Dr Hamid Mukhtar PhD

Dr Hamid Mukhtar

School of Computer Science
Associate Professor

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School of Computer Science
Main campus building, Dubai campus
University of Birmingham
Dubai International Academic City
P.O Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Hamid Mukhtar is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Birmingham Dubai campus.

His research interests include deep learning, natural language processing, health informatics, and human behaviour modelling in pervasive environments.


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2009
  • MSc in Computer Science (French), 2006
  • MSc in Computer Science, 2005
  • BSc in Computer Science, 2003


Dr Hamid Mukhtar has a doctorate degree in Computer Science from National Institute for Telecommunications (INT), France. Prior to joining University of Birmingham, he gained research and teaching experience at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, Taif University, Saudi Arabia, and Telcom SudParis, France (post-doc).

His main research interests include machine learning, natural language processing, health informatics, and human behaviour modelling in pervasive environments. He is currently supervising five master’s students in various research tasks.

Dr Hamid Mukhtar has been engaged with the industry in several research collaborations and grants, providing consultancy on data science and software usability issues. Occasionally, I have conducted workshops to professionals from the software industry on topics of my personal interests such as natural language processing, Android application development, games development, and modern web development technologies (angular, web scraping, etc.)

Having a deep background in computer science, from bachelors and masters studies until my PhD, he has taught a broad range of subjects in the discipline of computer science: operating systems, distributed systems, computer graphics, games design and development, database systems, data structures and algorithms, discrete structures, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, data warehousing, web engineering, scientific computing, expert systems, and professional ethics.

For any collaborative research work, please feel free to get in touch.


  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • BSc Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence


Research interests

Deep learning, natural language processing, health informatics, human behaviour modelling

Current projects

  • Persuasiveness in Human behaviour modelling
  • Biasedness and affiliation in news

Other activities

Occasionally, I conduct workshops on applied technologies in mobile application development, game development, web development and machine learning. I provide brief consultancy to the industry on mobile, web, and game technologies and machine learning development issues.


Book chapters

  1. Hamid Mukhtar, Belaïd, D., "Using Universal Plug-n-Play for Device Communication in Ad hoc Pervasive Environments", in Pervasive Communications Handbook, CRC Press, ISBN 9781420051094, Nov. 2011. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315219578
  2. Ben Lahmar, I., Hamid Mukhtar, Belaïd, D., "Interoperability in Pervasive Environments", in Pervasive Communications Handbook, CRC Press, ISBN 9781420051094, Nov. 2011. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315219578

