About Me

I am a PhD candidate in the Computer Science Department at Boston University working with Prof. Evimaria Terzi in the Data Management Group. My research interests are in the areas of algorithmic data-mining and knowledge discovery, social networks, and computational social science. My application-related research has focused on team-formation problems with applications in computational education and human resource management. My theoretical line of work investigates the limitations that the data and the deployed algorithms impose on the results of data-mining analysis (See my resume for more).

You can reach me through my email: <first name>@bu.edu

I am currently on the job market looking for a tenure-track position starting Fall 2016.

Research Statement
Teaching Statement
Curriculum Vitae


—— 2015 ——

—— 2014 ——

—— 2013 ——

—— 2012 ——

—— Working Papers ——

  • B. Golshan, E. Terzi, Minimizing tension in social networks, WWW 2016 (Under Review).
  • E. Galbrun, B. Golshan, A. Gionis, E. Terzi, Finding teams with low social tension, VLDB 2016 (Under Review).
  • B. Golshan, A. Gionis, E. Terzi, Maximizing self-expression in social networks (In preparation).
  • B. Golshan, T. Lappas, E. Terzi, Minimizing faultlines in team formation (In preparation).

—— Preprints ——


Research Experience

I have been working as an intern every summer since I started my PhD.

Intern at Aalto University (Summer 2015)
Host: Professor Aristides Gionis


Research Intern at MSR Sillicon Valley (Summer 2014)
Host: Dr. Rakesh Agrawal


Data Science Intern at oDesk -- Now Upwork (Summer 2013)
Host: Dr. Panagiotis Papadimitriou

Intern at University di Roma la Sapienza (Summer 2012)
Host: Professor Aris Anagnostopoulos


Intern at Cogo Labs (Summer 2011)
Host: Professor Georgios Zervas

Teaching Experience

—— Research Assistant ——

  • Combinatorial Structures – Boston University (Spring 2012 & 2013)
  • Introductions to Computer Science I – Boston University (Fall 2010)
  • Fundamental of Computers & Programming – Tehran University (Fall 2008 & 2009)
  • Data Structures – Tehran University (Fall 2009)
  • Algorithm Analysis and Design – Tehran University (Fall 2008)
  • Principles of Compiler Design – Tehran University (Spring 2008)

—— Creating Free Educational Content ——

Motivated by the prospect of broadening the understanding and interest of people in computer science, I have started developing a video series called “Science of Abstraction” which aims to explain computer science to a layperson audience through storytelling and simple illustrations. The videos are currently under production, but the first draft of the storyline can be found online. I envision this project to go a long way in promoting and popularizing computer science. I sincerely hope that Science of Abstraction would be used as a resource for K-12 computer-science education.

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