I'm Nora

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I am a computer scientist with more than 10 years of experience in data science and artificial intelligence. I obtained my Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Computer Science from the University of Southampton. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS), King Saud University. My spark is in RDI (Research, Development and Innovation), and I find it amusing to get ideas in the production line, and that's where my focus is.

I am interested in data science, web science and network science, I call them the collaborative sciences. I have worked on many projects in the intersection of the aforementioned sciences such as studying the spread of information on social networks, ranking content retrieved from social media and analysing location-based data.

I am a strong believer in the efficacy of getting one's hand dirty, I spend most of my time experimenting with data science and AI techniques. I have extensive practical experience in the data science pipeline and in developing machine learning models. I find it intriguing to pull good ol' computational thinking tricks to solve problems in the real-world, I truly enjoy AI problem formulation and ML problem modelling, both are artistic on their own sense! I am also interested in the ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence and in developing interpretable machine learning models and explainable AI (XAI). I have gotten my self into way too deep discussions about AI as a science and an art, flipping all cards on the table as to: can a machine think? What does it mean to have a thinking machine? What is "thinking" after all? 


  • [May. 2020]: We launched "mundhor | منظور" a platform dedicated for the latest research in Computer Science in Arabic in collaboration with the brilliant Najwa alghamdi.

  • [Jan. 2020]: Participant and one of the winning teams at the Artathon the accompanying event at the AI Global Summit, organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

  • [Nov. 2019]: Mentor and technical judge at the Open Data Datathon organized by Yesser Program, Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Mobily Business and Saudi Data Community (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

  • [Nov. 2018]: Mentor at the Data Science Track at MIT Hacking Medicine (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

  • [May. 2018]: Judge at Dragon's Den for Web Science MSc. students' project, University of Southampton.