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Dr Ammar Belatreche

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Ammar BelatrecheDr. Ammar Belatreche received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Ulster University, UK. He joined Northumbria University in May 2016. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Programme Leader for the MSc Advanced Computer Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. He is a member of the Computational Intelligence and Visual Computing (CIVC) research group. Previously he worked as a Research Associate in the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC), Ulster University, then as a Lecturer in Computer Science in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University, Derry, UK.

He has extensive experience across academic and R&D in the areas of bio-inspired intelligent systems, machine learning, face detection and recognition, structured and unstructured data analytics, capital markets engineering, image processing and understanding. He has led a number of research and consultancy projects and has successfully supervised/co-supervised  8 PhD students to completion. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Editor of Neurocomputing and has served as a Program Committee Member and a reviewer for several international conferences and journals.


Campus Address

CIS 305
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Computing Science PhD June 30 2007
  • Member Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) 2012
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010
  • Member Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 2009

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Highly Effective and Robust Membrane Potential-Driven Supervised Learning Method for Spiking Neurons, Zhang, M., Qu, H., Belatreche, A., Chen, Y., Yi, Z. Jan 2019, In: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • A Supervised Learning Algorithm for Learning Precise Timing of Multiple Spikes in Multilayer Spiking Neural Networks, Taherkhani, A., Belatreche, A., Li, Y., Maguire, L. Nov 2018, In: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • A Multi-Objective Pareto-Optimal Wrapper based Framework for Cancer-Related Gene Selection, Ogutcen, O., Belatreche, A., Seker, H. Sep 2018, SAI Intelligent Systems Conference
  • Stock Price Manipulation Detection using Empirical Mode Decomposition based Kernel Density Estimation Clustering Method, Rizvi, B., Belatreche, A., Bouridane, A. Sep 2018, SAI Intelligent Systems Conference
  • EMPD: An Efficient Membrane Potential Driven Supervised Learning Algorithm for Spiking Neurons, Zhang, M., Qu, H., Belatreche, A., Xie, X. 1 Jun 2018, In: IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
  • Feedforward computational model for pattern recognition with spiking neurons, Zhang, M., Qu, H., Li, J., Belatreche, A., Xie, X., Zeng, Z. 30 Jan 2018, In: International Journal of Robotics and Automation
  • Network on Chip Architecture for Multi-Agent Systems in FPGA, Gerlein, E., Mcginnity, T., Belatreche, A., Coleman, S. 27 Dec 2017, In: ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems
  • Forecasting price movements using technical indicators: Investigating the impact of varying input window length, Shynkevich, Y., McGinnity, T., Coleman, S., Belatreche, A., Li, Y. 15 Nov 2017, In: Neurocomputing
  • Blood vessel segmentation in retinal images using echo state networks, Souahlia, A., Belatreche, A., Benyettou, A., Curran, K. 13 Jul 2017, 2017 Ninth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI), IEEE
  • SpikeTemp: An Enhanced Rank-Order-Based Learning Approach for Spiking Neural Networks With Adaptive Structure, Wang, J., Belatreche, A., Maguire, L., Mcginnity, T. 1 Jan 2017, In: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

PGR Supervision

  • Abdouladeem Dreder Machine learning based approaches for identifying sarcopenia-related genomic biomarkers in ageing males and females Start: 20/01/2017
  • Baqar Rizvi Start: 01/03/2017
  • Omer Ogutcen Start: 19/07/2017

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