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  1. 1. 211 PETER ENGEL SCIENCE CENTER COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT & SAINT JOHN'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGEVILLE, MN 56321-3000 USA WORK PHONE: 320-363-2837 FAX: 320-363-3202 HOME PHONE: 320-363-8753 EMAIL: IRAHAL@CSBSJU.EDU IMAD M. RAHAL _________________________________________________________________ PERSONAL DATA Citizenship: Lebanese (US Permanent Resident) Marital Status: Married Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and Arabic _________________________________________________________________ EDUCATIONAL RECORD • Ph.D. in Computer Science (GPA 4.0/4.0): 2003 – 2005 from North Dakota State University – www.ndsu.edu • M.S. in Computer Science (GPA 4.0/4.0): 2002 – 2003 from North Dakota State University • B. S. in Computer Science (GPA 3.80/4.0-summa cum laude): 1997 – 2001 from the Lebanese American University – www.lau.edu.lb (March 1999 - January 2001) & Notre Dame University – www.ndu.edu.lb (September 1997 - February 1999) _________________________________________________________________ EMPLOYMENT RECORD • College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University, Saint Joseph/Collegeville, MN, USA: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science (www.csbsju.edu/computerscience) as of August 24th 2005 • Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon: (Adjunct) Assistant Professor in the Division of Computer Science & Math (http://www.csm.lau.edu.lb/) during Summer of 2008 (module I): June 26th 2008 thru August 2nd 2008 • North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA
  2. 2.  Research assistant in the Database Systems Users and Research Group (DataSURG – www.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu/~datasurg) from January 1, 2002 to August 15, 2005: Job description: Researching areas such as data security, data mining (association rule mining, classification, outlier analysis and clustering), text mining (text categorization), and bioinformatics with an emphasis on efficient data representations and processing, and writing publications and grant proposals. See RESEARCH ACTIVITIES and PUBLICATIONS below for more details.  Teaching assistant for the graduate database course CSCI 765 from August 24, 2004 to December 17, 2004 (Fall 2004): Job description: Giving more than one third of the course lectures to cover the following database topics: normalization, SQL, OLAP and data-warehousing, concurrency control, recovery, data mining, association rule mining and text mining. Duties also include weekly office hours, designing and grading exams and assignments, and developing and supervising an SQL project on MySQL which involves data mining queries.  Teaching assistant/project mentor for the graduate database course CSCI 765 from August 25, 2003 to December 9, 2003 (Fall 2003): Job description: Lecturing to students on state-of-the-art research issues in databases and data mining to assist them in selecting their research area of interest for the publishable-quality research paper required in that course. Act as a mentor (weekly office hours assigned in addition to appointments) for a number of students to guide them throughout their research. Duties also include giving lab sessions on SQL programming, normalization, database interfacing from web applications, data-warehousing and OLAP operators (roll-up, drill-down, slice, dice, etc…). • ABEO (formerly Ideal Communications SAL), Beirut, Lebanon (www.abeo.com): Web programmer from May 30, 2000 to December 30, 2001: Job description: Involved in several of the company’s development environments including ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, T-SQL/Jet SQL, and SQL Server 7.0/2000 on Windows NT/ 2000. Responsibilities Include: database structural design, site/dataflow design, supporting developers in RDBMS related issues, designing and developing business tier components, presentation tier development, testing, debugging and supervising website quality assurance processes. _________________________________________________________________ TEACHING INTERESTS Programming, Software Design/Development/Maintenance, Web Development, Database Management Systems, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Organization/Architecture, Image Processing, Bioinformatics & High Performance Computing
