Helia Sharif

Helia Sharif, M.A.Sc.

[email protected]

Ph.D. Candidate at the research group:
Parallel Computing for Embedded Sensor Systems



German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Space Systems

Bremen, Germany

Research Associate. October 2014 – Present.

Responsible for developing an autonomous visual navigation system onboard fractionated systems like satellites.


European Space Agency (ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Stagiaire. June 2012 – August 2012.

Developed an evolved distributed vision algorithm, inspired by nature, for training the future rovers to autonomously navigate and path plan.


Fraunhofer Institute (FHR)

Wachtberg, Germany

Research Associate. June 2010 – December 2010.

Designed a graphical user interface using MATLAB to manage data produced via a PG3A (pattern generator) machine. Programmed a FLASH to configure an FPGA board via a microcontroller.


Waterloo, Canada

Beta Program Coordinator. September 2007 – April 2008

Selected internal and external participants for testing of pre-released products. Provided training and support to the testers; elevated their feedback to the designated department for further investigation. Provided weekly status reports to the executives on my pre-released projects.



Devon Island, Canadian Arctic

Field Support Engineer, July 2007 – August 2007.

Maintained the satellite and advanced wireless networking systems in place, supported users in field traverse requirements, gained experience in expedition camping.


    1. H. Sharif, and M. Holzel, “A comparison of prefilters in orb-based object detection” Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters, 2016, accepted.
    2. H. Sharif, M. Ralchenko, C. Samson, and A. Ellery, “Autonomous Rock Classification Using Bayesian Image Analysis For Rover-Based Planetary Exploration” Journal of Computers and Geosciences, 2015.
    3. H. Sharif, “Autonomous Geologist for Planetary Exploration” Master’s Thesis, Carleton University, 2013.
    4. D. Sameoto, H. Sharif, and C. Menon, “Investigation of low-pressure performance of mushroom shaped biomimetic dry adhesives” Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 2012.
    5. H. Sharif, M. Ralchenko, C. Samson, and A. Ellery, “Strategies For Sampling Of Planetary Materials Based On Images” International Astronautical Federation, 2012.
    6. J. R. Osborne, H. Sharif, C. Johnson, C. Brunskill, R. Jaguste, I. Silversides, B. Trey, and M. Vlasea, “An Interdisciplinary Approach To Human-Robot Cooperation In Near-Term Exploration Scenarios” International Astronautical Federation, 2012.
    7. H. Sharif, C. Samson, and A. Ellery, “Autonomous rock identification based on image processing techniques” Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, 2012.
    8. D. Sameoto, H. Sharif, J. P. Diaz Tellez, B. Ferguson, and C. Menon, “Non-angled anisotropic elastomer dry adhesives with tailorable normal strength and high directionality” Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 2011.




Universität Bremen

Bremen, Germany

Doctoral Thesis Candidate, Present.

Carleton University

Ottawa, Canada

Master of Applied Sciences in Aerospace Engineering, 2013.

International Space University

Graz, Austria

Space Studies Program, 2011.

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, Canada

Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Systems Engineering, 2010.