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I am developing computational models of visual object recognition based on empirical evidence from systems neuroscience.




  • Amin Mirzaei, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Masoud Ghodrati, Sajjad Zabbah, Reza Ebrahimpour. “Predicting the human reaction time based on natural image statistics in a rapid categorization task”. 2013, published in Vision Research
  • Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte. Object-vision models that better explain IT also categorize better, but all models fail at both. COSYNE. Salt Lake City, UT; 2013
  • Linda Henriksson, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte. Population-code representations of natural images across human visual areas. Annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, 2013.


  • Masoud Ghodrati, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Reza Ebrahimpour, Karim Rajaei, Mohammad Pooyan. "How can selection of biologically inspired features improve the performance of a robust object recognition model?" 2012, published in PLoS One.
  • Karim Rajaei, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Masoud Ghodrati,  Reza Ebrahimpour, Mohammad-Ebrahim Shiri-Ahmad Abadi . “ A Stable Biologically Motivated Learning Mechanism for Visual Feature Extraction to Handle Facial Categorization” 2012, published in PLoS One.
  • Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Karim Rajaei, Masoud Ghodrati, Reza Ebrahimpour, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte. “How much a computational model of ventral visual pathway accounts for fMRI data obtained from FFA?”. Poster presentation, Workshop on Methods to Study the Brain in Action, Tubingen, Germany, 2012.
  • Alexander Walther, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte. "The transformation of representational similarity along human ventral-stream stages of visual object processing". Poster, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), 2012.

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked 1st among computer science students in all semesters (2007-2011)
  • Selected as the best research assistant in the Brain and Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory (BISLab) in 2011
  • Cambridge International Scholarship (Honorary Scholarship)
  • Yousef Jameel Scholarship (Full scholarship Administered by the University of Cambridge)



PhD, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

Supervisor: Dr. Nikolaus Kriegeskorte

Start date: 5 January 2012

B.Sc., Computer Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

GPA: 19.22/20 (1st rank)

B.Sc.Thesis title: Improving one of the well-known cortex like object recognition models (HMAX), based on evidence from human visual system

Supervisor: Dr. Reza Ebrahimpour

Started in: September 2007, Graduated in: July 2011