• Ahmad Pahlavan Tafti Ph.D.

  • Associate Research Scientist-Biomedical Informatics

    • Center for Human Genetics
    • 1000 North Oak Ave. ML8 Marshfield, WI 54449


2016 to 2016:
Practical Machine Learning, Coursera-Johns Hopkins University, USA
2013 to 2016:
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
2012 to 2012:
Hands on Experience, Medical Image Analysis, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
2008 to 2011:
M.Sc., Computer Science, Software Engineering, Azad University, Iran/UAE
2001 to 2001:
Oracle DBA, Oracle DBA, Oracle Education Center, Malaysia
1992 to 1998:
B.S., Computer Science, Software Engineering, Azad University, Iran

Work Experience

2013 to 2016:
Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
1998 to 2012:
Database Administrator, ASYCUDA Project, Iran


I am a Tenure-Track Associate Research Scientist with deep passion for improving health informatics with better patient diagnosis and treatment using big and multiple data sources and novel computational algorithms. I earned my PhD in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and since then, I have been on a quest to explore and solve problems that are “worth it” and make the most positive impact on people’s lives. In my current position in Biomedical Informatics Research Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, I have successfully leveraged my background in computer vision, machine learning modeling, algorithm design and big data analytics to find solutions to a diverse range of problems in biomedical and health informatics. I am passionate about computational health informatics and machine intelligence.

Research Interests

3D Computer Vision, Machine Intelligence, Computational Health Informatics

Select Publications

  • Tafti AP, LaRose E, Badger JC, Kleiman R, Peissig P. Machine Learning-as-a-Service and Its Application to Medical Informatics. In: Perner P, Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition. 10358. Springer, 2017
  • Baghaie A, Pahlavan Tafti A, Owen HA, D'Souza RM, Yu Z. Three-dimensional reconstruction of highly complex microscopic samples using scanning electron microscopy and optical flow estimation. PLoS One. 2017;12(4):e0175078.
    PubMed ID: 28384216
  • Baghaie A, Tafti AP, Owen HA, D'Souza RM, Yu Z. SD-SEM: sparse-dense correspondence for 3D reconstruction of microscopic samples. Micron. 2017 Jun;97 :41-55.
    PubMed ID: 28343096
  • Tafti AP, Baghaie A, Assefi M, Arabnia HR, Yu Z, Peissig P. OCR as a Service: an experimental evaluation of Google Docs OCR, Tesseract, ABBYY FineReader, and Transym. International Symposium on Visual Computing. Springer International Publishing, 2016
  • Omrani E, Tafti AP, Fathi MF, Moghadam AD, Rohatgi P, D'Souza RM, Yu Z. Tribological Study in Micro Scale Using 3D SEM Surface Reconstruction. Tribology International. 2016 Jul;103(2016):309-15.
  • Tafti AP, Kirkpatrick AB, Holz JD, Owen HA, Yu Z. 3DSEM: A 3D microscopy dataset. Data Brief. 2016 Mar;6 :112-6.
    PubMed ID: 26779561
  • Tafti AP, Baghaie A, Kirkpatrick AB, Holz JD, Owen HA, D'Souza RM, Yu Z. A Comparative study on the application of SIFT, SURF, BRIEF and ORB for 3D surface reconstruction of electron microscopy images. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization. 2016; :1-14.
  • Tafti AP, Hassannia H, Piziak D, Yu Z. SeLibCV: A Service Library for Computer Vision Researchers. Advances in Visual Computing. Springer International Publishing, 2015
  • Zhao M, Luo H, Tafti AP, Lin Y, He G. A Hybrid Real-Time Visual Tracking Using Compressive RGB-D Features. Advances in Visual Computing. Springer International Publishing, 2015
  • Tafti AP, Kirkpatrick AB, Alavi Z, Owen HA, Yu Z. Recent advances in 3D SEM surface reconstruction. Micron. 2015 Nov;78 :54-66.
    PubMed ID: 26277082
  • Tafti AP, Hassannia H, Yu Z. siftservice.com - Turning a Computer Vision algorithm into a World Wide Web Service. arXiv:1504.02840v1. 2015; :[cs.CV].
  • Tafti AP, Kirkpatrick AB, Owen HA, Yu Z. 3D microscopy vision using multiple view geometry and differential evolutionary approaches. Advances in Visual Computing. Springer International Publishing, 2014
  • Bardosi Z, Granata D, Lugos G, Tafti AP, Saxena S. Metacarpal Bones Localization in X-ray Imagery Using Particle Filter Segmentation. arXiv:1412.8197v2. 2014; :[cs.CV].
  • Tafti AP, Maarefdoust R. Digital Images Encryption in Spatial Domain Based on Singular Value Decomposition and Cellular Automata. International Journal of Computer Science and Information Securit. 2013;11(4):121.
  • Malakooti MV, Tafti AP, Rohani F, Moghaddasifar MA. RGB digital image forgery detection using singular value decomposition and one dimensional cellular automata. Computing Technology and Information Management (ICCM). 8th International Conference on IEEE , 2012
  • Tafti AP, Malakooti MV, Ashourian M, Janosepah S. Digital image forgery detection through data embedding in spatial domain and cellular automata. Digital Content, Multimedia Technology and its Applications (IDCTA). 7th International Conference on IEEE, 2011
  • Tafti AP, Janosepah S. Digital images encryption in frequency domain based on DCT and one dimensional cellular automata. nformatics Engineering and Information Science. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011
  • Tafti AP, Janosepah S, Modiri N, Noudeh AM, Alizadeh H. Development of a Framework for Applying ASYCUDA System with N-Tier Application Architecture. Software Engineering and Computer Systems. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011