Dr. Zahid Halim | Associate Professor
  Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering
  Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute
  of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi

  HEC approved PhD Supervisor
  Email: zahid.halim@giki.edu.pk
  Phone: +92 (0938) 271858 x 2263
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Currently working as an associate professor at GIK Institute. Previously has served as assistant professor at the department of computer science, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad. Prior to that he was working as a software engineer at Techlogix Pakistan (Pvt.) limited.


Ph.D Computer Science - Computational Intelligence (November, 2010)
FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad
Dissertation: Measuring Entertainment and Automatic Generation Of Entertaining Games  

MS Computer Science - Data Mining and Data warehousing (July, 2007)
FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad
Dissertation: Sonification: An Alternate View of High Dimensional Datasets

BS Computer Science (December, 2004)
Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar
Final Year Project: Pattern Matching Based Optical Character Reorganization


Post BS Post MS Post PhD
11 years 8 years 5 years

Administrative Experience

Current Research Interests

Machine Learning and Data Mining [Probabilistic/Uncertain data mining, Graph mining]
Intelligent Transportation Systems 
Computational Intelligence [Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Neural Networks]
Applications of Computational Intelligence in Games [Content generations, Enhancing user experience]

Selected Publications

Conference Publications Journal Publications Total Publications Cumulative Impact Factor
21 20 41 23.222


  • Z. Halim, R. Kalsoom, S. Bashir, and G. Abbas, " Artificial intelligence techniques for driving safety and vehicle crash prediction," Artificial Intelligence Review, Vol. --, No. --, 201-. [ISSN: 0269-2821, Thomson Reuters JCR 2014, Impact factor 2.111, Springer] Download


  • Z. Halim, R. Kalsoom, and A. R. Baig, "Profiling drivers based on driver dependent vehicle driving features," Applied Intelligence, Vol. 44, No. 03, 2016, pp. 645-664. [ISSN: 0924-669X, Thomson Reuters JCR 2012, Impact factor 1.853, Springer] Download

  • G. Abbas, Z. Halim, and Z. H. Abbas, “Fairness-Driven Queue Management: A Survey and Taxonomy,” IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Vol. 18, No. 01, 2016. [ISSN: 1553-877X, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 6.806, IEEE] Download

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig, and G. Abbas, "Computational Intelligence-based Entertaining Level Generation for Platform Games," International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems, Vol. 08, No. 06, 2015. [ISSN: 1875-6883, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 0.574, Taylor & Francis] Download

  • Z. Halim, M. Waqas and S. F. Hussain, “Clustering large probabilistic graphs using multi-population evolutionary algorithm,” Information Sciences, Vol. 317, 2015, pp. 78-95. [ISSN: 0020-0255, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 4.038, Elsevier] Download

  • Z. Halim and G. Abbas, “A Kinect-Based Sign Language Hand Gesture Recognition System for Hearing- and Speech-Impaired: A Pilot Study of Pakistani Sign Language,” Assistive Technology, Vol. 27, No. 01, 2015, [ISSN: 1040-0435, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 1.679, Taylor & Francis] Download

  • M. A. Shah, G. Abbas, A. B. Dogar and Z. Halim, “Scaling hierarchical clustering and energy aware routing for sensor networks”, Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling, Vol. 3, No. 5, 2015, pp. 1–23. [ISSN: 2194-3206, ISI-indexed, Springer] Download

  • S. F. Hussain , M. Mushtaq and Z. Halim, "Multi-View Document Clustering via Ensemble Methods," Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, Vol. 43, No.1, August 2014. [ISSN: 1573-7675, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 0.886, Springer] Download

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig, K. Zafar, "Evolutionary Search in the Space of Rules for Creation of New Two-Player Board Games," International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, Vol. 23, No. 2, April 2014. [ISSN: 0218-2130, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 0.393, World Scientific]  Download (Download Source Code)

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig and H. Mujtaba, "Evolutionary Search for Entertainment in Computer Games," Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 33-47, January 2012. [ISSN: 1079-8587, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 0.218, Taylor & Francis]  Download

  • Z. Halim and A. R. Baig, "Evolutionary Algorithms towards Generating Entertaining Games," Next Generation Data Technologies for Collective Computational Intelligence, Studies in Computational Intelligence Series, Vol. 352, pp 383-413, 2011. (Springer)

  • K. Zafar, A. R. Baig, N. Bukhari and Z. Halim, "Route planning and optimization of route using Simulated ant agent system," Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers, Vol.20, No.30, pp. 457-478, May 2011. [ISSN: 0218-1266, Thomson Reuters JCR 2015, Impact factor 0.250, World Scientific]. Download

