Academic Positions

  • Present Sep 2016

    Sessional Lecturer

    Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

  • Present Dec 2015

    Sessional Lecturer

    Computer Science, Langara College, BC, Canada

  • Aug 2016 Jan 2016

    Sessional Lecturer

    Computer Science, Douglas College, BC, Canada

  • Dec 2015 Apr 2015

    Research Assistant and Data Analyst

    Athabasca University, Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • Mar 2015 Mar 2013

    Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Athabasca University, Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • Jan 2013 Oct 2011

    Instructor

    Computer Science, PACE Canada College, BC, Canada

  • Aug 2011 Jan 2006

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Computer Science, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India

  • Sep 2003 Dec 2003

    Teaching Assistant

    Computer Science,Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2012

    Ph.D. in Computer Science (Information retrieval)

    School of Computer and Systems Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India

  • Master of Technology2005

    Master of Technology, Computer Science

    Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India

  • Bachelor of I.T.2003

    Bachelor of Information Technology,

    New Delhi, India

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2013-2015
    Post-doctoral Research Fellowship
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    Post-doctoral Research Fellowship of $125,000 from MITACS Elevate (Canada)
  • 2014-2016
    Research Project - Intelligent Assistants: promoting support teaching activities in virtual teaching and learning environments
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    Funding of R$ 46,790 (~ CAD18,000) from CNPq-SETEC/MEC Nº 17/2014 -Process 467935/2014-9 for project “Intelligent Assistants: promoting support teaching activities in virtual teaching and learning environments”.
  • 2008
    Best Paper Nomination
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    Best paper nomination “A Trainable Document Summarizer Using Bayesian Classifier Approach” in IEEE International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology, India
  • 2003-2005
    Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India
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    Scholarship of INR 2,00,000 (~ 3600 CAD) from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India during Master studies.
  • 2003
    Scored 95.60 percentile in GATE
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    Scored 95.60 percentile in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (all India examination)

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Research Projects

  • 2014 – Present

    Intelligent Assistants: promoting support to teaching activities in virtual teaching and learning environments

    The project aims to develop intelligent assistants to assist teachers in improving their practices in the teaching in learning virtual environment
    Julia Marques Carvalho da Silva – Coordinator
    Hazra Imran - Member ; Mauricio Covolan Rosito - Member

  • 2013-2015

    PLORS – Personalized Learning Object Recommender System

    The project deals with an intelligent application in the e-learning area aimed at personalizing the learning experience to each learner. Based on the aim, the research focuses on using a recommendation mechanism to provide recommendations of which learning objects within a course are more useful for learners, considering the learning object he/she is visiting as well as the learning objects visited by other learners with similar profiles.
    Hazra Imran-Coordinator
    Sabine Graf- Member

  • 2013-2015

    RBRS - Rule Based Recommender System

    The project aims to develop a recommender system for students in student-centered pedagogy. The recommender system helps astudentin making appropriate selections of tasks in the course.The recommender system considers the different difficulty levels of tasks and recommends tasks based on the learner’s previous performance, his/her initial plan on what tasks to select, and the performance of similar learners.
    Hazra Imran-Coordinator
    Sabine Graf- Member

  • 2013-2015

    WBLORS - Web Based Learning Object Recommender System

    The project aims to develop a recommender system for students to recommend additional learning objects from web based on their learning styles as well as the recommended learning objects that worked well for other similar learners.
    Hazra Imran-Coordinator
    Sabine Graf- Member

  • 2013-2015

    VAT- Visualization and Analytical Tool for teachers

    The project aims to provide support to teachers by providing them the valuable information and visualization about their students and courses. For this purpose, a tool is developed to support reflection and improvement of teaching practices.
    Hazra Imran-Coordinator
    Sabine Graf- Member

  • 2013-2015

    AAT-Academic Analytical Tool

    The project aims to provide instructors and learning designers with some basic access to log data
    Sabine Graf- Coordinator
    Hazra Imran-Member

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VAT-RUBARS: A Visualization and Analytical Tool for a Rule-Based Recommender System to Support Teachers in a Learner-Centered Learning Approach. International Conference on Smart Learning Environments (ICSLE).In State-of-the-Art and Future Directions of Smart Learning, 31-38, Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Imran, H., Ballance, K., Silva, J., Kinshuk, Graf, S.
Conference Papers Acceptance rate: 30%

Co-occurrence Based Predictors for Estimating query difficulty. In Proceeding of International Conference on Data Mining Workshops. 867-874. Australia, IEEE Computer Society. [Acceptance rate: 19.2%, Google Scholar Citations: 15]

Imran, H., and Sharan, A.
Workshops

Dedication versus Course's Completion: an analysis through Moodle LMS logs. Revista Campus Virtuales

Imran, H.,Scariot, Ana P., Andrade, Fábio G., Piresa, D., Fernandes, A., and Silva, J.
Journal Paper Submitted

Genetic Algorithm Based Model for Effective Document Retrieval.In AO, S., Castillo O., Huang X. (Eds.),Intelligent Control and Computer Engineering (pp.191-201). The Netherland, Springer.

