Charles Yaacoub, PhD, ENG, SMIEEE's profile picture Charles Yaacoub, PhD, ENG, SMIEEE

Associate Professor
Faculty of Engineering
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

  • First name: Charles
  • Last name: Yaacoub
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Postal address: School of Engineering, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Kaslik Street, P.O.Box 446 Jounieh
  • Email address: charlesyaacoub@usek.edu.lb

Biography

Charles Yaacoub (PhD, ENG, SMIEEE): received the Ph.D. degree in Signal and Image processing from Telecom ParisTech in 2009 and the Engineering degree in Computer and Communications from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in 2005. From 2009 to 2014, he was an Assistant Professor with USEK. He is currently an Associate Professor with USEK, and Senior member of IEEE. From 2012 till 2017, he served as the Chair of the Telecommunications Engineering Department at USEK. He managed the continuous improvement and ABET accreditation process of the Telecommunications Engineering program at USEK, and holds a postgraduate certificate in "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education" from the University of Texas at Austin. He participated to the organizing committees of several local and international conferences, and performed scholarly review for several international journals and conferences, including IEEE transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE transactions on Multimedia, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, IEEE ICIP, IEEE MMSP, IEEE ICME, and many others. His research interests include Deep Learning, image and video processing, communication systems, multimedia communications, source and channel coding, and sensor networks.

Education

Deep Learning nanodegree at Udacity
July 2019 - October 2019

Address: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST)

Computer and Communications Engineering at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
2001 - 2005

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Ceritifications

Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Texas at Austin
2015
Certificate of completion: Designing Courses for Significant Learning (6-unit course) from the University of Oklahoma (Dee Fink & Associates)
2015
Certificate of Training Completion:Training of Trainers from Realizing Global Health (RGH)
2015
Certificate of completion: Managing Strategic Change (online course) from eCornell
2015
Certificate of completion: Establishing Momentum: Managing Structure, Resources, and Performance (online course) from eCornell
2015
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Professional memberships

-IEEE Senior Member -Member of IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC) -Member of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) -Member of IEEE Education Society (EDSOC) -Counselor of USEK IEEE Student Branch

ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education
2014 - 2019
Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects of Tripoli
2005
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Publications

Books

  1. C. Yaacoub, "Turbo-Codes: From Channel Coding to Video Compression". ISBN: 978-1-53613-114-7. Nova Science Publishers, 2018.
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Journal Papers

  1. C. Yaacoub, M. Sarkis, "Joint Source and Channel Coding with Systematic Polar Codes for Wireless Sensor Communication in Next Generation Networks", Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing, Vol. 10, Issue 12, pp. 4641-4649, Dec. 2019.
  2. P. Damien, R. Bou Nader, C.Yaacoub, and J-C. Lahoud, "Obturator ring fracture detection using anteroposterior view x-ray", Elsevier Procedia Computer Science , 160 (2019) pp. 369-376.
  3. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, "Exploiting Tensor-Space Similarity Measures in Image and Video Processing", International Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 7, Issue 4, pp. 5196-5205, Dec. 2018.
  4. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, "A survey of exemplar-based texture synthesis methods", Journal of Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Vol. 172, Volume 172, pp. 12-24, Jul. 2018.
  5. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, "Synthesis of Arbitrary-Shaped Textures Constrained by the Structure Tensor Field", Journal of Signal, Image, and Video Processing, Vol. 12, Issue 1,  pp. 41-49, Jan. 2018.
  6. C. Yaacoub, M. Sarkis, "Systematic Polar Codes for Joint Source-Channel Coding in Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things", Elsevier Procedia Computer Science , 110 (2017) pp. 266-273.
  7. C. Yaacoub, J. Melhem, P. Bilane, "A No-Reference Metric for Quality Assessment of Tone-Mapped High Dynamic Range Images", International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, Vol. 12, Issue 10,  pp. 2598-2603, Jun. 2017.
  8. C. Yaacoub, G. Mhanna, S. Rihana, "A Genetic-Based Feature Selection Approach in the Identification of Left/Right Hand Motor Imagery for Brain Computer Interface", Brain Sciences Journal, Vol.1, Issue 7, Special Issue on Brain-Computer Interfaces: Current Trends and Novel Applications, Jan. 2017.
  9. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, “Texture Synthesis using the Structure Tensor”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 9, Issue 11, pp. 4082 – 4095, Nov. 2015.
  10. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, “Accelerated Joint Image Despeckling Algorithm in the Wavelet and Spatial Domains”, International Journal of Image Processing (IJIP), Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 102 – 126, 2015.
  11. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, "New Adaptive Algorithms for GOP Size Control with Return Channel Suppression in Wyner-Ziv Video Coding". International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (IJDMB), special issue on Advances in Video Coding for Broadcast Applications. 2009. Vol.2009.
  12. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, "Feedback Channel Suppression in Distributed Video Coding with Adaptive Rate Allocation and Quantization for Multiuser Applications", EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (WCN). 2008. Vol.2008.

