I am a Guggenheim Fellow (2019), an ACM Fellow (2018) (the youngest in the class of 2018 fellows), an IEEE Fellow (2020) and the Jack and Rita G. Minker Professor of Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland at College Park. I am also affiliated Professor with Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. In addition, I hold a Research Affiliate position in MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). I am also a Permanent Member of Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers.

My research is supported in part by NSF CAREER Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, Google Faculty Research Award (twice), University of Maryland Research and Scholarship Award (RASA), AT&T Research Labs, and a few other DARPA and AFOSR grants. I also thank European Association for Theoretical Computer Science for EATCS Nerode Prize, 2015 (awarded for our outstanding JACM paper on our Bidimensionality Theory, which was the topic of my Ph.D. thesis; see below for more info).

I was a Visiting Research Scientist at Google AI- Research, New York City, in year 2017. I was also a Visiting Scientist in the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at University of California, Berkeley, in Fall 2016, Spring 2018, and Fall 2018. Before joining UMD, I was a Senior Researcher in the Algorithms and Theoretical Computer Science group at AT&T Labs - Research. Before joining to AT&T Research Labs, I was a one-year Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (with ALADDIN project) and a one-year Postdoctoral Associate in MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from which I also earned my Ph.D. under supervision of Professor Erik D. Demaine and Professor Tom Leighton (Sep. 2001- May 2005). I got my M.Sc. from the Computer Science Department of the University of Waterloo (Sep. 2000- Sep. 2001) and my B.Sc. from the Computer Engineering Department of Sharif University of Technology (Sep 1997-Sep 2000). During my doctoral studies, I also worked at Microsoft Research Theory group and Department of Mathematical Sciences at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.