Dr. Elise Carolyn Fear, PhD

Dr. Elise Fear


Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 210-5413


Educational Background

B.A.Sc. Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1995

Doctor of Philosophy Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria, 2001

Master of Applied Science Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria, 1997

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Calgary, 2002


  • 2018 Award for Team Teaching, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • Killam Annual Professor, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • Highlighted paper, Inverse Problems. 2012
  • Killam Interdisciplinary Research Prize, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • Professor of the Year, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • Professor of the Year, 2012
  • Schulich School of Engineering Departmental Research Excellence Award, 2009
  • Top 40 Under 40, Calgary Avenue Magazine, 2009
  • 3rd and 4th year Dinner Teaching Excellence award for Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering, 2008
  • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2007 Outstanding Paper Award, 2007
  • P.Eng., 2005


  • Monitoring Breast Cancer Treatment Progress with Microwave Tomography and Radar-based Tissue-regions Estimation. D Kurrant; J LoVetri; Elise Fear; A Baran. 1-2. (2015)
  • Correcting MRI-specific biases introduced when Bland-Altman plots are used to compare the performance of reconstruction algorithms. Elise Carolyn Fear; Ishani DasGupta; Michael Richard Smith. International Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. (2019)
  • Estimating reflectivity by non-stationarydeconvolution of ultra-wide band radar data: Application to microwave breastimaging. K* Liu; Elise Carolyn Fear; Michael Edward Potter. (2014)
  • Gabor nonstationary deconvolution for attenuation compensation in highly lossy dispersive media. Michael Edward Potter; K* Liu; Elise Carolyn Fear. (2016)
  • Gabor deconvolution: Attenuation function estimation based on frequency-dependent Q. Michael Edward Potter; Elise Carolyn Fear; K Liu. IEEE. 298. (2015)
  • Can Geophysical-Inspired Signal Analysis Sharpen the Image of the Brain’s Neural Response to a Task?. J Aitken*; Elise Carolyn Fear; Andrea B Protzner. Society of Exploration Geophysicists. (2018)
  • Can Geophysical Processing Improve Medical Imaging Applications?. Elise Carolyn Fear; J Aitken*; Andrea B Protzner. Geoconvention. (2017)
  • Engineering Integrity: Using text-matching software in a graduate levelengineering course. R Paul; K Crossman; Elise Fear; Laleh Behjat; Sarah Eaton; Robin Yates; Milana Trifkovic. (2019)
  • Average Property Estimation Validation with Realistic Breast Models. J* Garrett; Elise Fear. (2014)
  • Beamforming in the Frequency Domain with Applications to Microwave Breast Imaging. Curtis CF*; Elise C Fear. (2014)
  • Biological Tissues Assessment Using Transmitted Microwave Signals. J Bourqui; Elise Fear. (2014)
  • Development of Axilla Phantoms to Aid Breast Cancer Staging Via Sentinel Lymph Node Detection. Concicao RC*; L Oliveira; B Banks; Elise C Fear. (2014)
  • Breast Cancer Imaging Using Microwave Tomography with Radar-Derived Prior Information. A Zakaria; Elise C Fear; J LoVetri; A Baran; D Kurrant. (2014)
  • Estimating Reflectivity by Non-Stationary Deconvolution of Ultra-Wideband Radar Data: Application to Microwave Breast Imaging. Elise Fear; Michael Edward Potter; Y* Liu. (2014)
  • Simulation of Microwave Transmission Measurements of the Human Heart. Elise Fear; M Seguin; Michal Okoniewski; J Bourqui. 1-2. (2015)
  • Microwave breast imaging using patient specific prior information. Elise Fear; D Kurrant. (2015)
  • Average Dielectric Properties of the Human Breast from Ultra Wide Band Transmission Measurements. J Bourqui; Elise Fear. 324. (2015)
  • Design and Fabrication of a Dynamic Heart Model for Ultra Wideband Transmission Systems. M Seguin; Michal Okoniewski; J Bourqui; Elise Fear. (2015)
  • Immersion Medium Independent Algorithm for Breast Microwave Imaging. J LoVetri; D Kurrant; A Baran; Elise Fear. 303. (2015)
  • Tumor tracking with microwave breast imaging using refined patient specific prior information. J LoVetri; D Kurrant; A Baran; Elise Fear. 299. (2015)
  • Gabor Deconvolution: Attenuation Function Estimation based on Frequency-dependent Q. Elise Fear; Michael Edward Potter; Y* Liu. 298. (2015)
