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Dr. Hammad Afzal
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Software Engineering

MCS
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Military College of Signals, Humayun Road, Rawalpindi.
Tel : +92-51-561-52-34416

Specialization
Data and Text Mining, Machine Learning

Education
PhD (Computer Science) University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Hammad Afzal is working as an Assistant Professor at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan.

He completed his doctoral studies from School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK in Dec, 2009 under supervision of Dr. Goran Nenadic in Text Mining Group. 

He completed MS in Advanced Computing Sciences from University of Manchester, UK where he was awarded Program Prize of the year from Department of Computation for acquiring highest grades in MSc courses. 

He has also been affiliated with Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland, Galway as a Research Fellow from July, 2009 to Dec, 2009.​

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​Research Interests

  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) (special emphasis on Term Classification;
  • Terminology Management, i.e. Controlled Vocabularies).
  • Special Emphasis on Urdu NLP​
  • Selected Recent Projects (PG Students Research Projects)

    Text Mining

  • Cyber Bullying Detection on Social Media
  • The bias in news and social media based on geographical differences
  • Creating an Infrastructure for Semantic Search of Holy Quran.​

  • Urdu Text Mining (In Collaboration with Senior Lecturer Dr.Raheel Nawaz, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)


  • Urdu Semantic Search Engine
  • Expansion of Linguistic Resources for Urdu using NLP Techniques
  • Sentiment Analysis in Urdu for complex sentences
  • Spam Detection in Urdu Messages (SMS and Tweets)​

  • Machine Learning

  • Data Mining to predict and analyze crimes in Rawalpindi District
  • Chunk Prediction in Telecom Industry
  • Gender Prediction using Hand Writing​ Analysis​
  • Previous PG Projects

  • A Framework for Semantic Descriptions of e-Science Resources (PhD Dissertation)
  • The University of Manchester, UK: 2006-2009
  • LexInfo – A meta model for ontology lexica (Post-Doc Research Fellow)
  • Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland: 2009​

  • ​Book

  • Hammad Afzal (2013): A Framework for Semantic Descriptions of e-Science Resources. Published By: LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-659-36122-7
  • Book Chapters

  • Iqra Javed, Hammad Afzal, Awais Majeed, Behram Khan (2014): Towards creation of linguistic resources for Bi-lingual Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Data, Natural Language Processing and Information Systems (2014) LNCS 8455, pp. 232–236, 2014. Publisher: Springer
  • Hammad Afzal, Robert Stevens, Goran Nenadic (2009): Mining Semantic Descriptions of Bioinformatics Web Resources from the Literature, The Semantic Web Research and Applications (2009) LNCS 5554, pp. 535–549, 2009. Publisher: Springer, Pages: 535-549
  • Patent (Pakistan)

  • Imran Abeel, Khawar Khurshid, Hammad Afzal, Arslan Shaukat, Syed Sajjad Zaidi, AttaullahMemon, "Reconfigurable Road Markers".
  • Journal Publications

