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I am a PhD student at University of California, Davis, where I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Randall C. O'Reilly. Before joining here, I received my B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from University of Tehran in 2012, my M.Sc. in Computer Science from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2014, and my M.Sc. in Cognitive Science from University of Colorado Boulder in 2019.

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of computer science and neuroscience. More specifically, I am interested in studying general intelligence which is the ability to quickly and flexibly employ prior experience and adapt behavior in novel domains (i.e, extreme generalization). The emergence of Deep Learning that was historically inspired by the brain's mechanisms clearly reveals the impact of neuroscience on taking intelligent models to the next level. I believe that taking inspirations from the underlying mechanisms of the human brain will result in breakthroughs in future AI models.