About Me


I am a fourth year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University working in the Rice Computational Imaging Group under Dr. Ashok Veeraraghavan. My research interests are in remote photoplethysmography, computational imaging, and machine learning.

My research goal is to build systems for robust camera-based vital signs monitoring for realistic, unconstrained applications. I work with hardware and software to jointly design optical systems and optimization-based algorithms to recover weak blood flow signals recorded by a camera from small color variations in the skin, corrupted by light variations and motion. Currently, I am working on a remote photoplethysmography system to continuously and unobtrusively measure vital signs using cameras for improved driver monitoring systems.

I interned at MERL in 2018 and 2017 and I have been working closely with Tim Marks and Hassan Mansour during my PhD. I am a recipient of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology Schlumberger Graduate Fellowship and the Texas Instruments Fellowship.

Before coming to Rice, I graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX with a B.S. in Physics (summa cum laude)  in 2015. At St. Mary’s I have worked on computational modeling of molecules and nanoparticles. I was born and raised in Gliwice, Poland.

My resume can be downloaded from here: EwaNowaraCV.

Office: Abercrombie Lab A127

Email: emn [at] rice [dot] edu