  • Mehreen Ahmed, Asma Ghulam Rasool, Hammad Afzal, Imran Siddiqi (2017): Improving Handwriting based Gender Classification using Ensemble Classifiers: Accepted in Expert Systems with Applications. 3.9 IF (JCR 2017)
  • Toshiaki Katayama, Mark D Wilkinson, GosMicklem, Shuichi Kawashima, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Mitsuteru Nakao, Yasunori Yamamoto, Shinobu Okamoto, Kenta Oouchida, Hong-Woo Chun, Jan Aerts, Hammad Afzal, Erick Antezana, Kazuharu Arakawa, Bruno Aranda, Francois Belleau, JervenBolleman, Raoul Jean Bonnal, Brad Chapman, Peter Cock, Tore Eriksson, Paul Gordon, NaohisaGoto, Kazuhiro Hayashi, Heiko Horn, RyosukeIshiwata, Eli Kaminuma, ArekKasprzyk, HideyaKawaji, Nobuhiro Kido et al. (2013) "The 3rd DBCLS BioHackathon: improving life science data integration with semantic Web technologies", Journal of Biomedical Semantics 2011, 4:6; Feb, 20132.26 Impact Factor (JCR 2016)
  • Hammad Afzal, James Eales, Robert Stevens, Goran Nenadic (2011): Mining Semantic Networks of Bioinformatics Web Resources from the Literature: Journal of Biomedical Semantics, March 2011. 2.26 Impact Factor (JCR 2016)
  • Mehreen Ahmed, Hammad Afzal, Awais Majeed, Behram Khan (2017): Improving Handwriting based Gender Classification using Ensemble Classifiers. Accepted in Advances in Data Science and Adaptive Analysis. [ISI-Masters List]
  • Zeshan Anwar, Hammad Afzal, Anwar, Khwar Khurshid (2017): Evaluation of Navigational Aspects of Moodle. Accepted in International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA). [ISI-Master List]
  • Raheela Arshad, Awais Majeed, Hammad Afzal, Muhammad Muzammal, Arif Rehman (2016): Evaluation of Navigational Aspects of Moodle. In International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA). vol 7 no 3. Jan 2016 [ISI-Master List]
  • SabeenJaved, , Hammad Afzal, Fahim Arif, Awais Majeed, (2016):  Reputation Management System for Fostering Trust in Collaborative and Cohesive Disaster Management. Accepted in International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA). vol 7 no 7. Jun 2016 [ISI-Master List]
  • Muhammad Hassan Latif, Hammad Afzal (2016): Prediction of Movies popularity Using Machine Learning Techniques. In International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security (IJACSA). vol 16 no 8. Aug 2016 [ISI-Master List]
  • Shoohira Aftab, Hammad Afzal, Amna Khalid. An Approach for Secure Semantic Data Integration at DaaSLayer.In International Journal of Information and Education Technology, IJIET, Vol 5, Issue 2, Feb2014
  • U. Mahmud, N.A. Malik, B. Rauf, K.A. Bhatti and H. Afzal (2015): "QoS Aware Wavelength Assignment in Wavelength Division Multiplexing Based Optical Networks". In International Journal of Multidisciplinary Sciences and Engineering (IJMSE).ISSN 2045-7057.vol 6 no 1 pp 23-27. Jan 2015
  • Conference Publications

