Dr Mahdi Rezaei

Dr Mahdi Rezaei


Dr Mahdi Rezaei is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a University Academic Fellow at ‎the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Dr Rezaei has a background in AI, ‎Computer Vision, and Machine Learning and obtained his PhD from the University of Auckland, ‎New Zealand. Having over 15 years of experience in ‎academia and industry his primary research focus is the application of Computer Vision and ML in Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cars, and ‎Driver/Occupant Behaviour Monitoring. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Group in LIDA data scientist development programme (LIPAG), and also an executive member of the “Universities Transport ‎Study Group” (UTSG). Dr Rezaei has contributed as a PI or lead discipline CoI in various European and UK-‎funded projects, totalling over £3 million. 


PhD in Computer Science, The University of Auckland. 2014. Best PhD Thesis Award.

Employment History:

  • 2020 - Present, Assistant Professor (University Academic Fellow), Uni of Leeds, UK
  • 2017 - 2020, Senior Researcher, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • 2015 - 2020, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering, Qazvin University, IR
  • 2010 - 2017, Honorary Academic Staff, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2006 - 2010, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering, Qazvin University, IR

Selected videos & research outputs:

3D Vehicle Detection / Pedestrian Detection, and Speed Estimation Using a Single Camera:

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Traffic Monitoring including 3D Vehicles & Pedestrian Detection, Speed Detection & Tracking and activity heatmap generation.

Driver Behaviour Monitoring (Distraction, Drowsiness, Phoning / Texting, Yawning, Head Nodding,...)

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Driver Behaviour analysis using a single RGB camera

Stop/Go Decision Making at Roundabouts for Autonomous Vehicles

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The research aims for a timely, fast and safe merging manoeuvre by AVs at the roundabout where the human may act unsafely or with delays due to uncertainty, fatigue, or distraction. The solution can lead to reducing traffic jams behind roundabouts, saving times/lives, less fuel consumption, and less CO pollution!

Our contribution towards public health during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

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Rezaei, M.; Azarmi, M. (2020). DeepSOCIAL: Social Distancing Monitoring and Infection Risk Assessment in COVID-19 Pandemic. Applied Sciences. 2020, 10(21), 7514.


Join our team at the Institute for Transport Studies, Ranked 12th in the world, as one of the most advanced research centres in the interdisciplinary field of Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Driver Behaviour Monitoring, and Human factors.

 Talented prospective PhD students, Postdocs & Researchers with relevant background are welcome to apply here and join our multideciplinary team at Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)*.

* Funded positions will be advertised publicly. 


Honours, Awards, Grants:

  • MaVis – EPSRC, AI Visualisation 2023-2026 –  (COI, £ 713,438.00) 
  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 2022-2023 –  (PI, £287,295.00)
  • Hi-Drive – EU funded 2021-2025 –  (COI,  £ 1,508,785.00) 
  • Converted UDRIVE Dataset –  DLR, German Aerospace Centre –  (PI, £6,000.00) 
  • L3Pilot – EU Horizon 2020 Driving Automation 2017-2021 – (COI, € 877,500.00)
  • Research England - World Class Laboratories Fund 2020-2021  – (COI, £54,852.00)
  • New Zealand Spark Idead Challenge, $100,000.00 Qualifiers Award, 2011.
  • Marsden Grant, 2012. Faculty grant for going to the final round of Marsden competition- the most challenging research grant in New Zealand, by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • 3 x Best Paper Awards: ( IEEE Conference SensorCOMM (2007) | CVPR paper, University of Auckland (2014) | Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (2019)
  • 2 x Akira Nakamura Awards and Grant: 2011 and 2014. provided by Akira Nakamura, professor emeritus of Hiroshima University. (PI, $60,000.00)
  • Best PhD Thesis Award, 2014. the University of Auckland
  • Honorary Academic, 2017-2020. Dept. of Computer Science, Auckland University of Technology. 
  • Honorary Academic, 2014-2016. Dept. of Computer Science, the University of Auckland, Researcher at ‘.enpeda..’ research group

My current Postdoc, PhD, and MSc Students:


Professional Engagements:

Editor and Organiser: 


  • IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technologies
  • International Journal of Applied Science
  • International Journal of Computer and Robotics
  • International Journal of Sensors
  • International Conference on Pattern Recognition
  • Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition
  • International Conference of Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns
  • Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology 

Panel Member / Technical Program Committee (TPC): 

  • International Conference of Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns
  • Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology
  • RoboCup Asia-Pacific Symposium
  • IEEE

Latest Publications:




  • Research, lecturing, and supervsion of postdocs, PhDs, and postgrad students

Research interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Autonomous Vehicles | Driver Behaviour Monitoring | Pedestrian Detection and Tracking
  • Traffic Science Segmentation and Understanding
  • Human Factors

A short video spotlight on my monograph book published by Springer International Publishing:

Computer Vision for Driver Assistance 

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Rezaei, M., Klette, R. (2017). Computer Vision for Driver Assistance: Simultaneous Traffic and Driver Monitoring. Springer. CIVI Book Series, pp. 1-224, Volume 45, 2017, ISBN : 978-3-319-50549-7

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Professional memberships

  • IEEE
  • Computer Vision Foundation
  • CerV Research Group

Student education

For your questions and any further information feel free to email me via m.rezaei@leeds.ac.uk 

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Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety

Current postgraduate researchers

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