Associate Professor Waleed H Abdulla

BSc, MSc, PhD


Waleed H. Abdulla received his PhD Degree from Otago University in New Zealand in 2002. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland/New Zealand. He served as Vice President- Member Relations and Development in Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA) for two terms followed by a 2-year Board of Governors. He is one of the steering committee members who established APSIPA in 2009. He is the APSIPA Newsletter founder and was Editor-in-Chief. He visited and delivered talks in several universities and conferences as presenter and keynote speaker. He has been serving as an editorial board member of 5 journals. He supervised over 30 PhD and Master Degrees students. He was awarded APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer Award, University of Auckland Faculty Best Teachers of the Year in 2005 and 2012. His research activities are under “Signal Processing, Analysis, and Recognition,” which encompass multidisciplinary topics. He focuses on fundamental and applied research in domains with direct communal relevance including, human health and well-being and economic impact. Specific recent research activities with PhD students are in: Speech Enhancement, Speaker Recognition, Speech Processing, Hyperspectral Imaging for detecting Honey Botanic Origins, Diagnosing Diabetic Retinopathy, Active Noise Control, Human Biometrics, Lase Like Ultrasound Signal Communication. He won two best paper awards in 2012 and 2016 in two major conferences. He co-authored a book in Audio Watermarking, which has been downloaded over 8000 times. The book includes many topics in the psychology of hearing.


Research | Current

Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks

Hyperspectral Imaging to Quantify Food Quality 

Human Biometrics

Signal Processing, Analysis, and Recognition ( Speech, Image, and Biosignals)

Active Noise Control

Parametric Acoustic Loudspeakers

Acoustic Power Transfer

Audio Watermarking

Teaching | Current

Signal Processing, Circuits and Systems, Human Biometrics

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising 6 PhD students in the following topics:

Hyperspectral Imaging for Honey Quality Detection

Acoustic Power Transfer

Palm Vein as a Human Biometric

Diabetic Retinopathy

Environmental Noise Analysis using IoT paradigm 


Faculty Staffing Committee

Courses and Careers Path System Developer

Faculty Practical Work Committee

Areas of expertise

His research interest: AI and Deep Neural Networks, Human Biometrics, Narrow Sound Beam Projection, Hyperspectral Imaging Applications, Speech and Signal Processing, and Active Noise Control

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Board of Governors in Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association

IEEE Senior Member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Noviyanto, A., & Abdulla, W. (2017). Honey dataset standard using hyperspectral imaging for machine learning problems. 25th European Signal Processing Conference EUSIPCO 2017, 503-507. Kos Island, Greece: IEEE. 10.23919/EUSIPCO.2017.8081252
  • Chalakkal, R., & Abdulla, W. (2017). Automatic segmentation of retinal vasculature. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Proceedings, 886-890. New Orleans, LA, USA: IEEE. 10.1109/ICASSP.2017.7952283
  • Bao, F., & Abdulla, W. H. (2016). A noise masking method with adaptive thresholds based on CASA. 2016 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA 2016, 232-236. Jeju, South Korea: IEEE. 10.1109/APSIPA.2016.7820880
  • Lin, Y., & Abdulla, W. H. (2015). Audio watermark: A comprehensive foundation using MATLAB. Springer. Pages: 199. 10.1007/978-3-319-07974-5
  • Ardekani, I. T., & Abdulla, W. H. (2014). Active noise control in three dimensions. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 22 (6), 2150-2159. 10.1109/TCST.2014.2301457
  • Ardekani, I. T., Abdulla, W. H., & Rehman, S. U. (2014). Remote FxLMS Algorithm for Active Control of Sound in Remote Locations. Paper presented at Annual Summit and Conference of Asia-Pacific-Signal-and-Information-Processing-Association (APSIPA), Angkor, CAMBODIA. 9 December - 12 December 2014. 2014 ASIA-PACIFIC SIGNAL AND INFORMATION PROCESSING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE (APSIPA). (pp. 5).
  • Tabatabaei Ardekani, I., & Abdulla, W. H. (2014). Adaptive signal processing algorithms for creating spatial zones of quiet. Digital Signal Processing: A Review Journal, 27 (1), 129-139. 10.1016/j.dsp.2014.01.001
  • Krivokuca, V., Abdulla, W., & Swain, A. (2013). A non-invertible cancellable fingerprint construct based on compact minutiae patterns. International Journal of Biometrics, 6 (2), 125-142. 10.1504/IJBM.2014.060977
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Akshya Swain


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 771
New Zealand

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