Hossein Mohammadhassanzadeh

PhD Candidate | hassanzadeh@dal.ca


I am presently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Computer Science, and a fellow with the NICHE Research Group at Dalhousie University. I graduated with a MSc. in Information Technology Engineering from Amirkabri University of Technology (Tehran Polythechnic) in 2013.



My present research interest is at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Discovery, Logic, and the Semantic Web with a Healthcare applicaiton. As my Ph.D. thesis, I am developing a SEmantics-based Data ANalytics framework (SeDan) to investigate the potential of implementing plausible reasoning using the Semantic Web technologies.

I am also involved in a Natural Language Processing research project, a subejct which has always been an interest of mine. Prior to this, I have worked in and am still passionate about Data Mining, Trust and Reputation Mechanisms, Social Network Analysis, and Financial Engineering.

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to know more about my previous and present work and experience please scroll down or do not hesitate to drop an email to hassanzadeh@dal.ca


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computer Science
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Dissertation: “Investigating a Plausible Reasoning Approach for Performing Semantics based Data Analytics”

Sep. 2013 - Present

Master of Science (MSc), Information Technology Engineering
Amirkabir University of Technology (Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran
Dissertation: “Context-based Trust Inference in Social Networks Using Data Mining Techniques”

2010 - 2013

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Information Technology Engineering
University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
Senior Project: “Implementation of an e-Auction website”



Researcher and Mobile Application Developer
NICHE Research Group, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
• Conducting research on knowledge mining and artificial intelligence in health informatics
• Developing a Semantic Web-based knowledge engineering system
• Developing cross-platform mobile application using Sencha and JavaScript (IMPACT-AF project)
• Acquired fundamental knowledge in Healthcare and Medical-care systems

Sep. 2013 - Present

Data Scientist
College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University
• Examining the media uptake of a CNODES’ study on Isotretinoin safety
• Using Natural Language Processing techniques

Jun. 2016 – Present

Data and IT Analyst, Financial System Designer
COMPUCO Inter Swiss Affiliation Company, Tehran, Iran
• Developed risk management system in banking industry
    Including: credit risk, liquidity risk, currency/stock market risk
• Developed business intelligence in banking industry
    Including data gathering/cleaning/representation (BI Dashboard)
• Provided/Improved IT solutions for credit scoring system
• Achieved extensive expertise in financial engineering and programming (SQL Server, C#)

Feb. 2012 – Sep. 2013

Database Designer and Developer
Shahlai Industrial Group, Tehran, Iran
• Analyzed, designed, and developed industrial automation system
• Set up a data management system on distributed data
    Including backup/restore, data replication between office and plants
• Broadened my proficiency in software development
    Including SQL Server, C#, and ADO.NET, and software design

Jul. 2010 - Apr. 2011


Computer Engineering Department, Abrar University, Tehran, Iran
• Information Security (Winter 2013, Summer 2013)

Teaching Assistant / Marker
Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
• Introduction to Experimental Robotics (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
• Introduction to Web Site Creation (Winter 2016)
• Introduction to Experimental Robotics (Winter 2016)
• Advanced Database Systems (Summer 2016)

Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
• Core Business Applications: Introduction to Computers (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)

Faculty of Computer Engineering and IT, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
• Information Security (Fall 2012)
• e-Commerce Systems Engineering (Fall 2011)


Conference Papers
• H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, S.R. Abidi, MS. Shah, M. Karamollahi, S.S.R. Abidi, “SeDAn: a Plausible Reasoning Approach for Semantics-based Data Analytics in Healthcare”, Workshop on Artificial Intelligence with Application in Health (WAIAH 2017), co-located with the AI*IA 2017, November 14-17, 2017, Bari, Italy

• H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, SA. Stewart, R. Traynor, S. Alexander, IS. Sketris, “Using Natural Language Processing to examine the media uptake of a study on isotretinoin safety”, 33rd International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management (ICPE'17) , Montreal, Canada, August 26 - 30, 2017.
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pds.4275/full

• H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, W. Van Woensel, S.R. Abidi, S.S.R. Abidi, “A Semantic Web-based Approach to Plausible Reasoning for Improving Clinical Knowledge Engineering”, IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI'16), Las Vegas, February 24 - 27, 2016. IEEE Press.

• W. Van Woensel, H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, S.R. Abidi, S.S.R. Abidi, “Multi-Strategy Semantic Web Reasoning for Medical Knowledge Bases”, Proc. of Int. Workshop on Biomedical Data Mining, Modeling, and Semantic Integration (BDM2I), Oct. 11, 2015

• M. Farahikia, H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, “Application of Fuzzy Logistic Regression in Forecasting Stock Market Index”, 3rd Conference on Financial Mathematics, Semnan, 2013 (In Persian)

•H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, M. Farahikia, A. Esfahanipour, “An Empirical Study of Predictability of Stock Index Movement in Tehran Stock Exchange with Machine Learning Techniques”, 9th International Industrial Engineering Conference, Tehran, Iran, 2013 (In Persian)

• H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, H.R. Shahriari, “Using User Similarity to Infer Trust Values in Social Networks Regardless of Direct Ratings” , 9th International ISC Conference on Information Security and Cryptology (ISCISC `12), Tabriz, 2012

Journal Papers
• H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, W. Van Woensel, S.R. Abidi, and S.S.R. Abidi, “Semantics-based plausible reasoning to extend the knowledge coverage of medical knowledge bases for improved clinical decision support” , BioData Mining, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 7, 2017.
BioData Mining journal: http://doi.org/10.1186/s13040-017-0123-y

• H. Mohammadhassanzadeh, H.R. Shahriari, “Prediction of User's Trustworthiness in Social Networks via Text Mining” , The ISC International Journal of Information Security, Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2014


Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Sept. 2017 - present

Member of the Grants Committee
Dalhousie Computer Science Graduate Society (CSGS)

Nov. 2016 - Present

Post-Graduate Full Scholarship
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Sept. 2013 - Aug. 2017

Dalhousie Computer Science Graduate Society (CSGS)

Apr. 2016 - Nov. 2016

Member at Large
Dalhousie Computer Science Graduate Society (CSGS)

Jun. 2014 - Mar. 2016

Member of DCSI’15 Organizing Committee
Dalhousie University

Sept. 2015

Partial Thesis Support Scholarship
Research Institute for Information and Communication Technology (ITRC), Iran

2010 - 2011

Member of Scientific Society of IT Engineering
University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2007 - 2009



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