Dr. Rafik A. Goubran: Biography


Rafik Goubran received the B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1978 and 1981 respectively. He received the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 1987.

In January 1987, he joined the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University as assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor and then to full professor. He was appointed as chair of the department for three terms: 1997-2000 and 2001-2006. In July 2006 he was appointed as acting Dean and in July 2007 as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. In 2017, he was appointed as Vice-President (Research and International).

Dr. Goubran's research interests include: Digital Signal Processing and its applications in biomedical engineering and audio processing. He has led many research projects in the area of sensors and data analytics related to the design of smart home for the independent living of seniors, patient monitoring using pressure-sensitive mats, vital sign monitoring and microphone arrays. Dr. Goubran has completed the supervision of 18 Ph.D. and 62 Masters students. Since 2004, he has co-authored 10 patents, 31 refereed journal papers and 130 conference papers.

Dr. Goubran served in many administrative and research positions such as IEEE guest co-editor, IEEE technical program committees, IEEE conference co-chair, and the executive committee of Global Engineering Deans Council. He is a research scientist at the Bruyre Research Institute, and the co-leader of the Technology Assisted Environment for the Third Age (TAFETA) project. Dr. Goubran served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering from 2009 to 2011 and as a member of the Research Ethics Board of the Ottawa Heart Institute from 2006 to 2009. He was the founding Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME) from 2006 to 2009.

Dr. Goubran is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a member the association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.