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Nasser M. Nasrabadi
Director of Deep Learning Laboratory


Nasser M. Nasrabadi is a professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. Nasrabadi's research and teaching interests are in the areas of image processing, computer vision, machine learning, deep neural networks, biometrics and sparsity theory. He received the BS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology (University of London), London, England, in July 1980 and October 1984, respectively. He previously worked as a member of the technical staff at Phillips Research Laboratory in NY, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an associate professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University at Buffalo and as a senior research scientist with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Nasrabadi has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing; IEEE Transactions on Circuits, Systems and Video Technology and IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. Upon joining WVU in 2016, he founded the Biometrics & Identification Innovation Center (BIIC) and he is the director of Cognitive Computing Laboratory (CCL). His current research interests are in biometrics, deep learning, computer vision, statistical machine learning theory, sparsity, robotics and neural networks applications. He is a Fellow of IEEE (2001) and SPIE (1997).


  • PhD, electrical engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1984
  • BS, electrical engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1980

Research Interests

  • Biometrics
  • Deep learning
  • Machine learning
  • Computer vision
  • Image processing

Teaching Interests

  • Neural networks
  • Deep Learning
  • Image processing
  • Machine learning

Professional Societies

  • IEEE Fellow (2001)
  • SPIE Fellow (1997)
  • ARL Fellow (1999)