Salma Hamdy Elsayed
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I am a lecturer in computer science with a particular interest in computer vision, machine leatning, human-computer interaction, and affective computing. I lead on the delivery of modules across the Division of Cybersecurity and the Division of Game, Tech, and Math. I am also the leader of the BSc (Hons) Computer Science programme. 

I completed my undergraduate degree in computer science from Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Ain Shams University in Egypt. I became a teaching assistant for the same school in 2001 and did my masters there followed by my PhD in 2011. I joined Abertay in 2017 as a lecturer for the School of Design and Informatics (SDI).


As a lecturer in computer science in the School of Design and Informatics. I teach Computing, Ethical hacking, Cybersecurity, and Games students from 2nd year up to post-graduate level. I also manage a number of undergraduate and post-graduate projects, including PhDs in the area of machine learning and vision.

Research interests

Research for my masters thesis focussed on active image authentication and watermarking. My PhD research investigated passive blind image forensics for tamper detection. I also supervised research in cloud computing, parallel computing, and augmented reality.

A few years back, after watching Big Hero 6, I started researching the use of emotions in technology. Currently, I’m investigating the use of affective computing and human emotions in games to create a more believable playing experience. I'm also interested in computer vision, image processing and forensics, AI, and affective computing applications.


Peer reviewer for the IEEE Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Information Systems (ICICIS) 2015.
Peer reviewer for the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Journal 2019.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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