Dr Atif Shahzad

B.Sc.,M.Sc, PhD

Contact Details

Honorary Research Lecturer (Research Fellow)
2nd Floor
Lambe Institute of Translational research
University Hospital Galway
Ireland
M: +353 83 8422754
E: atif.shahzad@nuigalway.ie
http://alturl.com/tupgw
 
researcher
 

Biography

Dr Atif Shahzad is an honorary research lecturer and associate director of the Smart Sensors Lab, School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway. He received BSc (honours) in computer engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan, and MSc in electronic engineering from University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He is associated with NUI Galway since 2011, starting PhD in microwave imaging for medical applications and has worked as a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Translational Medical Device Lab (Oct 2015 - Feb 2018). His research is focused on sensing and thermal ablation technologies, medical device development, medical signal and image processing, applied electromagnetic, computational modelling, and dielectric spectroscopy.

Dr Shahzad has worked as a lecturer at COMSATS Institute of Informational Technology, Pakistan, from 2006 to 2011, where he developed and delivered undergraduate modules at the Department of Electrical Engineering. He has also worked as a research staff in Computer Vision research group at COMSATS, where he developed real-time video processing techniques for vehicle recognition in forensic applications. He has received 14 national and international awards and is a member of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action MiMED and COST Action EMF-MED.

Dr Shahzad has secured and contributed to several research grants and fellowships worth more than 
€2.2m in past 6 years. He has published more than 38 original research articles and presented at top international conferences in the field of engineering and medical technologies. 

Research Interests

  • Medical Device Development
  • Biosensing
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Microwave Imaging and Therapeutics
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Dielectric Spectroscopy


