I am a PhD student at CU-Boulder. I am currently a research assistant, co-advised by Prof. Liz Bradley and Dr. Orit Peleg. My work lays at the intersection of computer science, physics, and biology. Before coming to Boulder, I completed an MS in computer engineering at Azad University in my home country, Iran. I am broadly interested in using data-driven Modeling to study the underlying rules and patterns that govern emergent behavior in complex biological systems. My current focus is on the honeybee collective behavior.
My research aims to explore the underlying mechanism of communication among honeybee colonies, with an eye towards designing more efficient algorithms in swarm robotics. My focus is on the questions related to how local communication among individual honeybees leads to self-regulation at the colony level. At Peleg lab, we use an integration of techniques such as computational modeling, computer vision, machine learning, topological data analysis,… to analyze the empirical data obtained from the lab experiments. Our goal is to quantify various spatiotemporal correlations between the behavior of individual bees and the changes in the collective dynamics.
Our work was recently featured in a piece, entitled “It takes a hive: community volunteers in honey bee research”, from the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science.