A faculty member of Information Technology University (ITU) has received the highly competitive Google Research Scholar Award 2023.
Dr Waqas Sultani is the only academic from Pakistan to have won the Google Research Scholar award this year. Other awardees are from top-ranked universities around the world.
Dr Waqas has experience working on projects from different companies and organizations including the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), US Data Transport Solution (DTS), US National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Xerox (USA), Samsung (South Korea), and Hazen.ai (Saudi Arabia). His recent research projects related to human action recognition, anomaly detection, small object detection, and geolocalization got published in the top venues including CVPR, ICRA, AAAI, WACV, CVIU, MICCAI, etc.
He completed his MS from Seoul National University (SNU) (the 27th best university in the world) and PhD from the Center for Research in Computer Vision (6th best Computer vision research group in the US), University of Central Florida (UCF) USA.
Dr Waqas Sultani and the research team at ITU are working hard to apply AI to design low-cost and efficient devices which can help save human lives. Previously, he has also received the Facebook-CV4GC (Computer Vision for Global Challenges) research award.
The latest development makes ITU the only university in Pakistan to secure two Google Research Scholar Awards indicating a strong research environment at the university. Earlier in 2021, Dr Mohsen Ali, another acclaimed faculty member of ITU, also won the Google Research Scholar Award.