Ashfaq A Khokhar

  • Palmer Department Chair
  • Professor

Main Office

2215 Coover Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-1097


Dr. Khokhar earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan; his master’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University; and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Southern California.  

Interest Areas

Dr. Khokhar’s research centers on context-aware wireless networks, computational biology, health care data mining, content-based multimedia modeling, retrieval and multimedia communication, and high-performance algorithms. He is considered a leading expert in the area of high-performance solutions for multimedia applications, especially those that are data or communication intensive. He has contributed to five edited volumes and co-authored nine book chapters, 53 publications in archival journals, and 158 refereed conference papers. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health. In the recent past, United States Army, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  

Brief Biography

Dr. Khokhar previously served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. He has also served as Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Khokhar has received various types of scholarly recognition and awards, including the NSF CAREER Award in 1998 for his work on multi-threaded algorithms for multimedia applications. In 1996, he won an Outstanding Paper Award for his presentation at the International Conference on Parallel Processing. He has served as associate editor on the editorial board of numerous journals. Khokhar was elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow in 2009 for his work on multimedia computing and databases, and he is a member of the Honor’s Society Phi Kappa Phi.  

Selected Publications

1. Y. Yao, J. Stifter, J., M.O. Ezenwa, M. Lodhi, A. Khokhar, R. Ansari, G. Keenan, and D.J. Wilkie, "Info-markers for Transition to Palliative Care in Patients Close to Death," Palliative and Supportive Care Journal, November 2014 ((accepted to appear). 2. X. Xu, R. Ansari, A. Khokhar, and A. Vasilakos, "Hierarchical Data Aggregation using Compressive Sensing (HDACS) in WSNs," ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, October 2014. (accepted to appear) 3. M. K. Lodhi, U. Cheema, J. Stifter, D. Wilkie, G. Keenan, Y. Yao, R. Ansari, and A. Khokhar, “Hospitalized End-of-Life Patients’ Death Anxiety Captured from a Structured Electronic Health Record: Differences by Patient and Nurse Characteristics," Research in Gerontological Nursing, 2014 (accepted to appear). 4. F. Almasalha, R. Haimoto, and A. Khokhar, "Partial Encryption of Video Bit-Streams using Coupled Chaotic Maps," Entropy 2014, 16(10), 5575-5600; doi:10.3390/e16105575. 5. M. Shen, A.D. Kshemkalyani, and A. Khokhar, "Detecting Stable Locality-Aware Predicates," Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, 74(1): 1971-1983, Jan 2014. 6. F. Zhou, G. Trajcevski, R. Tamassia, A. Khokhar and P. Scheuermann, "Deflection-Aware Tracking Principals Selection in Active Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (IEEE-TVT), 2013 (accepted, to appear). 7. Y. Yao, G. Keenan, D. Xu, A. Khokhar, F. Al-Masalha, K. Dunn Lopez, R. Ansari, and D.J. Wilkie, "Current State of Pain Care for Hospitalized Patients at End of Life," American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. (in press). 2012.