Book Chapters

  1. R. Daou, F. El Samarani, C. Yaacoub, X. Moreau, "Fractional Derivatives for Edge Detection: Application to Road Obstacles", in Smart Cities Performability, Cognition, & Security.  ISBN: 978-3-03014-717-4. Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC), Springer, 2019.
  2. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, "Denoising of Digital Images: Methods and Applications", in Noise Reduction: Methods, Applications and Technology.  ISBN: 978-1-53613-541-1. Nova Science Publishers, 2018.

Conference papers

  1. P. Damien, R. Bou Nader, C.Yaacoub, and J-C. Lahoud, "Iliopectineal Line Fracture Detection for Computer-Aided Acetabular Fracture Classification", 9th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 2019.
  2. C.Yaacoub, R. Abi Zeid Daou, "Fractional Order Sobel Edge Detector", 9th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 2019.
  3. A. Akl, C.Yaacoub, "Image Analysis by Structural Dissimilarity Estimation", 9th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 2019.
  4. P. Damien, R. Bou Nader, C.Yaacoub, and J-C. Lahoud, "Obturator ring fracture detection using anteroposterior view x-ray", 9th International Conference on Current and Future Trends of Information and Communication Technologies in Healthcare, ICTH 2019, Coimbra, Portugal, Nov. 2019.
  5. S. Akodad, L. Bombrun, C. Yaacoub, Y. Berthoumieu, C. Germain, "Image Classification Based on Log-Euclidean Fisher Vectors for Covariance Matrix Descriptors", 8th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2018, Xi'an, China, Nov. 2018. 
  6. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, "Tensor-Space Similarity Measure for Image Analysis", 25th International Conference on Systems, Signals and Image Processing, IWSSIP 2018, Maribor, Slovenia, June 2018. 
  7. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, "Two-Stage Volumetric Texture Synthesis Based on Structural Information", 7th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2017, Montreal, Canada, Dec. 2017. 
  8. C. Yaacoub, M. Sarkis, "Systematic Polar Codes for Joint Source-Channel Coding in Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things", 12th International Conference on Future Networks and Communications, FNC 2017, Leuven, Belgium, Jul. 2017.
  9. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, "A Tensor-Based Technique for Structure-Aware Image Inpainting", 6th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods, ICPRAM 2017, Porto, Portugal, Feb. 2017. 
  10. A. Akl, E. Saad, C. Yaacoub, "Structure-Based Image Inpainting", 6th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2016, Oulu, Finland, Dec. 2016.
  11. A. Akl, R. El-Gemayel, N. Alkhoury, C. Yaacoub, “Structure-Based Motion Estimation for Video Compression”, the 2016 IEEE International Multidisciplinary Conference on Engineering Technology, IMCET 2016, Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 2016.
  12. N. Fadel, Y. Nasser, C. Yaacoub, H. Artail, “Capacity Maximization in HetNets with Reverse TDD Scheme”, the 2016 IEEE International Multidisciplinary Conference on Engineering Technology, IMCET 2016, Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 2016.
  13. M. Rizkallah, T. Maugey, C. Yaacoub, C. Guillemot, "Impact of Light Field Compression on Focus Stack and Extended Focus Images", 24th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO’16, Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 2016.
  14. N. Chidiac, P. Damien, C. Yaacoub, "A Robust Algorithm for Text Extraction from Images". The 2016 39th International Conference on Telecommunications and Signal Processing, TSP 2016, Vienna, Austria, June 2016.
  15. C. Yaacoub, M. Sarkis, "Distributed Compression of Correlated Sources using Systematic Polar Codes", 9th International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing, ISTC 2016, Brest, France, Sept. 2016.
  16. C. Yaacoub, P. Bilane, C. Yaghi, and C. Bou-Rizk, “Iterative Tone Mapping of High Dynamic Range Images Based on Structural Fidelity Measure”, 5th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications, IPTA 2015, Orleans, France, Nov. 2015.
  17. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, “Synthèse de Texture Contrainte par Champ de Structure Arbitraire”, 25ème Colloque GRETSI, Lyon, France, Sept. 2015. 
  18. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, “Two-Stage Color Texture Synthesis Using the Structure Tensor Field”, 10th International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications, GRAPP 2015, Berlin, Mar. 2015.
