Dr Muhammad Azizur Rahman

Lecturer in Data Science

Department: Department of Computer Science

Office/Location: Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus

Telephone:  

Email: mrahman@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Profile Overview

​Dr Muhammad Azizur Rahman is a Lecturer in Data Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is an experienced IT professional and researcher in wide range of topics related to the broad area of Computing/Data Science and user of programming and database querying languages, statistics, Network Simulator, NS-2/NAM, GLOMOSIM, Computer Networks, Communications Software Engineering, Network Simulation methods and tools, Modelling, Formal Ontologies. Rahman has been working with very large databases of routinely collected data as well as computer communications network. Having worked in Medical and Population Health settings, and computer networking, Rahman has experience in working and teaching across different disciplines and within a very multidisciplinary team.

Teaching

​Rahman started his academic career in February 1998, as a Lecturer in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) in the Department of Computer Science, International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Bangladesh, where he worked until September 2002. From September 2002, he joined as a PhD student and worked as a visiting Lecturer (part time) in computing at London Metropolitan University.

From March 2008 to November 2010, Rahman served as an IT Manager at University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Between November 2010 and September 2020 (10 years), Rahman worked in the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank (SAIL Databank), Swansea University. He was a data scientist at Swansea and a member of the SAIL team. He was a manager of the research project called ‘TECC’. He used different healthcare datasets extensively, e.g. GP, Hospital admission-inpatient, outpatient, ONS birth, death, Wales Demographic Service Dataset (WDS), Education dataset, National Community Child Health database (NCCHD) etc and expert in coding (READ CODE, ICD10, OPCS etc.). He took part in teaching and worked with PhD students in different research projects and supported them.

In September 2020, Rahman joined Cardiff Metropolitan University as a Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Technologies.

Research

Dr Rahman's areas of interest include Electronic Health Records (EHL), health data analytics, healthcare domain, machine learning, network simulation methods and tools, Modelling, Communications software engineering, NS2/NAM, Formal Ontologies.  

Examples of past research projects:

  • LDL-cholesterol is inversely associated with risk of heart failure: a replication study of two national databases of linked electronic health records.
  • School achievement as a predictor of depression or self-harm in adolescence- a linked education and health record study. 
  • Rates of complications in children who do not have the MMR vaccination compared to those who are MMR vaccinated.
  • Rate of acute myocardial infarction or stroke among patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis – a retrospective cohort study using routine data.
  • Incidence of Campylobacter and Salmonella infections following first prescription for PPI – a cohort study using routine data.
  • Association of diabetes in pregnancy with child weight at birth, age 12 months and 5 years – a population-based electronic cohort study.
  • Overweight and obesity in pregnancy: health service utilization and costs on the NHS.
  • Does HPV Vaccination Influence Cervical Screening Uptake?”
  • Factors associated with fitness in children aged 11-13 years- A mixed methods approach
  • The cost of ankylosing spondylitis in the UK using linked routine and patient-reported survey data.
  • Obesity in pregnancy: infant health service utilisation and costs on the NHS.
  • Educational attainment at age 10 years predicts health risk behaviours and injury risk during adolescence (12-18 years).
  • Linking Bacteria Genome and Patient Records
  • Tagged Electronics Cohort Cymru  (TECC)
  • Alcohol outlet density and population health
  • Environments for healthy living (EHL)
  • The Caerphilly Health and Social Needs Electronic Cohort Study((E-CATALyST) 
  • The risk of adverse outcomes for older people with dementia prescribed antipsychotic medication
  • Analyze the outcomes following a diagnosis of echogenic bowel during the second trimester, as compared to a control group.

Key Publications

Selected publications:

Book Chapters

1. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “CNMO: Towards the Construction of a Communication Network Modelling Ontology”, Intelligent Engineering Systems and Computational Cybernetics (IESCC), Volume 3, Editors, J. Tenreiro Machado, Bela Patkai, Imre J. Rudas. Springer Publication. 2008, pp143-159. 

2. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, "An Integrated Environment for Network Design and Simulation", Advances in Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering, T. Sobh, K. Elleithy, A. Mahmood & M. Karim (eds.), Springer Publication, 2006. pp316-322.


Edited Book

3. Karim M. Rezaul, Muhammad Azizur Rahman, “Strategic and Pragmatic E-Business: Implications for Future Business Practices”, Edited book publication, Editorial member, IGI Global Publishing (http://www.igi-global.com/), Copyright © 2012. 365 pages.


