Fakhri Karray

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University Research Chair Professor

and Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

co-Director
The Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute


Ph.D. 1989, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, USA

Recent Areas of Research
  • Operational artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Computational intelligence and knowledge discovery
  • Cognitive robotics and autonomous machines
  • Smart mobility and big data analytics
  • Concept extraction and natural speech understanding
  • Multi modal information retrieval

Research Statement
Karray’s research interests are in the areas of operational artificial intelligence, autonomous machines, cognitive robotics, natural human-machine interaction, intelligent systems, and voice and media concept extraction. Methodological approaches used are based on his research in the fields of deep learning, autonomous design of complex systems, approximate reasoning, soft computing and tools of computational intelligence. Applications include next generation drivereless vehicles, cognitive assistive robotics, intelligent information retrieval and concept extraction from multimedia archives, real time distributed systems and multiagent control.
He is the co-author of a textbook on applied artificial intelligence: Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems Design, Addison Wesley Publishing, 2004. He is the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning, the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Robotics and Automation, the Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems, and the Journal of Advances in Artificial Intelligence. Karray and his research team's work on deep learning based driver behavior recognition and prediction has been featured on The Washington Post, Wired Magazine, Globe and Mail, CBC radio and Canada's Discovery Channel. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the President of the Association for Image and Machine Intelligence.