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Feasibility of Water Content-Based Dielectric Characterisation of Biological Tissues using Mixture Models'
Robert Balduino, Barry McDermott, Emily Porter, Muhammad Adnan Elahi, Atif Shahzad, Martin O'Halloran, Marta Cavagnaro (2019) 'Feasibility of Water Content-Based Dielectric Characterisation of Biological Tissues using Mixture Models'. Ieee Transactions On Dielectrics And Electrical Insulation, 26 (1):187-193 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) 'Dielectric properties of bones for the monitoring of osteoporosis'
Bilal Amin; Muhammad Adnan Elahi; Atif Shahzad; Emily Porter; Barry McDermott; Martin O’Halloran (2018) 'Dielectric properties of bones for the monitoring of osteoporosis'. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Characterization of the Dielectric Properties of the Bladder Over the Microwave Range'
Emily Porter; Saqib Salahuddin; Alessandra La Gioia; M. Adnan Elahi; Atif Shahzad; Arun Kumar; David Kilroy; Martin O'Halloran (2018) 'Characterization of the Dielectric Properties of the Bladder Over the Microwave Range'. IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, 2 (3):208-215 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'An anatomically accurate dielectric profile of the porcine kidney'
Salahuddin, S,La Gioia, A,Shahzad, A,Elahi, MA,Kumar, A,Kilroy, D,Porter, E,O'Halloran, M (2018) 'An anatomically accurate dielectric profile of the porcine kidney'. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 4 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Minimum information for dielectric measurements of biological tissues (MINDER): A framework for repeatable and reusable data'
Porter, E,La Gioia, A,Salahuddin, S,Decker, S,Shahzad, A,Elahi, MA,O'Halloran, M,Beyan, O (2018) 'Minimum information for dielectric measurements of biological tissues (MINDER): A framework for repeatable and reusable data'. International Journal Of Rf And Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, 28 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Numerical evaluation of microwave thermal ablation to treat small adrenocortical masses'
Ruvio, G,Eaton-Evans, J,Shahzad, A,O'Halloran, M (2018) 'Numerical evaluation of microwave thermal ablation to treat small adrenocortical masses'. International Journal Of Rf And Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, 28 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Minimum information for dielectric measurements of biological tissues (MINDER): A framework for repeatable and reusable data'
E. Porter, A. La Gioia, S. Salahuddin, S. Decker, A. Shahzad, M. A. Elahi, M. O’Halloran, O. Beyan (2017) 'Minimum information for dielectric measurements of biological tissues (MINDER): A framework for repeatable and reusable data'. International Journal Of Rf And Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, e21201 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'Minimum information for dielectric measurements of biological tissues (MINDER): A framework for repeatable and reusable data'
Porter, Emily and La Gioia, Alessandra and Salahuddin, Saqib and Decker, Stefan and Shahzad, Atif and Elahi, M Adnan and O'Halloran, Martin and Beyan, Oya (2017) 'Minimum information for dielectric measurements of biological tissues (MINDER): A framework for repeatable and reusable data'. International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, [Details]
(2017) 'Investigation of the effect of dehydration on tissue dielectric properties in ex vivo measurements'
Shahzad, A,Khan, S,Jones, M,Dwyer, RM,O'Halloran, M (2017) 'Investigation of the effect of dehydration on tissue dielectric properties in ex vivo measurements'. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 3 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'A multistage selective weighting method for improved microwave breast tomography'
Shahzad, A,O'Halloran, M,Jones, E,Glavin, M (2016) 'A multistage selective weighting method for improved microwave breast tomography'. Computerized Medical Imaging And Graphics, 54 :6-15 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'A preprocessing filter for multistatic microwave breast imaging for enhanced tumour detection'
Shahzad, Atif and O'Halloran, Martin and Jones, Edward and Glavin, Martin (2014) 'A preprocessing filter for multistatic microwave breast imaging for enhanced tumour detection'. Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, 57 :115-126 [Details]
(2014) 'Hybrid Artifact Removal for Confocal Microwave Breast Imaging'
Elahi, MA;Shahzad, A;Glavin, M;Jones, E;O'Halloran, M (2014) 'Hybrid Artifact Removal for Confocal Microwave Breast Imaging'. Ieee Antennas And Wireless Propagation Letters, 13 :149-152 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Real-time automatic license plate recognition for CCTV forensic applications'
Sarfraz, MS;Shahzad, A;Elahi, MA;Fraz, M;Zafar, I;Edirisinghe, EA (2013) 'Real-time automatic license plate recognition for CCTV forensic applications'. Journal Of Real-Time Image Processing, 8 :285-295 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Real-time automatic license plate recognition for CCTV forensic applications'
Sarfraz, M Saquib and Shahzad, A and Elahi, Muhammad A and Fraz, Muhammad and Zafar, Iffat and Edirisinghe, Eran A (2013) 'Real-time automatic license plate recognition for CCTV forensic applications'. Journal of real-time image processing, 8 (3):285-295 [Details]
(2013) 'Prefiltered beamforming for early-stage breast cancer detection'
Shahzad, A and O'halloran, M and Jones, E and Glavin, M (2013) 'Prefiltered beamforming for early-stage breast cancer detection'. Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE, 12 :500-503 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2018) Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP)
