Syed Faraz Ahmed

Research Fellow
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Melbourne, Australia
Email: faraz.ahmed (at) unimelb (dot) edu (dot) au
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Updated CV


  • July 2021: Completed PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • June 2011: Completed MS in Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Dec 2007: Completed BE in Electronic Engineering, NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan

Work Experience

  • March 2022 – to date
    Research Fellow at Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • August 2021 – January 2022
    Post-doctoral Fellow at Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Oct 2011 – July 2016
    Worked as Engineer (Analyst) at theCenter for Communications & IT Research Center of Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 2008 – Sep 2011
    Worked as Research Assistant at Electrical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 2008 – Sep 2008
    Worked as Assistant Manager at the Imaging Payload Systems Laboratory of Satellite Research and Development Center, Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, Karachi, Pakistan



  • 2 Patents
  • 9 Journal papers
  • 4 Conference papers
  • H-index: 9 [Google Scholar]


PhD Thesis


  1. A, A. Quadeer, S. F. Ahmed, and M. R. McKay, “Landscape of epitopes targeted by T cells in 852
    individuals recovered from COVID-19: Meta-analysis, immunoprevalence, and web platform,

    Cell Reports Medicine, vol. 2, no. 6, June 2021 
    DOI: 10.1016/j.xcrm.2021.100312
  2. M. S. Sohail, S. F. Ahmed, A, A. Quadeer and M. R. McKay, “In silico T cell epitope identification for
    SARS-CoV-2: Progress and perspectives,” 
    Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, January 2021
    Impact factor: 15.47)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.addr.2021.01.007
  3. S. F. Ahmed, A, A. Quadeer, J. P. Barton and M. R. McKay, “Cross-serotypically conserved epitope
    targets for a universal T cell-based Dengue vaccine,” PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 14, no. 9,
    September 2020 (Impact factor: 4.41)
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008676
  4. S. F. Ahmed, A, A. Quadeer and M. R. McKay, “COVIDep: a web-based platform for real-time
    reporting of vaccine target recommendations for SARS-CoV-2,” Nature Protocols, vol. 15, no. 7,
    July 2020 (Impact factor: 13.49)
    DOI: 10.1038/s41596-020-0358-9
  5. S. F. Ahmed, A, A. Quadeer and M. R. McKay, “Preliminary Identification of Potential Vaccine
    Targets for the COVID-19 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Based on SARS-CoV Immunological Studies,
    Viruses, vol. 12, no. 3, March 2020 (Impact factor: 5.04)
  6. S.M. Sait, S.F. Ahmed and M. R. Rafiq, “Experimental study on broadband radiofrequency electro-
    magnetic radiations near cellular base stations: a novel perspective of public health,” Journal of
    Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2020 (Impact factor: 4.62)
    DOI: 10.1007/s10973-020-09982-4
  7. S. F. Ahmed, A, A. Quadeer, D. Morales-Jimenez and M. R. McKay, “Sub-dominant principal
    components inform new vaccine targets for HIV Gag,” Bioinformatics, vol. 35, no. 20, October
    2019 (Impact factor: 6.93)
    DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btz524
  8. T. Ballal, T. Y. Al-Naffouri and S. F. Ahmed, “Low-Complexity Bayesian Estimation of Cluster-
    Sparse Channels,” in IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 63, no. 11, November 2015
    (Impact Factor: 5.08)
    DOI: 10.1109/TCOMM.2015.2480092
  9. A. Khoukhi and S. F. Ahmed, “A genetically modified fuzzy linear discriminant analysis for face
    recognition,” Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 348, no. 10, December 2011
    (Impact Factor: 4.50)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfranklin.2011.04.010


  1. S. F. Ahmed, T. Y. Al-Naffouri and A. H. Muqaibel, “Low-Complexity MAP Based Channel Support
    Estimation for Impulse Radio Ultra-Wide band (IR-UWB) Communications,” 2011 IEEE Interna-
    tional Conference on Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB) September 14-16, 2011 Bologna, Italy
    DOI: 10.1109/ICUWB.2011.6058866
  2. A. A. Quadeer, S. F. Ahmed and T. Y. Al-Naffouri, “Structure Based Bayesian Sparse Reconstruc-
    tion Using Non-Gaussian Prior,” Forty-Ninth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication,
    Control, and Computing September 28 – September 30, 2011 Allerton Retreat Center, Monti-
    cello, Illinois, USA
    DOI: 10.1109/Allerton.2011.6120179
  3. A. Khoukhi, S. F. Ahmed, ”Fuzzy LDA for face recognition with GA based optimization,” Annual
    Meeting of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS), pp.1-6, 12-14
    July 2010 at Toronto, Canada
    DOI: 10.1109/NAFIPS.2010.5548410
  4. A. A. Khan, S. F. Ahmed, et al., ”Digital Attendance Recording System,” International Conference
    on Information and Emerging Technologies, 2007, pp.1-5, 6-7 July 2007 at Karachi, Pakistan
    DOI: 10.1109/ICIET.2007.4381320


  1. A. Khoukhi, and S. F. Ahmed, ”Method of performing facial recognition using genetically modified fuzzy linear discriminant analysis,” Patent Number US 8478005, published October 2012.
  2. S. F. Ahmed and T. Y. Al-Naffouri, ”Low-Complexity Method for Estimating Impulse-Radio UWB Wireless Channels,” Patent Number US 9450786, published September 2016., 

​Honours and Awards

  • 2022 Young Scientist of the Hong Kong Laureates Forum, Hong Kong.
  • Sep. 2016 – Aug. 2020: Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Hong Kong.
  • April 2021: PhD Research Excellence Award (Finalist), School of Engineering, HKUST, Hong Kong.