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Professor Khurshid Ahmad

Chair of Computer Science (1973) (Computer Science)

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

I am the Professor of Computer Science in the School of Statistics and Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland since 2005. He was Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Surrey, UK (1999-2005). I 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). I 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. My work seeks to emulate a key human trait of being able to use signals from different modalities (images, speech, texts) with other symbolic and numerical information where available, to learn, to make decisions, to plan, and to control complex systems. My research areas include artificial intelligence, neural networks, fuzzy logic, social media analytics and behavioural finance. Currently I am working on the automatic recognition of facial and voice emotion expression and we are (a) looking at the performance of well known emotion recognition systems; (b) developing a method for synthesising facial expressions with and vocal signals of emotions; and (c) to estimate the impact of these non-verbal emotions on the society at large. I have shown how to estimate the impact of sentiment expressed in texts, across a range of languages, on market movement and election outcomes. The human trait of using multi-modal systems was used by us in building systems that could be used to search for images given verbal cues and to find keywords for describing images. We have shown how such systems can be used in forensic science and diagnostic medicine. My other major projects include building a large-language models to investigate politico-historical questions like the emergence of states; cyber security of critical infrastructure; and, the impact of low-level wind shear at airports. I was trained as a nuclear physicist; in computing I have worked in areas such as forecasting, computer-assisted learning (Russian and German), engineering design, and information extraction from continuous information streams comprising texts, images and numbers. I have designed and implemented systems that learn to deal with the different modalities of communications and systems that learn language like children do. My collaborators have been diverse ranging from major EU and US universities, international banks and financial enterprises, National Gallery of Ireland, law enforcement and emergency management agencies, IT companies like Siemens AG, Cap Gemini, ATOS and others. 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
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
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
Datta, D., Jiang, W., Vogel, C., & Ahmad, K, Speech Emotion Recognition Systems: A Cross-Language, Inter-racial, and Cross-Gender Comparison, Future of Information and Communication Conference (FICC), San Fancisco, 2-3 March 2023, edited by Kohei Arai , 1, Springer Nature, 2023, pp375 - 390, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Carl Vogel & Khurshid Ahmad, Agreement and disagreement between major emotion recognition systems, Knowledge-Based Systems, 276, 2023, p110579-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Ahmad K., Wang S., Vogel C., Jain P., O'Neill O., Sufi B.H., Comparing the Performance of Facial Emotion Recognition Systems on Real-Life Videos: Gender, Ethnicity and Age, Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2021, Future Technologis Conference- FTC 2021, Vancouver, Canand & ONLINE, 28-29 , edited by Arai, K. , 1, Springer, 2021, pp193 - 210, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ammar Qureshi and Khurshid Ahmad, Agents and Secure Contracts in Cyber-Physical Systems: A Simulation, Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2021, Future Technologis Conference- FTC 2021, Vancouver, Canand & ONLINE, 28-29 October 2021, edited by Arai, K. , 1, Springer, 2021, pp533 - 551, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Jiachuan Wang,Tanmay Bagla,Sneha Srivastava, Adam Teehan, Khurshid Ahmad, Market Movements at High Frequencies and Latency in Response Times, Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2021, Future Technologis Conference- FTC 2021, Vancouver, Canand & ONLINE, 28-29 October 2021, edited by Arai, K. , 1, Springer, 2021, pp943 - 961, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Khurshid Ahmad, 'DID THE MARKET MOVE FOR YOU? ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & FINANCIAL AND COMMODITY TRADING', London, England., Z/Yen Group Ltd., 41 Lothbury London EC2R 7HG United Kingdom, 2021, -, Digital research resource production, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
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

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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.