faraz[dot]a[dot]zaidi[at]ieee[dot]org , faraz[at]pafkiet[dot]edu[dot]pk
Previously @ MetricAid Inc.(Canada), City University of New York (USA), University of Lausanne (Switzerland), PAF KIET (Pakistan)
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 (National Institute of Research in Computer Science, France).
Notable Activities and Achievemants: