Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background: 

May 2010: Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
+ Ph.D. thesis: Dynamic Textures: Models and Applications
+ Ph.D. advisory committee: Prof. Narendra Ahuja, Prof. Thomas Huang, Prof. David Forysth, Prof. Yi Ma, and Prof. John C. Hart
+ GPA: 4.0; Graduated with High Distinction  

Oct. 2008Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
M.S. thesis: Phase-Based Modeling of Dynamic Textures
GPA: 4.0; Graduated with High Distinction 

June 2005 Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Computer and Communications Engineering
American University of Beirut

Final Year Project: Real-Time Vision-Based Mobile Robot Navigation in Outdoor Environments
GPA: 4.0; Graduated with High Distinction  


Awards and Honors:
  • Best business plan award in the Vision Industry Entrepreneur Workshop (VIEW 2016) at CVPR 2016
  • Google Faculty Research Award (Winter 2014) based on project entitled "ActivityNet: A Large-Scale Video Benchmark for Human Activity Understanding" (www.activity-net.org)
  • Research Collaboration Award (15K USD) from the University of Western Australia based on project entitled Biomass Estimation of Fish in the Wild
  • Best paper award in CVPR Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports (2013)
  • KAUST Seed Fund Award 2013-2015 (200K USD) for a proposed project called Hachid that focuses on robust and distributed crowd management (e.g. in the Hajj pilgrimage), 2013-2015
  • Research Collaboration Award (15K USD) from the University of Western Australia based on project entitled Biomass Estimation of Fish in the Wild, 2013-2014
  • Best paper award in CVPR Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports 2013
  • 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.
  • Ranked first among my graduating class, achieved cumulative average of 94.3%, and GPA of 4.0. Earned Dean's Honor List award for four consecutive years (2001-2005) as an undergraduate
  • Earned Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2001-2005) which is awarded to ten undergraduate students among all majors upon admission to AUB based on academic excellence
  • Ranked first among all sections of the Lebanese Baccalaureate (National Examinations) for the academic year 2000-2001, which earned me the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence from the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
  • Associate Editor of Image and Vision Computing (IVT) journal
  • Organizer of ActivityNet Large Scale Activity Recognition competition at CVPR 2016, CVPR 2017, and CVPR 2018.
  • Area Chair of CVPR 2018
  • Co-organized an ICCV tutorial on Sparse and Low-Rank Representations in Computer Vision, 2013
  • Panel Chair of the 1st annual Interactive Digital Media Symposium in Singapore (August 2011)
  • Refereed papers in CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ACCV, ICPR, FGR, CVIU, IJCV, TPAMI, TOMCCAP, TIP; Student Volunteer CVPR `08
  • Senior Technical Consultant for HemCam Pte. Ltd. in Singapore (2011 - present)
  • Member of the IEEE (2004-present) and the Proposal Review Panel in the Qatar Foundation (2011 - present)
  • Vice President and Treasurer of Fashion Latte Inc. (2008-present)
  • Vice President of the IEEE student branch at AUB (2004-2005)

Languages: 
English (native), Arabic (native), French (basic)


References: [upon request]