Dr. Zahid Halim

Dean (HEC Approved PhD Supervisor)
Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering
Ph.D. Computer Science - Computational Intelligence (2010)

+92 333 212122

+92 333 212122



Dr. Zahid Halim holds his basic degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar (2004). He holds MS degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (2007). He is a proud Pakistani () Ph.D., who earned his Ph.D. degree from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (2010). His Ph.D. degree was sponsored by the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) under the faculty development program. During doctoral research, he worked in the domain of Computational Intelligence with the uncertain gaming environments as the test bed. Until the year 2012, he was the youngest indigenously produced Ph.D. in computer science by the country.

Prior to joining GIKI, Dr. Halim was affiliated with the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad. Before joining academia, he was with Techlogix, Pakistan Pvt. (Limited) as a Software Engineer, where he worked on technologies like, PeopleSoft, IBM Lotus Workflow, and IBM Cognos. He has hands-on experience in providing e-Services-based IT solutions to enterprises. Dr. Halim is an active researcher and has several research publications, including those published in key conferences and journals of high repute. So far, he has produced one Ph.D. and 14 MS graduates. He is also a PEC certified trainer on OBE/OBA and is regularly invited as a resource person at HEC-QAA and top national universities. Dr. Halim is leading the Machine Intelligence Research Group at GIKI where numerous graduate students and undergraduate groups are working under his supervision in the domain of Data Science, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Affective Computing. Dr. Halim has received Training in Human Subjects Protection from the Virginia Tech.

He is a recipient of the prestigious Research Productively Award-2017 from the Pakistan Council of Science and Technology. He has also received the 6th HEC Outstanding Research Award 2015-2016 in best research paper category. For his academic performance in the year 2016, he has received the HEC Best University Teacher Award (BUTA)-2016. In addition to the abovementioned three national awards, Dr. Halim has received an intra university award, i.e., GIK Research Award for the year 2016 and secured 1st rank.

  • Data Science
  • 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]
  • Z. Hussain, G. Abbas, and Z. Halim, “A Lightweight Fairness-Driven AQM for Regulating Bandwidth Utilization in Best-Effort Routers,” Journal of Network and Systems Management, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2018. [ISSN: 1064-7570, Thomson Reuters JCR 2018, Impact factor 1.750, Springer] Download

  • T. Muhammad, Z. Halim, and M. A. Khan, “Visualizing Trace of Java Collection APIs by Dynamic Bytecode Instrumentation,” Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, Vol. 43, 2017, pp. 14-29. [ISSN: 1045-926X, Thomson Reuters JCR 2018, Impact factor 0.971, Elsevier] Download

  • Z. Halim, M. Waqas, A.R. Baig and Ahmar Rashid, “Efficient Clustering of Large Uncertain Graphs Using Neighborhood Information,” International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Vol. 90, 2017, pp. 274-291. [ISSN: 0888-613X, Thomson Reuters JCR 2018, Impact factor 1.766, Elsevier] Download

  • Z. Halim and T. Muhammad, "Quantifying and Optimizing Visualization: An Evolutionary Computing-Based Approach," Information Sciences, Vol. 385, 2017, pp. 284-313. [ISSN: 0020-0255, Thomson Reuters JCR 2018, Impact factor 4.305, Elsevier] Download

  • Z. Halim, A. R. Baig, G. Abbas and M. A. Islam, "Computational Intelligence Based Search of Entertaining Rules in the Space of Predator/Prey Games," Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, Vol. 28, No. 06, 2017, pp. 643-663. [ISSN: 1542-3980, Thomson Reuters JCR 2018, Impact factor 0.437, OCP Science] Download

  • T. Muhammad and Z. Halim, "Employing Artificial Neural Networks for Constructing Metadata-Based Model to Automatically Select an Appropriate Data Visualization Technique," Applied Soft Computing, Vol. 49, 2016, pp. 365-384. [ISSN: 1568-4946, Thomson Reuters JCR 2017, Impact factor 3.541, Elsevier] Download

  • Z. Halim, R. Kalsoom, S. Bashir, and G. Abbas, "Artificial intelligence techniques for driving safety and vehicle crash prediction," Artificial Intelligence Review, Vol. 46, No. 03, 2016, pp. 351–387. [ISSN: 0269-2821, Thomson Reuters JCR 2017, Impact factor 2.627, 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 2017, Impact factor 1.904, 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 2017, Impact factor 17.188, 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 2016, Impact factor 0.391, 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 2016, Impact factor 3.364, 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 2016, Impact factor 1.283, 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 2013, Impact factor 0.189, Taylor & Francis]  Download

  • 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 2013, Impact factor 0.238, 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