I am a senior AI research scientist at Elemental Cognition where I work on AI systems that not only comprehend stories, but also explain their reasoning and answer 'why' (we are hiring!). I was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science in 2019. I am active in the AI startup community and I am a big believer in the power of sustainable startups disrupting different sectors through AI, something that is harder to achieve in big tech companies. I got my PhD at the Computer Science department of University of Rochester, with my thesis titled "From Event to Story Understanding". At Rochester, I worked under James F. Allen in Conversational Interaction and Spoken Dialogue Research Group. After graduation, I joined BenevolentAI labs in NYC as a senior research scientist to use NLP and AI for accelerating scientific discovery for major diseases. Before that, I spent about a year at Microsoft Research working on various Vision & Language problems and one summer at Google NYC working on Sentiment Analysis. I've got my bachelor's degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2012 where I was a member of NLP lab. I graduated from Farzanegan high school where I started my work in NLP and AI.
I will be co-chairing the system demonstration track at NAACL 2019. The Call for Papers to be announced soon.
I co-organized Linking Models of Lexical, Sentential and Discourse-level Semantics (LSDSem) workshop, with the ***Story Cloze Test*** as the shared task. Visit the Shared Task page for more details.