I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at 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 (2014-2015). I received my M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Prof. Nick Harvey (2012-2014) and my B.Sc. in Mathematics at Sharif University of Technology (2007-2012).  My primary research interests are in machine learning, algorithms, and human computation. 

I am one of the organizers of Georgia Tech Grad Women @ College of Computing. I have been the student coordinator for Georgia Tech Computer Science visit days for prospective Ph.D. students 2018.

Selected Publications

The Price of Fair PCA: One Extra Dimension
Samira Samadi, Uthaipon Tantipongpipat, Jamie Morgenstern, Mohit Singh, and Santosh Vempala
Thirty-second Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems [NIPS'18]

Usability of Humanly Computable Passwords

Samira Samadi, Santosh Vempala, and Adam Tauman Kalai

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

Finding Meaningful Cluster Structure amidst Background Noise

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

Algorithmic Learning Theory [ALT'16]  

Near-Optimal Herding

Nicholas J. A. Harvey, and Samira Samadi

Conference on Learning Theory [COLT’14

Professional Experience 

Summer Internship 2018

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Hosted by Avrim Blum

Summer Internship 2016

Sentient Technologies, San Francisco

Hosted by Phil Long


ssamadi6 (at) gatech.edu