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Amir Pourabdollah

Research Fellow in Computer Science,

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Expertise Summary

Amir has been a research fellow in Computer Science (since 2012) and in Geospatial Science (2009-2012) at the University of Nottingham. He has MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham (2008) and BEng in Telecommunication and Electronics Engineering from the University of Tehran (1993).

Research Backgrounds:

- Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC): Bioinformatics data science, Bioinformatics intelligence

- Intelligent Modelling and Analysis Research Group (IMA): fuzzy expert systems (non-singleton and type-2), uncertainty handling in decision support systems.

- Nottingham Geospatial Science (NGI): Open geospatial services and standards, spatial data modeling and analysis, crowd-sourced GIS, data quality, location-based services and positioning technologies

Teaching Summary

PhD Co-Supervisor in computer science, 2 current PhD student. Topics include type-2, hierarchical and Non-singleton fuzzy logic systems. Part-time Lecturer and module tutor. Taught modules… read more

Research Summary

Recent Publications

  • PhD Co-Supervisor in computer science, 2 current PhD student. Topics include type-2, hierarchical and Non-singleton fuzzy logic systems.
  • Part-time Lecturer and module tutor. Taught modules include:
    • Programming Languages, Robotics, Multimedia, Databases, Software Engineering, Large-Scale Systems, Computer Security (MSc and BSc in IT, School of Computer Science)
    • Professional Issues in GIS, OGC Web Services (MSc in GIS, School of Geography)
    • Telecommunication Technologies (School of Continuing Education)
  • MSc and BSc project supervisor, topics include ANN, NLP, Location-Based Services, Virtual and mixed reality and E-learning.
  • Central Short Courses Trainer (2003 to 2010), Various short courses under "IT in Research" for PhD students and researchers (Graduate School)