  19. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, M. Donias, J-P. Da Costa, and C. Germain, “Structure Tensor Based Synthesis of Directional Textures for Virtual Material Design”, IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2014, Paris, Oct. 2014.
  20. C. Yaacoub, C. Yaghi, C. Bou-Rizk, “Fusion of Tone-Mapped High Dynamic Range Images Based on Objective Range-Independent Quality Maps”, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2014, Florence, Italy, May 2014.
  21. J. Farah, A. Beylerian, C. Yaacoub, R. Stephan, “A Selective Data Fusion Approach for Coded Cooperative Wireless Sensor Networks”, 6th International Symposium on Communications, Control, and Signal Processing, ISCCSP 2014, Athens, Greece, May 2014.
  22. S. Rihana, H. Moussallem, C. Skaf, C. Yaacoub, “Automated Algorithm for Ovarian Cysts Detection in Ultrasonogram”, 2nd International Conference on Advances in Biomedical Engineering, ICABME 2013, Tripoli, Lebanon, Sep. 2013.
  23. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, “A Hybrid Wavelet-Spatial Denoising Filter”, 18th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing, DSP 2013, Santorini, Greece, Jul. 2013.
  24. A. Akl, C. Yaacoub, “A Hybrid Filter for Image Despeckling with Wavelet-Based Denoising and Spatial Filtering”, 3rd International Conference on Communications and Information Technology, ICCIT 2013, Beirut, Lebanon, Jun. 2013.
  25. A. Akl, K. Tabbara, C. Yaacoub, “Edge-Based Automatic Parameter Selection for Sub-optimal Image Despeckling using Kuan Filter”, 8th International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet Based Systems, SITIS 2012, Nov. 2012, Italy.
  26. A. Akl, K. Tabbara, C. Yaacoub, “An Enhanced Kuan Filter for Suboptimal Speckle Reduction”, 2nd International Conference on Advances in Computational Tools for Engineering Applications, ACTEA 2012, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, Dec. 2012.
  27. A. Akl, K. Tabbara, C. Yaacoub, “Edge-Based Suboptimal Kuan Filtering for Speckle Noise Reduction”, 2012 International Conference on Engineering and Technology, ICET 2012, Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 2012.
  28. J. Farah, A. Beylerian, C. Yaacoub, Ralph Stephan, “Fusion techniques for multi-hop relay wireless sensor networks”, IEEE 8th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications, WiMob 2012, Barcelona, Spain, October 2012.
  29. C. Yaacoub, “Interdisciplinary Engineering Education”, symposium on engineering education in Lebanon, Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut, Beirut, Feb. 2012.
  30. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, C. Jabroun, “A Genetic Approach for Improving the Side Information in Wyner-Ziv Video Coding with Long Duration GOP”, the 2011 International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications, SIGMAP 2011, Seville, Spain, July 2011.
  31. T. Maugey, C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, M. Cagnazzo, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Side information enhancement using an adaptive hash-based genetic algorithm in a Wyner-Ziv context”, IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing, MMSP’10, Saint-Malo, France, October 2010.
  32. E. Yaacoub, C. Yaacoub, “Uplink Scheduling in OFDMA Systems using Opportunistic Beamforming”, IFIP Wireless Days 2009, Paris, France, December 2009.
  33. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “A Genetic Algorithm for Side Information Enhancement in Distributed Video Coding”, IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP‘09, Cairo, Egypt, November 2009.
  34. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Content Adaptive GOP Size Control with Feedback Channel Suppression in Distributed Video Coding”, IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP‘09, Cairo, Egypt, November 2009.
  35. J. Farah, C. Yaacoub, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Nouvelle technique de génération de l'information adjacente en codage vidéo distribué basée sur les algorithmes génétiques”, 22e Colloque GRETSI, GRETSI‘09, Dijon, France, September 2009.
  36. J. Farah, C. Yaacoub, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Nouvelle technique d’adaptation dynamique de la taille du GOP dans le codage Wyner-Ziv des séquences vidéo”, 22e Colloque GRETSI, GRETSI‘09, Dijon, France, September 2009.
  37. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Improving Hash-Based Wyner-Ziv Video Coding Using Genetic Algorithms”, 5th International Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, MOBIMEDIA‘09, London, UK, September 2009. Invited paper.
