Kaveh Bakhtiyari

Sr. Data Scientist | AI

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Current Work

  • 2022Present Montreal, Canada

    Sr. Data Scientist


  • 2019Present Montreal, Canada

    AI / Computer Science Lecturer

    LaSalle College

Job Experience


Honors, Awards & Grants

  • 2015 - 2017
    DAAD Research Grants – Scholarship

    Bonn, Germany

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Scholarship in the program “Research Grants - Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees, 2015/16” for doing the double-degree joint doctoral program between The National University of Malaysia (UKM) and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. More info...
  • July 2014
    Samsung Gear App Challenge

    Seoul, South Korea

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Runner-up in the Samsung Gear (Smart Watch) App Challenge based on Tizen OS for Wearables. My Puzzle, Mobile Shield & Gear Dictionary were nominated in the top 200 Apps in Round 1. More info...
  • 2013 - 2014
    Award of Excellence - Computer & Technical Advisor

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Iranian Students Association at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (ISAUKM)
    Awarded due to the Computer and Technical Advising at ISAUKM during the 8th year of the association.
  • 2013 - 2015
    Research University Fellowship Scheme

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    The National University of Malaysia (UKM)
    Scholarship was conducted by Centre for Graduate Management (PPS) until Aug. 2014; then it continued by Research & Innovation Center (CRIM).
  • 2010
    RoboSoccer Small Size Competition

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Faculty of Technology & Information Sciences (FTSM),
    The National University of Malaysia

    Team Name: Zeus
    1st Round Ranking: 1st
    Final Round Ranking: 4th
  • 2008, 06, 05
    Distinguished Researcher

    Tafresh, Iran

    Islamic Azad University, Tafresh Branch
    Awarded as the top research student during my bachelor studies for 3 years in 2005, 2006 & 2008.
    These awards were due to the student research activities and publications.
  • 2007
    Distinguished Researcher at Islamic Azad University

    Karaj, Iran

    3rd Festival of the Distinguished Researchers at Islamic Azad University
    Awarded as a top research student among all branches of Islamic Azad University in Iran during my bachelor studies in 2007. The ceremony was conducted in IAU, Karaj by the chancellor, Dr. Abdollah Jassbi.


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  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Affective Computing
  • Neuroscience
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Recommender Systems
  • Game Theory
  • Security & Encryption

Research Collaboration

Hafizah Husain

Professor at The National University of Malaysia (UKM)


Jürgen Ziegler

Professor at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Mona Taghavi

Lecturer at Concordia University, Canada


Jamal Bentahar

Professor at Concordia University, Canada


Aini Hussain

Professor at The National University of Malaysia (UKM)


Ehsan Golkar

Post-Doc at University of Pennsylvania, USA


Arya Ahmadi-Ardakani

PhD. Electrical Engineering at UCLA, USA

Masoud Shakiba

Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand


Research Projects


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A reinforcement learning model for the reliability of blockchain oracles

Mona Taghavi, Jamal Bentahar, Hadi Otrok, Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Journal Expert Systems with Applications, Oct. 2022
Elsevier, ISSN 0957-4174, Volume 214, 15 Mar. 2023


Smart contracts struggle with the major limitation of operating on data that is solely residing on the blockchain network. The need of recruiting third parties, known as oracles, to assist smart contracts has been recognized with the emergence of blockchain technology. Oracles could be deviant and commit ill-intentioned behaviors, or be selfish and hide their actual available resources to gain optimal profit. Current research proposals employ oracles as trusted entities with no robust assessment mechanism, which entails a risk of turning them into centralized points of failure. The need for an effective method to select the most economical and rewarding oracles that are self-interested and act independently is somehow neglected. Thus, this paper proposes a Bayesian Bandit Learning Oracles Reliability (BLOR) mechanism to identify trustless and cost-efficient oracles. Within BLOR, we learn the behavior of oracles by formulating a Bayesian cost-dependent reputation model and utilize reinforcement learning (knowledge gradient algorithm) to guide the learning process. BLOR enables all the blockchain validators to verify the obtained results while running the algorithm at the same time by dealing with the randomness issue within the limited blockchain structure. We implement and experiment with BLOR using Python and the Solidity language on Ethereum. BLOR is benchmarked against several models where it proved to be highly efficient in selecting the most reliable and economical oracles with a fair balance.

Nothing is Random, Not Even Rolling a Die

Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Note SSENSE-TECH, May 2021


In ancient history, the concepts of chance and randomness were intertwined with that of fate. Many ancient people threw dice to determine fate, and this later evolved into games of chance. Today, we are still using randomness in our daily life explicitly or implicitly. It is however very crucial to understand the underlying concept of randomness and its importance. Firstly, we should understand what defines random value as random. Randomness has multiple applications in finance, game theory, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and many more. So, one of the challenging questions is how likely we can predict it? The answer can bring us to the next level of possibilities in the world. For the moment, we should learn how these random phenomena can affect our life, and how we can make a benefit from that.

