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Dr Samad Ahmadi

Job: Reader in Optimisation and Computational Intelligence, Principal Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): The Virtual Reality and Assisted Living (Vir.AL) Research Group, Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 250 6314




Personal profile

My research interests are  in mathematical modelling, data/text mining, optimisation and  computational intelligence and their applications including  the facility location problem, clustering, vehicle routing, scheduling and timetabling, data mining and web log mining, use of artificial intelligence in interactive environments, object recognition and  assisted living. I founded the optimisation and knowledge discovery research group (OPT-KD) in 2005 and co-founded the Virtual Reality and Assisted Living research group (Vir.AL)  in 2012.

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

My research interests are in mathematical modelling and  use of optimisation and artificial intelligence concepts and techniques to solve challenging real world problems in the areas of scheduling, planning, data mining and virtual reality. My work in these areas has focused mainly on following search problems:

  • Clustering and location problems;
  • Scheduling and Timetabling Problems;
  • Modelling Optimisation problems and creating standards for benchmarks for timetabling;
  • Very Large Neighbourhood Structures;
  • Data Mining and web log mining;
  • AI for Games and virtual reality;


My current projects/interets are on:
  • Theoretical studies of large neighbourhood structures
  • Object recognition for assisted living for visually impaired
  • recognising user strategies and intentions in interactive environments
  • data mining for energy efficiency

Areas of teaching

  • Applied Computational Intelligence
  • Advanced Game Programming.


  • Ph.D. in Operational Research, University of Kent at Canterbury (1998)
  • M.Sc. in Mathematical Science, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Thesis on: “Isomorphism of reducing and invariant subspaces for self-adjoint operators on Hilbert spaces ” (1988)
  • B.Sc. In Mathematical Science, University of Teacher’s Training, Tehran, Iran (1984).

Courses taught

  • Operational Research
  • Applied Computational Intelligence
  • Research methods
  • C++ Programming
  • Advanced Game programming (C++ and OpenGL)
  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Differential Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra.

Honours and awards

Research Leave, De Montfort University (Jan. 2014- may 2014)  Object recognition using Microsoft Kinect for blind and visually impaired.

Membership of external committees

  • Founding chair of IEEE Games Innovation Conference 2009 (London)
  • Member of the international advisory committee and the program committee for IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics, Berlin (2011- )
  • Member of technical program committee of IEEE Consumer Electronics, Las Vegas (2012) 
  • Member of the program committee for the  International Conference on Knowledge discovery and information retrieval (KDIR), (2012-  )
  • Member of the program committee of IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Scheduling (2009- );
  • Member of the program committee of the IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Games, (2010-  )
  • Member of the program committee of the 4th Conference on data mining and optimisation.
  • Member of the program committee for the 2nd European Conference on Games Based Learning, Barcelona, Spain 16-17 October 2008
  • Program chair of IEEE Games Innovation conference 2010 (Hong Kong) and 2013 (Vancouver)
  • Member of the program committee for the 1st IEEE Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (GCCE), Japan (2012-   )

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of IEEE and CE society (2008-)
  • Member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2013)
  • Member of ACM (2008, 2012)
  • Member of IEEE Computer society and communications society (2008-2009).

Forthcoming events

Program Chair of the IEEE Games Innovation Conference, Vancouver, Sep. 23-25, 2013.

Consultancy work

Area of expertise: Assisted Living, Game technologies, Data mining.

Consultant for a TSB project on requirements of payment systems for MMORPG for a value of £3000.

Current research students

PhD students:

  • Matthias F. Brandstetter:  Modelling user strategies in interactive environments, Part-time international PhD student, from Austria (first supervisor)
  • Arlene Casey: 
  • Salah Badran: Source separation for audio signals (cocktail party problem), iPhD from Oman, full time (second supervisor)
MSc students:
  • Arlene Casey: Object extraction and recognition using Microsoft Kienct, PT MSc Intelligent systems, DL (UK)
  • Edward Laurence: Application of an Anticipatory Belief Network  to UAV Hover Control, MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics, DL (UK)
  • Ryan Vassallo: Large neighbourhood structures in clustering, MSc Intelligent systems, DL (Malta)

Externally funded research grants information

  •  Innovation Fund Principal Investigator: (jointly funded by the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) together with European support through ERDF) on virtual reality and haptic device for training surgeons (2012-2013): £13000    

Internally funded research project information

  • Research Leave, De Montfort University (Jan. 2014- may 2014)  Object recognition using Microsoft Kinect for blind and visually impaired.
  • DMU PhD bursary on Modelling user strategies in interactive environments (2011-2014)
  • Two Frontrunners placements as product prototype developers  for a Surgeon Training Device with Dr Dr. Lorenzo Picinali (2012)
  • Two frontrunner placements on Software maintenance and development for Human selection of scheduling heuristics (HuSSH) software  and OPT-KD timetabling repository software (June-July 2013)
  • Three frontrunners for data mining of gesture recognition from music data (June-July 2013)
  • funding for introducing research into teaching in the area of games (2007): £1500 

Professional esteem indicators

  • Associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games
  • Member of editorial board of the journal of Memetic Computing
  • Member of steering committee for IEEE transaction on Computational intelligence and AI for games
  • Member of the reviewing board of IEEE transaction on Consumer Electronics
  • Associate editor for the International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing.

Past PhD students

  • Manal Aldhayan: Optimisation problems in cost-estimation, Full-time (first supervisor)
  • Dr Stephen G. Matthews (2012): Learning lost fuzzy association rules (2nd supervisor)
  • Dr Majid Almaraashi (2012): Learning of Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems using Simulated Annealing (second supervisor)
  • Mr Himadri Bhattacharya (2007) Combining similarity measures to identify correlated web pages; (first supervisor), award of DMU MPhil;
  • Dr Salwani Abdullah (joint supervision with Nottingham University) on very large neighbourhood structures for scheduling and timetabling (2006)
  • Dr Dave Ranson (joint supervision with the Sussex University) (2008)
  • Dr. Huiling Chen (Second supervisor with Prof. Hongji Yang as the 1st supervisor) 

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