Talal Abdul Ghani Shaikh

MSc in IT (Software Engineering)

Associate Professor
School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Talal Abdul Ghani Shaikh


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Programme Director of BSc CS (AI) & MSc Software Engineering


Talal Shaikh is Undergraduate Director of Studies at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS). Some of the subjects he teaches are Intelligent Robotics, Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK.

He is an industry-turned academic with more than 10 years of industrial experience. Previously he was Chief Information Officer at a law firm where he managed several internal software development projects. Prior to this, he worked as a Software Engineer for an international company specialising in software solutions and consulting services for traffic and transportation, mobility, and logistics. 

His ongoing research covers computer vision, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, Machine to Machine (M2M) technologies and the Internet of Things. His academic area of interest also covers student learning and student experience.


Data science, machine learning, computer vision, M2M, IOT, pervasive and ubiquitous computing and semantic web.


A Context Aware Prototype Application for University Students and Lecturers
Nuzhat, S., Shaikh, T. & Ismail, S., 8 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops). IEEE, p. 155-160 6 p.

MicroCEA: Developing a Personal Urban Smart Farming Device
Stevens, J. D. & Shaikh, T., 22 Nov 2018, 2018 2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Smart Cities (ICSGSC). IEEE, p. 49-56 8 p.

Empirical Evaluation of the Performance of Feature Selection Approaches on Random Forest
Kumar, S. S. & Shaikh, T., 23 Oct 2017, 2017 International Conference on Computer and Applications (ICCA). IEEE, p. 227-231 5 p.

EnSense-A commonality checker for Semantic Web
Ismail, S. & Shaikh, T., 5 Oct 2017, 2017 International Conference on I-SMAC (IoT in Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) (I-SMAC). IEEE, p. 430-435 6 p.

Transition from Passive Learner to Critical Evaluator through Peer-Testing of Programming Artefacts
Grov, G., Hamdan, M., Kumar, S., Maarek, M., McGregor, L., Shaikh, T., Wells, J. B. & Zantout, H., 8 Nov 2017, In : New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences. 12, 1
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Using Mobile Phone Based Camera to Read Information from a Li-Fi Source
Damodaran, S., Shaikh, T. & Taylor, N. K., 16 Jan 2017, 2016 21st International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS). IEEE, p. 165-170 6 p.

Aura Minora: A user centric IOT architecture for Smart City
Shaikh, T., Ismail, S. & Stevens, J. D., 10 Nov 2016, Proceedings of the International Conference on Big Data and Advanced Wireless Technologies 2016. ACM, 59