Ashkan Yazdani

Biography

Ashkan Yazdani was born in Tehran, Iran, On April 3th, 1982. In July 2007, he received his M.sc. in Electrical Engineering (bioelectric) from the University of Tehran, Iran. His M.sc. Thesis focused on Electroencephalogram signal processing, Pattern recognition, fuzzy logic and biological computation. From September 2006 to October 2007, he worked as research assistant in Brain signal processing group in University of Tehran, where he worked on person identification using EEG signal processing, Brain Computer interfacing and also fMRI signal processing. 

In December 2007, he joined the Multimedia Signal Processing Group (MMSPG) at EPFL as a research assistant in Prof. Ebrahimi’s group, working towards his PhD in the area of brain-computer interfacing. During his PhD, he was involved in various research projects and European networks of excellence (NoE) and he was representing MMSPG in several european projects. He was selected as the coordinator of one of the main IRPs in Petamedia NOE and he represented this NOE in several European exhibitions such as NEM summit and ICT. Among his other research activities, there is a one year collaboration project with European Space Agency (ESA) on curiosity cloning project and active involvement in VISNET 2 and Qualinet NOEs, where he worked on human face detection and Quality of Experience (QoE) in multimedia.

 

His research interests include but are not limited to multimedia/biomedical signal and image processing, brain computer interfacing, emotion and affect recognition, social networks, Cognitive neuroscience, subjective test design, QOE assessment, pattern recognition, fuzzy logic, neural networks and blind source separation.

 

