Mohammad Falakmasir

I have a background in Software Engineering and started my first job as a developer in 2002. Later on, I co-founded a startup focusing on web-based learning platforms and multimedia content for e-learning. I finished college and continued working in the startup two years, collaborating with a number of major e-learning institutes in Iran. Then, I went to graduate school and got my Master's Degree with a focus on Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems. Graduate school was a transition for me from Software Engineering to Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence. After graduating, I decided to pursue my passion for Computer Supported Education as a PhD student in the US. You can find more about me in my resume.

Curriculum Vitae


  • September 2011 - Present

    University of Pittsburgh

    MS + PhD Student in Intelligent Systems Program

    Main research is focused on the application of Artificial Intelligence in Education. More specifically, improving writing and argumentation using computer and AI mediated tools. I also have publications in Adaptive Educational Hypermedia, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Student Modeling, and Peer-Review.
    Advisor: Prof. Kevin Ashley
    GPA: 3.72/4

  • September 2008 – September 2010

    Sharif University of Technology

    MS in Information Technology Engineering

    My main studies were focused on Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems, Machine Learning and Data Mining Concepts and Applications. My final project was An Investigation of Data Mining Methods in Educational Systems along side with applying several data mining methods on the web-usage logs of online students.
    Advisor: Prof. Jafar Habibi
    GPA: 18.75/20

  • September 2001 – September 2006

    University of Science and Technology

    BS in Computer Software Engineering

    My major was Software Engineering and Computer Programing with beneficial courses including Computer Architecture, Object Oriented Programing, Programing Languages, Network and Web Programing. As a B.S. final project I was part of a team to develop an Online Learning Environment for the e-learning center at our university.
    GPA: 15.23/20


  • August 2012 – Present

    Learning research & Development Center (LRDC)

    Graduate Student Researcher

    Working with Kevin Ashley, Chris Schunn, and Diane Litman on ArgumentPeer project, an NSF funded project for Teaching Writing and Argumentation with AI-Supported Diagramming and Peer Review. Developing computational linguistic model that identifies argumentative elements from student essays and provides feedback and scaffolding based on the identified elements.

  • May 2016 – August 2016


    Natural Language Processing Consultant

    Experimented with Convolutional Neural Networks for extracting key terms and conditions from legal contracts.

  • May 2015 – September 2015

    Pearson Center for Digital Data, Analytics & Adaptive Learning

    Summer Intern

    Worked with Jose González-Brenes and Geoff Gordon to create a data analytics pipeline using Python to predict students’ post-test scores based on their interactions with an educational game. More ...

  • June 2012, 2013, and 2014

    LearnLab Summer School

    Student and Mentor

    Worked under the mentorship of Geoff Gordon and Zach Pardos to develop a spectral learning method for inferring student mastery in a Java self-assessment tool.
    Worked with Michael Yudelson to design a new model for inferring student mastery on the data from KDD Cup 2010, Educational Data Mining Challenge with 20 million transactions belonging to over 6 thousand students working on nearly 150 sections of mathematics curriculum practicing around 1650 skills.
    Mentored a summer school student to use different text similarity metrics in order to cluster reading comprehension passages in a language tutoring system.

  • September 2011 – March 2012

    Personalized Adaptive Web Systems (PAWS) Lab

    Graduate Student Researcher

    Worked with Peter Brusilovsky and Sharon Hsiao to build a statistical model for analyzing the impact of social performance visualization on student usage patterns in an adaptive educational system.


  • August 2009 – August 2011

    e-Learning Center, University of Tehran

    Data Analysit and Technology Consultant

    Led a team of engineers in migrating to a new online learning platform that supports online monitoring of student interactions.
    Created an online analytical processing (OLAP) framework using Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Service (SSAS).

  • March 2008 – August 2009

    E-Learning Center, Iran University of Science and Technology

    Technical Support

    Performed technical software and server support for online learning environment. Provided help and supplementary materials for learners and instructors to use the environment effectively, assisting with critical system outages, software upgrades, and capacity planning, maintenance, and support, in a 24x7 availability environment.

  • March 2006 – March 2008

    Click E-Learning Solutions

    Co-Founder and CTO

    Led a team of engineers to develop a PHP based online learning platform that served 4 major e-learning institutes with more than 10,000 online students.
    Led a team of content developers to produce we-based, interactive, multimedia courseware using Adobe Flash, Presenter, and Captivate.

  • August 2004 – March 2006

    Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) Lab

    Software Architect and IT Project Manager

    Lead designer and developer of software applications in oil, gas and petrochemical industry, including Oilfield Development Industry Feasibility Analysis (ODIFA), Thermodynamic Properties Calculations (Thermoprop), and Pipeline Transformation Simulation (PipeSim), using Borland C++ Builder, Microsoft Visual C++ and Visual C#.Net.

  • March 2002 – December 2004

    Pishrayan Paytakht

    Software Designer and Developer

    Cooperated in team Projects, to develop web-based, network and windows-based applications, including Network Surveillance and Control (3rd Eye), IP Based Camera Surveillance System (Varadid), using Borland C++ Builder and Delphi.


  • Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship

    Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

    Academic Year of 2014-2015
  • Best Student Paper

    International Conference of Educational Data Mining (EDM 2013)

    Memphis, TN
  • Director's Fellowship

    Learning Research & Development Center (LRDC)

    Academic Year of 2012-2013
  • ISP Fellowship

    Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

    Academic Year of 2011-2012


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