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                                            Dina Said
                            Computer Science Dept., University of Calgary,
                      2500 University Dr., NW., Calgary, AB, T2N-1N4, Canada
                        Tel: +1 (403) 220-3326    Email: dasaid@ucalgary.ca
                            Homepage: http://people.ucalgary.ca/ dasaid/
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Personal Information:
   • Citizenship: Permanent Resident of Canada, Egyptian
   • Languages: Arabic (Native), English (Excellent), French (Basic)
Education:
   • Jan 2009 - Present: Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Calgary,
     Calgary, AB, Canada.
       – GPA: 3.85
       – Thesis Advisor: Prof. Ken Barker
       – Dissertation: Automatic Inspection of Radio Astronomical Surveys (AIRAS).
       – Graduate Courses: Current Trends in Database Technology, and Advanced Data Analysis.
   • Jan 2007 - May 2008: Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic
     Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA.
       – GPA: 3.86
       – Graduate Courses: Theory of Algorithms, Computer Architecture, Computability and Formal
         Languages, Advanced Topics in Distributed Systems, and Pattern Recognition.
   • Sept 2003 - Feb 2007: M.E., Computer Engineering Dept., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
       – Preliminary Courses: V. Good, 84%.
       – Dissertation: Dimensionality Reduction Techniques for Enhancing Automatic Text Categoriza-
         tion.
       – Graduate Courses: Advanced Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing and Computer Vision,
         Advanced Computer Networks, Advanced Database Systems, Embedded Systems, VLSI Testing,
         Numerical Analysis, and Technical Writing.
   • Sept 1998 - Jul 2003: B.E., Computer Engineering Dept., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
       – Final Grade: V. Good with honors, 83.59%.
       – Graduation project: Visual Detection and Recognition of Online Human Motion, Grade: Distinc-
         tion.
Teaching Certificates:
   • Nov 2012: University Teaching Certificate (UTC), University of Calgary, Canada.
   • June 2010:    Teaching in Canadian Classes, University of Calgary, Canada.
   • Feb 2010:    Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), University of Calgary, Canada.
Other Certificates and Courses:
   • Mar 2013: Suicide First aid: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST),
     Calgary , Canada.
   • Oct 2012: Mental Health First Aid Canada Course, Calgary, Canada.


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   • Feb 2012: Community Helper Workshop, University of Calgary, Canada.
Research Experience:

   • May 2010 - Present: Research Assistant, GALFACTS project, University of Calgary,
     Calgary, AB, Canada.
       – Build the first toolbox for quality inspection of Radio Astronomical Images.
       – Apply image processing and machine learning techniques to discover artifacts in Radio Astronom-
         ical Images.
   • Jun 2009 - Aug 2009: Intern, Cairo Microsoft Innovation Center, Cairo, Egypt.
       – Designed and implemented techniques for mining user collaborative texts in online discussion
         board.
       – Designed and implemented two functional demonstrations for clustering online posts and discov-
         ering outliers.
   • Sept 2004 - Dec 2008: Assistant Researcher, Electronics Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
       – Designed and implemented new techniques for feature selection in Text Categorization.
       – Investigated the performance of different techniques for Text Categorization

   • Jul 2002 - Sept 2002: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Computer En-
     gineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
       – Investigated the performance of different algorithms used in Cryptography.
       – Investigated adding a security component to bluehoc; open source Bluetooth simulator.

Teaching Experience:

   • Jan 2009 - Present: Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Cal-
     gary, Calgary, AB, Canada for the following courses:
       – Winter 2011, Winter 2010, and Winter 2013 : Introduction to Computer Science for Computer
         Science Majors II- Object Oriented Programming using Java (CPSC 233).
           ∗ Deliver tutorials, maintain tutorial webpage and slides, and grade assignments and quizzes.
       – Fall 2012 : Image Processing and Computer Vision (CPSC 535).
           ∗ Delivered tutorials, maintained tutorial webpage and slides, developed grading sheets for
             assignments, and graded assignments.
       – Fall 2009, and Winter 2009 : Introduction to Computers (CPSC 203).
           ∗ Delivered tutorials and graded assignments, midterm, and final.
   • Sept 2004 - Dec 2008: Trainer, Electronics Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
       – Developed and delivered short courses in SQL Server 2000 and C#.NET.

