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Well I guess my personality can be summarized as a combination of Larry in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff in Coupling and Barney in How I Met Your Mother.
My favorite TV characters are Jerry in Seinfeld, Sir Humphrey in Yes Minister, Foyle in Foyle's War, Patrick in the Mentalist and Louie CK in Louie.
Non-Iranian Individuals whom I deeply respect are Admiral Mountbatten, Mahatma Gandhi, Victor Hugo, Atatürk, and Jon Stewart.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, I started my academic career as an undergraduate student at Sharif University of Technology. During my undergraduate studies, I began my professional career at the Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center (AICTC) as a simple and humble software developer.
In 2004 and after almost completing my bachelor's degree, I had a chance to participate in the Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP), a one-year research program at Tokyo Institute of Technology. After returning from Japan in September 2005, I was offered the position of technical coordinator at AICTC. My career at AICTC ended in March 2006, due to my decision to go to Germany to start my master's studies at the technical university of Munich (TUM). Parallel to my master's studies, I was admitted to join the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), where I received my second master's (honorary) in the field of technology management. During this period, I was also working at the laboratory of professor Knoll as a part-time researcher and a member of the JAST project. I was responsible for the object and later gesture recognition module.
After completing my master's, I shifted my focus to information systems and knowledge management, which was an integral initiative to pursue my PhD studies. For a short time, in the time gap between master's and PhD, I worked as IT consultant and strategist at Mehdi Karroubi's presidential campaign for four months. In September 2009, I started my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Helmut Krcmar at TUM and began a new career a research associate at fortiss until April 2012. From July until October 2012 I worked at Cepgemini as a software engineer and IT consultant. Currently I am trying to finish my PhD and I hope to wrap up and submit my thesis in the second quarter of 2013.