Catherine Ghourani PH.D.

College of Natural and Computational Sciences - Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Assistant Professor of Engineering
Engineering Program Chair



  • Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • B. of Electrical Engineering, Hons I., University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Graduate Certificate in Business, University of Wollongong, Australia

Courses Taught:

  • ENGR 2600 Engineering Statics
  • ENGR 3600 Engineering Dynamics
  • MATH 1123 Statistics
  • MATH 3500 Numerical Methods

Courses Taught at Previous Institutions:

  • Statics (Level 2)
  • Statistics (Level 1)
  • Control Theory (Level 3)
  • Software Project (Level 3)
  • Computer Graphics (Level 3)
  • Embedded Systems (Level 2)
  • Circuits and Systems (Level 2)
  • Project Management (Masters)
  • Digital Signal Processing (Level 2)
  • Robotics and Automation (Level 4)
  • 3D Animation and Design (Level 2)
  • Image Processing (Level 4, Masters)
  • Introduction to Circuit Theory (Level 1)
  • Literature Review Part I and II (Doctorate)
  • Algorithms and Problem Solving (Level 1)
  • Information Technology and Ethics (Level 2)
  • Simulation of Engineering Process-based Systems (Masters)
  • Engineering Project Design and Management (Levels 2 and 3)


Teaching Interests/Research:

Dr. Ghourani actively collaborates in multi-disciplinary funded research endeavors in engineering and medical fields and in thesis supervision. Co-authoring publications with professionals from medical industries, she has developed many strong, on-going research collaborations with specialists such as those from Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai. She has won several research grants and supervised undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. thesis students in engineering, with recent supervised student topics in Glaucoma detection and classification, diabetic retinopathy, force measurement and amplification during intravitreal injections, control and stability in unmanned aerial vehicles, device fabrication for non-invasive detection and classification of diabetes, post-stroke rehabilitation technology, and content-based image retrieval. She loves working with student projects in undergraduate capstone work in addition to thesis supervision and student competitions, and has organized industry placements for students to undertake Engineering internships. She has experience in the initiation and co-ordination of a National student capstone competition, and previously founded a research center in Simulation and Smart Systems. She has won research awards related to Excellence in Research and Teaching-Research Nexus as well as appearing on Research, Teaching, and Invited Session committees, but her passion is in the creation of medical assistive technologies in eye and ear surgery as well as the broader research interests listed below:

  • Medical image processing
  • Medical simulation and virtual manipulation including visualization, visual and haptic rendering
  • Real-time control systems, including vision-, optical- and ultrasonic- guided systems
  • Mathematical modelling of medical procedures
  • Voice and speech recognition in noisy environments
  • Decision support system development, including decision tree classifiers and hybrid models with neural networks and fuzzy logic, based on clinical practice
  • Broad range of higher degree research supervision in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Mechatronics, Engineering Management, and Business (Ph.D., Master's Levels).


Professional Interests:

In addition to serving as an External Program Reviewer, Dr. Ghourani has been active in the creation and expansion of engineering programs. In addition to research and teaching interests, Dr. Ghourani has six years of industrial experience, working full-time in Electrical Engineering at BHP Steelworks, Port Kembla, Australia. In this role, her applied engineering work included CAD, Citect, PLC interfacing and instrumentation control, safety auditing, motor control circuit design, motor overhaul and repair, line maintenance, commercial electrical wiring, belt weigher maintenance and repair, commissioning and testing PLC and switchgear equipment, writing procedures, managing people, physical resources, quality control and inspection driven procedures. Along with having been published in top-ranking engineering (IEEE publications) and medical (Journal of Laryngology and Otology) journals, Dr Ghourani has acted as an invited reviewer on such journals as the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology (IJCARS), Pattern Recognition Letters, and Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds (CAVW).


Personal Interests/Biography:

Hiking, running, surf skiing, mountain biking, snorkeling, nature, animals, reading, and family.

Catherine Ghourani

Assistant Professor

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