Kazem Cheshmi

I am a PhD candidate at ParaMathics lab, at the department of computer science, University of Toronto, and advised by Prof. Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. My research area includes sparse computations, high-performance computing, compiler optimization, and parallel programming.
I am in the job market.


  • Ph.D., Computer Scince - University of Toronto

  • M.A.Sc., Computer Engineering - University of Tehran

  • B.Eng., Computer Engineering - Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Major Awards

  • Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC fellowship. (2020, Worldwide)
  • Recipient of Adobe fellowship. (2018, Worldwide)
  • Recipient of Wolfond fellowship, computer science, University of Toronto. (2018, department-wide)
  • Best poster paper award in HPCS conference. (2018, conference)
  • First place in ACM student research competition grand finals across all ACM conferences. (2017, Worldwide)
  • First place in ACM CGO student research competition. (2017, conference)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to attend the University of Rostock, Germany. (2011, school-wide)


  • Kazem Cheshmi, Danny M. Kaufman, Shoaib Kamil, and Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. NASOQ: Numerically Accurate Sparsity-Oriented QP Solver. ACM Transactions on Graphics , SIGGRAPH'20 .
  • Bangtian Liu*, Kazem Cheshmi*, Saeed Soori, Michelle Mills Strout, Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. "MatRox: Modular approach for improving data locality in Hierarchical (Mat)rix App(Rox) imation". PPoPP'20. (*Equal contributions)
  • Kazem Cheshmi, S. Kamil, Michelle Mills Strout, and Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. "ParSy: inspection and transformation of sparse matrix computations for parallelism." SC'18.
  • Kazem Cheshmi, Shoaib Kamil, Michelle Mills Strout, and Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. "Sympiler: Transforming Sparse Matrix Codes by Decoupling Symbolic Analysis." SC'17 .
  • Mahdi Soltan Mohammadi, Tomofumi Yuki, Kazem Cheshmi, Eddie C Davis, Mary Hall, Maryam Mehri Dehnavi, Payal Nandy, Catherine Olschanowsky, Anand Venkat, Michelle Mills Strout. "Sparse computation data dependence simplification for efficient compiler-generated inspectors." PLDI'19.
  • Mahdi Soltan Mohammadi, Kazem Cheshmi, Maryam Mehri Dehnavi, Anand Venkat, TomofumiYuki, and Michelle M. Strout. "Extending index-array properties for data dependence analysis." LCPC'18.
  • Kazem Cheshmi, Leila Cheshmi, and Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. "Sparsity-aware storage format selection." High Performance Computing and Simulation, HPCS'18 (Best paper poster award).
  • Kazem Cheshmi, Guanzheng Xu, Saman A Zonouz, and Maryam Mehri Dehnavi. "Axb: A compiler for sparse direct solvers." Electromagnetic Field Computation, CEFC'16.
  • Kazem Cheshmi, Siamak Mohammadi, Daniel Versick, Djamshid Tavangarian, and Jelena Trajkovic. "A clustered GALS Network-on-Chip architecture with communication-aware mapping." Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP'15.
  • Sebastien Le Beux, Hui Li, Ian O’Connor, Kazem Cheshmi, Xuchen Liu, Jelena Trajkovic, and Gabriela Nicolescu. "Chameleon: Channel efficient optical network-on-chip." DATE'14.
  • Kazem Cheshmi, Jelena Trajkovic, Mohammadreza Soltaniyeh, and Siamak Mohammadi, "Quota setting router architecture for quality of service in GALS network-on-chip." Rapid System Prototyping, RSP'13.

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. (Sep 2018 - Present)
  • Research Intern at Microsoft Research and AI, Redmond, USA. (Jun - Sep 2019)
  • Research Assistant and Visiting Researcher at Rutgers University, Piscataway, USA. (Mar 2016 - Sep 2018)
  • Creative Intelligence Lab Intern at Adobe Research, New York, USA. (Jun - Sep 2018)
  • Creative Technologies Lab Intern at Adobe Research, Cambridge, USA. (Jun - Sep 2017)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. (Jan 2013 - Sep 2016)
  • Visiting Researcher at University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany. (May - Dec 2011)
  • Research Assistant at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. (Sep 2009 - 2012)


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