haque1, 2, Adam Wang2, Abdullah-Al-Zubaer Imran2
Saratoga High School1, Stanford University2
SPIE Medical Imaging (SPIE), 2022 (Poster Presentation)
Project Page / Paper / Presentation / Poster / Code / BibTex

We propose Noise2Quality (N2Q), a novel, self-supervised IQA model which predicts SSIM Image Quality maps from low-dose CT. We propose a self-supervised regularization task of dose-level estimation creating a multi-tasking framework to improve performance.

Deep Learning for Suicide and Depression Identification with Unsupervised Label Correction
Ayaan Haque1, Viraaj Reddi1, Tyler Giallanza2
Saratoga High School1, Princeton University2
International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN), 2021 (Poster Presentation)
Project Page / ArXiv / Teaser Video / Poster / Code / Application (SuiSense) / Blog / Proceedings / BibTex

We propose SDCNL to address the unexplored problem of classifying between depression and more severe suicidal tendencies using web-scraped data. Our method introduces a novel label correction method to remove inherent noise in web-scraped data using unsupervised learning combined with a deep-learning classifier based on pre-trained transformers.

3N-GAN: Semi-Supervised Classification of X-Ray Images with a 3-Player Adversarial Framework
Shafin Haque, Ayaan Haque
Saratoga High School
ArXiv, 2021
ArXiv / Code / BibTex

We propose 3N-GAN, or 3 Network Generative Adversarial Networks, to perform semi-supervised classification of medical images in fully-supervised settings. We incorporate a classifier into the adversarial relationship such that the generator trains adversarially against both the classifier and discriminator. (Authors contributed equally)

Convolutional Nets for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in Bangladeshi Patients
Ayaan Haque1,2 Ipsita Sutradhar2, Mahziba Rahman2, Mehedi Hasan2, Malabika Sarker2
Saratoga High School1, BRAC University School of Public Health2
ArXiv (available on ArXiv, journal to be determined), 2021
ArXiv / Code / CAD Designs / Application (Drishti) / BibTex

This paper presents specifications on the deep learning model implemented in Drishti. The paper outlines the process of performing deep learning classication of diabetic retinopathy and contains extensive evaluation of the method on real fundus images collected from the Bangladesh Eye Hospital and BRAC University.

Simulated Data Generation Through Algorithmic Force Coefficient Estimation for AI-Based Robotic Projectile Launch Modeling
Sajiv Shah1, Ayaan Haque1, Fei Liu2
Saratoga High School1, University of California, San Diego2
IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems (ACIRS), 2021 (Best Presentation, Oral and Poster Presentation)
Project Page / ArXiv / Oral / Presentation / Poster / Code / Blog / Proceedings / BibTex

We propose FCE-NN, a novel method of modeling robotic launching of non-rigid objects using neural networks which are trained with supplemental simulated data, generated from algorithmic force coefficient estimation. (Authors contributed equally, order arbitrarily assigned)

Experience

With my talents in CS and AI, I've held various positions at companies and universities, a few of which are listed here. I primarily work on research problems, but I also have experience in traditional software engineering.

AI Research Intern at Samsung SDSA
AI Research Group @ Samsung SDSA, San Jose, CA June 2022 - September 2022

  • Proposed "SSL-MeshCNN", a novel self-supervised algorithm for segmenting non-uniform, irregular 3D meshes
  • Introduced new SimCLR-inspired stochastic augmentation policy for mesh-specialized contrastive learning
  • Matched accuracy of fully-supervised training (90.50%) with just 67% of labels on benchmark datasets
  • Released preprint of work on preprint, submitting to top conference/journal

AI Research Intern at Stanford
Wang Group in RSL @ Stanford, Stanford, CA July 2020 - June 2022

  • Attend twice-weekly group meetings, conduct research for the lab related to AI in medical imaging using different learning frameworks, give talks and presentations at joint group meetings and discussions
  • Developed research skills by running hundreds of experiments, writing papers, preparing supplementals, and writing rebuttals
  • Working on multiple future research projects related to CT imaging, self-supervised learning, image generation, and image quality assessment

