Tahseen Kamal

Research Associate

Tahseen Kamal, PhD, FHEA is a Research Associate working in the School of Engineering and Information Technology working with A/Prof Andrew Lambert on free-space laser communication. Along with her primary project on free-space laser communication, Tahseen also works on elastomer optics manufacturing and optical polarization. The aim of her primary project is to successfully build optical communication channel for ground-to-space, ground-to-ground applications. Currently she is working on laser beam conditioning as a starting step for her project. 

She obtained PhD on "Compact microscopy systems using non-conventional optical techniques", from Research School of Engineering, Australian National University in October 2018. Her research focused on low-cost imaging prototype development where she specialized in moldless lens fabrication using liquid polymer, using 3D printed structures for engineering imaging prototypes and using Fourier Ptychography (FP) on moldless lens imaging. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer spanning over a period of ~8 years in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her previous major was computer science and engineering with research experience in digital system synthesis and optimisation using evolutionary algorithms (genetic algorithm). For her involvement in higher education teaching she has been recognised as Fellow of Higher Education Academy of UK. She is a passionate and dedicated researcher and educator in engineering. 

Conference Papers
Kamal T; Lambert A, 2019, 'Bessel beam generation using deformable mirror for laser communication through atmospheric turbulence', in AOIM X11, Delft, Nederlands, presented at AOIM XII, Delft, Nederlands, 21 October 2019 - 25 October 2019, https://www.aoimxii.org/delft
Kamal T; Yang L; Lee WM, 2017, 'Application of computational optics in moldless lenses', in Optics InfoBase Conference Papers, http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/3D.2017.JTu5A.14
Kamal T; Watkins R; Cen Z; Lee WM, 2016, 'Direct fabrication of silicone lenses with 3D printed parts', in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2242967
Kamal T; Rubinstein J; Watkins R; Cen Z; Kong G; Lee WM, 2016, 'Thimble microscope system', in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2242949
Khanom R; Kamal T; Khan MHA, 2008, 'Algorithm based synthesis of ternary reversible/quantum circuit', in Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, ICCIT 2008, pp. 270 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICCITECHN.2008.4803043
Kamal T; Khan MHA, 2008, 'An application specific integrated circuit for optimization of fixed polarity reed-muller expressions', in Proceedings of ICECE 2008 - 5th International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, pp. 721 - 726, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICECE.2008.4769303
Journal articles
Kamal T; Yang L; Lee WM, 2018, 'In situ retrieval and correction of aberrations in moldless lenses using Fourier ptychography', Optics Express, vol. 26, pp. 2708 - 2719, http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.26.002708
Kamal T; Watkins R; Cen Z; Rubinstein J; Kong G; Lee WM, 2017, 'Design and fabrication of a passive droplet dispenser for portable high resolution imaging system', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep41482
Kamal T; He X; Lee WM, 2015, 'Reinventing the pocket microscope', InFocus magazine, Proceedings of the Royal Microscopical Society, vol. 37, pp. 41 - 43, https://arxiv.org/abs/1507.00589
Theses / Dissertations
Kamal T, 2018, Compact microscopy systems with non-conventional optical technique, Open Access Respository, ANU, http://hdl.handle.net/1885/148711

Currently I am a Social Media Officer at the Systems and Instrumentation Technical Group (TG) of Optical Society of America (OSA). 

Member of Executive Committee of Early Career Academic Network (ECAN), UNSW. Please find more here

Member of Executive Committee of Women in Research Network (WiRN) Canberra. 

Workshops conducted:

  • Resume writing workshop conducted on 30 August 2019 for 24 students from different levels of studies at UNSW Canberra.

Events Organized:

  • ECAN Launch event on 8 May for all ECAs of UNSW Canberra. The event aimed to introduce the activities of ECAN to all ECAs of UNSW. 
  • ECAN event, "Navigate your university" for all ECAs on 1 August 2019. This event aimed to collate information about various facilities available at UNSW that are important for ECAs. Representatives from different units of UNSW and UNSW Canberra, such as, IT, Finance, HR, Research, Library were present to talk about the facilities. 
  • WiRN livestream event on "Role of gender for successful grants". 
  • WiRN event on International Collaboration and networking for women. 



  1. Fellow of Higher Education Academy of UK (FHEA). 
  2. Gold medal for Masters results. 
  3. Magna cum Laude for Bachelors results. 
  4. Fellow of Imdad-Sitara Khan Foundation, USA, 2005 - 2006.