About Me

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). I am working under the supervision of professor Elena Zheleva in the EDGES lab. My research interests lie at the intersection of Causal Inference, Knowledge Discovery, and Machine Learning. Currently, I am working on causal discovery from healthcare data and heterogeneous treatment effect estimation.

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Tribhuvan University (TU) in Fall 2014. Before joining UIC, I worked as a Software Engineer on big data analytics, custom search engine, and web application development.


Shishir Adhikari, Akshay Uppal, Robin Mermelstein, Tanya Berger-Wolf, Elena Zheleva. Understanding the Dynamics between Vaping and Cannabis Legalization Using Twitter Opinions. AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) 2021.

Shishir Adhikari, Guido Muscioni, Mark Shapiro, Plamen Petrov, Elena Zheleva. Discovering Heterogeneous Causes of Repeated Undesirable Outcomes. Under submission 2022.

Shishir Adhikari. Causal Structure Learning when Data is not Independent and Identically Distributed (non-IID). A written critique as partial fulfillment of the requirements for Ph.D. qualifier examination 2020. PDF


Teaching Assistant
Introduction to Data Science (CS418)
Spring 2020, Spring 2022

Teaching Assistant
Machine Organization (CS261)
Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019


Outstanding Graduate TA Award 2020 by the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago