Profile


I am a second year PhD Student currently enrolled at Dalian University of Technology, where I have been awarded a research scholarship by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).
My supervisor is Dr. MingChu Li, Vice Dean of the School of Software, Dalian University of Technology. My research interests include Evolutionary Computation, Social Network Analysis, Game Theory, Computational Social Science and Recommender Systems.

I am a member of the Computational Social Science (CS2) Group and have close collaborations with Dr. Feng Xia, Head of DUT Phone Lab within the School of Software and Wang Zhen Head of Computational Social Science Lab within the School of Innovation Experiment.

I am an American national by birth, but spent my adolescent years in Georgetown, Guyana, where I attended Bishops' High School. I received my BSc. in Computer Science at the University of Guyana in 2005. Afterwhich, I majored in Law at the same University for 3 years, which has served to refine my reasoning versatility and diction. I was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to pursue MSc. in Computer Science at Mysore University, which I completed in 2010.

Over the years, I have been a part-time freelance computer specialist, undertaking countless projects in programming, network diagnostics, web and graphics design, computer repairs, teaching and specialized consultancy.In 2011, I held the position of Data and Communications Network Manager at Guyana Water Inc., where I was tasked with an array of network logistics and several other technical heuristics including Oracle Database Administration. I served in this capacity for one year, before resigning to pursue my research career.

Research Interests


Previously, my research interest was chiefly Recommender Systems, however I have recently been greatly intrigued by concepts in Evolutionary Game Theory. As such, my research has migrated to the fields of Social Network Analysis, Evolutionary Game Theory and Social Contagion.

I'll attempt to surmise my recent inspiration for my work as follows. We can observe that cooperation is ubiquitous in nature. Science, particularly, classical Game Theory, states that rational players often defect in an attempt to achieve a greater payoff. Evolutionary natural selection elects individuals with the greatest fitness for survival, suggesting that it is evolutionary viable to defect and exploit rather than cooperate. Yet, it seems quite contrary to intuition and almost self-destructive for exploitation to be preferred. Cooperation is not only evinced in social insects (eg. bees and ants), other animals (eg. meerkats and bats), but also humans, who have created highly developed cities and societies, with cooperation at its very foundation.
Perhaps the greatest feat of human cooperation exists today, in the form of the internet, which allows individuals around the entire world to connect. The internet offers a virtual social platform through which users share information and further cooperate. There is no doubt that the overall benefit achieved through cooperating far greater exceeds selfish efforts. Analyzing the dynamics of this perpetually changing environment, provides great insight into the identification and inter-connection of communities and the spread of human social behavior.

My current and upcoming work focusses on modelling and simulating social strategies that may contribute to the science of social evolution in an effort to unlock these great key mysteries surrounding the complexities of evolutionary theory.

Publications


2014

G.-H. Cui, M.-C. Li, X.-X. Fan, N. Deonauth, Z. Wang,
Optimism when winning and cautiousness when losing promote cooperation in the spatial prisoner’s dilemma game ,
Physica A (2014), (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2014.04.029)

Feng Xia, Nana Yaw Asabere, Haifeng Liu, Nakema Deonauth and Fengqi Li.
Folksonomy Based Socially-Aware Recommendation of Scholarly Papers for Conference Participants,
The 23rd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW),
Seoul, Korea, April 7-11, 2014.

2013

Feng Xia, Nana Yaw Asabere, Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues, Filippo Basso, Nakema Deonauth , Wei Wang.
Socially-Aware Venue Recommendation for Conference Participants,
The 10th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC),
Vietri sul Mare, Italy, December 2013.
Best Paper Award

Resume


Education



2012
Present
Dalian University of Technology, Liaoning, China.
PhD. in Computer Application and Technology.

2008
2010
Mysore University, Karnataka, India,
Masters Degree in Computer Science,

Pass with Distinction.

2005
2008
University of Guyana, Guyana, South America.
Pursued LLB Degree

2003
2005
University of Guyana, Guyana, South America.
BSc. Degree in Computer Science,

Pass with Distinction.

2001
2003
University of Guyana, Guyana, South America.
Dipolma in Computer Science,

Pass with Distinction.

1996
2001
Bishops' High School, Georgetown, Guyana, South America,
High School Diploma (9 CXC Subjects).

Fellowships / Awards



2012
Present
China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Government of The People's Republic of China.
For pursuing PhD. at Dalian University of Technology, China
2008
2010
ICCR General Commonwealth Scheme
Government of The Republic of India.
For pursuing MSc. at Mysore University, India.

Employment History



2008
Present
Computer Consultant
Freelance

2011
2012

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