Dr Beena Ahmed
Senior Lecturer

Dr Beena Ahmed

Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

Dr. Beena Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in Signal Processing with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. She received her B.Sc. Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 1993 and her Ph.D. from UNSW in 2004. She joined UNSW in 2017. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar.

Dr. Ahmed has been awarded international research grants for projects on long-term insomnia monitoring and remote speech therapy. She also received funding to use wearable physiological sensors to identify physiological correlates of mental stress and then adopt these correlates to develop biofeedback mobile games to teach users relaxation skills. Her current research interests are on applying machine learning and remote monitoring in healthcare and therapeutic applications. Specifically she is looking into algorithms to

  • track cognitive ability in the elderly using paralinguistic features
  • recognize speech production errors in patients undergoing speech therapy and second language speakers
  • adapt automatic speech recognition for use by people with speech impairments 
  • identify the risk of adverse events in patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disorders to facilitate just-in-time intervention
  • detect malignant oral cancer tumors in fluorescence endoscopic images
  • track mental stress levels in the long term to better facilitate biofeedback treatment options
  • detect sleep disorders using minimally invasive sensors

Phone
+61 2 93854206
Location
444 Electrical Engineering Building (G17)
  • Book Chapters | 2015
    Hamida ST-B; Ahmed B; Cvetkovic D; Jovanov E; Kennedy G; Penzel T, 2015, 'A New Era in Sleep Monitoring: The Application of Mobile Technologies in Insomnia Diagnosis', in Mobile Health, Springer International Publishing, pp. 101 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12817-7_5
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Caughlin K; Duran-Sierra E; Cheng S; Cuenca R; Ahmed B; Ji J; Martinez M; Al-Khalil M; Al-Enazi H; Cheng YSL; Wright J; Jo JA; Busso C, 2022, 'Aligning Small Datasets using Domain Adversarial Learning: Applications in Automated In Vivo Oral Cancer Diagnosis', IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, vol. PP, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JBHI.2022.3217015
    Journal articles | 2021
    Duran-Sierra E; Cheng S; Cuenca R; Ahmed B; Ji J; Yakovlev VV; Martinez M; Al-Khalil M; Al-Enazi H; Lisa Cheng YS; Wright J; Busso C; Jo JA, 2021, 'Machine-learning assisted discrimination of precancerous and cancerous from healthy oral tissue based on multispectral autofluorescence lifetime imaging endoscopy', Cancers, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cancers13194751
    Journal articles | 2021
    McKechnie J; Shahin M; Ahmed B; McCabe P; Arciuli J; Ballard KJ, 2021, 'An automated lexical stress classification tool for assessing dysprosody in childhood apraxia of speech', Brain Sciences, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11111408
    Journal articles | 2016
    Malik BH; Lee J; Cheng S; Cuenca R; Jabbour JM; Cheng YSL; Wright JM; Ahmed B; Maitland KC; Jo JA, 2016, 'Objective Detection of Oral Carcinoma with Multispectral Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging In Vivo', Photochemistry and photobiology, vol. 92, pp. 694 - 701, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/php.12627
    Journal articles | 2015
    Hamida STB; Hamida EB; Ahmed B, 2015, 'A new mHealth communication framework for use in wearable WBANs and mobile technologies', Sensors (Switzerland), vol. 15, pp. 3379 - 3408, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s150203379
    Journal articles | 2015
    Palliyali AJ; Ahmed MN; Ahmed B, 2015, 'Using a quadratic parameter sinusoid model to characterize the structure of EEG sleep spindles', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00206
    Journal articles | 2014
    Al-Qahtani H; Aqeel S; Barnieh H; Gouba A; Hjeij D; Salem M; Zourob M; Ahmed B; Salama G; Kerr T, 2014, 'An investigation into specific skills requiring enhancement in Qatari high school students to succeed in an engineering education', Engineering Leaders World Congress on Engineering Education 2013, vol. 2014, pp. 21 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2014.wcee2013.21
    Journal articles | 2012
    Masood K; Ahmed B; Choi J; Gutierrez-Osuna R, 2012, 'Consistency and validity of self-reporting scores in stress measurement surveys', Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 4895 - 4898, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347091
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Cuenca R; Cheng S; Ahmed B; Maitland KC; Jo JA, 2018, 'Handheld optical system for fast and accurate in vivo fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) (Conference Presentation)', in Brown TG; Cogswell CJ; Wilson T (eds.), Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXV, SPIE, presented at Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXV, 27 January 2018 - 01 February 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2288834
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Chaparro-Vargas R; Ahmed B; Penzel T; Cvetkovic D, 2015, 'Characterising insomnia: A graph spectral theory approach', in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 366 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318375
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Hamida STB; Penzel T; Ahmed B, 2015, 'EEG time and frequency domain analyses of primary insomnia', in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 6206 - 6209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319810
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Shahin M; Ahmed B; McKechnie J; Ballard K; Gutierrez-Osuna R, 2014, 'Comparison of GMM-HMM and DNN-HMM based pronunciation verification techniques for use in the assessment of childhood apraxia of speech', in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, pp. 1583 - 1587
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Khan HM; Ahmed B; Choi J; Gutierrez-Osuna R, 2013, 'Using an ambulatory stress monitoring device to identify relaxation due to untrained deep breathing', in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, pp. 1744 - 1747, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2013.6609857

  1. V. Sethu, B. Ahmed, 'Hardware Signal Processing Lab for Signal Information and Machine Intelligence', UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme, Sep 2020 - Aug 2021, $197,470
  2. B. Kelly, C. Diskin, B. Ahmed, J. Arciuli, K. Ballard, T. Benders, D. Burnham, F. Cox, 'Life in Lockdown: Australian Children's Stories of the Covid-19 Pandemic', University of Melbourne Arts Collaborative Research Seed Funding, Jul - Dec 2020, $18,321 
  3. B. Ahmed, K. Ballard, J. Epps, ‘Adaptation of Automatic Speech Recognition Systems for Low Resource Populations’, ARC Discovery Program (DP) Grant, Jan 2021 – Dec 2023, Australian Research Council, $350,000
  4. V. Sethu, B. Ahmed, 'Exploratory Analysis of Stochastic Time Series Models of Satellite Communication Links', Defence Science Technology Group Grant, Jan - May 2020, $53,539
  5. B. Ahmed, V. Sethu, ‘Computational Decision Making for Satellite Communications for Defence’, Defence Science Technology Group Grant, May 2019, $18,800
  6. B. Ahmed, H. Brodaty, J. Epps, N. Kochan, M. Valenzuela, K. Ballard, 'Developing a Paralinguistic Plus Episodic Memory Screening Tool to Detect and Track Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly', UNSW Biomedical Engineering Seed Fund, Aug 2019 – July 2022, $450,000
  7. B. Ahmed, K. Ballard, D. Burnham, J. Epps, F. Cox, V. Sethu, K. Demuth, J. Arciuli, B. Kelly, C. Diskin, T. Benders, C.B. Lee, E. Ambikairajah, E. Baker, ‘Little Kids, Big Talk, Wide Applications: An Audio-Visual Child Speech Corpus for Applications to Assist the Developing Child’, ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Grant, Jun 2019 – Jun 2020, Australian Research Council, $1,060,000
  8. B. Ahmed, J. Epps, D. Smith, A. Duenser, ‘Towards Domain-Independent Low-level Pronunciation Verification with Rich and Informative Feedback’, CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation/Data61 - Scholarships Program, Jan 2019 – Dec 2021, $35,000
  9. B. Ahmed, R. Gutierrez-Osuna, K. Ballard, ‘Apraxia World: An Interactive, Technology-based Comprehensive Tool for Remote Speech Therapy of Childhood Apraxia of Speech’, National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 2015 Award, Qatar National Research Fund, Feb 2016 – Dec 2019, US $809,692
  10. J. Jo, B. Ahmed, N. Rajpoot, Z. Dogan, H. Al-Enazi,Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Endoscope for Early Detection of Oral Cancer’, National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 2015 Award, Qatar National Research Fund, Feb 2016 – Dec 2019, US $809,465
  11. B. Ahmed, D. Cvetkovic, E. Jovanov, T. Penzel, G. Kennedy, ‘The Development of a Clinician’s Aide to Monitor and Screen for Insomnia’, National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 2012 Award, Qatar National Research Fund, Jan 2013 – Feb 2016, US $1,049,353
  12. R. Gutierrez-Osuna, B. Ahmed, E. Shipp, ‘Promoting Stress Self-regulation with Physiological Training Games’ National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 2012 Award, Qatar National Research Fund, Jan 2013 – Jan 2017, US $1,049,334
  13. B. Ahmed, R. Gutierrez-Osuna, K. Ballard, ‘Mobile Infrastructure and Automated Tools for the Monitoring and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech’, National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 2011 Award, Qatar National Research Fund, Dec 2011 – Oct 2015, US $1,040,975
  14. R. Gutierrez-Osuna, B. Ahmed, ‘Stress Monitoring with Non-linear Dynamical Models and Wearable Sensors’, Principal Investigator National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) 2008 Award, Qatar National Research Fund, Sept 2009 - Aug 2012, US $1,046,123

  1. Superstar of STEM, Science and Technology Australia, 2019
  2. Texas A&M University at Qatar Teaching Award, 2017
  3. Best Qatar National Research Fund Undergraduate Research Experience Project (2012) – ‘An Investigation into Skills Requiring Enhancement in Qatari High School Students to Succeed in an Engineering Education’
  4. Best paper award at IEEE Educon, April 2011, for paper ‘Robotics: Its Effectiveness as a Tool to Teach Engineering Design and Computer Programming’
  5. Winner, Visualization Development Competition 2009, "Simulation of Brain Wave Activity"
  6. Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for Ph.D

My Teaching

My priority in teaching is to enrich students' experience with the use of active learning approaches that promote deeper learning and maximise content retention. I teach primarily design based courses where students learn how to apply electrical engineering knowledge in hands on projects that take them through the various steps of the complete design cycle.