Staff profile

Dr Asad Abdi

Lecturer in Computer Science

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College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing





I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Computer Science at the University of Derby, School of Computing and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering. I held a Researcher and Lecturer position at the University of Twente, Netherlands and held a post-doctoral position in the UTM Big Data Centre at the University of Technology Malaysia. I also held a Research Assistant position in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Malaya (UM).

I am a fervent advocate of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural language Processing (NLP). My research goal is computers that can intelligently process and understand human languages. I actively contribute to the innovative group at the Data Science Research Centre in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence. I have published several papers in many areas of AI, NLP, and data mining. My research received two awards (Gold Medal) from NIIDR 2015 and iidex 2016, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). I received my Ph.D. from the University of Malaya and did my Master's in software engineering at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

Teaching responsibilities

Currently, I am the module leader of the following modules:

Previously, I have taught the following courses:

University of Twente:

University of Technology Malaysia:

I have experience in supervising postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Professional interests

My major research interests lie in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and data mining. In the area of NLP and Linguistics, I worked on statistical-based, rule-based, Neural Networks-based approaches and computational models to address different problems. Within AI, I study the theoretical foundation and practical algorithms for Artificial Intelligence.

I am interested in problems related to probabilistic modelling, machine learning, and data mining, and their interdisciplinary applications such as information retrieval (IR), graph-based knowledge representation, decision support systems (DSS), recommender systems, expert systems, Education, the Health Care System and Transportation. Meanwhile, I enjoy collaborating with scientists and domain experts of different backgrounds for interdisciplinary research in data science.

Research interests

My focus is on Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, and opportunities to use it in real-world domains. Specifically, over the past few years, I researched the following topics:

Research Projects:

To find out more about what I do, take a look at my papers.

Membership of professional bodies

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member of Editorial Board

Guest Editor

     1. Journal of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence 

     2. Applied Sciences journal 

Session chair

Conferences Organisation and Committee Member

Technical Reviewer of the Journal - ISI indexed


Recent conferences

The list of the selected conference papers is as follows:

Experience in industry

I have worked in the industry as an instructor and data processing expert. My industry experience gave me the opportunity to convert the knowledge obtained in our laboratories into products, how to enhance production by contributing to the latest technologies etc. 


International experience