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About Fakhreddine (Fakhri) Karray

Professor Fakhreddine (Fakhri) Karray is a Professor in the Machine Learning Department at the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI).


Before joining MBZUAI as Provost and Professor of Machine Learning, Prof. Fakhri served as the founding co-director of the University of Waterloo AI Institute. He has held the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence in the department of electrical and computer engineering at  the University of Waterloo, Canada. Fakhri’s research interests are in the areas of operational AI, cognitive machines, natural human-machine interaction, autonomous and intelligent systems. Applications of his research include virtual care systems, cognitive and self-aware machines/robots/vehicles, predictive analytics in supply chain management and intelligent transportation systems. Recent work of Fakhri and his research team on deep learning-based driver behavior recognition and prediction has been featured on The Washington Post, Wired Magazine, Globe and Mail, CBC radio and Canada's Discovery Channel. He was recently honored by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) for his novel work on improving traffic flow prediction using weather Information in connected cars through deep learning and tools of AI and received the Society’s 2021 Best Land Transportation Paper Award.
Prof. Fakhri is the co-author of a textbook on applied artificial intelligence: Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems Design (Pearson Education Publishing), and the co-author of an upcoming textbook on Elements of Dimensionality Reduction and Manifold Learning (Springer). He has published extensively in the general field of pattern analysis and machine intelligence and is the author of 20 US registered patents.
He is the Associate Editor (AE) of flagship journals in the field of AI and intelligent systems, including the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. He served as the AE and Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine and IEEE Access (special issue on IoMT). He also serves on several editorial boards of AI-related journals and has served as the General Chair/Program Chair for several international conferences in the field of intelligent systems. 
Prof. Fakhri is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of, a provider of AI based online learning systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellow of the Kavli Frontiers of Science (a renowned research and symposium program of the US National Academy of Sciences).
He received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, and completed his undergraduate engineering degree at the National Engineering School of Tunis, Tunisia.


2021 - Present Provost, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence Academic Affairs & Research Division

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Guest Editor, IEEE Access
Present Editorial Board Member, Journal of Intelligent Learning Systems and Applications
Present Deputy Editor in Chief, Springer's Discover Artificial Intelligence
Present Associate Editor, The IEEE Transactions on Cybernetic
Present Associate Editor, The IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
2007 - 2010 Associate Editor, The IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine
2006 - 2010 Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics
2008 - 2009 Guest Editor, The IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics (Special Issue on Smart Mechatronics and Embedded Design)
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Honors and Awards

  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Land Transportation Best Paper Award, 2021
  • Best AI Paper Award at the 6th Annual Conference on Vision and Intelligent Systems, Nov. 25-27, 2020
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow, Kavli Frontiers of Science

Journal Articles (8)

Editorial (1)

Conference Proceedings (6)

Preprints (5)