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Neda Alipanah, PhD

Neda Alipanah

University of California, San Diego

Division of Biomedical Informatics
9500 Gilman Dr., Bldg 2 #0203E
La Jolla, California 92093-0505

Phone: +1-858-2461129


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science - The University of Texas – Dallas
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science - The University of Texas – Dallas
  • M.Sc. in Information Technology - The University of Liverpool ( U.K.)
  • B.S. in  Software Engineering - Iran National University (Shahid Beheshti)

Research Interest

  • Knowledge Presentation , Integration and Discovery
  • Semantic Web and Reasoning
  • Bioinformatics and Biomedical Ontologies
  • Efficient Algorithms for Ontology Computation
  • Ontology Ranking, Ontology Alignment 
  • Cloud Computing & Hadoop
  • Policy Models Mapping to  Semantic Web


  • PFINDR: Phenotype Finder IN Data Resources - OER Home - NIH
  • Reasoning on Attribute Based Access Control  Using  OWL+ XACML 
  • Query Expansion for Large Scale Ontologies using Cloud and  Map-Reduce Framework
  • Ontology-driven Query Expansion in Federated Architecture
  • Ontology Alignment using Ontology Graphs
  • Content-based Ontology Matching
  • Ranking Ontologies using Verified Entities for Federated Queries

Academic Activities /Membership

  • Reviewer in Journal of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
  • Reviewer in Journal of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC).
  • Reviewer in Semantic Web Journal. 
  • Reviewer in ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS.
  • Reviewer in Journal of Universal Computer Science.
  • Reviewer in the 14th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD).
  • IEEE Associate Member.
  • University of Texas at Dallas Alumni.
  • University of Liverpool Alumni.

Selected Publications

  • N. Alipanah, K. Lin, V. Venkatesh, L. Ohno-Machado, H.Kim, Phenotype Information Retrieval for Existing GWAS Studies, AMIA Joint Summit 2013, San Francisco, CA.
  • M. Grando, A. Boxwala, R. Schwas, N. Alipanah, Ontological Approach for the Management of Informed Consent Permissions for Research Studies, The Second IEEE Conference on Health Care Informatics, Imaging and System Biology (HISB 2012), La Jolla, CA.
  • N. Alipanah, H. Kim, L. Ohno-Machado, Building an Ontology of Phenotypes for Existing GWAS Studies, The Second IEEE Conference on Health Care Informatics, Imaging and System Biology (HISB 2012), La Jolla, CA. (Best Poster)
  • N.  Alipanah, L. Khan, B. Thurasingham, Optimized ontology-driven query expansion using map-reduce framework to facilitate federated queries,  International Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering , June 2012.
  • N.  Alipanah,  L. Khan,  B. Thurasingham, Federated Query Processing Using Ontology Structure and Ranking, To appear in IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) Journal, June 2012.
  • N.  Alipanah, P. Parveen, L. Khan, B. Thurasingham, Ontology-driven Query Expansion using Map/Reduce Framework to Facilitate Federated Queries,  2011 IEEE International Conference on Web Services  (ICWS), Washington DC, USA.
  • N.  Alipanah, P. Parveen, S. Menezes, L. Khan, S.B. Seida, B. Thurasingham, Ontology-driven Query Expansion Methods to Facilitate Federated Queries, IEEE International Conference on Service Oriented Computing Application (SOCA) 2010, Perth, Australia 2010.
  • N. Alipanah, P. Srivastava, P. Parveen, B. Thurasingham, Ranking Ontologies Using Verified Entities to Facilitate Federated Queries, IEEE/WIC/ACM Web Intelligence International Conference, September 2010, Toronto Canada 2010.
  • J. Partyka, N. Alipanah, L. Khan, B. Thurasingham, S. Shekhar, Content-based ontology matching for GIS datasets.ACM GIS Conference on advances in Geographic Information systems, November 2008, Irvine,  CA.
  • J. Partyka, N. Alipanah, L. Khan, B. Thurasingham, S. Shekhar, Ontology Alignment Using Multiple Contexts, International Semantic Web Conference, September 2008, Germany.