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Prof.Tamer Rabie Academic RankProfessor

Specialization:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, June 1999.

Research Interests:

  • Pattern Recognition / Object Tracking / Feature Extraction, Intelligent Autonomous Robotics, Digital Image Processing / Image Restoration, Color Image Compression, Video Processing, Steganography / Watermarking / Data Hiding, Information Security for Media Technology

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- (Ph.D.), “Animat Vision: Active Vision in Artificial Animals”, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada (January 1999). Supervisor: Dr. Demetri Terzopoulos (from Dept. of Computer Science at Univ. of Toronto). - (M.Sc.), “Adaptive-Neighborhood and Iterative Methods for Image Restoration”, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada (June 1993). Supervisor: Dr. Raj Rangayyan; ranga@enel.ucalgary.ca - (B.Eng. with Honors), Electronics and Communications Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt (July 1989) (Ranked the 6th on a class of 400 graduates that year)..
- September 2013 – Present (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR) - College of Engineering, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. - September 2012 – August 2013 (ADJUNCT PROFESSOR) - Intelligent Transportation Systems Center, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - September 2011 – August 2012 (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR) - School of Engineering Applied Science and Technology, Canadian University of Dubai, Dubai, UAE. - September 2006 – August 2011 (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR) - Faculty of Information Technology, Intelligent Systems Program, UAE University, Al-Ain, UAE. - September 2001 – August 2006 (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR) - Faculty of Information Technology, Intelligent Systems Program, UAE University, Al-Ain, UAE. - January 2000 – August 2001 (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR) - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - October 1998 – December 1999 (POST DOCTORAL FELLOW) - Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - May 1998 – September 1998 (SOFTWARE ENGINEER) - ISG Technologies Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
- Senior Member of the IEEE, and have been previously a member in the IEEE Signal Processing and Computer Societies. - Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Association in Toronto, Canada, and licensed as a professional engineer in the province of Ontario since 2001.
Senior Member of the IEEE since 2003, member of the IEEE Signal Processing, and have been previously a member of the Computer Societies. Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Association in Toronto, Canada, and licensed as a professional engineer in the province of Ontario since 2001.
- FaceBots: Robots utilizing and publishing social information in FaceBook: This is a Microsoft Research Award for US$50,000 aiming at supporting the creation of sustainable and meaningful human-robot relationships through exploitation and publishing of social information available on the World Wide Web (Facebook). Media coverage include an article in Gulf News (Major UAE Newspaper) in April 2008, titled “UAE laboratory will help develop robots”, (http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/04/25/10208339.html). This research project is jointly investigated by Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis and myself. My focus in this project was on the implementation of algorithms for computer vision based face recognition for the purpose of enabling the robot to recognize familiar human faces thus allowing natural interaction between the robot and the human. - ‘C-Cube’ IBM Cell Centre of Competency research project: This project aims at enriching IBM’s new Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) processor with applications and libraries, developing research tools, simulators and infrastructures, training and education, and software enabling and regional customer support. This IBM Shared University Research Award, which is in the form of an equipment grant comprising a 3-blade (27-core) IBM Cell BE Machine, will help us establish the first Cell Center of Competency (C-cube) in the Middle-East at the College of IT at the UAE University. There were ten winners worldwide, including 4 outside the USA. Winners in USA include University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Georgia Tech and other major universities. Winners outside the USA include the top engineering school in China (Tsinghua University), the UAE University, Universities of Dublin and Barcelona. The award was covered by the international press including CNN. My achievements in this project include delivering Image Processing, 2D graphics, and Video Processing and Surveillance applications on the IBM Cell BE and benchmarking the performance of these applications against single core processors, while the long term involvement includes Real-Time Virtual Vision Simulation the goal of which is the design and development of highly realistic virtual reality simulators for computer vision research. - An Innovative Mobile-Vision-Based Approach to Traffic Surveillance in Urban Corridors: As adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Centre, I have conducted collaborative research work in Active Computer Vision-based Traffic Surveillance and Control through a 2-year (2001-2002) CITO funded collaborative research project focused on the development of a mobile, bus-mounted active vision system for traffic monitoring in urban corridors, as required by Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). This research project was in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Canada, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission, the University of Toronto, and Ryerson University. This project was awarded the top award of $200,000. In his email to me, Vic DiCiccio, former Vice President of Research at CITO, writes: “The Machine Vision Evaluation Panel was delighted by the close partnering you have arranged with the City of Toronto and Lockheed Martin. They thought it was great that the City might actually allow you to influence the traffic signals to provide priority for buses.”
Chapters in Books 1. Tamer Rabie, “Data Secrecy: An FFT Approach”, in Advanced Techniques in Multimedia Watermarking: Image, Video and Audio Applications, IGI Global, Chapter 2, pages 21-35, April 2010. (ISBN13: 9781615209033 |ISBN10: 1615209034 |EISBN13: 9781615209040 |DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-903-3) 2. Gasser Auda, Tamer Rabie, Ahmed El-Rabbany, Amer Shalaby, and Baher Abdulhai, “An Active-Vision Intelligent Traffic Monitoring System”, in Recent Research Developments in Pattern Recognition, vol. 4, Chapter 1, pp. 1-13, Transworld Research Network (ISBN: 81-7895-157-6), November 2004. Refereed Journals and Conferences 3. Mohammed Baziyad, Tamer Rabie, Ibrahim Kamel, "Extending steganography payload capacity using the L*a*b* color space", 13th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IEEE IIT'18), Al Ain, UAE, Nov. 18-19, 2018. 4. Mahmoud A. Y. Abdallah, Mohammed Saeed Baziyad, Raouf Fareh and Tamer Rabie "Tracking Control for Robotic Manipulator Based on FABRIK Algorithm", Advances in Science and Engineering Technology Multi-Conference (ASET’18), Dubai Men’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE, February 6-7, 2018. 5. Talal Bonny, Tamer Rabie, and AH Abdul Hafez. “Multiple histogram-based face recognition with high speed FPGA implementation”, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Verlag, (ISSN: 1380-7501, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-018-5647-8), Feb. 12, 2018. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 1.541) 6. Tamer Rabie, Mohammed Baziyad, Ibrahim Kamel, “Enhanced high capacity image steganography using discrete wavelet transform and the Laplacian pyramid”, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Verlag, (ISSN: 1380-7501, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-018-5713-2), Feb. 1, 2018. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 1.541) 7. Tamer Rabie, “Training-less Color Object Recognition for Autonomous Robotics”, Information Sciences, Elsevier, (ISSN: 0020-0255, DOI: 10.1016/j.ins.2017.08.015), Dec. 2017, vol. 418-419C, pp 218–241 (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 4.305) 8. Tamer Rabie, Mohammed Baziyad, “Visual fidelity without sacrificing capacity: an adaptive Laplacian pyramid approach to information hiding”, Journal of Electronic Imaging, SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering (ISSN: 1017-9909, https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JEI.26.6.063001), Nov. 2017, vol. 26, No. 6. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 0.78) 9. Waleed Obaid, Tamer Rabie, and Mohammad Baziyad, "Real-Time Color Object Recognition and Navigation for QUARC QBOT2", International Conference on Computer and Applications (ICCA'17), pp. 102-106, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 06-07, 2017. (http://www.ijcis.info/icca17.htm) 10. Tamer Rabie, Ibrahim Kamel, Mohammed Baziyad, “Maximizing Embedding Capacity and Stego Quality: Curve-Fitting in the Transform Domain”, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Verlag, (ISSN: 1380-7501, DOI: 10.1007/s11042-017-4727-5), May 2017, vol. 77, No. 7, pp. 8295-8326. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 1.541) 11. Raouf Fareh, Tamer Rabie, Mohammed Baziyad, "Tracking Control For Wheeled Mobile Robot Using RGBD Sensor", 2017 4th International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies (CoDIT'17), Barcelona, April 5-7, 2017 at Barcelona, Spain (website: http://codit2017.com) 12. Tamer Rabie, Ibrahim Kamel "Toward optimal embedding capacity for transform domain steganography: a quad-tree adaptive-region approach", Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Verlag, (ISSN: 1380-7501, DOI: 10.1007/s11042-016-3501-4), vol. 76, No. 6, March 15th 2017. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 1.541) 13. Tamer Rabie, Ibrahim Kamel "High-capacity steganography: a global-adaptive-region discrete cosine transform approach", Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Verlag, (ISSN: 1380-7501, DOI: 10.1007/s11042-016-3301-x), vol. 76, No. 5, March 1st 2017. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 1.541) 14. Saif ur-Rehman Muhammad, Tamer Rabie, Saleh Suleiman, "A Novel Wireless Mesh Network for Indoor Robotic Navigation", Proc. of the 5th International Conference on Electronic Devices, Systems, and Applications (ICEDSA-2016, DOI: 10.1109/ICEDSA.2016.7818485), pp. 1-4, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 6-8 December 2016. 15. Raouf Fareh, Maarouf Saad, Sofiane Khadraoui, and Tamer Rabie. “Lyapunov-Based Tracking Control For Nonholonomic Wheeled Mobile Robot”, International Journal of Electrical, Computer, Energetic, Electronic and Communication Engineering, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Vol:10, No:8, pp. 973-978, 2016. 16. Raouf Fareh, Maarouf Saad, Sofiane Khadraoui, and Tamer Rabie, "Lyapunov-Based Tracking Control for Nonholonomic Wheeled Mobile Robot", ICCDSR 2016: International Conference on Control, Dynamic Systems, and Robotics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Aug 04-05, 2016. 17. Tamer Rabie, Ibrahim Kamel “On the Embedding Limits of the Discrete Cosine Transform”, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Verlag, (ISSN: 1380-7501, DOI: 10.1007/s11042-015-2557-x) , vol. 75, No. 10, May 2016. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor 1.541) 18. Raouf Fareh, Tamer Rabie “Tracking trajectory for non-holonomic mobile manipulator using distributed control strategy”, 10th International Symposium on Mechatronics and its Applications, American University of Sharjah, December 8-10 , 2015. 19. Tamer Rabie, "Lossless Quality Steganographic Color Image Compression", International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, ISSN: 2158-107X, DOI: 10.14569/IJACSA.2015.060416, May 2015; vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 114-123 (indexed in Thomson-Reuters Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index, Research Gate Impact Factor 0.63) 20. Tamer Rabie, Driss Guerchi "Spectral Magnitude Speech Steganography", International Journal of Computer Applications FCS® (Foundation of Computer Science - ISSN 0975-8887, DOI: 10.5120/20329-2547), 116(5):1-6, April 2015. (Google Scholar Impact Factor 0.715) 21. Tamer Rabie, “Rapid 2D-3D Conversion for Low-Cost 3D Television”, International Journal of Computer Applications FCS® (Foundation of Computer Science - ISSN 0975-8887, DOI: 10.5120/17816-8751), 102(6):1-7, September 2014. Editor’s Choice Award. (Google Scholar Impact Factor 0.715) 22. Tamer Rabie, “High-Capacity Steganography”, 2013 6th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2013), Vol. 2, pp.858-863, Hangzhou, China, 16-18 Dec. 2013. (Print ISBN: 978-1-4799-2763-0) 23. Tamer Rabie, “Digital Image Steganography: An FFT Approach”, the 4th International Conference on Networked Digital Technologies (NDT 2012), Canadian University of Dubai, Dubai, pp. 217–230, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, April 24-26, 2012. 24. Tamer Rabie, Hashir K. Kidwai, Fadi N. Sibai “Massive video surveillance parallelization on the Cell broadband engine processor”, IBM Journal of Research and Development, Special issue on "Technologies From Emerging Markets", vol. 54, No. 6, Paper 11, pages: 11:1 - 11:8, Nov./Dec. 2010 (ISSN: 0018-8646, Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor (2010): 4.86, Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor (2016): 1.083) 25. Hashir Karim Kidwai, Fadi N. Sibai, Tamer Rabie, “Performance and Scalability Analysis of Image Processing Applications on the IBM Cell BE Simulator”, Journal of Communication and Computer, David Publishing Company, USA, Volume 6, No.3 (Serial No.52), pp. 1-8, ISSN 1548-7709, USA, Mar. 2009. 