Declan O’Loughlin, M Adnan Elahi, Emily Porter, Atif Shahzad, Bárbara L Oliveira, M Galvin, Edward Jones, Martin O’Halloran (2018) Open-source Software for Microwave Radar-based Image Reconstruction Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) [Details]
(2018) 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med)
Anna Bottiglieri ; Adnan Elahi ; Atif Shahzad ; Padraig T Donlon ; Michael C Dennedy ; Martin O’Halloran (2018) Experimental evaluation of the effective ablation zone on ex-vivo bovine liver samples 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med) [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med)
Bilal Amin ; Muhammad Adnan Elahi ; Atif Shahzad ; Eoin Parle ; Laoise McNamara ; Martin O’Halloran (2018) An insight into bone dielectric properties variation: a foundation for electromagnetic medical devices 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med) [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTROMAGNETICS IN ADVANCED APPLICATIONS (ICEAA)
Salahuddin, S,La Gioia, A,Elahi, MA,Porter, E,O'Halloran, M,Shahzad, A, (2017) Comparison of in-vivo and ex-vivo Dielectric Properties of Biological Tissues 2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTROMAGNETICS IN ADVANCED APPLICATIONS (ICEAA) , pp.582-585 [Details]
(2017) 2017 11TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION (EUCAP)
Fallahi, H,Shahzad, A,Clausing, D,O'Halloran, M,Dennedy, MC,Prakash, P, (2017) Technological Requirements for Microwave Ablation of Adrenal Masses 2017 11TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION (EUCAP) , pp.3713-3716 [Details]
(2017) Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on
Shahzad, A and Clausing, D and Prakash, P and Dennedy, MC and O'Halloran, M (2017) Broadband dielectric properties of adrenal gland for accurate anatomical modelling in medical applications Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on , pp.1465-1468 [Details]
(2017) Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on
Shahzad, A and Elahi, A and O'Halloran, M and Jones, E and Glavin, M (2017) A massively parallel SIMD framework for fast 3D microwave tomography Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on , pp.1477-1481 [Details]
(2017) Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on
Salahuddin, Saqib and La Gioia, Alessandra and Elahi, Muhammad Adnan and Porter, Emily and O'Halloran, Martin and Shahzad, Atif (2017) Comparison of in-vivo and ex-vivo dielectric properties of biological tissues Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on , pp.582-585 [Details]
(2015) 2015 9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP)
Elahi, MA,Shahzad, A,Glavin, M,Jones, E,O'Halloran, M, (2015) GPU Accelerated Confocal Microwave Imaging Algorithms for Breast Cancer Detection 2015 9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) [Details]
(2015) 36th Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium
Oliveira, BL and Shahzad, A and O'Halloran, M and Conceicao, RC and Glavin, M and Jones, E (2015) Combined Breast Microwave Imaging and Diagnosis System 36th Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium [Details]
(2014) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE
Shahzad, A and O'Halloran, M and Glavin, M and Jones, E (2014) A novel optimized parallelization strategy to accelerate microwave tomography for breast cancer screening Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.2456-2459 [Details]
(2012) NUIG/UL Research day abstract
Shahzad, A and O'Halloran, M and Jones, E and Glavin, M (2012) MICROWAVE IMAGING FOR BREAST CANCER DETECTION USING FORWARD-BACKWARD TIME-STEPPING NUIG/UL Research day abstract [Details]
(2011) VISAPP
Shahzad, A and Fraz, Muhammad and Elahi, Muhammad A and Sarfraz, M Saquib (2011) Real Time Localization, Tracking and Recognition of Vehicle License Plate VISAPP , pp.685-688 [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2018) Open-Ended Coaxial Probe Technique for Dielectric Measurement of Biological Tissues: Challenges and Common Practices.
La Gioia, A;Porter, E;Merunka, I;Shahzad, A;Salahuddin, S;Jones, M;O'Halloran, M (2018) Open-Ended Coaxial Probe Technique for Dielectric Measurement of Biological Tissues: Challenges and Common Practices. BASEL: Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 GOI Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2016 SFI-NSF Innovation Corp (iCorp) Fellowship Science Foundation Ireland
2016 New Foundations Award Irish Research Council
2011 Hardiman Research Scholarship National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
2008 Postgraduate Scholarship Award Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan
2003 Presidential Award for Distinguished Achievers Ministry of Education, Pakistan
2002 Undergraduate Partial Scholarship Award COMSTATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
2002 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievements Punjab Board of Technical Education, Pakistan
1999 College Scholarship Award Swedish Institute of Technology, Pakistan

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland, Galway Honorary Research Lecturer (Research Fellow) 12-FEB-18 /
National University of Ireland, Galway Postdoctoral researcher 19-OCT-15 / 11-FEB-18
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan Lecturer 01-JUL-07 / 31-AUG-11
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Lab Engineer (Electrical Engg.) 01-SEP-06 / 30-JUN-07

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2017 National University of Ireland, Galway PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Medical Devices)
2009 University of Leeds, United Kingdom Msc Electronic and Electrical Engineering
2006 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology BSc (Hons) Computer Engineering
2002 Swedish Institute of Technology, Pakistan Diploma in Engineering Computer Systems

Languages

  Language
English