Ghassan Hamarneh

Degrees / Credentials

PhD (Chalmers University of Technology)


Professor, School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University


Associate Member

Dr. Hamarneh is a Professor at the school of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, where he also served as the Associate Director for Graduate Studies (2016-2020). He was a visiting professor at INRIA and Ecole Central Paris (GALEN team) (2010-2011). Before joining SFU in 2003, Dr. Hamarneh was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children (Mouse Imaging Centre) and the University of Toronto (Dept. Medical Biophysics) (2001-2003). He completed his doctoral studies (2001) at Chalmers University of Technology (Dept. Signals and Systems) and, as a pre-doctoral research fellow (2000-2001), at the University of Toronto (Dept. Computer Science). He received his Master’s degree with distinction in digital communications from Chalmers University (1997) and Bachelor’s degree from Jordan University (Dept. Electrical Engineering) (1995). Prior to graduate studies, he worked as an R&D engineer at SEDCO (Systems and Electronics Development Co.) (1995), Queen Alia International Airport (Royal Jordanian Airlines), and Rostock University (Institut för Technische Informatik) (1994).

Dr. Hamarneh has been a Senior Member of IEEE and a Senior Member of ACM since 2010. He is a Founding Member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter in Vancouver. He is also a Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI) society member and a member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (formerly: Brain Research Centre), Kids Brain Health Network (formerly: NeuroDevNet), SFU/UBC Graduate Program in Bioinformatics, UBC’s Biomedical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Research Cluster, BCNI Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, SFU Neuroscience, SFU Centre for Disability Independence Research and Education, and others.

Contact Info

Lab Phone
Mailing Address
SFU Burnaby
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Research Information

Dr. Hamarneh’s primary research interest is in medical image analysis. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications in top international conferences (e.g., MICCAI, ISBI, CVPR, ICCV, IPMI) and journals (e.g. , MedIA, NeuroImage, IEEE TMI, TPAMI, TBME, Bioinformatics) [Google scholar]. He is the author of several invited book chapters (by Springer, Wiley, and CRC) and the co-editor of several proceedings. His group contributes MIA software and datasets with over 60k downloads, including open source Insight Journal publications: MATITK , nD-SIFT, ITK-DefOrgs, ITK on iOS, FastRW, LiveVessel, VascuSynth, PerceptVis, TongueTrack, DeformIt, and many others. Dr. Hamarneh is a co-inventor on several patents.



  • medical image analysis
  • artificial intelligence
  • neuroimaging
  • medical computer vision