Housam Ziad,

I am a front-end and a user-experience developer with an MSc in Software Engineering and a Bachelor in Linguistics. I started as a Graphic Designer and a Web Designer in 1998 and started focusing on Web Development in 2008. Through my years of business experience, I learned a lot about Business Development, Marketing, Management, Entrepreneurship, and I worked on projects for big companies.

I am passionate about creating beautiful designs for print and for the web, and the happyness I pursue doing this.

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Housam Ziad, a front-end and a user-experience developer with an MSc in Software Engineering and a Bachelor in Linguistics. I started as a Graphic Designer and a Web Designer in 1998 and started focusing on Web Development in 2008. Through my years of business experience, I learned a lot about Marketing, Management, Entrepreneurship, and I worked on projects for big companies.

I am passionate about creating beautiful designs for print and for the web, and the happyness I pursue doing this.

I am currently a Research Associate with the Unit of Natural Language Processing at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, a part of National University of Ireland, Galway. working on data and knowledge visualisation and creating software in the context of several projects. My responsibilities include:

  • Development of front-end services enabling knowledge navigation, by use of text mining and Linked Data based technologies such as topic extraction, taxonomy generation, entity linking, and sentiment analysis.
  • Assisting in experiments at understanding usability and user behaviour with Saffron and other relevant tools and prototypes.
  • Applying technologies related to Data Visualization, web-based knowledge presentation, exploration and discovery, Semantic Web, and Linked Data.
  • Designing and architecture of software prototypes for data and knowledge visualization.


    Education

    • Master’s degree in Software Engineering and Database Technologies (MSCSED) from NUI Galway, Ireland.
    • BA in Linguistics and Literature from Damascus University, Syria.

    Clients

    Some of the clients I worked for Clients

    Skills

    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • User Interface (UI)
    • User Experience (UX)
    • Web Development
    • Business Development
    • Marketing
    • Responsive Web Design
    • PHP
    • Python
    • Java
    • MYSQL
    • HTML / HTML5
    • CSS / CSS3
    • Javascript / Jquery
    • NodeJS
    • AngularJS


    Languages

    • e English
    • ع Arabic
    • é French
    • Chinese
    • ġ Gaeilge


    History

    • Senior Software Engineer (Full-stack)

      Insight Centre for Data Analytics

      Oct 2014 – Present

      I am a Research Associate / Software Engineer working on designing and developing complete applications for our research.
      I work on filling the gap between research and industry by converting research into real-world applications, taking advantage of my mixed business and technical skills.
      My personal research is to build an NLP platform, Teanga [1], that uses Linked Data to achieve interoperability between NLP services, which is a new approach in utilising UX in NLP. Teanga was well-received from domain experts and during LREC 2018, in Miyazaki, Japan.

      I use different programming languages (Python, JavaScript, PHP) and frameworks (NodeJS, AngularJS, Flask) according to the specifications of a project, in addition to having a good experience in scripting in HTML5, CSS3, and SCSS. My projects include Irish Times, EA Games, Fidelity, and GRCTC.
      While working at the Insight Centre, I completed a Master’s degree with a First-Class Honours in 2017.

      Responsibilities:

      • Software design, architecture and development for data analytics projects.
      • Developing front-end services enabling knowledge navigation, by use of text mining and Linked Data based technologies.
      • Assisting in research experiments to understand usability and user behaviour.
      • Apply technologies related to Data Visualisation, web-based knowledge presentation, exploration and discovery.
      • Leading teams and coordinating with business and academic partners to deliver excellent results at the designated deadlines.
      • Training new engineers and interns on using modern web technologies to assess in projects.
      • Interviewing candidates and help in decisions about fresh team members.

      Tasks: Software Engineering, Data Management, Research, Web Design, Web Development, Planning, UX Design, UI design, Team Leadership, Training.
      Languages: Python, PHP, MySQL, NoSQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SCSS. Libraries: AngularJS, NodeJs, D3, Bootstrap, Python Flask, Jinja, Handlebars.

      [1] http://www.teanga.io

    • Full Stack Engineer / Founder

      emind Creative Solutions

      Jan 2008 – Oct 2014 | 6 yrs 10 mos

      I founded emind Creative Solutions to fulfil clients' needs in web development and web applications. My vision was to apply user-oriented design and use modern web technologies including mobile-first design processes to help clients achieve more in the era of hand-held devices but at the same time serving users from laptops and desktop computers.

      During six years, emind worked with big clients like Nissan, Garmin, Honda, Infiniti, Lipton, Pepsi co, McVities, and others.

      emind Creative provided clients with the following services:

      • Web design and development.
      • Developing Facebook applications and games.
      • Web hosting and domain management.
      • Web application development.
      • Search Engine Optimization.

      Responsibilities:

      • Designing and delivering comprehensive websites and web applications for clients.
      • Leading teams of freelancers working on big projects using Agile techniques.
      • Developing specially requested web apps.
      • Applying Search Engine Optimization to websites.
      • Developing Facebook applications and games using Adobe Flash and Web technologies.

      Tasks: Software Development, Data Management, Web Design, Web Development, Planning, UX Design, UI design, Facebook Applications Development, Training, Team Management, Customer Relations.
      Languages: Python, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.

    • Project Manager

      Syria Nobles

      Jan 2004 – Feb 2009 | 5 yrs 2 mos

      I joined SyriaNobles as a Web Developer with the following responsibilities:

      • Front-end development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
      • Back-end development using PHP.
      • Database management using MySQL.
      • Web design using Adobe Suite.
      • Solving localisation problems by designing interactive simulators for products in Arabic.

      After two years, I was promoted to the position of Project Manager. During my tenure with the company I had the following responsibilities:

      • Planning websites maps and contents, and web application usability.
      • Coordinating and communicating with internal departments including designers and programmers to achieve clients views using user-oriented design processes.
      • Running presentations and end-to-end interviews with clients using iterative design techniques.
      • Training clients and writing user manuals for websites and web applications in Arabic & English.
      • Supervising the website production process and code quality.
      • Leading teams and coordinating with business and academic partners to deliver excellent results at the designated deadlines.
      • Training new engineers and interns on using modern web technologies to assess in projects.
      • Interviewing candidates and help in decisions about fresh team members.

      Tasks: Web Design, Web Development, Team Management, Planning, Customer Relations, Programming, UX Design, UI design.
      Languages: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.

    • Web Design Instructor

      New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

      Apr 2003 – Dec 2005 | 2 yrs 9 mos

      Teaching all-level classes of the following:

      • HTML.
      • CSS.
      • JavaScript.
      • Adobe Flash and its programming language, ActionScript 2.0
      • Adobe Photoshop.
      • Adobe Illustrator.
      • Adobe Indesign.
      • Microsoft Office.
    • Senior Web Designer

      Trust Lines

      Jun 1998 – Dec 2003 | 5 yrs 7 mos

      Tasks: Web Design, Web Development, Team Management, Interactive Media Development, Graphic Design, Event Management, Planning.
      Languages: ActionScript, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.

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