Dr. Shahram Shirani – Faculty of Engineering
Shahram Shirani

Dr. Shahram Shirani


Visual communications, image and video compression, image/video indexing and retrieval, robust video transmission over error prone networks, image and video processing, VLSI architectures for real-time signal and image processing, multimedia hardware architectures, ultrasonic imaging
  • Professor

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • L.R. Wilson/Bell Canada Chair in Data Communications

    Electrical & Computer Engineering


My research focuses on multimedia communications and image/video processing. The overall goal of my research is to find schemes to improve digital media (e.g., image, audio, video) communication across different types of networks. In particular, my research focuses on pre-processing, source coding (compression), quality assessment and post-processing of digital media. Thanks to the rapid growth of technology in the past two decades and popularization of digital devices, multimedia has become an inseparable part of our daily lives. People can access digital media via different devices ranging from televisions and computers to mobile devices. The applications of multimedia communications include: entertainment (TV, cinema), education, biomedicine and education to name a few.

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A video pre-processing scheme developed by Dr. Shirani is used by a number of TV networks in Canada and US.

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Dr. Shahram Shirani received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, and his Master of Science (with honours) in Biomedical Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1989, 1994 and 2000, respectively. Since July 2000, he has been with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University where currently he is a professor and holds Wilson/Bell Canada chair in Data Communications. His research is mainly focused on image and video processing, multimedia compression and communications, medical image processing and hardware architectures for image and video processing. He was an Associate Editor and member of the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and an Associate Editor and is a member of the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.

B.Sc. (Isfahan University of Technology) ; M.Sc. (Amirkabir University of Technology) ; Ph.D. (University of British Columbia, Canada)


L. R. Wilson/Bell Canada Chair in Data Communications (2012-present)

Faculty of Engineering Leadership Fellow 2014-2015


N. Faramarzpour, M.J. Deen, S. Shirani, Q. Fang, L.W.C. Liu (2007)

CMOS-based active pixel for low-light-level detection: Analysis and measurements


R.C. Kordasiewicz, M.D. Gallant, S. Shirani (2007)

Affine motion prediction based on translational motion vectors



H. Rezaee, S. Shirani, “Frame Rate Up-conversion Using Optical Flow and Patch-Based Reconstruction”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Volume 26, Issue 9, Pages: 1581 – 1594, 2016.

N. Karimi, S. Samavi, M. Soroushmehr, S. Shirani, K. Najarian, “Toward practical guideline for design of image compression algorithms for biomedical applications”, Expert Systems with Applications, Volume: 56, pp. 360-367, Sep. 2016.

H. Sadeghi, S. Valee, S. Shirani, “2DTriPnP: A simplified and robust two-dimensional method for fine visual localization using Google streetview database” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Volume 66, Issue 6, Pages: 4678 – 4690, 2017.

F. Shafieyan, N. Karimi, B. Mirmahboub, S. Samavi, S. Shirani, “Image Retargeting Using Depth Assisted Saliency Map”, Signal Processing: Image Communication, Volume 50, February 2017, Pages 34-43.

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