Research Intern in REU Program at Stanford's RSL
RSL @ Stanford, Stanford, CA June 2021 - August 2021

  • Participated in Stanford's Radiological Sciences Lab Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program
  • Attended talks and lectures with fellow undergraduate researchers, only high schooler in the program
  • Attended group meetings with Wang Group

Software Engineering Intern at Openwater Accelerator
Internal SWE Team @ Openwater VC Accelerator, Menlo Park, CA August 2020 - December 2020

  • Developing a Waitlist API which is to be sold to porfolio companies in the program, where companies can establish waitlists for their products to build a market
  • Using React.js, MongoDB, Flask and other web dev/backend tech, integrating Stripe payment features and referral features, writing documentation
  • Recruited by CEO David Bromberg and assigned to developing waitlist product, under contract with payment through equity ownership of product

Content Writer for Towards Data Science
Medium June 2020 - Present

  • Writer on Medium for multiple publications: Towards Data Science (Primary, 577k, top publication), Better Programming (154k), Codeburst (100k), TowardsAI (22k), and more
  • 4x Editor’s Pick on TDS, chosen for Hands on Tutorial and Thoughts and Theory Column, Featured on Medium home page twice, 21.6k+ total views, 3800+ likes
  • Wrote articles about AI/CS topics, activities and projects, and tips and advice

Community Service

With my technical skills, I love contributing to my community and learning the stories of those I support. Whether these are my local communities or my home country Bangladesh, I always build strong relationships with those I serve.

Drishti
Founder November 2019 - Present
Website / Video Guide / Github Organization / Paper / CNN Code / Patent Application / Smartphone System Design

Drishti is an organization with an AI algorithm that screens Bangladeshi patients for diabetic retinopathy (DR). Our mission is to provide free, accessible early screening to areas where DR specialists are not available. With academic, clinical, and organizational support, we are able to widen the reach of our service. We are partnered with BRAC University and have published a validation study on the algorithm, achieving high accuracy on Bangladeshi eyes. In addition, we have developed a novel smartphone retinal camera system (patent application in process) which will be integrated into our clinics.

Drishti is used/piloted in a variety of settings to provide free screening for rural patients in Bangladesh. Drishti is being used in the Bangladesh Eye Hospital for nurses to assist the lead DR specialist. Moreover, we are partnered with the Sonar Bangla Foundation and are in a pilot run in two of their dialysis clinics. We are exporting the smartphone system for technicians to use without a need for a specialist.

Jaago Robotics
Founder May 2018 - Present
Website

Jaago Robotics is an organization partnered with the Jaago Foundation to teach robotics and coding to students at the Jaago School (a tuition free institute). As a branch of the Jaago Foundation, we use the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kit to help young students learn introductory robotics concepts, providing new opportunities for bright students. We go once every year and have gone twice so far (in the summer of 2018 and winter of 2019) and have taught over 20+ students.

I founded Jaago Robotics with my brother the summer of 2018, as a rising freshman. We have achieved so much with the students, most notably when the students presented their work to sponsors from Levi Strauss to receive funding for their school. We plan to return in December of 2021 to work with even more students.

Activities

Outside of research, I enjoy building practical applications in both competitive and casual formats as well sharing my thoughts with the world.

Hackathons
Team Captain May 2019 - Present

  • Team Captain of 5 total members (Shoutout Viraaj, Adithya, Ishaan, and Sajiv)
  • Created numerous projects (listed in Projects section), winner of collegiate hackathons (eg. HackUMass, nwHacks, CruzHacks)
  • πŸ† 33x Award Winner, 9x First Place, 22x Top 3, $10,000+ in earnings, and more to come 😀
  • Chosen for MLH Top 50 Hackers Class of 2021, one of five high schoolers

MSET Robotics Team 649
Software Team August 2018 - April 2021

  • FRC Robotics Software Team, ML-Specialist (FTC Captain 9th Grade)
  • Worked with AI/ML for in-game object detection and using predictive models for shot selection, work on shooter trajectory modeling, write documentation
  • πŸ† 2021 Skills Competition Finalist in Carbon Group πŸ† 2021 Engineering Excellence Award πŸ† CalGames 2019 Finalist πŸ† ChezyChamps 2019 Semi-Finalist

Projects

I've attended many, many hackathons during my high school career and have built a variety of great projects with different stacks. I am our team captain, and we have named ourselves "Haleakala Hacksquad." Check out this article to learn about our story. I've just listed a few of my many projects, and the remaining are available on my Github. On Github, I have 500+ commits and ~300 stars across all my repositories. Check out this cool commit graph, and check this out for my Github stats.

SuiSense
Using Artificial Intelligence to distinguish between suicidal and depressive messages
June 2020 - Present
Website / Demo / Github / Devpost / Medium Article / Research Paper (SDCNL)

SuiSense is a progressive web application that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to distinguish between depressive and suicidal phrases and help concerned friends and family determine whether their struggling loved one is on the path to suicide. SuiSense uses an implementation of SDCNL.

πŸ† 4th Place Congressional App Challenge 2020 πŸ† 2nd Place @ GeomHacks 2020 πŸ† HM @ MLH Summer League SHDH 2020

In order to continue expanding our project and implementing it, we are currently working with two therapists, Dr. Paul Marcille and Dr. Marilee Ruebsamen, who act as our advisors and consultants. With their help, we have begun an implementation process in our local community. We are also currently in developmental stages of real integration with SuicideWarning.ai corporation.

Stack: Python, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Tensorflow, PyTorch, BERT, Flask, PythonAnywhere, Pandas, Sci-Kit Learn

Drishti Smartphone Retinal Camera System
CAD Files and Implementation Drishti's Retinal Camera System Prototype
June 2021 - Present
Github (CAD Files) / Assembly Guide / Instructional Guide / Documentation / Technical Blog / Drishti Website

This mobile, on-the-go system is designed for clinics in Bangladesh to screen patients for Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) using a smartphone camera with a retinal attachment. The purpose of this rig is to allow precise positioning of the smartphone to any patient's left and right eye such that the images can be efficiently fed into Drishti's AI algorithms for DR diagnosis. The system is completely adjustable for all head sizes. It is made of readily available components that can be purchased at many local hardware stores, and is designed for low-cost fabrication. All assembly tools are common household tools or easily purchasable/rentable from a local hardware store. The 3D-printed components can be printed on low-end machines and with cheap PLA filament. We designed this system to be completely collapsable, such that it can fit into a standard size backpack.

Stack: SolidWorks, Hardware Materials

Tickbird
Streamlined prescription analysis for visually impaired patients (Available on the App Store)
September 2019 - June 2020
Website / App Store / Demo / Github / Slides / Devpost / Saratoga Falcon Article / Landing Page Code

Tickbird is an advanced Swift mobile app based on the TesseractOCR neural network framework allowing visually impaired patients to aurally understand their prescriptions or the labels on their pill bottles in order to gain independence and avoid the prospect of lethal miscommunication regarding necessary medicines from their doctors. Moreover, the app's smart profiling feature not only finds the nearest pharmacy containing the user's prescription, but it also uses AI/ML algorithms to detect and set notifications for the times the user has to take or refill their medicine.

πŸ† 2x Award Winner @ OmniHacks 2019 πŸ† App Store April 2020, 1000+ Impresions

Stack: Swift, Xcode, IOS, Firebase, TesseractOCR, Ruby

TecConnect
Connecting schools to donate or request devices to aid COVID Learning
April 2020 - June 2020
Website / Demo / Github / Proposal / Executive Summary / Devpost / Medium Article

TecConnect is a unique PWA that allows impoverished and wealthy schools to easily connect and transfer devices from those who have them to ones who don’t. Due to the COVID crisis, low-income students don't have access to devices, and as a result, are falling behind in their education. However, many schools have surpluses of devices that are currently being wasted.Thus, we developed TecConnect to allow struggling schools to request devices from schools with excess devices. We developed an application specifically for schools and the state government. We plan to implement our software as part of a statewide plan to promote device sharing in all schools.

