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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, IJCV, TIP, TNNLS, 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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Research Output 2012 2017

  • 12 Conference contribution
  • 7 Article

A multimodal system to characterise melancholia: Cascaded bag of words approach

Bhatia, S., Hayat, M. & Goecke, R., 3 Nov 2017, ICMI 2017 - Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. Glasgow, United Kingdom: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 274-280 7 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

4 Citations (Scopus)

A Video-Based Facial Behaviour Analysis Approach to Melancholia

BHATIA, S., HAYAT, M., Breakspear, M., Parker, G. & GOECKE, R., 30 May 2017, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2017). Washington DC, USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 754-761 8 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

Depressive Disorder
Speech Perception
Mood Disorders
6 Citations (Scopus)

Empowering Simple Binary Classifiers for Image Set Based Face Recognition

HAYAT, M., Khan, S. & Bennamoun, M., 28 Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Computer Vision. 123, 3, p. 479-498 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Face recognition
Object recognition

Heart Rate Estimation From Facial Videos for Depression Analysis

Mustafa, A., Bhatia, S., Hayat, M. & Goecke, R., 23 Oct 2017, Proceedings of the 2017 Seventh International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2017). San Antonio, TX, USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 498-503 6 p. (2017 SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFFECTIVE COMPUTING AND INTELLIGENT INTERACTION (ACII)).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)

Investigating word affect features and fusion of probabilistic predictions incorporating uncertainty in AVEC 2017

Dang, T., Stasak, B., Huang, Z., Jayawardena, S., Atcheson, M., Hayat, M., Le, P., Sethu, V., Goecke, R. & Epps, J., 23 Oct 2017, AVEC 2017 - Proceedings of the 7th Annual Workshop on Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge, co-located with MM 2017. Mountain View, USA: ACM Association for Computing Machinery, p. 27-35 9 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

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