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Professor Khurshid Ahmad

Chair of Computer Science (1973) (Computer Science)

Chair of Computer Science (1973) (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

Khurshid is the Professor of Computer Science in the School of Statistics and Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland since 2005. He was formerly Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Surrey, UK (1999-2005). He is currently working on spinning out his research in emergency management and decision making as a commercial venture: the product will be a social media monitor for use in emergencies including natural disasters like floods, and health pandemics. Khurshid's research areas include artificial intelligence, machine learning, social media and networks, fuzzy logic and behavioural finance. He was trained as a nuclear physicist and worked in high-performance computing covering areas such as forecasting, computer-assisted learning, engineering design, and information extraction from continuous information streams comprising texts, images and numbers. His work seeks to maximise the potential of computing systems by enabling these systems to deal with different modalities of human communications, language, vision, and numerical information exchange. Khurshid's current focus is on the automatic analysis facial expressions and hand gestures of politicians, civil protection officials, and market traders during emergencies. His collaborators have been diverse ranging from National Gallery of Ireland, UK and Irish Police Forces, Bundeskommnado Leipzig, Protezione Civile Veneto, Italy, Siemens AG, Mercedes Benz, AXA Insurance, international banks, and universities across the EU, the USA, and Australia. He has recently completed an EU Framework Programme 7 - Security Area on the use and abuse of social media in disaster emergency (Project Slandail). A book on Social Computing and the Law (Cambridge, 2018), focussing on emergency management, has just been published. In the past by the UK Research Councils (including EPSRC, ESRC, and AHRC) and EU Information Societies Programme have funded his projects. His work on commercialisation of his research on sentiment analysis and on social computing during disasters were funded by Atlantic Bridge Venture Finds and Enterprise Ireland respectively (2018019). He was the founding Head and Professor of Artificial Intelligence of the Department of Computing, University of Surrey, UK (1999-2005); Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School (1998, 2013) and University of Surrey (2005-2008). He has extensive international contacts and has been invited to speak at major conferences across the world. He is currently working on an information system that can find trends in the reporting and blogging about infectious disease. He grew up in Pakistan where he obtained a first class honours degree in Physics and a Masters in Nuclear Physics with distinction from the University of Karachi: he obtained his PhD in Nuclear Structure Physics from the University of Surrey in 1975. He has published over 250 papers including 6 books; his most recent book is on the topic of Social Computing and the Law (Cambridge) and a five years before he published Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis: Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology (Springer). He has supervised 45 PhD, 1 MPhil, and 21 MSc students successfully, and is currently supervising 2 PhD students and 6 MSc students. He is an elected Fellow of the British Computer Society and of Trinity College Dublin, and a Chartered Engineer of the UK Engineering Council.
  Artificial Intelligence/Cybernetics   Bayesian Inference   Behavioural Economics   behavioural Finance   Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Techniques   Business Cycles/Crises   Cognitive Development/Processes   cognitive linguistics   Computational and theoretical models of cognitive processes   Computer Vision and Image Processing   Content Based Video Analysis   Criminal Information Systems   Decision support tools   Econometric and statistical analysis   Econometrics/Forecasting   Expert Systems   Imaging and Computer Vision   Infant Psychology   Innovation and growth   Internet technologies   Knowledge Acquisition   Knowledge and data engineering   KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS   KNOWLEDGE BASES   KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING   Knowledge Management   Knowledge Representation   LANGUAGE ACQUISITION   Language Acquisition and Development   LANGUAGE DISORDER   Multimedia   Natural Language Programming   NEURAL COMPUTING   NEURAL DEVELOPMENT   NEURAL NETWORKS   Neurodegeneration   Neuroinformatics   Nuclear Physics   Pattern Recognition   Relativity   Statistical and simulation methodologies   Systems control, Modelling, Neural networks   Theoretical Physics
 Slándáil: Security System for language and image analysis
 Governance, Risk and Compliance Competence Centre - GRC3 (2012-2013)
 Reasoning in Risky Environments: Fuzzy Logic and Multi-criteria decision making
 Faireacháin: A project for building a system for monitoring, evaluating and predicting behaviour of markets and of communities

