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Parham Aarabi (Persian: پرهام اعرابی, born August 1976) is a professor and entrepreneur from Toronto, Canada.[1]


Aarabi is a professor at University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Internet Video, Audio, and Image Search. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.[2] He is the inventor of numerous patents and author of over 80 publications most of which focus on audio, image and video processing. His recent work has focused on new image processing techniques that detect faces and facial features, as well as new video search technologies for online video-sharing websites. He is the founder and CEO of Modiface Inc and ViewGenie Inc.[3] Aarabi has won several teaching and lecturing awards, including an international award from the IEEE.[4] He has also received the MIT TR35 Innovation prize,[5] as well as the 2007 Premier's Catalyst Award for Innovation (a $200,000 Ontario Government prize for young innovators).[6][7][8] His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Discovery Channel, and Scientific American.[9][10]


  • The art of lecturing: a practical guide to successful university lectures and business presentations, Cambridge University Press (2007)
  • Phase-based speech processing, (with three other authors) World Scientific (2006)


  1. ^ "Parham Aarabi Profile". University of Toronto. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chaiholders Profle". Canada Research Chairs. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Modiface. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Professor Parham Aarabi profile". University of Toronto. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Parham Aarabi : Sharpening a computers listening skills". Technology Review. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "PREMIER'S CATALYST AWARDS". Ministry of Research and Innovation. Government of Canada. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Janani, Shabnam Janet. "Top teacher". Canadian Immigrant. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Pentler, Amanda L. (11 August 2005). "Website reveals cosmetic surgery results with touch of a button". New York Daily News. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Eisenberg, Anne. "WHAT'S NEXT; Amid the Cacophony, a Quiet Conversation". New York Times. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Aarabi, Parham (2007). The art of lecturing: a practical guide to successful university lectures and business presentations. Cambridge University Press. pp. 154-157. ISBN 9780521703529. 


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