Zahir M Hussain ( Professor )
Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics - Computer
[email protected]
Professional Highlights 1. Qualifications: • First Rank in Iraq, General Baccalaureate Exams, average mark 99%. • BSc (Electrical Engineering, University of Baghdad, 30/06/1983), • MSc (Electronics & Communication Engineering, University of Baghdad, 31/01/1989), • PhD (Signal Processing/ Computer Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia on 28/3/2002). 2. Research Areas and Interests: Signal Processing (SP), Electronics, Communications, Computer Science, Mathematics. 3. Recent Positions: • Research Associate, QUT, Australia, 1999-2001, • Research Fellow, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (SECE), RMIT University, Australia, 2001, • Senior Lecturer (Permanent), SECE, RMIT, 2002-2004, • Associate Professor (Permanent), SECE, RMIT, 2005-2010, • Professor (Adjunct) at RMIT, Australia, 2010-2013 (After moving to UoK, Iraq) • Professor (Adjunct) at Bac-Ha International University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2008-2011, • Professor, University of Kufa (UoK), Najaf, Iraq, 2010-present; • Professor (Adjunct), School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University (ECU), 2014-. • Invited as a Visiting Professor by many universities, e.g., Alcatel-Lucent Center at ECOLE SUPÉRIEURE D'ÉLECTRICITÉ, France (which was approved by RMIT in 2008 as a Research Leave Award). 4. PhD / MSc Supervision: 25 PhD’s, 4 MSc’s. • Senior Supervisor for 15 PhD’s + 1 Masters at RMIT, Australia 2001-2011: 15 PhD’s + 1 Master completions 2001-2011. PhD Theses are downloadable from RMIT website. • Second Supervisor for 7 PhD’s, 2001-2009 at RMIT; 1 at NUV, Hanoi, Vietnam. • Senior supervisor for 2 PhD's and 3 Master at UoK 2011-2014. • Currently supervising 5 MSc students at UoK. 5. Awards: • RMIT Publications Awards 2005, 2006 (also shared 2004 Award with Professor Richard Harris). • RMIT Teaching Award, 2007. • Best Paper Awards: IEEE TENCON, Melbourne, 2005; DSPCDC, Taiwan, 2006. • IEEE First Award for PhD Projects (3 times) at RMIT Annual PG Conferences 2004, 2005, 2006. • Received a letter of “Appreciated Reviewer” from the IEEE in 2006. • Granted the “Distinguished Academic Award” by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Iraq, 15 April 2012. 6. Research Achievements & Contributions: • Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant for 2005-2008, which led to the discovery of short word-length processing (SWL). • Other achievements: contribution to the unresolved problem of multicomponent signals, design of a new phase tracking system, a new class of time-frequency distributions with frequency estimation algorithm, introduction of generalized functions in time-frequency analysis, a wireless radio channel model, simplified system approach, autocorrelation-like function for image processing, and many works on OFDM systems. • Over 200 refereed publications (including 58 journal papers; 151 conference papers, 6 books, 2 book chapters). Most of these papers are downloadable from IEEE, Elsevier, and Springer websites. • Attended over 50 International Conferences and contributed to the TPC & chaired sessions in many leading conferences like IEEE TENCON, IEEE ATC, ATNAC. • Vice Chair & Editor, IEEE TENCON 2005 in Melbourne. • Senior Member, IEEE; Senior Member, Australian Computer Society (ACS). • Reviewer for leading IEEE, Elsevier, IET, and many other journals. • Examiner for over 50 national and international PhD Theses. • Delivered several invited talks at various universities and conferences. • Research Impact: The works of Prof Z. M. Hussain's have been cited and extended by leading scientists, press of prominent universities (e.g., Oxford, 2013, Cornell, 2013), and over 20 PhD Theses at prominent institutions (e.g., Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2010, Université de Grenoble, France, 2013; NUS, Singapore, 2014). In 2011, Prof Martin Bastiaans (a figure of SP from Netherlands) extended the T-Class (proposed by Z. M. Hussain in 2006) to the Generalized T-Class that can handle signals with high frequency content. Full list of citations (over 1500) can be found on Google Scholar (H-index = 19; i-10 index =50). 7. Academic/ Industry Leadership: • Head, Communications Engineering Discipline, RMIT, 2006. • Head, Computer Science Department, University of Kufa (UoK), 2011-2013. • Head, Promotions Committee, College of Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Kufa (UoK), 2014-present. • Member, Central Promotions Committee, UoK, 2013-present. • Member, Promotions Committee, College of Engineering, UoKufa, 2011-2014. • Member of RMIT Senior University Committees: RMIT Community of Scholars (2007-2009), RMIT Discipline Board (2007-2009), RMIT Appeals Committee (2006-2009). • International Programs Coordinator, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, RMIT, 2004-2005. • DSP Group Leader, RMIT, 2005-2009. • Communication Engineering Programs Leader, RMIT, 2005-2008. • Industry Projects: Academic Leader of a 3G NEC/RMIT Commercial Communications Project (2001-2002). 