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Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Ahmed Hamed, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD, University of Vermont
  • MS, Indiana University
  • BComm, Ain Shams University – Egypt


Professor Ahmed Abdeen Hamed is a researcher and professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. Professor Hamed teaches algorithms design and analysis, introduction to computer systems, and operating systems while also participating as a visiting scientist in Dr. Barbasi’s Lab at the center for complex network research. His research interests include mining social media for health-related issues, fact checking, and user ranking. He currently works with Merck and Co. Inc. and was featured in Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” issue of 2016 for his research. His research has been featured on news websites such as Yahoo, Science Daily,, and Vermont ABC local news. Professor Hamed earned his PhD. from the University of Vermont, his Master of Computer Science from Indiana University, and his Bachelor of Commerce from Ain Shams University.


Quincy, Massachusetts

Field of research/teaching

Network Science, Social Media Mining

What is your educational background?

PhD of Computer Science, University of Vermont, 2014. Master of Computer Science, Indiana University, 2005. Bachelor of Commerce, Ain Shams University, 1991.

What is your research focus?

My research interests include mining social media for health-related issues (e.g., adverse side effects and food and disease), social media ranking that is strictly based on content contribution and membership to facts, and social media fact checking and fake facts discovery. I developed the theoretical foundation of a novel network science platform for discovering knowledge on social media, and my research has further developed to break new grounds in Climate Change, Smoking Cessation, Adverse Side Effects, and recently Food and Disease links.

What courses/subjects do you teach?

I teach algorithms design and analysis, introduction to computer systems, and operating systems.

What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about what you teach?

I enjoy teaching students how to think computationally to solve problems. It is most rewarding to watch a video on National Geographic with my students and work together to design algorithms that are biologically inspired by the behavior and strategies that animals demonstrate.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I was born and raised in Cairo Egypt until I acquired my Bachelor of Commerce. My defining years of adulthood were spent in Ottawa ON, Canada, and Bloomington, Indiana where I studied Computer Science, and also became a mature thinker and problem solver.

Where did you study?

I studied computer science at Indiana University in Bloomington. It was my choice to attend Indiana University as they have the best school of Informatics in the nation. I love Boston and I

have been always fascinated by Dr. Barabasi’s research work. I am very pleased to be a Visiting Scientist in his lab.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I am currently affiliated with Merck and Co. Inc. My research has been featured on their front page under “Inventors of the Future.”