Staff profile

Professor Farid Meziane

Head of the Data Science Research Centre


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering

Research centre

Data Science Research Centre





I am a Professor of Data Science at the University of Derby, School of Computing and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering and Head of the Data Science Research Centre. As such, my role is mainly on leading and developing research and innovation in the areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. As the chair of the college research committee (CRC), I am overseeing the implementation of the university’s research strategy within the college and issues regarding Postgraduate Research students' progress. I am working with colleagues in the DSRC to provide innovative solutions to local and national industries in the areas of data science and artificial intelligence.

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently teaching the Natural Language Processing module offered as part of the MSc in Big Data Analytics. I am also supervising final year projects at bachelor’s level and MSc dissertations.

Professional interests

My interests are in developing impactful research to solve real-life problems using data science and AI techniques. Domains of interest include e-commerce and targeted marketing, health informatics with special emphasis on the classification of medical imaging and Natural language processing.

Research interests

My research interests are mainly in the fields of data science applications and Natural Language Processing. Specifically, over the last few years I have developed research in:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I am the co-chair of the international conference on the application of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB) that I have organised a few times in the past and which will be hosted by the University of Derby in June 2023. I am regularly invited as a guest speaker at international conferences.

As a guest speaker at the Fifth International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Systems and Informatics (AISI’19) organised in Cairo, Egypt from October 26-28, 2019, I spoke about the research developed on the standardisation of radiology reports using rhetorical structure theory.

At the International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI 2018) organised in London in June 2018, I was invited to give a talk as a guest speaker on the work on developing an adaptable and personalised E-learning system using freely available resources on the Web with a special application to computer science programmes design.

I am on the programme committee and am a regular reviewer of over ten international conferences.

International experience

At the University of Salford, I was the associate dean for international development from 2011 to 2019. In this position, I gained a lot of experience in developing international collaborations with HEI in the Middle East, Malaysia, France and India. I have represented the university in many international events including India, China, France and the Middle East.

I am a regular reviewer for the French Research Agency (ANR) in their research activities. In 2020, I was appointed as the vice president of the Computer science and Maths international jury for the evaluation for their EQUIPEX programme.

I am regularly review programmes and promotion applications for overseas universities mainly in the Middle East.

In the media

Recent publications

For a full list of publications see:

Computer Processor

An increase in the budget for "defence" puts the spotlight on the use of artificial intelligence (AI), writes Professor Farid Meziane, Head of the University of Derby's Data Science Research Centre.