  • H. Mujtaba, A. R. Baig, Z. Halim and A. Iqbal , “Self-Motivated and Task-Oriented, Multi-Dimensional Learning in a Dynamic and Uncertain Environment without Human intervention," International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, Vol.7, No.4, pp. 1603-1620, April 2011. [ISSN: 1349-4198, Thomson Reuters JCR 2010, Impact factor 1.664]. Download

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig and H. Mujtaba , “Measuring Entertainment And Automatic Generation Of Entertaining Games," International Journal of Information Technology, Communications and Convergence. Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 92–107, January 2010,  [ISSN: 2042-3217, Inderscience]. Download


  • A. Ali, G. Abbas and Z. Halim and M. Afaq, "A Two-relay Asymmetric Diamond Cooperative Diversity System over Rayleigh Fading Channels," International Conference on Robotics & Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCREATE), Islamabad, Pakistan, April 22-24, 2014. Download

  • H. Saad,M. Parvez, B. Shah, S. Ashraf, Z. Halim and G. Abbas, "Dynamic Time Wraping based Gesture Recognition," International Conference on Robotics & Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCREATE), Islamabad, Pakistan, April 22-24, 2014. Download

  • R. Kalsoom, Z. Halim, "Clustering the Driving Features Based On Data Streams," 16th International Multi Topic Conference, INMIC13, Lahore, Pakistan, December 19-20, 2013. Download

  • T. Muhammad, Z. Halim and M. A. Khan, "ClassSpy: Java Object Pattern Visualization Tool," International Conference on Modeling and Simulation, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 25-27, 2013. Download

  • Z. Babar, M. Waqas, Z. Halim and A. Islam, "Genetic Programming Based Approach For Improving Degree Constrained Spanning Tree Extraction," IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management, Islamabad, Pakistan, September 10-12, 2013. Download

  • S. Jamil, A. Khan, Z. Halim and A. R. Baig, "Weighted MUSE for Frequent Sub-graph Pattern Finding in Uncertain DBLP Data," 2nd International Conference on Internet Technology and Applications, Wuhan, China, August 16-18, 2011. Download

  • Z. Halim, M. M. Gul, N. Hassan, A. R. Baig, S. Rehman and F. Naz, "Malicious Users’ Circle Detection in Social Network Based on Spatio-Temporal Co-Occurrence," International Conference on Computer Networks and Information Technology, Bara Gali, Pakistan, July, 11-13, 2011. Download

  • A. Sundus, M. H. Ali, W. Qaiser, Z. Ahmed and Z. Halim, "Applicative Implementation of D-Stream Clustering Algorithm for the Real-Time Data of Telecom Sector," International Conference on Computer Networks and Information Technology, Bara Gali, Pakistan, July, 11-13, 2011. Download

  • S. Qayyum, S. Mansoor, A. Khalid, Khushbakht, Z. Halim and A.Rauf Baig, "Fraudulent Call Detection for Mobile Networks," IEEE International Conference on Information and Emerging Technologies, Karachi, Pakistan, June 14-16, 2010. Download

  • S. Rehman, Z. Halim and F. Rafique, "Frequent Itemsets through Bayesian Network Modeling," International Conference On Computer, Electrical, And Systems Science, And Engineering, Rome, Italy, April 28-30, 2010.

  • Z. Halim and A. R. Baig, "Towards Evolutionary Game Generation," International Arab Conference on Information Technology, Sana'a, Yemen, December 15-17, 2009.

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig and S. Khan, "Modular Indoor Games: A Hybrid of Video and Outdoor Games," International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering (CiSE), Wuhan, China, December 11-13, 2009.

  • Z. Halim and A. R. Baig, “Automatic Generation of Interesting Games," 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Its Applications (CSA 2009), Jeju Island, Korea, December 10-12, 2009.

  • S. Bashir, Z. Halim and A. R. Baig, “Mining Fault-Tolerant Frequent Patterns using Pattern Growth Approach," 6th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA-08),Doha, Qatar, March 31 - April 4, 2008. Download

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig, S. Bashir “Temporal Patterns Analysis in EEG Data using Sonification," IEEE International Conference on Information and Emerging Technologies, Karachi, Pakistan, 6-7 July, 2007.

