Work & Research

Current Research:

We are currently focused on leveraging sketch-based interfaces to support various robotic manipulation tasks. Our goal is to explore how sketch-based interfaces can be used to assist robots through geometry extraction, behavior modification, and guided autonomy. This research is supported NSF Award IIS-1638060.

Research Interests:

My primary research interests lie in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer vision. I am also interested in parallel computing and acceleration frameworks such as NVIDIA CUDA.

Education:

  • (Expected 2019) Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL, USA)
  • (2014) Master of Science in Computer Science, Brock University (St. Catharines, ON, Canada)
  • (2011) Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, Sheikhbahaee University (Esfahan, Esfahan, Iran)

Publications:

  • (2017) Eugene M. Taranta II, Amirreza Samiei, Mehran Maghoumi, Pooya Khaloo, Corey R. Pittman, Joseph J. LaViola Jr. “Jackknife: A Reliable Recognizer with Few Samples and Many Modalities”, Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(Acceptance rate: 25.0%)
    Received SIGCHI Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award (top 5%)
    [PDF] [Project Page] [Code]
  • (2016) Eugene M. Taranta II, Mehran Maghoumi, Corey Pittman, Joseph J. LaViola Jr. “A Rapid Prototyping Approach to Synthetic Data Generation For Improved 2D Gesture Recognition”, Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST). (Acceptance rate: 20.6%)
    [PDF] [Demo Video] [Presentation Video] [Project Page]
  • (2016) Karthik Desingh, Mehran Maghoumi, Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, Joseph J. LaViola Jr., Lionel Reveret. “Object Manipulation in Cluttered Scenes Informed by Physics and Sketching”, RSS 2016 Workshop: Geometry and Beyond – Representations, Physics, and Scene Understanding for Robotics
    [PDF]
  • (2014) Mehran Maghoumi and Brian J. Ross. “A Comparison of Genetic Programming Feature Extraction Languages for Image Classification”, IEEE SSCI 2014
    [PDF]

Professional Experience:

  • (2016)  Computer Vision Developer Technology Intern, NVIDIA corporation

Patents:

  • (2017) Eugene M. Taranta II, Mehran Maghoumi, Corey Pittman, Joseph J. LaViola Jr. “Synthetic Data Generation Method Improves Accuracy of Gesture Recognizers”, US Patent Pending 62/362,922

Theses:

  • (2014) Real-time Automatic Object Classification and Tracking using Genetic Programming and NVIDIA CUDA, M.Sc. thesis
    [Project Page]
  • (2011) Implementation of a Fuzzy Decision Making Unit for the Nao Robot, undergraduate thesis, supervisor: Dr. Nasser Ghasem-Aghaee

Teaching Experience:

  • (2014) CDA 3103 – Computer Logic and Organization
    (duties: grading assignments, quizzes and exams)
  • (2014) CNT 3004 – Computer Networks
    (duties: grading assignments, quizzes and exams)
  • (2014) COSC 1P03 – Data Structures and Abstraction
    (duties: holding office hours, grading assignments and exams)
  • (2013) COSC 3P98 – Computer Graphics
    (duties: holding tutorials and office hours, grading assignments and exams)
  • (2013) COSC 3P01 – Introduction to Computer Networking
    (duties: holding office hours, grading assignments and exams)
  • (2012) APCO 1P01 – Applied Computing and Fluency with Technology
    (duties: leading labs and tutorials, grading the final exam)
  • (2012) COSC 1P02 – Introduction to Computer Science
    (duties: holding office hours, grading assignments and exams)

Awards and Honors: