Research Interests

  • Representation and analysis of dynamic objects in video sequences with applications to object tracking, action/activity recognition and detection, video registration, etc.

  • Structured (e.g. sparse and low-rank) representation in computer vision and machine learning

  • Developing efficient optimization and randomization techniques for large-scale computer vision and machine learning problems

  • Exploring human-in-the-loop involvement in computer vision and image processing


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (High Distinction), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Oct 2008 - May 2010

  • M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (High Distinction), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2005 - Oct 2008

  • B.E. in Computer and Communication Engineering (High Distinction), American University of Beirut (AUB), Sept 2001 - June 2005


Professional Profile

  • Feb 2012 - June 2013: Research Scientist at the Visual Computing Center of KAUST

  • Dec 2010 - Feb 2012: Senior Research Scientist at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) of Illinois in Singapore; Senior Research Affiliate at the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • May 2010 - Dec 2010: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • May 2009 - Sept 2009: Research Intern at Vision Technology Inc.

  • May 2007 - Sept 2007: Research Intern at Siemens Medical Solutions

  • Aug 2005 - May 2010: Research Assistant in the Computer Vision and Robotics Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) in Singapore (Feb 2012-Present)

  • IEEEE Member (2004-Present)

  • Vice President and Treasurer of FashionLatte Inc. (2008-Present)

  • Member of the Proposal Review Panel in the Qatar Foundation (2011-Present)

  • Panel Chair of the annual Interactive Digital Media Symposium in Singapore (Aug 2011)

  • PC member of CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ACCV; Student Volunteer in CVPR2008


Awards

  • Google Faculty Research Award based on a project entitled ActivityNet: A Large-Scale Video Benchmark for Human Activity Understanding, Winter 2015

  • Research Collaboration Award from the University of Western Australia based on project entitled Biomass Estimation of Fish in the Wild (2014)

  • Best Paper Award at CVSports workshop at CVPR 2 013

  • KAUST Seed Fund Award (2013-2014)

  • Ranked first in the IEN (Illinois Entrepreneur Network) business plan competition, which is a campus wide competition for innovative entrepreneurial ideas (2009)

  • Recipient of the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Fellowship (2007-2009) at UIUC, which recognizes 8-10 students on campus for their Academic Research in a computationally-oriented and interdisciplinary field

  • Recipient of the James M. Henderson Fellowship (2006-2007) at UIUC, which recognizes a first-year ECE graduate student based on his/her Academic, Research and Leadership achievements

  • Recipient of the Charlie Korban Award for Academic Excellence among AUB graduates (2004- 2005), in recognition of academic, research, and leadership achievements.


KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Visual Computing Center (VCC)
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE)