Sometimes it's the very people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things
that no one can imagine. The Imitation Game (2014)

I am a physicist interested in network science. I was a visiting scientist at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, working with Prof. Matteo Marsili ​in the field of Data Analysis and Text Mining on "the Application of the Critical Variable Selection in Keyword Extraction". I'm very interested in interdisciplinary application of Machine Learning and Data Analysis particularly Social Network Analysis, and I am looking for a PhD position in those fields. My Master's thesis was about analyzing epileptic EEG data to identify epileptic focus and predict epileptic seizure using ​Unsupervised Machine Learning. In addition, I've been invited 3 times by Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) in Iran to give lectures in one 50-hour course on Java Programming (at the age of 18) and two 16-hour courses on Data Analysis with Python (at the age of 22 & 23) to graduate students. Also, I have teaching assistant experience in two graduate and one undergraduate courses. On the other hand, before going to Master's program, I was so active in industry and I got some awards. I started working as a Java developer at IT Center of IUT when I was a high school student. At the same time, I also worked on a project in my free time, namely Smart Bandwidth Manager (SBM). After its successful results, I was awarded the National Youth Kharazmi Award in the field of Computer Science by the minister of Science, Research and Technology and minister of Education. I was also honored as Outstanding Researcher and awarded Undergraduate Scholarship by the president of IUT. In addition, I worked on two other long projects at IUT and Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT), for which some information is available in Long Projects section. Furthermore, I involved as a member of Local Organizing Committee in one international conference, International Iran Conferences on Quantum Information 2014 (IICQI) and one national conference, 12th Iran National Conference on Condensed Matter Physics.

CV

Research Experience

  • Visiting Scientist, Quantitative Life Sciences section, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy.
    Nov 2016 - Feb 2017.

    Continuing working with Prof. Matteo Marsili.

    Fields of research: Keyword Extraction, Data Analysis, Complex Systems, Statistical Learning, Text Mining.

    • Application of the Critical Variable Selection in Keyword Extraction.
  • Visiting Researcher, School of Computer Science, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran.
    Sep 2016 - Oct 2016.

    Working with Dr. Marzieh Zare.

    Fields of research: Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Complex Systems.

    • Identifying correlation states of the brains of 12 patients suffering language-based learning disorder (LLD).
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Transportation Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.
    Sep 2016 - Nov 2016.

    Working with Dr. Meisam Akbarzadeh.

    Fields of research: Data Analysis, Network Science, Public Transportation, Power Law Behavior.

    • Investigating taxi services data in the city of Isfahan and study dynamics of its network.
  • Graduate Researcher (ICTP Diploma's Thesis), Quantitative Life Sciences section, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy.
    May 2016 - Sep 2016.

    Under supervision of Prof. Matteo Marsili.

    Fields of research: Keyword Extraction, Data Analysis, Complex Systems, Statistical Learning, Text Mining.

    • Implementing the Critical Variable Selection (CVS) algorithm in Python.
    • Designing and building a keyword extraction tool based upon CVS.
  • Graduate Researcher (Master's Thesis), Department of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.
    2014 - 2015.

    Under supervision of Dr. Farhad Shahbazi.

    Fields of research: EEG Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Stochastic Processes, Complex Systems.

    • Identifying epilepsy seizures focus by correlation matrix and stochastic processes methods.
    • Investigating the possibility of seizure prediction using hierarchical clustering of correlation matrices of different parts of brain over time.
  • Researcher, Association of Efflorescence Creativity, Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT), Isfahan, Iran.
    2011 - 2013.
    • Implementing an integrated Electronic Content Management System (eCMS).
    • Upgrading eLibrary to eCMS.
  • Researcher, IT Center, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.
    2007 - 2011.
    • Designing and implementing Smart Bandwidth Manager (SBM) core.
    • Developing, testing and debugging SBM v2.2.1.
  • Researcher, Research Projects Office, Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT), Isfahan, Iran.
    2010.
    • Developing, testing and debugging SBM v2.2.1.

Education

  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy

    Pre-doctoral Student, Condensed Matter Physics, 2015 - 2016.

    Supervisor: Prof. Matteo Marsili.


    Thesis title: "Application of the Critical Variable Selection in Keyword Extraction".

  • Isfahan University of Technology, Iran

    M.Sc., Physics, 2013 - 2015.
    GPA: 19.15/20 (4.00/4.00).

    Supervisors: Dr. Farhad Shahbazi.


