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.

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.

News Archive

04.19.2018. Persian Women in Tech Data Science Panel!

I will be serving as a panelist on data science panel of persian women in tech, Boston chapter gathering. Please join us if interested!

04.15.2018. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper (from my internship at Google Research) is accepted for poster presentation at the Collective Intelligence 2018 (CI'18).

01.10.2018. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper "Predicting Foreground Object Ambiguity and Efficiently Crowdsourcing the Segmentation(s)" is accepted for publication by the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV).

08.22.2017. A new and exciting chapter begins...

I'm thrilled and delighted to announce that I'll be joining the Rue La La Inc. to contribute to data science solutions using bleeding-edge technologies that power a half-billion-dollar online luxury retail website. I feel immensely humbled, privileged, and excited by this new opportunity and can't wait to get started!

08.02.2017. PhD Dissertation Defense!

I successfully defended my dissertation on "Accurate and Budget-Efficient Text, Image, and Video Analysis Systems Powered by the Crowd". Grateful to my advisors and mentors and very excited about the next chapter!

07.08.2017. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper on "Predicting Foreground Object Ambiguity and Efficiently Crowdsourcing the Segmentation(s)" is accepted to appear at the International Journal of Computer Vision.

06.27.2017. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper on "Exploration of Assistive Technologies Used by People with Quadriplegia Caused by Degenerative Neurological Diseases" is accepted to appear at the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.

06.25.2017. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted to appear at the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP), 2017.

01.17.2017. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted to one of the most important conferences in the field of communication research: International Communication Association (ICA).

11.21.2016. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted to International Journal of Computer Vision (VISI).

11.03.2016. Best Paper Runner-up Award at HCOMP Groupsight'16

Our paper won the best paper runner-up award at the workshop on Human Computation for Image and Video Analysis (in conjunction with HCOMP 2016).

08.30.2016. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral and poster presentation at the Human Computation for Image and Video Analysis (GroupSight) workshop to be held in conjunction with HCOMP 2016, in Austin, Texas.

08.15.2016. Another Travel Grant for Grace Hopper Celebration from Google

I have been selected for the Google GHC Intern Travel Grant. I will attend the conference on October 19th-21st in Houston, Texas.

08.07.2016. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Two papers are accepted for oral and demo presentation at the Interactive Medical Image Computation (IMIC) workshop to be held in conjunction with MICCAI 2016, in Athens.

08.03.2016. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Two papers are accepted in the Human Computation Conference 2016 (HCOMP'16). One for oral presentation in the main track and one for poster presentation.

05.16.2016. Internship at Google Research

I will be back to Google Research (San Francisco) working in the Machine Intelligence team (Manager: Dr. Praveen Paritosh).

04.26.2016. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral presentation at the International Workshop on Computer Vision for Microscopy Image Analysis (CVMI) to be held in conjunction with CVPR 2016 in Las Vegas on Friday, July 1.

09.22.2015. Internship Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper (from my internship at Google Research) is accepted for oral presentation at the Human Computation Conference 2015 (HCOMP'15).

08.11.2015. Travel Grant for Grace Hopper Celebration from Google

I have been selected for the Google GHC Intern Travel Grant. I will attend the conference on October 14-16th in Houston, Texas.

08.06.2015. Selected for 10XList (The Most Talented Women Engineers in College)

I have been chosen for inclusion to the 2017 10XList, a network of the top College Women Engineers. Based on the statement, the selection criteria is based on my peer recommendations, software engineering internship at Google, and research/teaching fellowship at Boston University.

06.17.2015. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for poster presentation at the Human Computation Conference 2015 (HCOMP'15).

05.31.2015. Internship at Google Research

I will spend Summer 2015 at Google Research (San Francisco) working in the Machine Intelligence team (Manager: Dr. Praveen Paritosh).

05.01.2015. Travel Grant for Collective Intelligence Conference

I received the travel grant to attend the Collective Intelligence Conference in May 2015 in San Jose.

03.1.2015. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral presentation at the CVPR Conference 2015 (premier annual computer vision conference).

02.25.2015. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral presentation at the Collective Intelligence Conference 2015 (CI'15).

01.16.2015. Travel Grant for CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop

I received the travel grant to attend Grad Cohort Workshop held in April 2015 in San Francisco.

02.25.2015. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral presentation at the Collective Intelligence Conference 2015 (CI'15).

12.24.2014. Student Volunteer Scholarship at CSCW'15

I have been selected to serve as a Student Volunteer (SV) at CSCW'15 in March 2015 in Vancouver.

09.14.2014. Best Paper Award at MICCAI'14

Our paper won the best paper award for innovative idea at the Interactive Medical Image Computing (IMIC) Workshop(in conjunction with MICCAI 2014).

08.26.2014. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral and demo presentation at the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision(WACV'15).

08.20.2014. Graduate College of Arts and Science Veteran ITF Talks at Orientation

This year is going to be my second year of talking at the International Teaching Fellow orientation sessions. This orientation is for incoming international graduate students in GRS, and aims to make them more prepared for their TF duties. These are the topics we have to cover: Managing Language and Cultural Differences and Effective Ways of Improving English, Relating Effectively to US Undergrads and Faculty, Making Friends and Social Connections, Managing Time and Being an Effective Grad Student as well as TF , and An ITFs View of Teaching US Undergrads (at BU).

07.24.2014. NSF award to Margrit Betke's group (my research group) on crowdsourcing annotations of cell images

My research group has won a new grant to support our research entitled “RI: Small: Using Humans in the Loop to Collect High-quality Annotations from Images and Time-lapse Videos of Cells.”.

07.24.2014. Artemis Project

I was a part of this project which aimed to expose a group of girls(age 13-14) to different varieties of computer science(computer vision being one of them). I helped another PhD student to do an introduction to computer vision, and accomplish a computer lab activity with the girls.

07.14.2014. Summer Pathway 2014

I led the Image and Video Computing lab's outreach effort for this year's summer pathways (for high school girls interested in STEM). After introducing the BU CS department and its research labs, I described HCI/computer vision projects of our department to the girls, and accomplished a fun computer science activity with them.

07.06.2014. Paper Acceptance Notification!

Our paper is accepted for oral and demo presentation at the Interactive Medical Image Computation (IMIC) workshop to be held in conjunction with MICCAI 2014, in Boston on Sunday, September 14.

01.21.2014. Travel Grant for CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop

I received the travel grant to attend Grad Cohort Workshop held in April 2014 in Santa Clara.