A Blockchain-based Model for Cloud Service Quality Monitoring

Mona Taghavi, Jamal Bentahar, Hadi Otrok, Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Journal IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Mar. 2020
IEEE, Special Issue on Blockchain-Based Services Computing, ISSN 1939-1374, Volume 13, Issue 2, March-April 2020, Pages 276-288


This paper introduces a novel blockchain-based decentralized federation model that embodies quality verification for cloud providers who lease computing resources from each other. The blockchain structure removes the barriers of a traditional centralized federation and offers a fully distributed and transparent administration by enforcing the involved agents to maintain consensus on the data. For a blockchain-based federation, it is vital to avoid blind-trust on the claimed SLA guarantees and monitor the quality of service which is highly desirable considering the multi-tenancy characteristic of cloud services. Due to the fact that the blockchain network is unable to access the outside world, it cannot handle, by its own, providers misbehavior in terms of SLA violations. Thus, we introduce oracle as a verifier agent to monitor the quality of the service and report to the smart contract agents deployed on the blockchain. Oracle is a trusted third-party agent who can communicate with the outside world of the blockchain network. The interaction between cloud service providers (either providing a service or requesting it from another provider) and the oracle through smart contracts comprises a system of autonomous and utility maximizer agents. Cloud requesters seek to receive high quality services with constant monitoring at cheap prices or even with no charge, while cloud providers aim to have a balanced work-load with less preserved capacity, and the oracle tends to charge higher for their monitoring services. Therefore, to model this conflicting situation, we formulate a dynamic Stackelberg differential game to optimize the cost of using the oracle and maximize the profit of the agents with the role of provider agent as a leader, and the requester and verifier agents as followers. Our designed Stackelberg differential game can seize the dynamicity of users' demand and resource provisioning in a competitive cloud market. We implemented our proposed decentralized model using the Solidity language in the remix IDE on the Ethereum network. We further evaluated the optimal controls and agents' profit with real-world data simulated for three concrete cloud providers. The results revealed that the requester agent initiates most of the quality verification requests at the beginning to the middle time of the contract. Thus, the provider agent could reserve less computing resources considering the fact that it could share the workload among other customers' computing resources during the peak-time. Moreover, imposing a higher penalty on the provider agent increased the capacity and decreased the number of requests for quality verification at the equilibrium. The evaluation also disclosed that the impact of timing in the dynamic pricing strategy of the verifier agent is very minimal, and the provisioning capacity of the provider is strongly correlated with the monitoring price.

Ambiance Signal Processing: A Study on Collaborative Affective Computing

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Mona Taghavi, Milad Taghavi, Jamal Bentahar
Conference The 5th IEEE International Conference on Web Research (ICWR), Tehran, Iran, 24-25 Apr. 2019
IEEE, ISBN 978-1-7281-1431-6, Pages 35-40


Computational feature recognition is an essential component for intelligent systems to sense the objects and environments. This paper proposes a novel conceptual model, named Ambiance Signal Processing (AmSiP), to identify objects’ features when they are not directly accessible by sensors. AmSiP analyzes the surrounding and ambiance of objects/subjects collaboratively to recognize the object’s features instead of concentrating on each individual and accessible object. To validate the proposed model, this study runs an experiment with 50 participants, whose emotional state variations are estimated by measuring the surroundings features and the emotions of other people in the same environment. The results of a t-Test on the data collected from this experiment showed that users’ emotions were being changed in a course of time during the experiment; however, AmSiP could estimate subjects’ emotions reliably according to the environmental characteristics and similar patterns. To evaluate the reliability and efficiency of this model, a collaborative affective computing system was implemented using keyboard keystroke dynamics and mouse interactions of the users whose emotions were affected by different types of music. In comparison with other conventional techniques (explicit access), the prediction was reliable. Although the developed model sacrifices a minor accuracy, it earns the superiority of uncovering blind knowledge about the subjects out of the sensors’ direct access.

