Farshid Farhat

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Pennsylvania State University
Address: 310 IST Building, University Park, PA, 16802.
Email: fuf111 AT psu DOT edu

About Me

I joined RoboticEQ (aka Simplr Technologies), an AI-based startup, as the CEO in June 2017. RoboticEQ is the spinoff of the project that I was working since my CS PhD by a seed fund for innovation from Penn State. I was a member of Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) research lab at Penn State. I was working with Prof. James Wang (adviser) and Prof. Jesse Barlow (co-adviser), also collaborating with Prof. Zihan Zhou. My research interests lie in the area of computer vision, machine learning and big data computing. More specifically, I am interested in image aesthetics/composition understanding using conventional machine and deep learning, image retrieval and ranking, and multimedia processing. Also I am working in the field of big data computing specially on resource allocation in distributed systems and parallel computing.


  • Smart cropping with JNI implementation in Android
  • Aesthetic scoring using smartphone GPU
  • Portrait Composition Assistance (Dissertation-related)
  • Human body pose classification and recognition (Dissertation-related)
  • Emotion-aware Local Guide with iOS implementation
  • Severe weather forecasting using shape matching


  • Graduates: Diman Zad Tootaghaj, Mohammad-Mehdi Kamani, Yu Luo.
  • Undergrads: Sahil Mishra, Luke Porupski, Jeremy Ong, Yizhi Huang, Jeffery Cao, Shengguang Bai.


  • Security Weaknesses in PGP Protocol, F Farhat, M Heydari, MR Aref, 2013.