Dr. Amr Ghoneim
Assistant Professor

Amr S. Ghoneim received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (by research) degrees in Computer Science from Helwan University (the Faculty of Computers and Artificial Intelligence), Cairo - Egypt. His M.Sc. work on employing AI & Machine Learning techniques for detecting the effects of diabetes on human vision (from images of the retina) won him the 1st Place Winning Postgraduate [Best MSc/PhD Thesis] in the MIE “Made -In-Egypt” Competition (Organized by the IEEE-Egypt Gold Section) and the 1st Place Winning Postgraduate [Best MSc/PhD Thesis] in the MIA “Made-In-the-Arab world” Competition (Organized by the Arab League) competing against researchers from 13 MENA countries.

He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 from the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT), the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA), Canberra - Australia, where he was a member of the Artificial Life and Adaptive Robotics Laboratory (ALAR). His thesis was about developing a computational approach for competency awareness in strategic decision making (for Go players).

He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Helwan University, Cairo - Egypt. Since 2015, he's also the Vice-Director of the International Students Office (for Study Programs and Research Communication) at Helwan University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science (ICS) - The British University in Egypt. His research interests include the areas of artificial/computational intelligence, machine learning, ensemble learning, image processing (mostly medical), pattern recognition, statistical analysis, computational psychology, and evolutionary computation.


- Ph.D. in Computer Science (by Research); March 2008 - December 2012.

University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, ACT Australia.

Thesis: “On Competency Awareness of Go Players: A Computational Approach.”


- M.Sc. in Computer Science (by Research); July 2004 - Sept. 2007.

Computer Science Dept., Faculty of Computers & Information, Helwan University, Cairo, CAI Egypt.

Thesis: “Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Ocular Pattern Classification.”


- B.Sc. Honors in Computer Science and Information Systems; Sept. 1998 - May 2002.

Computer Science Dept., Faculty of Computers & Information, Helwan University, Cairo, CAI Egypt.

Research Interests

Artificial/Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ensemble Learning, Image Processing (mostly medical), Pattern Recognition, Statistical Analysis, Computational Psychology, and Evolutionary Computation.

Journal Articles

- “Optic Disc Detection from Normalized Digital Fundus Images by Means of a Vessels’ Direction Matched Filter” – IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 11–18, Jan. 2008

Conference Papers

- “A Methodology for Revealing and Monitoring the Strategies Played by Neural Networks in Mind Games” – Proceedings of the 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), at the 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI’12), Brisbane – Australia, June 10-15.

- “On Computations and Strategies for Real and Artificial Systems” – In Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2011: Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, edited by Tom Lenaerts, Mario Giacobini, Hugues Bersini, Paul Bourgine, Marco Dorigo and René Doursat, pp. 260–267, 8–12 August 2011, Paris, France. MIT Press.

- “Competency Awareness in Strategic Decision Making” – Proc. of the IEEE 1st International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA), pp. 106–109, 22–24 Feb. 2011, Miami Beach, FL, USA. IEEE Press.

- “A Comparative Evaluation of Preprocessing Methods for Automatic Detection of Retinal Anatomy” – Proc. of the 5th International Conf. on Informatics and Systems (INFOS2007), pp. 24-31, Cairo - Egypt, March 24-26, 2007.

- “Comparative Study of Contrast Enhancement and Illumination Equalization Methods for Retinal Vasculature Segmentation” – Proc. of 3rd Cairo International Biomedical Eng. Conf. (CIBEC’06), Cairo - Egypt, Dec. 21-24, 2006.

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