Sherief Abdallah

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Associate Professor

Head of Programme
Faculty of Engineering & IT, British University in Dubai, Dubai International Academic City, United Arab Emirates

Honorary Fellow
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Email: email
Tel: +971 4 367 1964
Fax: +971 4 366 4698


About me

I finished my MS/PhD in 2006 from University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA) under the supervision of Professor Victor Lesser. I am currently an Associate Professor at the British University in Dubai and an Honorary Fellow at University of Edinburgh, UK. 

Research Interests

I am passionate about developing scalable adaptive systems that automatically improve their performance. I am particularly interested in studying networks of agents and developing distributed learning algorithms that allow these agents to cooperate optimize the structure of the network of (concurrently) learning agents.

An orthogonal direction to optimizing performance in agent networks is to develop a framework for reigourous experimental analysis, which expose to researchers the underlying dynamics of such complex networks. In particular, I am investigating the use of social network analysis techniques to understand the dynamics of learning over netorks.

I am also interested in applying the techniques I have devloped in realistic settings that span over interdisciplinary areas, including atmospheric studies, e-commerce, information retrieval, mobile devices, sensor nets, and network management.

Please refer to my research statement for more details CV.

If you are interested in pursuing PhD in University of Edinburgh while residing in Dubai, please send me an email.


Distributed task allocation simulator. 


Knowledge Representation: Fall 2009
Learning from Data (Machine Learning): Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Summer 2011
Data mining: Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
Research Methods: Fall 2010, Fall 2011
IT Project Management (co-taught): Fall 2011


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