Senior Researcher

Tower A, 7 London Circuit
Canberra ACT 2601

mehrtash (döt) harandi (ät) data61 (döt) csiro (döt) au

About me

I am a member of the Machine Learning Research Group (MLRG) in Data61-CSIRO and a senior adjunct lecturer at ANU, working with prof. Richard Nockprof. Richard Hartley, prof. Fatih Porikli, Dr. Basura FernandoDr. Anoop CherianDr. Piotr Koniusz and Dr. Hanna Souminen.
I am interested in various aspects of learning, especially with a flavor of visual data. I regularly review papers for top international conferences (e.g. CVPR, ICCV, NIPS, ECCV, ACCV) and journals (e.g. IEEE TPAMI, IJCV, IEEE TIP, IEEE TNNLS, Pattern Recognition).


    Current Students
 Mr. Samitha Herath PhD 2016↝  
 Mr. Soumava Kumar Roy PhD 2016↝  
 Mr. Yao Lu PhD 2017↝  
 Mr. Tong Zhang PhD 2017↝  
 Mr. Nicholas Kuo PhD 2017↝  Cosupervised with Dr. Hanna Suominen and Dr. Christian Walder
 Mr. Ali Cheraghian PhD 2017↝  Cosupervised with Dr. Lars Petersson
 Mr. Pengfei Fang PhD 2018↝  Cosupervised with Dr. Lars Petersson
 Ms. Yan Han PhD 2018↝  Cosupervised with Dr. Lars Petersson
 Mr. Jue Wang PhD 2018↝  Cosupervised with Dr. Anoop Cherian

    Former Students
 Dr. Masoud Faraki PhD 2014↝2017  Now at the Monash University


  1. Engineering Data Analytics -  Australian National University (ANU) 2016, 2017, 2018 
  2. Individual Project -  Australian National University (ANU) 2015
  3. Signal & Image Processing II - University of Queensland (2010-2012)


  • Two papers accepted to CVPR'18, congratulations to Soumava, Jing and Tong.
  • Two papers accepted to TNNLS, congratulations to Masoud.
  • One paper accepted to NIPS'17, congratulations to Wenbing.
  • Our paper "Joint Dimensionality Reduction and Metric Learning: A Geometric Take" is accepted to ICML'17. 
  • Our paper "Learning Discriminative Alpha-Beta Divergences for Positive Definite Matrices" is accepted to ICCV'17, congratulations to Anoop and Panagiotis.  
  • 2 papers accepted to CVPR'17, congratulations to Samitha and Anoop.
  • Our paper "Dimensionality Reduction on SPD Manifolds: The Emergence of Geometry-Aware Methods" is accepted by TPAMI.
  • Our survey on action recognition ( is accepted to Image and Vision Computing,  congratulations to Samitha.
  • Serving as an Area Chair for WACV 2017.