Research Profile


I am currently working as an Associate Professor at School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. Besides, I am an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering at The University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Previously, I was a Senior Researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as well as an Adjunct Lecturer at Kaiserslautern University of Technology (TUKL), Germany. I received my PhD with the highest distinction in computer engineering from TUKL in 2008. My research interests include machine learning and pattern recognition with a special emphasis on applications in document image analysis. I have co-authored over 100 publications in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals in this area. My Google Scholar Profile shows over 2,000 citations of my papers.

Professional Activities

Recent Conference Publications

Classifier Optimization

This paper uses ideas from meta-learning and case-based reasoning to provide good starting points to the genetic algorithm. The presented approach reaches the accuracy of grid search at a significantly lower computational cost. We performed extensive experiments for optimizing learning parameters of the Support Vector Machine (SVM) ...

Stereo Machine Vision

Underwater stereo-video measurement systems are used widely for counting and measuring fish in aquaculture, fisheries and conservation management. To determine population counts, spatial or temporal frequencies, and age or weight distributions, snout to fork length measurements are captured from the video sequences, most commonly ...

Gaze Guided Object Recognition

Wearable eye trackers open up a large number of opportunities to cater for the information needs of users in today’s dynamic society. Users no longer have to sit in front of a traditional desk-mounted eye tracker to benefit from the direct feedback given by the eye tracker about users’ interest. Instead, eye tracking can be used as a ubiquitous interface ...

Lip Reading

In this paper we present an approach for lip motion analysis that can be used in conjunction with a person authentication system based on face recognition, to avoid attacks on the system using passive photographs. This work focuses on robustly tracking lips in gray scale images, which may be captured in the visible light or near infrared spectrum ...

Hyperspectral Image Processing

Existing hyperspectral imaging systems produce low spatial resolution images due to hardware constraints. We propose a sparse representation based approach for hyperspectral image super-resolution. The proposed approach first extracts distinct reflectance spectra of the scene from the available hyperspectral image. Then, the signal sparsity ...

Visual Saliency Detection

Computational models of visual attention use image features to identify salient locations in an image that are likely to attract human attention. Attention models have been quite effectively used for various object detection tasks. However, their use for scene text detection is under-investigated. As a general observation, scene text often conveys ...

Journal Papers

S. No Author's Name Journal Name Year Impact Factor
29 Hasan F. M. Zaki, Faisal Shafait, Ajmal S. Mian Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2017 1.95
28 Saeeda Naz, Arif Iqbal Umar, Riaz Ahmad, Imran Siddiqi, Saad Bin Ahmed, Muhammad Imran Razzak, Faisal Shafait Neurocomputng 2017 3.317
27 Faisal Shafait, Euan S. Harvey, Mark R. Shortis, Ajmal Mian Mehdi Ravanbakhsh, James W. Seager, Philip F. Culverhouse, Danelle E. Cline, Duane R. Edgington ICES Journal of Marine Science 2017 2.76
26Naveed Akhtar, Faisal Shafait, Ajmal S. Mian Pattern Recognition 2017 4.582

Conference Publications

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120 Sami Ur Rehman, Burhan Ul Tayyab, Muhammad Ferjad Naeem, Adnan Ul-Hasan, Faisal Shafait A Multi-faceted OCR Framework for Artificial Urdu News Ticker Text Recognition DAS 2018, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2018
119 Muhammad Jaleed Khan, Adeel Yousaf, Khurram Khurshid, Asad Abbas, Faisal Shafait Automated Forgery Detection in Multispectral Document Images Using Fuzzy Clustering DAS 2018, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2018
118 Farrukh Kamran, Muhammad Shahzad, Faisal Shafait Automated Military Vehicle Detection From Low-Altitude Aerial Images DICTA 2018, Canberra, Australia, December 2018
117 Nosheen Abid, Adnan Ul Hassan, Faisal Shafait DeepParse: Trainable Postal Address Parser DICTA 2018, Canberra, Australia, December 2018
116 Saman Arif, Faisal Shafait Table Detection in Document Images using Foreground and Background Features DICTA 2018, Canberra, Australia, December 2018
115 Khurram Javed, Faisal Shafait Revisiting Distillation and Incremental Classifier Learning ACCV 2018, Perth, Australia, December 2018
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114 Khurram Javed, Faisal Shafait Real-time Document Localization in Natural Images by Recursive Application of a CNN Proceedings of ICDAR Nov 2017, Kyoto, Japan
113 Asad Abbas, Khurram Khurshid, Faisal Shafait Towards Automated Ink Mismatch Detection in Hyperspectral Document Images Proceedings of ICDAR Nov 2017, Kyoto, Japan
112 Muhammad Ferjad Naeem, Noor ul Sehr Zia, Aqsa Ahmed Awan, Faisal Shafait, Adnan ul Hasan Impact of Ligature Coverage on Training Practical Urdu OCR Systems Proceedings of ICDAR Nov 2017, Kyoto Japan
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07 Faisal Shafait, Muhammad Usman, Adnan-ul-hasan, Habibullah Jamal, Shoab A. Khan An Architecture of 2-D IDCT for Real Time Decoding of MPEG/JPEG compliant bitstreams 17th IEEE Int. Conf. on Micro-electronics, ICM’05. Islamabad, Pakistan

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