  3. 3. _________________________________________________________________ COURSES TAUGHT • Data Intelligence – CSCI 317 (Spring07) • OO Software Development – CSIC 230 (Fall06, Spring08, Summer08 & Spring09) • Programming Contests – CSIC 217L (Fall06, Fall07, & Fall08) • Introduction to Computing for Non-Majors- CSCI 130 (Fall05, Spring06 (2 sections), Fall06, Spring07, Fall07, Summer08, & Summer09) • Database Systems - CSCI 331 (Fall05, Fall07 & Fall09) • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving - CSCI 161 (Spring08 & Fall09) • Problem-Solving, Programming & Data Representation - CSCI 161 (Fall09) • Computer Organization - CSCI 310 (Spring09) _________________________________________________________________ STUDENT SUPERVSION • Honor thesis supervisor for Sean Landman (2009-2010) • Honor thesis supervisor for Joseph Degiovanni (2007-2008) • Honor thesis committee member for Joseph M. Outzen (2006-2007) _________________________________________________________________ (OTHER) SERVICE AND ADVISING ACTIVITIES • 2009-2010:  Participated and attended departmental meetings  Serving as an advisor for 14 advisees • 2008-2009:  Participated and attended departmental meetings  Serving on the newly-established faculty senate (one of 23 elected members)  Serving on the executive committee for the faculty senate (one of 3 elected members)  Serving as an advisor for 10 advisees • 2007-2008:  Participated and attended departmental meetings  Served on the Curricular Committee (1 year appointment)  Served as an advisor for 9 advisees • 2006-2007:  Participated and attended departmental meetings  Served on the evaluation/interview committee for the CSBSJU Regents/ Trustees scholarships: February 5, 2007 in ASB (CSB)
  4. 4.  Served as a reviewer for the 2007 Rooney Endowment (which supports research with human-health benefits) Summer Research proposals supervised by Dr. Marcus Webster  Served on the Computer Science CSCI-130 Assessment Group responsible for assessing how our “Introduction to Computing for Non-majors” course meets the new NS Core requirements  Served as an advisor for 12 advisees • 2005-2006:  Participated and attended departmental meetings  Served on the Natural Science Core Subcommittee delegated the responsibility of defining and designing the NS requirement in the new and improved Core Curriculum _________________________________________________________________ RESEARCH INTERESTS Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Text Mining, Bioinformatics, Web Intelligence, Privacy and Security in Databases and Data Mining, Data warehouses, OLAP, Machine Learning, Precision Agriculture & High Performance Computing _________________________________________________________________ PUBLICATIONS • Journal Papers: 1. Imad Rahal, Baoying Wang and Riad Rahhal (2009), “An Automated Gene- Retrieval System for Biological Information Needs.” Journal of Information and Knowledge Management.” Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (JIKM), Vol.8, No.1, 13-23. iKMS & World Scientific Publishing Co. 2. Imad Rahal, Riad Rahhal, Baoying Wang and William Perrizo (2008), “CARIBIAM: Constrained Associations Rules using Interactive Biological IncrementAl Mining.” International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications (IJBRA), Vol. 4, No. 1, 28-48, InderScience Publishers. 3. Imad Rahal, Hassan Najadat, and William Perrizo (2006), “Efficiency Considerations for Vertical kNN Text Categorization.” Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (JIKM), Vol.5, No.3, 211-222. iKMS & World Scientific Publishing Co. 4. Imad Rahal, Dongmei Ren, Weihua Wu, Anne Denton, Chris Besemann, and William Perrizo (2006), “Exploiting Edge Semantics in Citation Graph Data using Efficient, Vertical ARM.” Knowledge And Information Systems (KAIS) Journal Vol.10, No.1, 57-91.Springer-Verlag London.
