We are so happy to welcome a new graduate member of MCL, Mahtab Movahhedrad. Here is an interview with Mahtab:

  1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Mahtab Movahhedrad. I’m from Tabriz, Iran. I started my Ph.D. at USC in spring 2021. I received my bachelor’s and my master’s degree from the University of Tabriz and, Tehran polytechnic respectively. I have been engaged in many different fields of study such as integrated electronics, photonics, metamaterials, and Fourier optics. Now, I plan to gear my Ph.D. Studies more towards signal processing and computer vision and do research in the same area.

  1. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I have been exploring my passion for computer vision and multimedia for some time now and I think MCL is the best research group in USC when it comes to this field. My motivation to join as a Ph.D. student to MCL is its diverse and outstanding research group in Multimedia. There are about 30 PhD students and several post-doctoral research fellows/visiting scholars from all over the world working in the lab. Doing my PhD at USC, among erudite professors and interested students would create a challenging and at the same time amicable atmosphere for me to broaden my knowledge and collaborate with other scientists.

  1. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

My future expectation from the MCL is to learn about green AI and the chance to do research in this field. This method has the potential to accelerate global efforts to protect the environment and conserve resources. I find the concept quite interesting and can’t wait to explore more. I also hope to make lasting connections and effective collaborations with individuals in the lab.