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Dr. Beena Ahmed

Dr. Beena Ahmed

Assistant Professor

Office Number: 246
Office Phone: +974.4423.0111


Dr. Beena Ahmed's research interests include:
  • Signal processing
  • Pattern classification
  • Noise estimation and reduction
  • Speech processing
  • EEG processing
  • Sleep Analysis
  • Stress monitoring

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, 1993

Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2016 - Present

  • Senior Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2015 - 2016

  • Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2009 - 2015

  • Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2007 - 2009

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, RMIT University, Melbourne, 2002 - 2005

  • Systems Engineer, Paklog, Rolls Royce Industrial Power Australia, 1996 - 1997

  • Applications Engineer, Zelin, Lahore, 1994 - 1995

  • Applications Engineer, Innovative Engineering and Technology, Lahore, 1993 – 1994

Awards

    • ​Best QNRF Undergraduate Research Experience Project (UREP) in 2012 in Social Sciences area and fifth overall for “An Investigation into Specific Skills Requiring Enhancement in Qatari High School Students to Succeed in an Engineering Education”

 
    • Best paper award at IEEE Educon, Amman, Jordan, April 2011, for paper ‘Robotics: Its Effectiveness as a Tool to Teach Engineering Design and Computer Programming’

 
  • Winner, Visualization Development Competition 2009, "Simulation of Human Brain Wave Activity"

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. R. Chaparro-Vargas, B. Ahmed, N. Wessel, T. Penzel, D. Cvetkovic, 'Insomnia Characterization: From Hypnogram to Graph Spectral Theory', IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, 2016, in press

  2. B. Ahmed, H. Khan, J. Choi, R. Gutierrez-Osuna, 'ReBreathe: A calibration protocol that improves stress/relax classification by relabeling deep breathing relaxation exercises', IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, April 2016, Volume 7(2), pp. 150-161

  3. A. Parnandi, V. Karappa, T. Lan, M. Shahin, J. McKechnie, K. Ballard, B. Ahmed, R. Gutierrez-Osuna, 'Architecture of an Automated Therapy Tool for Childhood Apraxia of Speech', ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, November 2015, Volume 7(3), pp. 1-23

  4. M. Shahin, B. Ahmed, A. Parnandi, V. Karappa, Y. Son, M. Shahin, J. McKechnie, K. Ballard, R. Gutierrez-Osuna, 'Tabby Talks: An Automated Tool for the Assessment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech', Speech Communication, June 2015, Volume 70, pp. 49–64

  5. A. Jaleel, M. N. Ahmed, B. Ahmed, 'Using a Quadrature Parameter Sinusoidal Model to Characterize the Structure of EEG Sleep Spindles', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, May 2015, Volume 9, pp. 206-220

  6. S. Tmar-Ben Hamida, E. Ben Hamida, B. Ahmed,  'A New mHealth Communication Framework for Use in Wearable WBANs and Mobile Technologies', Sensors, Volume 15(2), February 2015, pp. 3379-3408

  7. A. Jaleel, B. Ahmed, R. Tafreshi, D. B. Boivin, L. Streletz, N. Haddad 'Improved Spindle Detection Through Intuitive Pre-processing of Electroencephalogram', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Volume 233, August 2014, pp. 1-12   

  8. J. Choi, B. Ahmed, R. Gutierrez-Osuna, 'Development and Evaluation of an Ambulatory Stress Monitor Based on Wearable Sensors', Transactions of Information Technology in Biomedicine, Volume 16(2), March 2012, pp. 279-286

Conference Proceedings

  1. M. Shahin, J. Epps, B. Ahmed, 'Automatic Classification of Lexical Stress in English and Arabic Languages using Deep Learning', Interspeech, San Fransisco, USA, September 2016

  2. S. Tmar Ben-Hamida, M. Glos T. Penzel, B. Ahmed, 'How Many Sleep Stages Do We Need for an Efficient Insomnia Diagnosis', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Orlando, USA, August 2016

  3. S. Shahrbabaki, B. Ahmed, T. Penzel, D. Cvetkovic, 'Photoplethysmography Derivatives and Pulse Transit Time in Overnight Blood Pressure Monitoring', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Orlando, USA, August 2016

  4. S. Shahrbabaki, B. Ahmed, T. Penzel, D. Cvetkovic, 'Pulse Transit Time and Heart Rate Variability in Sleep Staging', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Orlando, USA, August 2016

  5. M. Shahin, B. Ahmed, R. Gutierrez-Osuna 'Classification of Bisyllabic Lexical Stress Patterns in Disordered Speech Using Deep Learning', IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Shanghai, China, March 2016

  6. S. Mohajerani, S.A.H. Moosavi, R. Al-Rihawi, A.N. Bhat, R.Y. Kamal, B. Ahmed, 'A Cloud-Based System for Real-Time, Remote Physiological Monitoring of Infants', 15th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, Abu Dhabi, December 2015

  7. S. Tmar Ben-Hamida, T. Penzel, B. Ahmed, 'A Novel Insomnia Identification Method Based on Hjorth Parameters', 15th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, Abu Dhabi, December 2015

  8. C. Dissanayaka, H. Abdullah, B. Ahmed, T. Penzel, D. Cvetkovic 'Classification of healthy subjects and insomniac patients based on automated sleep onset detection', International Conference for Innovation in Biomedical Engineering and Life Sciences, December 2015 

  9. C. Dissanayaka, D. Cvetkovic, C.R. Patti, S.S Shahrbabaki, B. Ahmed, C. Schilling, M. Schredl, 'Sleep onset detection with multiple EEG alpha-band features: Comparison between healthy, insomniac and schizophrenic patients', IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), October 2015

  10. S. Tmar Ben-Hamida, T. Penzel, B. Ahmed, 'EEG Time and Frequency Domain Analyses of Primary Insomnia', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan, Italy, August 2015

  11. R. Chaparro-Vargas, B. Ahmed, T. Penzel, D. Cvetkovic, 'Characterising Insomnia: A Graph Spectral Theory Approach', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan, Italy, August 2015

  12. R. Chaparro-Vargas, B. Ahmed, T. Penzel, D. Cvetkovic, 'Searching Arousals: A Fuzzy Logic Approach', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan, Italy, August 2015

  13. P. Madhushri, B. Ahmed, T. Penzel, E. Jovanov, 'Periodic Leg Movement (PLM) Monitoring Using a Distributed Body Sensor Network', IEEE Annual International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan, Italy, August 2015

Projects

  1. Apraxia World: An Interactive, Technology-based Comprehensive Tool for Remote Speech Therapy of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  2. Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Endoscope for Early Detection of Oral Cancer

  3. The Development of a Clinician’s Aide to Monitor and Screen for Insomnia

  4. Promoting stress self-regulation with physiological training games