Fakhri Karray

University of Waterloo

Fakhri Karray is the inaugural co-director of the University of Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute and served as the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is also Professor of Machine Learning at the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), a research-oriented artificial intelligence (AI) graduate institution in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where professor Fakhri has held the position of Provost. Fakhri's research focuses on operational and generative AI, cognitive machines, natural human-machine interaction, and autonomous and intelligent systems, with applications to virtual care systems, cognitive and self-aware devices, and predictive analytics in supply chain management and intelligent transportation systems. He holds editorial roles in major publications related to intelligent systems and information fusion. Fakhri's latest textbook, "Elements of Dimensionality Reduction and Manifold Learning," was published by Springer Nature in 2023. In 2021, he was honored by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) with the IEEE VTS Best Land Transportation Paper Award for his pioneering research on enhancing traffic flow prediction using deep learning and AI. Furthermore, his research on federated learning in communication systems earned him and his co-authors the 2022 IEEE Communication Society's MeditCom Conference Best Paper Award. He holds fellowship status in the IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Engineering Institute of Canada. Additionally, he has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE and is a Fellow of the Kavli Frontiers of Science. Fakhri earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign, USA.