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Basic research is a major driving force in our society. Scientific observation and problem solving, as striking aspects of human consciousness, are crucial for progress and overcoming challenges. Looking at problems and attempting to find a solution is a very thrilling part of working at a university.

“Kimia Lab is not accepting new MSc/PhD applications until late 2022.”

Short Resume …

“Academic” EducationPhD Electrical/Computer Engineering
September 1999
Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
Thesis: Image Enhancement with Respect to Subjective Expert Knowledge Using Fuzzy Aggregation Techniques
MASc Electrical Engineering
August 1995
University of Technology, Aachen, Germany
Thesis: A Fuzzy-Logic Approach to Segmentation and Extraction of Edges and Lines

Academic/Industrial Experience

  • University of Waterloo
    Systems Design Engineering
    September 2001 – present
    (Computer vision, machine intelligence, medical imaging)
  • Segasist Technologies
    CTO: September 2008 – August 2010
    CEO: September 2010 – November 2013 
    (Leraning to segment medical images) 
  • Medipattern Corporation
    Consultant – Senior Scientist
    May 2007 – October 2008
    (Medial image analysis) 
  • University of Toronto
    Canada, February 2001-September 2001
    (Reinforcement Learning)
  • IPS Image Processing Systems Inc. [now Photon Dynamics]
    Markham, Canada, May 2000-February 2001 
    (Industrial Image Processing, quality control)
  • University of Magdeburg
    Germany, 1996-1999
    (Medical image processing using fuzzy expert systems, evolutionary algorithhms and neural networks)
  • MIT Company
    Aachen, Germany, 1993- 1996 
    (Industrial image processing using neural networks fuzzy logic)
  • XPERT Company
    Aachen, Germany, mid 1993-end of 1993
    (Programming of signal processing devices)
  • Prometec Company
    Aachen, Germany, 1990-mid 1993 
    (Hardware design and development for measurement devices)


My main research fields are computer vision and machine intelligence with pattern recognition as a superset for vision and a subset of machine intelligence. Other fields, such as health engineering, terahertz imaging, visual perception etc., are related either to computer vision activities or machine intelligence research.

As well, I investigate, via free inquiry and observations, the nature of mind and consciousness, the relationship between time and evolution, the roots and different forms of violence, and the significance of education for the freedom of mankind.

Conceptual & Algorithmic Research

Applied Research


Teaching …


My students work in different fields of computer vision, pattern recognition and machine intelligence. A good relationship between supervisor and student is paramount for scientific investigations. Students should be guided to learn the fundamentals of scientific research but they should have the freedom to make their own decisions and their own mistakes; Free inquiry accompanied with a friendly relationship to the supervisor is the only way to educate future scientists.

The Graduate Studies Office at the University of Waterloo also provides a wealth of useful information including, but not limited to, cost of study and financial aid for prospective graduate students, as well as specific information about the graduate program in the Department of Systems Design Engineering.


:: See also the department’s page