Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of British Columbia in 1999, my MSc in System and Control Engineering from Queen’s University in 1994, and my Master of Engineering from Cairo University in 1988.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was working with Ontario Hydro, Canada (1990-1991), and I was working with the National Research Center, Egypt (1987-1990).
The main focus of my research is enhancing communication with the hearing-impaired by developing a software tool that can interpret sign language and then convert it to a spoken language.
Awards and Achievements
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) research grant of $70,000 ($14000 per year, 2011-2016).
NSERC research grant of $85,000 ( $17000 per year, 2005-2010).
NSERC research grant of $58,224 ($14556 per year, 2000-2004).
Special merit award $3000 July 1st 2008.
Special merit award $3000 July 1st 2005.
Traveling award $1500 December 2005.
Canada Foundation for Innovation grant of $95,270, 2001.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of British Columbia, 1999.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I have graduated 3 master students and 3 PhD students.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the area of pattern recognition.
Ibrahim El Rube, Maher Ahmed, Mohamed Kamel, “Wavelet Approximation-Based Affine Invariant Shape Representation Functions”, IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell, pages 323-327, Volume 28, Issue 2, IEEE Computer Society (2006).
Yasser Ebrahim, Maher Ahmed, Wegdan Abdelsalam, Siu-Cheung Chau, “Shape Representation and Description Using The Hilbert Curve”, Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters, pages 348-353, Volume 30, issue 4, Elsevier, March 2009.
Yasser Ebrahim, Maher Ahmed, Siu-Cheung Chau, Wegdan Abdelsalam, “Shape Matching Using a Novel Warping Distance Measure”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition, ICIAR 2008, pages 465-474, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 5112, Springer, June 2008, Portugal.
Ibrahim El Rube, Maher Ahmed and Mohamed Kamel, “Coarse-to-Fine Multiscale Affine Invariant Shape Matching and Classification”, 17th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR'04) - Volume 2, pages163-166, IEEE Computer Society 2004.
Yasser Ebrahim, Maher Ahmed, Siu-Cheung Chau, Wegdan Abdelsalam, “Significantly improving Scan-Based Shape Representations Using Rotational Key Feature points”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition, ICIAR 2010, pages 284-293, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 6111, Springer, June 2010, Portugal.
Maher Ahmed and Rabab Ward, “A Rotation Invariant Rule-Based Thinning Algorithm for Character Recognition”, IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell. volume 24, issue 2, pp. 1672-1678, IEEE Computer Society 2002.
Maher Ahmed and Rabab Ward, “An expert system for the recognition of general symbols”, Pattern Recognition, volume 33, issue 12, pp. 1975-1988, Elsevier 2000.