Shah Jamal Alam, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education and Accreditation Associate Professor
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Social Simulation, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • M.Sc. with Honors in Computer Science, Saarland University, Germany.
  • B.S. in Computer Science, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Research Interests

  • Social network analysis
  • Land use change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Infectious disease transmission
  • Social anthropology


Until June 2014, Dr. 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. 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.

Selected Publications

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