I dedicate this page to describe myself and talk about different dimensions of my personality.
- Social Contributions
- Arts and Culture
- People of My Life
The main interest of my life is to discover and understand the system of the human brain, one of the most astonishing elements of which is the Language. I am also amazed by the power of computers in our era and I see an immense influence of Digitalization and Robotics in many aspects of human’s current and near future life. Since I would like to have my impact on its development, I am standing on the meeting point between Linguistics, Social Robotics, Cognitive Science, and Artificial Intelligence, where I will be investigating the aspects of language acquisition by the interaction of Furhat robot with young (atypical learner) children. Ultimately, I wish to be a professor who changes the way for decades universities education have been; pretty inefficient let’s say. I would love to substitute coaching with teaching, the way to make the best use of physical attendance.
I studied bachelor’s of Computer Science at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. Then in 2017 I studied a year of the M.A. in Human-Computer Interaction in the Trento University In Italy. In 2018 I started M.Sc. in Cognitive Science –Language and Multimodal Interaction– at the same university in the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC). In 2019 I was a guest research intern in Tilburg University in the Netherlands in the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence group working on Computational Modeling of Language Acquisition and continued working on my master thesis in the same group.
I will start my PhD in Linguistics under MSCA ITN Early Language Development in the Digital Age (e-LADDA) project in October 2020, where I will be Associate Researcher at Furhat Robotics in Stockholm, Sweden, and Graduate Student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab. My supervisor are prof. dr. Gabriel Skantze at Furhat Robotics, and prof. dr. Mila Dimitrova Vulchanova at NTNU.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
I have ADHD. I’ve been diagnosed with it on 2005 being 12 Y.O. Ever since I read, searched, and investigated ADHD as a matter of introspection and self-awareness which gave me a unique profound understanding of it. The prevalence of ADHD is ~5% of humanity. Not everyone is as lucky as me in getting proper support and growing opportunities (simply a psychologist mother and being a bit lucky to have great people in my life who inspired me). So, I decided to share with society what randomly was given to me, and support people with Neurodevelopmental disorders, especially with ADHD, as much as I can, and with any possible way I am able to.
I have settled agreements with our kind and sympathetic disability office staff and Neurodiversity group members of our university. They not only supported me in any ways they could, but also, we managed to establish an official academic support for people with ADHD as for one of the first universities in Italy. I will continue this way and if you have a say about ADHD just contact me. I will be more than happy to be of help.
Please educate yourself with ADHD, whoever you are. Because ~5% of prevalence means one from each 20 people you see in your life has ADHD. And that can be your family, loved one, friend, colleague, or whoever you might care about. So please take your time and as an initiation I refer you to one of the best video descriptions ever by Dr. Brown here on youtube.
For more information about ADHD please go to my Page abuot it: Ali.MK/adhd
take a look at cimec.ali.mk. TBA
Arts and Culture
Apart from all these, I am into folk dances. I started dancing so called BalFolk, on September 2017 within a dance group in Trento city in the north of Italy. Our dance group’s name is 33 Trent-in-Folk. BalFolk is not what you might think of traditional dances performed wearing shiny ancient clothes on the stages in national ceremonies. But it is a new way and a neo-classic reference to those dances for when they were being danced among people in cultures. To experience and have the same feelings of unity among a group of people and is more of entertainment and meditation.
Last but not the least I also play Setaar, A traditional iranian instrument. It is one of my best friends and in times no one else can make me feel better there she is.
People of My Life
That is more or less about me. You can find whatever I want people to know about me on this website. So if you are here to know me, welcome; take your time and enjoy. Bests