Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie

Dr Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie

Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie is a Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Greenwich, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Swarm Intelligence (CSI) from Goldsmiths, University of London, and since the start of his PhD, he has published extensively in the field, covering various applications of CSI, Evolutionary Computation (EC), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). He has taught in the higher education for more than a decade, several of which relevant to CSI, AI, their real-world applications as well as philosophical issues on artificial intelligence and arts. His work in the area has featured multiple times in the media including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Over the past 10 years, he has developed a unique interdisciplinary research profile with more than 70 peer-reviewed publications including, book chapters, journal and conference papers on CSI, EC, ML and DNNs as well as their applications in medical imaging, data science, philosophy and arts. In addition to speaking few human languages, he speaks around a dozen machine languages. He has supervised (and is supervising) several PhD students and is welcoming proposals from prospective PhD students who are willing to research the aforementioned areas.

PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, 2012
Digital Journalism, The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 2007
BSc from University of London, First Class Honours, 2005

Awards

  • Best Paper Award at EvoMUSART 2019 (Evolutionary Music and Art): Swarm-based identification of animation key points from 2D-medialness maps, (Germany, Leipzig, 2019)
  • Luz Robotic Project (VIDA 13.0) Sponsored by Fundación Telefónica, Artistic production incentives award, (London, United Kingdom, 2012-14)
  • Best Paper Award at NICSO 2011 (Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization): Resource Allocation and Dispensation Impact of Stochastic Diffusion Search on Differential Evolution Algorithm, (Romania, Cluz, 2011)
  • Best Project Prize at BCBT (Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology): iCub robot is learning, a collaborative approach for Robotic (iCub), Neural Network (Facial Expression Recognition) and Reinforcement Learning, (Spain, Barcelona, 2009)
  • Best Presentation Award at British Computer Society (BCS): The integration of Stochastic Diffusion Search into Particle Swarm Optimisation (Doctoral Consortium BCS, London, United Kingdom, 2009)

Recognition

  • Member of the Editorial Review Board at IEEE Transaction in Evolutionary Computation
  • Member of the Editorial Review Board at The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
  • The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) Committee Member (elected 2009-present), Editor: 2017-19
  • euCognition Member
  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Member
  • Fellow at the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Imaging and Healthcare
  • Computational Creativity

Media activity

  • Director and co-Producer of the documentary "The Jungle Book", (to be release in 2021)
  • The Guardian, On Harold Cohen's Life, obituary, (Wed 8 June 2016)
  • BBC Click, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Creativity (4 June 2016)
  • BBC Click, Computational and Machine Creativity (6 November 2014)
  • House of Commons, UK Parliament, Presentation on Ants Intelligence: Identifying Traces of Cancer, SET for BRITAIN, (18 March 2013)
  • Digital Art Gallery, Swarmic Sketches and Painting with Swarm Regulated Attention Mechanism, at IV2013 (London) & CGIV2013 (Macau, China), (2013)
  • Qwartz TV, Artificial Intelligence, Physiology & Art, in Paris, France, May (2011)
  • Digital Art Gallery, When birds and ants set off to draw, IV2011 (London) & CGIV2011 (Singapore), (2011)

Recent publications

Article

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid , Fol Leymarie, Frédéric, Latham, William, Bishop, Mark (2017), Swarmic autopoiesis and computational creativity. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Connection Science, 29 (4) . pp. 276-294 ISSN: 0954-0091 (Print), 1360-0494 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540091.2016.1274960).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid , Cropley, Arthur, Cropley, David, Bishop, Mark (2016), On evil and computational creativity. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Connection Science, 28 (2) . pp. 171-193 ISSN: 0954-0091 (Print), 1360-0494 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540091.2016.1151862).

Javaheri Javid, Mohammad Ali , Blackwell, Tim, Zimmer, Robert, Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2016), Analysis of information gain and Kolmogorov complexity for structural evaluation of cellular automata configurations. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Connection Science, 28 (2) . pp. 155-170 ISSN: 0954-0091 (Print), 1360-0494 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540091.2016.1151861).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Blackwell, Tim (2016), Cognitive bare bones particle swarm optimisation with jumps. IGI. In: , , , . IGI, International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research (IJSIR), 7 (1) . pp. 1-31 ISSN: 1947-9263 (Print), 1947-9271 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.4018/ijsir.2016010101).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid , Aber, Ahmed, Hemanth, Duraiswamy Jude (2015), Deploying swarm intelligence in medical imaging identifying metastasis, micro-calcifications and brain image segmentation. IET. In: , , , . IET, IET Systems Biology, 9 (6) . pp. 234-244 ISSN: 1751-8849 (Print), 1751-8857 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1049/iet-syb.2015.0036).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Bishop, John Mark (2013), Stochastic diffusion search review. Walter de Gruyter. In: , , , . Walter de Gruyter, Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 4 (3) . pp. 155-173 ISSN: 2080-9778 (Print), 2081-4836 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.2478/pjbr-2013-0021).

