Head of Programme
Faculty of Engineering & IT, British University in Dubai, Dubai International Academic City, United Arab
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
Tel: +971 4 367 1964
Fax: +971 4 366 4698
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.
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.
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
S. D'Souza, Y. Gal, P. Pasquier, S. Abdallah, and I. Rahwan. Reasoning about Goal Revelation in Human Negotiation. IEEE Intelligent Systems.
Abdallah, S., Kaisers, M. Addressing the Policy-bias of Q-learning by Repeating Updates. In the proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS
Abdallah, S., Shaalan, K., Shoaib, M., Integrating Rule-based System with Classification for Arabic Named Entity Recognition, In the Proceedings of The 13th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing), March 11–17, New Delhi, India, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012.
S. Abdallah. Using a hierarchy of coordinators to overcome the frontier effect in social learning. in the proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS, extended abstract).
- S. Abdallah. A New Methodology for Generalizing Unweighted Network Measures (in press).
Social Network Analysis and Mining. Published by Springer.
M. Rayess and S. Abdallah. Visualizing Learning Dynamics in Large-Scale Networks. 18th RCRA International Workshop, IJCAI 2011.
S. Abdallah and H. Musa. Comparing Generalizations of Unweighted Network Measures. Mining and Learning with Graphs Workshop, KDD 2011.
Using Graph Analysis to Study Networks of Adaptive Agent. In: Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)
- C. Zhang, S. Abdallah, and V. Lesser (2010). Self-Organization for Coordinating Decentralized Reinforcement Learning. In: Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)
- I. Rahwan, M. I. Madakkatel, J. F. Bonnefon, R. N. Awan and S. Abdallah (2010). Behavioural Experiments for Assessing the Abstract Argumentation Semantics of Reinstatement. Cognitive Science. Volume 34, Issue 8, pages 1483-1502.
- I. Rahwan, B. Banihashemi, C. Reed, D. Walton and S. Abdallah (2010). Representing and Classifying Arguments on the Semantic Web. The Knowledge Engineering Review.
- I. Rahwan, Fatemeh Jahedpari, Sherief Abdallah (2010). The Dynamics of Two Cognitive Heuristics for Coordination on Networks. SocialCom, 473-479
Abdallah Generalizing Unweighted Network Measures Using the Effective Cardinality.
Proceedings of the 3rd workshop on Social Network Mining and Analysis (SNA), International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2009 (acceptance
Sherief Abdallah, and Victor Lesser (2009). Integrating Organizational Control into Multi-Agent Learning. In: Proceedings
of 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent
Systems (AAMAS) (to appear) (acceptance
A. Alshamsi, S. Abdallah and I. Rahwan (2009).
Multiagent Self-Organization for a Taxi Dispatch System. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) (to appear).
Y. Gal, S. D'souza, P. Pasquier, I. Rahwan and S. Abdallah (2009).
The Effects of Goal Revelation on Computer-Mediated Negotiation. In: Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- S. Abdallah and V. Lesser (2008) A Multiagent Reinforcement Learning Algorithm with Non-linear Dynamics".
Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Volume 33, pages 521-549.
Abdallah and Victor Lesser (2008). Non-linear
Dynamics in Multiagent Reinforcement Learning
Algorithms. In: Proceedings of 7th International Conference on
Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). Estoril, Portugal. (acceptance
Sherief Abdallah, and Victor Lesser (2008). Efficient Multi-Agent
Reinforcement Learning through Automated Supervision. In: Proceedings
7th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent
Systems (AAMAS). Estoril, Portugal. (acceptance
S. Abdallah and V. Lesser.
Learning the Task Allocation Game.
In Proceedings of 5th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems,
AAMAS, 2006 (acceptance
- XiaoQin Zhang, Victor Lesser,
Sherief Abdallah. Efficient
Management of Multi-Linked Negotiation Based on a Formalized Model.
of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Volume 10, Number 2, March
V. Lesser. Modeling
Task Allocation Using a Decision Theoretic Model. In
Proceedings of 4th International
Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS,
Ostwald, V. Lesser, and S. Abdallah. Combinatorial
Auctions for Resource Allocation in a Distributed Sensor Network.
In proceedings of the 26th IEEE International Real-Time
Systems Symposium, (RTSS'05), IEEE Computer Society Press. December
Abdallah and V. Lesser. Learning
Task Allocation via Multi-Level Policy Gradient Algorithm with Dynamic
Learning Rate. Workshop on Planning and Learning in A Priori
Unknown or Dynamic Domains, the International Joint Conference on
Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2005.
Zink, D. Westbrook, S. Abdallah, et al. Meteorological
Command and Control: An End-to-end Architecture for a Hazardous Weather
Detection Sensor Network. Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on
End-to-End, Sense-and-Respond Systems, Applications, and Services (EESR
05), pp. 37-42. June 2005.
- S. Abdallah and
Victor Lesser. Learning
Scalable Coalition Formation in an Organizational Context.
Book chapter in "Challenges in the Coordination of
Large Scale Multiagent
Systems", published by Springer. 2005
et al. Monitoring
and Synchronization for Teamwork (or .pdf).
In Proceedings of 17th ACM Symposium
on Applied Computing (the Special Track of Coordination Models,
Applications). March, 2002 (acceptance
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