    Master’s thesis title: "Investigation of Epileptic Seizures by Analyzing EEG Data using Machine Learning".

    Abstract

    Fields of research: EEG Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Stochastic Processes, Complex Systems.

    • Identifying epilepsy seizures focus by correlation matrix and stochastic processes methods.
    • Investigating the possibility of seizure prediction using hierarchical clustering of correlation matrices of different parts of brain over time.
  • Isfahan University of Technology, Iran

    B.Sc., Physics, 2009 - 2013.
    GPA: 17.54/20 (3.78/4.00).
    Major GPA: 17.82/20 (3.85/4.00).

  • Saadi High School & Adle Pre-University School

    Diploma, Mathematics & Physics, 2005 - 2009.
    Diploma GPA: 19.69/20 (4.00/4.00), Pre-University GPA: 19.51/20 (4.00/4.00).

Publications

Honors and Awards

Computer-related:

  • Merit-Based Admission Offer, to full-time Master Program in both Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence sections without Entrance exam, School of Computer Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2013.
  • Honored as Outstanding Researcher Activity, SBM Project, President of IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2010.
  • Institute of Steel Employee Support & Retirement Fund Award , Chairman & CEO, Tehran, Iran, 2010.
  • Ranked 2nd in 11th Iranian National Youth Kharazmi Award with the Statuette, for Smart Bandwidth Manager (SBM) Project, Minister of Science, Research and Technology & Minister of Education, Iran, 2009.

Physics-related:

  • PhD Admission Offer with 4-year Fellowship in both Statistical Physics and Biophysics program at SISSA, Trieste, Italy, 2016. (declined)
  • Isfahan University of Technology Dean Award with the Statuette, President of IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2010 & 2015.
  • Ranked 1st, out of 70 Students, in all Programs of M.Sc. Physics according to GPA, IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2014 & 2015.
  • Ranked 1st, out of 33 M.Sc. Students, in Condensed Matter Physics Program according to GPA, IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2014 & 2015.
  • Ranked 15th in 18th Iranian National Collegiate Scientific Olympiad, among all B.Sc Physics Students of Nation, Iran, 2013.
  • Merit-Based Admission Offer, to full-time Master Program in Physics without Entrance exam, IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2013.
  • Ranked 4th, out of 67 in Undergraduate Physics program , according to GPA, IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2013.
  • Selected as an Exceptional Talent in Physics Department , IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2010 - 2015.

Fellowships & Grants

  • ICTP Scholarship and Travel Grant, ICTP, Trieste, Italy, 2015 - 2016.
  • Iranian National Elites Foundation 2-year Graduate Fellowship, Government of Iran, 2014 & 2015.
  • Iranian National Elites Foundation 4-year Undergraduate Fellowship, Government of Iran, 2009 - 2013.
  • University Outstanding Student Scholarship, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, 2010 & 2015.
  • Isfahan University of Technology Research Grant, for Master Thesis, Isfahan, Iran, 2014.
  • Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT) Research Grant , for "Electronic Content Management System (eCMS)" Project, Association of Efflorescence Creativity, Isfahan, Iran, 2011.
  • Iranian National Elites Foundation Research Grant, for "Smart Bandwidth Manager (SBM)" Project, Vice President for Science and Technology, Government of Iran, 2010.

Invited Lectures

Isfahan University of Technology has invited me 3 times to give series of lectures in different programming courses.

  • Scientifc Computing with Python: An Introduction to Data Analysis & High Performance Computing (16 hours), for graduate students of Physics, Department of Physics, IUT, Winter 2015.

    At the age of 23, I was invited by "Department of Physics" of Isfahan University of Technology to teach Scientifc Computing with Python to graduate students of Physics.

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  • Python Short Course for Physics Students: An introduction to Scientifc Computing (14 hours), for graduate students of Physics, Electronic and Open Learning Center, IUT, Winter 2014.

    At the age of 22, I was invited by IUT Physics department to teach Scientifc Computing with Python to graduate students of Physics.

    Github
  • Java course: from Novice to Professional (50 hours), Electronic and Open Learning Center, IUT, Summer 2010.

    At the age of 18, I was invited by "Electronic and Open Learning Center" and "IT Center" of Isfahan University of Technology to teach Java to senior and graduate students of Computer Science & Engineering.