Journal papers

  1. Ain Q, Iqbal, S., and Mukhtar, H., (2022) “Improving Quality of Experience using Fuzzy Controller for Smart Homes”, IEEE Access, Vol 10,11892-11908, IF=3.37. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3096208
  2. Asif, A., Mukhtar, H., Alqadheeb, F., Ahmad H.F., and Alhumam, A. (2022). "An Approach for Pronunciation Classification of Classical Arabic Phonemes Using Deep Learning" Applied Sciences 12 (1): 238 – 255. IF=2.679. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12010238
  3. Mukhtar, H. and Al Azwari, S., (2021) “Investigating Non-Laboratory Variables to Predict Diabetic and Prediabetic Patients from Electronic Medical Records Using Machine Learning”, IJCNS, 21 (9): 19-30. http://paper.ijcsns.org/07_book/202109/20210903.pdf
  4. Mukhtar, H., Qaisar, S.M., Zaguia, A. (2021) “Deep Convolutional Neural Network Regularization for Alcoholism Detection Using EEG Signals”, Sp. Issue: Deep Learning and Big Data for Healthcare and Industry (Industry 5.0). Sensors, 21(16):5456. IF = 3.576. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21165456
  5. Mukhtar, H., Rubaiee, S., Krichen, M., Alroobaea, R. (2021) "An IoT Framework for Screening of COVID-19 Using Real-Time Data from Wearable SensorsInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18 (8): 4022. IF=3.39. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084022
  6. Ullah, N., Sami, I. Shaoping, W. Mukhtar, H., Wang, X., Chowdhury, M.S. and Techato, K., (2021) “A computationally efficient adaptive robust control scheme for a quad-rotor transporting cable-suspended payloadsThe Journal of Aerospace Engineering, IF=1.244. https://doi.org/10.1177/09544100211013617
  7. Khuram Shahzad, Sohail Iqbal, and Mukhtar, H. (2021) “Optimal Fuzzy Energy Trading System in a Fog-Enabled Smart GridEnergies 14 (3) IF=2.702. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14040881
  8. Ahmad, H.F., Mukhtar, H., Alaqail, H., Seliaman, M., and Alhumam. A. (2021) "Investigating Health-Related Features and Their Impact on the Prediction of Diabetes Using Machine Learning" Appl. Sci.  11 (3): 1173. IF=2.474. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031173
  9. Mukhtar, H., Ahmad, H.F., Khan, M.Z., and Ullah, N. (2020) "Analysis and Evaluation of COVID-19 Web Applications for Health Professionals: Challenges and Opportunities" Healthcare 8 (4): 466.  IF=1.916. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040466
  10. Sow, B., Mukhtar, H., Ahmad, H.F., and Suguri, H. (2018) “Assessing the Relative Importance of Social Determinants of Health in Malaria and Anemia Classification based on Machine Learning Techniques”, Informatics for Health and Soc. Care, IF=1.134. https://doi.org/10.1080/17538157.2019.1582056
  11. Fatima, I., Mukhtar, H., Ahmad, H.F., and Rajpoot, K. (2017) "Analysis of user-generated content from online social communities to characterise and predict depression degree." Journal of Information Science, IF=1.372. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0165551517740835
  12. Adnan, M.,  Habib, A., Mukhtar, H., and Ali, G. (2017) “Assessing the Realization of Smart Phones Learning Objects in Students’ Adaptive Learning Paths”, International Journal of Engineering Research, 6 (4), 201 – 208, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.5958/2319-6890.2017.00002.2
  13. Mukhtar, H., “Towards Analytical Modeling for Persuasive Design Choices in Mobile Apps”, (2016) International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, 7 (11). thesai.org/Publications/ViewIssue?volume=7&issue=11&code=IJACSA
  14. Mukhtar, H., “Using Persuasive Recommendations in Wellness Applications based upon User Activities”, (2016) International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, 7 (8).
  15. Sarwar, A., Mukhtar, H., Maqbool, M. and Belaïd, D.,  (2015) “SmartFit: A Step Count Based Mobile Application for Engagement in Physical Activities,” (2016) International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, 6 (8)https://thesai.org/Publications/ViewIssue?volume=6&issue=8&code=ijacsa
  16. Ben Lahmar, I., Belaïd, D., and Mukhtar, H., (2012) “Middleware for task resolution and adaptation in pervasive environments”, Evolving Systems 3: 221–233. Springer Berlin/ Heidelberg, ISSN: 1868-6478. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12530-012-9057-2
  17. Ben Lahmar, I., Belaïd, D. and Mukhtar, H.. “A Pattern-based Adaptation for Abstract Applications in Pervasive Environments”, in International Journal on Advances in Software, vol. 4, no. 4, Apr. 2012. ISSN: 1942-2628. https://www.thinkmind.org/articles/soft_v4_n34_2011_10.pdf
  18. Mukhtar, H., Belaïd, D., and G. Bernard. “Dynamic User Task Composition Based on User Preferences.” ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS), Vol. 6, No. 1, Feb. 2011, IF=1.0. https://doi.org/10.1145/1921641.1921645
  19. Ben Lahmar, I., Belaïd, D., Mukhtar, H., (2010) "A Framework for Monitoring and Configuration of Components Using Dynamic Transformation", International Journal on Advances in Software, 3 (4): 371-384.

