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Dr Akhtar Ali

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Dr M. Akhtar Ali – BSc, MSc, PhD. Dr Ali joined Northumbria University in August 2000 as a lecturer and then subsequently, within a year, he got promoted to senior lecturer, which means that he served Northumbria University and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in teaching, research, and development in the field of database systems, data integration, database migration, query optimisation, data warehousing, materialized views, and data mining.

On the research and enterprise front, previously Dr Ali worked on a KTP project in the area of geographical information systems in collaboration with Atlantic Geomatics, Cumbria, for the Government of Gibraltar. Recently, he worked on a two-year KTP project at Corbridge Medical Group to develop a new General Practice service delivery model informed by data mining to predict population needs and consequently redesigned processes and workforce focus. He has extensive experience of supervising BSc, MSc, and PhD students & projects in computing and information sciences.

On the teaching and administration front, Dr Ali has over 20 years of experience of teaching and learning at Northumbria University, three years of teaching/tutoring/demonstrator experience at Manchester University, and three years of teaching/tutoring/trainer experience in Pakistan before he arrived in the UK in September 1997 as a fully funded commonwealth PhD student as Manchester University. He led and contributed to teaching and delivery of numerous modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students in full-time, part-time, on-campus, at distance, and now online, e.g., Principles of Data Science, Database Modelling, Advanced Databases, Relational Databases, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Data Warehousing, Research Methods, Software and Data Modelling, Application Design and Development.

In recent years, Dr Ali developed MSc Information Science (with Data Analytics) programme, which ran for the first time in September 2016. In 2019, he developed a new specialist programme: MSc Data Science, which ran for the first time in September 2020 and again in January 2021, with a sizeable student body.

Akhtar Ali

Campus Address

Ellison Building

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Data science, data analytics, big data, data management, data mining, data warehousing, health informatics, population health, primary healthcare optimization and transformation, machine learning

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploiting Ontology Recommendation Using Text Categorization Approach, Sarwar, M., Ahmed, M., Habib, A., Khalid, M., Ali, A., Raza, M., Hussain, S., Ahmed, G. 18 Feb 2021, In: IEEE Access
  • Flow-Aware Elephant Flow Detection for Software-Defined Networks, Hamdan, M., Mohammed, B., Humayun, U., Abdelaziz, A., Khan, S., Ali, M., Imran, M., Marsono., M. 30 Apr 2020, In: IEEE Access
  • Performance Analysis of PCA, Sparse PCA, Kernel PCA and Incremental PCA Algorithms for Heart Failure Prediction, Rehman, A., Khan, A., Ali, A., Khan, M., Khan, S., Ali, L. Jun 2020, 2nd International Conference on Electrical, Communication and Computer Engineering, Piscataway, IEEE
  • Identifying high-frequency attendees in general practice, Cook, G., Ali, A., Dykins, R., Hudson, R., Johnstone, J., Mitchell, J. 1 Jul 2017, In: British Journal of General Practice (BJGP)
  • Performance evaluation of an RDB and an ORDB: A comparative study using the BUCKY benchmark, Maatuk, A., Ali, A., Moftah, R., Elkobaisi, M. 22 Sep 2016, ICEMIS 2016 - International Conference on Engineering & MIS
  • An algorithm for constructing XML Schema documents from relational databases, Maatuk, A., Ali, A., Aljawarneh, S. 24 Sep 2015, ICEMIS '15 - International Conference on Engineering & MIS 2015
  • Towards the Maturity of Object-Relational Database Technology: Promises and Reality, Keivani, N., Maatuk, A., Aljawarneh, S., Ali, A. Dec 2015, In: International Journal of Technology Diffusion
  • Translating Relational Database Schemas into Object-based Schemas: University Case Study, Maatuk, A., Ali, A., Aljawarneh, S. Dec 2015, In: Recent Patents on Computer Science
  • Fuzzy clustering of time series gene expression data with cubic-spline, Wang, Y., Angelova, M., Ali, A. Dec 2013, In: Journal of Biosciences and Medicines

PGR Supervision

Sarvjeet Herald Evolution of Audio Assets: Perceptual Relationship Among Asset Copies Start Date: 30/03/2012 End Date: 22/05/2014

Further Information


  • Computer Science PhD March 19 2003
  • Computer Science MSc December 15 1995

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