Amir-Hossein Karimi

Faculty Affiliate

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo

Amir-Hossein Karimi is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department at the University of Waterloo where he leads the Collaborative Human-AI Reasoning Machines (CHARM) Lab. The lab’s mission is to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence and chart the path for trustworthy human-AI symbiosis. In particular, the group is interested in the development of systems that can recover from or amend poor experiences caused by AI decisions, assay the safety, factuality, and ethics of AI systems to foster trust in AI, and effectively combine human and machine abilities in various domains such as healthcare and education. As such, the lab’s research explores the intriguing intersection of causal inference, explainable AI, and program synthesis, among others.

Amir-Hossein’s research contributions have been showcased at esteemed AI and ML-related platforms like NeurIPS, ICML, AAAI, AISTATS, ACM-FAccT, and ACM-AIES, via spotlight and oral presentations, as well as through a book chapter and a highly regarded survey paper in the ACM Computing Surveys. Before joining the University of Waterloo, Amir-Hossein gained extensive industry experience at Meta, Google Brain, and DeepMind and offered AI consulting services worth over $250,000 to numerous startups and incubators. His academic and non-academic endeavours have been honoured with awards like the Spirit of Engineering Science Award (UofToronto, 2015), the Alumni Gold Medal Award (UWaterloo, 2018), the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2018), and the Google PhD Fellowship (2021).

Research Interests

  • Interpretability
  • Machine Learning
  • Human-AI Teams


  • Google PhD fellowship (2021)
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2018)
  • Alumni Gold Medal Award (2018; University of Waterloo)
  • Spirit of Engineering Science Award (2015; University of Toronto)