About me

I come from Barisal - a small city in the southern part of Bangladesh. I have received my Ph.D. degree from the department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the University of Florida. I was a member of Optima Network Science Lab under the guidance of Professor My T. Thai. Prior to my PhD, I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:

1. M. A. Alim, T. Pan, M. T. Thai and W. Saad, Leveraging Social Communities for Optimizing Cellular Device-to-Device Communications, in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2016.
2. M. A. Alim, A. Ay, M. M. Hasan, M. T. Thai, and T. Kahveci, Construction of Signaling Pathways with RNAi Data and Multiple Reference Networks, accepted with minor revision in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 2016.
3. M. A. Alim, X. Li, N. P. Nguyen, M. T. Thai, and A. Helal, Structural Vulnerability Assessment of Community-based Routing in Opportunistic Networks, in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2016.
4. H. Zhang, M. A. Alim, X. Li and M. T. Thai, Misinformation in Online Social Networks: Detect Them All with Limited Budget, ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 2016.
5. N. P. Nguyen, M. A. Alim, T. N. Dinh, and M. T. Thai, A Method to Detect Communities with Stability in Social Networks, in Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM), 2014.
6. T. N. Dinh, N. P. Nguyen, M. A. Alim, and M. T. Thai, A Near-optimal Adaptive Algorithm for Maximizing Modularity in Dynamic Scale-free Networks, in Journal of Combinatorial Optimization (JOCO), 2013.

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

1. T. Pan, M. A. Alim, X. Li, and M. T. Thai, Breakdown by Rumors: Vulnerability of D2D Communications from Online Social Networks, in the proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (WASA), 2017.
2. A. Kuhnle, T. Pan, V. Crawford, M. A. Alim, and M. T. Thai, Pseudo-Separation for Assessment of Structural Vulnerability of a Network, in ACM SIGMETRICS, 2017.
3. A. Kuhnle, T. Pan, M. A. Alim, and M. T. Thai, Scalable Bicriteria Algorithms for the Threshold Activation Problem in Online Social Networks, in the proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2016.
4. M. A. Alim, A. Ay, M. M. Hasan, M. T. Thai, and T. Kahveci, Multiple Reference Networks Improve Accuracy of Signaling Network Construction, in the proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ACM-BCB), 2015.
5. H. Zhang, M. A. Alim, M. Thai, and H. Nguyen, Monitor Placement to Timely Detect Misinformation in Online Social Networks, in the proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2015.
6. M. A. Alim, N. P. Nguyen, T. N. Dinh, and M. T. Thai, Vulnerability Analysis of Overlapping Communities in Complex Networks, in the proceedings of the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI), 2014.
7. M. A. Alim, A. Kuhnle, and M. T. Thai, Are Communities As Strong As We Think?, in the proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2014.
8. N. P. Nguyen, M. A. Alim, Y. Shen, and M. T. Thai, Assessing Network Vulnerability in a Community Structure Point of View, in the proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2013.
9. M. A. Alim, M. G. Rabbani and M. M. Azad, Structure Determination of Arti cial Neural Network Using Modified Cellular Encoding, in the proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT), 2007.

Research

My current research interests include designing efficient and scalable solutions for problems arising in large-scale graph-based networks. Particularly, I am working on scheduling problems arising in transportation industry which is combinatorial in nature. The optimization algorithms that we are developing have significant impact on real-world performance improvement of complex network problems. I am also focused on designing social-aware solutions for complex network problems particularly developing approximation algorithms for critical node and community detection in online social networks and opportunistic networks including delay tolerant networks and device-to-device communications underlaying cellular networks. Information propagation and viral marketing is another area that intrigues me.

Professional Experience

  • Principal Software Engineer, Optym (January 2017 - Present)
  • Graduate Fellow, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida (August 2012 - December 2016)
  • Lead Engineer, Core and Systems Platform, Grameenphone Limited (August 2007 - Aug 2012)

Honors and Awards

7. Gartner Group Info Tech Fund for outstanding graduate student at CISE, UF 2016
6. NSF Travel Fellowship Award, ACM-BCB 2015
5. CISE Department Student Travel Award, University of Florida 2015
4. ICT scholarship from the Government of Bangladesh, 2014
3. Graduate School Fellowship Award, University of Florida 2012-2016
2. Dean's List Award, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology 2004-2007
1. Merit Scholarship in SSC and HSC, Government of Bangladesh 1999, 2001