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Selected Academic & Teaching Experience and Presentation

2-year Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics I (graduate course)

    Module Tutors: Dr. Seyed Javad Hashemifar

  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics II (graduate course)

    Module Tutors: Dr. Farhad Shahbazi

  • Modern Physics (undergraduate course)

    Module Tutor: Dr. Farhad Fazileh

  • Monthly Presentation (in English), Condensed Matter & Statistical Physics, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.

    Instructor: Dr. N. Seriani & Dr. O. Gonzalez

Long Projects

3 National Projects through 6 years from 2008 to 2013.

  • Smart Bandwidth Manager (SBM), IT Center, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, 2008 - 2010.

    SBM is a dynamic network bandwidth management software that smartly controls and manages bandwidth of a network of sub-centers based on predefiened priorities and limits of sub-centers and tries to keep total usage bandwidth on specific value. SBM works with Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS) of Routers and Switches. It was tested on internet bandwidth of Isfahan University of Technology, and finally SBM saves 48,000$ per year (equals to 30 years salary of one employee in my country). I started working on this project at the age of 16.

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    Awards & Grants:

    • Iranian National Elites Foundation Research Grant, Vice President for Science and Technology, Government of Iran, 2010.
    • Institute of Steel Employee Support & Retirement Fund Award, Presidents' Organization, 2010.
    • Honored as Outstanding Researcher, President of Isfahan University of Technology, 2010.
    • Isfahan Province Education Organization Award, Presidents' Organization, 2010.
    • Research Council of Isfahan Province Education Organization Award, Presidents' Organization, 2010.
    • Ranked 2nd in 11th Iranian National Youth Kharazmi Award, Minister of Science, Research and Technology & Minister of Education, 2009.

  • Electronic Library (eLibrary), IT Center, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, 2007 - 2010.

    eLibrary enables users to search the profiles (metadata such as title, authors, ISBN, publisher, year, ...) of several thousands ebooks and eventually view the specific ebook that they are looking for. Technically eLibrary consists of both desktop and web applications. In desktop part "eBook Scanner" is responsible for scanning specific hard drive to find ebooks, reading their metadatas and storing them in database. In web part "eBook Search" and "eBook Treeview" enables users to search in metadata and subject (treeview display) respectively. Some other applications was designed for managing this system in both desktop and web part. eLibrary was designed for faculty members and students of university to focus on research and get ebooks in one click. eLibrary was sold to two universities (Tafresh University and Islamic Azad University of Majlesi) each paid 8000$ (equals to 5 years salary of one employee in my country).

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  • Electronic Content Management System (eCMS), Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT), Isfahan, Iran, 2011 - 2013.

    eCMS is a research project which its important task is extraction metadata such as title, authors, ISBN, publisher, year, ... from ebook files (pdf, djvu, djv, epub, mobi, ...). eCMS can extract metadata from ebook files and check them with LoC website for validity then stores these information in database in order to use by eLibrary. It also extracts covers from ebooks and use Tesseract OCR technology for scanned ebooks.

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    Grant & Certification:

    • Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT) Research Grant, Isfahan, Iran, 2011.
    • Isfahan Science & Technology Town (ISTT) Acomplishment Certification , Isfahan, Iran, 2011.

Computer Skills

More than 11 years' experience in computer programming.
  • Java
    8 years' experience

    • Multithreaded Programming, Object Oriented Programming, Socket Programming, Web Scraping.
    • JSP, JSF, Hibernate, Swing, JUnit, Log4j, GWT, NIO, Java Sockets, RegEx, iText, Servlets, Struts, JDBC.

  • Python
    4 years' experience

    • Scientific Computing.
    • NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Scikit-learn, SciPy, VPython, Dask, NetworkX, Graph-tool, Blosc, Bcolz.

  • Databases

    MYSQL, SQLite.

  • Softwares

    Gephi, Mathematica, Maple.

  • IDE & Editor

    Netbeans, IPython, Spyder, IEP IDE, PyScripter, Ninja IDE, PyCharm, Wing IDE, Eclipse.

  • Other

    GIT, Fortran, C++, PHP, Javascript, AJAX, SQL, LaTex.

Conference Organization

  • 12th Iran National Conference on Condensed Matter Physics

    Member of Organization Committee, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, January 2015.

  • International Iran Conferences on Quantum Information 2014 (IICQI)

    Member of Local Coordinating Committee, Sharif University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, September 2014.

    Web site: http://iicqi.sharif.edu/events/iicqi-14

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