Dr. Shaikh is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNCC). She has a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science. She is also affiliate faculty member of the Data Science Initiative at UNCC and a National Consortium of Data Science Fellow. Her research expertise is in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Natural Language Processing. Her work has been funded by the Department of Defense, National Consortium of Data Science and the Charlotte Research Institute.