Rafeef Abugharbieh


PhD (Chalmers University, Sweden)
PEng (British Columbia, Canada)



Dr. Abugharbieh is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Founder and Director of BiSICL, the Biomedical Signal and Image Computing Lab, a UBC multidisciplinary research laboratory focusing on visual computing in biomedical imaging. Dr. Abugharbieh received her PhD, Technical Licentiate, and MSc (with distinction) degrees from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chalmers University in Göteborg, Sweden where she was a member of the Department of Signals and Systems.  She is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (PEng, APEGBC), a UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellow, a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) Early Career Scholar, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), an associate founding member of the IEEE EMBS Vancouver Section, and a member of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Society.


  • I am on sabbatical leave from Jul 2015 to Jul 2016.
  • BiSICL's news page including archives.
  • Our 3D image segmentation software with Spotlight functionality, TurtleSeg, is available for download.



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Research and Publications


Please see current research projects and publications database for details.


Teaching and Courses

Contact Information

  • Office: 2332 Main Mall, Kaiser 4051.

  • Mail: Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada.

  • Phone: +1 (604) 822 6034.

  • Fax: +1 (604) 822 5949.

  • Email: rafeef(AT)ece.ubc.ca.


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