Dr. Rafia Mumtaz
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
Tel: 051-90852161
Email: rafia.mumtaz at seecs.edu.pk
Web: http://geoinformatics.seecs.nust.edu.pk

Image Processing, Satellite Remote Sensing, GIS, Machine Learning, Computer Vision

PostDoc – Remote Sensing and Satellite Image processing – University of Surrey,UK, United Kingdom (2012)

I am currently working as Assistant professor in SEECS, NUST. My first degree was in Software Engineering at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan. I did my Masters in Software Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. I have been awarded Endowment Fund Scholarship during my masters’ studies in 2005. I have been awarded a scholarship by NUST in 2006 for my PhD studies abroad. I joined the astrodynamic group at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, UK in 2006 and worked on attitude determination of spacecraft under the supervision of Dr. Phil Palmer. I successfully completed my PhD in 2010 and continued my research in remote sensing and image processing. In July 2011 I started my Post Doc research which was funded by European Space Agency on the contract of 9 months. My Research Interest are Satellite Remote Sensing, GIS, Image Processing, Computer Vision, Astrodynamics.  Currently I am involved in collaboration of SEECS with SUPARCO, IST Karachi, National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Capitial Development Authority (CDA) and Shifa International Hospital and Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad

PEC Registration No: comp/10236

Research Interest

My research interests are in image processing, machine learning, data analytics, internet of things, satellite remote sensing, GIS, and computer vision

Current Research Projects

Research Activities

Research Proposal Submitted:

  1. The proposal titled, "Developing Pakistan Food Security Monitoring and Early Warning System" has been submitted to  Pak-US Science & Technology Cooperation Program Phase-VI, January, 2015.
  2. The proposal titled, "Combating Food Security using Probablistic models and Data Mining" has been submitted to Agriculture Linkages Program (ALP), July 2014
  3. The proposal titled, "Predicting Sustainable Productivity of Wheat Crop using Data Mining" has been submitted in Perez-Guerro Trust Fund for South Cooperation (PGTF) Funding (Ministry of Science and Technology), May 2014
  4. The proposal titled, "Direct Georeferencing of SPOT-5 images using thermo-elastic effect and inter image offsets" has been submitted to HEC in 2014 for NRPU funding program, April 2014
  5. The proposal titled, "Using Probabilistic models for Predicting Long Term Productivity of Wheat in Pakistan" has been submitted to Islamic Development Bank Research Grant (IDB Mission to Pakistan).

Research Proposal Accepted:

  1. Selected on 28th Feb 2014 for British Council UK-Researcher link research grant. There were a minimum of 5 awards for Pakistan nationals. The research fund of 0.65M has been granted for the collaborative research between SEECS-NUST and Surrey Space Center, University of Surrey, UK
  2. The proposal submitted in European Space Agency under innovative triangle initiative (ESA ITI) program has been accepted on 19 November 2010. This project is about Georectification of images without Ground Control Points (GCPs) using Multiple Satellite Imaging sensors. The primary goal of this research is to provide highly accurate georectified imagery using no ground control information to time sensitive applications such as disaster monitoring, as soon as the data is available. This project was funded by European Space Agency (ESA). The amount of funding was 50,000 Euros on the contract  of 9 months. This project was also supported by Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), UK in terms of providing satellite imagery.

Research Proposal in Progress:

  1. Advance Retinal Imaging Software (in collaboration with Shifa International Hospital)
  2. Development of Web Enterprise for Land Administration System (for CDA).

Research Experience

Research Fellow, Univeristy of Surrey, UK
July 2011 – January 2012 (6 months )

Details: I have worked as a research fellow in Surrey Space Center, University of Surrey, UK. The project was about developing a new method for direct geo-referencing by exploiting the thermo-elastic effect. This project was funded by European Space Agency (ESA).

Assistant Professor, National University of Sciences and Technology
June 2010 – Present (8 years 2 months )

Journal Papers

Rabia Latif, Sadaf Mumtaz, Rafia Mumtaz, "Comparison of Debate and Role Play during Problem Based Learning", Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 336-342, Apr, 2018.

Rafi a Mumtaz, Muddasser Hussain, Saba Sarwar, Komal Khan, Sadaf Mumtaz, Mustafa Mumtaz, "Automatic Detection of Retinal Hemorrhages by Exploiting Image Processing Techniques for Screening Retinal Diseases in Diabetic Patients doi:10.1007/s13410-017-0561-6", International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 80-87, Mar, 2018.

Rafia Mumtaz, Shahbaz Baig, Syed Saqib Ali Kazmi, Iram Fatima, Farooq Ahmad, Badar Ghauri, "Delineation of Groundwater Prospective Resources by Exploiting Geo-spatial Decision Making Techniques for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Journal of neural computing & applications, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 1-21, Feb, 2018.

Ra fia Mumtaz, Iram Fatima, Shahbaz Baig, "Analysis of Meteorological Variations on Wheat Yield and its Estimation Using Remotely Sensed Data. A case study of Selected Districts of Punjab Province, Pakistan (2001-14). DOI: 10.4081/ija.2017.897", Italian Journal of Agronomy, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 254-270, Oct, 2017.

Ayesha Kanwal, Rahat Masood, Awais Shibli, Rafia Mumtaz, "Taxonomy for Trust Models in Cloud Computing", The Computer Journal , Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 601-626, Apr, 2015.

Rafia Mumtaz, Phil Palmer, Awais Shibli, Kashif Sharif, Mustafa Mumtaz, "Image based spacecraft pointing using Single Bank Dual Band Registration ", International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, No. 22, pp. 7583-7613, Nov, 2014.