Cloudchain: A Blockchain-Based Coopetition Differential Game Model for Cloud Computing

Mona Taghavi, Jamal Bentahar, Hadi Otrok, Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Conference The 16th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC), Hangzhou, Zhejian, China, 12-15 Nov. 2018
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-03596-9, Volume 11236, Pages 146-161


In this paper, we introduce, design and develop Cloudchain, a blockchain-based cloud federation, to enable cloud service providers to trade their computing resources through smart contracts. Traditional cloud federations have strict challenges that might hinder the members’ motivation to participate in, such as forming stable coalitions with long-term commitments, participants’ trustworthiness, shared revenue, and security of the managed data and services. Cloudchain provides a fully distributed structure over the public Ethereum network to overcome these issues. Three types of contracts are defined where cloud providers can register themselves, create a profile and list of their transactions, and initiate a request for a service. We further design a dynamic differential game among the Cloudchain members, with roles of cloud service requesters and suppliers, to maximize their profit. Within this paradigm, providers engage in coopetitions (i.e., cooperative competitions) with each other while their service demand is dynamically changing based on two variables of gas price and reputation value. We implemented Cloudchain and simulated the differential game using Solidity and Web3.js for five cloud providers during 100 days. The results showed that cloud providers who request services achieve higher profitability through Cloudchain to those providers that supply these requests. Meanwhile, spending high gas price is not economically appealing for cloud requesters with a high number of requests, and fairly cheaper prices might cause some delays in their transactions during the network peak times. The best strategy for cloud suppliers was found to be gradually increasing their reputation, especially when the requesters’ demand is not significantly impacted by the reputation value.

Why Did Artificial Intelligence Fail in the FIFA World Cup 2018?

Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Note, Jul. 2018

Here is what we learned from the AI’s failure to predict the results of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

Significant Reshape is Required in Academic Publishing to Promote Science

Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Note, Jun. 2018


Researchers and academics disseminate and share their research findings with other scholars by publishing in a scientific venue (e.g. journal or conference proceedings). Despite the recent advances in the publishing industry and using the Internet as a medium of knowledge sharing, scientific publishing industry deals with many problems which slow down the knowledge progress and waste lots of time and money respectively. This article criticizes the scientific publishing industry for time and money costs, favoritism, political views interference, the vague share of authorship, barriers of having flexible and interactive contents, and not fulfilling the gap between research and development.

Relationship of Google Scholar Versions and Paper Citations

Marjan Mohammadjafari, Hadi Salehi, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Nader Ale Ebrahim, Mahmoud Danaee, Masoud Shakiba, Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam, Azam Zavvari
Yellow paper Preprints, Jun. 2017


The number of citations that a paper has received is the most commonly used indicator to measure the quality of research. Researchers, journals, and universities want to receive more citations for their scholarly publications to increase their h-index, impact factor, and ranking respectively. In this paper, we tried to analyses the effect of the number of available Google Scholar versions of a paper on citations count. We analyzed 10,162 papers which are published in Scopus database in year 2010 by Malaysian top five universities. Then we developed a software to collect the number of citations and versions of each paper from Google Scholar automatically. The result of spearman correlation coefficient revealed that there is positive significant association between the number of Google Scholar versions of a paper and the number of times a paper has been cited.

KinRes: Depth Sensor Noise Reduction in Contactless Respiratory Monitoring

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Jürgen Ziegler, Hafizah Husain
Conference Poster The 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth), Barcelona, Spain, 23-26 May 2017
ACM, ISBN 978-1-4503-6363-1, Pages 472-475


This paper proposes a novel reliable solution, named KinRes, to extract contactless respiratory signal via an IR-3D Depth sensor (Microsoft Kinect 2) on human subjects interacting with a computer. The depth sensor is very sensitive to the minor changes so that the body movements impose noise in the depth values. Previous studies on contactless respiratory concentrated solely on the still laid subjects on a surface to minimize the possible artifacts. To overcome these limitations, we low-pass filter the extracted signal. Then, a greedy self-correction algorithm is developed to correct the false detected peaks & troughs. The processed signal is validated with a simultaneous signal from a respiratory belt. This framework improved the accuracy of the signal by 24% for the subjects in a normal sitting position.

New Insights Towards Developing Recommender Systems

Mona Taghavi, Jamal Bentahar, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Chihab Hanachi
Journal The Computer Journal, 2017
Oxford University Press, ISSN 0010-4620, Volume 61, Issue 3, 1 Mar. 2018, Pages 319-348


Promoting recommender systems in real-world applications requires deep investigations with emphasis on their next generation. This survey offers a comprehensive and systematic review on recommender system development lifecycles to enlighten researchers and practitioners. The paper conducts statistical research on published recommender systems indexed by Web of Science to get an overview of the state of the art. Based on the reviewed findings, we introduce taxonomies driven by the following five phases: initiation (architecture and data acquisition techniques), design (design types and techniques), development (implementation methods and algorithms), evaluation (metrics and measurement techniques) and application (domains of applications). A layered framework of recommender systems containing market strategy, data, recommender core, interaction, security and evaluation is proposed. Based on the framework, the existing advanced humanized techniques emerged from computational intelligence and some inspiring insights from computational economics and machine learning are provided for researchers to expand the novel aspects of recommender systems.

