Email policy of Prof. ShirmohammadiI
receive well over 100 non-spam emails
every day, and I simply don't have time to answer ALL of them. I don't
want to be disrespectful to those whom I don't answer, and at the same
time I don't have infinite time, so I excuse myself in advance: please do not be offended or take it personally if I don't answer your email when it's similar to the ones below:
With all of the above in mind, here finally is my email address: email@example.com
from potential graduate or postdoctoral students, asking me to be their
supervisor, or if there is any opening in my research group. If
at times there is an opening in my group, it is taken very quickly by students with
am already in touch with through the classes that I teach, or
students recommended by my research group members or by my
international collaborators. You can still email me your CV, but
don't be disappointed if I don't reply.
- Emails from people asking for internship opportunities. I do not offer any internships.
- Emails from
readers of my conference and journal papers, asking for help, or the source code, or dataset of the systems presented in those papers. If
you have a specific
technical question which is not mentioned in the
paper (not general questions like "can you please help me to do
my project similar to your paper?") or you have come across an
error, then I or my co-authors will
be happy to answer it.
- Emails from people asking for advice about their studies or careers or life. In my experience email is
not the proper medium for such conversations. If you are in
Ottawa, please make an
come to my office, then I will be happy to help if I
from people working in the industry asking about how to solve a
specific technical problem. I will be glad to offer my
technical services as a consultant for a fee, but not free.
from students asking me to write a recommendation letter for their
scholarship, university admission, job reference, etc., IF the student
has not done at least one project directly with me, such as a thesis, capstone project, honours project, or a project that has led to publication. Reason:
As much as I would like to help, I cannot write a useful recommendation letter for you if you have not
worked with me directly. Getting an A+ in my course (which can be seen from your transcript anyway) or 90% in your
project in my course is not enough to write an effective
recommendation letter, and will not help your case anyway, considering
how competitive things are these days. It is better for you to obtain
such letters from professors with whom you have worked directly.
from students taking my courses, unless 1) to report an error or a missing link, or 2) pre-authorized emails, as explained in the class. No other email will be answered, no matter how urgent it might seem to you, even for last minute and/or technical questions like
"Can you please explain more question
2 in assignment 1?" or "what is a Critical Path?" or "I missed the class today, what did you
from students about course registration issues, such
as wanting to register for my course but not being able to because the
course is full, or wanting to move from one section or one lab of the
course to another.
- Emails from publishers, conferences, journals, individuals, and
organizations, inviting me to
write a book, give a speech, submit an invited paper, be the
EiC, AE, or Editor for a journal, do a survey, be
part of an initiative, join a webcast, create a new group, write joint
papers together, do collaboration, etc. You are of course welcome to ask me, but if you don't hear back, it means I am not interested.