Short Bio

Amir Asif is dean of Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (ENCS) and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University.

An emerging voice among engineering leaders, Asif is rethinking how to unlock the full potential of the engineering profession for greater social impact through academic innovation, by transcending traditional boundaries of conventional approaches and disciplines, and by addressing systemic issues that have been holding the profession back.

In Canada as elsewhere, Asif has been a trailblazing leader at every institution he has worked. He served as the founding Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at York University before moving to Concordia University as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. As the EECS founding Chair, he transformed the Department from a single program unit to a comprehensive school offering programs in computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, digital media, and computer security, which eventually developed into the new Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.

Asif is passionate about refining public policy on higher education and improving University students’ experience. As Vice-Chair of the University Senate and Chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum and Pedagogy at York University, he oversaw the University wide policy on academic standards, regulations, curriculum and programs, including research-informed pedagogy. Across the Country, Asif has participated in various academic forums, including the TUNING initiative of the Higher Education Quality Assurance Council of Ontario (HEQCO), which focused on developing distinctive learning outcomes across diplomas, undergraduate degrees and graduate programs for the physical sciences sector to promote quality assessment, students’ mobility, credit transfer, and degree recognition. He is currently serving as the Chair, Research Committee of the Canadian National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Sciences (NCDEAS).

His extensive academic experience and university service have contributed to his reputation for thoughtful decisive leadership aimed at training the next generation of engineering and computer science leaders.

Academic Positions

  • 2014-PresentDean

    Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
    Concordia University

  • 2014-PresentProfessor

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Concordia University

  • 2007-2014Chair and Professor

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    York University

  • 2002-2007Associate Professor

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    York University

  • 1999-2002Assistant / Associate Professor

    School of Interactive Arts and Technology
    Simon Frasier University

Research and Teaching

Innovation and interdisciplinarity are at the heart of his research. As a specialist in signal processing, Asif focuses on developing next generation technologies for a variety of everyday applications including health and medical devices, radar and sonar applications, distributed multi-agent networked systems, and electrical power grids. In earmarking pursuit of excellence for his institution, he leads by example and maintains active research and teaching profiles. He is the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards and has published extensively in scientific journals and international conferences. His educational experience includes post-doctoral and graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been awarded grants for core engineering research and applied industrial projects undertaken in the United States, Europe, and Canada. As the principal investigator of the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design (CIV/DDD), he led a multi-million, multi-institutional research project funded by the province of Ontario under the Ontario Research Foundation/ Research Excellence program.

Selected Publications

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Distributed Graph-based Statistical Approach for Intrusion Detection in Cyber-Physical Systems

IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks (accepted), 2017
H. Sadrea, A. Mohammadi, A. Asif and K. N. Plataniotis
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Multi-Objective Event-triggered Consensus of Linear Multi-Agent Systems

IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2017
A. Amini, A. Mohammadi, and A. Asif
IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Cramer-Rao Bound Improvement in Angle-Velocity Estimation with the Time Reversal MIMO Radar

IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 2016
F. Foroozan, A. Asif, and Y. Jin
IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Distributed Consensus + Innovation Particle Filtering for Bearing/ Range Tracking with Communication Constraints

IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 2015
A. Mohammadi and A. Asif
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