Professor Karim Ouazzane

Professor of Computing and Knowledge Exchange, Director of Research and Enterprise and University KTP Director

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Professor Karim Ouazzane

Professor Karim Ouazzane received a BEng degree from University of Oran, Algeria, an MSc from Liverpool University, UK and a PhD from Salford University, UK. A polymath, he has a portfolio of multi-disciplinary interconnected achievements including physics, mathematics, electronics, signal processing, engineering, computing, artificial intelligence, cyber security and biometrics, and financial services, all under the aegis of enterprise and strategy. Professor Ouazzane is currently a professor of computing and knowledge exchange at London Metropolitan University.

He is also chair of the Business Development Group in London Met's School of Computing and Digital Media, deputy director of Intelligent Systems Research Centre and currently the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) director across the University.

Prof Ouazzane has worked and acted as a consultant for a number of companies such as Endress-Hauser, ICI, PowerGen and Schlumberger in the UK and for Imperial College as a senior research fellow for four years.

His research interests include artificial intelligence (AI) applications, bimodal speech recognition for wireless devices, cyber security and big data, computer vision, hard and soft computing methods, flow control and metering, optical instrumentation and lasers. He has carried out research in collaboration with industry through a number of research schemes such as The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), KTP, EU Tempus, LDA (London Development Agency), KC (Knowledge Connect) and more. He has also published around 85 papers, three chapters in books, is the author of three patents and has successfully supervised 13 PhDs. He is currently chair of the European Cyber Security Council in Brussels, and member of the Oracle Corporation Advisory Panel.

In the last ten years, Karim’s focus has been mainly in the area of cyber security and big data. He conducted projects for many organisations such as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Lloyds. The projects were carried out in various areas, including intrusion detection and prevention system, data analytics, malware detection using AI, machine learning and law enforcement. Karim is currently leading a project at Lloyds Banking Group with IBM as a vendor; the project aims to build a big data platform that is shared with departments such as digital fraud, cyber security and marketing.

Some of his work has been nominated for awards such as Bafta and Radar ones, and he was recently commended by the Queen in recognition of the novel Intelligent Keyboard, a project he carried out as part of KTP programme in partnership with Essex Disability.

Karim's main strength is working closely with students and industrial partners for knowledge exchange. He is the co-founder of the WoW (World of Work) Agency which enables students and graduates to work on commercial projects, maximising their chance for full employment which is in line with the university strategic plan. He was also instrumental in contributing to the incubator development as a member of the London Enterprise Office (TLEO) in 2005.

Academic qualifications

PhD, Thesis title: Computational and Experimental Investigation of Flow Through Pipes Installation Packages. A novel concept on the design of flow sensor was made and patented (N 9319025.4).

MSc research, thesis title Computational and Signal Processing Techniques of Flow Around a Slender Body.

Ingenieur d’etat in Marine Engineering.

Teaching and course leadership

Professor Ouazzane has led a range of computing modules at postgraduate level, with a variety of subjects including:

  • artificial intelligence
  • E-business
  • advanced database; big data
  • information system developments
  • MSc curricular projects (module leader in the School of Computing)
  • CPD Oracle workforce course leader

Current projects

  • designing security policy framework for Lifeline IT
  • building big data platform for Lloyds (i.e. fraud detection, customer insight, marketing, cyber security)
  • developing a forecasting solution which will help identify trends and facilitate optimum stock management for ASK Outlets
  • building a knowledge management system to support the transformation of the traditional reactive production business into a modern productive and profitable knowledge intensive and proactive business, including the company’s culture (Coborn Ltd)
  • developing a bespoke software application that will facilitate the large-scale use of electric vehicles in a private hire operation (E-connect cars)
  • Mandatory Access Control (MAC) framework for Microsoft Windows; designing a policy adapter that can accept a set of policy documents and adequately assign labels to subjects and objects from a centralised location

Current PhD projects

  • Incremental reconstruction of human object trajectory in live video
  • Structural and dynamic patterns of individual and group behaviour in constrained worlds
  • A personalised planning agent framework for the disabled
  • Development of reinforcement learning methods to computer game dynamics
  • Semantic querying and search in distributed and heterogeneous ontologies
  • The development of an intelligent simulation framework to optimize the production, design and development in the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) palm oil industry
  • Online identification and recognition of moving objects using recurrent algorithms