Journals

4. Sinead Brophy, Charlotte Todd, Muhammad A Rahman, Natasha Kennedy, Frances Rice. Timing of parental depression on risk of child depression and poor educational outcomes: a population based routine data cohort study from Born in Wales, UK. medRxiv, March 2021.

5. Kelly Morgan, Muhammad Rahman, Graham Moore. “Patterning in Patient Referral to and Uptake of a National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) in Wales From 2008 to 2017: A Data Linkage Study”, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 17(11),  June 2020.

6. Annette Evans, Frank Dunstan, David L Fone, Amrita Bandyopadhyay, Behnaz Schofield, Joanne C Demmler, Muhammad A Rahman, Ronan A Lyons, Shantini Paranjothy. “The role of health and social factors in education outcome: A record-linked electronic birth cohort analysis.”  PLoS ONE 08/2019; 14(8),  April 2019.

7. Rahman MA, Charlotte Todd, Ann John, J Kennedy, Brophy S. “School achievement as a predictor of depression or self-harm in adolescence- a linked education and health record study”.  The British Journal of Psychiatry. Mach 2018, p1-7.

8. Shang-Ming Zhou, Rahman A Muhammad, Samuel Sheppard, Robin Howe, Ronan A Lyons, Sinead Brophy. “Mining electronic health records to identify predictive factors associated with hospital admission for Campylobacter infections.” The Lancet, 30 Nov 2017.

9. Demmler J, Hill R, Rahman M, Bandyopadhyay A, Healy M, Paranjothy S, Murphy S, Hewitt G, Watson G, Lyons RA, Brophy S. “Educational attainment at age 10 years predicts health risk behaviours and injury risk during adolescence (12-18 years)”. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2017.

10. MA Rahman, M Kerr, A John, R Potter, J Kennedy, S Brophy. “Trajectory of achievement in primary school and development of mental health conditions in adolescence: a cohort study using linked health and education data”. The Lancet, 30 Nov 2016.

11. Kelly L Morgan, Muhammad A Rahman, Rebecca A Hill, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Ronan A Lyons, Sinead T Brophy. “Obesity in pregnancy: infant health service utilisation and costs on the NHS”. BMJ Open, British Medical Journal Publishing Group, 1 Nov 2015.

12. Husain M J,  Cooksey R, Rahman M A, Atkinson M D, Phillips C J, Siebert S, Brophy S. “The cost of ankylosing spondylitis in the UK using linked routine and patient-reported survey data”. PLoS ONE, July 17, 2015.

13. Richard Charlton, Mike B. Gravenor, Anwen Rees, Gareth Knox, Rebecca Hill, M.A. Rahman, Kerina Jones, Danielle Christian,Julien S Baker , Gareth Stratton, Sinead Brophy. “Factors associated with fitness in children aged 11-13 years- A mixed methods approach”, BMC Public Health 2014, 14:764, 29 July 2014.

14. Helen Beer, Sam Hibbitts, Sinead Brophy, M. A. Rahman and Shantini, Paranjothy, “Does HPV Vaccination Influence Cervical Screening Uptake?”, Vaccine journal, Elsevier Publication. 2014 Apr 1; 32(16):1828-33. April 2014.

15. Kelly L Morgan, Muhammad A Rahman, Rebecca A Hill, Shang-Ming Zhou, Gunnar Bijlsma, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Ronan A Lyons, Sinead T Brophy. “Physical activity and excess weight in pregnancy have independent and unique effects on delivery and perinatal outcomes.”, PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(4),  April 2014. 

16. Kelly L Morgan, Muhammad A Rahman, Steven Macey, Mark Atkinson, Rebecca A Hill, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Jami Hussain and Sinead T Brophy. “Overweight and obesity in pregnancy: health service utilization and costs on the nhs”, BMJ Open, 27 February 2014.

17. Kelly Morgan, Muhammad A Rahman, Rebecca Hill, Mark Atkinson, Ruth Bell, Ashra Khanom, Ronan Lyons, Sinead Brophy. “Association of diabetes in pregnancy with child weight at birth, age 12 months and 5 years – a population-based electronic cohort study”. PLoS ONE 11/2013; 8(11), Nov 2013.

18. Brophy S, Jones KH , Rahman M.A, Atkinson M, Lyons R Dunsten F. “Incidence of Campylobacter and Salmonella infections following first prescription for PPI– a cohort study using routine data.”, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, April 16, 2013.