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig, S. Bashir “Sonification: A Novel Approach towards Data Mining," IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies, Peshawar, Pakistan, 13th-14th November, 2006 . Download

Complete list of publications

Funded Projects
(External equipment grants)-Small
Title: Arduino controlled swarm robotics
Funding Agency: Intel Foundation grant
Duration: 2014-2015
Amount: 150,000 PKR

Title: Augmented reality-based wearable gaming
Funding Agency: National ICT, R&D Fund, Pakistan
Duration: 2013-2014
Amount: 73,000 PKR

Title: BCI-based assistive technology and allied applications
Funding Agency: National ICT, R&D Fund, Pakistan
Duration: 2014-2015
Amount: 90,000 PKR


          -Graduate Courses (Average course teaching evaluation 90%)
                    Advanced Algorithms and Computational Techniques
                    Graph Theory
                    Knowledge Engineering and Expert System
                    Machine Learning
                    Data Mining

-Undergraduate Courses (Average course teaching evaluation 92.5%)
                    Computer Programming
                    Programming Techniques
                    Analysis of Algorithms
                    Data Structures
                    Computer Graphics
                    Introduction to Computing
                    Mobile Computing 

Research Students

  • Mr.  Tufail Muhammad (tufail@giki.edu.pk): Software Visualization (Research in progress, Expected Graduation: Fall 2015) - Ph.D. 

  • Mr. Bacha Rehman (bachapk@gmail.com): Novel Methodologies for Urdu Interface Design and Speech Recognition. (Graduated 2012) - MS.
              Working at Stallone Trading Ltd.

  • Ms. Rizwana Kalsoom (rizwana.kalsoom@giki.edu.pk): Early Warning System for Accident Prediction (Graduated 2013) - MS.
              Research Associate at GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi.

  • Mr. Muhammad Waqas (m.waqas@nu.edu.pk): Clustering Algorithms for Large Probabilistic Graphs. (Graduated 2014) - MS.
              Lecturer at National Univ. of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar.

  • Mr. Omer Ali (omerali.0191@gmail.com): Frequent and infrequent itemset mining in uncertain data (Graduated 2016) - MS.

  • Mr. Muhammad Atif (gcs1416@giki.edu.pk): Data mining-based profiling of players using StarCraft data for verifying dispositional theory (Research in progress) - MS.

  • Mr. Jamal Hussain Khattak (gcs1418@giki.edu.pk): Density-based clustering of probabilistic data using graphs (Research in progress) - MS.

  • Ms. Uzma (gcs1415@giki.edu.pk): Optimizing MST-based extracted clusters using genetic programming (Research in progress) - MS.

  • Ms. Mahma Rehan (gcs1501@giki.edu.pk): Intelligent transportation systems and human behavior (Research in progress) - MS.

  • Mr. Shahid Iqbal (shahid.awkum@gmail.com): Evolutionary computation for bioinformatics (Research in progress) - MS.

    One star per ISI-indexed impact-factored journal publication

Projects (GIKI Seed funding)-Small Funding

Driver Profiling: The driver profiling system consists of two main modules i.e. Software & Hardware. The hardware part of the system consists of different vehicle components such as driving seat, steering wheel, a gear assembly, indicator, accelerator and brake pedals etc. These components have switches connected to them to identify any activity on these components. The data coming from all these switches are fed to the micro-controller which in turn serially transmits it to the Software part. The software simulator environment serially receives the data from the micro-controller and controls the vehicle dynamics based on this data. The profiler records the data sets, coming from the micro-controller, and compares it with the standardized patterns of different profiles and categorizes the driver accordingly. <Read More>

Gesture Recognition System for Hearing and Speech Impaired: Many normal people do find difficulty to communicate with deaf or hearing impaired individuals. Commonly people do not understand the gestures performed by the deaf or hearing impaired person. This project aim to give hearing or speech impaired people a new hope, a hope in shape of a user friendly system that helps them to communicate effectively. <Read More>

Modular Interactive Tiles: This project deals with the evolution of entertaining games using the concept of tangible tiles. Here, tangible tiles are used to construct an interactive playground where the player can play different games and also give feedback related to each game. The games implemented are predator/prey games which demand physical activity amongst the users and therefore act as a tool to be used against obesity. <Read More>

Smart home application for energy conservation & security:  "Smart Home" is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet. In a nutshell, it’s you having the ability to control your home’s lighting, thermostat, security, appliances and more –from almost anywhere. <Read More>

Brain Computer Interfacing-Based Computer Gaming: This study assessed the possibility of implementing a brain computer interface (BCI) based software solution for people with motor disabilities. The traditional use of mouse or keyboard for interaction with the computer is not applicable in this case so the basic theme of the project is to help them communicate easily with computers using brain signals. The aim was to use BCI devices like the NeuroSky MindWave to discover hidden patterns of the brain signals that are accurate and reliable to be used as real-time input of interactive multimedia applications.  <Read More>

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