News and Updates

Aug. 28 2020

PhD defense successful; Doctorate conferred

On August 28, 2020, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation, entitled "A Single-Shot Next Best View Approach Accompanied by a Dual-View Active Vision for Object Recognition Tasks." As the name suggests, I developed an active vision framework along with a viewpoint planning mechanism that enable robotic systems to effectively improve object recognition performance.

It took 5 years of hard work toward performing research, teaching, studying courses, and authoring publications to reach this pivotal moment of earning the PhD degree of Computer Science and Engineering from University of Nevada, Reno. Now, I am officially a doctor!

May 92020

I was chosen as the Outstanding International Graduate Student at University of Nevada, Reno

On May 8, 2020, I had the honor to be selected as one of the Outstanding International Graduate students of University of Nevada, Reno in the academic year of 2019-2020. This very competitive annual award is accompanied by a scholarship of $1000. The few recipients of this award are selected based on their scholarly work, scientific leadership, and extracurricular activities.

Apr. 172020

Our paper features the cover page of the Computers journal

Recently, the paper we published in Computers journal was chosen by the journal editors to feature the cover page of the quarterly in December 2019.

The paper proposed a novel active vision system for humanoid robots to increase the performance of object detection by dynamically utilizing two cameras to get different viewpoints of objects. One camera is on the robot's head and the other is installed in the forearm of the robot. Whenever there is an uncertain detection in the viewpoint of the head camera, the arm of the robot and the camera on it move toward the object to get a new viewpoint of it. The camera system automatically adjusts its pose towards the objects with uncertain detection. Later, after a matching stage, the detections from the two camera views are fused together to form the final results.

Apr. 72020

How I got interested in AI...

I want to start off this page with my personal story of how I chose to work on doing research on intelligent systems.

My journey in the field of machine learning and generally in artificial intelligence started in 2008 when the instructor of one of my graduate-level classes, and later my advisor, Dr. Khoei, distributed a three-page handout. One page about neural networks as a representative of machine learning methods, the other for genetic algorithm on behalf of evolutionary algorithms, and the last one about fuzzy logic as an expert system. After reading those brief notes, it was the point my fascination towards AI began. How enchanting is to have a system that learns, or evolves, or adopts the existing knowledge?

It was a turning point. Later, I learned other machine learning and evolutionary algorithms and grasped deeper understanding of how they work. Now, I am proud that I am a PhD candidate in my beloved field of research.

Apr. 72020

My online nest up and running! is officially live! šŸ„³

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