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I am a Lecturer in Data Science at the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment. I hold a PhD in Computer Science from Kingston University (KU). My teaching duties are mainly dedicated to "Applied Data programming" Module for the MSc in Data Science course and "Machine Learning with Python" Module for final Year BSc in Computer Science. In addition, I supervise MSc Dissertations (MSc in Data Science) and BSc Final year Projects (BSc in Computer Science). Before I joined Kingston University in June 2022, I had been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate Computer Science modules related mainly to Computer Programming, Design and Analysis of Algorithms (Time Complexity), and Artificial Intelligence for about 13 years in Lebanon.
I am planning - through my role in the 'booming' KU's MSc in Data Science course - to (1) deliver to the workplace 'ready-to-employ' Data Scientists having in-depth practical knowledge in the state-of-the-art techniques and tools, and (2) to widespread the very useful applications of Data Science in the local, national and international communities to include some SME that are still 'out-of-the-circle'.
On the research side, I have an extensive experience in Computational Biology, in particular, Protein Structure Prediction (PSP), Estimation of model accuracy (EMA) - previously known as Model Quality Assessment (MQA) - and Structural Alphabets. Blockchains are considered my recent research interests; I am trying to expand their area of applications beyond Cryptocurrencies. Also, one of my aims is to apply Bio-inspired algorithms and paradigms to some aspects of Data Science and Blockchains.
I am a reviewer at PLoS ONE, PLoS Computational Biology and PLoS Digital Health and a member of the Biochemical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Lecturer in Data Science
My research interests are mainly in the fields of Protein Bioinformatics, Machine Learning and Blockchains.
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2020) Rosetta and the journey to predict proteins' structures, 20 years on. Current Bioinformatics, 15(6), pp. 611-629. ISSN (print) 1574-8936
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2020) Enhancing fragment-based protein structure prediction by customising fragment cardinality according to local secondary structure. BMC Bioinformatics, 21, p. 170. ISSN (online) 1471-2105
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2017) Reduced fragment diversity for alpha and alpha-beta protein structure prediction using Rosetta. Protein & Peptide Letters, 24(3), pp. 215-222. ISSN (print) 0929-8665
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2015) Customised fragments libraries for protein structure prediction based on structural class annotations. BMC Bioinformatics, 16(136), ISSN (online) 1471-2105
Abbass, Jad, Nebel, Jean-Christophe and Mansour, Nashat (2014) Ab initio protein structure prediction: methods and challenges. In: Elloumi, Mourad and Zomaya, Albert Y., (eds.) Biological Knowledge Discovery Handbook: preprocessing, mining and postprocessing of biological data. New Jersey, U.S. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 703-724. (Bioinformatics: Computational Techniques and Engineering) ISBN 9781118132739
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2021) Adjusting local conformational sampling for fragment assembly protein structure prediction based on secondary structure complexity. In: 3rd IEEE International Multidisciplinary Conference on Engineering Technology (IMCET 21); 08-10 Dec 2021, Beirut, Lebanon.
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2020) Enhanced Rosetta-based protein structure prediction for non-beta sheet dominated targets. In: 5th IEEE Middle East and Africa Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME 2020); 27 - 29 Oct 2020, Amman, Jordan.
Abbass, Jad and Nebel, Jean-Christophe (2019) SCOP-Aided Fragment Assembly Protein Structure Prediction. In: 2019 Fourth International Conference on Advances in Computational Tools for Engineering Applications (ACTEA); 03 - 04 Jul 2019, Beirout, Lebanon. (Unpublished)
Abbass, J. and Haraty, R. (2009) Bit-level locking for concurrency control. In: IEEE/ACS International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications; 10-13 May 2009, Rabat, Morocco. ISBN 9781424438075
Abbass, Jad (2018) Secondary structure-based template selection for fragment-assembly protein structure prediction. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .