Congrats, and good luck, Rustom!

SONIC is delighted to introduce Rustom Ichhaporia, who is a senior at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora (IMSA).

This summer, we were proud to host Rustom Ichhaporia as a research intern working on the My Dream Team project. While the internship has ended, we would  like to extend the biggest congratulations to him, who recently presented at OCMC 2019, and has his paper accepted at the 8th International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications happening in Lisbon, Portugal!

Rustom’s internship focused on studying how traits and social networks influence team formation. Driven by his passion for teams and statistical analysis, he enjoyed learning multiple social network analysis methods and participated in a research project. During the summer, Rustom organized, analyzed, and described datasets using the R package statnet. He used Exponential Random Graph Models to study the factors that are most likely to explain the selection, acceptance, and rejection of invitations in self-assembling teams.

Rustom and his poster “A Network Approach to Study the Formation of Self-Assembled Teams”

Based on his analysis, he wrote a paper with Diego Gómez-Zará, a PhD student at SONIC, describing the findings of this research study. The paper has been accepted to the 8th International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications to be held in December 2019 in Lisbon. During his time at SONIC, Rustom demonstrated his analytic skills, critical thinking, perseverance, and determination to conduct research projects, all qualities that will make him outstanding as a data scientist.

The SONIC Lab thanks Rustom for all of his hard work this summer, and wishes him luck in his future studies!