Abdel-Karim Al Tamimi

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Dr Abdel-Karim Al-Tamimi MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and Software Engineering


Dr. Abdel-Karim Al-Tamimi is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a certified expert in Digital Teaching and Learning, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is the lead of the Interactive Data Analytics Group (iDAG), and a member of the Applied Software Engineering Research Group (ASERG). He is serving as a consultant in the Digital Innovation for Growth (DIfG) program to support the digital transformation in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Dr. Al-Tamimi served as an associate professor of computer engineering at Yarmouk University in Jordan, where he was appointed as the director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC). He also served as the program team leader (Department Chair) of the Computer Information Science (CIS) department in the Colleges of Higher Technology (HCT) in UAE and as a member of the program academic committee (PAC). He has other international work experience as a technical member of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) committee, and as a visiting professor at Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Al-Tamimi has many years of experience as a consultant in the fields of data science, computer security, professional training, and curriculum development. He also has wide-ranging experience in developing software solutions using various technologies and services. He is a certified Huawei HCIA-AI expert, IBM Blockchain Developer, IBM Application Security Engineer, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Dr. Al-Tamimi is currently serving as an Editorial Board member of PLOS ONE and Research Reports on Computer Science journals. He is a receiver of many EU-funded projects including H2020, TEMPUS IV, DFG, EPIC-Erasmus, Erasmus AVEMPACE III, and HOPES.  He served as an organising and technical committee member of many international journals and conferences including IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Access, and BigComp. He also served as a panelist in multiple conferences as an IoT specialist and an entrepreneur advocate.

His current research focus is on applying machine learning techniques to interdisciplinary research challenges in the areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Multimedia Networks, Computer Security, and the Internet of Things (IoT).



Dr. Abdel-Karim Al-Tamimi received his MSc and PhD degree in Computer Engineering under the advisement of Prof. Raj Jain from Washington University in St. Louis, US, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He is a senior fellow of HEA (SFHEA), a member of Open-Source Software Communities (OSSCOM), and a member of IEEE. 

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Dr. Al-Tamimi joined the Computer Engineering Department at Yarmouk University, Jordan in 2010, where he served as an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and the director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC). He also served as a visiting professor at Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany. He joined the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), UAE, and served as the program team leader (Department Chair) and a member of the program academic committee (PAC). 

Dr. Al-Tamimi has extensive experience in leading international teams in both research and industry projects. He worked on developing undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums, and bespoke training programs for the industry. Dr. Al-Tamimi is serving as an Editorial Board member of PLOS ONE and Research Reports on Computer Science journals. He also served as the lead guest editor of a special issue of Advances in Multimedia Journal.


Modules taught
I am currently the module leader of:
- Designing and Developing Enterprise Systems (DDES): This module aims to provide learners with the concepts and tools to design and implement distributed and enterprise applications and allow them to compare and assess different approaches to their development using various contemporary technologies.
- Group Project: This module aims to develop the capacity to work in a team of individuals who have a range of capabilities to develop a solution to a computational problem that meets a real client's needs. Based on the client's brief it is up to the learners to identify an appropriate solution and create a strategy for providing it.

I have developed and delivered the following graduate modules:
• Advanced Operating Systems
• Advanced Digital Logic Design Using FPGA
• Principles of Object Oriented Programming and Design
• Digital Logic Design Using VHDL
• System Modelling and Simulation
• Advanced Computer Networks

I have developed and delivered the following undergraduate modules:
• Advanced Computer Networks
• Computer Networks
• Software Engineering
• Project Management and Quality Control
• Multimedia Systems and Technology
• Object-Oriented Modelling and Applications
• Web Design and Application Development
• Design and Development of Enterprise Systems
• Principles of Information Assurance, Security, and Privacy
• Database Administration and Design
• Computational Thinking and Coding
• Web Applications and E-Commerce Security
• Routing Protocols
• Artificial Intelligence
• Routing Solutions for the Enterprise
• Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
• System Architecture and Integration
• Professional Software Projects



Current research projects

- Sheffield Hallam/Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity Complications from Excess Weight Innovation Challenge. Phyllis – a chatbot to support children who are obese or overweight to move more. (Total of £10,000 GBP) 2022.

- Sheffield Hallam Levelling Up Challenge. The development and delivery of a whole systems implementation and evaluation research collaborative, focusing on older adult population health and wellbeing, across the Sheffield City Region. Sheffield Hallam, UK. (Total of £9,825 GBP) 2022.