Potential PhD topics

  • further development of Adaptive Language Modelling Intermediate Layer (ALMIL) framework
  • combining heuristic planning and event-driven learning methods for evacuation and spatial navigation
  • Hybrid information security policy framework
  • data manipulation of discrete trajectories for the purpose of 3D visualisation

Selected publications

  • Karim Ouazzane, Sajid Afzal, Vassil Vassilev, Kaushik C. Patel, Althaff Irfan (2015), E-business Framework Using an Enhanced Web 2.0 Component Model, International Journal of E-business Development, Volume 5 Issue 1, pp 1-11.
  • Chi Li, Yong Xue, Quanhua Liu, Karim Ouazzane, and Jiahua Zhang, (2015), Using SeaWiFS Measurements to Evaluate Radiometric Stability of Pseudo-invariant Calibration Sites. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. (DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2014.2329138).
  • Khurram Majeed, Karim Ouazzane, Yanguo Jing, Dusica Novakovic and Karim Ouazzane ‘Behavior Based Anomaly Detection for Smartphones using Machine Learning Algorithm’ International conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (ICSIS’2014) Oct. 17-18, 2014 Dubai (UAE), pp 67-73.
  • K.Ouazzane, M.Aigbodi, D.Mitchell, V.Vassilev, Jun Li (2014), ‘An Innovative Custom Cyber Security Solution for Protecting Enterprise and Corporates’ Assets, International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation, pp. 53-64, DOI: 10.4018/ijeei.2013070104
  • I.Samizadeh, H.B Kazemian, K.Fisher, K.Ouazzane (2013) ‘Adaptive Scalable Rate Control over IEEE 802.15.4 using Particle Swarm Optimization’ Information, Communication and Automation Technologies (ICAT) October 30 – November 01, 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. ISBN: 978-1-4799-0430-3
  • M. Malcangi, K.Ouazzane, P.Patel  (2013) ‘Audio visual fuzzy fusion for robust speech recognition’ Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Dallas, Texas, USA, August 4-9, 2013, pp 284.
  • M. Malcangi, M.Riva, K.Ouazzane (2013) ‘Hard and soft computing methods for capturing and processing phonocardiogram’ Internationa Journal of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, Issue 1, Volume 7, pp 34.
  • J.Li, K.Ouazzane, H.Kazemian, M.S.Afzal (2013) ' Neural Network Approaches for Noisy Modelling', IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning system, Volume 24 page 1-12. DOI: 10:1109/TNNLS.2013.2263557
  • M.Aigbodi, K.Ouazzane, D.Mitchell, V.Vassilev and J.Li (2013) ‘ Defence in-depth for Cyber Security With Custom Anti-Virus Signature Definition’ The third conference on digital information processing and communication (ICDIPC2013) ISBN: 978-0-9853483-3-5, pp 150.
  • Vassilev, M.Ulman, K.Ouazzane, H.Kazemian, M.Aigbodi and R.Boyd (2013) ‘OntoCarer; An ontological framework for assistive agents for the disabled’ The third conference on digital information processing and communication (ICDIPC2013) ISBN: 978-0-9853483-3-5, pp 406.
  • Ouazzane, M.Aigbodi and J.Li (2013) ‘ Real life pilot solution with artificial intelligence for disabled computer users’ The third conference on digital information processing and communication (ICDIPC2013) ISBN: 978-0-9853483-3-5, pp 310.
  • kazemian and K.Ouazzane (2012) ‘Neuro-fuzzy approach to video transmission over Zigbee; Neurocomputing journal, DOI: 10.1016/j.neucom.2012.10.006
  • K. Ouazzane, J. Li, H. Kazemian, Y. Jing and R. Boyd (2012) ‘ An artificial intelligence language modelling framework’ International Journal of expert systems with applications; DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2011.11.121
  • J. Li, K. Ouazzane, H. Kazemian, Y. Jing, R. Boyd (2011) ‘ A neural Network Based Solution for Automatic Typing Errors Correction’, Journal of Neural Computing Applications; DOI:  10.1007/s00521-010-0492-3
  • K.Ouazzane, Jun Li and H.B. Kazemian (2011)An Intelligent Keyboard Framework for Improving Disabled People Computer Accessibility, 12th Engineering Applications of Neural Networks and 7th Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations Joint Conferences, Corfu, Greece, Springer, Part I, International Federation for Information Processing AICT 363, pp. 382-391, 15th - 18th Sept 2011.
  • K.Ouazzane, S.Afzal, H.Kazemian and J. Li (2011) ‘An E-business framework design using enhanced web 2.0 technology’ ICEIS 2011-13th International Conference on Enterprise Information systems; Vol. 2, pp. 97, 2011.
  • J.Li, K.Ouazzane, S.Afzal and H.Kazemian (2011) ‘Patterns identification for hitting adjacent key errors correction using neural network models’ ICEIS 2011- 13th International Conference on Enterprise Information systems; Vol. 3 pp. 5, 2011.
  • K.Ouazzane, J. Li and H. Kazemian (2011) ‘ An Intelligent Keyboard Framework for Improving Disabled People Computer Accessibility’ EANN/AIAI 2011, Part 1, IFIP AICT, PP. 382-391.
  • C. Althaff-Irfan, K. Ouazzane, S. Nomura and F. Yoshimi (2010) ‘ An Access Control System for e-learning System Management System’ Proc. 47th the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers; Hokuriku-etsu, pp. 59.
  • C. Althaff-Irfan, K. Ouazzane, S. Nomura and F. Yoshimi (2010) ’An access Control for e-learning management systems’ IEEJ journal (ID C10 -174).
  • J. Li, K. Ouazzane, H. Kazemian, Y. Jing and R. Boyd (2009) ‘ Focused Time Delay Neural Network Modelling Towards Typing Stream Prediction’ IADIS multiple on computer sciences and Information system, Proceedings of Intelligent Systems and Agents, pp. 189, ISBN:978-972-8924-87-4, Algarve, Portugal.
  • C. Althaff-Irfan, S. Nomura, K. Ouazzane, Y. Takashi (2009) ‘Faced-based Access Control and Invigilation Tool For e-learning systems’ International conference on biometrics and Kasei Engineering, pp. 40, IEEE computer society, Cieszyn, Poland.
  • J. Li, K. Ouazzane, Y. Jing, H. Kazemian and R. Boyd (2009) ‘ Evolutionary Ranking on Multiple Word Correction Algorithms Using Neural Network Approach’ The 11th International on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks, EANN 2009, pp.409  London.
  • C. Althaff-Irfan, S. Nomura, K. Ouazzane and F. Yoshimi (2009) ‘ Real Time Invigilation and Chronic Authentication Tool for e-learning Management System’ International Journal of 3-Dimensional Images, Vol. 23 N2, July 2009.

