Hello Upwork Community!
I am Dr. Ahtsham Manzoor, a passionate technologist with a wealth of experience in the field of Information Technology. Over the years, I have honed my skills in various domains, including Recommender Systems, Conversational Human AI, NLP, and User Experience. My professional journey has led me to contribute to projects in fin-tech, insurance, and e-commerce on an international scale, providing me with a robust technical skill set and a customer-centric approach.
My technical expertise spans Data Science/ML/AI with proficiency in Python (numpy, seaborn, pandas, sklearn, statsmodels), Data Science tools, NLTK, Django, JuPyter, Pytorch, Google tools, RapidMiner, Tableau, Scrapy, Docker, Matplotlib, Plotly, and Cloud-computing.
In Software Development, I am skilled in Java, C#, PHP, SQL, Oracle, MySQL, A/B Testing, Firebase - Cloud Firestore, HTML, XML, and more. My Project Management skills include Google project management, Agile Methodologies (Scrum Kanban), Jira, Trello, Zoho projects, CI/CD, Git, and Microsoft Office.
Over the years, I have completed several certifications, highlighting a few of them in Interpersonal Skills Development AAU, Foundations of Project Management (Google), Introduction to Generative AI (Google Cloud), and Effective Presentation in Class and at Conferences.
As a scientist, I have managed and contributed to several applied Data Science and AI projects, overseeing teams and ensuring the state of the research processes. From conceptualizing use cases to system design and implementation, I bring solid competencies in statistical modeling, data analysis, visualizations, and above all user experience. My work also extends to the development of a novel KPI for customer-centric analysis of dialog systems' quality.
A decade ago, I initiated my journey in the software engineering domain. Overall, I spent around 5 years in developing mobile, web, and desktop enterprise solutions for various international clients. Afterward, cultivating my engineering skills, I delved into Data science, machine learning, and nowadays, generative AI stuff. Most I'm busy crafting novel business use cases and finding their scalable solutions fueled by software engineering, data engineering, and generative AI. In addition, my professional exposure to various tech stacks, system design, and application development enables me to think beyond lines and solve complex real-world problems by leveraging the aforementioned toolkits. I am passionate about tech talks and played my role as a technical consultant complimented by business informatics knowledge set for many organizations.
I've successfully earned a Ph.D. in Applied Informatics from the University of Klagenfurt with a focus on Advances in Conversational Recommendation.
Previously, engaged in an MSc in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
I am an effective and open-minded communicator, having collaborated with cross-functional teams. I am a self-learner, capable of performing under minimal management, and possess key leadership qualities.
Feel free to reach out, and let's explore how we can bring value to your portfolio together.
Ahtsham Manzoor, PhD