Dr Anis Zarrad PhD

Dr Anis Zarrad

Dubai Campus
Assistant Professor in Computer Science

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Dr. Anis Zarrad is an assistant professor at School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Dubai. He received the BSc and the PhD degrees in Computer Science from University of Ottawa, and the MSc degree in Computer Science from Concordia University. His research focuses on mobile Collaborative virtual environment and Search-based software engineering (SBSE). His research has been published widely in many academic journals and conferences.

He worked with Prof. Azzedine Boukerche in the Computer Science Lab (PARADISE). His PhD research focused on developing a routing network protocol for mobile collaborative virtual environment, with the ultimate goal of reducing network traffic.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Birmingham
  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Ottawa, 2010,Canada
  • Msc in Computer Science, Concordia University, Canada, 2014
  • Bsc in Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2010
  • Bsc in Software Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2012


Dr. Anis Zarrad is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at University of Birmingham, Dubai, where he has been since 2018. From 2020 to 2022 he served as Digital lead for computer and engineering programs.

Anis completed his Ph.D. at University of Ottawa, Canada and his MSc degree at Concordia University, Canada. His current research interests lie in the area of Search-based software engineering (SBSE), ranging from requirements and project planning to maintenance and reengineering. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other universities.

Anis has served more than ten conference and workshop program committees. He also is serving as a reviewer for various reputed journals of Elsevier, Springer, and IEEE.


Dr. Anis Zarrad's research topics are:

  • Search-based software engineering (SBSE)
  • Machine Learning Applied to Software Testing
  • Teaching & learning using collaborative virtual environment


Recent publications


Kumar, V, Zarrad, A, Gupta, R & Cheikhrouhou, O 2022, 'COV-DLS: prediction of COVID-19 from X-rays using enhanced deep transfer learning techniques', Journal of Healthcare Engineering, vol. 2022, 6216273. https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/6216273

Cheikhrouhou , O, Koubaa, A & Zarrad, A 2020, 'A cloud based disaster management system', Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks, vol. 9, no. 1, 6, pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan9010006

Zarrad, A 2018, 'An analytical hierarchy process-based approach to solve the multi-objective multiple traveling salesman problem', Intelligent Service Robotics, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 355- 396.


Zarrad, A 2018, Game Engine Solutions. in game engine solutions . InTech.

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