Staff Profile


Dr Hannan Azhar

Senior Lecturer

School: Engineering and Technology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921606

Profile summary

Dr Hannan Azhar works in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at the Canterbury Christ Church Univeristy, UK. Previously he worked as a Research Associate in Computer Vision and Image Processing at the University of Kent, UK. In the past he also worked as a faculty at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. In 2001, he received the Commonwealth Scholarship by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK to complete an MSc by Research degree in Robotics at the University of Kent, UK where he also obtained his PhD in 2008.  Dr. Azhar's PhD was on Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques applied to pattern recognition tasks. He has been teaching range of modules including Advanced Programming, Web Programming, Operating Systems,  Research Methods, Software Engineering, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. 

Research interests 

  • Image processing and pattern recognition for wildlife, biometric, forensic and border security applications
  • Digital Forensics and Data recovery 
  • Assistive technologies in crime prevention and policing 
  • Brain computer interfaces, assistive technologies and robotic systems to enhance the quality of life
  • Pervasive computing  and ambient intelligence for Internet of Things.

RKE Internships (Completed 2018, 2017, 2016)  

  • Project 3: Smart Home IoT Forensics (2018)
  • Project 4: Software for a BCI assistive system (2018)
  • A prototype wildlife software used by conservationists in the aid of automatic identification of the Great Crested Newts (2017)
  • BCI controlled robotic arm as assistance to the rehabilitation of neurologically disabled patients; (2017)
  • A Wearable Brain-Computer Interface Controlled Robot; (2016)
  • Mobile Forensics for ephemeral data; (2016) 


  • NeuroRehab , East Kent Hospital , NHS, UK
  • School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, UK
  • Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK

Research and knowledge exchange

Editorial Board Member (Associated Editor)  (2005- to date):

Engineering Letters, International Association of Engineers. ;

ISSN: 1816-0948 (online version); 1816-093X (print version)

Research Activities:

  • Evaluation of the MPS Predictive Policing Trial ;
  • Improvement of the environment control of neurological patients with the help of assistive technologies such as brain computer interface systems.
  • Improved Handwriting Recognition Systems (Biometrics)
  • Prototype image processing software developed to be used by conservationists and biologists
  • Implemented in hardware a novel distributed fully-embedded evolutionary controller (AI) for a population of autonomous mobile robots applied to sensory-motor navigation task

Ongoing Research Projects:

  • Zoometrics- Biometric Indentifications for Wild lifes 
  • Forensics Investigations 
  • Robotic arms control by BCI
  • Wildlife Apps 

Publications and research outputs

Selected Publications:

  • Azhar, M. H. B.Casey, A. and Sakel, M. (2018) A Cost-effective BCI Assisted Technology Framework for Neurorehabilitation. In: The Seventh International Conference on Global Health Challenges, November 18-22 , 2018, Athens, Greece. (In Press)
  • Azhar, M,A.H.B; Nelson, T.; Casey, A. (2018) Use of wearable technology to measure emotional responses amongst tennis players, in  book: Springer Innovations in Communications and Computing, Publisher: Springer, USA.(in press) 
  • Azhar, M,A.H.B; Islam, T.; Alfieri, M. (2018) Effects of Students’ Preferences in Use of Lighting and Temperature on Productivity in a University Setting, in  book: Springer Innovations in Communications and Computing, Publisher: Springer, USA.(in press)
  • Azhar, M,A.H.B; Barton, T.; and Islam, T. (2018) "Drone Forensic Analysis Using Open Source Tools," Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law: Vol. 13 : No. 1 , Article 6. Available at:
  • Naughton, P. and Azhar, M.A.H.B. (2017) An Investigation on Forensic Opportunities to Recover Evidential Data from Mobile Phones and Personal Computers, In proceedings of CYBER 2017, Barcelona, Spain, November,2017;
  • Barton, T. and Azhar, M.A.H.B, "Open Source Forensics for a Multi-platform Drone System", 9th EAI International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime, Prague, Springer-Verlag, October 2017;
  • F. Deravi, C. S. Ang, M. A. H. B. Azhar, A. Al-Wabil,M. Philips, M. Sakel, "Usability and Performance Measure of a Consumer-grade Brain Computer Interface System for Environmental Control by Neurological Patients", International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation (IJETI), vol. 5, no. 3, pp.165-177, 2015. 
  • M. A. H. B. Azhar, S.Hoque, F. Deravi, “Automatic Identification of Wildlife using Local Binary Patterns”  IET Image Processing conference, (IPR 2012), University of Westminster, London, UK, 3-4 July, 2012.


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