  38. M. Trocan, B. Pesquet-Popescu, J. E. Fowler, C. Yaacoub, “Block-based Graph-Cut Rate Allocation for Subband Image Compression and Transmission Over Wireless Networks, 5th International Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, MOBIMEDIA‘09, London, UK, September 2009.
  39. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “A Genetic Frame Fusion Algorithm for Side Information Enhancement in Wyner-Ziv Video Coding”, 17th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO‘09, Glasgow, Scotland, August 2009.
  40. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, “An Information-Theoretic Approach for Removing Feedback Channels in Distributed Video Coding”, 2009 International Conference on Advances in Computational Tools for Engineering Applications, ACTEA’09, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, July 2009.
  41. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Optimal Rate Allocation in Multi-User Wyner-Ziv Video Coding Systems with Coded Key Frames”, 19th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor & Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC‘08, Cannes, France, September 2008.
  42. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “A Novel Technique for Practical Implementation of Pixel-Domain Wyner-Ziv Video Coding in Multi-User Systems”, 16th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO‘08, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 2008.
  43. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “A Cross-Layer Approach with Adaptive Rate Allocation and Quantization for Return Channel Suppression in Wyner-Ziv Video Coding Systems”, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies, form Theory to Applications, ICTTA’08, Damascus, Syria, April 2008.
  44. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Dynamic Rate Allocation with Variable Quantization in Multi-Sensor Wyner-Ziv Video Coding Systems”, 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Communications, Control and Signal Processing, ISCCSP‘08, St. Julians, Malta, March 2008.
  45. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Joint Source-Channel Wyner-Ziv Coding in Wireless Video Sensor Networks”, 7th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, ISSPIT‘07, Cairo, Egypt, December 2007.
  46. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, N. Rachkidy , B. Pesquet-Popescu, “A Cross-Layer Approach for Dynamic Rate Allocation in H.264 Multi-User Video Streaming”, 14th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems, ICECS‘07 , Marrakech, Morocco, December 2007.
  47. J. Farah, C. Yaacoub, F. Marx, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Analyse des performances d'un système de compression distribuée de séquences vidéo transmises sur un lien non fiable”, 21e Colloque GRETSI, GRETSI‘07, Troyes, France, September 2007. 
  48. J. Farah, C. Yaacoub, F. Marx, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Performance Analysis of a Distributed Video Coding System - Application to Broadcasting over an Error-Prone Channel”, 15th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO‘07, Poznan, Poland, September 2007.
  49. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, N. Rachkidy , B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Cross-Layer Optimization for Dynamic Rate Allocation in a Multi-User Video Streaming System”, 1st International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security, NTMS‘07, Paris, France, May 2007. (Abstract only)
  50. J. Farah, C. Yaacoub, F. Marx, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Distributed Coding of Video Sequences Transmitted through Error-Prone Channels”, IEEE 4th International Conference on Sciences of Electronics, Technologies of Information and Telecommunications, SETIT‘07, Hammamet, Tunisia, March 2007. 
  51. C. Yaacoub, J. Farah, N. Rachkidy , F. Marx, B. Pesquet-Popescu, “Dynamic RCPT-Based Cross-Layer Optimization for Multi-User H.264 Video Streaming”, 2nd International Computer Engineering Conference, ICENCO‘06 , Cairo, Egypt, December 2006. BEST PAPER in “Network Analysis and Management”
  52. J. Farah, C. Yaacoub, N. Rachkidy , F. Marx, “Binary and non-Binary Turbo Codes for the Compression of Correlated Sources Transmitted through Error-Prone Channels”, 4th International Symposium on Turbo Codes, ISTC‘06, and 6th ITG Conference on Source and Channel Coding, Munich, Germany, April 2006.
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Project guidance and supervision

PhD thesis supervisor

Adib Akl, “Analysis and synthesis of spatial processes with tensor values; application to textured images and volumes”. April 2013 - 2016. Jointly directed with Pr. Christian Germain (IMS laboratory, Bordeaux University), Dr. Jean-Pierre Da Costa (IMS laboratory, Bordeaux University), and Dr. Marc Donias (IMS laboratory, Bordeaux University)

Engineering Senior Project and/or Engineering Master Thesis supervisor

Optimization of drone positioning for image capture and automatic target tracking through drone vision (Fall, Spring 2018-2019). Co-supervised with Prof. Lucile Rossi (Pascal Paoli University of Corsica), and  Dr. Adib Akl (USEK).

Multiprotocol Reverse Shell Tool for Penetration Testing (Fall, Spring 2018-2019). Co-supervised with Ing. Abed Samhuri (Semurity).

Acetabular Fractures Detection in X-ray Images (Spring 2017-2018, Fall 2018-2019). Co-supervised with Ing. Pascal Damien. 

Distributed Source Coding using polar codes (Fall, Spring 2015-2016).

Image Inpainting (Fall, Spring 2015-2016). Co-supervised with Ing. Adib Akl.

Applications of structure tensor similarity measures in image and video processing (Fall, Spring 2015-2016). Co-supervised with Ing. Adib Akl.

Edge detection in High Dynamic Range images (Fall, Spring 2015-2016)

Compression of light fields and impact on image rendering (Spring 2014-2015, Fall 2015-2016). Co-supervised with Dr. Thomas Maugey (INRIA) and Pr. Christine Guillemot (INRIA).

Interference Modeling and Mitigation in HetNets for 5G Cellular Systems (Spring 2014-2015, Fall 2015-2016). Co-supervised with Dr. Youssef Nasser (AUB).

Automated Feature Selection based on Genetic Algorithms in the Identification of Left/Right Hand Motor Imagery for Brain Computer Interface (Spring 2014-2015, Fall 2015-2016). Co-supervised with Dr. Sandy Rihana.

Objective Evaluation of Tone-Mapped Images (Fall, Spring 2014-2015). Co-supervised with Dr. Petra Bilane.

Structure Tensor Field Quality Assessment (Fall, Spring 2014-2015). Co-supervised with Ing. Adib Akl.

Tone-mapping techniques for high dynamic range images (Spring 2012-2013).

Image-based smoke detection and alerting system (Spring 2012-2013).

Noise reduction based on the BM3D algorithm (Spring 2012-2013). Co-supersvised with Eng. Adib Akl.

Core point detection for fingerprint recognition (Fall 2012-2013). Co-supersvised with Dr. Petra Bilane.

Image-based hand gesture recognition (Fall 2012-2013).

Denoising of Digital Images Corrupted by Speckle Noise (Spring 2011-2012). 

Segmentation and Identification of Ovarian Cysts in Ultrasound Images (Spring 2011-2012). Co-supervised with Dr. Sandy Rihana.

Joint Decoding Techniques in Cooperative Wireless Sensor Networks (Fall 2011-2012). Co-supervised with Dr. Joumana Farah-Francis.

Touchless Fingerprint Recognition (Fall 2011-2012).

Automatic Music Arranger (Spring 2009-2010).

Optimizing Fusion Techniques in Distributed Video Coding using Genetic Algorithms (Spring 2009-2010). Co-supervised with Dr. Joumana Farah-Francis.

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