International conferences/workshops

  1. Gondal, M.A., Mukhtar, H., Qureshi, N. and Ahmad, H.F., (2020)“An Engineering approach to Integrate Non-Functional Requirements (NFR) to Achieve High Quality Software Process” in International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS2020), May 2020, Prague, Czech Republic. http://dx.doi.org/10.5220/0009568503770384
  2. Ashraf, M., Tahir, G.A., Abrar, S., Abdulaali, M., Mushtaq, S., and Mukhtar, H., “Personalized News Recommendation based on Multi-agent framework using Social Media Preferences”, In 2018 International Conference on Smart Computing and Electronic Enterprise (ICSCEE), July 2018, Shah Alam, Malaysia. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSCEE.2018.8538403
  3. Belhaj, N., Belaïd, D., and Mukhtar, H.. “Framework for Building Self-Adaptive Component Applications Based on Reinforcement Learning”. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC) 2018 Jul 2 (pp. 17-24). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/SCC.2018.00010
  4. Boubacar Sow, Hiroki Suguri, Mukhtar, H., and Ahmad, H.F.,, “Using Biological Variables and Social Determinants to Predict Malaria and Anemia among Children in Senegal”, in proceedings of the Technical Committee on Software Interprise Modeling (SWIM) workshop by IEICE, Nov. 2017.
  5. Nabila Belhaj, Belaïd, D., and Mukhtar, H.,Self-adaptive Decision Making for the Management of Component-Based Applications”.  In: Panetto H. et al. (eds) On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems. OTM 2017 Conferences. OTM 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10573. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69462-7_36
  6. Saqib Mushtaq, Mukhtar, H., Murtaza Ashraf, and Muhammad Shahbaz Muhtaq, “mydNews: Ranked News Based on Sentiment Analysis and Recursive Cosine Similarity”, in IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Applications (ICCIA), Sep 2017, Beijing, China. https://doi.org/10.1109/CIAPP.2017.8167223
  7. Aamir Khan, Mukhtar, H., Ahmad, H.F.,, Muhammad Awais Gondal, and Qazi Mudassar Ilyas, “Improving Usability through Enhanced Visualization in Healthcare”, IEEE 13th International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS 2017), March 22-24, 2017, Bangkok, Thailand. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISADS.2017.36
  8. Asad Habib, Muhammad Adnan, Mukhtar, H., and Gohar Ali, “Estimating the Success of Smartphones Multidimensional Learning Contents in Students Adaptive Learning,” in Proceedings of 2016 ACEAT, Annual Conference on Engineering and Applied Science, Kyoto, Japan.
  9. M. Ejaz Ahmed, Mukhtar, H., Belaïd, D., Ju Bin Song, "QoS-Aware Device Selection Using User-Preferences for Tasks in Ubiquitous Environments"Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Emerging Technologies (ICET) 2011, Sep. 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan. http://10.1109/ICET.2011.6048484
  10. Hania Aslam, Mukhtar, H., Farhana Seemi and Belaïd, D., “Harnessing Smartphones as a Personal Informatics Tool towards Self-Awareness and Behavior Improvement”, in Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, August 2016, Auckland, New Zealand. https://doi.org/10.1109/DASC-PICom-DataCom-CyberSciTec.2016.92
  11. Hira Jawaid, Khalid Latif, Mukhtar, H., Farooq Ahmad, and Syed Ali Raza. “Healthcare Data Validation and conformance Testing Approach using rule-based reasoning”, In: Yin X., Ho K., Zeng D., Aickelin U., Zhou R., Wang H. (eds) Health Information Science. HIS 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9085. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19156-0_25.
  12. Sehrish Amjad, Mukhtar, H., Cody Dunne, "Automating Scholarly Article Data Collection with Action Science Explorer", Proceedings of the 8th IEEE 2014 International Conference on Open-Source Systems and Technologies (ICOSST 2014), Dec, 2014, Lahore Pakistan. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICOSST.2014.7029338
