Researcher

Dr Heba Khamis

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Background
 
Dr Heba Khamis is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at The University of New South Wales (UNSW).
 
She completed her Bachelor of (Software) Engineering/Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney (USyd), in 2007, and also completed her PhD in developing methods for epileptic seizure detection from EEG at the same institute in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in 2011. After...view more
Background
 
Dr Heba Khamis is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at The University of New South Wales (UNSW).
 
She completed her Bachelor of (Software) Engineering/Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney (USyd), in 2007, and also completed her PhD in developing methods for epileptic seizure detection from EEG at the same institute in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in 2011. After working as a External Lecturer at USyd and an appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), she was appointed as an Associate Lecturer at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW in 2014, and is now a Lecturer.
 
Her primary research interests revolve around the application of signal processing and pattern recognition techniques to solve or understand biomedical engineering problems. She is applying her skills to understand the biomechanics of the human sense of touch and to decode the neural responses of populations of afferent mechanoreceptors in the fingertip, which is aimed at improve our understanding of why human dexterity is so sophisticated. This work, which is a collaborative network of researchers from UNSW and NeuRA, is also using these discoveries to design tactile sensors, which might provide upper limb prosthetics of the future, or autonomous robotic manipulators, with a sense of touch. She is also leading work in photogrammetric anthropometry in order to develop a smartphone app that can measure various circumferences of the human body. This research was initially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and has the potential for enormous social impact as a tool for malnutrition assessment in the developing world.
 
Awards
 
In 2014, Heba was the winner of the Best Paper Award (Oral Presentation) at Eurohaptics2014EuroHaptics is a single track conference and this paper was selected over approximately 35 other presentations. This work presented findings of pattern classification models applied to microneurographical data recorded from humans having mechanical stimuli applied to their fingertips.
 
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Location

Samuels Building F25
Level LG, Room LG09
UNSW
Sydney NSW 2052
AUSTRALIA