Dr. Zahid Halim
Professor of Computing
I hold basic degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar (2004). Has MS degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (2007). Am a proud Pakistani, Ph.D., having earned my Ph.D. degree from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad, a premier university in computing. My Ph.D. degree was sponsored by the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) under the faculty development program. During doctoral research, I worked in the domain of Artificial Intelligence with the uncertain gaming environments as the test bed. Until the year 2012, I was the youngest indigenously produced Ph.D. in computer science by the country.
Prior to joining GIK, I was affiliated with the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad. Before joining academia, I was with Techlogix, Pakistan Pvt. (Limited) as a Software Engineer, where I worked on technologies like, PeopleSoft, IBM Lotus Workflow, and IBM Cognos. I have hands-on experience in providing e-Services-based IT solutions to enterprises. I am an active researcher and have several research publications, including those published in journals of high repute. I have 63 research articles published in impact factor journals of high repute. The cumulative Impact Factor (IF) of my research articles is 337.846 with 41.18% articles published in JCR quartile 1 (Q1) journals. So far, I have produced 4 PhDs and 32 MS graduates. Supervision of another three Ph.Ds. and four MS scholars is in progress. Am also a PEC certified trainer on OBE/OBA and am regularly invited as a resource person at HEC-QAA and top national universities. I am leading the Machine Intelligence Research Group (MInG) at GIK where numerous graduate students and undergraduate groups are working in the domain of Data Science, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Affective Computing. I have received Training in Human Subjects Protection from the Virginia Tech.
I am recipient of the prestigious Research Productively Award-2017 from the Pakistan Council of Science and Technology. I also have received the 6th (2015-2016) and 7th (2017) HEC Outstanding Research Award in best research paper category for the article published in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and Information Sciences. For my academic performance in the year 2016, I have received the HEC Best University Teacher Award (BUTA)-2016. In addition to the abovementioned three national awards, I have received intra university award, i.e., GIK Research Award for the year 2016 and secured 1st rank.