Sayna Ebrahimi
PhD Candidate

EECS Department
UC Berkeley

Email : sayna at eecs dot berkeley dot edu

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About Me

I am a double majored PhD student in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. I am excited about developing algorithms that enable machines to learn broad knowledge of their surrounding world from few observations. This includes learning deep representations from given cues and generalize to instances they have never seen before and most importantly, I am passionate about teaching machines how to build up on what they have learned to continually acquire new capabilities without forgetting what they were taught in the past!

I am a part of Berkeley AI Research Lab (BAIR) advised by Trevor Darrell in EECS and David Steigmann in ME. I also collaborate with Marcus Rohrbach and Mohamed Elhoseiny at Facebook AI Research on lifelong learning research topics.



Research Interests:

Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Lifelong learning, Few-shot Learning, Predictive Uncertainty



Recent Publications



Uncertainty-Guided Lifelong Learning in Bayesian Networks
Sayna Ebrahimi , Mohamed Elhoseiny, Trevor Darrell, Marcus Rohrbach
Under Review , 2018




Generalized Zero- and Few-Shot Learning via Aligned Variational Autoencoders
Edgar Schonfeld, Sayna Ebrahimi , Samarth Sinha, Trevor Darrell Zeynep Akata
Under Review , 2018




Compositional GAN: Learning Conditional Image Composition
Samaneh Azadi , Deepak Pathak, Sayna Ebrahimi, Trevor Darrell
Under Review , 2018
[PDF] [Code will be available soon]



Gradient-Free Supervised and Unsupervised Learning with Rewards
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anna Rohrbach, Trevor Darrell
WiCV workshop at CVPR , 2018 (Oral)
[PDF]



Gradient-free Policy Architecture Search and Adaptation
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anna Rohrbach, Trevor Darrell
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2017 (Spotlight)
[PDF] [Project page] [Bibtex]








Older Work
The following represents some of my older work in ME and is not representative of my current research interests.

Journal papers:

Peridynamics analysis of the nanoscale friction and wear properties of amorphous carbon thin films
Sayna Ebrahimi, David Steigmann, Kyriakos Komvopoulos
In Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures 2015.
[
PDF] [Bibtex]


Dynamic analysis of cracks using the SGBEM for elastodynamics in the Laplace-space frequency domain
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anh-vu Phan
Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements 2013.
[PDF] [Bibtex]


Dynamic crack growth modeling technique based upon the SGBEM in the Laplace domain
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anh-vu Phan
Acta Mechanica 2015.
[PDF] [Bibtex]




Conference Papers/Talks:

Parallel Algorithms for CPU and GPU Peridynamic Computation
Sayna Ebrahimi, Michael Taylor, David Steigmann
International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (ASME-IMECE), 2016, Phoenix, Arizona (Oral)


A Mechanical Sub-Element Formulation of Plasticity in Ordinary State-Based Peridynamics
Sayna Ebrahimi, Michael Taylor, David Steigmann
International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (ASME-IMECE), 2016, Phoenix, Arizona (Oral)


Peridynamic Model for Thin Shells via Descent from Three-Dimensional State-Based and Bond-Based Peridynamics
Michael Taylor Sayna Ebrahimi, David Steigmann
International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (ASME-IMECE), 2016, Phoenix, Arizona (Oral)


Peridynamics Analysis of Elastic-Plastic Contacts
Sayna Ebrahimi, David Steigmann, Kyriakos Komvopoulos,
US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (UNCCM), 2015, San Diego, California (Spotlight)


Wear process analysis of thin-films using Peridynamics
Sayna Ebrahimi, David Steigmann, Kyriakos Komvopoulos,
US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UNCTAM), 2014, East Lansing, Michigan (Spotlight)


Laplace SGBEM Modeling of Dynamic Crack Propagation through a Cluster of Inclusions
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anh-Vu Phan
US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UNCTAM), 2014, East Lansing, Michigan (Spotlight)


Dynamic crack growth analysis in the Laplace-space frequency domain by the symmetric-Galerkin boundary element method
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anh-Vu Phan
International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (ASME-IMECE), 2013, Raleigh, North Carolina (Oral)


Peridynamic Analysis of Crack-Inclusion Interaction in Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Composites
Sayna Ebrahimi, Anh-Vu Phan
Early Career Technical Conference (ASME-ECTC), 2012, Atlanta, Georigia (Spotlight)