Dr Tahir Nawaz has more than 15 years of experience within engineering research across multiple European countries in diverse cross-functional teams both in academic & industrial sectors in prestigious international organizations. He is currently working as an Associate Professor and the Head of Department (Research) at the College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, where his core interests focus around multi-modal sensing techniques, particularly investigating cutting-edge technologies pertaining to automated video surveillance and autonomous vehicles. From 2018 to 2021, he worked at Jaguar Land Rover, UK, on a research position where his work involved leading and managing R&D projects around emerging sensing solutions (camera, LiDAR, radar) for Level 4+ autonomy, involving external partners (3rd party suppliers, SMEs/start-ups, universities). From 2014 to 2017, he worked at the University of Reading, UK, as a Post-doctoral Research Assistant (Lead Researcher on EU funded FP7/H2020 projects) on computer vision & image/video analysis problems with visual and thermal sensors in privacy-protecting surveillance applications. In 2014, he also worked as a Visiting Researcher at the City University London on brain tumor analysis using MR spectroscopy. He completed a PhD in the field of Electronic Engineering, with a specialization in computer vision, which was a joint Doctorate program under the Erasmus Mundus Fellowship in Queen Mary University of London (UK) and Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt (Austria). He also received an MSc in Computer Vision and Robotics under the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, a joint master program at Heriot-Watt University (UK), University of Girona (Spain) and University of Burgundy (France). Erasmus Mundus grant is a prestigious award given every year to a few people around the world by the European Commission. Additionally, in 2010, he worked at the Medicsight PLC London on the reduction of false positives caused due to haustral folds in the computer aided detection of colorectal cancer using CT images. Moreover, he completed a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan in 2005. Throughout his Bachelor’s studies, he was awarded the NUST Merit Scholarship on the basis of high GPA. In 2005, he also represented Pakistan as a Team Leader in Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Robocon Contest (an international robot competition) that was held at Beijing, China. He has published numerous research papers in prestigious publication venues, and has been involved in several international funded projects. He is also a reviewer for several well-reputed journals, and was the Co-organizer & Program Chair of IEEE PETS 2015 Workshop, a Session Co-chair (Image Processing and Motion Planning) in IEEE ICRAI 2021, and a member of the Program Committee of the ACCV Workshop on Deep Learning for Generic Underwater Video Tracking 2022.



Research areas

Computer vision

Video surveillance

Autonomous vehicles

Sensor fusion



Professional activities

Conference/Workshop Organization

- Member of Program Committee, ACCV Workshop on Deep Learning for Generic Underwater Video Tracking 2022

- Session Co-chair, Image Processing and Motion Planning, IEEE ICRAI 2021

- Co-organizer, IEEE International Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance (PETS) 2015


Invited Talks/Visits

- [March 2024] Headstart School (Kuri Campus), Islamabad, Pakistan

- [June 2023] Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

- [October 2016] University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

- [September 2015] Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

- [September 2015] Summer School on Intelligent Sensing, London, United Kingdom


Reviewer of the Following Journals

- IEEE Transactions on Image Processing

- IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology

- IEEE Signal Processing Letters

- Information Fusion

- Information Processing Letters

- Signal Processing: Image Communication

- The Visual Computer

- Electronics Letters

- Sensors

- EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing

- Optical Engineering

- Journal of Electronic Imaging









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