About

I am Mostafa, a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam. What I do, in one sentence, is trying to help machines to pass the Turing test 🙂

Playing with machine learning models to make them able to solve problems requiring artificial general intelligence is my current obsession!

My PhD research lies at the intersection of deep learning and language understanding/generation, in particular, training neural networks, on language-related tasks, with noisy/limited data.

Currently, I am a member of Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), also Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS) group, working with Jaap Kamps and  Maarten de Rijke.

Before, I was a student at the University of Tehran (UT), working with Azadeh Shakery and Masoud Asadpour.

Here is some stuff about me, if you wanna know what else I do. By the way, you can contact me via my Gmail address.

Honors and Awards:

  • Travel Grant for attending the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR'18), 2018.
  • Registration Grant for attending World Summit AI 2017, 2017.
  • UvA385 Grant (Which has been awarded to outstanding UvA PhD candidates to acquire international experience).
  • US National Science Foundation and SIGWEB Travel Grant for attending the ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM'17), 2017.
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending ACM SIGIRACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR'17), 2017.
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending the ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR'17), 2017.
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR'17), 2017.
  • Student Support Grant for Attending Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS'16)
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM'16), 2016.
  • Best Paper Award at the ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR'16), 2016.
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention at Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF'16), 2016.
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending ACM SIGIRACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR'16), 2016.
  • Best Doctoral Consortium Award at ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval Doctoral Consortium (SIGIR-DC2016), 2016.
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending the ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR'16), 2016.
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR'16), 2016.
  • CLARIN ERIC Grant for attending Creative Camp #3 at Talk of Europe, 2015 .
  • ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grant for attending ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR'15), 2015.
  • Student Travel Grant for attending Autumn School for Information Retrieval and Information Foraging (ASIRF), 2015.
  • Student Travel Grant for attending Living Labs for IR Evaluation (LL4IR), 2015.
  • Student Registration Grant for attending Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum (CLEF), 2015.
  • Best Poster Award, European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), 2015.
  • Student Travel Grant for attending European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR),2015
  • Iran Telecommunication Research Center (ITRC) Scholarship, Supporting M. Sc. Thesis, 2013.
  • Ranked 13th in DATA MINING CUP Competition 2012, As the head of Uni_Tehran_1 team, 2012.
  • Admission for M.Sc. study without Iranian Universities Entrance Exam, 2010.
  • Best Bachelor Thesis Award, Shahrood University of Technology, Department of Computer Engineering, 2010.
  • Ranked 1st (Course-Based GPA) among B.Sc. students of The Department of Computer Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, 2010.
  • Shahrood University of Technology Exceptional Talents Scholarship, 2007-2010.