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Data Scientist @ Region of Peel, Canada

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faraz[dot]a[dot]zaidi[at]ieee[dot]org , faraz[at]pafkiet[dot]edu[dot]pk
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Previously @ MetricAid Inc.(Canada), City University of New York (USA), University of Lausanne (Switzerland), PAF KIET (Pakistan)

Profile Overview:

I am currently working as Advisor, Health Analytics at the Region of Peel, Canada. I am responsible for providing expert level knowledge and guidance to drive data driven decisions and policies for the Health Services Department. I extensively work with data from various public sector programs to monitor, manage and control their performance in order to better serve the public living in the Region of Peel (1.4 Million), West of Toronto in Canada.

Previously, I have worked as a Data Scientist at MetricAid, ON, Canada. MetricAid provides physician scheduling solutions for emergency departments at various hospitals across Ontario. My responsibilities include Data Management and Data Governance, Development of Metrics and Reports to help build efficient physician schedules.

I have also worked at the Levich Institute, CUNY, USA as a Postdoctoral Researcher  on a project to study complex systems and apply tools and techniques to solve sociologically-relevant health problems. The Principal Investigators of the project were Prof. Hernan Makse from CCNY with expertise in Complex Science and a sociologist, Prof. Liljeros from Stockholm University, who provided a wide range of expertise in multidisciplinary domains necessary to evaluate the results from scientifically varying standpoints.   

I was also responsible for developing high speed algorithms and implementations to Process Big Data using Distributed and Parallel Computing. Having setup a Hadoop Server, using R-HIPE, Parallel-R I successfully implemented algorithms to analyze networks with well over 100 million nodes.

I also had the opportunity to work with Prof. Celine Rozenblat at the Institute of Geography and Development, at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland as a Data Mining Researcher (Postdoc) on a european project: MULTIPLEX. The project was concerned with the analysis, modeling and visualization of dynamic interdependent networks, and the social, economical and geographical processes taking place on different types of global networks.

I also held a position at Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (KIET) as an Assistant Professor where I served as the research co-ordinator of the Data Mining and Visual Analytics research group. I also served as a member of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, and College Coordinator for the Department of Computing and Information Sciences at KIET University.

My research revolves around Data Science, Social Network Analysis, Data Mining, Visual Analytics, Complex Networks, Graphs and Algorithms. I also have interests in Computational Complexity, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence and other fields of Computer Science.

During my doctoral studies, I worked under the supervision of Prof. Guy Melancon at LaBRI (Laboratory of Research in Computer Science Bordeaux, France), I was part of the research team MABioVis (Models and Algorithms for Bioinformatics and Information Visualization).

I was also part of the GRAVITÉ (Graph Visualization and Interactive Exploration) Team which was involved in designing interactive visualization methods and tools to analyze and mine large datasets. The team was funded by INRIA (Natio
nal Institute of Research in Computer Science, France).

Notable Activities and Achievemants:

  • Reviewer: Social Network Analysis and Mining, Connections, Journal of Internet Technology, HCI, IEEE VAST, IEEE INFOVIS, EUROVIS, IEEE Systems Journal, Elsevier Physica A and many other reputed conferences/journals.
  • Invited Researcher at LIRMM, University of Montpellier 2, France, October 2013.
  • Program Committee Member: ICCIS 2019, ICACS 2019, ICET 2018, IEEE INMIC 2018, ICACS 2018, ICICT 2017, FIT 2014, ICET 2012, MajecSTIC 2010 and others.
  • HEC (Govt. of Pakistan) Approved Ph.D. Supervisor for Higher Studies in Pakistan.
  • Student Organizer: Eurovis 2010, Bordeaux. Eurographics/IEEE Symposium on Visualization.
  • Winner VisWeek VAST contest 2009: Member of the team that participated in the 2009 Contest and won two awards for Traffic Mini Challenge: Innovative visualization & excellent description and Flitter Mini Challenge: Representation of uncertainty in rules & in visualization.
  • VisWeek VAST contest 2008: Member of the team that participated in the 2008 Contest and was selected as ‘Other Good Submissions’ for the Cell Phone Challenge.
  • Best Paper Nominations: Nominated for Best Paper Awards at EGC 2012, EGC 2010 and ICDM 2010.
  • Invited Speaker/Guest Speaker/ Workshops Conducted
    - FCS-IBA University, Data Science and Its Applications in Health Care, 2016.
    - Habib University, Pakistan. Freshmen Years and Learning, 2015.
    - Spandays, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Visual Analytics using TULIP, 2014.
    - LIRMM, University of Montpellier, France. Multiplex Networks: Research Perspectives and Representation, 2013.
    - Bahria University, Karachi Campus, Pakistan. Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Me, 2012.
    - FCS-IBA University, Pakistan. My Story of getting a PhD, 2011.
    - ICICT 2011 Conference, IBA University, Pakistan. Workshop on Visual Analytics using TULIP, 2011.
    - Biztek University, Pakistan. Data Mining and Visual Analytics, 2011.
    - NED University, Pakistan. Artificial Intelligence and Document Organization, 2011.
    - INMIC 2011 Conference, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. Fuzzy Sets and Visual Analytics, 2011.

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