Zeyar Aung

Zeyar Aung

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Ph.D., IEEE Senior Member

Associate Professor

Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Abu Dhabi, UAE

About Me

Career History

  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates, 2015-now.
  • Assistant Professor, Computing and Information Science Program, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates, 2010-2014.
  • Visiting Scholar, Technology and Development Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, 2010.
  • Research Fellow, Data Mining Department, Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, 2006-2010.
  • Analyst-Programmer, Winner Computer Group Ltd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), 1999-2000.


  • Ph.D. (Computer Science), National University of Singapore, 2006 (Supervisor: Professor Tan Kian-Lee). 
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Honors 1st Class), University of Computer Studies, Yangon, Myanmar, 1999. 

Scholarships, Awards, and Achievements

  • Certificate of Commendation for Faculty Service Excellence, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, 2019.
  • Senior Membership, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016.
  • Best Session Paper Award, The 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Data Mining and Information Technology (ICIDIT'14), 2014.
  • Second Prize, Competition on Fraud Detection in Mobile Advertising - held in conjunction with the 4th Asian Conference on Machine Learning (ACML'12), 2012.
  • Best Paper Award, The 2012 Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (PAISI'12), 2012.
  • Recognition for Social Committee Services, Institute for Infocomm Research, 2009.
  • Dean's Graduate Award, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, 2005. 
  • Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore, 2001-2004. 
  • Rank 1st out of 61 Bachelor of Computer Science (Honors) graduates, University of Computer Studies, Yangon, Myanmar, 1999. 
  • University Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Myanmar, 1994-1999.  

Current Research Interests

Khalifa University of Science and Technology 

(and pre-merger Masdar Institute) (2010-present)

  • Machine learning
  • Data science
  • Big data 
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computational sustainability
  • Wireless sensor networks and IoT
  • Renewable energy and smart grids.

Past Research Interests

 National University of Singapore (2002-2006) and 

Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore (2006-2010)

  • Bioinformatics and computational biology 
  • Chemoinformatics
  • Spatio-temporal data analysis

Selected Publications

  Zeyar Aung's Google Scholar Profile

[T] = Thesis, [E] = Edited Book, [B] = Book Chapter, [J] = Journal Paper, [C] = Conference Paper, [W] = Workshop Paper,

 [CORE] = http://www.core.edu.au, 

[Scimago] = https://www.scimagojr.com, [AR] = Acceptance Rate.


  1. [J] W. Yaqub, I. Kamel, and Z. Aung, "Towards watermarking compressed data in columnar database architectures," Security and Privacy, 2:84, doi:10.1002/spy2.84, 2019. (link)
  2. [J] P. Manandhar, P. Marpu, Z. Aung, and F. Melgani, "Towards automatic extraction and updating of VGI-based road networks using deep learning," Remote Sensing, 11:1012, doi:10.3390/rs11091012, 2019. (link) [Scimago Q1]
  3. [J] A. Al Shehhi, J. Thomas, R. Welsch, I. Grey, and Z. Aung, "Arabia Felix 2.0: A cross-linguistic Twitter analysis of happiness patterns in the United Arab Emirates," Journal of Big Data, 6:33, 2019. (link) [Scimago Q1]



  1. [E] W.L. Woon, Z. Aung, A. Catalina Feliú, and S. Madnick (Eds.), Data Analytics for Renewable Energy Integration: Technologies, Systems and Society - 6th ECML PKDD Workshop, DARE 2018, Dublin, Ireland, September 10, 2018, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) Vol. 11325, Springer, 2018. (link)
  2. [J] P. Manandhar, P.R. Marpu, and Z. Aung, "Segmentation based traversing-agent approach for road width extraction from satellite images using volunteered geographic information," Applied Computing and Informatics, 2018, in press. (link)
  3. [C] F. Al Shamsi, W.L. Woon, and Z. Aung, "Discovering similarities in malware behaviors by clustering of API call sequences," in Proc. 25th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP) Part IV, LNCS Vol. 11304, pages 122-133, 2018. (pdf)  [CORE A]
  4. [C] W. Yaqub, I. Kamel, and Z. Aung, "Distortion-free watermarking scheme for compressed data in columnar database," in Proc. 15th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications, (ICETE), Volume 2: SECRYPT, pages 343-353, 2018. (pdf) [CORE B]


  1. [E] W.L. Woon, Z. Aung, O. Kramer, and S.E. Madnick (Eds.), Data Analytics for Renewable Energy Integration: Informing the Generation and Distribution of Renewable Energy - 5th ECML PKDD Workshop, DARE 2017, Skopje, Macedonia, September 22, 2017, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) Vol. 10691, Springer, 2017. (link)
  2. [J] B. Neupane, W.L. Woon, and Z. Aung, "Ensemble prediction model with expert selection for electricity price forecasting," Energies, 10:77, doi:10.3390/en10010077, 2017. (link) [Scimago Q1]
  3. [J] I. Karakatsanis, W. AlKhader, F. MacCrory, A. Alibasic, M.A. Omar, Z. Aung, and W.L. Woon, "Data mining approach to monitoring the requirements of the job market: A case study," Information Systems, 65:1-6, 2017. (pdf) [CORE A*, Scimago Q1]
  4. [C] P. Manandhar, Z. Aung, and P.R. Marpu, "Segmentation based building detection in high resolution satellite images," in Proc. 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pages 3783-3786, 2017. (pdf) [CORE C]
  5. [C] A. Karapetyan, S.K. Azman, and Z. Aung, "Assessing the privacy cost in centralized event-based demand response for microgrids," in Proc. 16th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom), pages 494-501, 2017. (pdf) [CORE A]
  6. [C] D. Syed, T.-H. Chang, D. Svetinovic, T. Rahwan, and Z. Aung, "Security for complex cyber-physical and industrial control systems: Current trends, limitations, and challenges," in Proc. 2017 Pacific-Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), paper no. 180, 2017. (pdf) [CORE A]

Full Publication List

Professional Services

Journal Associate Editor

  • International Journal of Advanced Computer Research (Accents, Scopus-indexed) (2013-date)
  • Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (Springer) (2016-date)
  • International Journal of Knowledge Discovery in Bioinformatics (IGI) (2009-2018)

Journal Reviewer

  • Algorithms (MDPI)
  • Applied Computing and Informatics (Elsevier)
  • Artificial Intelligence Review (Springer)
  • Bioinformatics (Oxford University Press) 
  • Bioinformatics and Biology Insights (Libertas Academica) 
  • BMC Bioinformatics (BioMed Central) 
  • Energies (MDPI)
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics (Elsevier) 
  • IEEE Access (IEEE)
  • IEEE Intelligent Systems (IEEE)
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IEEE)
  • IEEE Systems Journal (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (IEEE)
  • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (IEEE)
  • Indian Journal of Science and Technology (Indian Society of Education and Environment Press)
  • Information Sciences (Elsevier)
  • Information Systems (Elsevier)
  • International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems (Elsevier) 
  • Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Imperial College Press) 
  • Journal of Information Security and Applications (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (American Chemical Society Press) 
  • Journal of Computer and Network Applications (Elsevier)
  • Knowledge Engineering Review (Cambridge University Press)
  • Methods (Elsevier)
  • Mobile Networks and Applications (Springer)
  • Neural Computing and Applications (Springer)
  • Neurocomputing (Elsevier)
  • Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics (Wiley)
  • Smart Grid and Renewable Energy (Scientific Research Publishing)