26. Hashir Karim Kidwai, Fadi N. Sibai, Tamer Rabie, “Parallelization and Performance Evaluation of an Edge Detection Algorithm on a Streaming Multi-Core Engine”, Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR), IGI Global (Disseminator of Knowledge Since 1988), Hershey PA 17033-1240 USA, vol.2, No. 4, pp. 82-92, October-December 2009 (SJR: 0.12) 27. Hashir Kidwai, Tamer Rabie, Fadi Sibai,“Parallel Video Processing Performance Evaluation on the IBM Cell Broadband Engine Processor”, Special Issue on Grid and Parallel Computing, International Journal of Computer Science and Applications, Technomathematics Research Foundation (ISSN 0972-9038), Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 13 – 25, 2009. (SJR: 0.13) 28. Tamer Rabie, Hashir Kidwai, Fadi Sibai, “Parallel video surveillance on the multi-core Cell broadband engine”, International Joint Conference on Computational Sciences and Optimization, 2009 (CSO 2009), International Symposium on Applied Computing and Computational Sciences (ACCS 2009), Sanya, Hainan Island, China, Volume 1, pp. 85 – 89, 24-26 April, 2009. 29. N. Mavridis, T. Rabie, “FaceBots: Robots utilizing and publishing Social Information on FaceBook“, poster presentation at Microsoft External Research Symposium, Seattle, March 2009 (poster presentation) 30. Nikolaos Mavridis, Chandan Datta, Shervin Emami, Chiraz BenAbdelkader, Andry Tanoto, Tamer Rabie, “FaceBots: social robots utilizing facebook”, Proceedings of 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2009), pp. 195-196, La Jolla, California, March 10-13, 2009. 31. Nikolaos Mavridis, Chandan Datta, Shervin Emami, Andry Tanoto, Chiraz BenAbdelkader, Tamer Rabie, “FaceBots: robots utilizing and publishing social information in facebook” Proceedings of 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2009), pp. 273-274, La Jolla, California, March 10-13, 2009. 32. Hashir Kidwai, F. N. Sibai, and T. Rabie, “Simulating Image Resizing on the IBM Cell Simulator,” 3rd IEEE International Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’09), Sharjah, UAE, Jan. 2009. 33. Hashir Kidwai, F. N. Sibai, and T. Rabie, “Video Processing using Optical Flow Estimation on the Cell BE Simulator,” 3rd IEEE International Conference on Modeling, Simulation, and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’09), Sharjah, UAE, Jan. 2009. 34. Hashir Kidwai, F. N. Sibai, and T. Rabie, “Highly Parallel Image Processing on the STI Cell,” 2009 IEEE Int. Conference on Computer Systems and Application (AICCSA’09), Rabat, Morocco, May 2009. 35. Driss Guerchi, Harmain Harmain, Tamer Rabie, Emad Mohamed, “Speech Secrecy: An FFT-based Approach”, Special Issue on Evolving Computer Science Applications, International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science, vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 1-19, Jan. 2008 36. M. Boulmalf, Tamer Rabie, K. Shuaib, A. Lakas, and H. Elsayed, " Performance Evaluation Study of an Indoor IEEE 802.11g", International Journal of Value Chain Management, Inderscience Publishers Ltd (ISSN: 1741-5357), Switzerland, vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 109-118, 2008. (SJR Impact Factor: 0.20) 37. Hashir Kidwai, F. N. Sibai, and T. Rabie, “Parallel Edge Detection on the Multi-core Cell Broadband Engine,” Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT2008), pp. 92-96, Al-Ain, December 2008. 