Reza Rafiee

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Improving the performance of student learning experience by the use of social media as a complementary learning tool in higher education (MSc/PhD Supervision)


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Reza is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert and Machine Learning (ML) scientist. His AI/ML research focus is on improving the performance of student learning experience in Education.  

He is a lecturer (Education) in Data Analytics and Machine Learning at EEECS. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has a PhD in Machine Learning from Newcastle University (UK), MSc degree in AI and Robotics from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) and BEng degree (Hons.) in Computer Engineering from Iran Azad University.

Prior to the current position, he has done several successful tours of duty at academia and software industry (Full Publications). He has significantly contributed to several biomarker & subgroup discovery projects and machine learning based projects including:

  1. Developed a web-based immune based classification software for solid tumours which might be accessed at
  2. Developed a novel assay and molecular classification method based on a minimal DNA methylation signature suitable for routine diagnostic purpose, his developed web-based classifiers can be accessed via or
  3. Biostatistical analysis of an infant Medulloblastoma cohort with focus on high-risk factors
  4. Developed a NanoString classifier based on RNA-Seq data, in collaboration with Institute Curie in Paris;
  5. Developed an analysis pipeline for the WGES (Whole Genome/Exome Sequencing) data of diagnostics/relapsed Medulloblastoma using GATK (Genome Analysis Toolkit)
  6. Integrating high-dimensional biological cohorts using tensor decomposition techniques
  7. Developed a novel algorithm and software to rank popular videos accross Youtube repository. A Youtube channel with more than 200K subscribers and 50M views is the outcome of this algorithm. 



May 2019 - Present   Academic Lecturer (Education) in Data Analytics and Machine Learning at EEECS, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Jun 2017 - Apr 2019   Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stratified Medicine Group (SMG) in Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Jan 2014 - May 2017   Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, UK

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013   Software Developer at Prophet Technology Ltd, Gateshead, UK

Apr 2009 - Jul 2013   PhD in Machine Learning (Image Processing/Computer Vision), Newcastle University, UK

Sep 2006 - Jan 2009   Founder/CEO and Software Team Leader, Modern Enterprise Technology Corporation (METech), IRAN

Sep 2001 - Apr 2009   Academic Lecturer at Iran Azad University, IRAN

Sep 1998 - Jan 2001   MSc in Artificial Intellignece and Robotics, Iran University of Science and Technology, IRAN 



Research Interests

  1. Application of AI and machine learning in education for improving student learning experience  
  2. High-throughput genomic analysis, integrating complex and multi-scale biological datasets
  3. Developing AI-based methods and applying them to clinically annotated omics data accross multiple cancer subtypes
  4. Developing commercial and clinically applicable AI-based software 
  5. All statistical pattern recognition techniques, but not limited to, unsupervised, semi-supervised and supervised learning
  6. High-dimensional data processing and mining in Illumina 450K/EPIC DNA Methylation and RNA-Seq (NGS data)
  7. Mass-Spec DNA methylation and NanoString mRNA gene expression processing
  8. Developing bioinformatics tools, pipelines and software for the analysis of genetic and epigenetic features of cancer-associated diseases in large cohorts 


MSc/PhD Supervision

I am seeking new talented MSc/PhD students with strong background in mathematics, machine learning and software development to join an existing research/development project. Please send your CV and a statement of research interests to my email.  



Machine Learning (DSA8021)

Principles and Practices of Machine Learning (CSC7073)

Data Analysis and Visualisation (CSC3062)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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