- Global partnership: Joint PhD programme with La Trobe University, Australia. IntelliParalegal: Leveraging natural language processing techniques to assess immigration asylum seeker applications (Total of $113,750 AUD) 2022.

- Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Enhancement project. EduChat: A conversational agent to improve the learning environment (Total of £1,800 GBP) 2022.



Journal articles

Moore, R., Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., & Freeman, E. (2024). Investigating the Potential of a Conversational Agent (Phyllis) to Support Adolescent Health and Overcome Barriers to Physical Activity: Co-Design Study. JMIR formative research, 8 (1). http://doi.org/10.2196/51571

Alwada’n, T., Al Tamimi, A.-.K., Mohammad, A.H., Salem, M., & Muhammad, Y. (2023). Dynamic congestion management system for cloud service broker. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE), 13 (1), 872-883. http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v13i1.pp872-883

Al-Jarrah, M.A., Al-Jarrah, A., Jarrah, A., AlShurbaji, M., Magableh, S.K., Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., ... Al-Shamali, M.O. (2022). Accurate Reader Identification for the Arabic Holy Quran Recitations Based on an Enhanced VQ Algorithm. Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle, 36 (6), 815-823. http://doi.org/10.18280/ria.360601

Salem, M., & Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2022). A Novel Threat Intelligence Detection Model Using Neural Networks. IEEE Access, 10, 131229-131245. http://doi.org/10.1109/access.2022.3229495

Al Tamimi, A.-.K., Qasaimeh, A., & Qaddoum, K. (2021). Offline signature recognition system using oriented FAST and rotated BRIEF. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE), 11 (5), 4095-4103. http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v11i5.pp4095-4103

AlSobeh, A.M.R., Hammad, R., & Tamimi, A.K.A. (2019). A modular cloud-based ontology framework for context-aware EHR services. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 60 (4), 339-350. http://doi.org/10.1504/ijcat.2019.101181

Jarrah, A., Al Tamimi, A.-.K., & Albashir, T. (2018). Optimized Parallel Implementation of Extended Kalman Filter Using FPGA. Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers, 27 (1). http://doi.org/10.1142/s0218126618500093

Abu Doush, I., Alshatnawi, S., Al Tamimi, A.-.K., Alhasan, B., & Hamasha, S. (2017). ISAB: Integrated Indoor Navigation System for the Blind. Interacting with Computers, 29 (2), 181-202. http://doi.org/10.1093/iwc/iww016

Miller, K., Al Tamimi, A.-.K., & Wolisz, A. (2017). QoE-Based Low-Delay Live Streaming Using Throughput Predictions. ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, 13 (1), 1-24. http://doi.org/10.1145/2990505

Alzubaidi, M.A., Otoom, M., & Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2016). Parallel scheme for real-time detection of photosensitive seizures. Computers in biology and medicine, 70, 139-147. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compbiomed.2016.01.008

Marar, H.W., Abugharbieh, K., & Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2014). A 1.8 V low power 5 Gbps PMOS-based LVDS output driver with good return loss performance. Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, 79 (1), 1-13. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10470-013-0224-6

Al-Tamimi, A.K., Jaradat, M., Aljarrah, N., & Ghanim, S. (2014). AARI: Automatic Arabic readability index. International Arab Journal of Information Technology, 11 (4), 370-378.

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., Jain, R., & So-In, C. (2012). High-Definition Video Streams Analysis, Modeling, and Prediction. Advances in Multimedia, 2012, 1-13. http://doi.org/10.1155/2012/539396

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2010). A Scheduler for Unsolicited Grant Service (UGS) in IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX Networks. IEEE Systems Journal, 4 (4), 487-494. http://doi.org/10.1109/jsyst.2010.2083171

Al Tamimi, A., So-In, C., & Jain, R. (2010). Modeling and resource allocation for mobile video over WiMAX broadband wireless networks. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 28 (3), 354-365. http://doi.org/10.1109/jsac.2010.100407

Kim, B.-.H., Yun, J., Hur, Y., So-In, C., Jain, R., & Tamimi, A.-.K.A. (2009). Capacity estimation and TCP performance enhancement over mobile WiMAX networks. IEEE Communications Magazine, 47 (6), 132-141. http://doi.org/10.1109/mcom.2009.5116810

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Tamimi, A.-.K. (2009). Scheduling in IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX networks: key issues and a survey. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 27 (2), 156-171. http://doi.org/10.1109/jsac.2009.090207

Jain, R., Chakchai So-In, , & Al Tamimi, A.-.K. (2008). System-level modeling of IEEE 802.16E mobile wimax networks: Key issues. IEEE Wireless Communications, 15 (5), 73-79. http://doi.org/10.1109/mwc.2008.4653135

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Tamimi, A.-.K.A. (n.d.). Deficit Round Robin with Fragmentation Scheduling to Achieve Generalized Weighted Fairness for Resource Allocation in IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX Networks. Future Internet, 2 (4), 446-468. http://doi.org/10.3390/fi2040446

Conference papers

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., Bani-Isaa, E., & Al-Alami, A. (2021). Active Learning for Arabic Text Classification. 2021 International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Knowledge Economy (ICCIKE), 123-126. http://doi.org/10.1109/iccike51210.2021.9410758

Al Tamimi, A.-.K., Salem, M., & Al-Alami, A. (2020). On the Use of Feature Selection for Music Genre Classification. 2020 Seventh International Conference on Information Technology Trends (ITT), 1-6. http://doi.org/10.1109/itt51279.2020.9320778

Alsbeih, D., Douad, M.I., Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., & Al-Jarrah, M.A. (2020). A Dynamic System for Tracking Biopsy Needle in Two Dimensional Ultrasound Images. 2020 IEEE 5th Middle East and Africa Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME). http://doi.org/10.1109/mecbme47393.2020.9265166

Hassonah, M.A., Rodan, A., Al Tamimi, A.-.K., & Alsakran, J. (2020). Churn Prediction: A Comparative Study Using KNN and Decision Trees. 2019 Sixth HCT Information Technology Trends (ITT), 182-186. http://doi.org/10.1109/itt48889.2019.9075077

Khalifeh, A.F., Al Tamimi, A.-.K., & Darabkh, K.A. (2018). Perceptual evaluation of audio quality under lossy networks. 2017 International Conference on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Networking (WiSPNET), 2018-J (2018-J), 939-943. http://doi.org/10.1109/wispnet.2017.8299900

Al Tamimi, A.-.K., Shatnawi, A., & Bani-Issa, E. (2018). Arabic sentiment analysis of YouTube comments. 2017 IEEE Jordan Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies (AEECT), 1-6. http://doi.org/10.1109/aeect.2017.8257766

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., & Khalifeh, A. (2014). Mobile mules: Modular e-health information synchronization framework. 2014 8th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT). http://doi.org/10.1109/ismict.2014.6825234

Marar, H.W., Abugharbieh, K., & Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2012). A power efficient 3-Gbits/s 1.8V PMOS-based LVDS output driver. 2012 19th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems (ICECS 2012). http://doi.org/10.1109/icecs.2012.6463756

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2012). Modeling VP8/WebM Encoded Video Traces. 2012 Sixth UKSim/AMSS European Symposium on Computer Modeling and Simulation. http://doi.org/10.1109/ems.2012.82

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Tamimi, A.-.K.A. (2010). SWIM: A Scheduler for Unsolicited Grant Service (UGS) in IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX Networks. In Access Networks, (pp. 40-51). Springer Berlin Heidelberg: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11664-3_4

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., Jain, R., & So-In, C. (2010). Dynamic resource allocation based on online traffic prediction for video streams. 2010 IEEE 4th International Conference on Internet Multimedia Services Architecture and Application. http://doi.org/10.1109/imsaa.2010.5729421

Al Tamimi, A.K., Jain, R., & So-In, C. (2010). Statistical analysis and modeling of high definition video traces. 2010 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo. http://doi.org/10.1109/icme.2010.5583026

Al Tamimi, A.K., Jain, R., & So-In, C. (2010). Modeling and Prediction of High Defninition Video Traffic: A Real-World Case Study. 2010 Second International Conferences on Advances in Multimedia. http://doi.org/10.1109/mmedia.2010.10

Al Tamimi, A.K., Jain, R., & So-In, C. (2010). Modeling and generation of AVC and SVC-TS mobile video traces for broadband access networks. Proceedings of the first annual ACM SIGMM conference on Multimedia systems. http://doi.org/10.1145/1730836.1730848

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Al Tamimi, A.-.K. (2010). Generalized Weighted Fairness and its application for resource allocation in IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX. 2010 The 2nd International Conference on Computer and Automation Engineering (ICCAE). http://doi.org/10.1109/iccae.2010.5451235