Contactless Heart Rate Variability Measurement by IR and 3D Depth Sensors with Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Nils Beckmann, Jürgen Ziegler
Conference The 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT), Madeira, Portugal, 16-19 May 2017
Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier, ISSN 1877-0509, Volume 109, Pages 498-505


Heart rate variability (HRV) is known to be correlated with emotional arousal, cognitive depletion, and health status. Despite the accurate HRV detection by various body-attached sensors, a contactless method is desirable for the HCI purposes. In this research, we propose a non-invasive contactless HRV measurement by Microsoft Kinect 2 sensor with Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) correction. The Infrared and RGB cameras are used to measure the heart rate signal, and its 3D Depth sensor is employed to capture the human respiratory signal to correct the initially calculated HRV with RSA. The correlation analysis among the calculated HRVs by different methods and devices showed a significant improvement in reliable HRV measurements. This study enlightens the researchers and developers to choose a proper method for HRV calculations based on their required accuracy and application.

The Effect of Presentation in Online Advertising on Perceived Intrusiveness and Annoyance in Different Emotional States

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Jürgen Ziegler, Hafizah Husain
Conference The 9th Asian Conference on Intelligent Information and Database Systems (ACIIDS), Kanazawa, Japan, 3-5 Apr. 2017
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-54472-4, Part I, Volume 10191, Pages 140-149


Online advertising is a rapidly growing area with high commercial relevance. This paper investigates the effect of different types of Ad presentation, varying in frame size, position and animation level on visual intrusiveness and annoyance as perceived by users. Furthermore, we investigate the influence of users’ emotional states on perceived intrusiveness and annoyance. This research has been carried out through a survey study. The analysis of the data shows a linear correlation between the visual attention of the Ads and its features. Also, a positive influence of emotion has been found on various types of ad presentations. In addition, the participants with emotions of positive valence and low arousal showed more tolerance to the same ad as the users with a different emotional state. This research proposes a new aspect in computational advertising to adapt the recommendations based on the user’s emotional state and the parameters of the online advertisements.

A Comprehensive Comparison of Educational Growth within Four Different Developing Countries between 1990 and 2012

Masoud Shakiba, Nader Ale Ebrahim, Mahmoud Danaee, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Elankovan Sundararajan
Journal Revista de Gestão e Secretariado, Apr. 2016
e-ISSN 2178-9010, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 152-174


Educational growth is a fundamental infrastructure factor required to achieve sustainable development. Therefore, evaluation and measurement of educational growth is essential for establishing a development road map. Because of this, there are many organizations and databases that work to capture academic trends and provide the general view of institute achievements. Web of Science and Scopus are the two most popular and scientific. In this paper, we define the important effective factors in educational growth and discuss them; we then compare these defined factors across four different developing countries: Brazil, Iran, Malaysia, and Turkey. As well as the comparisons, this paper uses the Pearson product moment correlation coefficient method to analyze the factors and the strong or weak relationship between the factors are discussed.

Hybrid Affective Computing - Keyboard, Mouse and Touch Screen: From Review to Experiment

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Mona Taghavi, Hafizah Husain
Journal Journal of Neural Computing and Applications, Aug. 2015
Springer, ISSN 0941-0643, Volume 26, Issue 6, Pages 1277-1296


Emotions play an important role in human interactions. They can be integrated into the computer system to make human-computer interaction more effective. Affective Computing is an innovative computational modelling and detecting user’s emotions to optimize system responses in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). However, there is a trade-off between recognition accuracy and real-time performance in some of the methods such as processing the facial expressions, human voice and body gestures. Other methods lack efficiency and usability in real world applications such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Electroencephalography (EEG) signals. To accomplish a reliable, usable and high performance system, this paper proposes an intelligent hybrid approach to recognize users’ emotions by using easily accessible and low computational cost input devices including keyboard, mouse (touch-pad: single touch) and touch screen display (single touch). Using the proposed approach, the system is developed and trained in a supervised mode by Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) techniques. The result shows an increase of accuracy of 6% (93.20%) by SVM in comparison to the currently existing methods. It is a significant contribution to show new directions of future research in emotion recognition, user modelling and emotional intelligence.

Do We Have Privacy In The Digital World?

Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Yellow Paper Note Published Online as a Note
Last Update: 10 December 2014 - DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2492.5203/2


Not really.

