Dr Sara Khalifa

Research Scientist

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Biography

Dr Sara Khalifa is a research scientist at Data61|CSIRO (formerly known as NICTA) and a conjoint lecturer at UNSW. Her current research interests include ubiquitous and pervasive computing, smart wearables, Internet of Things, and energy harvesting.

She received a PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2016. For her PhD thesis entitled “Energy Efficient Human Activity Recognition for self-powered Wearable devices”, Sara received the 2017 John Makepeace Bennett Award which is awarded by CORE (Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia) to the best PhD dissertation of the year within Australia and New Zealand in the field of Computer Science. She is also the recipient of the 2017 NSW iAwards Mobility Innovation of the year, 2017 NSW iAwards Research and Development Project of the year, the 2016 Commended Australian NASSCOM Innovation Award, the 2015 CISRA Best Research Paper Award, among others.

She has authored more than 20 papers in the area of pervasive computing and pattern recognition. She has been a reviewer of a number of conference papers and journals. She received a postdoctoral writing fellowship from NICTA (Dec 2015-Mar 2016) and worked as a research assistant (Sep 2015-Nov 2015) at CSE, UNSW. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from Zagazig University, Egypt in 2007 and 2011 respectively. She has secured First Class with Distinction throughout her studies. She was a Lecturer Assistant in the Faculty of Computers and Informatics, Zagazig University, Egypt from September 2007- January 2012. During this period, Sara taught various Computer Science subjects and worked as a co-Supervisor for several undergraduate student projects.

Achievements and Awards

  • Dec 2017--

    2017 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Award (Merit recipient, Research and Development Category)
    Asia Pacific ICT Alliance

  • Aug 2017--

    2017 National iAwards Research and Development Innovation of the year (merit recipient)
    Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

  • June 2017--

    2017 NSW iAwards Mobility Innovation of the year (Winner)
    Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

  • June 2017--

    2017 NSW iAwards Research and Development Innovation of the year (Winner)
    Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

  • Feb 2017--

    2017 John Makepeace Bennett award for the Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation
    CORE (Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia)

  • April 2016--

    NASSCOM Highly Commended IT Innovation Award
    NASSCOM Innovation Student Awards

  • Dec 2015-Mar 2016

    Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship
    NICTA

  • Mar 2016--

    Best Poster Award
    WiP session, PerCom 2016

  • Nov 2015--

    2015 CISRA Best Research Paper Prize
    UNSW

  • Nov 2015--

    Best CSE Presentation Prize in the 2015 UNSW EPRS.
    UNSW

  • Oct 2015--

    Best Poster Award in the 7th IEEE Technologies of the Future (iToF 2015)
    UNSW

  • Jan 2014-Nov 2015

    Engineering Research Excellence Award (EREA),
    UNSW

  • Jan 2014-Nov 2015

    Australian Postgraduate Award (APA),
    UNSW

  • Mar 2012-Nov 2015

    NICTA Research Project Award
    NICTA

  • Feb 2012-Jan 2014

    International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS),
    UNSW

Academic Qualifications

  • 2016

    PhD in Computer Science and Engineering
    UNSW, Sydney, Australia

  • 2011

    MSc in Information Technology
    Zagazig University, Egypt

  • 2007

    BSc in Computer Science
    Zagazig University, Egypt

Publications

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