8. Google Scholar: 9. Publons: 10. Edith Cowan University Webpage: 11. Emails: [email protected]; [email protected] ; 12. Postal Address: University of Kufa, College of Computer Science & Maths, P. O. Box 21, Kufa, Najaf Governorate, Iraq. Tel.: +964(0)7812322479. 13. Recent Publications: • Zahir M. Hussain, Amin Z. Sadik, and Peter O'Shea, Digital Signal Processing: An Introduction with MATLAB and Applications, Springer, 2011 (Book). • Zahir M. Hussain, An Introduction to Digital Image Processing, Kufa University Press, 2011 (Book). • M. Mechee, F. Ismail, Z. M. Hussain, Z. Siri, “Direct numerical methods for solving a class of third-order partial differential equations,” (Elsevier) Applied Mathematics and Computation, 247, 663-674, 2014. • A. N. Hashim and Z. M. Hussain, "Novel Image-Dependent Quality Assessment Measures," Journal of Computer Science, 2014. • Asmaa Nazar Almoosawy, Zahir M. Hussain, Fadel A. Murad, “Frequency Estimation of Single-Tone Sinusoids under Additive and Phase Noise,” International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, v.5, no.8, 2014. • Asmahan Flieh Hassan, Zahir M. Hussain, Dong Cai-lin, “An Information-Theoretic Measure for Face Recognition: Comparison with Structural Similarity,” International Journal of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence, v.3, no.10, 2014. • Asmahan Flieh Hassan, Dong Cai-lin, Zahir M. Hussain, “An Information-Theoretic Image Quality Measure: Comparison with Statistical Similarity,” Journal of Computer Science, 2014. • A. N. Hashim and Z. M. Hussain, "Local and Semi-Global Feature-Correlative Techniques for Face Recognition," International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, v.5, no.8, 2014. • N. A. S. Alwan and Z. M. Hussain, "Image Quality Assessment for Different Wavelet Compression Techniques in a Visual Communication Framework," Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, 2013. • Seedahmed S. Mahmoud, Zahir M. Hussain, Irena Cosic, and Qiang Fang, “A blind equalization algorithm for biological signals transmission,” Elsevier Digital Signal Processing, vol. 22, no. 1, 2012. • Seyed Mehdi Lajevardi, Zahir M. Hussain, "Automatic facial expression recognition: feature extraction and selection," Signal, Image and Video Processing, v.6, no.1, 2012. • Khalifa Al-Mawali, Zahir M. Hussain, “Low Complexity Discrete Bit-loading for OFDM Systems with Application in Power Line Communications,” International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences, v4, pp372-376, 2011. • Fawaz S. Al-Qahtani, Arun K. Gurung, Salam A. Zummo, Seedahmed S. Mahmoud, Zahir M. Hussain, “Performance Evaluation of Generalized Selection Combiners Over Slow Fading with Estimation Errors,” Wireless Personal Communications, Springer, vol.56, no.2, 2011. • Seyed Mehdi Lajevardi, Zahir M. Hussain, “Higher Order Orthogonal Moments for Invariant Facial Expression Recognition,” Digital Signal Processing (Elsevier), vol.20, no.6, Dec. 2010. • Nuha A. S. Alwan and Zahir M. Hussain, “An unbiased channel estimator for space-time block coding under Rayleigh Fading,“ The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (Springer), vol. 35, no.1-B, 2010. • Fawaz S. Al-Qahtani, Salam A. Zummo, Arun K. Gurung, Zahir M. Hussain, “Spectral efficiency of maximum ratio combining (MRC) over slow fading with estimation errors,” Digital Signal Processing (Elsevier), Vol. 20, Issue 6, 2010. • S. M. Lajevardi, Z. M. Hussain, “Novel Higher-order Local Autocorrelation-like Feature Extraction Methodology for Facial Expression Recognition,” IET Image Processing, vol. 4, no. 2, 2010. • Khaizuran Abdullah, Seedahmed Mahmoud, Zahir M. Hussain, “Performance Analysis of an Optimal Circular 16-QAM for Wavelet Based OFDM Systems,” International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences, vol.2, no.9, 2009. • Seyed Mehdi Lajevardi, Zahir M. Hussain, “Feature extraction for facial expression recognition based on hybrid face regions,” Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2009. • Seyed Mehdi Lajevardi, Zahir M. Hussain, “Hybrid feature contraction for facial expression recognition,” AMSE -B: Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition, vol. 52, no.1, 2009. • Fawaz Al-Qahtani, Salam A. Zummo, Arun K. Gurung, Zahir M. Hussain, “Spectral Efficiency Evaluation for Selection Combining Diversity (SCD) scheme over Slow Fading,” IET Communications, Vol.3, no.9, 2009.