DR. PARHAM AARABI
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ModiFace
Keeping pace with today's apparel, beauty, and retail business requires staying ahead of the latest technological trends. This October, the fall session of the WWD Digital Forum will address every aspect of business in the digital space -- from mobile technology to social media marketing strategies to e-commerce opportunities. Hosted by WWD editors, the event will feature actionable information, interactive discussions, and opportunities to network with industry peers, and will provide you with the knowledge and tools required to compete in today's tech-driven marketing landscape.
Dr. Parham Aarabi
Parham Aarabi is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ModiFace, a leading facial-recognition technology provider for skin-care, cosmetics, and clothing virtual makeover tools. ModiFace’s
patent-pending technology powers nearly 60 virtual makeover applications including custom applications for Stila Cosmetics, Allergan, StriVectin, Hearst Magazines, Fusion Beauty, Condé Nast, Proactiv, and Clairol.
Since starting ModiFace in 2006, Dr. Aarabi has been responsible for its growth and strategic advancement. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor and the Canada Research Chair at the
University of Toronto (he is currently on leave). He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and at age 24 became one of the youngest professors in the history of the University of Toronto. In 2005, Dr. Aarabi was selected by MIT as "one of the world's top young innovators," and in 2006 he received the Premier's Catalyst Award for Innovation. As a
professor, Dr. Aarabi was the recipient of three Professor of the Year awards as well as the IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg international award for "inspiring classroom lecturing.”
His research, which focuses on human-computer interactions, signal/image processing, and facial recognition, has resulted in 100 scientific publications, 20 patents, and two books (including the best-selling The Art of Lecturing), and has regularly appeared in the New York Times, MIT's Technology Review, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics and on the Discovery Channel.