In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and volleyball, skiing, music, cooking, and bugging my cat, Mocha. I'm an avid reader and love to learn new languages— I speak Persian and English and a bit of French (now probably broken French), and I am trying to learn Mandarin. I love three things in particular: coffee, ice cream, and coffee ice cream!
Academic Journey: I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Systems. I have worked as a Systems and Process Engineer in several small companies and spent almost a year as an Engineer-in-residence at Caterpillar Inc. My industry experiences, in many ways, motivate my research on productivity and the changes in the structure of work, induced by technical change and innovation.
Before starting my Ph.D. journey in Information Systems, most of my research focused on Machine Learning using Fuzzy Logic (If you haven't heard of it, it's an alternative way of reasoning or logic to the more common statistical framework that dominates Machine Learning today). I worked at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Amirkabir University during my bachelor's, working on several projects. Later, I did my master's thesis on improving Machine Learning on incomplete data by applying Fuzzy Logic (Type II).