Planning for Sustainable Development in the Emerging Information Societies

Mona Taghavi, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Hamed Taghavi, Vahhab Olyaee, Aini Hussain
Journal Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Nov. 2014
Emerald, ISSN 2053-4620, Volume 5, Issue 3, Pages 178-211


Purpose – This research work investigates the recent status of the information and communication technology services industry in Iran. It proposes a systemic applicable approach at policy making level and appropriate strategic planning steps to enlighten developing countries toward achieving their target objectives of an Information Society.

Design/methodology/approach – Largely based on existing literature and usage statistics in ICT services, global technology trends, and results from a survey to obtain consistent and up-to-date information about current issues of ICT services in the public and private sectors in Iran.

Findings – This study elaborates on all issues, points, and best practices relevant to the ICT services industry in Iran which is addressed by recommending some documented policies.

Research limitations/implications - Majority of the experts who attended the workshop and responded to the questionnaire were service consumers rather than service providers.

Practical implications - This paper discusses some of the implications for the development of this ICT services strategy and provides policy recommendations.

Originality/value – This study provides a government refining process policy to address the common gaps in the ICT services industry in these developing countries and emphasizes a formidable policy foundation before implementing and monitoring of the Flagship ICT projects.

Ethical and Unethical Methods of Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Writing

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Masoud Shakiba, Azam Zavvari, Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam, Nader Ale Ebrahim, Marjan Mohammadjafari
Journal Journal of International Education Studies, Jul. 2014
Canadian Center of Science and Education, ISSN 1913-9020, Volume 7, Issue 7, Pages 52-62


This paper discusses plagiarism origins, and the ethical solutions to prevent it. It also reviews some unethical approaches, which may be used to decrease the plagiarism rate in academic writings. We propose eight ethical techniques to avoid unconscious and accidental plagiarism in manuscripts without using online systems such as Turnitin and/or iThenticate for cross checking and plagiarism detection. The efficiency of the proposed techniques is evaluated on five different texts using students individually. After application of the techniques on the texts, they were checked by Turnitin to produce the plagiarism and similarity report. At the end, the “effective factor” of each method has been compared with each other; and the best result went to a hybrid combination of all techniques to avoid plagiarism. The hybrid of ethical methods decreased the plagiarism rate reported by Turnitin from nearly 100% to the average of 8.4% on 5 manuscripts.

Fuzzy Model of Dominance Emotions in Affective Computing

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Hafizah Husain
Journal Journal of Neural Computing and Applications, Jun. 2014
Springer, ISSN 0941-0643, Volume 25, Issue 6, Pages 1467-1477


To date, most of the human emotion recognition systems are intended to sense the emotions and their dominance individually. This paper discusses a fuzzy model for multilevel affective computing based on the dominance dimensional model of emotions. This model can detect any other possible emotions simultaneously at the time of recognition. One hundred and thirty volunteers from various countries with different cultural backgrounds were selected to record their emotional states. These volunteers have been selected from various races and different geographical locations. Twenty-seven different emotions with their strengths in a scale of 5 were questioned through a survey. Recorded emotions were analyzed with the other possible emotions and their levels of dominance to build the fuzzy model. Then this model was integrated into a fuzzy emotion recognition system using three input devices of mouse, keyboard and the touch screen display. Support vector machine classifier detected the other possible emotions of the users along with the directly sensed emotion. The binary system (non-fuzzy) sensed emotions with an incredible accuracy of 93%. However, it only could sense limited emotions. By integrating this model, the system was able to detect more possible emotions at a time with slightly lower recognition accuracy of 86%. The recorded false positive rates of this model for four emotions were measured at 16.7%. The resulted accuracy and its false positive rate are among the top three accurate human emotion recognition (affective computing) systems.

Implementation of Emotional-Aware Computer Systems Using Typical Input Devices

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Mona Taghavi, Hafizah Husain
Conference The 6th Asian Conference on Intelligent Information and Database Systems (ACIIDS), Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 Apr. 2014
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-05476-6, Volume 8397, Pages 364-374


Emotions play an important role in human interactions. Human Emotions Recognition (HER - Affective Computing) is an innovative method for detecting user’s emotions to determine proper responses and recommendations in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). This paper discusses an intelligent approach to recognize human emotions by using the usual input devices such as keyboard, mouse and touch screen displays. This research is compared with the other usual methods like processing the facial expressions, human voice, body gestures and digital signal processing in Electroencephalography (EEG) machines for an emotional-aware system. The Emotional Intelligence system is trained in a supervised mode by Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) techniques. The result shows 93.20% in accuracy which is around 5% more than the existing methods. It is a significant contribution to show new directions of future research in this topical area of emotion recognition, which is useful in recommender systems.

