Amir Asif (Personal Home Page)


Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
York University
3028 Computer Science Building 
4700 Keele Street 
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 
Phone: (416) 736-2100 X30387 
Fax: (416) 736-5872 
Email: [my last name][at]


I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.


Research Interests:

My research interests are in statistical signal processing with applications in image and video processing, multimedia communications, bioinformatics, and physical sciences. Current focus is on time reversal and distributed sensor networks. Click here for a list of selected publications. To get an overview of time reversal, click on the audio of my seminar presentation given at the Fields Institute on August 25, 2008 as part of the Workshop on Quantitative Cancer Modelling: Mathematical Models, Imaging and Bioinformatics.


We have excellent opportunities for graduate students interested in statistical signal processing and multimedia communications. If you are interested in these areas, please feel free to contact me at this Email Address.



I take teaching very seriously and believe in rigorous education that fosters critical thinking, facilitates the acquisition of life-long learning skills, and develops problem solving strategies in my students. I have the distinction of receiving several teaching awards including the FGS Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2009; the York University Wide Teaching Award (Full-Time Senior Faculty Category) in 2008 from York University; the FSE Teaching Excellence Award (Senior Faculty Category) from the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2006 and in 2004; and the CSE Mildred Baptist Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2006 and in 2003.


Click here to see the list of courses taught by me at York University since 2002.


Professional Activities:

I am the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2007 date), Vice Chair (elected) of the Senate, York University (2013 - date) and members of several committees of the Lassonde School of Engineering. In the past, I have served as the  Chair and Vice-Chair (elected member) of the Senate Sub-Committee on Academic Standard, Curriculum, and Pedagogy (ASCP) (2009-12), member of the Senate, York University (2007 - date), member of several Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) Committees including the FSE Executive and Planning Committee (2007 date),  FSE Chairs and Directors Committee (2007 08), FSE Resource Committee, School of Engineering Management and Planning Committee (EMPC), and member of several prominent Department of Computer Science and Engineering Committees. My earlier professional commitments included the Director of the Computer Engineering program at York University (2006 2007). Also, I am involved in the department's undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.


My other current professional commitments include serving as the Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2013 date), Member, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) (2004 date), and Senior Member IEEE (2003 date). Previously, I have served as the Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2001 2004, 2009 - 13) and various other professional categories including organizing two IEEE international conferences.


Graduate Supervision:

I am a member of the Graduate Programs in: (i) Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), and; (ii) Earth, Space Science, and Engineering (ESSE). I am currently supervising the following graduate students.

Foroohar Foroozan (Post-doc)
Noura Hanitra (MSc)
Shivam Saxena (MSc)
Mohammadi (Ph.D.)
Mohammad Sajjadieh (Ph.D.)

Varun Kalia, Raiyan Awal, Manfred Adan, Tayo Kadiri (Undergrads)
John P. van Nostrand, (Ph.D. in Chemistry, Principal Advisor: K. W. M. Siu)


Former Students:
Arash Mohammadi (Ph.D., Post-doc at UofT)
Mohammad El-Diasty, (2011, Ph.D. in Earth and Space Sciences, Principal Advisor: S. Pagiatakis)
Foroohar Foroozan (Ph.D. 2010, Post-doc at UofT (2010-12))
Mohammad Sajjadieh (M.S., 2010, Continued on for PhD)
Haoyuan Wang (M.S. 2004, working at Edulinx Canada Corp., ON, Canada)
Qian (Amy) Bai (M.S. 2005, working at Tel Labs, Inc., CA, USA)
Neha Durwas (M.S.)
Frank Xu (M.S. 2005)
Hassan Masoon (NSERC/USRA 2006, Medical Student, University of Toronto)
Maria Kouras (NSERC/USRA 2004, working at Harcase Software, ON, Canada)
Carol (Bin) Song (NSERC/USRA 2003 and 2004)
Anuj Gandhi (NSERC/USRA 2004)
Oleg Belgorodski (NSERC/USRA 2003, working at York Univ, ON, Canada)
Lorne Millerwood (NSERC/USRA 2003)
Aijuan Ye (B.Sc. 2003)
King Yuen Wong, (Ph.D. 2004, Principle Advisor: M. Spetsakis)


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Last Updated: March 15, 2009.