  • ​Mehreen Ahmad, Hammad Afzal, Imran Siddiqi, Behram Khan (2017): “An expert system for diabetes prediction using auto tuned multi-layer perceptron”. In Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys 2017), London, UK. ((IEEE)​
  • Maham Jehangir, Mehreen Ahmad, Hammad Afzal, Raheel Nawaz (2017): “MCS: Multiple Classifier System to Predict the Churners in the Telecom Industry”. In Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys 2017), London, UK. ((IEEE)
  • Muhammad SamiulHaq, Zeeshan Anwar, Ali Ahsan and Hammad Afzal (2017): “Object Oriented Design Patterns / Framework for Secure Information Systems Development”. In 14th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences and Technology (IBCAST-2017): 10-14 Jan, 2017 Bhurban, Pakistan. 
  • Malik, Sunia, Hammad Afzal, Imran Siddiqi, and Awais Majeed. "Analyzing Socio-economic and Geographical factors for Crime Incidents using Heat maps and Hotspots." In Proceedings of the Mediterranean Conference on Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, pp. 144-151. ACM, 2016.
  • Kamal, Uzair, Imran Siddiqi, Hammad Afzal, and Arif Ur Rahman. "Pashto Sentiment Analysis Using Lexical Features." In Proceedings of the Mediterranean Conference on Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, pp. 121-124. ACM, 2016.
  • Hammad Afzal, Kashif Mehmood (2016): “Spam Filtering of Bi-Lingual Tweets Using Machine Learning”. Accepted in 18th International Conference on Advanced Communication Technologies (ICACT 2016), Korea. ((IEEE Sponsored)(Scopus Indexed)
  • Mahreen Ahmad, Maham Jahangir, Hammad Afzal, Awais Majeed, Imran Siddiqi (2015): “Using Crowd-source based features from social media and Conventional features to predict the movies popularity”. In The 8thInternational Conference on Social Computing and Networking(SocialCom 2015), Chengdu, Sichuan, China. ((IEEE/ACM/Elsevier/Springer Sponsored)(Scopus Indexed)
  • Kashif Mehmood, Hammad Afzal (2015): “Contributions to the study of bi-lingual SMS filtering”. In 2015 NationalSoftware Engineering Conference (NSEC 2015), Pakistan. ((IEEE Sponsored)
  • AnumKaleem, Awais Majeed, Hammad Afzal, Tamim Ahmed Khan, Faisal Bashir (2015): “Volunteer Reputation Evaluation for Emergency Response Operations”. Accepted in 2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM’2015) Rennes, France. (Scopus Indexed)
  • ZeshanJaved, Hammad Afzal, SarmadSadik. (2014). “Biomedical Text Mining for Concept Identification from Traditional Medicine Literature”. In IEEE 8th ICOSST-2014, Lahore Pakistan(Scopus Indexed)
  • IqraJaved, Hammad Afzal (2014). "Towards creation of linguistic resources for Bilingual Sentiment Analysis of Twitter Data" 19th International Conference on Application of Natural Language to Information Systems. France.(Scopus Indexed)
  • IqraJaved, Hammad Afzal. "Creation of bi-lingual Social Network Dataset using classifiers" Accepted in 10th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining MLDM 2014 July 21-24, 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia(Scopus Indexed)
  • Amna Khalid, Hammad Afzal, Shoohira Aftab. "Balancing Scalability, Performance and Fault tolerance in structured data". In 16th Conference on Advanced Communication Technology. IEEE ICACT Feb, 2014, Korea. (Scopus Indexed)
  • IqraJaved, Hammad Afzal (2013). "Opinion analysis of bi-lingual event data from social networks" Paper published in ESSEM: International Workshop on Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media: approaches and perspectives from AI (Italy)(Scopus Indexed)
  • Tayyaba Mukhtar, Hammad Afzal, Awais Majeed (2012). Vocabulary of Quranic Concepts: A semi-automatically created Terminology of Holy Quran. Published in 15th International Multi-topic Conference. IEEE INMIC, Islamabad, Pakistan(Scopus Indexed)
  • SabeenJavaid, Awais Majeed, Hammad Afzal (2013).A Reputation Framework for Disaster and Emergency Response Operations. Published in 15th Conference on Advanced Communication Technology. IEEE ICACTJan, 2013, Korea(Scopus Indexed)
  • Veena Safdar, Faisal Bashir, Zara Hamid, Hammad Afzal (2012):  A hybrid routing protocol for wireless sensor networks with mobile sinks, Published in 7th International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing ISWPC 2012, Dalian China.(Scopus Indexed)
  • Hammad Afzal, Paul Buitelaar, Philipp Cimiano (2010): Generating Lexical Information for Terminology in a Bioinformatics Ontology, In Proceedings of TKE (Terminology and Knowledge Engineering) Conference, Ireland.(Scopus Indexed)
  • Hammad Afzal, James Eales, Robert Stevens, Goran Nenadic (2009): Mining Semantic Networks of Bioinformatics Web Resources from the Literature, In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop of Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS), Amsterdam.(Scopus Indexed)
  • Hammad Afzal, Robert Stevens, Goran Nenadic (2009): Mining Semantic Descriptions of Bioinformatics Web Resources from the Literature, In Proceedings of the 6th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) on the Semantic Web: Springer-Verlag: 535-549. Heraklion, Crete, Greece.(Scopus Indexed)
  • Hammad Afzal, Robert Stevens, Goran Nenadic (2008): Towards Semantic Annotation of Bioinformatics Services: Building a Controlled Vocabulary, Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine, Turku, Finland.(Scopus Indexed)
  • Hammad Afzal, Robert Stevens, Goran Nenadic (2009); Towards Semantic Network of Bioinformatics Resources: 17th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), Stockholm, Sweden​
  • Courses Taught

     ​ ​Session ​ Course Name ​Level
    Summer, 2014 ​Object Oriented Programming ​UG
    Spring, 2014​ ​Distributed Computing  ​UG
    ​Spring, 2014 ​ Adv Databases ​PG
    Fall, 2013​ ​Operating System ​UG
    ​Spring, 2013 ​Data Mining ​UG
    Spring, 2013​ ​Computer Org and Arch ​UG
    ​​Fall, 2012 ​Operating Systems ​UG
    Spring, 2012 ​Distributed Systems ​UG
    ​Fall, 2011 ​Operating Systems ​UG
    ​Spring, 2011 ​Digital Logic Design ​UG
    ​Spring, 2011 ​Distributed Systems ​UG
    ​Fall, 2011 ​Parallel and Distributed Computing ​PG
    ​Fall, 2010 ​Parallel and Distributed Computing ​PG
    ​Fall, 2010 ​Computer Organization and Architecture ​UG
     

    Assistant Professor: May, 2010 – Date

    National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. 

    PostDocResearch Fellow: July, 2009 – Dec, 2009

    Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland. Ireland. (http://nlp.deri.ie/home)

    Software Application Tester: August, 2008 – April, 2009

    Transitive (an IBM company). (http://www.transitive.com), UK

    Teaching Assistant: 2007- 2009

    The University of Manchester, UK

    Junior Software Engineer: August, 2003 – Nov, 2003

    RnD Establishment, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan​