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Dr Syed Mohammed Shamsul Islam


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6300, Mobile: +61416541554, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.306
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6300
Mobile: +61416541554
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.306  


Dr. Islam is a Lecturer in Computing and Security Sciences in the School of Science performing teaching and research role in the area ofimage processing, computer vision and artificial intelligence. He has recently obtained two grants for which he is looking for a Masters or PhD student to be appointed as a Research Assistant.

Dr. Islam’s research has got following recent media attractions:

  • Live Radio interview with Tracy Vo, WA Afternoons, ABC Radio Perth, 3:00 PM, Thu 15 Jun 2017.
  • Live Radio interview with John Logan, Twin Cities FM 89.7, Movers and Shakers program, 12:15PM, Wed 14 Jun 2017.
  • Feature story, “Could a selfie catch a sleeping killer?” You Study What?, Edith Magazine, Issue 07, May 2017.

Current Teaching

  • CSI1241/ CSI5134 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CSG2341/ CSG5114 Intelligent Systems
  • CSI2343 Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • CSG3303 Applied IT Project
  • CSG6224 - Special Topic 1 (Artificial Intelligence)

Unit Coordinator

  • CSI1241/ CSI5134 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CSG2341/ CSG5114 Intelligent Systems
  • CSI2343 Object Oriented Analysis and Design


Dr Islam completed his PhD with Distinction from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2011. He developed efficient detection and recognition algorithms for human recognition from their 2D and 3D ear and face images. He has published around 50 research articles and got eight public media releases. He has around ten years of teaching and research experience at six different universities in three different countries. He obtained 12 competitive research grants (total funding of around 541,000 Australian dollars and co-supervised to completion seven honours and postgrad students. He is serving as Associate Editor of 13 international journals, Technical Committee Member of 24 conferences and regular reviewer of 25 journals and 24 conferences. He is also serving seven professional bodies including IEEE and Australian Computer Society (Senior Member).

  • 2016- present: Lecturer, School of Science, ECU and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Western Australia (UWA).
  • 2015-2016: Casual Lecturer, School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UWA.
  • 2015-2016: Sessional Academic, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Curtin University.
  • 2016: Casual Research Officer, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Victoria, Australia.
  • 2013-2015: Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University.
  • 2013-2015: Medical Imaging Consultant, Booragoon & Subiaco Orthodontic Clinics, Subiaco, WA.
  • 2011-2015: Research Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry, UWA.
  • 2003-2006: Research Assistant and Lecturer B (2006), Department of Computer Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2001-2003: Lecturer-cum-Programmer and Lecturer, Department of CSE, Asian University of Bangladesh.
  • 2001- Lecturer, Manarat Dhaka International College, Bangladesh.
  • 2000- Project Engineer, Integrated Control Equipment Ltd, Bangladesh.

Professional Associations


  • Australian Computer Society (2010-present), Senior Member.
  • IEEE, member (2010-present)
  • IEEE Computer Society (2011-present)
  • Australian Pattern Recognition Society (2012-present)
  • Int’l Assoc. for Dental Research (2011-13)
  • IEEE Communications Society (2011)
  • Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (2000-03)
  • IEEE student member (KFUPM, UWA 2003-10)
  • UWA Researchers' Association (2011-16)

Journal Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member

  • Computers and Electrical Engineering, Guest Editor of special issue, Elsevier, Impact factor-1.57.
  • Int’l Journal of Computational Intelligence and Pattern (IJCIP), Columbia International Publishing
  • Int’l Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing (IJCVIP), IGI Global
  • Int’l Journal of Advanced Scientific Engineering and Technological Research
  • Int’l Journal on Internet and Distributed Computing Systems (IJIDCS), IJIDCS Press
  • Int’l Journal of Computing Communication and Networking Research (IJCCNet), SETScholars
  • Int’l Journal on Computing and Knowledge, the International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Advances in Research, SCIENCEDOMAIN International
  • Oral Health and Dental Management (OHDM), Omics Publishing Group
  • Dental Research: An International Journal (DRIJ), AIRCC Publishing Corporation
  • Journal of Oral Science and Health, ScienceScript LLC
  • Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology (JFSC; ISSN: 2348-9804), Annex Publishers.

Conference Technical Committee Member

  • Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (ACIVS2017), Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA), 2012, Western Australia.
  • The 2nd Conference on Image Analysis and Computer Vision (CIACV 2016)
  • International Conference on Theory and Practice in Modern Computing (TPMC) 2014, Portugal; 2015, Spain and 2016, Portugal.
  • The 4th & 5th Int’l Workshop on Applications and Techniques in Cyber Security/SecureComm 2014 & 2013, China & Australia respectively.
  • The 6th Int’l Conf. on Future Computational Technologies and Applications, 2014, Italy.
  • The 5th ICT Innovations, 2013, Macedonia.
  • The 5th conference on Data Mining and Optimization (DMO)/ MCAIT, 2013, Malaysia.
  • The 3rd Int’l Conference on Next Generation Information Technology (ICNIT), 2012, Korea.
  • The 3rd Int’l Conference on Advancements in Computing Technology (ICACT), 2012, Korea.
  • The 7th Int’l Conference on Digital Content Technology and its Applications (IDCTA), 2011, Korea.
  • IADIS Int’l Conference on Theory and Practice in Modern Computing (TPMC), 2012, Portugal.
  • Application and Technologies in Big Data (ATBD 2017), special session in The 1st EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Assisted Internet of Things, July 2017, Canada.

Journal Reviewer

  • Expert Systems with Applications
  • Computers and Graphics
  • IET Computer Vision
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics part A: Systems and Humans
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security
  • Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
  • Image and Vision Computing
  • Pattern Recognition Letters
  • Applied Sciences (IF-1.726)
  • Entropy (IF-1.743)
  • Cluster Computing (IF 1.51)
  • Sustainability (IF-1.077)
  • Computers and Electrical Engineering (IF 1.084)
  • Scientia Iranica
  • Sensor Review
  • Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE C
  • Journal of Systems and Software
  • Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (JCMSE) of IOS Press
  • International Journal of Biometrics
  • Symmetry
  • International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations (IJNVO)

Reviewer of Conferences (22)

  • Including ACIVS2017, 5th International Conference on Informatics, Electronics & Vision (ICIEV, 2016), 1st International Conference on Electrical Information and Communication Technology (EICT) 2013 & 2015, ATIS 2013, 2nd International Multi Conference on Artificial Intelligence Technology 2013, DICTA 2011-2, ICNIT 2012, ICACT 2012, INMIC 2011, ICIIP 2011, ICCCT 2011, SIGMAP 2008, CISSE’07, World Multi Conference on Systems, Cybernetics and Informatics (2004-2005), International Conference on Cyberworlds 2005, and ICCNMC 2005.

Other Professional Services

  • Reviewer of NHMRC Project Grant 2015.
  • Reviewer of two PhD, one MPh and one Honours theses.
  • Reviewer of Student appeal, ECU.
  • Staff demonstrator and facilitator, Open Day of ECU and UWA.
  • Member, Executive Committee, UWA Researchers’ Association (2012-2014).
  • Member, Peer Mentoring Group, UWA (2013-2014).
  • Help Point Coordinator, UWA Open Day (Aug 14, 2011).
  • CSSE Research Project Presenter at UWA Open Day (2007-2009).
  • Member, Infrastructure Committee and Information and Publicity Committee, College of Computer Science and Engineering (CCSE), KFUPM (2004-2005).

Awards and Recognition

  • Award of Distinction” for PhD thesis by the Board of Graduate Research School, UWA (Oct     2010). Only 8% of the thesis completed in 2010     and 2011 were considered for this prestigious award.
  • 2011 UWA Early Career Postdoc Special Commendation Award for     Publication (value:     A$500) for the paper titled Efficient     detection and recognition of 3D ears.
  • 2013 International Association of Dental     Research (IADR) Travel Grant to attend The 2nd Meeting of the     IADR-Asia Pacific Region (IADR-APR), Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 21-23, 2013.
  • Best paper presented, Doctoral Symposium, IEEE Fifth International Conference on     Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2012), Washington DC, USA, Sept 24, 2012.
  • Best PhD thesis of the year 2010 in the School of CSSE, UWA and the nomination for the “Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation, 2010” awarded by the CORE.UWA     Graduate Research Student Travel Award (2008).

Five media exposers:

  • News on The West Australian (“Scientists using ears for ID”), Page-13, Mar 26, 2012.
  • Front page story on UWA News (“Have you heard about latest ID research?”), Vol. 31(1), Mar 5, 2012.
  • Feature story on Subiaco Post, Perth, Australia (“Lost your ID card? Use an ear”), Vol. 38(47), Page- 33, Nov 26, 2011.
  • News on Oral Health Centre of WA Newsletter  (“Research”), Vol. 62, Page 6, Oct 18, 2011.
  • News on ‘Oral Health Centre of WA Newsletter’ (“2013 Healy Research Collaboration Award”), Vol. 66A, Page 3, Dec 13, 2012.

Research Areas and Interests

Includesbut not limited to Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, PatternRecognition, 2D and 3D Image Processing, Computer Graphics, Ear and FaceBiometrics, Medical Imaging, Database Systems, Telerobotics, Network Design andNetwork Security.


  • Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction, The University of Western Australia, 2011.
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering, Saudi Arabia, 2006.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Technical Education, Bangladesh, 2002.
  • Oracle 8i with Developer 6, Bangladesh, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Science - Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • Real-Time face detection and recognition for low resolution surveillance videos,  The Higher Education Commission,Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  HEC Scholarship,  2018 - 2022,  $76,000.
  • Deep learning of 3D craniofacial features for the prediction of obstructive sleep apnoea ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $30,000.
  • A novel multi-sensor based non-contact approach for screening obstructive sleep apnoea,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $8,915.
  • Establishing a 3D sensing, visualisation and analytics lab,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science 2017 Strategic Initiative Fund,  2017,  $115,368.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Cisonni, J., Lucey, AD., King, AJ., Islam, S., Lewis, R., Goonewardene, MS., (2015), Numerical simulation of pharyngeal airflow applied to obstructive sleep apnea: effect of the nasal cavity in anatomically accurate airway models. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 53(11), 1129-1139, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s11517-015-1399-z.
  • Patel, A., Islam, S., Murray, K., Goonewardene, M., (2015), Facial asymmetry assessment in adults using three-dimensional surface imaging. Progress in Orthodontics, 16(1), Article no. 36, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, DOI: 10.1186/s40510-015-0106-9.
  • Tai, B., Goonewardene, MS., Murray, K., Koong, B., Islam, S., (2014), The reliability of using postero-anterior cephalometry and cone-beam CT to determine transverse dimensions in clinical practice. Australian Orthodontic Journal, 30(2), 132-142, Australia, Australian Society of Orthodontists.
  • Cheung, G., Goonewardene, M., Islam, S., Murray, K., Koong, B., (2013), The validity of transverse intermaxillary analysis by traditional PA cephalometry compared with cone-beam computed tomography. Australian Orthodontic Journal, 29(1), 86-95, Australian Society of Orthodontists.
  • Islam, S., Davies, R., Bennamoun, M., Owens, RA., Mian, AS., (2013), Multibiometric human recognition using 3D ear and face features. Pattern Recognition, 46(3), 613-627, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.patcog.2012.09.016.

Conference Publications

  • Chaudhry, J., Farmand, S., Islam, S., Islam, MR., Hannay, P., Valli, C., (2018), Discovering trends for the development of novel authentication applications for dementia patients. International Conference on Applications and Techniques in Cyber Security and Intelligence, Applications and Techniques in Cyber Security and Intelligence, 580(16-18 June, 2017), 220-237, China, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-67071-3_29.
  • Islam, S., Moniruzzaman, M., (2017), Automatic Ear Detection from Ear and Non-Ear Environment using Deep Machine Learning Technique. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Engineering (iCMLDE2017), 108-114, Sydney, Australia.
  • Janjua, N., Hussain, OK., Chang, E., Islam, S., (2017), Conjoint utilization of structured and unstructured information for planning interleaving deliberation in supply chains. Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, 411-418, New York, USA, Association for Computing Machinery, DOI: 10.1145/3106426.3106545.
  • Islam, S., Raza, S., Moniruzzaman, M., Janjua, N., Lavery, P., Al-Jumaily, A., (2017), Automatic Seagrass Detection: A Survey. 2017 International Conference on Electrical and Computing Technologies and Applications (ICECTA), p. 5, Piscataway, USA, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ICECTA.2017.8252036.
  • Moniruzzaman, M., Islam, S., Bennamoun, M., Lavery, P., (2017), Deep Learning on Underwater Marine Object Detection: A Survey. Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems 18th International Conference, ACIVS 2017, Antwerp, Belgium, September 18-21, 2017, Proceedings, LNCS 10617(18-21 Sep, 2017), 150-160, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-70353-4_13.
  • Islam, S., Goonewardene, M., Farella, M., (2015), A Review on Three Dimensional Facial Averaging for the Assessment of Orthodontic Disorders. Innovations and Advances in Computing, Informatics, Systems Sciences, Networking and Engineering, 391-397, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06773-5_53.
  • Islam, S., Al-Mohammed, M., Islam, R., Bhattacharya, M., Alkharobi, T., Buhari, S., (2015), Design of an augmented telerobotic stereo vision system and associated security concerns. Proceedings of the 2015 10th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, Article no. 7334405, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ICIEA.2015.7334405.
  • Cisonni, J., Lucey, AD., King, A., Islam, S., Goonewardene, MS., (2014), In-silico study of the nasal cavity's influence on the pharyngeal wall pressure in anatomically-correct airway models of patients with obstructive sleep apnea. IFMBE Proceedings. The 15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering ICBME 2013, 4th to 7th December 2013, Singapore, 43(4-7 December, 2013), 335-338, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02913-9_85.
  • Islam, S., Lucey, A., Cisonni, J., Goonewardene, M., Bennamoun, M., Farella, M., Abduo, J., (2013), A three dimensional imaging-based framework for planning Maxillomandibular advancement surgery for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea. Proceedings 2013 Fourth World Congress on Software Engineering, WCSE 2013, 301-306, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/WCSE.2013.55.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry: An assessment of facial profile attractiveness of historical and contemporary norms as perceived by clinicians, patients and laypeople
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry: The use of three dimensional scanning to assess and quantify the extent of facial asymmetry in adults
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