Main Publications

L. Mirmohamadsadeghi; A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin : Using Cardio-Respiratory Signals to Recognize Emotions Elicited by Watching Music Video Clips. 2016. 2016 IEEE Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP 2016), Montréal, Canada, September 21-23, 2016.
E. Kroupi; A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; T. Ebrahimi : EEG Correlates of Pleasant and Unpleasant Odor Perception; ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. 2014. DOI : 10.1145/2637287.
A. Yazdani; E. Skodras; N. Fakotakis; T. Ebrahimi : Multimedia content analysis for emotional characterization of music video clips; The EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing. 2013. DOI : 10.1186/1687-5281-2013-26.
A. Yazdani / T. Ebrahimi; J.-M. Vesin (Dir.) : Brain-Computer Interface in Multimedia Systems. Lausanne, EPFL, 2012. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-5508.
A. Yazdani; E. Kroupi; J.-M. Vesin; T. Ebrahimi : Electroencephalogram Alterations During Perception of Pleasant and Unpleasant Odors. 2012. 4th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (Qomex), Yarra Valley, July 5-7,2012.
E. Kroupi; A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; T. Ebrahimi : Multivariate Spectral Analysis for Identifying the Brain Activations During Olfactory Perception. 2012. 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), San Diego, California, USA, August 28 - September 1, 2012.
A. Yazdani; J. S. Lee; J.-M. Vesin; T. Ebrahimi : Affect Recognition Based on Physiological Changes During the Watching of Music Video; ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems. 2012.
S. Koelstra; C. Muehl; M. Soleymani; J.-S. Lee; A. Yazdani et al. : DEAP: a database for emotion analysis using physiological signals; IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. 2012. DOI : 10.1109/T-AFFC.2011.15.
A. Yazdani; K. Kappeler; T. Ebrahimi : Affective content analysis of music video clip. 2011. ACM Multimedia 2011. p. 7-12.
E. Kroupi; A. Yazdani; T. Ebrahimi : EEG correlates of different emotional states elicited during watching music videos. 2011. Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), Memphis, Tennessee, USA, October 9-12, 2011.
E. Kroupi; A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; T. Ebrahimi : OCULAR ARTIFACT REMOVAL FROM EEG: A COMPARISON OF SUBSPACE PROJECTION AND ADAPTIVE FILTERING METHODS.. 2011. 19th European Signal Processing Conference, Barcelona, Spain, August 29- September 2, 2011.
A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; D. Izzo; C. Ampatzis; T. Ebrahimi : Implicit Retrieval Of Salient Images Using Brain Computer Interface. 2010. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA, Sep 26-29, 2010. p. 3169-3172.
A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; D. Izzo; c. Ampatzis; T. Ebrahimi : IMPLICIT RETRIEVAL OF SALIENT IMAGES USING BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE. 2010. 2010 International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), Hong Kong, September 26-29, 2010.
A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; D. Izzo; C. Ampatzis; T. Ebrahimi : The Impact of Expertise on Brain Computer Interface Based Salient Image Retrieval. 2010. 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 31- September 4, 2010. p. 1646-1649.
S. Koelstra; A. Yazdani; M. Soleymani; C. Muehl; J.-S. Lee et al. : Single trial classification of EEG and peripheral physiological signals for recognition of emotions induced by music videos. 2010. International Conference on Brain Informatics, Toronto, Canada, August 28-30.
A. Pourmorteza; S. H. R. Tofighi; A. Roodaki; A. Yazdani; H. Soltanian-Zadeh : Context-Dependent Segmentation of Retinal Blood Vessels Using Hidden Markov Models; Advances in Computer Science and Engineering; Springer-Verlag, 2009.
D. Izzo; L. Rossini; M. Rucinski; C. Ampatzis; G. Healy et al. : Curiosity Cloning: Neural Analysis of Scientific Knowledge. 2009. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2009, Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space, California, USA, July 11-17, 2009.
A. Yazdani; J.-S. Lee; T. Ebrahimi : Implicit emotional tagging of multimedia using EEG signals and brain computer interface. 2009. ACM Multimedia, Workshop on Social Media, Beijing, China, 19-23.10.2009.
A. Yazdani; U. Hoffmann; T. Ebrahimi : Classification of EEG Signals Using Dempster Shafer Theory and a K-Nearest Neighbor Classifier. 2009. The 4th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, Antalya, April 29- May 2, 2009. p. 327-330.
A. Yazdani; A. Roodaki; S. H. Rezatofighi; K. Misaghian; S. K. Setarehdan : Fisher linear discriminant based person identification using visual evoked potentials. 2008. 9th International Conference on Signal Processing (ICSP 2008),, Beijing, china, October 26-29 , 2008. p. 1677-1680.
A. Pourmorteza; S. H. R. Tofighi; A. Roodaki; A. Yazdani; H. Soltanian-Zadeh : Context-dependent Segmentation of Retinal Blood Vessels. 2008. 13th International CSI Computer Science, Kish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran, March 9-11, 2008.
U. Hoffmann; J. Naruniec; A. Yazdani; T. Ebrahimi : Face Detection Using Discrete Gabor Jets and a Probabilistic Model of Colored Image Patches; Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS series); Springer-Verlag, 2008.
U. Hoffmann; J. Naruniec; A. Yazdani; T. Ebrahimi : Face Detection Using Discrete Gabor Jets And Color Information. 2008. ICETE 2008, International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications, Porto, July 26-29, 2008. p. 76-83.
U. Hoffmann; A. Yazdani; J.-M. Vesin; T. Ebrahimi : Bayesian Feature Selection Applied In a P300 Brain- Computer Interface. 2008. 16th European Signal Processing Conference, Lausanne, August 25-29, 2008.
P. Ataee; A. Yazdani; S. K. Setarehdan; H. Ahmadi Noubari : Manifold Learning Applied on EEG Signal of the Epileptic Patients for Detection of Normal and Pre-Seizure States. 2007. 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society,, Lyon, France, August 23-26, 2007§. p. 5489-5492.
A. Yazdani; P. Ataee; S. K. Setarehdan; C. Lucas; B. Nadjar Araabi : Neural, Fuzzy And Neurofuzzy Approach To Classification Of Normal And Alcoholic Electroencephalograms. 2007. 5th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis,, Istanbul, Turkey, September 27-29, 2007. p. 102-106.
A. Yazdani; P. Ataee; S. K. Setarehdan; H. Ahmadi Noubar : Proposed Genetic Algorithm Based Method to Determine the Best Feature Vector and Window Length to Discriminate Pre-seizure and Normal EEG. 2007. 5th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis, Istanbul, Turkey, September 27-29, 2007. p. 107-112.
A. Yazdani; S. K. Setarehdan : Classification of EEG signals correlated with alcohol abusers. 2007. 9th International Symposium on Signal Processing and its Applications, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Persian Gulf, February 12-15, 2007. p. 1-4.