I am currently a senior researcher at Microsoft Turing in Montreal, where I work on natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning, particularly on word, sentence and sentence pair semantics. I am interested in the general goal of teaching machines to understand language, and in this direction, I mainly focus on understanding neural networks to improve semantic representation. I am also interested in knowledge representation and information extraction.

Before joining Microsoft in 2017, I was graduated with a PhD in computer science from University of Munich (LMU). I was supervised by Hinrich Schütze and my main research focus was on representation learning for the tasks of fine-grained entity typing and relation extraction. Before doing PhD, I obtained my MS from Sharif University of Technology in 2012 and my BS from University of Tehran in 2009.

As professional activities, I co-organized two workshops on Subword and Character level models in NLP (SCLeM) at EMNLP 2017 and NAACL 2018. I will be an Area Chair for lexical semantics track at ACL 2021 and Remote Presentation Co-chair at the same venue. I have also served as a program committee member at various top NLP conferences: ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, COLING, EACL, CoNLL, LREC. You can find my CV here.