I am a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech. I am fortunate to work with Prof. Santosh Vempala. Prior to this, I was a research associate at Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo where I worked with Prof. Shai Ben-David. I received my M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Prof. Nick Harvey and my B.Sc. in Mathematics at the Sharif University of Technology. My primary research interests are in machine learning, algorithms, and human computation. Here is my CV .


Multi-Criteria Dimensionality Reduction with Applications to Fairness

Uthaipon Tantipongpipat, Samira Samadi, Mohit Singh, Jamie Morgenstern, and Santosh Vempala

Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems [NeurIPS'19 (spotlight)] [arXiv][Code][Press]

Guarantees for Spectral Clustering with Fairness Constraints

Matthäus Kleindessner, Samira Samadi, Pranjal Awasthi, and Jamie Morgenstern

International Conference on Machine Learning [ICML'19][pdf][code][poster][press]

The Price of Fair PCA: One Extra Dimension

Samira Samadi, Uthaipon Tantipongpipat, Jamie Morgenstern, Mohit Singh, and Santosh Vempala

Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems [NeurIPS'18][pdf][code][press]

Usability of Humanly Computable Passwords

Samira Samadi, Santosh Vempala, and Adam Tauman Kalai

AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing [HCOMP'18] [pdf][press]

Finding Meaningful Cluster Structure amidst Background Noise

Shrinu Kushagra, Samira Samadi, and Shai Ben-David.

Algorithmic Learning Theory [ALT'16] [pdf]

Near-Optimal Herding

Nicholas J. A. Harvey, and Samira Samadi

Conference on Learning Theory [COLT’14] [pdf][a blog post]

Professional Experience

Microsoft Research NYC, Spring 2019

Internship. Hosts: Jenn Wortman Vaughan and Hanna Wallach

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, Summer 2018

Internship. Host: Avrim Blum

Sentient Technologies, San Francisco, Summer 2016

Internship. Host: Phil Long


  • Co-organizer : Georgia Tech Grad Women @ College of Computing 2018 - now.
  • Student organizer: Georgia Tech Computer Science open house 2018.
  • Reviewer: NeurIPS, COLT, AAAI, IEEE Signal Processing Letters


ssamadi6 (at) gatech.edu