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June 7, 2001 Faculty Promotions in Engineering and Computer Science



Bala Ashtakala

Bala Ashtakala, Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bala Ashtakala, Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Bala Ashtakala started his teaching career in 1959 as an assistant professor at G.N. Engineering College, of Punjab University, India. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor and later appointed head of the Department of Civil Engineering in 1964. He received his Master of Engineering degree from the University of Roorkee, India, in 1959.

Dr. Ashtakala received his PhD degree in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1969. From 1969 to 1982 he was planning studies engineer and head of transportation modelling section in the Alberta Department of Highways, Edmonton. He was involved in several major transportation projects, and pioneered the application of computer programs for transportation planning.

Dr. Ashtakala was appointed associate professor in Civil Engineering at Concordia University in 1982. His area of specialization is transportation engineering.

He has published a number of research papers in prestigious international journals and presented papers in conferences in Canada and abroad. Dr. Ashtakala has chaired several conference sessions. He has supervised several PhD and Master’s students. He has given a number of invited lectures at universities in Canada, Japan and India.

Dr. Ashtakala has been serving on several committees of Transportation Association of Canada, Ottawa and received the Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the Strategic Modelling Committee.

He has given 55 media interviews on potholes and traffic problems for TV and radio talk shows, as well as newspaper articles, in Montreal and abroad.

Dr. Ashtakala is a professional engineer in Alberta and a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, U.S.A.








Adam Kryzyzak

Adam Krzyzak, Computer Science

Photo by Marc Boucier


Adam Krzyzak, Computer Science

Adam Krzyzak received his MSc and PhD degrees in computer engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology, and a DSc degree in computer engineering from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.

In 1982-83, he was a post-doctorate fellow receiving NSERC International Scientific Exchange Award in the School of Computer Science, McGill University. He joined the Department of Computer Science at Concordia University in 1983.

In 1991, he held the Vineberg Memorial Fellowship at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and in 1993, the Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany.

He has published over 150 papers in the area of pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision, neural networks, signal processing, and nonparametric estimation.

His papers have appeared in leading technical journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and Annals of Statistics.

He has been associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, and is presently on the editorial board of the Pattern Recognition Journal and the Journal of Neural, Parallel and Scientific Computations.

He was co-editor of the book Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (Singapore: World Scientific, 1989). He has served on the program committees of Vision Interface’88, Vision Interface’94, Vision Interface’95, Vision Interface’99, 1995 International Conference on Document Processing and Applications, and the First International Workshop on Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing, 1998.

He co-organized a workshop at NIPS ‘94 Conference and was a session organizer at the Third World Congress on Nonlinear Analysis in Catania, Italy, last year.

He is co-author of the book A Distribution-Free Theory of Nonparametric Regression, to be published by Springer-Verlag in 2002.

Dr. Krzyzak has received, on a continuous basis over many years, grants from NSERC and FCAR. He is senior member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the largest organization of its kind in the world.


Mustafa K. Mehmet Ali

Mustafa K. Mehmet Ali, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mustafa K. Mehmet Ali, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. M. Mehmet Ali received his BSc and MSc degrees from Bogazici University, in Istanbul, and his PhD degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1983, in electrical engineering.

He worked as a research engineer at Telesat Canada from 1983 to 1985. He joined Concordia University as a research associate, and became an associate professor in 1990.

Dr. Ali’s research expertise is in the modelling and analysis of broadband communication networks for multimedia traffic. He has made significant contributions to the congestion and flow control in broadband networks, high-speed packet switch architectures, modelling of multiplexing in both wired and wireless networks, application of neural networks in communication networks.

He has published about 70 research papers in recognized journals and presented at conferences. He has supervised two PhD and nine Master’s students.

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