Emotional and Cultural Intelligence in Recommender Systems

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Hafizah Husain, Jürgen Ziegler
Conference The International Conference on Engineering and Built Environment (ICEBE), UKM, Malaysia, 19-20 Nov. 2013


In this paper, we propose a novel adaptive recommender system based on emotional and cultural intelligence by processing the users’ interactions with the common input devices such as mouse, keyboard, touch-screen monitors and EEG. This system can be employed in a computational advertising system. A metaphor semantic ontology should also be developed to retrieve the users’ cultures based on the metaphor meaning of the context which can be different with the traditional semantic and direct meanings of the words. For evaluation of the system, despite the traditional Precision/Recall methods, emotional intelligence system and fuzzy/probabilistic calculations are proposed to measure the performance and accuracy of the resulted recommendation.

Agent-Based Computational Investing Recommender System

Mona Taghavi, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Edgar Scavino
Conference The 7th ACM Conference Series on Recommender Systems (RecSys), HK City University, Hong Kong, 12–16 Oct. 2013
ACM, ISBN 978-1-4503-2409-0/13/10, Pages 455-458


The fast development of computing and communication has reformed the financial markets' dynamics. Nowadays many people are investing and trading stocks through online channels and having access to real-time market information efficiently. There are more opportunities to lose or make money with all the stocks information available throughout the World; however, one should spend a lot of effort and time to follow those stocks and the available instant information. This paper presents a preliminary regarding a multi-agent recommender system for computational investing. This system utilizes a hybrid filtering technique to adaptively recommend the most profitable stocks at the right time according to investor's personal favour. The hybrid technique includes collaborative and content-based filtering. The content-based model uses investor preferences, influencing macro-economic factors, stocks profiles and the predicted trend to tailor to its advices. The collaborative filter assesses the investor pairs' investing behaviours and actions that are proficient in economic market to recommend the similar ones to the target investor.

Fuzzy Model on Human Emotions Recognition

Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Hafizah Husain
Conference The 12th WSEAS International Conference on Applications of Computer Engineering (ACE), Cambridge, MA, USA, 30 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2013
ISBN 978-1-61804-156-2, Pages 77-82


This paper discusses a fuzzy model for multi-level human emotions recognition by computer systems through keyboard keystrokes, mouse and touch-screen interactions. This model can also be used to detect the other possible emotions at the time of recognition. Accuracy measurements of human emotions by the fuzzy model are discussed through two methods; the first is accuracy analysis and the second is false positive rate analysis. This fuzzy model detects more emotions, but on the other hand, for some of emotions, a lower accuracy was obtained with the comparison with the non-fuzzy human emotions detection methods. This system was trained and tested by Support Vector Machine (SVM) to recognize the users’ emotions. Overall, this model represents a closer similarity between human brain detection of emotions and computer systems.

Intrusion Detection and Prevention System in Cloud Computing: A Systematic Review

Ahmed Patel, Mona Taghavi, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Joaquim Celestino Júnior
Journal Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Jan. 2013
Elsevier, ISSN 1084-8045, Volume 36, Issue 1, Pages 25-41


The distributed and open structure of cloud computing and services becomes an attractive target for potential cyber-attacks by intruders. The traditional Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) are largely inefficient to be deployed in cloud computing environments due to their openness and specific essence. This paper surveys, explores and informs researchers about the latest developed IDPSs and alarm management techniques by providing a comprehensive taxonomy and investigating possible solutions to detect and prevent intrusions in cloud computing systems. Considering the desired characteristics of IDPS and cloud computing systems, a list of germane requirements is identified and four concepts of autonomic computing self-management, ontology, risk management, and fuzzy theory are leveraged to satisfy these requirements.

Taxonomy and Proposed Architecture of Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems for Cloud Computing

Ahmed Patel, Mona Taghavi, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Joaquim Celestino Júnior
Conference The 4th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS), Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, Melbourne, Australia, 12-13 Dec. 2012
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-35362-8, Volume 7672, Pages 441-458


The distributed and open structure of cloud computing and services becomes an attractive target for potential cyber-attacks by intruders. The traditional Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) are deemed largely inefficient to be deployed in cloud computing environments due to their openness, dynamicity and virtualization in offered services. This paper surveys and explores the possible solutions to detect and prevent intrusions in cloud computing systems by providing a comprehensive taxonomy of existing IDPS. It discusses the key features of IDPS that are challenging and crucial for choosing the right security measures for designing an IDPS. The paper further reviews the current state of the art of developed IDPSs for cloud computing which uses advanced techniques in overcoming the challenges imposed by cloud computing requirements for more resilient, effective and efficient IDPSs, abbreviated as CIPDS.

