Mr Mehrdad Sangi

MSc Sharif UT

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Mehrdad Sangi attained a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering-Bioelectric at the Sharif University of Technology in 2010. He developed a method to recognize 3D hand posture through stereo vision system for his MSc thesis, and also worked at Institute for Cognitive Science Studies where he was involved in the biomedical signal processing research projects.

He is now studying toward a PhD at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Research | Current


Automated optokinetic nystagmus detection and analysis

Mehrdad’s doctoral research is focused on automated optokinetic nystagmus detection for use with young subjects. An overall objective for this research project is the development of a stand-alone system for OKN analysis that could be used clinically or for research purposes.


Research group

Vision Engineering

Teaching | Current

Tutoring ENGGEN 131: Introduction to Engineering Computation and Software Development



  • Recipient of Technologies for Health Seed Fund, 2016.

Seed grants for research arising from interactions between engineering or science researchers, with healthcare researchers and clinicians.​

  • SPARK $100k Challenge Finalist, 2015.

Kappa Diagnostics will provide reliable, objective and clinically usable test equipment that allows for the measurement and early detection of vision problems in young children.

Smart Eye Diagnostics: Smart software to screen for early detection of visual problems in young children.


Areas of expertise

  • Computer Vision
  • Signal Processing
  • Visual Neuroscience

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sangi, M. (2017). Automated Optokinetic Nystagmus Detection for Use with Young Subjects The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Guo, P., Sangi, M., Chang, L., Thompson, B., & Turuwhenua, J. (2016). A 2D Feature Space Representation of the Optokinetic Velocity Signal. Paper presented at IEEE EMBS Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (IECBES), Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. 4 December - 8 December 2016. 2016 IEEE EMBS CONFERENCE ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCES (IECBES). (pp. 6).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Guo, Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua
  • Shahmohammadi, F., Golesorkhi, M., Riahi Kashani, M., Sangi, M., Yoonessi, A., & Yoonessi, A. (2016). Neural Correlates of Craving in Methamphetamine Abuse. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Journal, 7 (3).10.15412/J.BCN.03070307
  • Turuwhenua, J., Sangi, M., & Thompson, B. (2015). Objective optokinetic nystagmus measurement in children from consumer grade video. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Denver, CO. 3 May - 7 May 2015. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua
  • Sangi, M., Thompson, B., Guo, X., & Turuwhenua, J. (2015). A Model for Analyzing the Role of Camera Parameters in the Clinical Assessment of Eye Movements. Paper presented at 18th European Conference on Eye Movement Research (ECEM), University of Vienna, Austria. 16 August - 21 August 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benjamin Thompson, Cindy Guo, Jason Turuwhenua
  • Sangi, M., Thompson, B., & Turuwhenua, J. (2015). An Optokinetic Nystagmus Detection Method for Use With Young Children. IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, 3, 1-10. 10.1109/JTEHM.2015.2410286
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua, Benjamin Thompson
  • Sangi, M., Thompson, B. T., Vaghefi, E., & Turuwhenua, J. T. (2014). A simple optokinetic nystagmus measurement method for use with young children. Paper presented at 7th European Meeting, 1st World Meeting in Visual and Physiological Optics, Wroclaw, Poland. 24 August - 27 December 2014. Proceedings of the 7th European/1st World Meeting in Visual and Physiological Optics, VPOptics 2014. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua, Benjamin Thompson
  • Sangi, M., Thompson, B., Vaghefi, E., & Turuwhenua, J. (2014). A Head Tracking Method for Improved Eye Movement Detection in Children. In J. Goh (Ed.) IFMBE Proceedings, 43, 508-511. Singapore: Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-02913-9_129
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ehsan Vaghefi, Jason Turuwhenua, Benjamin Thompson


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Level 7, Room 701
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