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IST Ph.D. Student
Graduate Adviser
Vasant Honavar
Graduate Cohort
Ph.D., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State (in progress)
Ph.D. Minor, in Statistics, Penn State, 2020
M.S., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2020
M.S., Artificial Intelligence, Kharazmi University, 2015
B.S., Computer Software Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2013

I am a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) of Informatics at the college of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University. I further hold a Ph.D. minor in Statistics and a Master of Science in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State. I am advised by Dr. Vasant Honavar (IST) and Dr. Aleksandra Slavkovic (Statistics). Before joining Penn State, I received a Master's degree in artificial intelligence and a Bachelor's degree in computer software engineering.

Research Interests

I specialize in machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence. During Ph.D., I have a focus on the following areas: (i) Causal inference in machine learning, (ii) Fairness and interpretation in machine learning, and (iii) Applying machine learning to health care. I am a member of the Artificial Intelligence Research Lab, a fellow at the Biomedical Big Data Training Program, and an AI Student Ambassador at Intel Co. You can find my CV here.

Media Coverage: My paper “Fairness in Algorithmic Decision Making: An Excursion Through the Lens of Causality” made its way to the news at (non-exhaustive):

  1. EurekAlert! by AAAS,
  2. Science Daily
  3. The Science Times
  5. Penn State News.

Professional Service: 

Paper reviewer: ICLR-21, NeurIPS-20, ICML-20, ACM CHIL-20 (Program Committee), NeurIPS-19, PLOS ONE, WMSCI-19.

Invited judge: Penn State official undergraduate poster exhibition (2018).

Research Keywords
Fair and Interpretable Machine Learning, Causal Inference, Machine Learning in Health Care