He joined the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1985 and retired in 2015. He is at present Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He held a University Research Chair from 2008 to 2015 and Canada Research Chair in Cooperative Intelligent Systems from 2001 to 2008.
Dr. Kamel's research interests are in Computational Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning and Cooperative Intelligent Systems. He has authored and co-authored over 500 papers in journals and conference proceedings, 19 edited volumes, 20 chapters in books, 2 patents and numerous technical and industrial project reports. Under his supervision, 93 Ph.D and M.A.SC students have completed their degrees.
He is currently Associate Editor of Computational Intelligence Journal, Pattern Recognition Journal and member of the editorial boards of 3 other international journals. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Robotics and Automation from 2001 to 2015 and as Associate Editor of IEEE SMC, part A, Associate Editor of pattern recognition letters and Associate Editor of Simulation, the Journal of The Society for Computer Simulation and Associate Editor of Cognitive Neurodynamics journal.
Based on his work at the NCR, he received the NCR Inventor Award. He is also a recipient of the Systems Research Foundation Award for outstanding presentation in 1985 and the ISRAM best paper award in 1992. In 1994 he has been awarded the IEEE Computer Society Press outstanding referee award. He was also a coauthor of the best paper in the 2000 IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, best paper Honorable mention in Pattern Recognition journal in 2009, Best paper runner up in IEEE ICDM 2013 and in IEEE Fusion 2013 and Best paper in Pattern Recognition in 2011. Dr. Kamel is recipient of the University of Waterloo outstanding performance award three times, the faculty of engineering distinguished performance award and the University of Waterloo Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision.
Dr. Kamel is member of ACM, PEO, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is recipient of IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal and IEEE Canada Computer medal award for Outstanding Contributions to Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems. He served as consultant for General Motors, NCR, IBM, Northern Telecom and Spar Aerospace. He is co-founder of Virtek Vision Inc. of Waterloo (now part of Gerber Technology Co). He served as member of the board from 1992-2008 and VP research and development from 1987 to 1992.