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Mohammad Noorbakhsh

I am a PhD student at the Mathematics for Real-World Systems CDT, based in the Centre for Complexity Science. My research aims to improve the predictability of meteorological drought in Africa with a time lead of 12 months using data-driven approaches. It is supervised by Professor Colm Connaughton and Dr Francisco Rodrigues. I was an Engage@TuringLink opens in a new window student at the Alan Turing InstituteLink opens in a new window from January to September 2021. Before joining Mathsys, I worked in the financial services industry for several years. My research interests are Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Time Series, and Causality applied in real-world problems such as climate and finance and their applications in other scientific fields.

  • Aug. 2019: Cambridge Networks Day
  • Sept. 2019: Data Study Group - Project by STC -" Bandwidth allocation for mobile users: a solution for rural and urban areas" at the Alan Turing Institute, UK.
  • Nov. 2019: SPAAM Seminar Series - contributed talk: "Causal Network Discovery from Climate time series".
  • Mar. 2020: MISS Research Group - contributed talk: "Reinforcement Learning for FX trading".
  • Sept. 2020: 10th International Conference on Climate Informatics - poster: "Discovering Causal factors of drought in Ethiopia".
  • Nov. 2020: Warwick AI Quant Insights x Designing Intelligence - invited talk: "AI in FX".
  • Feb. 2021: Engage@Turing Student Research Showcase - poster: "Discovering Causal factors of drought".
  • Sept. 2021: Turing Community Week - contributed talk: "Prediction of the spatial extent of drought".
  • Noorbakhsh, Mohammad, Colm Connaughton, and Francisco A. Rodrigues. (2020). "Discovering causal factors of drought in Ethiopia." Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Climate Informatics. 2020.
  • Data Study Group team. (2021). Data Study Group Summary: STC. Zenodo.
  • Noorbakhsh, M and Connaughton, C (2022) "Prediction of Drought’s Spatial Extent", In Prep, intended to submit to the environmental data science journal.
  • Jan. to Mar. 2020: Lab Tutor - Big Data Analytics course at the Warwick Business School.
  • Artificial Intelligence for trading in financial markets: Developing trading strategies in the Forex market using Supervised Machine/Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning.
  • Machine learning in Julia: Performed a review of the Julia machine learning ecosystem and the development of packages leading to a proof-of-concept of the MLJ machine learning framework.
  • Machine Learning for Drug Discovery: Applied machine learning/deep learning to identify active chemical compounds.
  • Implementation of Machine Learning Algorithms in R: Neural Network, Nearest Neighbour, Linear and Quadric Discriminant analysis, decision stumps (DS) and boosted decision stumps (BDS), kernel ridge regressions and hierarchical agglomerative clustering.
  • MSc Mathematics for Real-World Systems – University of Warwick, UK
    Thesis title: “Network analysis of African rainfall patterns”
  • MSc Data Science and Analytics – Royal Holloway University of London, UK
    Thesis title: “Machine Learning for Drug Discovery”
  • MSc Finance and Management - Cranfield University. UK
    Thesis title: “Stock returns, dividend yields, and volatility: Evidence from Hong Kong market”
  • BSc Computer Engineering - Sharif University of Technology, Iran


m dot noorbakhsh at warwick dot ac dot uk