Fateme Nikseresht

PhD Candidate at the University of Virginia

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia (UVA). I work under the supervision of Dr. Bradford Campbell, and I am honored to be a member of UVA Engineering Link Lab. My research focuses on the intersection of wireless systems and networking, smart buildings, smart health, signal processing, and machine learning.

Before beginning my PhD studies, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Shiraz University, advised by Dr. Alireza Keshavarz-Hadad.



The smart building privacy challenge

Wu, Tong, Murtadha Aldeer, Tahiya Chowdhury, Amber Haynes, Fateme Nikseresht, Mahsa Pahlavikhah Varnosfaderani, Jiechao Gao, Arsalan Heydarian, Brad Campbell, and Jorge Ortiz. "The smart building privacy challenge." In Proceedings of the 8th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation, pp. 238-239. 2021.

Detection of Racial Bias from Physiological Responses

Nikseresht, Fateme, Runze Yan, Rachel Lew, Yingzheng Liu, Rose M. Sebastian, and Afsaneh Doryab. "Detection of Racial Bias from Physiological Responses." In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, pp. 59-66. Springer, Cham, 2021.

Collision Prediction and Prevention in Contact Sports Using RFID tags and Haptic Feedback

Mostafavi, Moeen, Fateme Nikseresht, Jacob Earl Resch, Laura Barnes, and Mehdi Boukhechba. "Collision Prediction and Prevention in Contact Sports Using RFID Tags and Haptic Feedback." In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, pp. 400-406. Springer, Cham, 2021.

Understanding health and behavioral trends of successful students through machine learning models

Kim, Abigale, Fateme Nikseresht, Janine M. Dutcher, Michael Tumminia, Daniella Villalba, Sheldon Cohen, Kasey Creswel et al. "Understanding health and behavioral trends of successful students through machine learning models." In International Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies, pp. 516-525. Springer, Cham, 2021.

Adaptive Humanoid Robots for Pain Management in Children

Shenoy, Sudhir, Yueyue Hou, Xinran Wang, Fateme Nikseresht, and Afsaneh Doryab. "Adaptive humanoid robots for pain management in children." In Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 510-514. 2021.


Ongoing Projects

  • Sensor‑free Occupancy Detection and Crowd Counting System with Wireless IoT Devices Network
  • Contactless Vital Sign Measurement Using FMCW Radar
  • Decimeter-level Localization for a Network of Low-Cost IoT Devices
  • Student Health and Well‑Being in Academic Workplaces

    Past Projects

    • A Decision Tool for Emotion Regulation Intervention, Course project presented in SYS 6581: AI for Social Good
    • Translating sign language words via Smartwatch, Course project presented in CS 6501: Signal Processing, Machine Learning, and Control Systems
    • Investigating the Impact of Noise and Interference on the Quality of Video Conferencing in the context of the local wireless network, Bachelor Thesis
    • Calibration of Flow Meters by Laser, Poster presented at 2 nd Fluid Mechanics National Competition at Isfahan University

    Professional Leadership & Services


    • International Studies Liaison Graduate Engineering Student Council (GESC) at University of Virginia
    • May 2022-Present
    • Vice-president Link Lab Student Committee at University of Virginia
    • August 2022-Present
    • Vice-president Iranian Students Association (IRSA) at University of Virginia
    • February 2020-May 2022
    • Vice-president IEEE Iran Section‑ Shiraz University Branch
    • October 2016-August 2017
    • Member Society of Students Against Poverty
    • January 2016-September 2017

      Professional Services

      • Session Chair Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS) 2022
      • Reviewer Ubicomp/IMWUT 2020, HRI 2021 Late Breaking Reports, and Ubicomp/IMWUT 2021
      • Student Volunteer 35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligent 2021
      • Organizer 13th IEEE Iran Section Student Branch Symposium 2016


      • Outstanding Graduate Service Award - UVA Department of Computer Science 2022-2023
      • Podium Presentation Finalist - UVA Engineering Research Symposium (UVERS) 2023
      • Fellowship - UVA Experiential Learning Fund 2022 for "Sensor-free occupancy detection and crowd counting system with wireless IoT device network" project
      • 1 st Place - Eighth FIDE Seminar on Arbitration 2018
      • 1 st Place - Young NODET (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents) Researchers Competition 2010
      • 2 nd Place - Fars Province Woman Swimming Contest 2002