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Dr Munawar Hayat


Assistant Professor

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Tel: +61 2 6201 2920


Munawar Hayat received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, in 2009. Later, He was awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for a joint European Masters degree program. He completed his PhD from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015. His PhD thesis received Robert Street Prize (awarded annually to one student whose PhD thesis, of all theses passed during the course of the year, has, in the opinion of the Board of the Graduate Research School (GRS), made the most outstanding contribution to its field). His PhD thesis also received Deans List Honorable mention award (awarded to only a fraction of theses by the GRS, UWA). He worked as a PostDoc at IBM Research Australia before joining University of Canberra.

His research interests are in Computer Vision and Machine Leaning. He has worked towards development of facial analysis techniques from multiple data modalities. In this regards, he has worked on face recognition and facial expression classification from 3D images & videos, low quality 2D images & videos and Kinect acquired data. He has also worked on classification of indoor scene images. He has explored deep learning, manifold learning and other methods of discriminative learning for solving underlying research problems. His work has been published at top venues of the field (e.g. TPAMI, TIP, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV). For his future research, he is interested in video data analysis with applications to affective computing and human behaviour understanding, unsupervised feature learning from image data using deep learning, face recognition from surveillance quality imagery and understanding images of indoor and outdoor scenes. Please look at his personal webpage for further details about his research.

Research interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Machine Learning

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