Short Bio

Dr. Nabil J. Sarhan is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University and the Director of Wayne State Multimedia Computing and Networking Research Laboratory. He served as the Graduate Program Director of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Engineering Faculty Assembly.

Dr. Sarhan received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Sarhan is an internationally recognized expert in computer systems, with special interests in multimedia computing and networking and the design of large-scale computer vision, automated video surveillance, and video streaming systems. The aspects include cross-layer optimization, distributed processing, energy efficiency, and characterization and application of deep learning (with convolutional neural networks). He has published extensively in top venues and has recently been awarded a US Patent on the design of automated video surveillance systems. His research projects have been primarily sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Sun Microsystems.

Dr. Sarhan served as the Chair of the Interest Group on Media Streaming of the IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee and as the Co-Director of the IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee Review Board. He served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and is currently serving as an Editor of the ETRI Journal. He served as a Guest Editor and Reviewer for prestigious journals and magazines. Dr. Sarhan has been involved in the organization of numerous international conferences in various capacities, including General Chair, Chair, Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, Publicity Chair, Track Chair, Session Chair, and Technical Program Committee Member. In addition, he has participated as a Panelist in major international conferences. Dr. Sarhan served as a Panelist for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health and as a Site Review Panelist for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Sarhan has served as a Consulting Expert in several patent infringement cases related to video streaming, involving major cellular networks, mobile operating systems makes, smartphone manufacturers, and media streaming companies. He has also served as a Consulting Expert in corporate litigation cases, involving IP addresses, anonymous e-mails, and secure multimedia products for medical applications.

Dr. Sarhan has been actively involved in curriculum development and international educational activities, including serving as a Chair or Member of numerous panels for review, reform, and accreditation of international universities and international undergraduate programs, including Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Sarhan is the recipient of the IEEE SEM Outstanding Professional of the Year Award, the Wayne State University President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Sarhan is a Senior Member of the IEEE.