He graduated from Aryamehr University of Technology in Tehran, Iran with a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 1970, an MSc in Telecommunications, and a PhD in Electronics from the University of Essex, England in 1976 and 1979 respectively.
He has been an organizing member of several international conferences and workshops. He was the general chair of the 1997 international workshop on Packet Video and Guest Editor to 1997 IEEE Transactions on circuits and systems for Video Technology, Special issue on Multimedia technology and applications. He has been an Associate Editor to IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (IEEE-T-MM) and represented University of Essex as one of the six academic partners in the Virtual Centre of Excellence in Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IEE and Charted Engineer (CEng).