  • Near field radar imaging in the frequency domain with application to patient data. C* Curtis; Elise Fear. 307. (2015)
  • Detailed Evaluation of Artifact Removal Algorithms for Radar-based Microwave Imaging of the Breast. E Jones; C* Curtis; M Glavin; Elise Fear; O'Halloran M; M A Elahi. 307. (2015)
  • Iterative refinement of fibroglandular region with microwave breast imaging. A Baran; D Kurrant; J LoVetri; Elise Fear. 1-3. (2015)
  • Dielectric Permittivity Estimation of Biological Tissues using Sensor Array Technology. J Bourqui; Elise Fear. 125-126. (2015)
  • Evaluating the Impact of Breast Model Complexity on Microwave Imaging Signals. M* Omer; D J Kurrant; Elise Fear. 1-3. (2016)
  • Average Breast Permittivity Measurements: Preliminary Results from Current Patient Study. Elise Fear; J Bourqui. 1-4. (2016)
  • Fully Automated Fibroglandular Tissue Segmentation and Bias Correction in Breast MR Images Using Level Set Method. M* Owjimehr; Elise Fear. (2016)
  • Evaluating impact of errors in prior information on performance of microwave tomography. D Kurrant; J LoVetri; Elise Fear; A Baran. 1-4. (2016)
  • Optimizing Microwave-Radar Imaging Parameters. B Lavoie; Elise Fear; Michal Okoniewski. 1-2. (2016)
  • Techniques for breast surface reconstruction with applications. Elise Fear; D Kurrant; J Bourqui. 1-3. (2016)
  • Estimating Bulk Dielectric Properties of Biological Tissues at Microwave Frequences. Garrett DC*; B* Besler; J Bourqui; E. Fear. 1-2. (2016)
  • A Principle Investigation into the Feasibility of using Microwave Imaging to Monitor Bone Health. Steven Boyd; B* Besler; Elise Fear; D* Garrett. (2016)
  • Bulk permittivity variations in the human breast over the menstrual cycle. Elise Fear; S Zarnke*; J Budzis*; J Bourqui; D Garrett*; D Mew. 3476-3479. (2017)
  • Analysis of optimal microwave imaging system and algorithm parameters for 3D reconstructions of breast tissues. Elise Fear; J LoVetri; D Kurrant; A Baran. URSI. (2017)
  • Data preconditioning with Gabor nonstationary deconvolution for radar imaging of high dissipative and dispersive media. Elise Fear; Y Liu*; Michael Edward Potter. URSI. (2017)
  • Comparison of radar-based microwave imaging algorithms applied to experimental breast phantoms. Elise Fear; E Porter; M Glavin; M Elahi; E Jones; B Lavoie; M O’Halloran. URSI. (2017)
  • Strategies for integration ultrasound and microwave data for improved breast imaging. P Mojabi; D Kurrant; A Baran; Elise Fear; M Omer*; J LoVetri. URSI. (2017)
  • Microwave sensing approaches to monitoring physiological responses. D Garrett*; Elise Fear; J Bourqui. URSI. (2017)
  • Immersion medium independent microwave breast imaging. D Kurrant; A Baran; J LoVetri; Elise Fear. URSI. (2017)
  • Evaluating strategies for extracting prior information from acoustic signals for microwave based breast imaging techniques. M Omer*; J LoVetri; D Kurrant; Elise Fear. (2017)
  • Improving EEG signals with geophysical processing methods . Elise Fear; J Aitken*; Andrea Protzner. (2017)
  • Microwave sensing of human hydration: measurement repeatability. S Thorson*; J Bourqui; D Garrett*; Elise Fear. IEEE. (2018)
  • A Picosecond Pulse Generator Using SRD diode: Design, Analysis, and Measurements,. D Oloumi*; Elise Fear. IEEE. (2018)
  • An Inexpensive Ultra-Wideband Radar for High-Resolution Applications. D Oloumi*; Elise Fear. IEEE. (2018)
  • Improving Brain Signal Imaging with Geophysics. J Aitken*; Elise Fear; Andrea Protzner. GeoConvention. (2018)
  • Breast Imaging with Multiphysics Prior for Improved Tumour Detection and Localization. D Kurrant; M Omer*; Elise Fear; N Abdollahi; P Mojabi; I Jeffrey; J LoVetri. IEEE. (2018)
  • Developing Phantoms for Ultrawideband Microwave Applications. Elise Fear; B Besler*. (2018)
  • Tissue-Type Imaging for Ultrasound-Prior Microwave Inversion. I Jeffrey; Elise Fear; D Kurrant; J LoVetri; P Mojabi; M Omer*; N Abdollahi. IEEE. (2018)
  • An experimental lab to enhance undergraduate electromagnetics education. Elise Fear; D Garrett*. Canadian Engineering Education Association. (2018)
  • Supporting Advanced Breast Imaging Research Through ReconfigurableNumerical Breast Models. M Omer*; Elise Fear. IEEE. (2018)
  • A multimodal ultrasound-microwave quantitative imaging technique for breast cancer. M Omer*; I Jeffrey; D Kurrant; N Abdollahi; J LoVetri; P Mojabi; Elise Fear. IEEE. (2018)