Book

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid , Ursyn, Anna, Wyeld, Theodor (2020), The Art of Coding: The Language of Drawing, Graphics, and Animation. Chapman and Hall/CRC. In: , , , . Chapman and Hall/CRC, New York (1st) . ISBN: 9781138629646 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1201/b22094).

Book section

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Bishop, Mark (2014), Weak and Strong Computational Creativity. Atlantis Press, Paris. In: , , , Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machine. Atlantis Press, Paris, Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machines, 7 . pp. 37-49 . ISBN: 9789462390843 (doi: https://doi.org/10.2991/978-94-6239-085-0_2).

Conference proceedings

Aparajeya, Prashant , Leymarie, Frederic Fol, Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2019), Swarm-based identification of animation key points from 2D-medialness maps. Springer International Publishing. In: Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design, 24-26 April, Leipzig, Germany In: Anikó Ekárt, Antonios Liapis, María Luz Castro Pena (eds.), EvoMUSART 2019: Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Desig. Springer International Publishing, Cham . pp. 69-83 . ISBN: 9783030166663 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16667-0_5).

Alhakbani, Haya and , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2017), Feature selection using stochastic diffusion search. ACM. In: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, , , GECCO '17: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conferenc. ACM, . pp. 385-392 . ISBN: 9781450349208 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/3071178.3079193).

Alhakbani, Haya Abdullah and , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2016), A swarm intelligence approach in undersampling majority class. Springer. In: , , In: Marco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari, Xiaodong Li, Manuel López-Ibáñez, Kazuhiro Ohkura, Carlo Pinciroli, Thomas Stützle (eds.), 10th International Conference, ANTS 2016, Brussels, Belgium, September 7-9, 2016, Proceeding. Springer, Cham, Switzerland Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 9882 (1st) . pp. 225-232 . ISBN: 9783319444277ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44427-7_19).

Bishop, Mark and , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2016), Autopoiesis in creativity and art. ACM. In: 3rd International Symposium on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2016, , Thessaloniki, Greece , Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Movement and Computin. ACM, New York, USA ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (27) . ISBN: 9781450343077 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/2948910.2948948).

Javaheri Javid, Mohammed Ali , Blackwell, Tim, Zimmer, Robert, Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2016), Correlation between human aesthetic judgement and spatial complexity measure. Springer-Verlag. In: , , In: Colin Johnson, Vic Ciesielski, João Correia, Penousal Machado (eds.), EvoMUSART 2016: Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Desig. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, Cham Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design, 9596 (1st) . pp. 79-91 . ISBN: 9783319310077 ; 9783319310084ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31008-4_6).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Blackwell, Tim (2016), Binary Tomography Reconstruction by Particle Aggregation. Springer. In: , , , Applications of Evolutionary Computation: 19th European Conference, EvoApplications 2016, Porto, Portugal, March 30 -- April 1, 2016, Proceedings, Part . Springer, Cham, Switzerland Applications of Evolutionary Computation, 9597 . pp. 754-769 . ISBN: 9783319312033ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31204-0_48).

Al-Rifaie, Fatimah Majid and , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2015), Investigating stochastic diffusion search in DNA sequence assembly problem. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In: , , In: Yaxin Bi, Supriya Kapoor, Rahul Bhatia (eds.), Proceedings of 2015 SAI Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys). 10-11 November 2015 London, U. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), New Jersey, USA 2015 SAI Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) . pp. 625-631 . ISBN: 9781467376068 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/IntelliSys.2015.7361205).

Javaheri Javid, Mohammad Ali , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid, Zimmer, Robert (2015), Swarm intelligence approach in detecting spatially-independent symmetries in cellular automata. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In: , , , 2015 SAI Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), New Jersey, USA IntelliSys 2015 - Proceedings of 2015 SAI Intelligent Systems Conference . pp. 632-639 . ISBN: 9781467376068 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/IntelliSys.2015.7361206).

