Shabnam Haghzare

Fascinated by almost all products of human creativity:

from engineering and artificial intelligence to literature
[if used for good]



I am a recent PhD graduate from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Alex Mihailidis and Dr. Jennifer Campos. I have also been a graduate fellow of Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society and a postgraduate affiliate of Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

My PhD projects focused on finding ways to align automated vehicles to the preferences and capabilities of older adults living with and without dementia. Some of these projects use DriverLab at KITE - University Health Network to empirically explore the areas of mismatch between automated vehicles and older drivers. Using the identified mismatch areas, some other projects propose intelligent in-vehicle systems that help better align automated vehicles with the preferences/capabilities of older adults. 


Prior to my PhD, I completed a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. 

On a broader scale, I am interested in topics related to  

  • Human-centric Artificial Intelligence,

  • Human-in-the-loop Planning and Reinforcement, and

  • AI Value Alignment (and questioning normativity in the process)