• The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Naveed Akhtar is a Senior Lecturer of Machine Learning, AI and Data Science at the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, UWA. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Office of National Intelligence. He is known for his contribution to the field of Computer Vision with multiple publications in the leading scientific sources in Computer Science, including IEEE TPAMI, IEEE TNNLS, IJCV, CVPR and ECCV. He serve/d as an Area Chair of CVPR'22, ECCV'22 and WACV'23, and as an Associate Editor of IEEE TNNLS and IEEE Access. He has also served as a Guest Editor for Neurocomputing & Applications and Remote Sensing journals, and is an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He regularly reviews submissions to the top venues of his field, e.g., Nature Machine Intelligence, TPAMI, TNNLS, CVPR, ICCV and ECCV.  His current research interests include deep learning, explainable AI, adversarial machine learning, 3D point cloud analysis and remote sensing.

Potential PhD students with strong track record and research publications are encouraged to contact me for scholarship opportunities. 

Roles and responsibilities

Besides teaching Computer Science units, I also supervise Post-docs, PhD candidates and Masters students in my field of research. My students regularly publish in esteemed scientific sources of Computer Science. 


  1. Deep Learning
  2. Explainable Artificial Intelligence
  3. Adversarial Machine Learning
  4. Computer Vision
  5. Video descriptiuon & captioning
  6. 3D point clouds

Teaching overview

  1. Computer Graphics & Animation (2 semesters)
  2. Computer Analysis & Visualisation

Funding overview

1) Naveed Akhtar, "Enabling Glass-box Deep Machine Perception" Google Research US$ 60,000 (2023 - 2024).

2) Naveed Akhtar, “Towards Glass-box Deep Machine Vision for Trustworthy AI”, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) AU$ 437,254 (2023 – 2026).

3) Ajmal Mian, Naveed Akhtar, Richard Hartley, “Defending Artificial Intelligence against Deception Attacks”, National Security Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG), AU$ 573,693 (2022 – 2025).

4) Naveed Akhtar, "Explaining Deep Neural Networks for Trustworthy AI in Adversarial Settings", Office of National Intelligence (ONI), Australia, AU$ 377,243 (2021 - 2023)

5) Mubarak Shah, Ajmal Mian, Naveed Akhtar, Yogesh Rawat, "DNA: Deceptive Neural-network Attack Signature Identification", Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), USA, US$1,000,000 (2020-2022).

6) Mubarak Shah, Ajmal Mian, Nazanin Rahnavard, Naveed Akhtar, "UTraP: Universal Transferable Perturbations for Machine Vision Disruption", Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), USA, US$1,000,000 (2020-2021).

Previous positions

Research Fellow (University of Western Australia)

Research Fellow (Australian National University)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Autonomous Systems, Master of Science, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Computer Science, PhD, The University of Western Australia

Research expertise keywords

  • Deep learning
  • Computer vision
  • Pattern recognition
  • Adversarial machine learning
  • Hyperspectral imaging and analysis


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