Nasser Kehtarnavaz

Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECSN 4.622
Faculty Homepage
Tags: Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University - 1987
M.S. - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University - 1984
B.S. (Honors) - Electronic and Communications Engineering
University of Birmingham, England - 1982

Research Areas

Research Areas
  •  Signal and image processing 
  •  Machine learning 
  •  Deep learning
  •  Real-time implementation on embedded processors


2018 - Publication


University of Texas at Dallas [2002–Present]
Erik Jonsson School
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Texas A&M University [1986–2001]
Dwight Look

Additional Information

Current Positions and Activities
  •  Fellow of IEEE
  •  Fellow of SPIE
  •  Licensed Professional Engineer
  •  Director, Embedded Machine Learning (EML) Laboratory; formerly named Signal and Image Processing (SIP) Laboratory, UTD
  •  Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Real-Time Image Processing
  •  Chair, SPIE Real-Time Image Processing and Deep Learning Conference
  •  Chair, IEEE Region 5 Student Activities Committee
  •  Faculty Advisor, UTD Chapter of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society  

News Articles

Jonsson School Professor Earns Professional Leadership Award
For more than 20 years, Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz, professor of electrical engineering at UT Dallas, has introduced innovative educational approaches for students to learn practical implementation aspects of signal processing.
His innovative spirit and career track record of preparing students for jobs in demand by industry recently earned him the Professional Leadership Award given by the national unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA). IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society with about 400,000 members in more than 160 countries.
Colleagues Honor Faculty Member Praised by Students
Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz, professor of electrical engineering, often makes it on informal student lists of the most influential faculty members in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Siamak Yousefi, who earned a doctorate in electrical engineering last school year, said Kehtarnavaz provided continuous support and invaluable advice.

Vani Gopalakrishna, who graduated last May, said Dr. Kehtarnavaz was an inspiration. “He is very well organized, and always ready to discuss new things and teach, and more importantly he can understand a student’s point of view in many situations,” she said.
Group Confers Honor on Electrical Engineering Prof
Electrical Engineering Professor Nasser Kehtarnavaz has been elected to the rank of fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

This honor is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors to selected senior members with outstanding accomplishments in a related field.

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, with nearly 400,000 members in 160 countries. The fellow grade is granted to Kehtarnavaz for “contributions to real-time and biomedical image processing.”
Member of U. T. Dallas Faculty Elected Fellow Of International Society for Optical Engineering
RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 16, 2004) — Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz, a professor of electrical engineering and director of the Signal and Image Processing Laboratory at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (known by the initials SPIE) for his achievements in real-time and biomedical applications of image processing. 

SPIE Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the fields of optics, photonics and imaging. Kehtarnavaz joins a prestigious group of about three percent of SPIE members so honored for their contribution to the discipline since the society's inception in 1955.