Ziad KOBTI, Ph.D.


Director and Associate Professor

School of Computer Science, University of Windsor

401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario,

Canada, N9B-3P4

Tel. +1.519. 253.3000 ext. 3792 /  Fax. +1.519. 973.7093

email : kobti@uwindsor.ca

Curriculum Vitae

July 2012



Dr. Ziad Kobti completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in computer science in 2004 from Wayne State University, Michigan, USA, in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). He completed his Bachelor of Science, Honours degree (B.Sc.H.) majoring in Biological and Computer Sciences in 1996 followed by a Masters of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Computer Science both from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Ziad was a graduate of F.J. Brennan High School in Windsor (1992) with honours society distinction and a U of Windsor entrance scholarship.


Dr. Kobti’s teaching experience took off as a continuing education instructor and part-time faculty at St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology since 1998, teaching a variety of computer courses such as programming (Java, C++, VB, PHP, X/HTML, JavaScript, MySQL), networking and operating systems (LAN, WAN, TCP/IP, Novell, Unix), and other software engineering courses.

In addition, Dr. Kobti developed and taught new custom courses such as Java, C/C++, and Object Oriented Programming, and trained IT departments as a self-employed consultant as well as an industry trainer and educator at Epcom Corporation in Michigan.

Between 1992 and 2001 Dr. Kobti worked a number of part-time and full-time jobs in the Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI region in positions including: Technologist, Programmer Analyst (St. Clair College MIS/Operations), and Programmer (TST Expedited Services Inc.).


In January 2005 Dr. Kobti was appointed to a tenure track Assistant Professor position at Windsor. He was also appointed an adjunct faculty at Wayne State shortly afterwards in order to pursue further research collaborations. In 2009 he was appointed as Adjunct Researcher at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington with the department of Anthropology. Dr. Kobti received his early tenure in July 2009 and promoted to Associate Professor in July 2011. Dr. Kobti was then appointed as the Director to the School of Computer Science to begin July 2012 for a 5 years term.


Service and community presence are daily aspects of Dr. Kobti’s contribution. As the chair of the Recruitment and Liaison committee at the School of Computer Science he successfully organized the annual Windsor Regional Secondary School Computer Programming Competition since 2004. Coached ACM-ICPC Windsor teams for many years and hosted the local and Regional (East Central Region) competition at Windsor since 2010. He organized various teacher and student events, giving public talks and invited talks at schools, constantly promoting Computer Science in the community by getting involved with mentoring students, teachers, community leaders and parents. Dr. Kobti received a number of awards including the most recent Faculty of Science’s Faculty Performance Award in 2011. Dr. Kobti served on various committees around campus including the Student Senate and WUFA.


Dr.Kobti expanded his research lab to establish the Centre of Applied Social Intelligent Systems (CenAppSIS) as a necessity to meet the growing demands of interdisciplinary research work. Intrigued by simulating artificial social systems, Dr. Kobti’s research areas encapsulated software engineering of complex systems, multi-agent systems, distributed AI, evolutionary computing and affective computing to name a few. On one hand modeling artificial societies is a fascinating subject with many computational challenges, while on the other hand it is an important AI tool for analysis and decision support – currently being applied in health care management and safety systems, archaeology, and even mould design technology; all funded projects by major agencies. Dr. Kobti received various funding from various federal Canadian, provincial and US government agencies including NSERC Discovery, National Science Foundation (NSF), NCE Auto-21, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), FedDev, and multiple internal grants.


Dr. Kobti was program co-chair of the prestigious Canadian AI (2007) and co-editor of its proceedings, and local organizer for CanAI/GI/CRV/IS (2008) and IEEE-EIT (2010). His sits on the editorial board of the IJSIR journal and reviewer for IEEE-TEC, and many other journals and conferences, organizations and publishers. Notably, an invited speaker for NSF-IPEM at WSU, ACIT2012, and YSTOP Science Cafe.


Dr. Kobti trains his students to become avid researchers and encourage them to publish their findings in refereed venues. As of He has successfully supervised to completion 15 graduate students since he debuted as a graduate faculty in January 2005 including 1 Ph.D. He also supervises numerous undergraduate projects, outstanding scholars, and coop students on a regular basis.


Selected publications:


Kobti, Ziad et al, Towards a 'Just-in-Time' Distributed Decision Support System in Health Care Research, Supporting Real Time Decision-Making, Vol. 13, Springer, 2011, Editor(s) - Burstein, Frada;Brézillon, Patrick; Zaslavsky, Arkady, Annals of Information Systems, 1st Edition, December, ISBN: 978-1-4419-7405-1.


Kobti, Ziad et al, Agent based Modeling and Simulation as a Tool for Decision Support for Managing Patient Falls in a Dynamic Hospital Setting, Decision Support, Vol. 14, Springer, 2011, Editor(s) - Schuff, D.; Paradice, D.; Burstein, F.; Power, D.J.; Sharda, R. (Eds.), Annals of Information Systems, 1st Edition, January, ISBN: 978-1-4419-6180-8.


Cockburn, Denton; Kobti, Ziad, Agent Specialization in Complex Social Swarms, Innovations in Swarm Intelligence, 77-89, 248, Springer, 2009, Editor(s) - Chee Peng Lim and Lakhmi C. Jain and Satchidananda Dehuri, Studies in Computational Intelligence, ISBN: 978-3-642-04224-9.


Timothy A. Kohler, C. David Johnson, Mark Varien, Scott Ortman, Robert Reynolds, Ziad Kobti, Jason Cowan, Kenneth Kolm, Schaun Smith, and Lorene Yap, Chapter 4:Settlement Ecodynamics in the Prehispanic Central Mesa Verde Region, Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems, 61-104, SAR Press, Santa Fe (School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience), 2007, Editor(s) - Timothy A. Kohler and Sander E. van der Leeuw.


Kobti, Ziad, Village Ecodynamics Exchange, Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages Models of Central Mesa Verde Archaeology, Chapter 11, University of California Press, 2012, Editor(s) - Timothy A. Kohler, Mark D. Varien.


Kobti, Ziad; Reynolds, Robert, G.; Kohler, Timothy, A, The emergence of social network hierarchy using cultural algorithms, The international journal on artificial intelligence tools, 15(6), 963-978, 2006,


Reynolds, Robert, G.; Kobti, Ziad; Kohler, Timothy, A.; Yap, Lorene, Unravelling ancient mysteries: re-imaging the past using evolutionary computation in a complex gaming environment, IEEE transactions on evolutionary computation, 707-720, 2005, December, Special issue on evolutionary computation and games.


Reynolds, Robert, G; Kohler, Timothy, A.; Kobti, Ziad, The effects of generalized reciprocal exchange on the resilience of social networks: an example from the prehispanic Mesa Verde region, Journal of computational and mathematical organization theory (Klewer academic publishers/Springer Netherlands), 227-254, 2003, October, Special issue on sociocultural evolution.