Ali Etemad, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE

Research focus: Artificial intelligence and deep learning, human-centered AI, Affective computing, activity analysis, biometrics, health analytics, intelligent human-machine systems

Biography (click here)

Dr. Etemad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University. He holds the endowed professorship of Mitchell Professor in AI for Human Sensing & Understanding and leads the Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Machines (Aiim) lab. His main area of research is human-centered machine learning and deep learning. Dr. Etemad received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Prior to joining Queen’s, he held several industry positions as a lead scientist. He has published over 170 papers in top conferences (e.g., NeurIPS, ICLR, AAAI, CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, ICASSP, CHI, etc.) and journals (e.g., T-PAMI, T-AFFC, T-IP, T-IFS, T-ITS, IoT J., JBHI, T-NSRE, T-ASLP, etc.), is a co-inventor of 10 patents, and has given over 30 invited talks. Dr. Etemad is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence. He has served as a PC member and area chair, and has held organizing roles at various venues. He has received a number of awards, including the Queen's Prize for Excellence in Research, the Queen's Supervisor of the Year Award, the Queen's Instructor of the Year Award, and several Best Paper Awards (e.g., at ACM ICMI'23). Dr. Etemad’s lab and research program have been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Mitacs, and other organizations, as well as the private sector. He has previously held Visiting Faculty positions at the University of Cambridge and Google Research.

Selected recent publications

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Professional service

Journal Editorship

Conference Organization and Chairing

Conference Area Chair/Senior Program Committee/Meta-reviewer

Conference Program/Review Committee

Journal Review

Grant Review


Invited talks