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Director, Treocht Ltd, A Trinity Spin-off Company 2009-2012
External Examiner for PhD theses at the Universities of Helsinki, Manchester, Nottingham-Trent, Sheffield and at Copenhagen Business School
Technical Director, InKE Ltd, Guildford 1994-96
Consultant, Advanced Mechanics and Engineering Ltd 1988-92
Consultant, the former UK National Rivers Authority 1994
UNDP/UN-FAO, Technology Transfer (TOKTEN) Consultant to the Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan 1985-1991
Member, nominated by the then DHSS, Surrey Family Practitioners' Committee 1986-1991
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Urdu Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Member & Chair, Prioritization Panel for Biologically Inspired Computing of the EPSRC(February & July 2004)
Member, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 's (EPSRC) College of Computing 2002 2009
Fellow, British Computer Society 2005
Khurshid Ahmad, Social computing and the law: Uses and abuses in exceptional circumstances., Cambridge (UK) & New York (USA), Cambridge University Press, 2018, 1 - 170pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Khurshid Ahmad, Stephen Kelly, Shane Finan, 'How sentimental are we about Brexit?', Dublin, Ireland, RTE , 2018, 1 - 4, Digital research resource production, PUBLISHED  URL
Stephen Kelly, Khurshid Ahmad, Kelly, S., & Ahmad, K. (2018). Estimating the impact of domain-specific news sentiment on financial assets. , Knowledge-Based Systems, 150, 2018, p116 - 126, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Zemankova A, Kelly S, Ahmad K, Bonferroni mean with weighted interaction, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 25, (6), 2018, p3085 - 3096, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Zhao Z, Kelly S, Ahmad K, Finding sentiment in noise: Non-linear relationships between sentiment and financial markets, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2017, pp580-591 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Ahmad K, Spyropoulou M, Disaster-related public speeches: The role of emotions, Proceedings - 2016 11th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2016, 2016, 2016, pp800 - 804, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Jing M, Scotney B.W, Coleman S.A, McGinnity M.T, Zhang X, Kelly S, Ahmad K, Schlaf A, Grunder-Fahrer S, Heyer G, Integration of text and image analysis for flood event image recognition, 2016 27th Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2016, 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Zhang X, Kelly S, Ahmad K, The slandail monitor: Real-time processing and visualisation of social media data for emergency management, Proceedings - 2016 11th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2016, 2016, 2016, pp786 - 791, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Cook J.A, Zhao Z, Ahmad K, Stylized facts of linguistic corpora: Exploring the lexical properties of affect in news, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2016, pp494-502 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Ahmad K, Han J, Hutson E, Kearney C, Liu S, Media-expressed negative tone and firm-level stock returns, Journal of Corporate Finance, 37, 2016, p152 - 172, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Robert Remus and Khurshid Ahmad, Stimmungen in deutschsprachigen Nachrichten, Blogs und dem DAX, Terminologiemagzin, (1), 2010, p24 - -27, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Rafif Al-Sayed & Khurshid Ahmad, Knowleldge Sharing in a Community of Practice: A Text-Based Approach in Emergent Domains, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management, American University of Dubai, UAE, 21-22 November 2005, edited by Dan Remenyi , 2005, pp30 - 41, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ahmad K., Invited Keynote Speech: Checking up and looking in: Self plagiarism in science and technology , Language & Law: east meets West, University of Łódź (Poland), 12th-14th September, 2005, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Ahmad, K, 5th International Conf. on Terminology and Knowledge Engineering, 2005, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Ahmad, K, 9th Int. Conf. on Information Visualisation, 2005, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Ahmad, K. & Ajala E., Learning about an Emergment Domain, Proc. of the Int. Conf. on Intellectual Capital & Knowledge Management, Toronto, 29-30 Oct, edited by D. Remenyi , 2004, pp309 - 318, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Ahmad, K, 8th Int. Conf. on Information Visualisation, 2004, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Ahmad, K., Manomaisupat, M. and Vrusias B., Automatic Text Classification and LSP terminology, Proceedings of the 14th European Symposium on Language for Special Purposes, LSP 2003, 2004, pp400 - 404, Notes: [(ISBN: 1-84469-007-5)], Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Ahmad, K, 13th European Conference on Language for Special Purposes, 2003, Guildford, Surrey, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Ahmad, Khurshid., Scientific Texts and the Evolution of Knowledge - the need for a critical framework, Scientiae I - Proceedings of the 13th LSP, Vassa, Finland, August 20-24, 2001, edited by Koskela, M., Lauren, C., Nordman, M., & Pilke, N. Porta , Vaasa:Univ.of Vassa Publications Unit., 2002, pp123 - 135, Notes: [(ISBN 951-683-980-0)], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED


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Fellow of the British Computer Society 2004
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2012
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Terminology and Ontology; Knowledge Acquisition; Expert Systems. NEURAL NETWORKS: Multi-net neural computing systems, simulation of developmental and of degenerative systems. BEHAVIOURAL FINANCE: Affect and sentiment analysis. Metaphors in Finance. Interaction of sentiment and named entities with prices and volumes of financial and commodity instruments. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Discovery and Innovation; Knowledge Transfer especially best practice.