I'm Mohammad Reza

I'm M.Sc. student at Montreal institute for learning algorithms (Mila) and Université de Montréal, and co-founder at Daftar-e-Hokmrani. Prior to that, I finished my internship at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and worked at MetoData as a data scientist. I also received my B.Sc. in Computer Science from Sharif University of Technology.
I am enthusiastic about understanding how intelligence is grounded in computation, how we can implement it in neural systems, and developing agents capable of reasoning in complex situations. Moreover, I am interested in bringing artificial intelligence to policymaking, economics, and social science.

My CV

Experiences

Education

  • Mila - UdeM
    2021 - Pres.

    I'm doing my M.Sc. at Mila (Québec AI Institute) and Université de Montréal, working with Profs. Sarath Chandar and Irina Rish. My master's research focuses on credit assignment in reinforcement learning.

  • Sharif University of Technology
    2016 - 2021

    I did my Bachelor's in computer science at Sharif University of Technology and ranked top 0.3% in Iran’s university entrance exam. I was a researching assistant of Prof. Salehkaleybar, and we worked on reinforcement learning, imitation learning, and causal learning.

  • National Olympiad in Informatics
    2013 - 2015

    I started my journey in computer science by preparing for the olympiad in informatics during high school. I attained many skills in challenging and solving combinatorial questions, algorithmic problems, and also programming. Consequently, I was awarded the silver medal in the 25th Iran’s Nationwide Olympiad in Informatics (INOI).

Research & Work

  • Daftar-e-Hokmrani
    2021 - Pres.

    I am co-founder at Daftar-e-Hokmrani, a think tank aiming to provide coherent insights for functionality and transparency in Iranian governance. Previously, I also was its head of the executive team.

  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
    2020 - 2021

    I did a remote research internship at EPFL VITA lab, focusing on causal imitation learning for autonomous driving. I worked with Prof. Alexandre Alahi and Prof. Salehkaleybar (my supervisor at the Sharif University), which led to a preprint paper

  • MetoData Company
    2021

    I worked at an AI company as a data scientist. I employed various methods and approaches like reinforcement learning, deep learning, and data science tools to advance our projects.

  • University of Essex
    2020 - 2021

    I remotely collaborated with University of Essex on a deep NLP project. My main contribution was designing, implementing, training, and testing deep architectures for a classification problem on Potentially Idiomatic Expressions.

  • Shenakht Pajouh
    2017 - 2020

    I was a researcher and program manager at Shenakht Pajouh, a startup active in AI and cognitive science. I participated in a research program to learn foundational linguistics concepts and create artificial models with language understanding capability.

  • Smart Iran
    2020

    I was a member of the Smart Iran team, a group working on AI transformation in Iran, for the Iranian ministry of ICT. I contributed to producing guidance documents and roadmaps.

  • Teaching
    2016 - 2021

    My early experiences with students came as an instructor of the olympiad in informatics. Since graduating from high school and for three years, I taught algorithm design, programming, and graph theory to high school students preparing for the olympiad. After that, I resumed my teaching experience as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate courses.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Data Science Seminar
    2017

    I was co-organizer of the first scientific seminar on Data Science at Sharif University. This event took place in two days by inviting researchers, engineers, and managers.

  • Shenasa
    2017 - 2019

    I co-founded Shenasa, the Sharif Cognitive Science interdisciplinary scientific community defined among CS, Math, EE, Physics, Chemistry, and Philosophy of science Departments. Also, I was selected in its first central council.

  • Hamband Scientific Association
    2017 - 2018

    I was elected as a member of the central council of Hamband, the scientific association of the Computer Science and Mathematics department of Sharif University. We organized extracurricular events such as Data Science Seminar.

Publications and Projects

Skills and Interests

I am passionate about studying computational models of learning, perception, language, and reasoning, particularly in the framework of machine learning. Therefore, I explore AI from various perspectives such as philosophy of mind, psychology, cognitive science, and computer science to assess the notions of intelligence and learn the impacts of AI.
I am skilled in developing deep learning and reinforcement learning projects, and have experience in programming in languages like Python, C++, and Java. I am also interested in understanding intelligence in the framework of Bayesian reasoning and probabilistic models.
Apart from computer science and mathematics, I have curiosity and concern about philosophy, politics, economics, and social science. I am interested in swimming, movies, and music (I play guitar 🎸).

Blog

I enjoy writing about what I've learned, my interests, and my experiences. I hope to write more in the future.