I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). I work under the supervision of Professor Steven Waslander as a part of the Toronto Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory(TRAIL). I specialize in perception algorithms for autonomous driving. Specifically, I work on fundamental research within 2D and 3D object detection, semantic segmentation, uncertainty estimation for deep neural networks, and synthetic data generation.


Before that, I was a graduate research assistant at the Computer Vision and Robotics Lab (VRL) at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. My advisor was Professor Daniel Asmar, who heads VRL. My Masters work focused on self-supervision for robot free space estimation using vision based sensors. I developed and tested an algorithm that extracts training pixels belonging to free space in stereo image pairs in real time.


2016 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Aerospace Engineering

University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

-Supervisor: Prof. Steven Waslander

-GPA: 4.0

2014 - 2016

Master of Engineering (M.E.)  Mechanical Engineering

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

-Masters Thesis: Towards Fully Self-Supervised Free Space Estimation For Unmanned Ground Vehicles

-Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Asmar

-GPA: 4.0

2010 - 2014

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.)  Mechanical Engineering

American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

-Graduation Project: Reterofitting of AUB's IBM Scara Robot. 

-Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Asmar

-GPA: 3.4

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