πŸ† 1st Place Grand Prize Winner @ AI4ALL CreAItivity Challenge 2020 πŸ† 1st Place Grand Prize Winner @ Saratoga Congressional Hackathon 2020 πŸ† Sponsor Prize Winner @ MLH Summer League RH 2020

Stack: HTML, Javascript, CSS, Firebase, MongoDB, Radar.io, Google Cloud

PreDent
Using ML to promote safer driving by predicting crash hotspots
June 2020
Website / Demo / Github / Devpost / Documentation

PreDent is a unique progressive web application that identifies the accident-prone areas of a city through machine learning. The core of our project is an ML model that inputs static features (speed limits, road signs, road curvature, traffic volume), weather (precipitation, temperature), human factors, and many other attributes to ultimately output a map of city roads with hotspots of where collisions are likely.

πŸ† 1st Place Overall @ MLH Summer League Data Day Grind 2020 πŸ† 1st Place Overall, Best Web Application πŸ† Sponsored Prize Winner @ MacroHacks 2020 πŸ† 2nd Place Overall @ PlatHacks 2020 πŸ† 3rd Place Overall @ HackMann 2020

Stack: Python, HTML, Javascript, CSS, Keras, GeoPandas, Sci-Kit Learn, UIPath, Google Cloud

Awards, Honors, and Achievements

A brief summary of my relevant awards, honors, and achievements.

AAAI Best Student Abstract Finalist 2021

Chosen as a finalist for best student papers for my EC-GAN paper at AAAI 2021 (Top-5 Overall CS Conference/Publication), only high schooler in 35 year history to be selected, 20 of the 105 qualifying papers selected as finalists, chosen for oral 3-minute thesis presentation

Major League Hacking Top 50 Hacker 2021

Chosen for Major League Hacking (MLH) Top 50 Hacker, which recognizes the most successful and impactful hackers in a community of 500,000 hackers. One of 5 high schoolers, chosen, second youngest chosen. Highlighted in public profile.

4th Place Congressional App Challenge

Awarded 4th place for the Congressional App Challenge for our project SuiSense, a national programming challenge held by US Congress, received hand-written letter from Congresswomen Anna Eshoo

ACIRS Best Presentation Award 2021

Selected as Best Presentation Award for our FCE-NN presentation at ACIRS 2021 (Top Robotics Conference/Publication), only high schoolers in history to be selected

33x Hackathon Winner

Accumulated 33 hackathon awards for various projects, amongst the highest wins in history. Full list of projects available on Devpost

Writing

On Medium, I've written 18+ articles so far, and plan to continue writing regularly summer 2022. Here are a few of my favorite medium articles that I have written.

In Response to β€œWhat’s the F-ing Point?”
No Publication, will not profit off this story October 6th, 2021

A response to an article discussing our purpose in this world combined with a discussion of my own purpose

This article is a reponse to my friend's article, where he discusses critiques of our Saratoga society. In my article, I respond to his ideas and then share my own story of finding my purpose in life.

Burnout β€” The Bane of Progress
Towards Data Science April 4th, 2021

How being an AI developer, hacker, and researcher lead to some of my lowest moments

This is a personal narrative and reflection on how I have learned to cope through draining times as an AI developer.

How Five High-Schoolers Won $9.5K From Hackathons in One Summer
Better Programming August 28th, 2020

Coding, winning prizes, and proving ourselves

Authored by Ayaan Haque, Adithya Peruvemba, Viraaj Reddi, Sajiv Shah, and Ishaan Bhandari

This article travels through the journey of my team, Haleakala Hacksquad, and how we became great hackers.

Skills and Interests

Areas and Fields of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Data Science
  • App/Web Development
  • Frontend/Backend/Fullstack


Languages and Frameworks
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