Dr. Shah Jamal Alam

Director of Student Life,
Director of Academic Systems & Registrar,
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
School of Science & Engineering
sj.alam@sse.habib.edu.pk

Dr. Shah Jamal Alam was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh working on projects related to land use change and climate change adaptation until June 2014. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Alam worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the Koopman Lab (Dynamic Causal Systems in Epidemiologic Analysis) on HIV transmission dynamics and complex networks.

Dr. Alam has a Ph.D. in Computational Social Science from the Centre for Policy Modelling, as well as a Masters from the University of Saarland and an undergraduate degree from the University of Karachi, both in Computer Science. His previous work includes a post as a research assistant in the Multiagent Systems Group at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmBH). He is also a former member of the National Growth and Development Pilot Project team at the University of Karachi.

He has an extensive interdisciplinary research background and has worked closely with AI experts, physicists, climate adaptation experts, statisticians, epidemiologists, political scientists, anthropologists and social scientists in several international research projects

His research interests are in, social network analysis, land use change, climate change adaptation, infectious disease transmission and social anthropology.

  • books
    C-19. Alam, S.J., Bakker, M., Karali, E., van Dijk, J., & Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2014). Simulating the Expansion of Large-sized Farms in Rural Netherlands: A Land Exchange Model. In S.J. Alam & H.V.D. Parunak (Eds.) Multi-Agent-Based Simulation XIV. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence vol. 8235 (pp. 115-128). Springer.
  • books
    C-18. Brown, C., Murray-Rust, D., van Vliet, J., Alam, S.J., Verburg, P.H., & Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2014). Globalisation, regionalisation and behavioural responses of land use agents. In S.J. Alam & H.V.D. Parunak (Eds.) Multi-Agent-Based Simulation XIV. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence vol. 8235 (pp. 101-114). Springer.
  • books
    C-17. Abbas, S.M.A., Alam, S.J., & Edmonds, B. (2014). Measuring and Validating Social Network Simulations. In K. Bogumił & G. Koloch (Eds.) Advances in Social Simulation, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Series vol. 229 (pp. 1-12). Springer [Part-A].
  • books
    C-16. Alam, S.J., Abbas, S.M.A., & Edmonds, B. (2014). Validating Simulated Networks: Some Lessons Learned. In S.J. Alam & H.V.D. Parunak (Eds.) Multi-Agent-Based Simulation XIV, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence vol. 8235 (pp. 71-82). Springer [Part-B].
  • books
    C-15. Hoffer, L.D., & Alam, S.J. (2013). “Copping” in Heroin Markets: The Hidden Information Costs of Indirect Sales and Why They Matter. In A.M. Greenberg, W.G. Kennedy, & N.D. Bos (Eds.) Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction, Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 7812 (pp. 83-92). Springer.
  • books
    C-14. Alam, S.J., & Geller, A. (2012). Networks in Agent-Based Social Simulation, In A. Heppenstall, A. Crooks, L. See, & M. Batty (Eds.) Agent-based Models of Geographical Systems (pp.199-216). Springer.
  • books
    C-13. Alvi, S., & S.J. Alam, S.J. (2012). Understanding social interaction dynamics in Second Life: An agent-based simulation approach. In M. Safar & K.A. Mahdi (Eds.) Social Networking and Community Behavior Modeling: Qualitative and Quantitative Measures (pp. 85-102). IGI Pub.
  • books
    C-12. Alam, S.J., & Meyer, R. (2010). Comparing Two Sexual Mixing Schemes for Modelling the Spread of HIV/AIDS. In K. Takadama, G. Deffuant, & C. Cioffi-Rivella (Eds.) Simulating Interacting Agents and Social Phenomena, Agent-based Social Systems Series vol. 7 (pp. 63-74). Springer.
  • books
    C-9. Alam, S.J., Meyer, R., & Norling, E. (2009). A Model for HIV Spread in a South African Village. In N. David & J.S. Sichman (Eds.) Multi-Agent-Based Simulation IX, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence vol. 5269 (pp. 33-45). Springer.
  • books
    C-8. Alam, S.J., Edmonds, B., & Meyer, R. (2009). Identifying Structural Changes in Networks Generated from Agent-based Social Simulation Models. In A. Ghose, G. Governatori, & R. Sadananda (Eds.) Agent Computing and Multi-Agent Systems, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence vol. 5044 (pp. 298-307). Springer.
