Muhammad Tahir Akhtar received his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 2004 (through Japanese Government Scholarship), MSc in Systems Engineering form Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan (under fellowship from Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences) in 1999, and BSc Electrical (Electronics and Communication) Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Taxila, Pakistan in 1997.
He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan (2014 to 2017), an Assistant Professor at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan (2008 to 2014), and a Special Visiting Researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan (2008 to 2014). He was a visiting researcher at Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, UK (Dec. 2008 – Feb. 2009), and at Institute for Neural Computations (INC), University of California San Diego (Nov. 2010 – Mar. 2011), with funding from Japan society for promotion of sciences under the grant “Institutional Programme for Young Researcher Overseas Visits”. Prior to that, he was a COE postdoctoral fellow at Tohoku University, Sendai Japan (2004-2005), and has worked as an Assistant Professor at the United Arab Emirates University, UAE (2006-2008).
His research interests include adaptive signal processing, active noise control, blind source separation, and biomedical signal processing. He has published about 90 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. He won Best Student Paper at the IEEE 2004 Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Hiroshima, Japan, and student paper award (with Marko Kanadi) at 2010 RISP International Workshop on Nonlinear Circuits, Communications and Signal Processing. He was included in MARQUIS Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 2008, and MARQUIS Who’s Who in the world in 2013.
Dr. Akhtar has acted as a reviewer for many international journals and conferences, and has served as a member technical program committee for many international conferences. He is track co-chair for “signal Processing and Communication” track at 15th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT’17), December 18-20, 2017, Islamabad Pakistan He is on the editorial board of Hindawi Advances in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a member of The European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) (2009-2011). He has been a member of Asia-Pacific Signal & Information Processing Association (APSIPA) (2010-2013), and has served as a co-editor for APSIPA newsletter (2011-2013). Currently he is member IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Industrial Electronic Society, and he is a Senior Member IEEE.