Wasim Ahmed

Email: Wahmed1@sheffield.ac.uk
Location: Information School, Regent Court, Sheffield - Michael Lynch Laboratory (RC-323)
Twitter: @was3210

Wasim Ahmed


Project title: Using Twitter data to provide insights into health conditions and health-related events
Supervisors: Professor Peter Bath; Dr Laura Sbaffi; Dr Gianluca Demartini

Project description: My research focuses on using data from social media platforms such as Twitter, to provide insights into public views and opinions related to health. I blog about my PhD and related research interests, and my blog can be found here. I have also authored a number of blog posts for the LSE Impact blog. I have delivered a number of talks across academic, industry, and government and you can find a complete list here.

Research interests: Health informatics; social media; data mining

Achievements and awards:

  • Appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield
  • Featured in White Rose DTC Researches in the News (Academic Years 2014/2015/2016)
  • Won a small research grant to hold a social media event for PGRs
  • Over 21 recent LinkedIn recommendations highlighting skill set on social media research
  • Alumni Fund Scholarship to pursue a Masters
  • Faculty Scholarship to pursue a PhD

Teaching experience

  • INF6029 Data Analysis (AUT SEM 2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • INF6003 E-Business and E-Commerce (SPRING 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • INF6028 Data Mining and Visualisation (SPRING 2015~16)
  • INF6032 Big Data Analytics (SPRING 2016-2017)

Previous background/experience: I first developed an interest in Health Informatics and Social Media during my time as an Msc student where I completed a dissertation (distinction mark) in the Health Informatics Research Group evaluating the information quality of Norovirus webpages. After my Msc, I worked on developing a research proposal which examined how social media is used in health outbreaks such as infectious diseases. Prior the starting my doctoral program I conducted work within the Health Informatics Research Group related to the Nottingham Longitudinal Study of Age and Aging (NLSAA).

Conference proceedings papers

  • Lugović S & Ahmed W (2015) An Analysis of Twitter Usage Among Startups in Europe. 5th International Conference The Future of Information Sciences (INFuture) (pp 299-308)
  • Lugovic S, Ahmed W & Jocic M () Twitter and Teaching: to Tweet or not to Tweet?
  • Ahmed W & Bath PA () Comparison of Twitter APIs and tools for analysing Tweets related to the Ebola Virus Disease. http://ifutures.group.shef.ac.uk/. Sheffield, 7 July 2015 - 7 July 2015. View this article in WRRO
  • Ahmed W & Bath PA () The Ebola epidemic on Twitter: challenges for health informatics. The Seventeenth International Symposium for Health Information Management (pp 289-289). York, 24 June 2015 - 26 June 2015. View this article in WRRO


  • Ahmed W (2016) Ethical Challenges of Using Twitter as a Data Source. Multimedia Information & Technology (MmIT).
  • Ahmed W (2016) Can Twitter Data Help Your Research Project?. Multimedia Information & Technology (MmIT).
  • Thompson S & Ahmed W (2016) Twitter and crisis communication: an overview of tools for handling social media in real time. Impact of Social Sciences Blog.
  • Ahmed (2016) Amplified messages: How hashtag activism and Twitter diplomacy converged at #ThisIsACoup – and won.. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2016/01/07/how-hashtag-activism-and-twitter-diplomacy-converged-at-thisisacoup/.
  • Ahmed (2015) Challenges of using Twitter as a data source: An overview of current resources. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/09/28/challenges-of-using-twitter-as-a-data-source-resources/.
  • Ahmed (2015) Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of current social media research tools. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/07/10/social-media-research-tools-overview/.