I'm Morteza Behrooz

I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science at University of California Santa Cruz, working with Prof. Arnav Jhala.
I received my Master's degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, under the advisements of Prof. Charles Rich and Prof. Candace Sidner.
My B.S. degree is in Software Engineering from University of Tehran, back in 2007.

My research interests include Storytelling, Social Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, User Experience, UX research and HCI.

My PhD topic is about social storytelling for intelligent agents,
where stories are created from interactions and observations, rather than a priori knowledge bases, assumed models of characters or labeled corpora.
I am currently a member of Chaplin, a DARPA sponsored project in collaboration with Georgia Tech and SRI Int., about interactive visual storytelling.

During my Master's, I worked on Social Games,
designing, developing and integrating a generic framework for social gameplay of virtual and embodied agents.
I was part of the Always-On project, an NSF sponsored joint project between Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University.

For a list of publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.

My LinkedIn, my resume.

In the summer of 2015, I did an internship at eBay, where I joined the HIG (Human Interface Group) team
and had the priviledge of working with Matt MacLaurin, James Skorupski and many other talented developers and designers.
I did research on automating the assessment of usability and accessability heuristics. I also helped build tools
to support designers with more intelligent interfaces, enabling a consistent, accurate and feature-rich auditing process.

In summers of 2016 and 2017, I joined LinkedIn, and had the priviledge of working with the UX research team.
In collaboration with Data Science teams at LinkedIn, I developed NLP and machine learning approaches in streamlining
qualitative and quantitative research processes (e.g. text classification and sentiment analysis for qualitative insights).
I also helped develop a new framework that can contextually support qualitative research pipeline and findings with user data and models.

Please email me @

mbehrooz89 at gmail dot com · morteza at ucsc dot edu