  5. 5. 5. Imad Rahal, Dongmei Ren, and William Perrizo (2004), “A Scalable Vertical Model for Mining Association Rules.” Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (JIKM), Vol.3, No.4, 317-329. iKMS & World Scientific Publishing Co. 6. Imad Rahal and William Perrizo (2004), “A Ptree-Based Framework for Accelerating MLS Database Queries.” The International Journal of Computers and Their Applications (IJCTA), Vol.11, No.4, 262-269. • Books and Book Chapters: 1. Imad Rahal and William Perrizo (2009), Vertical Association Rule Mining: From Data Representation to Data Mining. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Publishers: Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN 978-3-639-08301-9. 2. Imad Rahal, Baoying Wang, and Jim Schnepf (2009), “A Primer on Text-Data Analysis.” Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 2nd ed. (Ed. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour), Vol. VI, 3111-3118. IGI Publishing Hershey, PA (USA). 3. Baoying Wang, Imad Rahal, and Richard Leipold (2008), “Categorization of Data Clustering Techniques.” Handbook of Research on Public Information Technology (Eds. G. David Garson and Mehdi Khosrow-Pour), Vol. II, Chapter LII (52), 568-577. IGI Publishing: Hershey, PA (USA). • Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers: 1. Baoying Wang, Din Ding and Imad Rahal (2008), Parallel Hierarchical Clustering on Market Basket Data. Proceedings of the IEEE ICDM (International Conference on Data Mining) Workshop on High Performance Data Mining (Pisa, Italy), 526-532, December 2008. 2. Imad Rahal and Joseph Degiovanni (2008), Towards Efficient Source Code Plagiarism Detection: An N-gram-based Approach. Proceedings of the ISCA CAINE, International Conference on Computers and their Applications in Industry and Engineering (Honolulu, Hawaii), 174-179, November 2008. 3. Imad Rahal (2008), Undergraduate Research Experiences in Data Mining.. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCSE, Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, (Portland, Oregon), 461-465, March 2008. 4. Baoying Wang and Imad Rahal (2007), WC-clustering: Hierarchical Clustering using the Weighted Confidence Affinity Measure. Proceedings of the IEEE ICDM (International Conference on Data Mining) Workshop on High Performance Data Mining (Omaha, Nebraska), 355-360, October 2007. 5. Imad Rahal, Walid Saeed, Arun Srivastava, Pratap Kotala, Ranapratap Syamala, Cesar Carvalho, and William Perrizo (2006), Biological, Intelligent Text-Based Ranking of Genes. Proceedings of the ISCA SEDE, International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (Los Angeles, California), 193-198, July 2006.
  6. 6. 6. Imad Rahal, Dongmei Ren, Amal Perera, Hassan Najadat, William Perrizo, Riad Rahhal, and Willy Valdivia (2005), Incremental Interactive Mining of Constrained Association Rules from Biological Annotation Data with Nominal Features. Proceedings of the ACM SAC, Symposium on Applied Computing (Santa Fe, New Mexico), 123-127, March 2005. 7. Imad Rahal, Dongmei Ren, Weihua Wu, and William Perrizo (2004), Mining Confident Minimal Rules with Fixed-Consequents. Proceedings of the IEEE ICTAI, International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, (Boca Raton, Florida), 6-13, November 2004. 8. Dongmei Ren, Imad Rahal, William Perrizo, and Kirk Scott (2004), A Vertical Outlier Detection Method with Local Pruning. Proceedings of the ACM CIKM, Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (Washington D.C., U.S.A), 279-284, November 2004. 9. Dongmei Ren, Imad Rahal, and William Perrizo (2004), A Vertical Outlier Detection Method with Clusters as By-product. Proceedings of the IEEE ICTAI, International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, (Boca Raton, Florida), 22-29, November 2004. 10. Masum Serazi, Amal Perera, Qiang Ding, Vasily Malakhov, Imad Rahal, Fei Pan, Dongmei Ren, Weihua Wu, and William Perrizo (2004), DataMIME™. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMOD, International Conference on Management of Data (Paris, France), 923-924, June 2004. 11. Imad Rahal and William Perrizo (2004), An optimized Approach for kNN Text Categorization using P-tees. Proceedings of the ACM SAC, Symposium on Applied Computing (Nicosia, Cyprus), pages 613-617, March 2004. 12. Fei Pan, Imad Rahal, Yue Cui, and William Perrizo (2004), Efficient Ranking of Keyword Queries Using P-trees. Proceedings of the ISCA CATA, International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (Seattle, Washington), 278-281, March 2004. 13. Imad Rahal and William Perrizo (2003), Query acceleration in Multi-level secure database systems using the P-tree technology. Proceedings of the ISCA CATA, International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (Honolulu, Hawaii), 139-142, March 2003. 14. Imad Rahal and Ramzi A. Haraty (2002), A Bit Vectors Algorithm for Accelerating Queries in Multilevel Secure Databases. Proceedings of the ISCA CSITeA, International Conference on Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, e-Business, and Applications (Foz do Iguazu, Brazil), June, 2002. • Publications with undergraduate students: 1. Imad Rahal and Joseph Degiovanni (2008), Towards Efficient Source Code Plagiarism Detection: An N-gram-based Approach. Proceedings of the ISCA
