Amir Hesam Salavati

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Amir Hesam Salavati

PhD candidate in computer and communication sciences 

In this page you will find a detailed version of my resume. A shorter version in PDF format can be found here.

I have just finished my PhD at EPFL, working on applications of coding theory in biological systems in general and on designing neural associative memories in particular.

Phone:                 +41 (78) 941 92 09
Email:                   saloot [at] gmail.com

Education

PhD in Computer and Communication Sciences

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

2009-2014

M.Sc. in Communication Systems

Sharif University of Technology

2006-2008
Thesis: Quality of Service Network Coding
Supervisors: Dr. Babak Hosein Khalaj and Prof. Mohammad Reza Aref
GPA: 19.03/20
(Ranked 1st among the graduate communication systems students)

B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering

Sharif University of Technology

2002-2006
Thesis: Coded Pulse Anti-Clutter Systems (CPACS)
Supervisor: Dr. Mohammad Hasan Bastani
GPA: 17.08/20
(Ranked 1st among more than 400,000 participants in the Iranian nation-wide entrance exam for universities, Concours, 2002)

Research Experience

Communication Systems & Biological Systems

2010-Present
Neural associative memories with large pattern retrieval capacities
This is the topic of my PhD thesis. We worked on applying the theoretical background in coding and information theory to design neural associative memories with exponential pattern retrieval capacity.

2014-present
Network tomography
We are currently working on theoretical methods to estimate the connectivity of a simple model of a neural graph and compare the results with those of more realistic models.

2006-2009
Applications of Information Theory in Bioinformatic
We worked on some approaches to model genome as a written book in some unknown language. We used information-theoretic approaches to show that the profile of the sequences match the structure of a sequence of “words” as in a natural language.

2006-2008
Modeling Conduction Block in Multiple Sclerosis
One of my friends and I worked on modeling nerve as such transmission lines. We applied this model to analyze conduction block in nerve fibers as a result of diseases like multiple sclerosis.

Communication Systems

2009-2010
Information and Coding Theory
In the early stages of my PhD, we worked on information theoretical aspects of fountain and LT codes, to show that an ensemble of random codes achieves capacity with high probability when the code rate is greater than a threshold. We derived a bound on this threshold for BEC, BSC and AWGN channels.

2006-2009
Quality of Service Network Coding
During my M.Sc. studies, I worked on designing network coding methods to ensure QoS.

2007-2010
Bio-inspired Networking
We expolited the similarity between the foraging behavior of ants and content discovery in P2P networks to design efficient rate allocation algorithms for media streaming over P2P networks.

Robotics

2004-2006
Motion Control Module for a Maze-Solving Micromouse
As a member of Sharif University’s maze solver micromouse team, I was part of the team to design and implement the motion control unit of the robot, i.e., trying to enable the robot to smoothly and rapdily move while avoiding collision with the maze’s walls.

Honors
& Awards

Ranked 1st among more 400,000 participants in the nation-wide universities entrance exam (Concours), 2002, Iran.
Ranked 8th among nearly 10000 participants in the nation-wide entrance exam for graduate studies in MBA, 2006, Iran.
Ranked 1st among graduate communication systems students, Sharif U. of Tech., 2008.
5th Place, Technical Innovation Award and 1st prize in new comers of 24th International Micromouse competition, June 2005, Birmingham, UK.
Ranked 3rd in the first national maze solver and line follower robotic competition, Winter 2006, Mashhad, Iran.

Publications

Neuroscience and Coding Theory

Coding Theory

Bio-inspired Networking

QoS Network Coding

  • A. H. Salavati, B. H. Khalaj, M. R. Aref, A Novel Approach for Providing QoS with Network Coding, Proc. International Symposium on Telecommunications (IST), 2008

Presentations

Neuroscience and Coding Theory

QoS Network Coding

Bioinformatics

Others

Teaching Experience

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Sharif University of Technology

Allameh Helli High School

  • Instructor, Introdcution to Astronomy, Fall 2003

Work Experience

summer 2006

Wireless communications group at Datak Telecom

I was member of the wireless R&D group, with activities related to WiMax standard. Datak Telecom is one of the main Internet Service Providers in Iran and was one of the first to offer WiMax service in Iran's capital city, Tehran.

Academic Activities

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

  • Vice president of EPFL IEEE student branch (Spring 2011 – Present)
  • Member of EPFL Graduate Student Association (GSA) (Fall 2009 – Present)

Sharif University of Technology

  • Chair of Sharif University of Technology IEEE student branch (Spring 2008 – Spring 2009)
  • Vice president of Sharif University of Technology IEEE student branch (Summer 2007 – Spring 2008)
  • Chair of the scientific branch of Resana, Student’s extra curricular activities association of elect. Eng. Dept. in Sharif U. of Tech. (Fall 2004 – Fall 2005)
  • Chief Editor of Sharif university electrical engineering magazine (Fall 2004 – Spring 2006)
  • Elected as a Member of students’ council – fall 2003, spring and summer 2004

Training Courses

Mobile and Web Programming

Entrepreneurial

  • Venture Challenge, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Fall 2010
  • Information technology and e-business strategy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Fall 2013
  • Basics of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Center of Sharif U. of Tech, Winter 2008
  • Business Planning, Entrepreneurship Center of Sharif U. of Tech, Winter 2008
  • Principles of Negotiation, Entrepreneurship Center of Sharif U. of Tech, Spring 2006

Bioinformatics

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics Simulation Winter Course, By Dr. Victor Guallar, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB), Tehran University, winter 2008
  • IPM-NUS” Workshop on Analysis and Applications of Protein Interaction Network, Institute for studies in theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), Nov. 17-18 2008, Tehran. Iran

Cellular Communications

  • An Introduction to GSM, By Mobile Communications company of Iran (MCI), winter 2007
  • Signaling in GSM, By Mobile Communications company of Iran (MCI), summer 2007

Academic & Professional Membership

Student Member of IEEE since January 2006
Member of foundation board of Iran’s Elites Association
Goalkeeper of Sharif University electrical engineering (indoor) soccer team (2006-2007)
Member of Resana, Student’s extra curricular activities association of elect. Eng. Dept. in Sharif U. of Tech. (2004-2005)

Languages

Farsi: Native
English: Fluent in reading, writing and speaking (TOEFL IBT: 114)
French: Intermediate (B2 Level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
Arabic: Beginner

Computer Skills

Programming languages

  • I am comfortable in programming with MATLAB and C.
  • I am also familiar with using python for web programming.

High-end Network Simulation Programs

  • I am acquainted with NS-2 and OPNET

Other computer Skills

  • I am fully familair with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office
  • I also extensively use Linux (however, still a beginner!) and Latex

Hobbies

I am a different person when it comes to football! I love playing football, watching football, discussing football, in general any thing related to this magnificent sport! Besides that, I love philosophy and reading philosophical books (quite a mixture with football right?!). I also love driving without a purpose in country-side roads, just to see where they lead to, and take my word for it: they usually take you to astonishingly beautiful places (and some times dangerous!) where you would not believe they are in such close proximity!
And from my childhood, I have a deep passion for the night sky and photography (of the night sky!)
But above all, the most fun that I have is usually when with my friends we just hang out and discuss different things without a specific topic in mind (ok may be football has a higher priority than other topics!)