Ajmal Mian

Associate Professor, BE MSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 2924 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
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Personal profile


Ajmal Mian is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at The University of Western Australia. He is internationally known for his research in Computer Vision and has published 160 scientific papers. He was a Guest Editor for three journals namely Computer Vision & Image Understanding, Image & Vision Computing and Pattern Recognition. He has received several research awards including the West Australian Early Career Scientist of the Year Award, Vice-chancellor’s Mid-career Research Award, IAPR Best Scientific Paper Award, Aspire Professional Development Award, Outstanding Young Investigator Award and the Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. He has received two prestigious and competitive fellowships from the Australian Research Council (ARC). He has secured seven major grants from the ARC and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia with over $3 Million in funding. His research interests include computer vision, face recognition, machine learning, human action recognition and remote sensing.

Roles and responsibilities

Ajmal Mian leads the Machine Intelligence Group which performs cutting edge research in computer vision and machine learning.

Future research

Human action recognition, 3D point clould analysis, 3D face analysis, automatic video description, deep learning

Funding overview

I have received seven ARC grants including discovery, linkage, infra structure and industry transformation. I have also received an NHMRC grant

Current projects

1. Automatic Human Action Recognition
2. Detecting Obstructive Sleep Apnoea from 3D facial scans
3. 3D face recognition
4. Detecting Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from 3D facial scans
5. Automatic video description
6. Learning from 3D point cloud for scene analysis

Teaching overview

1. Computer Vision
2. Computer Graphics
3. Computer Analysis & Visualization
4. Problem Solving & Programming with Python
5. Object Oriented Programming with Java
6. Electronic Circuit Analyis & Design


Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Face Recognition
Human action recognition
3D object recognition
Multispectral Image Analysis




  • Computer vision
  • Deep learning
  • Machine learning
  • 3D face recognition
  • 3D object recognition
  • 3D shape analysis
  • Hyperspectral imaging and analysis
  • Human action recognition
  • Image set classification
  • Video description

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Projects 2007 2018

Research Output 2004 2018

1 Citations

Automatic fish species classification in underwater videos: Exploiting pre-trained deep neural network models to compensate for limited labelled data

Siddiqui, S. A., Salman, A., Malik, M. I., Shafait, F., Mian, A., Shortis, M. R. & Harvey, E. S. 1 Jan 2018 In : ICES Journal of Marine Science. 75, 1, p. 374-389 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

neural networks
computer vision

Benchmark Data Set and Method for Depth Estimation from Light Field Images

Feng, M., Wang, Y., Liu, J., Zhang, L., Zaki, H. F. M. & Mian, A. 1 Jul 2018 In : IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. 27, 7, p. 3586-3598 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neural networks
Variational techniques
Network architecture
Image analysis

Dense 3D Face Correspondence

Zulqarnain Gilani, S., Mian, A., Shafait, F. & Reid, I. 1 Jul 2018 In : IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 40, 7, p. 1584-1598

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Deformable Models

Distance metric learning for pattern recognition

Lu, J., Wang, R., Mian, A., Kumar, A. & Sarkar, S. 1 Mar 2018 In : Pattern Recognition. 75, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

7 Citations

Learning a Deep Model for Human Action Recognition from Novel Viewpoints

Rahmani, H., Mian, A. & Shah, M. 1 Mar 2018 In : IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 40, 3, p. 667-681 15 p., 7893732

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Action Recognition
Knowledge Transfer
Nonlinear Transformation


Data from: Prenatal testosterone exposure is related to sexually dimorphic facial morphology in adulthood

Whitehouse, A. (Creator), Gilani, S. (Creator), Shafait, F. (Creator), Mian, A. (Creator), Tan, W. (Creator), Maybery, M. (Creator), Keelan, J. (Creator), Hart, R. (Creator), Handelsman, D. J. (Creator), Goonawardene, M. (Creator), Eastwood, P. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 8 Sep 2015



APRS Best Paper Runner up Award

Ajmal Mian (Recipient), 2016

Prize/award: Honorary award

ARC Australian Research Fellowship

Ajmal Mian (Recipient), 2011

Prize/award: Other distinction

Aspire Professional Development Award

Ajmal Mian (Recipient), 2016

Prize/award: Prize

Australian Academy of Science Award

Ajmal Mian (Recipient), 2009

Prize/award: Prize