Javaheri Javid, Mohammad Ali , Zimmer, Robert, Ursyn, Anna, Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2015), A quantitative approach for detecting symmetries and complexity in 2D plane. Springer. In: , , In: Adrian-Horia Dediu, Magdalena Luis, Carlos Martín-Vide (eds.), Theory and Practice of Natural Computing. Fourth International Conference, TPNC 2015, Mieres, Spain, December 15-16, 2015. Proceeding. Springer, Cham, Switzerland Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 9477 (1st) . pp. 150-160 . ISBN: 9783319268408ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26841-5_12).

Javaheri Javid, Mohammad Ali , Blackwell, Tim, Zimmer, Robert, Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2015), Information gain measure for structural discrimination of cellular automata configurations. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In: , , In: Mohammad Ali Javaheri Javid (ed.), 2015 7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Colchester, UK 2015 7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC) . pp. 47-52 . ISBN: 9781467394819 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/CEEC.2015.7332698).

Javaheri Javid, Mohammad Ali , Blackwell, Tim, Zimmer, Robert, Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2015), Spatial complexity measure for characterising cellular automata generated 2D patterns. Springer. In: , , In: Francisco Pereira, Penousal Machado, Ernesto Costa, Amílcar Cardoso (eds.), Progress in Artificial Intelligence. 17th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2015, Coimbra, Portugal, September 8-11, 2015. Proceeding. Springer, Cham, Switzerland Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 9273 (1st) . pp. 201-212 . ISBN: 9783319234854ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23485-4_21).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Aber, Ahmed (2015), Dispersive flies optimisation and medical imaging. Springer. In: , , In: Stefka Fidanova (ed.), Recent Advances in Computational Optimizatio. Springer, Recent Advances in Computational Optimization, 610 (1st) . pp. 183-203 . ISBN: 9783319211329ISSN: 1860-949X (Print), 1860-9503 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21133-6_11).

Al-Rifaie, Asmaa Majid and , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid (2015), Generative music with stochastic diffusion search. Springer. In: , , In: Colin Johnson, Adrian Carballal, João Correia (eds.), EvoMUSART 2015: Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Desig. Springer, Cham, Switzerland Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 9027 (1st) . pp. 1-14 . ISBN: 9783319164977ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16498-4_1).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , (2014), Dispersive Flies Optimisation. FedCSIS. In: 2014 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, , Warsaw, Poland , Proceedings of the 2014 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information System. FedCSIS, Proceedings of the 2014 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, 2 . pp. 529-538 . ISBN: 9788360810583ISSN: 2300-5963 (Print), 2300-5963 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.15439/2014F142) NB Item availability restricted.

Javaheri Javid, Mohammad Ali , Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid, Zimmer, Robert (2014), Detecting symmetry in cellular automata generated patterns using swarm intelligence. Springer. In: , , In: Adrian-Horia Dediu, Manuel Lozano, Carlos Martín-Vide (eds.), Theory and Practice of Natural Computing Third International Conference, TPNC 2014, Granada, Spain, December 9-11, 2014. Proceeding. Springer, Cham, Switzerland Theory and Practice of Natural Computing, 8890 (1st) . pp. 83-94 . ISBN: 9783319137483ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-13749-0_8).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Bishop, Mark (2013), Swarmic paintings and colour attention. Springer. In: , , In: Penousal Machado, James McDermott, Adrian Carballal (eds.), Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design Second International Conference, EvoMUSART 2013, Vienna, Austria, April 3-5, 2013. Proceeding. Springer, Berlin, Germany Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7834 (1st) . pp. 97-108 . ISBN: 9783642369544ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36955-1_9).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Bishop, Mohammad (2013), Swarmic sketches and attention mechanism. Springer. In: , , In: Penousal Machado, James McDermott, Adrian Carballal (eds.), Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design Second International Conference, EvoMUSART 2013, Vienna, Austria, April 3-5, 2013. Proceeding. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7834 (1st) . pp. 85-96 . ISBN: 9783642369544ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print), 1611-3349 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36955-1_8).

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , Bishop, Mark (2013), Swarm intelligence and weak artificial creativity. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Press. In: , , In: Georgi Stojanov, Bipin Indurkhya (eds.), Creativity and (Early) Cognitive Development: A perspective from Artificial Creativity, Developmental AI and Robotic. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Press, Palo Alto, California AAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report . pp. 14-19 . ISBN: 9781577355991 (doi: https://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/SSS/SSS13/paper/view/5728/5925).

Working paper

Al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid and , (2018), Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Techniques for Real World Applications. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, (doi: ).