Aiim Lab Director

Ali Etemad, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE

Associate Professor
Mitchell Professor in AI for Human Sensing & Understanding
Queen's University, Canada

Visiting Faculty Researcher, Google

Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge

Biography (click here)

Dr. Etemad is an Associate 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 NeurIPS, CVPR, AAAI, ICCV, ECCV, 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 10 patents and has given over 20 invited talks at different venues. 

Dr. Etemad is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence, and has been a PC member/reviewer for NeurIPS, ICML, CVPR, AAAI, ICLR, ICCV, 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 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 Centers of Excellence (OCE), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Mitacs, and other organizations, as well as the private sector.


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