Rafia Mumtaz, Phil Palmer, Mirza Muhammad Waqar, "Georeferencing of UK DMC stereo-images without ground control points by exploiting geometric distortions", International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 2136-2169, Mar, 2014.

Rafia Mumtaz, Phil Palmer, "Attitude Determination by Exploiting Geometric Distortions in Stereo Images of DMC Camera", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 1601-1625, Jul, 2013.

Mirza Muhammad Waqar,Johum Fatima Mirza,Rafia Mumtaz,Ejaz Hussain, "Development of New Indices for Extraction of built up area and Bare soil from LANDSAT data.", Open Access Scientific Reports, Jun, 2012.

Rafia Mumtaz,Mustafa Mumtaz,Atif Mansoor,Hassan Masood, "Computer Aided Visual Inspection of Aircraft Surfaces", International Journal of Image Processing, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 38-53, 2012.

Mustafa Mumtaz,Hassan Masood,Rafia Mumtaz, "User Psychology and Behavioral Effect on Palmprint and Fingerprint Based Multimodal Biometric System ", American Journal of Signal Processing, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 1-9, 2012.

Conference Papers

Mateen Ahmed, Mujtaba Idrees, Zain ul Abideen, Rafia Mumtaz, Sana Khalique, "Deaf talk using 3D animated sign language: A sign language interpreter using Microsoft's kinect v2", Proceedings of the IEEE SAI Computing Conference (SAI), pp. 330-335, Sep, 2016, London United Kingdom.

Arslan Ahmad, Atif Bin Mansoor, Rafia Mumtaz,Mukaram Khan, S.H.Mirza, "IMAGE PROCESSING AND CLASSIFICATION IN DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: A REVIEW", Proceedings of the European Workshop on Visual Information Processing (EUVIP), pp. , Dec, 2014, Paris France.

Mustafa Mumtaz, Rafia Mumtaz,Hassan Masood,, "Evaluation of Different Classifiers using Palmprint Based Personal Recognition in Conjunction with User Psychology in Authentication / Recognition Biometrics", Proceedings of the Abstracts for the XXVII International Biometric Conference, pp. , Jul, 2014, Florence Italy.

Mirza M Waqar,Rafia Mumtaz,Nadeem Sufyan,Mustafa Mumtaz, "Accuracy Assessment of Geolocations using Multi-Resolution Interpolated DEMs,", Proceedings of the Proc. SPIE 8334, Fourth International Conference on Digital Image Processing (ICDIP 2012), pp. , May, 2012, Malaysia.

Salah-Ud-Din,Atif Bin Mansoor,Mustafa Mumtaz ,Rafia Mumtaz, "Bayesian Decision Fusion of Palm and Finger Prints for Personal Identification", Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Industrial Application, PACIIA 2010, No. -, pp. 212-215, Dec, 2010, Wuhan China.

Rafia Mumtaz, Phil Palmer, "Extracting Attitude knowledge from the offsets in Earth observational Imagery", Proceedings of the International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, No. -, pp. -, Sep, 2009, Toulouse France.

Rafia Mumtaz, Phil Palmer, "Attitude Determination through Image Registration", Proceedings of the International Conference on Space Tehnology, No. -, pp. -, Aug, 2009, Thessaloniki Greece.

Rafia Mumtaz, Phil Palmer, "Attitude Determination of Satellite through Image Registration", Proceedings of the International Astronautical Conference ,IAC, No. -, pp. -, Sep, 2008, Glasgow, Scoltand United Kingdom.

Books/Chapters Published

[Chapter]Muhammad Awais Shibli, Rahat Masood, Umme Habiba, Ayesha Kanwal, Yumna Ghazi, Rafia Mumtaz, "Access Control As a Service in Cloud: Challenges, Impact and Strategies. In Continued Rise of the Cloud", Springer, London, ISBN 978-1-4471-6451-7, Jul, 2014.

[Chapter]Rafia Mumtaz, Raja Iqbal, Dr. Shoab A. Khan, "Intelligent Information Processing III / Image Enhancement Using Non-Subsampled Contourlet Transform", Spinger, Vol. 228, ISBN 978-0-387-44639-4, Jan, 2007.

Assistant Professor , National University of Sciences and Technology
June 2010 – Present (8 years 2 months )

Details: Currently I am working in computing department of SEECS and have taught various software engineering courses like Software Design and Architecture, Software Project Management, Software Engineering and Object Oriented Software Engineering. Beside that I am also working as Head UG Studies and my major responsibilities are to maintain the curriculum, deal with student cases, faculty course allocation, Lab Engineer Course allocation, auditing lab folders etc. I am also involve in various activities of PEC accreditation of our Software Engineering Program.


Teaching Software Engineering (SE 200) to BESE 4AB, Fall semester 2014.

Taught Software Design and Architecture (SE210) to BESE 3AB, Spring Semester 2014.

Taught Software Engineering (SE 200) to BESE 3A, Fall semester 2013.

Taught Object Oriented Software Engineering (ISE322) to BIT-11, Summer 2013.

Taught Software Design and Architecture (SE210) to BESE 2B, Spring Semester 2013.

Taught Software Engineering (SE 200) to BESE 2AB, Fall semester 2012.

Taught Software Project Management to BIT 10A, Summer Semester 2012.

Taught Software Design and Architecture (SE210) to BESE 1AB, Spring Semester 2012 .

Taught Software Engineering to BIT 10AB, Fall semester 2010 .