Saba Emrani


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I am in my final year of PhD studies in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University. I am also affiliated with the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at NCSU. I received my MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of New Mexico, NM and Tehran Polytechnic, Iran, respectively.

Research interests: Data Mining, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Statistical Modeling, Algorithm Development, Digital Audio Analysis, Optimization, Biomedical Data Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Classification, Clustering, Pattern Recognition, Graph Mining

My research revolves around developing efficient, real time and accurate data mining and signal processing techniques to analyze physiological data such as breathing sounds, ECG, pulse oxometry, EEG and MEG signals.


J1. “Effective Connectivity-Based Neural Decoding: A Causal Interaction-Driven Approach”, preprint, arXiv:1607.07078.

J2. Novel Framework for Pulse Pressure Wave Analysis Using Persistent Homology”, Signal Processing Letters, IEEE, vol.22, no.11, pp.1879-1883, Nov. 2015, with T. S. Saponas and D. Morris.

J3.“Persistent Homology of Delay Embeddings and its Application to Wheeze Detection,” Signal Processing Letters, IEEE, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 459-463, April 2014, with T. Gentimis and H. Krim.

J4.“Coverage control in unknown environments using neural networks”, Artificial Intelligence Review, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 237-255, 2012, with A. Dirafzoon, S. M. A Salehizadeh and M. B. Menhaj.

C1 .“Spectral Estimation of Highly Transient Data”, 23rd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2015), with H. Krim [pdf].

C2.”Robust Detection of Periodic Patterns in Gene Expression Microarray Data using Topological Signal Analysis”, GlobalSIP14- Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (GENSIPS’14), with H. Krim.

C3. “Real Time Detection of Harmonic Structure: a Case for Topological Signal Analysis”, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP’14), with Chintakunta and H. Krim.

C4.  “Wheeze Detection and Location using Spectro-temporal Analysis of Lung Sounds”, The 29th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, SBEC 2013, with H. Krim.

C5. “Adaptive Decentralized Formation Control of Multiple Autonomous Underwater Vehicles”, Control Applications (CCA), 2011 IEEE International Conference on, Denver, USA, Sept. 2011, pp 693-698, with A. Dirafzoon and H. A. Talebi.

C6. “Leader-Follower Formation Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles with Limited Communication, in Control Applications (CCA), 2011 IEEE International Conference on, Denver, USA, Sept. 2011, pp 921-926, with A. Dirafzoon, and H. A. Talebi.

C7.”Adaptive Leader-Follower Formation Control for Multiple AUVs in Spatial Motion”, in 36th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2010, USA, pp. 59-64, with A. Dirafzoon, H. A. Talebi and S. K. Y. Nikravesh.

C8.”Virtual Force Based Individual Particle Optimization for Coverage in Wireless Sensor Networks”, in 23rd IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, CCECE 2010, Calgary, Canada, May 2010, pp. 1-4, with A. Dirafzoon, S. M. A. Salehizadeh and M.B. Menhaj.

C9.”Individual Particle Optimized Functional Link Neural Network for Real-time Identi_cation of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems”, The 5th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ICIEA, 2010, pp. 35-40, with S. M. A. Salehizadeh, A. Dirafzoon and M.B. Menhaj.

C10.”Fuzzy Virtual Torque Approach for Coverage Control of Nonholonomic Mobile Robots”, in 2010 world congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2010, with A. Dirafzoon, S. M. A. Salehizadeh and M.B. Menhaj.

C11.”Coverage Control for Nonholonomic Mobile Robots Using Virtual Force Field”, in 2010 IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation, ICCA 2010, with A. Dirafzoon, S. M. A. Salehizadeh, M. B. Menhaj, and A. Afshar.

C12.“Coverage Control for Mobile Sensing Robots in Unknown Environments Using Neural Networks”, in Intelligent Control (ISIC), 2010 IEEE International Symposium on, Sept. 2010, with A. Dirafzoon, S.M.A. Salehizadeh, M.B. Menhaj and A. Afshar.