Hossam Amer is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at the University of Waterloo. He received his BSc degree from the Department of Media Engineering and Technology (MET), Computer Science and Engineering Major, at the German University in Cairo (GUC). During his BSc, Hossam worked on his graduation project at the Lab of Multimedia Architectures of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he managed to publish two papers in highly reputable International IEEE conferences as an outcome of his project work. Later, Hossam received his MSc degree from the GUC in collaboration with Intel Egypt Research Labs. Hossam's current research focuses on video compression via various algorithms that include statistical modeling and machine learning. To expand his knowledge, Hossam spent a 2017 summer internship at Google's Video Pixel Team.
Hossam's teaching and communication skills were recognized in many different ways. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a part of his department’s Junior Teaching Assistant (TA) Program for five consecutive semesters, and he received a Teaching Award for his outstanding performance. After he graduated, he worked as a TA in the same department for four semesters, and was awarded another Teaching Award for his performance. During his PhD, Hossam worked as a TA for three different courses throughout eight semesters. Based on the positive feedback he consistently receives from students, he was recently awarded the prestigious Sandford Fleming Teaching Award based on student and course instructor nominations. Last but not least, Hossam received the people’s choice award for the ECE department's three-minute thesis competition in 2018, which qualified him to represent the department at the University level.