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Email: ali-design [at]

I am interested in the intersection between AI, creativity, aesthetics, and design. While aesthetics and creativity are often seen as forming the core essence of intuitive human reasoning, they are nevertheless the product of computations in the mind, and as such can be in principle implemented by machine reasoning. However, current AI and machine learning systems face fundamental challenges that stand in the way of creating new designs and appreciating aesthetics, including the lack of correct representations, and finding the right learning regimes. For modeling creativity, I study the content and purpose of design in human experts, and explore how to translate their intuitive psychological concepts into machine representations. My goal is to develop technologies that augment and democratize human creativity.



- PC Member for ACM IUI 2018.

- PC Member for SPIE Multimedia and Web 2018.

- Jun. 2017: Joined the Robotics Group at MIT Mechatronics Research Laboratory.

- May 2017: Invited speaker to at Visual Computing Group Harvard University.

- May 2017: Presenting two papers at CHI'17 in Denver, CO.

- Invited as an honorable speaker to the Int. Conference and Expo on Computer Graphics & Animation, Sept 2017, Berlin, Germany.

- Mar. 2017: Our paper on Culturally-Grounded Creativity in Social Media is accepted in ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017.

- Feb. 2017: Invited speaker to SFSU.

- Feb. 2017: Our paper on Mining Visual Evolution in 21 Years of Web Design is to be appeared in ACM CHI'17 EA Proceedings.

- Nov. 2016: Our color semantics paper is to be appeared in ACM TOCHI journal.

- Oct. 2016: Reviewing eight papers this year for ACM CHI and ACM IUI.

- Sept. 2016: Invited speaker to Tufts University.

- Jul. 2016: Invited speaker to Brown University.

- Jun. 2016: My PhD thesis was Awarded and published in Springer Ph.D. Theses – the “best of the best” series.