  • books
    C-7. Alam, S.J., & Meyer, R. (2008). Structural Changes in Agent-based Simulations: Representing HIV/AIDS Impact on Social Networks. In T. Friemel (Ed.) Why Context Matters: Applications of Social Network Analysis (pp. 175-191). VS-Verlag (a subsidiary of Spring-Verlag).
  • books
    C-6. Alam, S.J., & Werth, B. (2007). A Bus Passengers’ Seating Preference Model. In Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium: Emergent Agents and Socialities: Social and Organizational Aspects of Intelligence, Fairfax VA, USA, AAAI Technical Report: FS-07-04 (pp. 3-10). AAAI.
  • books
    C-4. Alam, S.J., Meyer, R., & Ziervogel, G. (2006). Modelling Socio-Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS in a South African Village. In Proc. First World Congress on Social Simulation (WCSS'06), Kyoto, Japan, vol. 2 (pp. 281-288).
  • books
    C-3. Alam, S.J. (2005). Understanding the Complexity of an Eastern Family Network, article in Journal of Independent Studies and Research, vol. 3 no. 2 (pp. 31-37). Karachi: SZABIST
  • journals
    J-18. van der Knaap, Y.A.M., Bakker, M., Alam, S.J., Witte, J-P.M., Aerts, R., van Ek, R. & van Bodegom, P. (under review). Projected vegetation changes are amplified by the combination of climate change, socio-economic changes and hydrological climate adaptation measures. Land Use Policy.
  • journals
    J-17. Reidsma, P., Bakker, M., Kanellopoulos, A., Alam, S.J., Paas, W., Kros, J. & de Vries, W. (2015). Sustainable agricultural development in a rural area in the Netherlands? Assessing impacts of climate and socio-economic change at farm and landscape level. Agricultural Systems, 141, 160-173.
  • journals
    J-16. Kros, J., Bakker, M., Reidsma, P., Kanellopoulos, A., Alam, S.J., & de Vries, W. (2015). Impacts of climate and land-use change on nitrogen emissions to air and water and their impacts on ecological networks. Landscape Ecology, 30(5), 871-885.
  • journals
    J-15. Bakker, M., Alam, S.J., Spek, T., van Dijk, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A. & van den Brink, A. (2015). The feasibility of implementing an ecological network in The Netherlands under conditions of global change. Landscape Ecology, 30(5), 791-804.
  • journals
    J-14. Bakker, M., Alam, S.J., van Dijk, J. &. Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2015). Land-use change as the result of rural land exchange: an agent-based simulation model. Landscape Ecology, 30(2), 273-286.
  • journals
    J-13. Brown, C., Murray-Rust, D., van Vliet, J., Alam, S.J., Verburg, P.H. & Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2014). Experiments in globalisation, food security and land use decision making. Plos One, 9(12).
  • journals
    J-12. Murray-Rust, D., Brown, C., van Vliet, J., Alam, S.J., Robinson, D.T., Verburg, P.H. &. Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2014). Combining Agent Functional Types, capitals and services to model land use dynamics. Environmental Modelling & Software, 59, 187-201.
  • journals
    E-1. Shah Jamal Alam & H. van Dyke Parunak (Eds.) (2014). Multi-Agent-Based-Simulation XIV, Revised Selected Papers from MABS 2013, St. Paul, MN, USA. LNAI, 8235. Springer
  • journals
    J-11. Romero-Severson, E.O., Alam, S.J., Volz, E.M. &. Koopman, J.S. (2013). Acute-stage transmission of HIV: Effect of volatile contact rates. Epidemiology, 24(4), 516-521.
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    J-10. Alam, S.J., Zhang, X., Romero-Severson, E.O., Henry, C.J., Zhong, L., Volz, E.M., Brenner, B.G. & Koopman, J.S. (2013). Detectable Signals of Episodic Risk Effects on Acute HIV Transmission: Strategies for Analyzing Transmission Systems Using Genetic Data. Epidemics, 5(1), 44-55.
