I am a Ph.D. student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Texas at Austin under supervision of Prof. Ufuk Topcu. My research objective is to develop algorithms that equip autonomous agents with intelligent ways of efficiently incorporating data into decision-making. More specifically, I focus on methods of distilling large amount of high-dimensional data into actionable information, quantifying utility and cost of information for different tasks, as well as actively gathering and sharing information that is directed toward accomplishing a designated task. I received my B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2014, and my M.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin in 2017.

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control Systems
  • Formal Methods
  • Robotics

Selected Publications

  • M. Ghasemi, E. A. Bulgur, and U. Topcu, Task-Oriented Active Perception and Planning in Environments with Partially Known Semantics, International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Virtual, July 12-18, 2020.
  • A. Hashemi, M. Ghasemi, H. Vikalo, and U. Topcu, Submodular Observation Selection and Information Gathering for Quadratic Models, International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Long Beach, CA, USA, June 9-15, 2019.
  • M. Ghasemi and U. Topcu, Perception-Aware Point-Based Value Iteration for Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes, International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Macao, China, August 10-16, 2019.
  • L. Feng, M. Ghasemi, K. W. Chang, and U. Topcu, Counterexamples for Robotic Planning Explained in Structured Natural Language, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Brisbane, Australia, May 21-25, 2018.