- (02:06) Azin described her childhood growing up in Iran and going to a girls-only high school in Tehran designed specifically for extraordinary talents.
- (05:08) Azin went over her undergraduate experience studying Computer Science at the University of Tehran.
- (10:41) Azin shared her academic experience getting a Computer Science MS degree at the University of Toronto, supervised by Babak Taati and David Fleet.
- (14:07) Azin talked about her teaching assistant experience for a variety of CS courses at Toronto.
- (15:54) Azin briefly discussed her 2017 report titled “Barriers to Adoption of Information Technology in Healthcare,” which takes a system thinking perspective to identify barriers to the application of IT in healthcare and outline the solutions.
- (19:35) Azin unpacked her MS thesis called “Subspace Selection to Suppress Confounding Source Domain Information in AAM Transfer Learning,” which explores transfer learning in the context of facial analysis.
- (28:48) Azin discussed her work as a research assistant at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, working on a research project that addressed algorithmic biases in facial detection technology for older adults with dementia.
- (33:02) Azin has been an Applied Research Scientist at Georgian since 2018, a venture capital firm in Canada that focuses on investing in companies operating in the IT sectors.
- (38:20) Azin shared the details of her initial Georgian project to develop a robust and accurate injury prediction model using a hybrid instance-based transfer learning method.
- (42:12) Azin unpacked her Medium blog post discussing transfer learning in-depth (problems, approaches, and applications).
- (48:18) Azin explained how transfer learning could address the widespread “cold-start” problem in the industry.
- (49:50) Azin shared the challenges of working on a fintech platform with a team of engineers at Georgian on various areas such as supervised learning, explainability, and representation learning.
- (51:46) Azin went over her project with Tractable AI, a UK-based company that develops AI applications for accident and disaster recovery.
- (55:26) Azin shared her excitement for ML applications using data-efficient methods to enhance life quality.
- (57:46) Closing segment.
Azin’s Contact Info
- Yoshua Bengio (Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research at University of Montreal)
- Geoffrey Hinton (Professor of Computer Science at University of Toronto)
- Louis-Philippe Morency (Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University)
Note: Azin and her collaborator are going to give a talk at ODSC Europe 2021 in June about a Georgian’s project with a portfolio company, Tractable. They have written a short blog post about it too which you can find HERE.