Dr. Motaz is an associate professor at Cairo University, Faculty of Computers and Artificial Intelligence at the Information Technology department. He taught several undergraduate and graduate courses and supervised several master students. Dr. Motaz earned his Ph.D. degree from University of California Santa Barbara in 2006. The thesis investigated novel methods for automatic tracking and modeling of microtubule cellular structures and is the one of the very first attempts to automatically model microtubules.

Motaz research interests span computer vision, information retrieval, natural language processing, general machine learning and deep learning.

Motaz published over 45 peer reviewed articles, one book chapter on mobile and cloud vision. He has seventeen US patents and patent pending applications and his work led to ten technology transfers to Microsoft product and services, where he worked for nine years as senior researcher and research manager in Microsoft research. Motaz’s research work was featured in news outlets such as BBCNew Scientist magazine and TechRadar. Prior to joining Microsoft, Motaz worked at Google/NevenVision on visual object recognition.

Motaz is a regular program committee member of international artificial intelligence conferences and reviewer for international conferences and journals such as ICCV, ICIP and ICPR and chaired two conference sessions (ICIP 2009 and ICPR 2012). He was co-PI on a number of research grants with university professors. He served on boards reviewing technical progress for Egyptian startups fund granting. and on the advisory board of an Egyptian startup in the e-commerce space.