Michael Marefat received the BS degree in electrical and computer engineering and the BA degree in mathematical sciences from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1986, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is the director of the Knowledge System Engineering Laboratory and a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson. He has been involved in research in the areas of knowledge-based systems, visualization, computer graphics, machine vision, and CAD for more than 20 years. He is the author or coauthor of about 100 refereed research articles. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. His previous experience includes Schlumberger Laboratory for Computer Science, Purdue Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and Baylor Digital Imaging Laboratory. Marefat is a member of ACM and AAAI.


  • PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering - Purdue University, 1991
  • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering - Purdue University, 1988
  • BS Electrical and Computer Engineering - Rice University, 1986
  • BA Mathematical Science - Rice University, 1986

Teaching Interests: Artificial Intelligence (AI), knowledge systems, and computer vision and robotics

Research Interests: Intelligent systems, computer vision and robotics, machine learning, software engineering, and biomedical applications