  7. 7. CAINE, International Conference on Computers and their Applications in Industry and Engineering (Honolulu, Hawaii), 174-179, November 2008 2. Joe Degiovanni and Imad Rahal (2008). A tutorial on Source Code Plagiarism Detection. Proceedings of the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) (La Crosse, WI), April, 2008. 3. Matt Lietzke, Mike Evans, Doug Svendsen, and Stephanie Huls (Imad Rahal (advisor)) (2008). Automated Process for Classifying Text Documents using kMeans and kNN. Proceedings of the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) (La Crosse, WI), April, 2008. 4. Mike Evans, Matt Lietzke, Doug Svendsen, William Jimenez (Imad Rahal (advisor)) (2007). Information Retrieval System: InfoRet. a. The PCSAC, Minnesota’s Private Colleges Scholar’s At the Capital (Saint Paul., MN), February, 2007. b. Scholarship and Creativity Day in the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, April 28th, 2007 • Theses and Dissertations: 1. “A Vertical, Extensible Framework for the Scalable Mining of Association Rules” (2005). North Dakota State University (Ph.D. dissertation – advisor Dr. William Perrizo), July 2005. 2. “Text Categorization: An Optimized P-Tree-Based kNN Approach” (2003). North Dakota State University (M.S. thesis – supervisor: Dr. William Perrizo), August 2003. _________________________________________________________________ GRANTS • 2009-2010:  $3000, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC research funds). Co-PI • 2008-2009:  $3487, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC research funds). PI. • 2007-2008:  $656, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC travel funds). PI.  $1,170, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC travel funds). PI.  $3,000, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC research funds). PI.
  8. 8. • 2006-2007:  $3,400, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC research funds). PI.  $1,540, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC travel funds). PI.  $3,000, College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Faculty Development & Research Grant (FDRC curricular development funds). Co-PI. • 2004-2005:  $26,240, National Science Foundation ND-EPSCoR Infrastructure Improvement Program-Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (IIP-DDA). Co-PI with Dr. William Perrizo _________________________________________________________________ OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES • Program Co-Chair for the ISCA SEDE 2010, 19th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (San Francisco, CA – July 2010) • Member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Data Mining, Modeling and Management (IJDMMM) by Inderscience Publishers (since 2008) – www.inderscience.com/ijdmmm • Conference Co-Chair for the VCGB 2008, Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics (October 2008) • Reviewer for the ACM SAC 2008 & 2007, Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2008 Conference) – Database Technology Track • Reviewer for the ISCA SEDE 2008 & 2007 , International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering • Member of the scientific committee of the Applied Computing 2008 & 2007 (IADIS) (http://www.computing-conf.org/). • Reviewer for the Elsevier Data & Knowledge Engineering Transactions Journal (DKE) (2007-2008) • Reviewer for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Journal (TCBB) (2007) • Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (JIKM) by iKMS & World Scientific Publishing Co. (since 2007) • Program Co-Chair for the ISCA SEDE 2006, International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (Los Angeles, CA – July 2006) – Data Engineering Track • Reviewer for the ACM SAC 2006, Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2006 Conference)– Bioinformatics Track
