Dr. Hassan Ashtiani – Faculty of Engineering
Hassan Ashtiani

Dr. Hassan Ashtiani


Machine learning, statistical learning theory, algorithms and complexity.

Areas of Specialization

Research Clusters

  • Assistant Professor

    Computing and Software


Broadly speaking, my research interests revolve around Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, and Theoretical Computer Science. I am interested in formulating new/emerging learning scenarios (including various forms of unsupervised learning), and providing provably efficient methods for — or establishing inherent limitations in — solving them.

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Hassan Ashtiani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software at McMaster University, and a faculty affiliate at Vector institute. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2018 from University of Waterloo where he was advised by Shai Ben-David. Before that, he received his master’s degree in AI and Robotics and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, both from University of Tehran. Broadly speaking, a major theme in his research is the design and analysis of sample-efficient learning algorithms. In recent years, he has focused on studying sample-efficient learning methods that are robust to (i) model misspecification, (ii) distribution shift, (iii) adversarial attacks, and/or (iv) privacy-related attacks.