Dr. Shadi S. Basurra

Dr. Shadi S. Basurra

Professor of Intelligent Systems

School of Computing and Digital Technology - CDT
+44 (0) 121 331 5438

Prof. Dr. Shadi Basurra, Professor of Intelligent Systems, graduated from the University of Exeter - BSc, UK (2007) and the University of Kent – MSc, UK (2008). He earned his PhD from the University of Bath (in collaboration with Bristol University) in 2012 through a scholarship from Toshiba, Great Western Research, and the Yemeni government. He worked as a Researcher at Sony Corporation in Japan and has been an academic at Birmingham City University since 2014. He has published numerous scientific papers in international conferences.

As Head of the Department of Computer and Data Science, he co-founded the Data Analytics and AI (DAAI) research group, leading six labs on projects in health, sustainability, natural language processing, and computer vision. DAAI has gained national and international recognition under his leadership, overseeing a team of 55 and mentoring emerging researchers.

He has contributed to high profile projects worth £8.25M, serving as PI or Co-PI for six of these (£3.25M) and playing key roles in others (£5M). From 2014 to 2024, he has led collaborative funding applications and managed funded projects nationally and internationally, remaining actively involved in all research aspects.

Prof. Basurra has established UKRI and international consortia with business and academic partners to offer CPD courses for industry professionals. Leading the Software Engineering Track at BCU's Software House, he has engaged with over 142 businesses, benefiting more than 100 through CPD courses and business assists, and delivering impactful solutions for 42 businesses. He has led enterprise initiatives resulting in several Intelligent Products (MVP) including i-Magine Sensor, iRet, SmartSketcher, and Mental Health Dashboard. Notably, he is leading the commercialisation of SmartSketcher, targeting 5% of the homeowner market with a high yield revenue model.

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