السيرة الذاتية

Bio: 
I am a computer scientist with more than 7 years of experience in data science and artificial intelligence. I obtained my Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Computer Science from the University of Southampton. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS), King Saud University. My spark is in RDI (Research, Development and Innovation), and I find it amusing to get ideas in the production line, and that's where my focus is. I am interested in data science, web science and network science, I call them the collaborative sciences. I have worked on many projects in the intersection of the aforementioned sciences such as studying the spread of information on social networks, ranking content retrieved from social media and analysing location-based data.

EDUCATION ______________________________________________________________
 
2013 – 2018
         PhD in Computer Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom 
Thesis: Investigating Cascades in Social Networks: Structural and Temporal Aspects
 
The thesis topic falls under the intersection between data science, web science and network science. Precisely it looks into analyzing the way information spreads on social networks, often recognized as information diffusion process. The thesis studies cascades - the manifestation of the information diffusion process- from two different perspectives structural and temporal. The thesis also looks into analyzing social network platforms’ functionality. 
2009 – 2011  
              M.Sc. in Computer Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
Graduation project:  Building an Ontological Model Using Arabic Wikipedia 
2003 - 2007 
              B.Sc. in Information Technology, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Graduation project:  Medical Record eXchanger (MRX)
Distributed heterogeneous databases for medical records

WORK EXPERIENCE _______________________________________________________
 
2019 – Present
          Assistant to the vice-Dean for Grad Studies and Scientific Research (College of Computer and Information Sciences)
2018 - Present 
          Assistant Professor (College of Computer and Information Sciences, IT department)
2011 - 2018 
          Lecturer (College of Computer and Information Sciences, IT department)
2007 - 2011 
          Teaching Assistant (College of Computer and Information Sciences, IT department)

MEMBERSHIPS ___________________________________________________________
 
2011 – present                                                                        King Saud University
Member in IWAN: Informatics, Web technologies, and Arabic Natural Language Processing research group.
 
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES ____________________________________________________
 
December 2018 – Present                                                               King Saud University
Developing the curriculum for the Data Science track at the Information Technology department and preparing the materials for the Principles of Data Science course. 
 
November 2018 – April 2019                                                         King Saud University
Information Technology Representative in the Business Center at the College of Computer and Information Sciences.
 
September 2018 – April 2019                                                         King Saud University
Academic Advisor, Information Technology department, College of Computer and Information Sciences. 
 
February 2016- January 2018                                                 University of Southampton
Demonstrating: Computational Thinking module for Web Science MSc. students, Web Design module for Electronics and Computer Science first year students and Computer Application module for Engineering foundation year.
Mentoring: The Science of Online Social Networks for Web Science MSc. students.
 
February 2015-May 2015                                                        University of Southampton
Demonstrating for Computational Thinking module for Web Science iPhD students 
 
September 2011-June 2012                                                                  King Saud University
Member of laboratories and Technicians committee, College of Computer and Information Sciences. 
 
February 2011- June 2012                                                                    King Saud University
Academic Advisor, Information Technology department, College of Computer and Information Sciences. 
 
September 2009-June 2010                                                                               King Saud University
Member of the department's website development committee, Information Technology department, College of Computer and Information Sciences. 
 
 
AWARDS ________________________________________________________________
 
May 2018: Saudi Cultural Bureau award for academic excellence (for academic publishing)
 
May 2016: Saudi Cultural Bureau award for academic excellence (for academic publishing)
 
 
OTHER ACTIVITIES ________________________________________________________
 
January 2020 
Participant and one of the winning teams at the Artathon the accompanying event at the AI Global Summit, organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
 
November 2019 
Mentor and technical judge at the Open Data Datathon organized by Yesser Program, Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Mobily Business and Saudi Data Community (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
 
August 2019
Planning and delivering the first Bayan Data Science School, that focused on two real-world applications of data science namely natural language processing and social networks analysis. 
 
November 2018 
Mentor at the Data Science Track at MIT Hacking Medicine (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
 
November 2018 
Program Committee member in the 5th International conference Internet Science (INSCI'2018).
 
April 2016, November 2016, May 2017                                    University of Southampton
Member of the facilitation team for the Power of Social Media MOOC provided by the University via FutureLearn website.
 
June 2015
Sub-reviewer in the ACM Web Science 2015 Conference (WebSci’15).
 
November 2013, February 2014, October 2014                                   University of Southampton
Member of the facilitation team for the Web Science MOOC provided by the University via FutureLearn website.
 
June 2012                                                                                King Saud University
Member of the organizing committee: CS4HS@KSU workshop, sponsored by Google Inc., 16th - 20th Jun.
 
September 2011                                                                      King Saud University
Member of the organizing committee: CS4HS@KSU workshop, sponsored by Google Inc., 5th - 7th Sept.
 
March 2011                                                                                       King Saud University
Member of the organization committee for The National Information Technology Symposium (NITS) "Arabic and Islamic Contents on the Internet", 6th - 7th Mar.