Hamidreza Chinaei

AGE-WELL Highly Qualified Personnel

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science

Department of Computer Science University of Toronto, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute


PhD in Computer Science, Laval University, Québec, Québec, Canada

MMath in Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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I have moved to Montreal. I am currently a Senior NLP Research Engineer in the QuickNLU and Dialog Technology Group in Nuance Communications, Canada. This is a research and development position in which I design and build dialog systems, and improve their dialog strategies from their collected data.

I have been a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Frank Rudzicz; I performed research and development of decision backends for IBM Watson Analytics and for other technologies available at TRI.

My interests are in the areas of applied machine learning and natural language processing, in particular, in sequential decision making and its applications on healthcare dialogue management (and question answering), cognitive computing, big data analytics, and human computer interaction.

Please find more details in my CV.


I have got a new position: Senior NLP Research Engineer at Nuance Communications February 2017 – Present

R&D - QuickNLU and Dialog Technology Group

Our journal article has been accepted in Computational Linguistics:

Chinaei, H.R., Danks, A., Mehta, T., Chan-Currie, L. C., Lin, H., Rudzicz, F. (2016). Identifying and avoiding confusion in dialogue with people with Alzheimer's disease. Accepted in Computational Linguistics.


I teach CIND-110 (Introduction to Big Data) and CIND-119 (Data Organization for Data Analysts) in the Big Data Analytics program at Ryerson University Fall 2016


I am a senior research member for the Remote Monitoring of Neurodegeneration through Speech:  Johns Hopkins University June 2016 – August 2016

Research Group of the 2016 Third Frederick Jelinek Memorial Summer Workshop


I have been awarded AGEWELL HQP: $30,000 September 2015 - August 2017

AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging, TRI, Toronto, Canada

Our book is available through Springer and Amazon (hard copy)


Frank and I won NSERC Engage PI: Frank Rudzicz: $25,000 April 2015 - August 2015

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage to launch new research

collaboration with IBM Canada, UofT, Toronto, Canada

The methods I developed at IBM, its patent is now pending:

Semi-Additive Data Modeling, CA820140267 - initial submission 2 September, 2014. CA920150035US1 - pending 8 June 2015

I teach CKCS-110 in the Big Data Analytics program at Ryerson University each term since January 2015 (five times)


I have been awarded FRQNT Fellowship: $60,000 September 2014-August 2016

Québec research funding for nature and technology (FRQNT), Québec, Canada