Evaluation of Cheating Detection Methods in Academic Writings

Ahmed Patel, Kaveh Bakhtiyari, Mona Taghavi
Journal Journal of Library Hi Tech, Nov. 2011
Emerald, ISSN 0737-8831, Volume 29, Issue 4, Pages 623-640


Purpose – This paper aims to focus on plagiarism and the consequences of anti-plagiarism services such as, iThenticate, and in detecting the most recent cheatings in academic and other writings.

Design/methodology/approach – The most important approach is plagiarism prevention and finding proper solutions for detecting more complex kinds of plagiarism through natural language processing and artificial intelligence self-learning techniques.

Findings – The research shows that most of the anti-plagiarism services can be cracked through different methods and artificial intelligence techniques can help to improve the performance of the detection procedure.

Research limitations/implications – Accessing entire data and plagiarism algorithms is not possible completely, so comparing is just based on the outputs from detection services. They may produce different results on the same inputs.

Practical implications – Academic papers and web pages are increasing over time, and it is very difficult to capture and compare documents with all available data on the network in an up to date manner.

Originality/value – As many students and researchers use the plagiarism techniques (e.g. PDF locking, ghost-writers, dot replacement, online translators, previous works, fake bibliography) to cheat in academic writing, this paper is intended to prevent plagiarism and find suitable solutions for detecting more complex kinds of plagiarism. This should also be of grave concern to teachers and librarians to provide up to date/standard anti-plagiarism services. The paper proposes some new solutions to overcome these problems and to create more resilient and intelligent future systems.

Encryption Systems (in Persian Language)

Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Journal Web Magazine, Aug. 2004
ISSN 1735-1820, Volume 50, Page 16-19

Chips Speed and Technology Improvement Rate in the Future (in Persian Language)

Kaveh Bakhtiyari
Journal Web Magazine, Jun. 2004
ISSN 1735-1820, Volume 48, Page 24-25
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  • 2014 2013

    Iranian Students’ Association at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (ISAUKM)

    The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia

    Computer & Technical Advisor
    Webmaster of the Association’s Website
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  • 2012 2011


    UKM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    UDE, Essen, Germany

    The international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential in global awareness platforms
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  • 2010 2009

    Young Researchers Club (YRC)

    Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

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  • 2006 2005

    IAUTB Computer Scientific Society

    Islamic Azad University, Tafresh Branch, Iran

    Society Founder
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  • 2003 2001

    Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP)

    San Jose, California, USA

    Student Member
    More info...

Development & Analysis Skills

  • Skills


    I started programming with GW-Basic when I was 12 years old. I have gone through different stages in my life, and I have learned many languages, skills and tools. Below is a brief list of my current technical skills which I actively use in various projects.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML)

    • Predictive AI
    • Deep Learning
    • Optimization
    • Regression
    • Classification
    • Clustering
    • Recommender Systems
    • Generative AI
    • Reinforcement Learning
    • Image Processing
    • Advanced Analytics
    • Natural Language Processing (NLP)

    Programming Languages

    • Python
    • C / C++ / C#
    • Visual Basic
    • Java / JavaScript / JSP / J2EE
    • F#
    • ASP / ASP.NET
    • PHP
    • SQL
    • Prolog
    • R

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    • Cloud Practitioner
    • Machine Learning - Specialty

    Blockchain (Smart Contracts)

    • Ethereum / Solidity

    Data Analysis

    • RapidMiner
    • MathWorks Matlab
    • Weka
    • IBM SPSS


    • Cryptography
    • Network Security
    • Ethical Hacking
    • Social Engineering


    • MS SQL Server
    • MySQL
    • Oracle
    • MongoDB

    Web-Design (Front-End)

    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Bootstrap
    • XML
    • JSON
    • JavaScript
    • VBScript


    • Microsoft Windows
    • Web-Based App.
    • Microsoft Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • Tizen

  • Tizen

    Tizen OS for Wearables

    Tizen OS for Wearables was initially available on Samsung Gear 2 smart watch. The following apps are developed for Tizen smart watch. These apps are available via Samsung Apps for Gear . My Puzzle, Mobile Shield & Gear Dictionary were nominated in the 1st round of Samsung Gear App Challenge listed among top 200 apps for Gear in July 2014.

Source Codes & Scripts

  • 2023

    Streambox: Data Science Toolbox

    Streambox is a toolbox with a number of functions and decorators useful for data scientists and developers in their projects.

    Source code on GitHub

  • 2022

    Cryptography Toolbox

    An open-source toolbox for daily cryptography needs which is developed in Python using Streamlit.

    Source code on GitHub
    Docker Hub

  • 2021

    Market Forecast: Cryptocurrency & Stock Exchange Market Forecast

    This is an open-source project in Streamlit using Facebook Prophet and Neural Prophet to forecast Stock and Crypto-currency market based on their historical price. The data is extracted from Yahoo! Finance.

    Source code on GitHub
    Docker Hub

  • 2018

    Cloudchain: A Cloud Federation Based on the Blockchain Technology

    Cloudchain is a research idea of designing a cloud federation based on the blockchain technology. The current version is developed on Ethereum using the Solidity language.

    Source code on GitHub

  • 2018

    MKLogger: Mouse Movements, Mouse Clicks, and Keyboard Keystroke Dynamics Logger (JS)

    This is a JavaScript (JQuery-based) to log the mouse and keyboard activities/events of the user on an HTML web page. This code was developed as a part of a university research project to monitor user's activities and interactions.

    Source code on GitHub

  • 2017

    KinRes: Kinect Respiratory Monitoring (Microsoft Kinect v2 - C#.NET)

    This is a MS Windows-based software to record human respiratory signal by using the Microsoft Kinect 2 sensor. Minimum requirements to run this software are: 1) Microsoft Windows 10+; 2) Microsoft Visual Studio 2015+; 3) Microsoft Kinect SDK; 4) Intel USB 3 Port; 5) Microsoft Kinect 2 Sensor.

    Software Screenshot v.1.5 (Windows 10 64-bit)
    Peer-reviewed published paper (PDF)
    Source code on GitHub
    The online version on GitHub runs with SMA filter and manual chest ROI detection. The Kalman filter and automatic body porportion method are not pushed on GitHub yet.

  • 2017

    Heart Rate Logger (Samsung Gear 2 - Tizen for Wearables)

    A smart watch application based on Tizen OS to record heart rates and RR-intervals constantly from Samsung Gear 2 in CSV format.

    App Screenshot v.1.1 (Samsung Gear 2)
    This app is not submitted to Samsung Apps, because the partner level with Samsung is required for the apps using "medicalinfo" privilege .
    Source code on GitHub

  • 2017

    Edu-Stats API

    Well-known academic profiles (such as Google Scholar) do not provide APIs to present the relevant updated statistics on the other websites (e.g. the personal websites) automatically. Edu-Stats is a parser to extract the scholar details of academicians such as h-index, citations, etc. These extracted statistics can be used and presented on the personal websites by an embedded JavaScript.

    Medium article on Edu-Stats
    Documentations & source code on GitHub

  • 2014

    Microsoft Office Macros

    There is a collection of a few practical open-source macros for Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, etc.) For more details and documentations, you can check the following GitHub repository.

    Source code on GitHub

  • 2010

    IPHistogram & IPSimpleFiltering (Image Processing)

    These are my assignments in the course of Image Processing at the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) in 2010. These two software run some simple histogram functions and apply few filtering methods. They are developed in C#.NET.

    - Gaussian Distribution Based on Sigma
    - Exponential Shape Based on Landa
    - Histogram Equalization
    Source code on GitHub
    Software Screenshot

    - Local Averaging
    - Median
    - Log
    Source code on GitHub
    Software Screenshot

LaSalle College

Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    (W2024, F2023, F2022)
    420-A06-AS |
  • AI Applications in Industry
  • Advanced Data Management
    (S2024, S2023)
    420-A15-AS |
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
    420-A17-AS |
  • Introduction to Data Structures
    (S2024, W2024, W2023)
    420-A10-AS |
  • Introduction to Relational Database Systems
  • Database I
    (W2023, W2022)
  • Database II
    (F2022, S2022, F2021, S2021, F2020, W2020)
  • Web Server Application Development II - ASP.NET
    (F2021, F2020)
  • Machine Learning & Neural Networks
    (S2024, S2023)
    420-A16-AS |
  • Applied Machine Learning II
    420-A18-AS |
  • Database Management Systems
    (W2024, W2023)
  • Databases
  • Advanced Management Language - Android
  • Advanced Object Oriented Programming - Java
  • Elements of Mobile
  • Internship / Project
    (F2023, S2023, S2022, S2021)

Erican College

Kajang, Malaysia
  • English Language (Advanced)
  • English Language (Upper-Intermediate)
  • English Language (Intermediate)

Islamic Azad University

Tafresh, Iran
  • Network Hacking - Actions and Preventions
    Student Activity, Scientific Society of Computer

At University of Duisburg-Essen

You can find me at my office located at the University of Duisburg-Essen at the following address:

Interactive Systems
University of Duisburg-Essen (Campus Duisburg)
Forsthausweg 2 (Building LF)
47057 Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

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At Work

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At the National University of Malaysia (UKM)

At the moment, I am not always available in campus.

You can find me at my office located at the National University of Malaysia at the following address:

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Lab
Level 2, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, 43600, Selangor

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