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Student Profile: Pedram Agand
Computing Science doctoral student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences
I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University majoring in Computing Science. My mission is to employ a vigorous theoretic backbone for everyday world problems through leveraging programming skills. As a computer science student, and someone who is extremely passionate about the edge of technologies, I have participated in various projects through which I have developed a fluent knowledge of several programming languages including Python, C++, MATLAB. In my previous job as an R&D expert to develop a billing module for VoIP, and Socket programming, Multi-threading and APIs, which enhances my comprehension of those high-level concepts with Python. During my startup, UpasPro, I was exposed to web development languages such as HTML and CMS by designing an E-commerce website for educational purposes. Through the courses I took in SFU, I mainly focuses on machine learning and AI to elaborate my electrical/control engineering background. In addition, I was able to expand my soft skills such as teamwork, efficient communication, and working under pressure by getting involved in team projects and volunteering to satisfy the projects’ requirements and meet the deadlines.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
With SFU being one of the most decent university in western Canada for Artificial intelligence technology from one side, and my back ground interest in Robotics from the other make me choose SFU and MARS Lab as my high level education path.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
Well, It is not always easy to tell your parents you are purely working with numbers behind computer. However, I try my best to balance my life to show a machine learning researcher can also be athletic and fun person.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
Being in direct collaboration with industry and having work with the cutting edge technology give me a sense of being important for human being.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?
Machine learning is a vast, evolving, and era. If you are interesting in seeing how the biggest company in the world are dealing with, and if you have some talent in coding/math, I think computer science is the best option for you.
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