  13. Irshad Faiz, Mukhtar, H., Ali Mustafa Qamar and Sharifullah Khan, "A Semantic Rules & Reasoning based Approach for Diet and Exercise Management for Diabetics", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies, Dec, 2014, Islamabad Pakistan. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICET.2014.7021023
  14. Sehrish Amjad, Mukhtar, H., Muhammad Muddassir Malik, "An Extension to JabRef for Extraction and Processing of Scholarly Articles", Proceedings of the Frontiers of Information Technology, Dec, 2014, Islamabad Pakistan. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIT.2014.53
  15. Irshad Faiz, Mukhtar, H. and Sharifullah Khan, “An Integrated Approach of Diet and Exercise Recommendations for Diabetes Patients”, In Proceedings of 2014 IEEE 16th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom 2014). https://doi.org/10.1109/HealthCom.2014.7001899
  16. Muhammad Adnan and Mukhtar, H., "Comparison of Adaptive e-Learning Mobile and Web-based Software Applications Effectiveness", Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - ICALT2014, Jul, 2014, Athens Greece. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2014.30
  17. Saqib Rasool and Mukhtar, H., "Adaptive Switching of Audio Traffic between WebRTC and WebSocket based on Battery Status of Portable Devices", Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Information Technology for the Holy Quran and Its Sciences, pp. , Dec, 2013, Madinah Saudi Arabia. https://doi.org/10.1109/NOORIC.2013.73
  18. Mukhtar, H. and Belaïd, D., "Using Adaptive Feedback for Promoting Physical Activeness in Adults", Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous and Intelligent Computing (UIC) 2013, 2013, Vietri-sul-Mare Italy. https://doi.org/10.1109/UIC-ATC.2013.99
  19. Awais Usman, and Mukhtar, H.. "Design Time Considerations for Cyber Physical Systems." Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom), 2012 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIT.2012.56
  20. Muhammad Adnan, Mukhtar, H., Muhammad Naveed, "Persuading Students for Behavior Change by Determining their Personality Type", Proceedings of the 2012 15th International Multitopic Conference (INMIC), Dec, 2012, Islamabad, Pakistan. https://doi.org/10.1109/INMIC.2012.6511472
  21. Usman Aslam, Mukhtar, H., "Data Sharing in Data-Centric Multi-Tenant Software as a Service", Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cloud and Green Computing (CGC) 2012, Nov, 2012, China. https://doi.org/10.1109/CGC.2012.87
  22. Mukhtar, H., Arshad Ali, Belaïd, D., and SY Lee. “Persuasive Healthcare Self-Management in Intelligent Environments”, In proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Intelligence Environments (IE’12), 2012, Mexico. https://doi.org/10.1109/IE.2012.51
  23. Mukhtar, H., SY Lee, Belaïd, D., and Arshad Ali. “Personalized Healthcare Self-management Using Social Persuasion,” In: Donnelly M., Paggetti C., Nugent C., Mokhtari M. (eds) Impact Analysis of Solutions for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. ICOST 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7251. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30779-9_9
  24. Ben Lahmar, I., Belaïd, D., Mukhtar, H., Sami Chaudhary, "Automatic Task Resolution and Adaptation in Pervasive Environments",  In: Bouchachia A. (eds) Adaptive and Intelligent Systems. ICAIS 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6943. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23857-4_16
  25. Ben Lahmar, I., Mukhtar, H., and Belaïd, D.. “Adapting Abstract Component Applications Using Adaptation Patterns.” In Proceedings of Adaptive 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
  26. Ben Lahmar, I., Mukhtar, H., and Belaïd, D.. Monitoring of Non-Functional Requirements Using Dynamic Transformation of Components. In Proceeding of the 6th International Conference on Networks and Services (ICNS) 2010, Cancun, Mexico. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICNS.2010.17

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