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Athabasca University


Dr. Larbi Esmahi

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director - School of Computing and Information Systems


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Education | Teaching Responsibilities | Academic Experience | Research Profiles and Interests | Publications | Research Supervision | Other Interests |


2000 University of Montreal, Canada PhD Electrical Engineering
1993 National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Morocco MSc Computer Engineering
1988 National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Morocco BSc Computer Engineering

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Comp 378: Introduction to Database Management
  • Comp 418: Database Tuning and Distributed Database Systems
  • Comp 456: Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems
  • Comp 452: Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers
  • Comp 682: Data Mining

Academic Experience

July 2001- Present Athabasca University, Canada Associate Professor
December 1999- June 2001 National Research Council Canada Research Officer
August 1996- November 1999 Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM) Research Assistant and PhD student
From June 1988- to August 1995 Various industrial companies and for the Moroccan government. Computer Engineer

Research Profiles and Interests

  • Distributed Artificial Intelligence.
  • Cooperation in multi-agent systems.
  • Fuzzy logic and soft-computing.
  • E-services creation and provisioning.
  • E-commerce, automating the negotiation process for e-commerce contracts.
  • E-learning and Government on-line.



  • Badidi E., Esmahi L. A Scalable Framework for Policy-based QoS Management in SOA Environments. Submitted to the Journal of Software (JSW), special issue on Middleware and Network Applications.
  • Badidi E., Esmahi L. A Scalable Framework for Provisioning Context-aware Application Services with High-quality Context Information. The International Journal of ACM Jordan, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp 86-97, September 2010.
  • Elarbi Badidi, M. Vall Mohamed Salem, Salah Bouktif, and Larbi Esmahi. A Web Services based Framework for Uniform Integration of Command-line Bioinformatics Software Tools. The International Journal on Web Services Practices, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp: 36-43, 2009.


Book Chapters:

  • Elarbi Badidi, M. Adel Serhani, Larbi Esmahi. A Policy-based Framework for QoS Management in Service Oriented Environments. Book chapter, in Innovations and Advances in Computer Sciences and Engineering. Tarek Sobh, Editor, Springer Netherlands, pp. 467-472, 2010. (a revised version of the paper published in WINSYS'09)
  • Elarbi Badidi, Esmahi Larbi. Personalized Web Service Provisioning to Mobile Users Using Policy-Based Profile and QOS Management. Book chapter, to appear in E-Strategies for Resource Management Systems: Planning and Implementation, Eshaa M. Alkhalifa, Editor, Idea Group Inc. (IGI), 2010.


Conference Papers:

  • Badidi E., Esmahi L. A quality of context driven approach for the selection of context services. In proceedings of the International Conference on e-Business, ICE-B 2010. July 26-28th, 2010, Athens, Greece.
  • Badidi E., Esmahi L. Toward the integration of bioinformatics data and services using SOA and Mashups. Poster presentation in the 5th International Conference on Software and Data Technologies ICSOFT 2010. July 22-24th, 2010, Athens, Greece.
  • Badidi E., Esmahi L., Serhani M.A., Ikbal T., A QoS-Broker Based Framework for Personalized Web Services Provisioning to Mobile Users,  In Proceedings of The International Conference on Wireless Information Networks and Systems (WINSYS'09), Milan, Italy, July 2009.




Research Supervision

  • Knowledge Uncertainty in Intelligent Systems: the case of E-services
  • Equity Prediction Using Neural Networks and Technical Aanalysis
  • Design and implementation of a Neuro-Fuzzy engine
  • Uncertainty representation agent's knowledge base
  • Intelligent Decision support system for Costs analysis
  • Integrated Maintenance Reporting Using Data Warehousing

Other Interests

  • Logic Models.
  • Knowledge Uncertainty Models 

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