Sherif
Abdel Azeem

Position
Professor
Department
Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Profile

Brief Biography

Sherif Abdel Azeem is a professor of electronics and communications engineering at The American University in Cairo. 

Professor Abdel Azeem joined AUC in September 2004. Before joining AUC, he was an associate professor at the Electronics and Communications Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. 

Professor Abdel Azeem received his PhD from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1995.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters 

  • S. Abdelazeem, H. Eraqi, and H. Ahmed, " On-line Arabic Handwritten Words Recognition based on HMM and Combination of On-line and Off-line Features", in:  Volker Märgner and Haikal El Abed (Eds.), Guide to OCR for Arabic Scripts, Springer, London, pp. 559-585, 2012.
  • E. El-Sherif and S. Abdelazeem , “A Model-Based Approach for Building Optimum Classification Cascades”, in: Adam Herout (Ed.),  Pattern Recognition, Recent Advances, In-Tech , Croatia, pp. 49-73,  2010.
  • S. Abdelazeem, “A Greedy Approach for Building Classification Cascades”, in: Yagang Zhang (Ed.),  Applications of Machine Learning, In-Tech , Croatia, pp. 39-49, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

  • S. Abdelazeem and H. Ahmed, "Effective Technique for the Recognition of Offline Arabic Handwritten Words using Hidden Markov Models," International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition IJDAR, accepted for publication, 2013. (Available online at http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s10... )
     
  • S. Abdelazeem,  E. El-Sherif,  “Arabic Handwritten Digit Recognition”, International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition IJDAR, Volume 11, Number 3, pp. 127-141, Dec. 2008.

Referenced Conference Papers

  • H. Eraqi, S. Abdelazeem, and M. Rashwan" Combining Analytical and Holistic Strategies for Handwriting Recognition”, 15th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), pp. 993 997, California, USA, Dec. 2016.
  • S. Abdelazeem and H. Ahmed," Combining Online and Offline Systems for Arabic Handwriting Recognition", 21stInternational Conference on Pattern Recognition, pp. 3725-3728, Tsukuba, Japan, Nov. 2012. 
  • S. Abdelazeem and H. Ahmed," Off-Line Arabic Handwriting Recognition system based on concavity features and HMM classifier", 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition, pp. 705-708, Tsukuba, Japan, Nov. 2012. 
  • H. Eraqi and S. Abdelazeem," A New Efficient Graphemes Segmentation Technique For Offline Arabic Handwriting", 11thInternational Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, pp. 95-100, Bari, Italy, Sept. 2012.
  • H. Eraqi and S. Abdelazeem," HMM-based Offline Arabic Handwriting Recognition Using New Feature Extraction and lexicon Ranking Techniques", 11th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, pp. 552-557, Bari, Italy, Sept. 2012.
  • S. Abdelazeem and H. Ahmed," Effective Technique for the Recognition of Writer-Independent Offline Handwritten Arabic Words", 11th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, pp. 592-597, Bari, Italy, Sept. 2012.
  • S. Abdelazeem, M Elmeseey, and H. Ahmed," Online Arabic Handwritten Digits Recognition", 11th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, pp. 135-140, Bari, Italy, Sept. 2012.
  • S. Abdelazeem and M. El Meseery," Arabic Handwriting Recognition using Concavity Features and Classifier Fusion", 10th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications ICMLA'11, pp. 200-203, Hawaii, USA, December 2011.
  • S. Abdelazeem and H. Ahmed," Recognition of Segmented Online Arabic Handwritten Characters of the ADAB Database",10th  International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications ICMLA'11,  pp. 204-207, Hawaii, USA, December 2011.
  • H. Eraqi and S. Abdelazeem," An on-line Arabic handwriting recognition system Based on a new On-line Graphemes Segmentation Technique", 11th  International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2011), pp. 409-413, Beijing, China, September 2011.
  • H. Ahmed and S. Abdelazeem,|" On-line Arabic Handwriting Recognition System based on HMM", 11th  International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2011), pp. 1324-1328, Beijing, China, September 2011.
  • S. Abdelazeem and H. Eraqi," On-line Arabic Handwritten Personal Names Recognition System based on HMM",11th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2011), pp. 1304-1308, Beijing, China, September 2011. 
  • S. Abdezeem, “ A novel domain-specific feature extraction scheme for Arabic handwritten digits recognition”, 8th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA'09), Miami, FL, Dec. 2009.
  • S. Abdelazeem, “Comparing Arabic and Latin handwritten digits recognition problems”, Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference 54, Paris, France, Volume 1, pp. 466-470, June 2009.
  • E. El-Sherif, S. Abdelazeem, and M. Yazeed, “Automatic Generation of Optimum Classification Cascades”, 19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition(ICPR 2008), Tampa, FL, Dec. 2008.
  • S. Abdelazeem, “A Greedy Approach for Building Classification Cascades”, The Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA'08), San Diego, CA, pp. 115-120, Dec. 2008.

Courses Taught

  • EENG 320: Linear Systems Analysis
  • EENG 325: Signals and Systems
  • EENG 432: Computer Communications Networks
  • EENG 432: Telecommunications Systems
  • SMNR 300: Values, Activism and the New Egypt

Extracurricular Activities

Founder and chairman of Resala NGO, the leading volunteer-based organization in Egypt with more than 500,000 registered volunteers and 70 branches across Egypt serving millions of Egyptians: caring for the orphans, providing for the needy, helping the blind, deaf and people with special needs, eradicating illiteracy, teaching computer literacy courses, free tutoring for needy students, collecting and distributing used clothes, collecting used papers for recycling, blood drives, blood life-saving database, caring for the elderly and sheltering street kids

Volunteer to teach engineering/professional ethics at various universities, professional societies, governmental agencies, private corporations and NGOs

Selected by the Egyptian Parliament to be among the committee of one hundred Egyptians responsible for writing the Egyptian Constitution, as a representative of Egyptian NGOs, March 2012 (the committee was later dissolved by a court order)

Received Egypt's Medal of Excellence on the national celebration of the Association of Egyptian NGOs, May 2013

Awards

Ranked second in the international online handwritten Arabic word recognition systems competition of the 11th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 2011) in Beijing, China, September 2011

Research Interest

Professor Abdel Azeem’s research interest is in the area of pattern recognition. His focus is on optical character recognition (OCR), mainly Arabic handwriting recognition.