Dr. Muhammad Haris is an Assistant Professor at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university. At MBZUAI, he wants to inspire students of next generation to fully harness the potential of AI towards creating an improved world around us.
Prior to joining MBZUAI, Dr. Muhammad Haris was a Research Scientist at Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), where he contributed to state-of-the-art (SOTA) research in Facial Landmark Detection, Occluded Pedestrian Detection, Human-Object Interaction Detection, and Adversarial Vulnerability of Deep Neural Networks. Further, he played a key role in adapting SOTA object detection algorithms for object detection in satellite imagery.
Dr. Muhammad Haris served as an Assistant Professor at Comsats University Islamabad, Pakistan, where he taught computer vision and machine learning courses to graduate classes, and secured a start-up grant and a National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) grant from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
Dr. Muhammad Haris stayed as a Post-doc in computer vision lab at University of Nottingham, UK, where he designed and developed a SOTA facial landmark tracking algorithm and initiated the development of largest annotated dataset of animal faces.
Dr. Muhammad Haris has authored or contributed to several peer-reviewed research articles. His research has been cited more than 2100 times by leading academics and academic journals. He received two best paper awards and has also published several papers in authoritative computer vision conferences. His research interests span important and challenging topics in computer vision including face-related tasks, domain adaptation and generalization, adversarial vulnerability of deep networks, visual tracking and object recognition.
Dr. Muhammad Haris has served in numerous other roles in the past. Reviewing for Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV), and IEEE Transacations on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS). Key member in teams formed for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs.
He holds a PhD in Computer Vision and a Masters in Embedded Systems from the University of Nottingham, UK and the University of Sussex, UK, respectively. He is a recipient of International Research Excellence Scholarship for my PhD Study for 3 years from the University of Nottingham, UK. He was also awarded a generous scholarship from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to pursue Masters degree.