Dr. Muhammad Shahzad
Assistant Professor
Department of Computing

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS)
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
NUST Campus H-12, Islamabad
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Email: muhammad.shehzad at seecs.edu.pk
Web: http://seecs.nust.edu.pk/faculty/muhammadshahzad.html

Specialization:

Education:
PhD – Radar Remote Sensing, 3-D Computer Vision & Image Analysis, Point Cloud Processing – Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, Germany (2016)

Dr. Muhammad Shahzad received B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, M.Sc. degree in autonomous systems (robotics) from the Bonn Rhein Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Sankt Augustin, Germany, and his PhD degree on radar remote sensing & image anaylsis at the department of Signal Processing in Earth Observation (SiPEO), Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany in 2004, 2011 and 2016 respectively. His Phd topic was automatic 3-D reconstruction of objects from point clouds retrieved from spaceborne synthetic-aperture-radar (SAR) image stacks. During his PhD, he proposed several novel and sophisticated methodologies and achieved several “firsts” in the international community, e.g. the first façade models from interferometric SAR (InSAR) data, its first reconstruction of an entire city, the first 2D building footprint models from InSAR and the first reconstruction of even individual trees. His work was closely linked to the TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellite missions, the biggest German Earth observation endeavors ever, with both scientific as well as commercial applications. Besides, Dr. Shahzad also worked as visiting research scholar at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision (ICG), Technical University of Graz, Austria and attended twice two weeks professional thermography training course at Infrared Training Center (ITC), North Billerica, Massachusetts, USA in 2005 and 2007. His research interests include processing both unstructured/structured 3D point clouds, optical RGBD data and very high resolution radar images.

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
December 2011 – February 2016 (4 years 2 months )

Assistant Manager, Public Sector R&D Organization, Islamabad, Pakistan
November 2004 – August 2008 (3 years 9 months )

Journal Papers

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Automatic detection and reconstruction of 2D/3D building shapes from spaceborne TomoSAR point clouds", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 1292-1310, 2016.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Robust Reconstruction of Building Facades for Large Areas Using Spaceborne TomoSAR Point Clouds", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 752-769, 2015.

M. Schmitt, M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Reconstruction of Individual Trees from Multi-Aspect TomoSAR Data", Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 165, pp. 175-185, 2015.

X. X. Zhu, N. Ge, M. Shahzad, "Joint Sparsity in SAR Tomography for Urban Mapping", IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Vol. 9, No. 8, pp. 1498-1509, 2015.

X. X. Zhu, M. Shahzad, "Facade Reconstruction Using Multiview Spaceborne TomoSAR Point Clouds", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 52, No. 6, pp. 3541-3552, 2014.

Conference Papers

X. X. Zhu, N. Ge, M. Shahzad, "Exploiting Group Sparsity in SAR Tomography", Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Compressed Sensing Theory and its Applications to Radar, Sonar and Remote Sensing (CoSeRa) , pp. , 2016, Pisa Italy.

X. X. Zhu, N. Ge, M. Shahzad, "Group Sparsity in SAR Tomography – Experiments on TanDEM-X Data Stacks", Proceedings of the 16th International Radar Symposium (IRS), pp. 386-391, 2016, Dresden Germany.

M. Schmitt, M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Forest remote sensing on the individual tree level by airborne millimeterwave SAR", Proceedings of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2016, Beijing, China, pp. , 2016, Beijing China.

Y. Sun, M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "First prismatic building model reconstruction from TomoSAR point clouds", Proceedings of the XXIII ISPRS Congress 2016, Prague, Czech Republic , pp. , 2016, Prague Czech Republic.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, R. Bamler, "Façade structure reconstruction using spaceborne TomoSAR point clouds", Proceedings of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 467-470, 2016, Munich Germany.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Reconstruction of building footprints using spaceborne TomoSAR point clouds", Proceedings of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015, ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume II-3/W5, 2015, pp. 385-392, 2015, La Grande Motte France.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Detection Of Buildings In Spaceborne TomoSAR Point Clouds Via Hybrid Region Growing And Energy Minimizatison Technique", Proceedings of the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Conference (JURSE), pp. , 2015, Lausanne Switzerland.

M. Shahzad, M. Schmitt, X. X. Zhu, "Segmentation and crown parameter extraction of individual trees in an airborne TomoSAR point cloud", Proceedings of the PIA15+HRIGI15 – Joint ISPRS conference, International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XL-3/W2, 2015, pp. , 2015, Munich Germany.

X. X. Zhu, Y. Wang, M. Shahzad, R. Bamler, "Spaceborne TomoSAR and Beyond: From SAR Image Stacks to Objects", Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR), pp. , 2014, Berlin Germany.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Reconstructing 2-D/3-D Building Shapes From Spaceborne Tomographic SAR Point Clouds", Proceedings of the Photogrammetric Computer Vision (PCV), International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Technical Commission III Symposium, pp. 313-320, 2014, Switzerland.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Automatic Large Area Reconstruction of Building Facades from Spaceborne TomoSAR Point Clouds", Proceedings of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 1548-1551, 2014, Quebec Canada.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Reconstruction of Building Facades Using Spaceborne Multiview TomoSAR Point Clouds", Proceedings of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 624 - 627, 2013, Melbourne Australia.

X. X. Zhu, M. Shahzad, Y. Wang, R. Bamler, "Tomographic Urban Imaging Using TerraSAR-X High Resolution Spotlight Data Stacks", Proceedings of the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013, pp. , 2013, Edinburgh United Kingdom.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Robust Building Facade Reconstruction from Spaceborne TomoSAR Points", Proceedings of the CMRT13 - City Models, Roads and Traffic 2013 - ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, pp. 85-90, 2013, Antalya Turkey.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "Building façades reconstruction using multi-view tomosar point clouds", Proceedings of the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), pp. 163-166, 2013, Sao Paulo Brazil.

M. Shahzad, X. X. Zhu, "From TomoSAR Point Clouds to Objects: Facade Reconstruction", Proceedings of the Tyrrhenian Workshop on Advances in Radar and Remote Sensing (TyWRRS), pp. , 2012, Naples Italy.

M. B. Malik, A. Hasan, N. ur Rehman, M. Shahzad, "State-space recursive least squares based object tracking", Proceedings of the 8th International Multitopic Conference INMIC 2004, pp. 180 - 183, 2004, Pakistan.

Assistant Professor , School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad
October 2016 – Present (10 months )