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​​​​Research at CCIS

College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS) is proud to be part of group of colleges and universities in Saudi Arabia that are actively involved in research. 

The college encourages research in areas related to computer science and information systems in general and three specialized research or focus areas in particular. 

The college also has established research contacts with King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Innovation Center (IC) and Research and Translation Center (PSRTC). In addition to these CCIS faculty members conduct research in collaboration with various national and international research institutions. 

CCIS also organizes Research activities including research seminars, Colloquia and workshops to raise the awareness of recent and cutting edge research. ​

Research Units

RIOTU: ​One of the initiatives of the National Transformation Program is coming up with a Low Cost Communication Network for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications. IoT applications span several areas of the Saudi Vision, Health, Energy Consumption, Security Monitoring, etc. These applications can be also used in the concept of smart housing, smart campus, and smart workplace. Establishing a professional research environment in the Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) will contribute to 2030 initiative. It will pursue and attract external research funds and grants from industry and external research programs by providing consultation service as well as developing IoT solutions and providing training services for Saudi Market.
Unit Head : Dr. Anis Koubaa
CyberSecurity: ​​​One target of the Saudi vision 2030 is Digital Infrastructure Development. Public-private partnerships are highlighted in the Vision as a method to develop the telecommunication and information technology sectors in the Kingdom. The commitments include strengthening the governance of digital transformation through a national council, and supporting local investments in telecommunication and information technology. Cybersecurity is a vital component of any digital transformation in terms of protecting the data and the infrastructure, which is a big concern for government, public, and private sectors. Cybercrime is a growing industry. It threatens not only national security but also the economic security. Cyber-attacks have been increasing in the last decade, consequently innovative countermeasures are necessary to handle and cope with such attacks. Preparing and educating Saudi employees is a vital part in this digital transformation movement. Cybersecurity unit motivates, educates and trains new generation of cybersecurity researchers and professionals to produce experts in cyber technologies and systems. The unit fosters several collaborations with national and international security research groups and centers, governmental agencies, companies and academic institutions with the purpose of excellence in security solutions outcomes. Overall, Cybersecurity unit aims to contribute significantly in providing educational, research, outreach, and partnering security services nationally and internationally. 
Unit Head : Dr. Basit Qureshi

Data Mining: Data mining applications can be used to derive educated predictions in order to achieve better informed decisions. The needs and potential of Saudi Arabia can be derived from the massive amount of available data provided by the General Authority for Statistics and Government's agencies. The unit would also advise about what kind of data that is missing and should be collected. The Saudi Vision 2030 discusses several targets, these targets can be tracked and monitored using data mining techniques. This unit will be the continual operation of the current MEGDAM centre as a unit in the innovation centre. 
Unit Head : Dr. Ahmed Sameh

​Research Focus Areas 

Intelligent Systems and Data Mining: This focus area encompasses the following research areas: 
Artificial intelligence, Data mining, Neural/Bayesian networks, image/voice/pattern recognition, information/data retrieval, Problem Solving Algorithms, knowledge based systems/reasoning, optimization problems, Intelligent Systems, Machine Learning, Computer Human Interaction (CHI), Data warehousing, Web Mining, Grid Computing and Distributed Databases. 
Faculty members involved in this area are: Dr. Mohamed Tounsi (Coordinator), Prof. Mohamed El Affendi, Dr.AbdulAziz Alsehebani, Dr. Fakhry Khellah, Dr.Noureddine Soufiane, Dr.Anis Koubaa, Dr.Rasha Orban, Mr. Yasir Javed, Ms.Abrar S. Wafa and Dr. Suad Al Ramouni, Dr.Afraz Syed 

Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing: This focus area encompasses the following research areas: 
Wireless Networks, Performance in Networks, Data Security and encryption, Network Security, Network Protocols, Distributed Networks Architecture, Mobile Technologies, Wireless Sensor Networks, Signal processing, Distributed systems, cloud computing and Secure Data communication. 
Faculty members involved in this area are: Dr.Basit Qureshi, Dr.Fakhry Khellah and Dr.Anis Koubaa, Mr, Yasir Javed, Ms.Saba Jalal. 

Information/Communication Technology and Education: This focus area encompasses the following research areas: 
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, ICT Human Capital in Developing Countries, ICT adoption, Enterprise Resource Planning, Information systems, Business Processing, Business Process Re-Engineering / Modelling, 
Faculty members involved in this area are: Dr.Manal AlFarrag (Coordinator), Ms. Roohi Jan, Ms. Deemah Al Eyouni, Ms. Ishrat Khan