Postdoctoral Researchers

Current postdoctoral researchers


Fatemeh Salehian Kia (November 2021 – December 2023) | LinkedIn
She has collaborated with a diverse range of researchers in different institutes. She is currently a research affiliate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the University of South Australia, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved in designing and analyzing dashboard users (MyLA) and analyzing usage data of personalized messages (OnTask). Her research focus is on operationalizing learners’ behaviours in online learning environments.


El Moatez Nagoudi (December 2019 – October 2024) | Website
Ph.D. in Computing, Amar Telidji University of Laghouat, Algeria, in collaboration with Grenoble Informatics Laboratory, France.
His current research focuses on machine learning and deep learning and their applications in Natural Language Processing. Before UBC, Moatez was an Assistant Professor at CHL University, Algeria. He was also a Member of the Computer Science and Mathematics Laboratory (LIM), Algeria.


AbdelRahim Elmadany (October 2019 – August 2024)
AbdelRahim Elmadany is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Deep Learning & Natural Language Processing (DLNLP) Group at UBC. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cairo University, Egypt. His research interests include Natural Language Understanding, Machine Translation, Language Generation, Automatic Speech Recognition, and Computational Social Science and Language Modeling. His current work focuses on Arabic and Indigenous languages. In addition, he has a teaching experience from the Jazan University (KSA), several publications on top-tier conferences and working experience at top research companies.


Chang Lu (Aug 2018 – May 2021)
Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
Theoretically, he focuses on the processes by which actors instigate change in highly institutionalized contexts. His research currently examines the adoption of Blockchain technology in the healthcare sector, by which he aims to conceptualize the relationship between culture and power at both the organizational and field-level throughout the adoption of new practices.


Rob Bittner (Aug 2018 – Jul 2020)
MA in Children's Literature (University of British Columbia), PhD (Simon Fraser University) | Website
Research interests: representation of transgender and queer teens in young adult literature; information seeking behaviour.


Chris Rowell (August 2018 - July 2020)
Working part-time with Blockchain@UBC Research Cluster and part-time with Sauder School of Business (in collaboration with the Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Applied Science)


Kathy Brennan (July-Dec 2018)
MLS (The Catholic University of America), MBA (John Hopkins), PhD (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) | Website
Research interests: information searching behaviour; human information interaction; financial knowledge


Ben Steichen (July 2014-June 2015)
BSc (University of East Anglia.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Trinity College Dublin) | Website
Research Interests: interactive information retrieval; user modelling; information visualization; human-computer interaction; data mining


Zohreh Dehghani Champiri (2015)
MIS (University of Isfahan), Ph.D. (University of Malaya) | Profile
Research Interests: human-computer interaction; social computing; information system analysis and design


Rafa Absar (2014)
MS Computer Science, Ph.D. (McGill) | Profile
Research Interests: multimodal interaction; visual interfaces; information systems; learning analytics


Michael Huggett (2010-2011) | Research profile
Research Interests: machine learning; data mining; natural language processing; information retrieval