About Me

I am Samira.

I am a PhD candidate at Institute for Logic Language and Computation at University of Amsterdam. My supervisor is Jelle Zuidema and my promoter is Rens Bod.

My general research interest is Cognitive Modeling. I am interested in working on deep neural models that are biologically plausible and can perform at a human level. I have chosen Language as the higher cognitive function that I am going to focus on because I think much of human intelligence is reflected in language.

I believe AI should help us in our lives, not by doing our jobs, but by assisting us to do them. Hence, I think it’s very crucial to understand how we work.

Me and my spouse moved to Amsterdam in 2014, when he started his PhD here. Actually, we started living together in Amsterdam :). When we moved here I was still working on my master thesis. On January 2015 I defended my master and officially graduated from University of Tehran, where I also have my bachelor degree from. My bachelor and master degrees are both in Computer Science.