   • Sept 2003 - Sept 2004: Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Computer Science, October Uni-
     versity for Modern Science and Arts (MSA) University, Cairo, Egypt
       – Delivered tutorials and graded assignments for the following courses: Human Computer Interac-
         tion, Software Engineering Methodologies, Computer Architecture, Object Oriented Programming
         (I, II), Digital Logic Design, Calculus (I, II), and Introduction to IT.
       – Supervised graduation projects for senior students.
       – Developed and delivered short courses in MS SQL, C++, UML, and Oracle.


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Honors and Awards:
   • Dec 2012: Graduate Citizenship Award (2,000 CAD$), Alberta Government, Alberta, Canada.
   • Sept 2012 - Dec 2012: Department Research Award (4,000 CAD$), Dept. of Computer Science,
     University of Calgary, Canada.

   • Jan 2009 - Apr 2009: Department Research Award (4,000 CAD$), Dept. of Computer Science,
     University of Calgary, Canada.
   • Jan 2007 - Jun 2008: Fellowship for a PhD in Computer Science from VT, USA (26,000 USD$),
     VT-MENA, Cairo, Egypt.

   • Jul 2003: Cairo University Award for Academic Distinction, Egypt.
   • Sept 1998 - Jul 2003: Fellowship, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.
Publications:
   • Thesis

       1. Dina Said. Dimensionality Reduction Techniques for Enhancing Automatic Text Categorization.
          Masters Thesis. Computer Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University,
          Cairo, Egypt, Feb 2007.
   • Refereed Journal Articles

       1. Dina Said, and Nayer Wanas. Clustering Posts in Online Discussion Forum Threads. Inter-
          national Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology (IJCSIT), 3(2), pages 1-14,
          2011.
       2. Nayer Wanas, Dina Said, Nadia Hegazy, and Nevin Darwish. Combining Local Feature Scor-
          ing Methods for Text Categorization. Special Issue on: Multiple Classifier Systems, Journal of
          Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Pages: 23-33, 2006.

   • Refereed Conference Articles
       1. Dina Said, Lisa Stirling, Peter Federolf, and Ken Barker. Data Preprocessing for Distance-
          based Unsupervised Intrusion Detection. Ninth Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust
          (PST2011), Pages: 181-188, Montreal, Canada, Jul 19-22, 2011.
       2. Dina Said, and Nayer Wanas. Clustering of Thread Posts in Online Discussion Forums. Inter-
          national Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval (KDIR 2010), Pages: 314
          - 319, Valencia, Spain, Oct 24-27, 2010.
       3. Dina Said, Nayer Wanas, Nevin Darwish, and Nadia Hegazy. A Study of Text Preprocessing Tools
          for Arabic Text Classification. Second International Conference on Arabic Language Resources
          and Tools, Pages: 230-236, Cairo, Egypt, Apr 22-23, 2009.
       4. Nayer Wanas, Dina Said, Nadia Hegazy, and Nevin Darwish. A Study of Local and Global Thresh-
          olding Techniques in Text Categorization. In Proc. of the Australasian Data Mining Conference
          (AusDM 2006), Volume 61 of Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology
          (CRPIT), Pages: 91-101, Sydney, Australia, Nov 29-30, 2006.
       5. Nayer Wanas, Dina Said, Nadia Hegazy, and Nevin Darwish. Combining Local Feature Scoring
          Methods for Text Categorization. In Special session on Multiple Classifier Systems, 4th Interna-
          tional Conference on Informatics and Systems (Infos2006), Cairo, Egypt, Mar 25-27, 2006.
   • Non-Refereed Contributions




