Who am I?

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About me

People find me to be self-sufficient, creative and self-motivated in projects and research. With a background in computer engineering and a double major master degree in communications system & networks and biomedical engineering, I see myself being an asset in interdisciplinary projects and research areas. I am passionate about solving real-world security and privacy problems and I try to deploy my diverse background for that purpose.

My Background

Experience

2020 Summer

Software Engineer Intern (Product Security)

Job Description

  • Improving the integration of security scanners, e.g., Brakeman, Bandit, BundleAudi, Gosec, in security orchestration tools, e.g., Salus, Clair, as well as automatic ticket creation in Jira based on their reports.
  • Designing and implementing a new service called vulnerability inventory for vulnerability management and analysis implemented using AWS Lambda and DynamoDB with a Datadog dashboard.
  • Implementing a Lambda service for automating security tasks via Tines (threat intelligence team).

2019 Summer

Software Engineer Intern

Job Description

In summer 2019, I was a Software Engineering Intern at Cisco under supervision of Eliot Lear and I worked on developing the MUD-Visualizer (open source) tool to facilitate deployment of Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD) standard for protecting IoT devices

An online version of the MUD-Visualizer is available at www.mudmaker.org.

2017 January - Present

Associate Instructor

Job Description

I am a PhD student and associate instructor (and sometime co-instructor) at Indiana University Bloomington.

  • Co-instructor of Cyber-Defense Competition course.
  • Associate instructor of Mathematics of Cyber Security, Secure Protocols, Economics of Security, Computer Systems Engineering, Computer Structures and Python Programming courses.
  • Research focused on MUD standard, applying machine learning on browser fingerprinting defensive measures, deep learning applications in binary analysis for facilitating reverse engineering of stripped binaries.
  • 2016 February - 2016 December

    Research Assistant

    Job Description

    As a member of the Visual Neuroscience group in Helsinki University Central Hospital, I designed and implementated a computational neuroscience simulator, namely CxSystem (and its successor CxSystem2). CxSystem2 has won the infrastructure voucher of Human Brain Project (HBP) which is the largest scientific project ever funded by the European Union. CxSystem and CxSystem2 are open source and available on GitHub.

    2015 July - 2015 December

    Research Assistant

    Job Description

    Developing a MEA-plate simulator as well as utilizing the simulation of spiking neuronal networks were for simple pattern recognition tasks. (Funded by Academy of Finland)

    2014 November - 2015 May

    Research Assistant - Master Thesis Worker

    Job Description

    I started to work on my master thesis in department of Pervasive Computing. The goal of my master thesis was to design and implement a realistic model of neuronal activity in MEA plates in order to create a simulated bio-integrated wireless sensor network. In another part, functional connectivity analysis of the neuronal networks were implemented both in MATLAB and CUDA (PyCUDA) and the performance improvement was evaluated.

    This research project was funded by the Academy of Finland under project number 278882, entitled Bio-integrated Software Development for Adaptive Sensor Networks.

    My Skills

    Project to Skill Mapping

    My Education

    Education

    Ongoing

    Computer Science

    Doctor of Philosophy

    I am currently a PhD student and an Associate Instructor (and sometime a co-instructor) at Indiana University Bloomington. I am also a member of the Prof. Camp's research group, working on security and privacy projects.

    2016

    Biomedical Engineering & Communication Systems and Networks

    Master of Science

    I started my master studies at Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland, studying Biomedical Engineering. In the second year of my master, I changed my degree type to a double major degree: biomedical engineering with a focus area on medical instrumentation and Information Technology with a focus area on Communication systems and networks. During my master studies, I also had extracurricular research in parallel computing, computational neuroscience, bioinformatics, and systems modelling.

    2012

    Computer Engineering

    Bachelor of Science

    I received my bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering with a major in computer hardware from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Tehran, Iran. During my bachelor I became involved in network traffic analysis and modelling as well as basic image processing. In the final year of my bachelor, I decided to continue my studies to master's level in an interdisciplinary field combining computer science and biomedical engineering to apply my knowledge of compute science in health-care.

    My Research History

    Publications

    Journal Articles

    Conference Articles

    My Achievements

    Honors and Awards

    Winning HackIN Competition

    We were ranked first in the HackIN Reverse Engineering Hackathon in Indianapolis and won the $4000 prize

    EMBS Open Finalist

    My paper "SiMEA: a Framework for simulating neurons on Multi-Electrode Array" selected as a finalist of the Student Paper Competition (SPC) in The 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'16), Florida, USA.

    Demola Tampere Best Project Award

    Our project won the best project award and Intel, as our project partner, licensed our product based on our prototype.

    My Hobbies &

    Interests

    • Music

      Music

      Music is my lifelong interest. I compose and arrange music from time to time and play four musical instruments: Piano, Tar, Setar and Tonbak. I am also member of Teekkarikuoro, i.e. choir group of engineering students of Tampere. I love classical, Jazz and Traditional Iranian music.

    • Articles

      Journal Articles

      I follow some journals and conferences related to my research areas of interest at my leisure, e.g. TIFS, EMBC and IMCS. On top of that, I read recommended online articles published in scientific magazine such as Technology Review and Wired.

    • Coding

      Programming

      I literally enjoy coding in any programming language. The research becomes more interesting when it intersects programming and that is when I will be engrossed in the research.

    • Technology

      Latest Gadgets

      I am eager to learn about and work with new gadgets. It is of most interest to me when the gadget is meant for development or programming, e.g. Raspberry Pi mini computer.

    • Sports

      Sports

      Doing sports, e.g. jogging, volleyball and swimming, is part of my interests. I believe disciplining oneself to do sport on a regular basis, although difficult, is the high-road to a healthy mind.

    • Podcast

      Podcast

      Podcasts could be informative and brain-boosting, if selected wisely. I usually listen to my podcast collection at my dead times.

    • Tutoring

      Tutoring

      I was tutor of new exchange students in TUT. As long as I have time for it, I volunteer to help new coming students because it makes me happy that I am helping others.

    • Photography

      Photography

      Photographing is among my absorbing hobbies. I firmly believe that it changes the way I see things and helps me to express my perspectives. I also have an official photography certificate from Iran ministry of culture.

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