Mohammed Amin Abdullah

Senior Researcher, Noah's Ark Lab Paris, Huawei Technologies Ltd.

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I am a Senior Researcher in Noah's Ark Lab Paris, Huawei Technologies Ltd.. Noah's Ark is Huawei's Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning research lab, with various locations in China, Europe and North America.

I joined Noah's Ark in Jan 2017. From Jan 2015-Dec 2016, I was in Huawei's Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, where my work emphasis was on problems related to network optimisation.

Previously, I was a Research Fellow (post-doc) in the School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham, working with Nikolaos Fountoulakis, and before that, a Research Associate with Moez Draief at Imperial College London. I did my PhD with Colin Cooper at King's College London.

Between degrees, I worked as a software developer with IPL in Bath, Somerset, and Detica (now part of BAE Systems) in Guildford, Surrey.


Research interests

Current research interests are in reinforcement learning and its variations, optimisation, online learning and decision-making.

In the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, I mainly worked on algorithms for flow routing with constraints, traffic prediction/time series analysis, and applications to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV). I also did a project on transport mode detection from mobile phone sensor data, where the goal was to develop an algorithm to guess the transport mode (car, bus, train, etc) in real time from the gyro, magnetometer and accelerometer time series.

Prior to Huawei, my research was - broadly speaking - in random graphs and random processes on graphs. In particular, I worked on cover time of random walks, structural properties of random graphs, epidemics, local-majority dynamics and boostrap percolation.