Behnam Rahdari

Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Research Assistant

Resume Last Update: 05/31/2024


My passion lies at the overlap of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the challenge of integrating the two fields. Currently, I'm pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Computing and Information, under the guidance of Dr. Peter Brusilovsky, head of the PAWS Lab.

My research focuses on building and evaluating search and recommender systems that are user-centric and intelligent. I design solutions that integrate AI algorithms with user-friendly interfaces, effectively bridging the gap between high-level AI technologies and their practical applications. This approach underlines my commitment to making advanced technologies accessible and beneficial for everyone in their everyday contexts.

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  • ► Ph.D. in Information Science

    2019 - Now

    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

    Thesis: Human-AI Collaboration in Search and Recommendation
  • ► M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering

    2014 - 2017

    Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    Thesis: Event-Based User Profiling in Social Media Using Data Mining Approachesn


► Applied Scientist Intern, AWS AI Labs

Amazon, Santa Clara, USA | Jun 2023 - August 2023

Activities: Developing an end-to-end LLM-Based framework for generating personalized ,robust and factually correct explanation for recommendations by utilizing fine-tuning, prompt engineering and chain-of-thought techniques.

► Graduate Research Assistant

University of Pittsburgh, USA | 2019 - Present

Activities: Conducting theoretical and experimental research on Interactive recommender systems. Implementing several online search and recommender systems for experiments and public use. Publishing and presenting in top-tier conferences. directing graduate and undergraduate research assistants.

► Research Fellow

Politecnico di Milano, Italy | May 2017 - Aug 2017

Activities: Conducting research on data-driven fashion and travel. Analyzing huge amounts of social media data to find patterns related to various fashion and tourism related events. Collaborating with designers in the school of design to build customized fashion entity recognition models.

► Senior Software Developer

Sabzafraz Zagros | Jan 2009 - Mar 2011

Activities: Managing a small software development team focusing on building web apps for small business financing. Communicating with other teams to find optimal solutions for similar problems. Meeting directly with customers to understand their requirements.

► Software Developer

Payame Danesh | Jul 2008 - Jan 2009

Activities: Building custom web solutions for organizations and businesses as a full-stack developer. Communicating with customers and other stakeholders. Leading the UX team for the last 6 months.

► Software Developer

Parstick | Dec 2007 - May 2008

Activities: Working as a java developer building computer software for a variety of customers.