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Faisal Qureshi

Faisal Qureshi

Associate Professor

Faculty of Science

Contact information

Science Building - Room UA4071
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3626

Research topics

  • Computer Vision
  • Camera Networks
  • Computer Graphics
  • Smart Graphics
  • Behaviour-based Computer Animation
  • Cognitive Vision
  • Video Surveillance
  • Autonomous Characters for Computer Animation and Games
  • Autonomous Agent Architectures


A long daily commute for millions of drivers fuels serious health and economic consequences. Vehicle emissions are the leading cause of air pollution in North America; and idling for long periods in traffic each day significantly reduces productivity. In an effort to curb traffic congestion in urban centres, Faisal Qureshi, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science, in the Faculty of Science, is developing new techniques to capture and analyze big data involved in traffic camera networks, to better understand traffic patterns and conditions. Using that data, he is developing sensors for next generation smart camera networks to detect incidents, divert vehicles and improve traffic flow in urban centres and on highways. This emerging technology will make more intelligent use of existing road networks, help reduce air pollution, and ultimately mitigate climate change. His research also has meaningful benefits for older adults who want to live independently at home for as long as possible. Dr. Qureshi is creating smart camera networks to allow family members to monitor elderly relatives, particularly those with dementia. To facilitate smart homes, he is developing sensors that family members could program to give cues to the user, reminding them to complete important daily tasks, and helping them maintain independence. A computer science expert, Dr. Qureshi is fascinated by understanding how human intelligence works and using it to build novel systems capable of carrying out complex tasks without human intervention. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Physics from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan in 1992, and his Master of Science in Electronics from Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1995. Dr. Qureshi joined Ontario Tech in July 2008 as an assistant professor. Instrumental in establishing the university’s Visual Computing (VC) Lab, he was named associated professor in July 2013. He gained industry experience as a software engineer with Toronto-based Autodesk Canada Co., and as a contract engineer with MDRobotics in Brampton, Ontario.


  • PhD University of Toronto 2007