19. Brophy S., Cooksey R., Atkinson M., Macey S., Rahman M. A., Siebert S. “No increased rate of acute myocardial infarction or stroke among patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis – a retrospective cohort study using routine data”, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, Elsevier Publication, 9 April, 2012.

20. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “Network Modelling and Simulation Tools”, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. International Journal of the Federation of European Simulation Societies – EUROSIM, Elsevier Publication, 2009. pp1011-1031.


Conferences

21. Zhou, Shang-Ming, Muhammad Rahman, Lyons, Ronan, Brophy, Sinead, “Data-driven drug safety signal detection methods in pharmacovigilance using electronic primary care records: A population based study.”, IJPDS (2017) Issue 1, Vol 1:094, Proceedings of the IPDLN Conference, Apr 18, 2017.

22. Shang-Ming Zhou, Muhammad Rahman, Mark Atkinson and Sinead Brophy, “Mining Textual Data from Primary Healthcare Records - Automatic Identification of Patient Phenotype Cohorts”, 2014 IEEE world congress on computational intelligence (WCCI 2014), July 6-11, Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China. 2014.

23. Joanne Demmler, Melanie Hyatt, Sarah Rodgers, Shantini Paranjothy, Frank Dunstan, David Fone, Gareth John, John Watkins, Mark Kelly, Annette Evans, Muhammad Rahman, Ronan Lyons, “Using routine data to build the Wales Electronic Cohort for Children (WECC)”,  Population Health Methods and Challenges Conference, Birmingham, April 2012.

24. Aqeel Ahmed, Karim Mohammed Rezaul, Muhammad Azizur Rahman,“E-Banking and Its Impact on Banks’ Performance and Consumers’ Behaviour”, Proc. of the Fourth International Conference on Digital Society (ICDS 2010), February 10-16, 2010, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

25. Md Delwar Hussain Mahdi, Karim Mohammed Rezaul, Muhammad Azizur Rahman, “Credit Fraud Detection in the Banking Sector in UK: A Focus on E-Business”, Proc. of the Fourth International Conference on Digital Society (ICDS 2010), February 10-16, 2010, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

26. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “A comparison of models designed using different kinds of network simulation tools”, Proc. of the 8th EPSRC Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (EPSRC PGNet 2007), Liverpool John Moores University, June 28-28, 2007, Liverpool, UK.

27. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “Network Modelling and Simulation Tools”, Proc. of the 8th EPSRC Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (EPSRC PGNet 2007), Liverpool John Moores University, June 28-29, 2007, Liverpool, UK. 

28. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “Towards Communications Network Modelling Ontology for Designers and Researchers”, 10th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Engineering Systems 2006 (INES 2006), June 26-28, 2006. London. 

29. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “Network Topology Generation and Discovery Tools”, Proc. of the 7th EPSRC Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (EPSRC PGNet 2006), Liverpool John Moores University, June 26-27, 2006, Liverpool, UK.

30. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “An Integrated Environment for Network Design and Simulation”, Proc. of the International IEEE Conference on Telecommunications and Networking (TeNe 05), December 10-20, 2005. University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, USA, pp315-322.

31. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “NeDaSE: A Bridge Between Network Topology Generator, Network Design and Simulation Tools”, Proc. of the EUROCON 2005 - The International IEEE Conference on Computer as a tool, November 21-24, 2005, Sava Center, Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro, pp1675- 1678. 

32. Khaled Mahbub, Muhammad Azizur Rahman, “Web Based Simulation: Review of Recent Developments”, Proc. of the EUROSIS 2005, October 24-26, 2005, Porto, Portugal. 

33. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “LNMet-X: A language for Network Meta-description Used for Integration of Tools”, Proc. of the 2005 International IEEE Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2005), September 15-17, 2005, Split, Marina Frapa, Croatia. 

34. Algirdas Pakstas, Muhammad Azizur Rahman, “Incompatibility of Network Design and Simulation Tools and An Approach to Integration”, Proc. of the 6th EPSRC Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (EPSRC PGNet 2005), Liverpool John Moores University, June 27-28, 2005, Liverpool, UK. pp529-535.

35. Muhammad Azizur Rahman, Algirdas Pakstas, Frank Zhigang Wang, “An Approach to Integration of Network Design and Simulation tools”, Proc. of the 8th International IEEE Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL 2005), June 15-17, 2005. Zagreb, Croatia. pp273-280.

Other Projects and activities

​Rahman likes to play Chess. He is involved with charity work.

External Links

​Rahman is involved with couple of research projects with Swansea University, SAIL databank. He also worked in several collaborative research projects with Cardiff University, UCL etc.