  • journals
    J-9. Romero-Severson, E.O., Alam, S.J., Volz, E.M. & Koopman, J.S. (2012). Heterogeneity in number and type of sexual contacts in a gay urban cohort. Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases, 4(1): http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/1948-4690.1042
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    J-8. Zhang, X., Zhong, L., Romero-Severson, E.O., Alam, S.J., Henry, C.J., Volz, E.M. & Koopman, J.S. (2012). Episodic HIV risk behavior can greatly amplify HIV prevalence and the fraction of transmissions from acute HIV infection. Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases, 4(1): http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/1948-4690.1041
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    J-7. Alam, S.J., Romero-Severson, E.O., Kim, J-H., Emond, G. &. Koopman, J.S. (2010). Dynamic sex roles among men who have sex with men and transmissions from primary HIV infection. Epidemiology, 21(5), 669-675
  • journals
    J-6. Alam, S.J., Geller, A., Meyer, R. & Werth, B. (2010). Modelling Contextualized Reasoning in Complex Societies with “Endorsements”. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 13(4): http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/13/4/6.html
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    J-5. Geller, A., & Alam, S.J. (2010). A Socio-Political and –Cultural Model of the War in Afghanistan. International Studies Review, 12(1), 8-30.
  • journals
    J-4. Alam, S.J., & Werth, B. (2008). Studying Emergence of Clusters in a Bus Passengers' Seating Preference Model. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 16(5), 593-614
  • journals
    J-3. Alam, S.J., Meyer, R., Ziervogel, G. & Moss, S. (2007). The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the Context of Socioeconomic Stressors: An Evidence-Driven Approach. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 10(4): http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/10/4/7.html
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    J-2. Alam, S.J., Hillebrandt, F. & Schillo, M. (2005). Sociological Implications of Gift Exchange in Multiagent Systems. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 8(3): http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/8/3/5.html
  • journals
    J-1. Kamal, S.A., Firdous, S. & Alam, S.J. (2004). An Investigation of the Growth Profiles of Pakistani Children. International Journal of Biology and Biotechnology. 1(4), 709-717 (ISSN: 1810-2719).
  1. C-21. Patel, H., Abbasi, M.A., Saeed, M, Alam, S.J. (2017). Analyzing Agent-based Simulations using Exploratory and Data Mining Techniques. Social Simulation Conference 2017, Dublin, Sept. 22-25, 2017.
  2. C-20. Yasmin, S., Khaliq, A., Alam, S.J., Tabassum, Z., & Zaidi, S. (2017). Development and Implementation of Multi-Disciplinary Renewable Energy Course at Habib University. In Proc. IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (IEEE’ EDUCON 2017) (pp. 1876-1880). IEEE XPlore.
  3. C-11. Alam, S.J., Geller, A., Meyer, R., & Werth, B. (2009). Social Connectedness in Tzintzuntzan: Notes on Contextualized Reasoning in Complex Systems. In B. Edmonds & N. Gilbert (Eds.) Proceedings of the Sixth European Social Simulation Association Conference (ESSA’09), Surrey, UK (Electronic Proceedings ISBN: 1844690172).
  4. C-10. Alam, S.J. (2009). Exploring the Role of State Grants and Pensions in Rural South Africa: An Agent-based Model, In Proc. Twentieth IASTED International Conference on Modelling and Simulation (MS’09), Banff, Canada (pp. 308-313). Acta Press.
  5. C-5. Alam, S.J., Meyer, R., &. Norling, E. (2007). Agent-based Model of Impact of Socioeconomic Stressors: A Dynamic Network Perspective. In Proc. Sixth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS’07), Hawaii, USA (pp. 1079-1081). IFAAMAS.
  6. C-2. Alam, S.J. (2002). Evaluating Teachers’ Performance Using Transformation. In Proc. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Tunis, vol. 2 (pp. 416-421). IEEE.
  7. C-1. Alam, S.J. (2002). Teachers’ Evaluation with Transformation. In Proc. IEEE Students Conference, ISCON 2002 on Emerging Technologies (Cat. No.02EX581), OPSTech, Lahore, vol. 1 (pp. 8-11). IEEE Xplore.
  • US State Department Grant on University Partnership Program for organizing International MegaCities Conference 2016 in Karachi – as a collaborator for the School of Public Policy and the Center for Social Science Research (led by Drs. Roger Stough and James C. Witte) at the George Mason University (2016).