Recent knowledge transfer partnerships

  1. LifelineIT 2010 (i.e. To develop a package including documentation, software and reference material for small businesses to produce an IT Security Policy and take steps for network protection; Grant: £ 118,684; The rest of the team include Dafna Hardbattle, Prof. Hassan Kazemian and Dr. Danni Novakovic.
  2. Healthcare Ltd. company 2010 (i.e. To develop an intelligent image processing system allowing the remote authentication and invigilation of examination candidates using neural network and image processing technologies; Grant: £ 148,355; The rest of the team include Prof. Dominic Palmer-Brown, Dr. Nigel Medhurst and Dr. Lez Rayman-Bacchus from the Business school.
  3. Ask Direct 2010 (i.e. To develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy addressing brand development and growth in traditional and online sales, coupled with the development and implementation of a host of bespoke e business solutions; Grant: £ 120,344; The rest of the team include the Faculty of Computing associate Dean Peter Chalk, Dr. Yanguo Jing and Dr. Diana Luck from the Business school.
  4. Disability Essex 2007 – completed (i.e. To develop a customised Intelligent Keyboard for disabled people using Neural Network and Language Modelling technologies; Grant: £ 116.430; The rest of the team included Prof. Hassan Kazemian, Dr. Christina Davies and Ray Jones.

