Ashkan Yazdani was born in Tehran, Iran, On April 3th, 1982. In July 2007, he received his M.sc. in Electrical Engineering (bioelectric) from the University of Tehran, Iran. His M.sc. Thesis focused on Electroencephalogram signal processing, Pattern recognition, fuzzy logic and biological computation. From September 2006 to October 2007, he worked as research assistant in Brain signal processing group in University of Tehran, where he worked on person identification using EEG signal processing, Brain Computer interfacing and also fMRI signal processing.
In December 2007, he joined the Multimedia Signal Processing Group (MMSPG) at EPFL as a research assistant in Prof. Ebrahimi’s group, working towards his PhD in the area of brain-computer interfacing. During his PhD, he was involved in various research projects and European networks of excellence (NoE) and he was representing MMSPG in several european projects. He was selected as the coordinator of one of the main IRPs in Petamedia NOE and he represented this NOE in several European exhibitions such as NEM summit and ICT. Among his other research activities, there is a one year collaboration project with European Space Agency (ESA) on curiosity cloning project and active involvement in VISNET 2 and Qualinet NOEs, where he worked on human face detection and Quality of Experience (QoE) in multimedia.
His research interests include but are not limited to multimedia/biomedical signal and image processing, brain computer interfacing, emotion and affect recognition, social networks, Cognitive neuroscience, subjective test design, QOE assessment, pattern recognition, fuzzy logic, neural networks and blind source separation.