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Ashfaq A. Khokhar, Ph.D.

Ashfaq A. Khokhar
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Siegel Hall 102







Ph.D., Computer Engineering, University of Southern California, 1993
M.S., Computer Engineering, Syracuse University, 1989
B.Sc., EE, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan, 1985


Dr. Khokhar’s research centers on context-aware wireless networks, computational biology, health care data mining, content-based multimedia modeling, retrieval and multimedia communication, and high-performance algorithms. He is considered a leading expert in the area of high-performance solutions for multimedia applications, especially those that are data or communication intensive. He has contributed to five edited volumes and co-authored nine book chapters, 53 publications in archival journals, and 158 refereed conference papers. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health. In the recent past, United States Army, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Dr. Khokhar has received various types of scholarly recognition and awards, including the NSF CAREER Award in 1998 for his work on multi-threaded algorithms for multimedia applications. In 1996, he won an Outstanding Paper Award for his presentation at the International Conference on Parallel Processing. He has served as associate editor on the editorial board of numerous journals. Khokhar was elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow in 2009 for his work on multimedia computing and databases, and he is a member of the Honor’s Society Phi Kappa Phi.

Background Information

Dr. Khokhar joined IIT in August 2013 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has previously served as Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


Y. Yao, G. Keenan, D. Xu, A. Khokhar, F. Al-Masalha, K. Dunn Lopez, R. Ansari, and D.J. Wilkie, Current State of Pain Care for Hospitalized Patients at End of Life, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. (in press). 2012.

F. Al-Masalha, D. Xu, D., G. Keenan, A. Khokhar, J. Chen, A. Johnson, R. Ansari, and D.J. Wilkie, Pain Management in Hospitalized Patients at End of Life: Mining of Nursing Care Plans, International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, (In press). 2012.

CL-MAC: A Cross-Layer MAC Protocol for Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks, M. Hefeida, T. Canli, and A. Khokhar, Adhoc Networks, (in press), 2012.

F. Zhou, G. Trajcevski, O. Ghica, R. Tamassia, P. Scheuermann, and A. Khokhar, Deflection Aware Tracking Principals Selection in Wireless Sensor Networks, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, (in press). 2012.

A. Kshemkalyani, A. Khokhar, and M. Shen, Execution and Time Models for Pervasive Sensor Networks, International Journal of Networking and Computing, accepted, September 2011.

F. Saeed, A. Khokhar, T. Wolf-Berger, High Performance Multiple Sequence Alignment System for Pyrosequencing Reads from Multiple Reference Genomes, Journal Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), in press, August, 2011.

M. V. Ashley, T. Y. Berger-Wolf, W. Chaovalitwongse, B. DasGupta, A. Khokhar and S. Sheikh " On Approximating an Implicit Cover Problem in Wild Population Study", Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications, in press, 2010.

S. I. Sheikh, T. Y. Berger-Wolf, A. Khokhar, I. C. Caballero, C.A. Chou M. V. Ashley, W. Chaovalitwongse and B. DasGupta " Combinatorial Reconstruction of Half-Sibling Groups" Special Issue of Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, April 2010.

H. Wang, F. Nait-Abdesselam, A. Khokhar, Cross Layer Optimized MAC to Support Multihop QoS Routing for Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 59, No. 5, pp. 2556-2563, June 2010.

F. Saeed and A. Khokhar, "A Domain Decomposition Strategy for Multiple Sequence Alignment of Protein Sequences on Multiprocessors", Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Vol. 69, No. 7, pp. 666-677, July 2009.

X. Ma, D. Schonfeld, and A. Khokhar, Video Event Classification and Image Segmentation Based on Non-Causal Multi-Dimensional Hidden Markov Models, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp.1304-1313, June 2009.

X. Chen, D. Schonfeld and A. Khokhar, ''Localization and trajectory estimation of mobile object using minimum samples,'' IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), Vol. 58, No. 8, pp. 4439-4448, 2009.

S. Ababneh, R. Ansari, A. Khokhar, Compensated Signature Embedding for Multimedia Content Authentication, ACM, Journal of Data and Information Quality, 2009.