Dr Mahdi Rezaei

Dr Mahdi Rezaei


I am a Full-time Assistant Professor and University Academic Fellow (UAF) at the University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds, United Kingdom.

I received my PhD degree (with the Best PhD thesis Award 2014) in Computer Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2006, I have been associated with various academic activities such as Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department in Computer Science, Honorary Academic Researcher at the University of Auckland, QIAU, Auckland University of Technology, and now at the University of Leeds, UK.

My research interests are generally in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence, and in particular, I am interested in applied Machine Learning in the interdisciplinary field of Autonomous Vehicles (Self-driving cars), Driver Behaviour Analysis, Human Factors, and Traffic Scene Understanding / Segmentation.

“ Talented and motivated prospective PhD candidates, Postdocs, and Researchers are welcome to join our team at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS). ” 

Academic Employment History:

  • Assistant Professor and Academic Fellow, University of Leeds, 2020-Present
  • Research Fellow and Honorary Academic, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, 2017-2020
  • Honorary Academic, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-2017
  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010-2014
  • Lecturer in Computer Engineering, QIAU, Iran, 2006-2010

Honours, Award, Grants:

  • Best Paper Award, 2019. NH Saleem, HJ Chien, M Rezaei, R Klette. “Improved Stixel Estimation Based on Transitivity Analysis in Disparity Space”, Intl. Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (CAIP).
  • 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.
  • Best PhD Thesis Award, 2014. the University of Auckland
  • Akira Nakamura Award and Grant, 2011 and 2014. provided by Akira Nakamura, professor emeritus of Hiroshima University
  • Best Paper Award and Certificate of Achievement, 2014. M Rezaei, R Klette, “Look at the Driver, Look at the Road: No Distraction! No Accident!”, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). CVPR holds the world Rank #1 conference in the field of computer vision. CVPR is also among the top 10 venues in the world from all fields and disciplines.
  • Marsden Grant, 2012. Faculty grant for going to the final round of Marsden competition- the most challenging research grant in New Zealand, by Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • Spark $100K Qualifiers Award, 2011. Also, the winner of “Spark Ideas Challenge Award” for my the project IntelliEye as one of the top 3 startup ideas among all applications received from all faculties, students and staff.

Professional Engagements:


  • 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 Committee: 

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


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

Research interests

Key research activities:

  • Computer Vision
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Driver Behaviour Analysis
  • Human Factors

A short video spotlight on my book:

Computer Vision for Driver Assistance 

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Springer International Publishing

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  • PhD in Computer Science - Computer Vision
  • MSc in Computer Engineering - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • BSc in Computer Engineering- Computer Hardware

Professional memberships

  • IEEE
  • Computer Vision Foundation
  • CerV Research Group

Student education

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 and motivated prospective PhD candidates, Postdocs, and Researchers are welcome to join our team at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS). 

For more information email me via m.rezaei@leeds.ac.uk 

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