Samira Daruki

Department of Computer Science
The University of Utah
50 S. Central Campus Drive,
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Hello, my name is Akram Daruki, but I go by Samira. I am a third-year Ph.D. student in School of Computing at the University of Utah. I work under supervision of Suresh Venkatasubramanian. My research interest is mainly on Algorithms and Computational Geometry, especially Designing Algorithms under Uncertainity. Before joining here, I did my Bachelor on Computer Science at Sharif University of Technology in Iran, where I had Dr. Ebadollah S. Mahmoodian as my advisor. As my B.S. thesis, I worked on Algorithms on Massive Graphs and Complex Networks as a research assistant at Digital Media Lab.

I have broad interests in theoretical computer science and besides my research, I'm very intersted in problem solving on different topics of computer science, such as: Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Computational Geometry, Randomized Algorithms, Approximation Algorithms, Combinatorial Algorithms and Optimization (that mainly originates from my different experiences of participating in national competitions in Mathematics and Informatics as student at my country, Iran). Along with my theoretical intersets and background, I'm also open to work on interesting problems which have their motivation coming from the real world applications, especially I'm interested in Theoretical Foundations of Massive Data Analysis. Currently, I'm a graduate member of Data Group at University of Utah.

Recently I attended The Women in Theory (WIT) Workshop at Princeton University, where I could meet lots of female researchers on Theoretical Computer Science from different Schools. You can find an in detailed post on technical and non-technical events during the workshop at my advisor's blog: 1, 2 I also had a short talk in the rump session based on my current work joint with Jeff M Phillips and Amirali Abdullah. Slides for my talk is available here. I also got travel grant for attending Grace Hopper 2012 Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, MD and Grace Hopper 2013 in Minneapolis, MN.



Graduate Courses


At University of Utah

At Sharif University of Technology

Algorithms and Thoery Lab:

I'm very delighted to be a member of Algorithms and Theory Lab at University of Utah and working with this wonderful group:

Avishek Saha

Parasaran Raman

John Moeller

Amirali Abdullah

Thanks for visiting my webpage, I'll try to come back soon with more information about myself!