Faraz Zaidi

I am the research co-ordinator of the Data Mining and Visual Analytics group at KIET.
Visit this web page to find out more about this research group My research interests are Social Network Analysis, Data Mining, Visual Analytics, Graphs and Algorithms.



PhD in Data Mining and Visual Analytics from LaBRI, University of Bordeaux 1, France.

MS Algorithms, Complexity and Networks from University of Montpellier 2, France.

MS Software Engineering, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan.

BS Computer Science, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.

Visiting Faculty at Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi.

Lecturer, College of Management and Information Technology

Software Engineer, Bite IT Consultants

Journal Publications
  • Zaidi, F. Small World Networks and Clustered Small World Networks with Random Connectivity. Social Network Analysis and Mining, Springer Wien, 1-13. 2012.
  • Ducruet, C.& Zaidi, F. Maritime constellations: a complex network approach to shipping and ports Maritime Policy & Management, 2012, 39, 151-168.
  • Gilbert, F.; Simonetto, P.; Zaidi, F.; Jourdan, F. & Bourqui, R. Communities and Hierarchical Structures in Dynamic Social Networks: Analysis and Visualization. Social Network Analysis and Mining, Springer Wien, 2011, 1, 83-95.
  • Ducruet, C.; Rozenblat, C. & Zaidi, F. Ports in multi-level maritime networks: Evidence from the Atlantic (1996-2006). Journal of Transport Geography, 2010, 18, 508 – 518. (Impact Factor=1.42, 2010)
Conference Publications


  • Zaidi, F. & Melançon, G. Topological Decomposition and Heuristics for High Speed Clustering of Complex Networks, EGC 2012, Extraction et Gestion de Connaissance, 2012, RNTI.
  • Zaidi, F.; Archambault, D. & Melançon, G. Evaluating the Quality of Clustering Algorithms Using Cluster Path Lengths, Advances in Data Mining. Applications and Theoretical Aspects, 10th Industrial Conference, ICDM, 2010, 42-56.
  • Sallaberry, A., Zaidi, F., Pich, C. & Melançon, G. Interactive Visualization and Navigation of Web Search Results Revealing Community Structures and Bridges. Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2010, 2010. 105-112.
  • Koenig, P., Zaidi, F. & Archambault D. Interactive Searching and Visualization of Patterns in Attributed Graphs. Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2010, 2010. 113-120.
  • Zaidi, F.; Sallaberry, A. & Melançon, G. Revealing Hidden Community Structures and Identifying Bridges in Complex Networks: An Application to Analyzing Contents of Web Pages for Browsing, WI-IAT 2009. Proceedings f the 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, 2009, 198-205.
  • Bourqui, R.; Gilbert, F.; Simonetto, P.; Zaidi, F.; Sharan, U. & Jourdan, F. Detecting Structural Changes and Command Hierarchies in Dynamic Social Networks, Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2009, IEEE Computer Society, 2009. 83-88.
  • Saleem, H. & Zaidi, F. Identification and Realization of Trace Relationships within Requirements. International Conference on Software Engineering, ISE'06, SoftResearch, 2006, 1, 28-31.
  • Hussain, S. & Zaidi, F. Semantic based classification of search enhancements, Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Emerging Technologies, 2005, 226-229.
  • Hussain, S. & Zaidi, F. A Study of Search Enhancements and Relevant Strategies, National Conference on Information Technology and Applications, NCITA, 2005, 67-75.
Short Papers - Technical Reports - Posters
  • César Ducruet, Marine Le Cam and Faraz Zaidi. Europe in Global Maritime Networks, Proceedings format concluding event of FP7 Project EuroBroadMap – Visions of Europe in the World, 1-2 December 2011, Rouen, France.
  • Zaidi, F. and Melançon, G. Organization of Information for the Web using Hierarchical Fuzzy Clustering Algorithm based on Co-Occurrence Networks, WI-IAT 2010: Proceedings f the 2010 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, 2010. 421-424.
  • P. Simonetto, P.-Y. Koenig, F. Zaidi, D. Archambault, F. Gilbert, T. T. Phan Quang, M. Mathiaut, A. Lambert, J. Dubois, R. Sicre, M. Brulin, R. Vieux, G. Melançon. Solving the Traffic and Flitter Challenges with Tulip, in: IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology VAST 2009, 2009, 247-248.
  • Bourqui, R.; Zaidi, F.; Gilbert, F.; Sharan, U. & Simonetto, P. VAST 2008 Challenge: Social network dynamics using cell phone call patterns IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2008, 2008.


  • Doctoral Thesis: Analysis, Structure and Organization of Complex Networks, LaBRI, University of Bordeaux 1, France.Download: Thesis, Download: Presentation
  • Masters Thesis 1: Protection of Color Information of Images by Inserting Hidden Data, LIRMM ,University of Montpellier 2,Montpellier, France.
  • Masters Thesis 2: Study of Search Enhancements in Search Algorithms, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan.


  • Invited Speaker/Guest Speaker
  1. FCS-IBA, My Story of getting a PhD, 2011.
  2. ICICT 2011, Workshop on Visual Analytics using TULIP, 2011.
  3. Biztek University, Data Mining and Visual Analytics, 2011.
  4. NED University, Artificial Intelligence and Document Organization, 2011.
  5. INMIC 2011, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Fuzzy Sets and Visual Analytics, 2011.
  6. Bahria University, Karachi Campus. Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Me, 2012.
  • Reviewer: For the Journals: SNAM (Social Network Analysis and Mining), Connections, Journal of Internet Technology and for the Conferences: VAST (Visual Analytics Science and Technology), IHM (Interface human-machine).
  • Program Committee Member: MajecSTIC 2010, Bordeaux (MAnifestation des JEunes Chercheurs en Sciences et Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication).
  • HEC (Govt. of Pakistan) Approved Ph.D. Supervisor for Higher Studies in Pakistan.
  • Student Organizer: Eurovis 2010, Bordeaux. Eurographics/IEEE Symposium on Visualization.
  • Winner VisWeek VAST contest 2009: Member of the team that participated in the 2009 Contest and won two awards for Traffic Mini Challenge: Innovative visualization & excellent description and Flitter Mini Challenge: Representation of uncertainty in rules & in visualization.
  • Best Paper Nominations: Nominated twice for Best Paper Awards at EGC 2010 and ICDM 2010.