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Israa Al-Qassem

Israa studies data mining and machine learning in the Computer Science Department at Purdue. In short, machine learning encompasses a variety of activities meant to teach computers to think and learn beyond their initial programming. In particular, Israa is trying to make your email inbox more intuitive. She is developing an algorithm that will predict which emails you will reply to based on your past behavior, and then prioritize your inbox accordingly.

Why Purdue?

Diversity plus as excellent education

Career goal?

I want to be a data scientist.

Favorite fact about Purdue?

It’s located in a peaceful town.

How do you recharge physically and/or mentally

Getting enough sleep, taking a long walk, going on a road trip

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

I prepare a to-do list before going to sleep.

What apps, software, or tools can't you live without?

WhatsApp and Skype

What's your workspace setup like?

I have a home office with a standing desk.

What's your favorite to-do list manager?

I'm old fashioned. I always prefer paper and pen.

What are you currently reading, or what is the last thing you read (aside from academic reading)?

The Little Prince

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Believe in yourself


Number of Graduate Students Enrolled Since 2010: 20


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