About Me

Welcome to my home page. I was a PhD candidate in the department of Computer Science at Boston University. I worked under the supervision of Professor Margrit Betke and Professor Danna Gurari. Following the completion of my degree in August 2017, I moved to my current role as a data scientist at Rue La La, Boston MA which combines my passion for data science, machine learning and fashion!

My PhD research followed two paths. The first path was at the intersection of Human Computation and Computer Vision. I was developing techniques for crowdsourcing to achieve a better understanding of biological processes. I was also developing systems to combine efforts of crowdsourced humans and algorithms to segment and track cells in phase contrast and fluorescence images.

The second path lied at the intersection of Human Computation and Natural Language Processing. I spent two summers (2015 and 2016) as an intern at Google Research under the supervision of Dr. Praveen Paritosh, working on designing and improving a human computation framework to better understand diverse question answer content in community QA websites. As my final thesis project, I developed an online crowdsourcing platform for 2016 U.S. presidential election tweet analysis.

Prior to that, I got my B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. My research interests include Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (my primary focus and research field), Applied Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Processing.

Check out our most recent work on "predicting the vulnerability of a person to believe political claims" here.

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Boston University
Department of Computer Science
111 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA, 02215
Email: sameki @ bu . edu (Please remove the spaces)

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