38. Hashir Kidwai, F. N. Sibai, and T. Rabie, “Simulating Image Processing Applications on the IBM Cell Simulator,” Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on Mathematical Sciences (ICM08), Vol. I, pp. 278-287, Al Ain, UAE, March 2008. 39. Hashir Kidwai, F. N. Sibai, and T. Rabie, “Image Magnification and Reduction Using High Order Filtering on the Cell Broadband Engine,” Proc. of the 5th IEEE International Multi-Conference on Systems, Signals and Devices (SSD’08), Amman, Jordan, July 2008. 40. Tamer Rabie, “Frequency-Domain Data Hiding Based on the Matryoshka Principle”, Special Issue on Advances in Video Processing and Security Analysis for Multimedia Communications, International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, Inderscience Publishers Ltd (ISSN: 1462-4613), Switzerland, vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 298–312, June 2007. (SJR Impact Factor: 0.31) 41. Zouheir Trabelsi, Hesham El-Sayed, Lilia Frikha and Tamer Rabie, “A Novel Covert Channel Based on the IP Header Record Route Option”, International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, Inderscience Publishers Ltd, Switzerland, vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 328-350, August 2007. (SJR Impact Factor: 0.31) 42. Tamer Rabie and Driss Guerchi, “Magnitude Spectrum Speech Hiding”, IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication (ICSPC07), Dubai, UAE, November 24-27, 2007. 43. Driss Guerchi, Tamer Rabie, and Abdelrhani Louzi, “Voicing-Based Codebook in Low-Rate Wideband CELP Coding”, Proceedings of the eighth Interspeech conference - tenth biennial EUROSPEECH conference (Interspeech2007), Antwerp, Belgium, August 27-31, 2007. 44. Driss Guerchi, Tamer Rabie, "Narrowband CELP Hiding by Wideband Speech", The Ninth IASTED International Conference on Signal and Image Processing (SIP 2007), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, August 20-22, 2007. 45. Tamer Rabie, “A Novel Compression Technique for Super Resolution Color Photography”, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT2006), pp. 1-5, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE, November 19-21, 2006. 46. Zouheir Trabelsi, Hesham El-Sayed, Lilia Frikha and Tamer Rabie, “Traceroute Based IP Channel for Sending Hidden Short Messages”, Advances in Information and Computer Security, First International Workshop on Security (IWSEC 2006), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 427 – 442, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, October 23-24, 2006. 47. M. Boulmalf, T. Rabie, K. Shuaib, H. Elsayed, and A. Lakas, “Performance Characterization of IEEE 802.11g in an Office Environment”, Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems 2006 (EMCIS2006), Costa Blanca, Spain, pp. 1-7, July 6-7, 2006. 48. Tamer Rabie, “Robust Color Video Denoising”, Proc. of the 4th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA-06), pp. 792-798, Dubai/Sharjah, UAE, March 8-11, 2006. 49. Tamer Rabie, “Robust Estimation Approach for Blind Denoising”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, USA, vol. 14, Issue 11, pp. 1755-1765, November 2005. (Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor (2016): 4.83)
- In-vehicle Drowse Detection Vision System - Computer Numerical Control Printed Circuit Board Machine - Design and Implementation of a Climbing Robot (co-supervisor)
- Awarded University of Sharjah seed fund for project proposal: “Active Vision Humanoid Robot Navigation & Control” 2014. - Best Paper Award from UAE University Research Affairs for: Tamer Rabie, “Robust Estimation Approach for Blind Color Video Denoising”, The Seventh Annual U.A.E. University Research Conference, pp. 81-87, Al-Ain, U.A.E., April 22-24, 2006.