Imran, H. and Sharan, A.
Book Chapter[ISBN: 978-94-007-0285-1 (Print) 978-94-007-0286-8 (Online),Google Scholar Citations: 2]

PLROS: A Personalized Learning Object Recommender System.Vietnam Journal of Computer Science, 1-11

Imran, H., Belghis-Zadeh, M., Ting-Wen Chang, T.W., Kinshuk, Graf, S.
Journal Paper

A study on the variables for prediction of not graduating students in courses supported by Virtual Environments for Teaching and Learning. RENOTE. Magazine New Technologies in Education.

SILVA, Julia Marques ; IMRAN, H.
Conference Papers
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From Co-occurrence to Lexical Cohesion for Automatic Query Expansion. International Journal of Computational Linguistic and Applications, 3(1), 107-119

Imran, H.and Sharan, A.
Journal Paper[Open Access; ISSN 0976-0962]

Selecting Effective Expansion Terms for Better Information Retrieval.Special issue on Web Semantics of International Journal of Computer Science & Applications, 7(2), 52-64

Imran, H. and Sharan, A.
Journal Paper [Open Access; ISSN 0972-9038, Citations : 3]

Abstract

Although a substantial amount of research has examined the constructs of warmth and competence, far less has examined how these constructs develop and what benefits may accrue when warmth and competence are cultivated. Yet there are positive consequences, both emotional and behavioral, that are likely to occur when brands hold perceptions of both. In this paper, we shed light on when and how warmth and competence are jointly promoted in brands, and why these reputations matter.

Toward recommending learning tasks in learner-centered approach. InProceedings of the International Conference on Smart Learning Environments (ICSLE). Lecture Notes in Educational Technology, July 2014, 337-344, Hong Kong, Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Imran, H., Belghis-Zadeh, M., Ting-Wen Chang, T.W., Kinshuk, Graf, S.
Conference Papers Acceptance rate: 30%

A Framework to Provide Personalization in Learning Management Systems through a Recommender System Approach. In: Nguyen, N.-T., Attachoo, B., Trawinski, B., Somboonviwat, K. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th Asian Conference on Intelligent Information and Database Systems (ACIIDS). Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), April 2014, Vol. 8397, 271-280, Bangkok, Springer International Publishing

Imran, H., Hoang, Q., Chang, T. W., Kinshuk and Graf, S.
Conference Papers Acceptance rate: 30%

A Rule-Based Recommender System to Suggest Learning Tasks. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNSC), June 2014, Vol. 8474, 672-673, Honolulu, US, Springer International Publishing

Imran, H.,Belghis-Zadeh, M. Ting-Wen Chang, T.W., Kinshuk, Graf, S.
Conference Papers Acceptance rate: 30%

Improving Effectiveness of Query Expansion Using Information Theoretic Approach. In García-Pedrajas, N., Herrera, F., Fyfe, C., Benítez Sánchez, J.M., Ali, M. (Eds.) Proceedings of theInternational Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IEA-AIE), Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS), June 2010, Vol. 6097, 1-11, Spain, Springer Berlin Heidelberg [Ranked 46thamong top 701 Computer Science Conference; Acceptance rate: 40%; Google Scholar Citations: 2]

Imran, H.and Sharan, A.
Conference Papers Acceptance rate: 30%

A Trainable Document Summarizer Using Bayesian Classifier Approach. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology (ICETET), July 2008, 1206-1211, India, IEEE.[Nominated for Best Paper Award; Google Scholar Citations: 1]

Imran, H. Sharan, A. & Joshi, M.
Conference Papers

A Framework for Efficient Document Ranking Using Order and Non Order Based Fitness Function. In Proceedings of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists, March 2010, Vol. 1, 71-76, Hong Kong,Newswood Limited.[Acceptance rate: 56%; Google Scholar Citations: 1]

Imran, H.& Sharan, A.
Conference Papers

Thesaurus and query Expansion.International Journal of Computer science & Information Technology (IJCSIT), 1(2), 89-97.

Imran, H. and Sharan, A.
Journal Paper [Open Access; ISSN 0975-3826; Acceptance Rate-Less than 20%; Google Scholar Citations: 44]

Abstract

Although a substantial amount of research has examined the constructs of warmth and competence, far less has examined how these constructs develop and what benefits may accrue when warmth and competence are cultivated. Yet there are positive consequences, both emotional and behavioral, that are likely to occur when brands hold perceptions of both. In this paper, we shed light on when and how warmth and competence are jointly promoted in brands, and why these reputations matter.

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