Nacer Khalil
CS PhD Candidate

About Me

Email: nkhalil at uh dot edu
I am a fifth year PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Houston.

My research lies at the intersection between Wireless Sensor Network and Machine Learning. In particular, I've been focused on developing techniques to model the human's shape, movement and behavior by sensing weak biometrics for the purpose of identification and tracking. I am also broadly interested in sensing, distributed system and particularly signal processing and machine learning.


  • March 2018: Our paper Nonintrusive Ultrasonic-Based Occupant Identification for Energy Efficient Smart Building Applications is accepted to Elsevier Applied Energy Journal
  • August 2017: Our paper SonicDoor is accepted to ACM Buildsys 2017
  • May 2017: I will be interning at Bosch RTC in Palo Alto, CA
  • November 2016: I'm presenting our Paper at ACM BuildSys 2016 in Stanford, CA
  • August 2016: Our paper Nonintrusive Occupant Identification is accepted to ACM Buildsys 2016


May 2017-Oct 2017: Wireless Sensing Intern at Bosch RTC (Palo Alto, CA) Device Free Human Sensing, Smart Buildings
Fall 2013 - Present University of Houston Computer Science Ph.D. student Human Sensing, Signal Processing, Smart Buildings, Machine Learning
Nov 2011- Aug 2012 Research Assistant at Intelligent Autonomous Systems Barcode-based Object Recognition
2011 - 2013 Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen: MSc in Computer Science Robotics, Sensing, Sensor Networks
2007 - 2011 Al Akhawayn University: BSc Major in Computer Science Minor in Math



Nacer Khalil, Driss Benhaddou, Omprakash Gnawali, Jaspal Subhlok, SonicDoor: Scaling Person Identification with Ultrasonic Sensors by Novel Modeling of Shape, Behavior and Walking Patterns, In Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2017), Nov. 2017. [pdf] [slides]
Nacer Khalil, Driss Benhaddou, Omprakash Gnawali, Jaspal Subhlok, Nonintrusive Occupant Identification by Sensing Body Shape and Movement, In proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2016), November 2016. [pdf] [slides]
Mohcine Madkour, Driss Benhaddou, Nacer Khalil, Michael Burriello, & Raymond E. Cline Jr, Living Campus: Towards a Context-Aware Energy Efficient Campus Using Weighted Case Based Reasoning. In AAAI Workshop: AI for Cities, April 2015. [pdf]
Nacer Khalil, Mohamed Riduan Abid, Driss Benhaddou, & Michael Gerndt, Wireless sensors networks for Internet of Things . In IEEE Ninth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP 2014), April 2014. [pdf]