Ajmal Mian

BE MSc PhD W.Aust., Professor, Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M002), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 3120 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
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Personal profile


Ajmal Mian is a Professor of Computer Science. He is internationally known for his research in Computer Vision and has published over 160 scientific papers in prestigious journals and conferences including PAMI, IJCV, TIP, PR, TNNLS, CVPR and ECCV. He was a Guest Editor for high impact journals namely Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision & Image Understanding and Image & Vision Computing. He has received several research awards including the West Australian Early Career Scientist of the Year Award, Excellence in Research Supervision 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 is a General Chair for ACCV 2018 and has served as a Program Chair for DICTA 2012 and Area Chair of WACV 2019, WACV 2018, ICPR 2016, ACCV 2014. He has received two prestigious and competitive fellowships from the Australian Research Council (ARC). He has secured nine major grants from the ARC and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia with about $12 Million in funding. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, 3D data analysis, face recognition, human action recognition and remote sensing.

Roles and responsibilities

I lead the Machine Intelligence Group which performs cutting edge research in computer vision and machine learning. Our group publishes in high impact journals such as IEEE Trans on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Int J of Computer Vision, IEEE Trans on Neural Networks & Learning Systems, IEEE Trans on Cybernetics, IEEE Trans on Image Processing, Pattern Recognition and prestigious conferences such as CVPR and ECCV.

I support and encourage "Reproducible Research" in my group. You will find all our data, source code and deep learning models publicly available on my website or GitHub. 

Future research

My research group is working on the following problems

1. Defence against adversarial attacks on deep learning
2. Human action recognition in videos
3. Designing deep learning architectures for 3D point clould segmentation
4. Automatic Video Description by combining computer vision and natural language processing
5. 3D facial analysis through dense correspondence for medical applications
6. Large scale 3D face recognition

Funding overview

(1) Ajmal Mian, Defense against adversarial attackes on deep learning in computer vision, ARC DP190102443 $426000 ARC + $93918 UWA [2019-2021]

(2) Y. Gao, +6, Ajmal Mian, +13, "ARC Research hub for driving farming productivity and disease prevention" $5000000 ARC + $3828000 Industry [2018-2013]

(3) Ajmal Mian, "View and shape invariant modeling of human actions for smart surveillance", ARC DP160101458, $293000. [2016 - 2018]

(4) Peter Eastwood, Ajmal Mian, N. McArdle, D. Hillman, "Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnoea using 3D craniofacial photography", NHMRC Project $425000. [2016 - 2018]

(5) I. Reid, +10, Ajmal Mian, "Computational infrastructure for developing deep machine learning models" ARC LIEF $250000. [2014 - ]

(6) Ajmal Mian, "Machine learning for fracture risk assessment using simple radiography", ARC Linkage [2014 - Relinquished]

(7) Ajmal Mian, "Active multispectral computer vision for defense and security" ARC Australian Research Fellowship $734,000 ARC + ~$100000 UWA. [2011 - 2015]

(8) E. Harvey, M. Shortis, Ajmal Mian, P. Culverhouse, D. Edington, D. Cline, "Automation of species recognition and size measurement of fish from underwater stereo-video imagery" ARC Linkage $436000 + Industry funds. [2011 - 2014]

(9) Robyn Owens, Ajmal Mian, "Person identification using multiple non-invasive iris and face biometrics in video", ARC DP $390000. [2010 - 2012]

(10) Ajmal Mian, "Integration of spatio-temporal video data for realtime smart proactive surveillance", ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship $311298 ARC + ~$50000 UWA. [2008 - 2010]

(11) Ajmal Mian, F. Shafait, B. Ghanem, "Biomass estimation of fish in the wild", DAAD German Australian cooperation grant AU$15000 + EURO 15000. [2014 - 2015]

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
Deep Learning and Machine Learning
Large scale 3D face recognition
Human action recognition in video
Automatic video description
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 2021

Research Output 2004 2018

2 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
2 Citations

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
1 Citations

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

Gaussian Process


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