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Tarek El Dokor
Professor El Dokor is with the Electrical/Computer Engineering department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also the director of the Embry-Riddle Machine Vision Lab, one of the leading research centers in computer and machine vision. The lab has developed various vision-based technologies including some of the most advanced gesture-based human-computer interfaces which are currently under commercialization for various computer game applications.

Professional Preparation

  • Arizona State University, Electrical Engineering, PhD Advisor: Dr. Lina J. Karam
  • Northern Arizona University, Electrical Engineering M.S. 2004. Advisor: Dr. David R. Scott. Thesis: Vertebral Segmentation Propagation through Mutual Information Maximization.
  • Northern Arizona University, Electrical Engineering B.S. 2002

Sample Publications

  • Tarek A. El Dokor, David R. Lanning, and Justin Gigliotti, "Gesture- Based Interactive Beam Bending Exercises: An Interactive and Intuitive Tool for Students", proceeding of the 2007 ASEE conference.
  • Tarek A. El Doker, Ian J. Rich, Josh T. King, Brian H. Adams, and James E. Holmes, "Embedding Swarm on Bluetooth-enabled Bipedal Robots with Multiple Modalities", Proc. Of the Ninth Annual Swarm Users/Researchers Conference (SwarmFest) 2005..
  • Tarek A. El Dokor, Josh King, David R. Scott, "Initial Results on the Development of A New Wafer Inspection Paradigm", Proc. of Sixth IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation, 2004.
  • Tarek A. El Dokor, "Unsupervised Iterative Segmentation and Recognition of Anatomic Structures in Medical Imagery Using Second-Order B-Spline
    Descriptors and Geometric Quasi-invariants", Proc. of 3rd IEEE Symposium on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, March 2003.
  • Tarek A. El Dokor, David R. Scott, "An Efficient and Unsupervised Deformable Model for Segmentation and Approximation of Contours in Cardiac Imagery", Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 5(1), February 2003.

Sample Patents

  • Tarek A. El Dokor, Justin Gigliotti, James E. Holmes, William E. Glomski, Natural Interactive Environments. Submitted to US Patent and Trade Office , February 5th 2007.
  • Tarek El Dokor, Joshua T. King, James E. Holmes, William E. Glomski, Maria N. Ngomba, Natural Interaction in Cyberspace. Patent submitted to US Patent and Trade Office, February 5th 2007.
  • Tarek A. El Dokor, William E. Glomski, Joshua T. King, James E. Holmes, Maria N. Ngomba, Three-Dimensional Virtual-Touch Human-Machine Interface System and Method, Submitted to US Patent and Trade Office as a Utility Patent Application, December 7th 2006. Tracking Number 11/567,888
  • Tarek A. El Dokor, William E. Glomski, Joshua T. King, James E. Holmes, Maria N. Ngomba, Brian Swift, Mathew Kengott, 3D Virtual Touch HMI. Submitted to US Patent and Trade Office, December 9th 2005. Tracking number: 60/749,270

Synergistic Activities

  • 3D LCD HCI: an interface utiling a three-dimensional LCD screen, where users can "touch" and affect objects that appear to be floating in space in front of them.
  • Aerobic computer games: games in which controls can be aerobically manipulated by user gestures. Examples include boxing and karate.
  • Augmentative Cursor Technology for Interactive Vision (ACTIV) Project ACTIV Utilizes facial gestures as an augmentative tool to manipulate on-screen cursor locations. Utilizes off-the-shelf products, like a web cam and PC.

Research Summary: We intend to develop a GPU-based Vision Design Lab Sequence. The goal is the dissemination of CUDA-based design and implementation to the entire vision community through online delivery of advanced lab sequences, as well as on-site delivery at Embry-Riddle. The projects of the Design Lab Sequence draw on applications from the three major markets of automotive, gaming, and inspection. All code developed in the project will be made available through NVIDIA.

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