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Jamil Sawas

Jamil Sawas
Post-doctoral Researcher - Alumni

jamil_sawas -at- hotmail.com
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Jamil Sawas received the B.Sc. degree in computer engineering and the postgraduate diploma in informatics from Aleppo University, Aleppo, Syria, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He received the M.Sc. degree (with Distinction) in image processing and the Ph.D. degree in AI (Artificial Intelligence) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, in 2006 and 2015, respectively.

He worked as a research associate with David Lane on the European FP7 project PANDORA, which is developing new methods to make human-built robots persistently autonomous. Previously he worked with Yvan Petillot on various projects in the Ocean Systems Laboratory.

Jamil conducts research into automatic target recognition (ATR) in sonar imagery, a critical task for a variety of underwater applications.

His research comes in response to the need for efficient ATR algorithms capable of running real-time on AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles), processing large amount of data produced using state-of-the-art sensors such as SAS (Synthetic Aperture Sonar), and detecting targets within cluttered environments with low false alarm rate acceptable to be used as part of an unmanned system.

Jamil was an active member of the Ocean systems Laboratory where he was involved in in-water field trials and his ATR algorithms were successfully evaluated to autonomously detect targets in side-scan sonar data on a REMUS 100 AUV and in forward-looking sonar data on a Nessie AUV. His main research interests are in the area of pattern recognition and machine learning.


Please refer to the publications page to see a list of my publications.
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