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Mr Sagar Uprety

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Professional biography

Sagar Uprety is a Marie Curie Researcher and a final year PhD student at The Open University, UK.  His research focusses on investigating quantum-like phenomena in user behaviour in Information Retrieval and building quantum-inspired user models. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Physics from BITS Pilani, India. After graduating, he worked for 2 years as a Software Engineer with projects including writing backend code for a vertical search engine (Stayzilla) and to perform query intent classification for voice search and chatbots using Convolutional Neural Networks (at Justdial). 

In 2017, he joined European Commision's Horizon 2020 QUARTZ project at The Open University to work on Quantum-inspired user models for information interaction.  Within this project, he has also been seconded twice to Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Research interests

Broadly, Sagar is interested in the human factor in the design of intelligent systems. His research focuses on using concepts from cognitive and behavioural sciences to improve understanding of user interactions. Specifically, he works on using similarities between behaviours of quantum and cognitive systems to build conceptual and mathematical models of online user behaviour which violates rationality. 

He is also interested in applying theories from behavioural economics to model decisions in the online information space. 

His research interests can be thus categorised:

  1. Quantum Cognition
  2. Human Information Interaction
  3. User Modelling

Teaching interests

Sagar's teaching interests include Information Retrieval, Quantum Cognition and Data Science. 

External collaborations

Sagar has external collaborations with:

  1. Professor Peter Bruza's group in Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  2. Qiuchi Li, Benyou Wang and Prayag Tiwari at University of Padua, Italy