Salman Parsa
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ritter Hall
Deopartment of Computer Science
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO. USA.
email: salman.parsa@slu.edu

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My Research
    I am a researcher in Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics. General problem solving abilities are necessary for high-caliber researchers in this area. However, to be able to solve significant open problems, one must focus in a few specific and related topics.  Currently, my main research is in Computational Topology.
   I work on applying centuries old (geometry) or sometimes just decades old (algebraic topology) concepts of mathematics to applied problems. This is done via devising algorithms based on mathematical insights and theorems.
   In a second track, I try to understand the constructs of Geometry and Topology from the algorithmic viewpoint and thus obtain a better understanding of the concepts. This allows to grow the toolbox of algorithmic techniques in computer science.
   On a more theoretical side, I am fascinated with and work in Discrete Geometry in a broad sense. I am interested in embeddings of simplicial complexes in Euclidean spaces. This area is a source of algebraic topology methods which have been applied successfully to other problems of Discrete Geometry, the so-called topological methods in combinatorics.
   I have been a computer enthusiast and C++ programmer from my teenage years. My strong background in mathematics, together with my more applied computer science abilities allow me to adapt easily to new applied areas.

Short Bio
My Job Search
    I have been born and raised in Iran. I got my BSc. and MSc of Computer Science from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. I started my PhD at Duke University in 2010 and graduated in December 2014. I was fortunate to study under H. Edelsbrunner.
    I have done postdocs at IST Austria and ENS Paris.
On 2016 I travelled back to Iran for personal reasons and worked as a postdoc at Sharif Univeristy, Mathematics Department and also at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM).
    The political situations make life hard for an international Iranian researcher. Specially if one is bound to his/her family.  After spending two years in Iran I were free from travel restrictions imposed by the home country. I decided to comeback to the U.S. and pursue my research with a broader reach and resources. I had to overcome travel restrictions of the target country, fortunately I and my wife could do it. 

I am married to Parisa Shieh Mostafa.
    Due to my travel restrictions (now resolved) I never had the opportunity to do a job search for a permanent position. I am doing that in 2020. If you are a potential employer please read my short bio (left) and don't hesitate to contact me.