I was born in Shiraz, a historical-cultural city in Iran, famous for its poets, literature, and Perspolis, where I finished my bachelor's in ''Urban planning''. I was passionate about quality of life and the impacts of environmental attributes on citizens; thus, it was a rational path to continue a master's degree in ''Urban Design''. I moved to Tehran, the capital of Iran, to obtain my master's degree at the Iran University of Science and Technology.
As a master thesis, I worked on the impacts of colors on users' mental and physical health during walking. I used Virtual Reality to receive users' preferences and feedback for my design, which inspired me to use technologies in urban health. Prior to joining the SURREAL project, I worked as a University lecturer.
I believe the interdisciplinary SURREAL-ITN project and the collaboration of different researchers, supervisors, and beneficiaries can promote quality of life in terms of health in cities and bring healthier people physically and mentally.
In my project, I want to use my background in Virtual Reality as a method to explore environmental attributes that can encourage people to walk more often and have lower stress levels. I want to identify environmental attributes that can affect people's physical activity by simulating comparable walking routes in Virtual Reality and assess people's stress levels, physical activity, emotional experiences, and preferences of VR walking routes.
Alongside my passion for making a healthier and more active world, I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures.