Soroosh Mortezapoor

About Me

My name is Soroosh Mortezapoor. I have always been obsessed with science, in combination with skills, techniques, methods, and processes that all together form something we know as technology. I believe that the long journey to a perfect world should be traversed with small, simple, yet thoughtfully directed steps that each makes the world a better place for everyone to live. In all the years with Nativy Translations, as a part of its software development team, and as its CTO, I gained so many outstanding pieces of experience together with a wonderful team of talented young people. We took some steps and made the world a better place by satisfying the needs of our customers to the best of our abilities and making them and their clients happy.

I come from Iran and have been living in Vienna, Austria, since 2012. I studied Software Engineering in Tehran and received my Bachelor of Eng. degree from Iran University of Science and Technology. Then I immigrated to Europe and studied Computer Science at the University of Bern, Switzerland, for one semester, when I realized that I was interested in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics more than general Computer Science. That’s why I left Switzerland and moved to Austria to study at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in “Computational Intelligence”, and later known as “Logic and Computations”. I received my Dipl.-Ing. degree, which is equivalent to Master of Science in German-speaking countries. Since 2013 and besides studying, I joined a fantastic startup, Nativy Translations. Nativy is a professional human translation provider, with thousands of native translators from different corners of our world. Its clients are ranging from great well-known corporates to private persons, who can enjoy very high-quality translations in over 500 different language combinations.

After such an exciting ride, I felt that it was time for me to go back to school. That’s why I am currently back at the TU Wien, doing research as a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology. My focus on “Robotics; Large-Scale Haptic Interactions in Virtual Reality, Based on a Mobile Robotic Platform” and I am lucky to be a member of the prestigious project “SFB Advanced Computational Design” of The Center for Geometry and Computational Design.

The project “SFB Advanced Computational Design” brings a large number of scientists together from various research groups from Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), and the University of Innsbruck. The main questions it is trying to answer is how to advance design tools and processes through multi- and interdisciplinary basic research in the areas of digital architecture, integrated building design, computer graphics and virtual reality, discrete and applied geometry, and computational mechanics.

My interests are:

  • Robotics
  • Haptics
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • AI in Robotics

Education

Vienna University of Technology

PhD Candidate (2019 – PRESENT)
Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology

“Robotics; Large-Scale Haptic Interactions in Virtual Reality, Based on a Mobile Robotic Platform” under the supervision of Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.techn. Hannes Kaufmann.

Vienna University of Technology

Master of Science (2013 – 2016)
Master of Science in Computational Intelligence (Logic and Computation), with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.

Master thesis: “Optimizations and Improvements of Robotic Grasping using Topographic Features by Machine Learning Approaches” under the supervision of Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Markus Vincze

University of Bern

One Semester (2012 – 2012)
As a Master of Science student in Computer Science, in a joint program of University of Bern, University of Neuchâtel, and University of Fribourg.

Iran University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (2006 – 2011)
Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering

Experience

Nativy Translations

Chief Technology Officer (2016 – 2020)
Nativy offers instant quotes on price & delivery for over 500 language pairs, powered by 2800 professional translators worldwide. We’ve also made it incredibly simple for SaaS providers to integrate our service. It takes 5 lines of code and you earn commission on each order. 51,000 hotels already use our service from within their SaaS provider. Get in touch to discuss a partnership: lochan@nativy.com

Nativy Translations

Lead Developer (2015 – 2016)
Development of new features including an extremely easy-to-use plugin for SaaS providers to integrate the translation service of Nativy into their software, to be used by their clients, and many more features for our clients to facilitate their interaction with the system.

Nativy Translations

Senior Full-Stack Developer (2013 – 2015)
Redesigning and re-implementing the old system. Employing many state-of-the-art technologies and engineering methods and models to build a solid system that can handle and push the business of the company.

Sazeh Aliazh Alborz

.NET Developer / Researcher (2010-2012)
Design and development of an automation software for production planing, resource allocation and production monitoring.

Hamfekran IT Corporation

Intern / .NET Developer (2009-2010)
Development of a Commute Control System in the form of a SaaS

Alborz Pooladin 2000 Ltd.

IT Specialist / Network Administrator (2004-2007)
Installing and maintaining network infrastructure. Implementing and/or installing new technologies and softwares.

Training and Certificate

  • Austrian Robotic Workshop, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • IEEE-RAS SSRR Summer School 2012, Alanya, Turkey
  • ROS RoboCup Rescue Summerschool 2012, Graz, Austria
  • Data Mining and its application in industry and technology
  • Application of Data Mining in CRM and Quality Management
  • Introduction to Data Mining – TÜV
  • Research Assistant, Intelligent Automation Laboratory, IUST
  • Referee, TC Member, Khawrazmi Robotic Competitions

Skills

Team Management

  • Team Leadership
  • Software Development Team Building

.NET Family

  • Windows Apps, Windows Service
  • WCF Services
  • Windows Azure Apps
  • ASP.NET WebForms
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Aspect Oriented Programming
  • LINQ, Linq2Sql, Entity Framework

Web Technologies

  • Java Script
  • jQuery
  • jQuery UI
  • Knockout JS
  • Breeze JS
  • SignalR
  • Bootstrap Responsive

Data Storage/Retrieval

  • RDatabase (SQL Server, Postgre, MySql, …)
  • NoSql Database (Apache Cassandra)
  • Hadoop, Pig
  • Apache Lucene
  • Lucene.NET
  • Apache Solr
  • Apache Tika
  • WEKA
  • Azure SQL
  • Azure Storage

Other Platforms/Langs

  • Git
  • Python
  • Machine Learning in Python
  • ROS (Robot Operating System)
  • VAL3 Programming Language
  • Unity Game Engine
  • VR in Unity
  • SciKit-Learn
  • Java SE
  • Google App Engine
  • C++
  • PCL (Point Cloud Library)
  • Latex
  • DevOps, CI, CD