Alireza Mahmoudi Kamelabad

Master Student of Cognitive Science(Language and Multimodal Interaction)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

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I am into Art, which for me means creation. I play Setaar (a traditional Iranian Instrument) and I do Folk dance within a folk-dance group in Trento. Likewise, I enjoy poem and literature. And the beauty of poems are all the drawn images by written words. Surprisingly, I did my bachelor’s in Computer Science which sounds quite a contradiction. In the first glance, computers look spiritless and dead. Yet, there are some subjects sounding more artistic like animation and multimedia. However, I was more interested and focused on machines low level(hardware) part such as Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Digital Design, etc During studying Computer Science. Also as a programming language I used to code mostly in Assembly. Such a significant contradiction. But, in the deep side, I learned how we create a live entity literally from 0 and 1! Which for me means pure Art.

I was in the middle of my way in Computer Science that I felt this is not enough. It did not satisfy the need to know about the world around me. I searched for two years. I could feel the amazement and singularity of the world we are living it from the time I was in the high school. Finally, I found my way, Cognitive Science! I came up with humans brain as the most astonishing phenomenon and creation ever existed. Eventually, a prodigious ear-catching symphony reached my ears, The Language, which I literally fell in love with. The new adventure started in 2014 by listening to different languages. Thank to my bilingual family I could speak Persian and Azerbaijani as my mother tounges. To dance with the symphony, I decided to learn more and more languages. Interestingly, I realized that I know English, even without having any classes in it. So I entered to the world of Latin by studying Italian in Scuola Italiana di Tehran. The endless long journey was started.

A year passed. I came to this conclusion that I should perceive Italian in its ambient. And to make the dream of cognitive science come true, I applied for the master of science in cognitive science, in the the University of Trento(UNITN), Language and multi-modal Interaction. Unfortunately, they did not accept me because of lack of coherence between my background and this master. However, when you believe in a path, you do not surrender to fate, you make it. Same I did. I sticked to it and applied for something between my bachelor's and cognitive science, Human-Computer Interaction, to make a bridge, at least for my PhD. Or more likely to find a way to be part of the cognitive science society there.

I passed my first semester with honor (GPA 4/4). But I could not be far away of my true love. I decided to make it and I did. I applied again and I passed a course in it in my first semester just by studying it in a week by my own. And you can guess what happened. I got accepted with good results this time.

Now I am studying Cognitive Linguistics in the UNITN, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences(CIMEC). I am discovering the world of languages with different aspects. More specific in Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Linguistics. I am interested to go through Language Acquisition, and Psycho-Linguistics. By the end of this master I want to achieve a perfect knowledge of Linguistic and Brian aspects as an expertise in the field and I will try to do an admirable thesis.

My general plan for the future is to expand the aforementioned knowledge by doing a PhD in the same subject as my master and come up with some impressive achievements which can influence the world to be a better place. To give the opportunity to Human species to have more time to think and have spend their life in peace.

All beside, as a short biography I can say, I was born in southern range of the Alborz mountains. In such a big city with 12 million habitants. Apart from the usual heavy traffic and polluted air, and all the political problems, life goes on there. I have all my best memories there. Among my little lovely family in which I raised and the most important value my parents taught me was being respectful, to myself and then the world around me. My mother is a professor in Psychology in the university of Tehran, who inspired me to follow the science direction. My father is an engenieer graduated in Telecommunication. Iran's best university, Sharif University. Who I learned from devotion and how not to be selfish and spend resources such as time, wealth, health, etc. to help our belongings(which in the higher level is human kind society.)

Contact Information

personal email: horotat[at sign]gmail[dot]com
Academic Email: a[dot]mahmoudikamelabad[at sign]studenti[dot]unitn[dot]it