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Image Processing and Analysis (JIPA) (http://jipa.avestia.com/board/) - Editor for International Journal of Computer & Software Engineering (http://www.graphyonline.com/journal/journal_editorial_board.php?journalid=IJCSE) - Reviewer for the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) and appointed as a member of the Technical Committee on Computer Vision and the Technical Committee on Image Processing since September 2001. Duties include serving as an expert advisor to IASTED by helping in the planning and organization of IASTED activities such as meetings and publications, assisting in reviewing paper submissions, suggesting keynote speakers for international conferences, suggesting conference topics and procedures. - Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing for years 2010/2011. - Member of the Advisory and Program Committee and reviewer for the International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition (ICIAR). - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for The Thirteenth IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging (CGIM 2012), June 18 – 20, 2012, Crete, Greece. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for The Twelfth IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging (CGIM 2011), February 16 – 18, 2011, Innsbruck, Austria. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for The Eleventh IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging (CGIM 2010), Innsbruck, Austria, February 17 - 19, 2010. - Session Chair for the UAEU Annual Research Affairs 2009 conference, April 2009. - Guest Editor for Special Issue on Innovations in Information Technology Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR) (2008/2009) - Reviewed a Journal paper for the Iranian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE) titled: “Fast and Efficient Algorithm to Remove Gaussian Noise in Digital Images” - Reviewed a Journal paper titled: "A Pilot Study to Compare the Driving Habits of Crash-Involved versus Non-Crash-Involved Older Drivers using GPS-Instrumented Vehicles" for the Journal of Transportation Engineering (2009). - Session Chair and reviewer for the 5th Innovations in Information Technology (IIT 2008) conference, December 2008. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 10th IASTED International Conference on Signal and Image Processing (SIP 2008). - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 2008 European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2008) which was held in Marseille, France from October 12-18, 2008 http://eccv2008.inrialpes.fr/. - Member of the Advisory and Program Committee and reviewer for the 11th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision ICCV 2007, held 14-21 October 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 9th IASTED International Conference on Signal and Image Processing (SIP 2007), Honolulu, Hawaii on August 20-22, 2007. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 7th IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging and Image Processing (VIIP 2007). - Reviewer for the 66th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2007), held 1-3 October 2007, in Baltimore. - Reviewer for the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2007 (WCNC 2007) - Services and applications track. - Reviewer for the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Transportation Engineering. Paper entitled “Traffic Data Collection under Mixed Traffic Conditions Using Video Image Processing”. - Reviewer for the International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science 2006. - Chaired the Multimedia Video session of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA 2006) on March 8-11, 2006, at the Millennium Hotel in Sharjah, UAE. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 15th IASTED International Conference on Applied Simulation and Modelling (ASM 2006) to be held in Rhodes, Greece on June 26-28, 2006. - Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer for the 6th IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging and Image Processing (VIIP 2006), to be held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on August 28-30, 2006. - Area Chair for the Sixth IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV 2005).
I believe that teaching Electrical & Computer Engineering courses with competence can only be achieved through mutual interaction between the professor and the students. Although reading lecture material from textbooks and class notes is valuable, true learning is accomplished through the students own work and effort in solving problems that emerge throughout the course being studied. This can be achieved through take-home assignments, but is better accomplished through in-class discussions and interactive exercises where the student has access to the professor as well as modern learning aids such as electronic discussion boards and web-based course management tools. My teaching strategy in class starts by motivating students’ enthusiasm to learn the subject being taught. Once this has been accomplished, the student becomes the center of the learning process and the instructor becomes a facilitator of knowledge for the student. My teaching philosophy, thus, advocates student-centered learning with emphasis on student active participation in class. This has been aided by the use of modern teaching technology such as web-based course management tools (e.g. Moodle and Blackboard), animated PowerPoint slide shows that simplify the ideas being taught to the student, mini-lectures interlaced with group exercises and discussions, and one-on-one interaction between the professor and the student (very rewarding for less active students that may shy away from directly questioning the instructor). This is in contrast to the traditional lecturing methods which are teacher-centered, where the student had the role of a passive listener with the occasional raising of a hand to ask questions. The problem with this technique is the lack of full interaction between the lecturer and the student, and, consequently, the lack of understanding of the needs of individual students (e.g. students that are too shy need more one-on-one interaction which is missing in a passive learning environment). My teaching goals include promoting student understanding of the course subject matter, helping students to think in an analytical and logical manner, teaching students how to solve problems individually and in teams, and helping them to improve their writing skills. I also try to prepare students for the successful pursuit of graduate studies in the area of their interest through research-oriented projects that require writing final project reports using the IEEE standard guidelines for conference papers.
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