Fascinated by almost all products of human creativity:

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


Shabnam Haghzare



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

My PhD projects focus on finding ways to align automated vehicles to the preferences and capabilities of older adults living with and/or 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 BSc in Electrical Engineering at the 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)