Aiim Lab Director

Ali Etemad, PhD, SMIEEE

Assistant Professor
Mitchell Professor in AI for Human Sensing & Understanding
Dept. ECE & Ingenuity Labs Research Institute
Queen's University


Biography (click here)

Dr. Etemad is an Assistant Professor, as well as a Mitchell Professor in AI for Human Sensing & Understanding at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Canada, where he leads the Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Machines (Aiim) lab. He is also a faculty member at Ingenuity Labs Research Institute. He received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. His main areas of research are machine learning and deep learning focused on human-centered applications with wearables, smart devices, and smart environments. Prior to joining Queen’s, he held several industrial positions as lead scientist.

His work has appeared in top-tier venues such as CVPR, AAAI, ICCV, ACM CHI, ICASSP, Interspeech, ICPR, FG, T-PAMI, T-AFFC, T-IP, T-AI, T-ASLP, T-IFS, T-BIOM, T-HMS, T-NSRE, T-GRS, IEEE IoT J., and others. He is a co-inventor of 9 patents and has given over 20 invited talks at different venues.

Dr. Etemad is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, and has been a PC member/reviewer for NeurIPS, ICML, CVPR, ICLR, ACII (senior PC), ICASSP, ISWC, ICMI, VRST, BSN, Interspeech, CHI, SMC, AIVR, SAP (senior PC), among others. He is also an active reviewer for journals such as T-AFFC, T-ASLP, T-NNLS, T-AI, T-HMS, T-KDD, T-NSRE, JBHI, Patt. Rec., Neural. Comput. Appl., CVIU, Appl. Intell., and many others. Dr. Etemad has been the Industry Relations Chair for Canadian Conference on AI (2019), Publicity Co-Chair for European Workshop on Visual Information Processing (2022), and General Chair for the AAAI Workshop on Human-Centric Self-Supervised Learning (2022).

He has received a number of awards including Supervisor of the Year Award (at Queen’s), Instructor of the Year Award (at Queen’s), and several Best Paper Awards (e.g., at CGI).

Dr. Etemad’s lab and research program have been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Mitacs, and other organizations, as well as the private sector.

Activities

Conference Organization and Chairing:

  • General Chair, AAAI Workshop on Human-Centric Self-Supervised Learning (HC- SSL), 2022

  • Publicity Co-Chair, European Workshop on Visual Information Processing (EUVIP), 2022

  • Chair, Session on Physiological Data Modeling, IEEE International Conference of Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2021

  • Co-chair, Session on Speech and Language Analysis, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Barcelona, Spain, 2020

  • Chair of Industry Relations, Canadian Conference on AI + Graphics Interface + Computer and Robot Vision (AI/GI/CRV), Kingston, Canada, 2019

  • Co-chair, Session on Entertainment Applications, IEEE Conference on Virtual Environments, Human-Computer Interfaces and Measurement Systems, 2011


Journal Editorship:

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, 2022-present

  • Guest Co-Editor, Special Issue on Sensors for Biological Signal Analysis, J. Sensors, 2020-2021


Conference Program/Review Committee:

  • Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2021, 2022

  • International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) , 2022

  • European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2022

  • IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022

  • International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), 2022

  • [Senior PC] IEEE International Conference of Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2021, 2022

  • IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2020, 2021, 2022

  • Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence (CanAI), 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

  • ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), 2021

  • ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), 2021

  • 23rd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), 2021

  • InterSpeech, 2021

  • IEEE Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality (AIVR), 2018, 2020, 2021

  • ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP), 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

  • IEEE Body Sensor Networks (BSN), 2018, 2019, 2021

  • IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 2019, 2020

  • IEEE International Conf. on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC), 2018

  • ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2018

  • 23rd ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), 2017

  • ACM CHI Play, 2017

  • ACM Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI), 2017


Journal Review:

  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

  • IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems

  • IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing

  • IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence

  • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering

  • IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics

  • IEEE-EMBS Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine

  • Scientific Reports (Nature)

  • Pattern Recognition (Elsevier)

  • Applied Soft Computing (Elsevier)

  • Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer)

  • Neural Computation and Applications (Springer)

  • Applied Intelligence (Springer)

  • Pattern Recognition Letters (Elsevier)

  • Computer Vision and Image Understanding (Elsevier)

  • Expert Systems With Applications (Elsevier)


Grant Review:

  • NSERC New Frontiers Research Fund

  • NSERC CRD

  • NSERC Discovery

  • NSERC Idea to Innovation

  • MITACS Accelerate

  • MITACS Elevate