Past Research

  • 2015-2017: UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (MRC-funded) and BBMRI-CSIT Biobanking Information Systems in the EU.
  • 2013-2015: Towards Data-Driven Environmental Policy Design (EPSRC-funded) within Intelligent Modeling and Analysis Research Group and Horizon Research Institute, School of Computer Science.
  • 2011-2012: Project development of OSM-GB (Open Street Map for Great Britain) funded by 1Spatial, within the Nottingham Geospatial Institute.
  • Project development for the JISC-funded ELOGeo (E-learning Framework for Open-Geospatial Software, Data and Standards), within the school of Geography
  • Other previous international research projects carried out include EuroGEOSS, GIS4EU and eSOTER
  • A. POURABDOLLAH, C. WAGNER, J. ALADI and J. GARIBALDI, 2016. Improved Uncertainty Capture for Non-Singleton Fuzzy Systems IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. 24(6), 1513-1524
  • WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, MCCULLOCH, JOSIE, JOHN, ROBERT and GARIBALDI, JONATHAN M, 2016. A similarity-based inference engine for non-singleton fuzzy logic systems In: Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), 2016 IEEE International Conference on. 316-323
  • SMITH MJ, WAGNER C, WALLACE KJ, POURABDOLLAH A and LEWIS L, 2016. The contribution of nature to people: Applying concepts of values and properties to rate the management importance of natural elements. Journal of environmental management. 175, 76-86
  • WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, MCCULLOCH, JOSIE, JOHN, ROBERT and GARIBALDI, JONATHAN M., 2016. A Similarity-based Inference Engine for Non-Singleton Fuzzy Logic Systems 2016 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ-IEEE). 316-323
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR and BRAILSFORD, TIM, 2015. On the Turing Completeness of the Semantic Web THEORY OF COMPUTING SYSTEMS. 56(2), 291-308
  • ALADI, JABRAN HUSSAIN, WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, GARIBALDI, JONATHAN M. and POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, 2015. On Transitioning From Type-1 to Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ-IEEE 2015).
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, WAGNER, CHRISTIAN and ALADI, JABRAN, 2015. Changes under the Hood - a New Type of Non-Singleton Fuzzy Logic System 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ-IEEE 2015).
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, SMITH, MICHAEL and WALLACE, KEN, 2015. Real-World Utility of Non-Singleton Fuzzy Logic Systems: A Case of Environmental Management 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS (FUZZ-IEEE 2015).
  • WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, SMITH, MICHAEL and WALLACE, KEN, 2015. Generating Uncertain Fuzzy Logic Rules from Surveys Capturing Subjective Relationships between Variables from Human Experts 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEMS, MAN, AND CYBERNETICS (SMC 2015): BIG DATA ANALYTICS FOR HUMAN-CENTRIC SYSTEMS. 2033-2038
  • A POURABDOLLAH, S ANAND, J MORLEY and M JACKSON, 2013. Open learning platform for the Open Geospatial Community In: the 26th International Cartographic Conference (ICC), Dresden, Germany.
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, MORLEY, JEREMY and FELDMAN, STEVEN, 2013. OSM-GB: Using Open Source Geospatial Tools to Create OSM Web Services for Great Britain In: the 6th conference on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), Nottingham, UK.
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, MORLEY, JEREMY, FELDMAN, STEVEN and JACKSON, MIKE, 2013. Studying the Dynamic Patterns of OpenStreetMap Bugs in Great Britain In: 16th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Leuven, Belgium.
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, MORLEY, JEREMY, FELDMAN, STEVEN and JACKSON, MIKE, 2013. Towards an Authoritative OpenStreetMap: Conflating OSM and OS OpenData National Maps’ Road Network ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2(3), 704-728
  • LEIBOVICI, DG, POURABDOLLAH, A and JACKSON, MJ, 2013. Which spatial data quality can be meta-propagated?: Journal of Spatial Science Journal of Spatial Science. 58(1), 3-14
  • JEREMY MORLEY, AMIR POURABDOLLAH, TRACEY MOONEY and STEVEN FELDMAN, 2012. Formalizing the Crowd - applying formal quality assurance processes to OpenStreetMap In: AGI GeoCommunity ’12, Nottingham, UK.
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, ANAND, SUCHITH, MORLEY, JEREMY and JACKSON, MIKE, 2012. GI-BoK-Open Source GIS Education perspective In: the 15th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Avignon, France.
  • LEIBOVICI, DIDIER G, POURABDOLLAH, AMIR and JACKSON, MIKE, 2012. On Interoperability and Web Processing Service setting for Geo-Workflow Quality Assessment and Execution In: the fourth Open Source GIS Conference - OSGIS, Nottingham, UK.
  • S. FELDMAN, A. POURABDOLLAH and J. MORLEY, 2012. OSM-GB - Can quality improvement increase contribution? In: Society of Cartographers 48th Annual Conference, London, UK.
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, LEIBOVICI, DIDIER G, SIMMS, DANIEL M, TEMPEL, PIET, HALLETT, STEPHEN H and JACKSON, MIKE J, 2012. Towards a standard for soil and terrain data exchange: SoTerML Computers & Geosciences. 45, 270-283
  • AMIR POURABDOLLAH, SUCHITH ANAND, JEREMY MORLEY, MIKE JACKSON and KAMIE KITMITO, 2011. An e-Learning Framework for Using Geospatial Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards In: the 7th International gvSIG conference, Valencia, Spain.
  • DIDIER LEIBOVICI, AMIR POURABDOLLAH and MIKE JACKSON, 2011. Meta-propagation of Uncertainties for Scientific Workflow Quality Management in Interoperable Spatial Data Infrastructures In: European Geo-science Union (EGU) Conference, Vienna, Italy.
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, LEIBOVICI, DIDIER and JACKSON, MIKE, 2011. MetaPunT: An open source tool for meta-propagation of uncertainties in geospatial processing In: the third Open Source GIS Conference (OSGIS), Nottingham, UK.
  • LEIBOVICI, DG, POURABDOLLAH, A and JACKSON, MJ, 2011. Which spatial data quality can be meta-propagated? In: the 7th International Symposium on Spatial Data Quality, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • LEIBOVICI, DG, POURABDOLLAH, A and JACKSON, M, 2011. Quality Metadata Management for Geospatial Scientific Workflows: from Retrieving to Assessing with Online Tools In: Proceedings of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Metting, San Francisco, CA. 1. 1456
  • CHRIS HIDE, TERRY MOORE, CHRIS HILL, KHAIRI ABDULRAHIM and AMIR POURABDOLLAH, 2010. Rapid Wi-Fi fingerprint mapping for indoor navigation In: Royal Institute of Navigation NAV10 Conference, London, UK.
  • SALMAN, ABDULRAHMAN MS and POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, 2010. UCML: Ubiquitous Control Modeling Language for Android Platform In: the Fourth International Conference on Next Generation Mobile Applications, Services and Technologies (NGMAST), Amman, Jordan. 112-116
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, MENG, XIAOLIN and JACKSON, MIKE, 2010. Towards low-cost collaborative mobile positioning In: Proceedings of Ubiquitous Positioning, Indoor Navigation and Location Based Service (UPINLBS) Conference, Helsinki, Finland. 1-5
  • SAFWAT, AMENA and POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, 2009. E-learning for healthcare professionals towards HIS in Egypt In: ITI 7th International Conference on Communications and Information Technology (ICICT), Cairo, Egypt. 25-29
  • ZHOU, DONG, TRURAN, MARK, BRAILSFORD, TIM, ASHMAN, HELEN and POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, 2008. Llama-b: automatic hyperlink authoring in the blogosphere In: Proceedings of the nineteenth ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia, Pittsburg, USA.. 133-138
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, ASHMAN, HELEN and BRAILSFORD, TIM, 2008. Are we talking about the same structure?: a unified approach to hypertext links, xml, rdf and zigzag In: Proceedings of the nineteenth ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia, Pittsburg, USA.. 241-242
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR, BRAILSFORD, TIM and ASHMAN, HELEN, 2007. A user-oriented design for business workflow systems: LNCS: Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 4473, 285-297
  • POURABDOLLAH, AMIR and HARTLEY, MICHAEL, 2006. Gathering unstructured workflow data into relational database model using process definition language In: Proceedings of the 24th IASTED International Conference on Database and Applications, Innsbruck, Austria. 503. 32-37

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The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB


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