Mr. Prasanna is a Ph.D. scholar in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Galway, starting in September 2023. His doctoral research focuses on “Homophobia and Transphobia Detection in Social Media Comments,” under the supervision of Dr. Bharathi Raja Chakravarthi and the co-supervision of Prof. Paul Buitelaar. His doctoral research is funded by the SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence (CRT-AI) and the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Galway. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Application (BCA) from Guru Nanak College, Tamil Nadu, India, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Intelligence from the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITMK), India. His research interests primarily revolve around natural language processing, including text classification using machine learning, deep learning, and Large Language Models (LLMs). He is particularly focused on addressing hate speech against LGBTQ+ individuals in social media comments, especially for under-resourced languages. For his Master’s thesis, Mr. Prasanna worked on hope speech detection in code-mixed text using machine learning and transformer models. Before starting his Ph.D., he was involved as a Research Assistant in the Fidelity project, titled “Exploring Techniques to Detect and Mitigate Non-Inclusive Language Bias in Marketing Communications using a Dictionary-Based Approach” and “Few Shot Learning for Detecting Inclusive Languages comments”, with the Unit for Linguistic Data at the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, University of Galway, during the period from February 2023 to September 2023.
Supervisors: Dr. Bharathi Raja Chakravarthi and Prof. Paul Buitelaar