I am a Research Assistant Professor (Research Scientist and Lecturer) in the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and a Research collaborator at the UCLA Center for SMART Health and the UCLA Wireless Health Institute. My work on mobile and human-centered computing is situated at the intersection of computer science, cognitive science and the health sciences. My main interests ranges from algorithm design and optimization to data analytics and machine learning, particularly focusing on medical informatics and mobile health applications.
Currently, I am utilizing the mobile technology to investigate the effects of various visual impairments on quality of life in affected individuals. I am the founder of the Project EyeSee, in which I am designing a new wave of interactive, context-aware, and augmented reality-based apps that significantly improve the quality of life in people with low vision and cognitive deficits. The design of EyeSee apps follows a user centered approach that enables the users to be involved in all the phases of the development.
I received my B.Sc. degree from Sharif University in 2007. I earned my M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees both in computer science from UCLA in 2010 and 2012. My doctoral research led to the development of the UCLA Smart Insoles, a mobile computing platform that has been used in multiple clinical trials for gait analysis, activity monitoring, and plantar pressure measurement. My Ph.D. was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in which I was a principal investigator of an NIH-funded study to investigate the risk of falls in glaucoma patients. I have served on the Technical Program Committee for several conferences in the fields of human-computer interaction, mobile computing, and data analytics. I am a named inventor on three US patents, two of which have been licensed and moving towards commercialization. I am the recipient of the Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, UCLA Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research, Alcon Young Investigator Award, and the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award. I have received unrestricted gifts from influential companies such as Google and Symantec for pursuing end-to-end collaborative research.
The core areas of my research include Wearable Sensing Platforms, Mobile Computing, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics.
The following is a list of academic institutions with which I am currently collaborating or have collaborated in the past.