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       1. Cameron Kiddle, Mircea Andrecut, Adam Brazier, Shami Chatterjee, Eric Chen, Jim Cordes,
          Roger Curry, Robert A. Este, Olivier Eymere, Pavol Federl, Bryan Fong, Arne Grimstrup,
          Sukhpreet Guram, Vicky Kaspi, Rafal Klodzinski, Patrick Lazarus, Venkat Mahadevan, Atal-
          lah Mourad, Shibl Mourad, Paolo Pragides, Erik Rosolowsky, Dina Said, Alexander Samoilov,
          Christian Smith, Ingrid Stairs, Mark Tan, Tingxi Tan, Russ Taylor, and A. G. Willis. Looking To-
          wards the Future of Radio Astronomy with the CyberSKA Collaborative Portal. In Astronomical
          Data Analysis Software and Systems XX. ASP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 442, pages 669-672,
          Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2010.
Conference and Technical Presentations:
   • Mar 2013: How to Write Your CV?, Online Lecture, Egyptian Scholars 2020.
   • Jul 2011: Data Preprocessing for Distance-based Unsupervised Intrusion Detection, Ninth Annual
     Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST2011), Montreal, Canada.
   • May 2011: Data Mining of Online Discussion Thread, Alberta Graduate Conference, Calgary, Canada.
   • Aug 2010: An overview of GALFACTS Calibration Database, GALFACTS/POSSUM Workshop,
     Calgary, Canada.
   • Jun 2010: GALFACTS Calibration Database, Cyber SKA Technical Workshop, Calgary, Canada.
   • Mar 2006: Combining local feature scoring methods for text categorization, 4th International Con-
     ference on Informatics and Systems (Infos2006), Cairo, Egypt.
Volunteering and Extracurricular Activities:
   • Professional Services:
       – Reviewer, Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems.
       – Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
   • Students’ Government:
       – Jan 2012 - May 2012: Volunteer, Department Graduate Associations (DGA) Task Force Com-
         mittee, Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), University of Calgary, Canada.
       – May 2011 - Nov 2011: Vice-President Academic, Graduate Students’ Association (GSA),
         University of Calgary, Canada
           ∗ Represented graduate Students in the majority of academic committees in University of Cal-
             gary.
           ∗ Chaired the Academic Standing Committee, GSA, University of Calgary.
           ∗ Managed the following programs: the GSA Awards Committee, the Employee Relationships
             and Transition Program, and the Ombudsperson.
           ∗ Initiated a sustainable project for GSA to transfer all manual forms to electronic ones.
           ∗ Initiated a new feedback and reporting model for the Ombudsperson.
       – Sept 2010- Apr 2011: Computer Science Graduate Student Representative, Faculty of Science
         Council, University of Calgary, Canada
       – May 2010-Apr 2011: President, Computer Science Graduate Society, University of Calgary,
         Canada
       – May 2010-Apr 2011: Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Representatives’ Council
         (GRC), GSA, University of Calgary, Canada
       – Sept 2009-Apr 2010: Representative of the Database research group, Computer Science Grad-
         uate Society, University of Calgary, Canada
       – Sept 2009-Apr 2010: Graduate Student Director for Seminar Announcement Service, GSA,
         University of Calgary, Canada


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   • Social Volunteering:
       – Nov 2010 - Present: Occasional Writer, AljazeeraTalk
       – Nov 2010 - Present: Social Media Manager, MnEuropaElBald, Egypt
       – Feb 2012 - Present: Community Helper, Wellness Center, University of Calgary, Canada.
       – Mar 2012 - Dec 2012: Volunteer, Diversity Resources Network, University of Calgary, Canada.
       – Sept 1999-Jan 2009: Member of Resala Charitable Society, Egypt; responsible for the following
         activities:
           ∗ Carried out the big sister role for orphan girls.
           ∗ Organized blood donations campaigns.
           ∗ Delivered free-charge courses in IT.
   • Others:
       – Jan 2010 - April 2010: Member of the Public speaking club, University of Calgary, Canada
       – Dec 2010-Present: Member of Academic Women Association, University of Calgary, Canada
       – Sept 2009-Present: Member of Women in Science and Engineering Club, University of Calgary,
         Canada
       – Sept 2009-Present: Member of the Orphan Sponsorship Program, University of Calgary,
         Canada
Computer Skills:

   • Environments: Linux, Solaris, and Windows.
   • Design Skills: Object Oriented design, UML, Database design, and parallel computing design.
   • Programming: C/C++, Java, C#, Matlab, OpenCV, R, MPI, Hadoop, Embedded C, Assembly and
     ASP.Net.

   • Database Tools: SQL server, DB2, Oracle and developer 6i, and ADO.NET.
   • Others: Microsoft office, Latex and Gnuplot.
References:

   Available Upon Request




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