  • NIH Grant on Simulating Heroin Drug Users Behavior – as a collaborator for the Social Simulation in Cultural Anthropology Group (Led by Dr. Lee D. Hoffer) at the Case Western Reserve University (2015-16).
  • PhD Studentship, funded under European Union NEST Programme (April 2005 – March 2008).
  • RIBM, MMU grant to participate in the PRIMA 2007 conference, Bangkok (November 2007).
  • EU FP6 travel grant to participate in the CAVES Project trip to Sekhukhune District, Limpopo, South Africa, hosted by the University of Cape Town (April 2007).
  • EU FP6 travel grant for participation at the bi-annual CAVES Project workshops held in Wroclaw (September 2005), Aberdeen (March 2006), Oxford (September 2006) and Laxenburg (March 2007).
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant for participation at the NANIA Project Summer Meetings, under the EPSRC Novel Computing Initiative, Lake District-Cambria (August 2006).
  • Tokyo University ‘21st Century COE Program: Creation of Agent-Based Social Systems Sciences’ travel grant to participate in the WCSS’06 Conference, Kyoto, Japan (August 2006).
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) travel grant for participation in the ACM SRC’05, St. Louis, USA (February 2005).
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) grant for participation in the Annual Sozionik Conference, Seeon, Germany (June – July 2004).
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) grant for participation in the Annual Sozionik Conference, Seeon, Germany (June 2003).
  • Honorable Mention for the 2002 Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) / Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) award for academic excellence for students in the computing discipline (2002).
  • Recipient of ACM Chapters Excellence Award (Best Community Service) on behalf of ACM Student Chapter University of Karachi – selected from the ACM student chapters worldwide (2001).
  • Recognition of Service Award by Association for Computing Machinery (USA) for serving as chairperson of the ACM Student Chapter University of Karachi (2001).
  • Event shield and ‘Year of Quaid-e-Azam Certificate’ awarded by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Karachi, at the Inauguration Ceremony of DCS-Logistix and Software Exhibition, Karachi, Pakistan (October 2001)
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Programming Fundamentals Lab
  • Understanding Social Networks
  • Kaavish I
  • Energy I
  • D. in Social Simulation, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • Sc. with Honors in Computer Science, Saarland University, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • S. in Computer Science, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  1. A-23. Reidsma, P., Bakker, M., Kanellopoulos, A., Alam, S.J., Paas, W.H., & Kros, J. (2015). Assessing impacts of changes in farm management and farm structural change on sustainable development in a rural area in the Netherlands. In Fifth International Symposium for Farming Systems Design, Montpellier, France (pp. 161-162). [Abstract]
  2. A-22. Reidsma, P., Bakker, M., Kanellopoulos, A., Alam, S.J., Paas, W.H., Kros, J., & de Vries, W. (2015). Impacts of climate and socio-economic change at farm and landscape level in the Netherlands: climate smart agriculture? Poster at Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA 2015), Montpellier, France. [Abstract]
  3. A-21. Brown, C., van Vliet, J., Murray-Rust, D., Alam, S.J., Verburg, P.H., & Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2014). Incorporating human decision-making, institutions and ecosystem services in a model of European land use change. In Second GLP Open Science Meeting, Berlin, Germany (Abstract no. 00382).
  4. A-20. Bakker, M., van Dijk, J., & Alam, S.J. (2013). Simulating Land-Use Change using an Agent-Based Land Transaction Model. In American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Abstract no. GC41D-03). [Abstract]
  5. A-19. Murray-Rust, D., Brown, C., Alam, S.J., van Vliet, J., Verburg, P.H., & Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2013). An agent-based model of European land use dynamics. In Ninth European Social Simulation Association Conference (ESSA 2013), Warsaw, Poland. [Abstract]
  6. A-18. Hoffer, L.D., & Alam, S.J. (2013). Modeling an Economic Inequality Countermeasure in the Heroin Market & its Consequences on Trading Partnerships. In Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA 2013), St. Louis, MO.
  7. A-17. Koopman, J.S., Alam, S.J., Brenner, B.G., Romero-Severson, E.O., Zhang, X., Zhong, L. (2011). Detectable signals of episodic risk effects on acute HIV transmission. In Third International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics (Epidemics3), Boston, MA.