  9. 9. • On-site Program Chair for the VCGB 2004 (Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics) (September 21-24, 2004): Tasks include devising conference programs, assisting in refereeing papers submitted to the conference, managing speaker slides, maintaining a website, setting up needed equipment, and coordinating with other participants at different Access Grid locations • Host of the VCGB (Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics) seminar held on May 08, 2003 _________________________________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL ADDRESSES GIVEN • ISCA CAINE International Conference on Computers and their Applications in Industry and Engineering (November 2008). Towards Efficient Source Code Plagiarism Detection: An N-gram-based Approach by Imad Rahal and Joseph Degiovanni • 6th Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics (2008), Invited talk (October 18, 2008): Association Ruling Mining for Yeast Gene Annotation Data • Research Seminar hosted by the Lebanese America University (Beirut, Lebanon on July 9, 2008): Association Rules for Bioinformatics • ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (March 2008). Undergraduate Research Experiences in Data Mining by Imad Rahal • ISCA International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering SEDE-2006 (July 2006). Biological, Intelligent Text-Based Ranking of Genes by Imad Rahal, Walid Saeed, Arun Srivastava, Pratap Kotala, Ranapratap Syamala, Cesar Carvalho, and William Perrizo • AY06 CSBSJU Natural Science Division Seminar Series (May 1, 2006): Applications of Data Mining in Bioinformatics • Ph.D. dissertation defense (August 2005): Association Rule Mining • IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence ICTAI-2004 (November 2004) o Mining Confident Minimal Rules with Fixed-Consequents by Imad Rahal, Dongmei Ren, Weihua Wu, and William Perrizo o A Vertical Outlier Detection Method with Clusters as By-product by Dongmei Ren, Imad Rahal, and William Perrizo • Virtual Seminars on Genomics and Bioinformatics (part of the Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics – VCGB) (http://www.virtualgenomics.org/ conference_2004.htm): Analysis and Visualization of Microarray Gene Expression Data • M.S. thesis defense (April 2003): Text Categorization
  10. 10. • Seminar on ATM networks (March 2004): Packet Classification • Seminar on XML (October 2003): The XML Web • Seminar on databases (February 2003): Top-K Queries • Seminar of software engineering and formal methods (March 2003): eXtreme Programming and Indirect Use of Formal Methods _________________________________________________________________ AWARDS & HONORS • Invitation by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Arlington, VA, to serve as a panelist for the Directorate for Computer & Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE), 2007. (Program director: Dr. Sylvia Spengler sspengl@]nsf.gov) • Certificate of Achievement Award as the coach for ranked-first team in the 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (Morris, MN site) sponsored by IBM. • Certificate of Appreciation Award for serving as a reviewer for the DKE Journal in 2007. • Certificate of Appreciation Award for organizing and co-chairing the SEDE 2006 conference, July 6-8, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. • Nominated by the Computer Science Department for the Graduate Student Research Award in College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University 2004-2005 (one nominee per department). • Awarded the North Dakota EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship in the science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines for two years of support administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (January 2004 till December 2005) (1 out 4 awarded state-wide) • Member of the DataSURG winner of an honorable mention in the KDD Cup (August 2002) • Research Assistantship in the DataSURG in North Dakota State University (January 2002) • A B.S. degree in Computer Science with highest distinction ( summa cum laude) (3.8/4.0 cumulative GPA and 4.0/4.0 major GPA) _________________________________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (ACM SIGCSE) • International Society for Computers and Their Applications (ISCA) • Scientific committee of the Applied Computing 2007 (IADIS)
  11. 11. • IBM Academic Initiative / Scholars Program _________________________________________________________________ REFERENCES • Dr. William Perrizo: Professor in the Computer Science Dept. at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105, USA. Phone: (+001)-701-231-7248, E-Mail: william.perrizo@ndsu.edu • Dr. Jim Schnepf: Associate Professor of Computer Science and Chairperson of the Computer Science Dept. at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321, USA. Phone: (+001)-320-363-3073, E-Mail: jschnepf@csbsju.edu • Dr. Ramzi Haraty: Assistant Dean for the School of Arts and Science. Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Division of Computer Science & Mathematics at the Lebanese American University, Beirut Lebanon. Phone: (+961) 1 867621 (ext. 1285), Mobile: (+961) 3 782010, E-Mail: rharaty@lau.edu.lb • Dr. Nashaat Mansour: Professor of Computer Science and Chairperson of the Division of Computer Science & Math at the Lebanese American University, Beirut Lebanon. Phone: (+961) 1 786456/464 (ext. 1293), , E-Mail: nmansour@lau.edu.lb • Dr. Elizabeth Wang: Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics at Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA. E- Mail:ewang@waynesburg.edu

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