AI, Automation, and Bias

  • The impact of automation on future of work
  • Fairness in machine learning

Cybersecurity and Fraud Detection

  • Stylometric identification in cyberspace
  • Detection of fraudulent and phishing websites
  • Predicting security behaviors
  • Detection of financial fraud from public statements

Ahmed's research interests include data mining, text mining, and machine learning. Specifically, his research focuses on the development and evaluation of predictive technologies for improved online security, fraud detection, enhanced health outcomes, and social media analytics.

Ahmed's work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, WIRED, CBS, Fox News, the Associated Press, the United Press International, Science Daily, and Phys Org. His work has been funded through multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. 


14. “NLP for the Greater Good: A Robust Deep Learning Framework,” (PI), funded by Oracle for Research, $100,000.

13. “Social Media Based Analysis of Adverse Drug Events: User Modeling, Signal Reliability, and Signal Validation,” (UVA PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (#IIS-1816504), $500,000 total, UVA share: $230,000.

12. “Large-scale Medical Informatics for Patient Care Coordination and Engagement,” (Co-PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (#BDS-1636933), $1,000,000 total, UVA share: $50,000.

11. “New Abstractions and Applications for Automata Computing,” (Co-PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (#CCF-1629450), $875,000.

10. “CRUFS: A Unified Framework for Social Media Analysis of Adverse Drug Events,” (Co-PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (#IIS-1553109 and IIS-1552860), $250,000 total, UVA share: $110,000.

9. “Psychometric NLP for Patient Care and Coordination,” (PI), funded by Microsoft Research (Microsoft Azure Research Award CRM:0740129), $25,000.

8. “Full-stack Cybersecurity: Integrating Analytics, System Responsiveness, and the Human,” (Co-PI,) funded by the UVA 3 Cavaliers Program, $60,000.


7. DIBBs for Intelligence and Security Informatics Research Community, (Co-PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (#ACI-1443019), $1,500,000 total, UVA Share: $150,068.

6. Big Data in Business Curriculum – Educate, Explore, Engage, and Execute,” (PI), funded by IBM Faculty Award, $20,000.

5. Large-scale Sentiment Analysis of Social Media, (PI), funded by AWS Educator Research Grant, $5,000.

4. Computational Public Drug Surveillance, (Co-PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (# IIS-1236970 and IIS-1236983), $156,057.

3. A User-Centric Approach to the Design of Intelligent Fake Website Detection Systems, (Co-PI), funded by the National Science Foundation (# CNS-1049497), $280,173.

2. Online Stylometric Authorship Identification: An Exploratory Study, (Project Lead), funded by the National Science Foundation (# IIS-0646942), $75,000.

1. Explosives and IEDs in the Dark Web: Discovery, Categorization, and Analysis, (Project Lead and Subcontractor), funded by the National Science Foundation (# CBET-0730908), $797,447.

Text and Social Media Analytics

  • Analysis and visualization of computer-mediated communication 
  • Sentiment and affect analysis of online user-generated content
  • Detecting adverse events using social media
  • Deep learning for psychometric NLP

Research Grants

Ahmed Abbasi