Arman Idani has been a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, holding a prestigious Needham Scholarship award from Microsoft. His work focusses on the interface between Machine Intelligence and Psychometric Item Response Theory. Arman holds an MPhil in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge Computer Lab and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Birmingham where he was awarded an excellence scholarship. He graduated from Amir Kabir University of Technology in Iran in Electronic Engineering in June 2009.
Arman’s academic work has focussed on social networks, particularly the building of recommender systems for Facebook privacy settings, but also sentiment analysis and data mining of user profiles. He has also been involved in projects looking at information retrieval systems that classify and identify chords in Music, and GPS sensor networks for tracking hikers, having built the device that won him the 1st prize at the IET University Challenge local competition in 2010. His computer skills are legend, including an amazing proficiency in R, Java, Python/networkx, distributed programming and other state-of-the-art computer languages. He is also fluent in Farsi (Persian) and English.
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