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Mohamad Alissa

PhD Senior Data Scientist | Multidisciplinary Researcher | Computer Engineer

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Senior Data Scientist at Bigtincan


2018 - present Edinburgh Napier University PhD in Automated Algorithm Selection and Generation using Deep Learning

2017 - 2018 Heriot-Watt University Master’s Degree With Distinction in Artificial Intelligence

2007 - 2012 Damascus University Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering & Automation ( Control Engineering & Automation )



2021 Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis using Convolutional Neural Networks and Figure-copying Tasks, Neural Computing and Applications Journal, Link to the Paper

2021 Automated Algorithm Selection: from Feature-Basedto Feature-Free Approaches, Journal of Heuristics, Link to the Paper


2021 A Neural Approach to Generation of Constructive Heuristics, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), Link to the Paper

2020 A Deep Learning Approach to Predicting Solutions in Streaming Optimisation Domains, Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), Link to the Paper

2020 TRUSTD: Combat Fake Content using Blockchain and Collective Signature Technologies, IEEE Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC), Link to the Paper

2019 Trust-based Ecosystem to Combat Fake News, IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC), Link to the Paper

2019 Algorithm Selection Using Deep Learning Without Feature Extraction, Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), Link to the Paper

A list is also available online


2019 Best Paper Award, Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)

2019 Conference Bursary, Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

2018 Fully Funded PhD Studentship, honor issuerEdinburgh Napier University

2018 Alison Cawsey Memorial Prize, Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University

2018 The Best MSc Poster Prize, Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University

2017 DataLab Scholarship, DataLab

2017 Pre-sessional Course Scholarship, University Of Glasgow

2011 Albasel Award, Damascus University


2022-Current Senior Data Scientist, Bigtincan

2021-2022 Data Scientist, Bigtincan

2018-2021 PhD Scientific Researcher, Edinburgh Napier University

    As a multi-disciplinary researcher, these are the main activities:
  • Addressing automated algorithm selection and generation problems using Artificial Intelligence techniques such as Deep Learning and Machine Learning.
  • Proposing novel and creative approaches for algorithm selection and generation problems.
  • Developing and evaluating proof of concepts for these problems using the proposed approaches.
  • Publishing the outcomes of this research in rank A international conferences and high-quality journals.
  • Presenting and discussing the research outcomes with experts from different countries.
  • Establishing researches with colleagues in other domains like cyber security.

2015-2017 Computer Engineer (Low Current) & Software Developer, Freelance

    As a software developer:
  • Creating automated workflows to increase the productivity of the customer’s team.
  • Developing powerful and useful tools using C# and Dynamo to overcome the BIM software limitations and avoid daily tedious tasks.
    As a computer engineer (low current):
  • Low current systems design.
  • BIM modelling for lighting, small power, cable routing and low current systems.
  • Electrical wiring, create panel schedule and bill of quantities.
  • In general, modelling, coordination and shop-drawing for electrical systems.

2014-2016 Computer Engineer (Low Current), Al-Marasem International For Development

  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems coordinator.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems technical support.
  • Modeling, coordination and shop-drawing for integrated security systems, sound systems, data & telephone networks systems and fire alarm systems using Revit and Navisworks.
  • Representing Al-Marasem at Dar Al Handasah (Shair and Partners) Consultants to solve and chase up the Request For Information (RFI) of the projects.

2012-2014 Computer Engineer (Low Current), Ocean And River Company (OAR)

Installation and maintenance of integrated security systems, computer networks, fire & theft alarm systems, telephone networks and CCTV.