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Al Tamimi, A.-.K. (2009). eOCSA: An algorithm for burst mapping with strict QoS requirements in IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX networks. 2009 2nd IFIP Wireless Days (WD). http://doi.org/10.1109/wd.2009.5449676

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Al Tamimi, A.-.K. (2009). OCSA: An algorithm for burst mapping in IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX networks. 2009 15th Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications. http://doi.org/10.1109/apcc.2009.5375688

So-In, C., Jain, R., & Tamimi, A.-.K. (2009). A Deficit Round Robin with Fragmentation scheduler for IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX. 2009 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium. http://doi.org/10.1109/sarnof.2009.4850308

Tamimi, A.K.A., Jain, R., & So-In, C. (2008). SAM: A Simplified Seasonal ARIMA Model for Mobile Video over Wireless Broadband Networks. 2008 Tenth IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia. http://doi.org/10.1109/ism.2008.112

Al-Jarrah, M., & Tamimi, A.-.K. (2006). A Thin Security Layer Protocol over IP Protocol on TCP/IP Suite for Security Enhancement. 2006 Innovations in Information Technology. http://doi.org/10.1109/innovations.2006.301920

Al Tamimi, A.K., Bani Issa, E., Alaelaqul, I., & Zoubi, A. Towards Designing a Portable Online Assessment System. In 2nd Biennial International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education.

Al Tamimi, A.K., Alzoubi, J., Alqudah, A., & Alboon, S. Performance Analysis for the Piezoelectric Actuator Parameters. In The 8th Jordan International Electrical and Electronics Engineering Conference.

Book chapters

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K., Moore, R., Javed, Y., Babu, S., & Freeman, E. (2024). Chatbots in Education: Addressing Student Needs and Transforming Learning in the Post-COVID-19 Era. In Kayyali, M. (Ed.) Building Resiliency in Higher Education. (pp. 99-127). IGI Global: http://doi.org/10.4018/979-8-3693-5483-4.ch006

Al Tamimi, A.K. (2017). Open Source Software Market Analysis. In Prospects of Open Source Software. The OSSCOM Consortium

Al Tamimi, A.K., Carrión, C., & Caminero, B. (2017). OSS Learning Resources. In Prospects of Open Source Software. The OSSCOM Consortium

Al Tamimi, A.-.K., & Jain, R. (2011). SECURITY IN WIRELESS DATA NETWORKS. In Handbook of Security and Networks. (pp. 3-38). WORLD SCIENTIFIC: http://doi.org/10.1142/9789814273046_0001

(2010). Resource Allocation in IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chakchai So-In, Raj Jain, and Abdel Karim Al-Tamimi. In Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access Fundamentals and Applications. (pp. 205-250). Auerbach Publications: http://doi.org/10.1201/9781420088250-12


Al Tamimi, A.K., Bani-Issa, E., & Shatanawi, A. (2022). Sentiment Analysis for Arabic YouTubeComments. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Al-Tamimi, A.-.K. (2011). Mobile and High Definition Video Streams. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.


Al Tamimi, A.K. (2008). Performance Analysis of Data Encryption Algorithms. https://www.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/cse567-06/ftp/encryption_perf.pdf

Al Tamimi, A.K. (2006). Security in Wireless Data Networks: A Survey Paper. https://www.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/cse574-06/ftp/wireless_security.pdf


Al Tamimi, A.K. (2023). Apparatus and Method for Detection of Malicious Websites.

Other activities

Other external responsibilities: 

Co-Founder of Phyllis (phyllis.chat), an AI-based conversational agent to help youth overcome mental and physical barriers to partaking in physical activities, UK. (2022)
Organising Committee Member and Session Chair at AEECT Conference, Jordan. (2017)
Judge and Reviewer for the National Technology Parade (NTP) contest, Jordan. (2011-2017)
Member of The Academic Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (AECE) Steering Committee. Yarmouk University, Jordan. (2014-2016)
NET Club Supervisor, Yarmouk University, Jordan. (2011-2016)
Co-Founder and Supervisor in Orange-Yarmouk Innovation Lab (OYIL), Jordan. (2012-2016)
Participant in Canvas: Innovation in Media Hackathon. Al-Jazeera News Agency. Doha, Qatar. (2014)
Technical Team Member of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA-UN), Amman, Jordan. (2013-2014)
Mentor at NYUAD Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World, UAE. (2013)
Computer Engineering Department Representative and a member of the Engineering Faculty Council Committee. Yarmouk University, Jordan. (2012-2013)


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