Director of Institute For Artificial Intelligence and Big Data (AIBIG)



Artificial Intelligence

The ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform
tasks commonly asssociated with intelligent beings.


Machine Learning

Scientific study of algorithms and statistical models to perform a
specific task without using explicit instructions,
but only relying on patterns and inference.


Big Data

Large volume of data – both structured and unstructured –
inundates a business on a day-to-day basis.


Data Science

Multi-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes,
algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from
structured and unstructured data.


Bioinformatics &
Computational Biology

An interdisciplinary field that develops and applies computational methods
to anaylze large collections of biological data, such as genetic
sequences, cell populations or protein samples, to make
new preditions or discover new biology.


Dr. Mohd Saberi Mohamad is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at Department of Data Science in Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). He received Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Science from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia) in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Later in 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in the area of Artificial Intelligence for Bioinformatics within 2.5 years at Osaka Prefecture University (Japan). His research areas are Bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Computational Biology. He has received the 2018 Malaysia’s Research Star Award in the category of young researchers by the Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education. He also received several other awards such as an outstanding reviewer for Journal of Neurocomputing (1st Quartile) and Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (1st Quartile), university excellent service awards, best paper awards in several conferences, and awarded scholarships for studies in Degree, Master, and Ph.D.

He has been the project leader for 19 research grants and the project member for 20 research grants. He has also published 121 articles in the international refereed journals (58 articles indexed by ISI-Web of Science and 63 articles indexed by Scopus), 95 articles at international conferences, 67 book chapters, five research books, nine edited books, and one original book. His H-Index is 25 (Google Scholar), 15 (Scopus), and 13 (ISI-Web of Science). The number of citations of his Scopus articles is 1225. He is also an active reviewer for 33 journals that indexed by ISI-Web of Science and Scopus. Apart from being an active reviewer, he is an article evaluator for 32 international conferences in several countries such as Europe, ASEAN, Spain, US, China, Japan, Australia, and Korea.

In term of professional services. Previously, he was a Director for the Institute For Artificial Intelligence and Big Data and a founder of the Department of Data Science in Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). He has also been appointed as a head of taskforces to collaborate with giant digital industries such as Huawei, Microsoft, and Alibaba, and several international universities in Japan and Europe. Additionally, he has appointed as a University Senate member in UMK. Also, he was a Deputy Director (Academic) of Centre For Communication and Informatics. He also has been a head of the Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics Research Group and an IT Manager in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Before that, he was a program coordinator for Bachelor of Computer Science (Bioinformatics) and a fellow of student residence. He has also involved in the formation of the curriculum at the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels for Computer Science, IT, AI, and Data Science with different roles such as advisor, head, and member. He also headed several student exchanges programs (outbound and inbound) at international levels. Overall, he has experience as head and of 68 academic and research committees at the faculty (29), university (27), national (9), and international levels (3). Moreover, he also has been appointed as an advisory board for Artificial Intelligence Research Institute and IoT Digital Innovation Hub in Europe. He served as seven chairman and 39 members of the committees for several international conferences in Europe, ASEAN, Japan, US, Australia, China, and Malaysia. He has also been designated as an accreditation panel to Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) to review academic programs in the field of Bioinformatics since 2013.

In the aspect of teaching, he has taught 12 varieties of courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Seminar For Industrial Revolution 4.0, Introduction To Big Data Analytics, Object Oriented Programming, Programming Techniques I, Programming Techniques II, Introduction to Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics I, Genome Mining, Special Topics in Bioinformatics, Technology & Information Systems, and Multimedia Basic & Web Technology.

Besides teaching, he also actively contributed as the main supervisor for seven Ph.D. students (all graduated), and a co-supervisor for four Ph.D. students (3 graduated, 1 on-going). Then, he is also the main supervisor for 10 Master by Full Research students (all graduated) and a co-supervisor for five Master by Full Research students (2 graduated, 3 on-going). Moreover, he was the main supervisor for 60 undergraduate students, and 23 undergraduate students are under joint supervision. He has also been a supervisor of 35 practical/industrial training students at various ICT industrial sectors.

Besides, he had been asked as an invited speaker at the Scientific Workshop of the EU-ASEAN Computational Biology at Malaysia Genome Institute (Malaysia) in 2011, at the German-ASEAN Science & Technology Network Workshop (Singapore) in 2012, at the International Seminar of Robotic for Bio-production Systems and Agriculture at Brawijaya University (Indonesia) in 2013, and at the Department of Statistics Malaysia in 2018. Not only being the invited speaker in those academic workshops, he was also invited by Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka Institute of Technology (Japan) to deliver lectures to their student and staff.

In the meantime, he was appointed as a head officer for the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Osaka Institute of Technology (Japan) and the Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics Research Group (AIBIG) from UTM. Then, he was again appointed as a head officer for MoU and the memorandum of agreement (MoA) between Salamanca University (Spain) and AIBIG. Apart from that, he was also involved as a head for an industry MoU between Institute For Artificial Intelligence and Big Data from UMK, and UMW Limited. Through the involvement with the MoU and MoA, various activities have been successfully carried out such as research project, joint publication, joint conference, the appointment of visiting professors, student exchange, and staff exchange.