Other KTP applications in progress

  1. AsK Eletronics (i.e. To develop and implement a bespoke integrated retail management solution addressing functionality, usability and design to enable the growth in volume and value of sales; grant required £ 172,430) the rest of the team will include Prof. Hassan Kazemian and Dr. Stan Zakrewski.
  2. Ben Whisler Ltd. (i.e. To improve the accuracy and quality of high end furniture manufacture in the UK by the adoption of best practice skills and tools using CAD and CAM technologies; required grant: 147,460) The rest of the team will include Matthew Lewis of Enterprise office and Dr. Romas Mikusauskas.
  3. Tribal Ltd (i.e. building mobile applications that interface with the company online e-learning tools; Grant required: £118.450) The rest of the team will Include Dr. Vassil Vassilev and Dr. Yanguo Jing.

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Busy two years for successful London Met graduate

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MSC Software Engineering graduate, Jun Li, has completed both a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and a PhD in only two years.

Jun Li graduated from London Metropolitan University with a distinction in 2007 and was selected to work on a KTP with Essex Disabled People’s Association (EDPA) by Professor Karim Ouazzane, Reader in Intelligent Systems at the University’s Faculty of Computing.

Over the course of his research, Jun Li made an outstanding contribution towards developing state-of-the-art ideas to help disabled communities to communicate with the outside world through accessibility. His findings have been disseminated through conferences, journals, seminars and presentations to organisations such as the British Computer Society (BCS).

Within two years Jun Li succeeded in producing an intelligent keyboard for disabled users.  As a result of his major contribution, the EDPA have decided to build a lasting relationship with London Met. Offering his congratulations, Richard Boyd, Chief Executive of EDPA said:  ‘This was a result of hard work, commitment, creativity and superb skills.’ 

Remarkably, Jun Li also used his two years on the KTP scheme to complete a PhD on ‘Noisy language modelling framework using Neural Network Techniques’ in addition to contributing to the London Met’s research activities and leading workshops with MSc students. 

Jun Li has now been offered a position at Cambridge University as a research scientist. He remains committed to contributing to future research at London Met and will continue working with Professor Ouazzane on a number of research topics and potential commercial products. 

London Met Computing alumni evening success

A select group of 40 high profile and successful alumni from London Metropolitan University’s School of Computing attended a professional networking evening for top IT professionals.

The event, which took place on 20 February at the Graduate Centre, was led by Professor Karim Ouazzane from the Department of Computing. It provided a forum for those working in telecoms, networking, software development, IT consultancy, database management and marketing to share experiences and to hear of new developments within their fields. Maintaining strong links with its top alumni, who now hold key positions in industry, has helped establish a solid platform for promoting the department’s business activities.

Karim said: "Keeping in touch with our top industry graduates enhances the department’s networking opportunities and expands our business and enterprise activities. It also helps our students when they enter the job market. This type of networking event is tremendously appealing to students who are thinking of applying to one of our courses."

A series of interesting topics including retail management systems, business intelligence, customer relationship strategy and network security were presented and discussed over the course of the evening. Substantial contributions to the lively discussions were made by both current students and alumni.

Graduates voiced their commitment to helping current London Met students by promising to run seminars and workshops, and by using their contacts to help secure placements and jobs for students. The alumni said that they hoped to play a major role in providing students with commercial exposure.

Plans for an elite club were also outlined, in which graduates, current students and academic staff could continue to communicate and foster relationships in the future via an electronic network.

The high-profile graduates will also be constructing online London Met profiles in collaboration for the London Enterprise Office’s commercial website, which will be launched in the near future. Mario Michael, one of the department's most successful graduates, said: "This has been a very interesting and exciting event. I can see great scope with what the department has proposed. I am sure we can work together and all benefit from this professional network. As a former student I am passionate about doing what I can for London Met and I will be happy to offer my services when I can."

The event has already proved very fruitful for three recent graduates, who have already found excellent jobs within the industry after meeting with two top graduates who offered to help them.

Speaking of the evening, Karim said: "The event has illustrated to current students and potential applicants that the Department of Computing has a very solid and industrious relationship with industry."

Karim teaches database technologies and researches on business intelligence systems, and is a Reader in intelligent systems. In addition Karim is currently running a series of Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects.

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