I am a third-year Computer Science PhD candidate (with distinction) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) working with W. Bruce Croft. I am currently a research assistant at the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR). My research interests include various aspects of information retrieval (IR), recommender systems, and text mining. I am currently focusing on modeling the core IR problems, e.g., query representation, document representation, and ranking, via (deep) neural networks. I regularly publish and serve as PC member in major IR venues.

During my PhD, I completed two research internships at Google (summer 2016) and Microsoft (summer 2017). Prior to UMass, I was fortunate to be advised by Azadeh Shakery as a Master student at the University of Tehran, Iran.

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Academic Services

  • ACM SIGIR Student Liaison (representing North and South America) 2017 – now
  • Organizer:
  • Program Committee Member:
    • SIGIR 2018
    • WWW 2018
    • WSDM 2018
    • RecSys 2018
    • CIKM 2017
    • NeuIR @ SIGIR 2017
    • KG4IR @ SIGIR 2017
    • LEARNER @ ICTIR 2017
    • RecSysChallenge @ RecSys 2017
  • Reviewer:
    • TKDE 2018
    • JASIST 2016, 2017
    • Inf. Syst. 2017

Selected Publications: