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Anza Shakeel

Anza Shakeel


I worked as a research assistant and did my Master’s in Computer Science from Information Technology University, Pakistan. My research there was based on designing Deep Learning based models to analyze built-structures in satellite imagery. My MS thesis being “Single image destruction detection in satellite imagery” increased my curiosity with what happens below earth’s surface when a catastrophe occurs and pushed me for applying for my PhD project “Using machine learning and satellite radar to detect silent earthquakes in Zagros-Mountains, Iran”. The bridge between the Earth Sciences and Computer Science department is very exciting for me as it will help me improve my learning curve.


Department of Earth Sciences

PhD Project

Using machine learning and satellite radar to detect “silent” earthquakes in the Zagros Mountains, Iran



Supervisory Team

Dr Richard Walters

Dr Noura Al Moubayed

Prof Mark Allen

Prof Toby Breckon

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