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Ashraf Gaffar is an assistant professor in the Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decisions System Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his doctorate in computer science with a focus on software engineering/HCI from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Gaffar comes with rich industrial experience in software and industrial design. After receiving his bachelor's degree in engineering, he worked in Germany and Canada as a professional industrial- and computer engineer before going back to academia for his doctorate. After completing his doctoral degree, he worked at SAP as a senior design expert for seven years, where he helped design and build complex software products. He was also instrumental in developing new design guidelines, methods and tools for SAP mobile applications. Prior to SAP, he worked at other multinational companies including IBM and Johnson & Johnson.

His research focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning, cognitive computing, human cognitive abilities, human centered design, and usability engineering. He is interested in developing intelligent systems, new design methods to reduce complexity throughout the software lifecycle, as well as in developing innovative ways of teaching software engineering.

Gaffar is currently building AI systems in both medical domain (for Mayo Clinic) and for the automotive domain. He also works on building a social robot.

Gaffar has been a certified and practicing project manager (PMP) for more 10 years, and he combines project management principles and tools with human centered design methods to plan, manage, and deliver software successfully.

 

Education

Ph.D. Software Emgineering, Concordia University,  Montreal, Canada 2005

Research Interests

Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Neural Networks, DNN, CNN 
HCI, UI and Interaction Design
Software Design Methodologies and Applications
Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction
 

Research Group

Research Home Page: http://humancomputerintelligence.com/

Founder: Human-Car Interaction Lab, ASU, 2013 (www.humannCarInteraction.com)
Founder: Human-Security Interaction Lab, ASU, 2014 (www.humanSecurityInteraction.com)
Co-founder: HEAL Lab, ASU, 2012 (Health Engineering and Applications Lab)

Active Projects:
Mayo Clinic: Remote Medicine (2012-present)
                     An integrated system for remote access, diagnosis, and prognosis for Mayo Clinic patients. HIPPA and FDA        compliant

Mayo Clinic: ER Workflow (2016-present)

                   Visual and functional enhancements of the mobile workflow currenlty used in Mayo Clinic Emergency Room  

Mayo Clinic: Dr. Watson (2016-present)

                     An Artificial Intelligent agent capable of learning how to diagnose human skin and eye problems. By working closely with Mayo Clinic doctors from both Dermatology and Ophthalmology departments, Dr. Watson will gain more experience matching that of human doctors.

Mayo Clinic: Norway Project (2017-present)

          Skin Cancer detection

Human-Car Interaction (2012-Present)
                      With the goal of reducing driver distraction in modern cars, this project is building a multi-modal interaction (MMI) design for future car cockpit to provide a holistic human-like driver-car interaction. Deep neural networks allow us to provide advanced levels of intelligence to the car, which applies to both traditional, and autonomous vehicles.        

Robots For The Rest of Us (2014-presnt)

          An innovative, modular platform to allow anyone to build an interactive social robot with machine vision and speech recognition capabilities.


 

 

 

 

 

Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEN 584Internship
SER 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 493Honors Thesis
CSE 580Practicum
CEN 584Internship
CSE 590Reading and Conference
CSE 595Continuing Registration
CSE 599Thesis
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
CSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 564Software Design
CEN 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
CEN 790Reading and Conference
CSE 790Reading and Conference
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
CEN 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 222Dsgn & Analy: Data Strs & Algo
CSE 580Practicum
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 416Software Enterprise: Proj&Proc
SER 493Honors Thesis
SER 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
CEN 580Practicum
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 593Applied Project
SER 594Conference and Workshop
SER 595Continuing Registration
SER 599Thesis
CEN 792Research
CSE 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
CEN 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 564Software Design
SER 580Practicum
CEN 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 593Applied Project
SER 595Continuing Registration
SER 599Thesis
CSE 790Reading and Conference
CEN 790Reading and Conference
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CST 499Individualized Instruction
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 593Applied Project
SER 594Conference and Workshop
SER 595Continuing Registration
SER 599Thesis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 416Software Enterprise: Proj&Proc
SER 493Honors Thesis
CEN 580Practicum
SER 580Practicum
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 593Applied Project
SER 594Conference and Workshop
SER 595Continuing Registration
SER 599Thesis
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 492Honors Directed Study
CSE 564Software Design
SER 580Practicum
CEN 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 593Applied Project
SER 595Continuing Registration
SER 599Thesis
CEN 792Research
CSE 795Continuing Registration
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CST 499Individualized Instruction
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SER 494Special Topics
SER 516SW Entrprs: Projct & Procs Mgt
SER 580Practicum
CSE 580Practicum
SER 593Applied Project
IFT 593Applied Project
SER 594Conference and Workshop
SER 599Thesis
CEN 792Research
CSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CSE 564Software Design
SER 580Practicum
SER 584Internship
SER 590Reading and Conference
SER 593Applied Project
SER 595Continuing Registration
SER 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CST 499Individualized Instruction
SER 584Internship
SER 593Applied Project