  8. A-16. Koopman, J.S., Volz, E.M., Alam, S.J., Romero-Severson, E.O., Brenner, B., & Wainberg, M.A. (2011). Needed steps for choosing pre-exposure ARV use policies. In Sixth International AIDS Society Conference on Pathogenesis and Treatment, Rome, Italy (Abstract No. CDC123). [Abstract]
  9. A-15. Alam, S.J., & Alvi, S. (2011). A prototype agent-based model of mobilization in socio-political movements. Poster at the Fourth Annual Political Networks Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
  10. A-14. Geller, A., Alam, S.J., &. Rizi, S.M.M. (2011). Article entry for ‘Afghanistan’. In G. Barnett (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Networks (pp. 9-11). SAGE. http://sk.sagepub.com/reference/socialnetworks/n5.xml
  11. A-13. Volz, E.M., Romero-Severson, E.O., Alam, S.J., Stephens, D.A., Brenner, B.G., Wainberg, M.A., Roger, M., & Koopman, J.S. (2010). Phylodynamic modeling of the HIV epidemic among MSM in Montreal and implications for intervention and control. In Eighteenth International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria (Abstract no. THAA0204). [Abstract]
  12. A-12. Emond, G., Alam, S.J., Koopman, J.S., Romero-Severson, E.O., & Kim, J-H. (2010). Les rôles versatiles comme facteur potentiel de propagation primaire du VIH entre HARSAH (The versatile roles as potential source of spread of HIV among primary MSM). Poster at the Fifth French Conference on HIV/AIDS, Casablanca, Morocco.
  13. A-11. Volz, E.M., Romero-Severson, E.O., Alam, S.J., Stephens, D.A., Brenner, B.G., Wainberg, M.A., Roger, M., & Koopman, J.S. (2009). Complex epidemiological dynamics generate phylogenetic clustering of HIV in Montreal. In Second International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics (Epidemics2), Athens, Greece. [Link]
  14. A-10. Romero-Severson, E.O., Volz, E.M., Alam, S.J., Stephens, D.A., Brenner, B.G., Wainberg, M.A., Castor, D., Roger, M., & Koopman, J.S. (2009). Comparative phylodynamics and episodic high-risk sex in Montreal and New York City. In Second International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics (Epidemics2), Athens, Greece.
  15. A-9. Geller, A., & Alam, S.J. (2009). Modeling the Conflict in Afghanistan. In International Studies Association’s 50th Convention: Exploring the Past Anticipating the Future, New York. [Link]
  16. A-8. Alam, S.J., & Meyer, R. (2007). Analyzing Network Evolution in Agent-based Models using Subgraph Characteristics, In Proc. Third UK Social Networks Conference, London, UK (pp. 86-88). [Link]
  17. A-7. Alam, S.J., & Meyer, R. (2006). Finding Suitable Analysis Techniques for Social Networks Generated from Social Processes. In Social Network Analysis: Second Forum on Advances and Empirical Applications, Leeds, UK. [CPM Link]
  18. A-6. Alam, S.J. (2005). Gift Exchange (Social Delegation) in a Market-based Multiagent System. Poster at the SRC, co-located at the SIGCSE 2005, St. Louis, MO.
  19. A-5. Kamal, S.A., Alam, S.J., & Firdous, S. (2002). The NGDS Pilot Project: Dealing with a complex system. Poster at the International Conference on Complexity Sciences and Health Care, The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
  20. A-4. Kamal, S.A., Alam, S.J., & Firdous, S. (2002). An Influence Graph for the Physical Examination of Children. Poster at the International Conference on Complexity Sciences and Health Care, The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
  21. A-3. Kamal, S.A., Alam, S.J., & Firdous, S. (2002). The NGDS Pilot Project: A software to analyze growth of a child. In the National Telemedicine Conference, Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), Islamabad, Pakistan
  22. A-2. Kamal, S.A., Alam, S.J., & Firdous, S. (2002). A Precedence Graph for the Physical Examination of Children. In the National Telemedicine Conference, Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), Islamabad, Pakistan.
  23. A-1. Kamal, S.A., Alam, S.J., & Firdous, S. (2002). The NGDS Pilot Project: Aiming at the Future of Pakistan. In the Aga Khan University National Sciences Research Symposium: Early Childhood Care and Development, Karachi, Pakistan (Abstract # 13; p.26)