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Dartmouth–AUK Project Brings Visiting Scholar to Dartmouth’s Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

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Dr. Mohammad El Abd
Mohammad El Abd, an assistant professor of Computer Engineering at the American University of Kuwait (AUK), will be a visiting scholar at the Dartmouth Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (iQBS) in June and July 2012. El Abd's research is in the field of particle swarm optimization (PSO), which employs mathematical algorithms, coupled with innovative computer search tools, to predict the behavior of individuals in large groups.

El Abd comes to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College–American University of Kuwait Program, a collaboration begun in 2003 to provide assistance to the founding and ongoing development of Kuwait's first private liberal arts university. Now enrolling more than 2,000 students, AUK offers bachelor's degrees in media and communications, international studies, graphic design, computer engineering, and business administration.

"I look forward to visiting iQBS this summer," says El Abd, "to continue my research in applying proposed algorithms to practical applications." Adding that he intends to share with AUK engineering students what he learns at Dartmouth about new hardware and software systems, El Abd hopes the Fellowship might be the start of a longer-term collaboration between colleagues at AUK and Dartmouth.

He is the fourth Dartmouth–AUK Faculty Fellow to collaborate with colleagues at Dartmouth. In 2009, Simon O'Meara, then an associate professor of art history at AUK, was a Fellow at Dartmouth's Leslie Center for the Humanities. Faculty members Amir Zeid and Mohamad Awad worked with Dartmouth colleagues in sociology, computer science, at Thayer School of Engineering, and at the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The iQBS at Dartmouth was established in 2010 to develop, advance, and support interdisciplinary education, research, and infrastructure in the quantitative biomedical sciences, including bioengineering, bioinformatics, biophysics, biostatistics, computational biology, epidemiology, mathematical biology, and related areas.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr. El Abd to iQBS," says Center Director Dr. Jason H. Moore, who received an $11 million NIH grant in 2011 to establish iQBS as a regional Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. "We look forward to building a research collaboration with him based on his scholarship in using evolutionary algorithms on GPUs." Moore, who is also Professor of Genetics, Third Century Professor, and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, studies the genetic basis of human disease through the development and evaluation of computational and statistical methods of analysis.

Dartmouth and AUK collaborate on numerous programs, and the two institutions have developed a flourishing relationship that involves faculty fellowships, student internships, shared academic 
experiences, and a range of other projects. "Faculty fellowships at Dartmouth are one of the many distinctive aspects of the collaboration between our two institutions," says AUK President Winfred Thompson. "We look forward to seeing how Dr. El Abd's research advances the important work taking place at Dartmouth's Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences and how his experience there will contribute to his teaching and scholarship at AUK."

Dale F. Eickelman, Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations and relationship coordinator of the Dartmouth–AUK Project since its inception, adds, "The Faculty Fellow program plays a vital role in enhancing the research and careers of AUK faculty and advances Dartmouth's vision of global cooperation."

Last Updated: 8/29/12