Department of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
201-2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6T 1Z4
I am a PhD candidate in the department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I work in the Algorithms and Machine learning groups, where I am supervised by Prof. Anne Condon and Prof. Mark Schmidt. I am also fortunate to collaborate with Prof. Erik Winfree and Dr. Frits Dannenberg from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). My PhD research lies at the intersection of machine learning and molecular programming.
In July 2015, I completed my masters in Computer Science, under the supervision Prof. Gail C. Murphy from UBC. My masters thesis was focused on developing recommendation techniques to improve programmers productivity in integrated development environments.
Before joining UBC, I completed my undergraduate degree in Software Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2013.
DNA23 Best Student Paper Award, 2017
Computer Science Merit Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2013-2015
Bronze Medal, Iranian National Olympiad in Informatics, 2007
Inferring Parameters for an Elementary Step Model of DNA Structure Kinetics with Locally Context-Dependent Arrhenius Rates.
S. Zolaktaf, F. Dannenberg, X. Rudelis, A. Condon, J. Schaeffer, M. Schmidt, C. Thachuk, E. Winfree. DNA, 2017. (Best Student Paper Award)
Inferring Parameters for a New Model of the Kinetics of Interacting DNA Strands.
S. Zolaktaf, X. Rudelis, A. Condon, J. Schaeffer, M. Schmidt, C. Thachuk, E. Winfree. DNA, 2016.
What to Learn Next: Recommending Commands in a Feature-rich Application.
S. Zolaktaf, G. Murphy. IEEE ICMLA'15, 2015.
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