Dr. Sanjay Chawla | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Sanjay Chawla

Dr. Sanjay Chawla

Chief Scientist
Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence
Qatar Computing Research Institute

"QCRI provides an ideal environment to conduct high-impact research which can transcend disciplinary boundaries."

Research Interests

Sanjay Chawla is Research Director of QCRI’s Data Analytics department. His research is in data mining and machine learning with a specialization in spatio-temporal data mining, outlier detection, class imbalanced classification, and adversarial learning.


Prior to joining QCRI, Dr. Chawla was a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. From 2008-2011, he also served as the Head (Department Chair) of the School of Information Technologies. He was an academic visitor at Yahoo! Research in 2012.

Dr. Chawla's work has been recognized with several best paper awards, including in leading conferences such as SIAM International Conference in Data Mining (2006) and IEEE International Conference in Data Mining (2010). He is a co-author on a popular text in spatial database management systems: “Spatial Databases: A Tour,” which has been translated into Chinese and Russian.

He serves on the Editorial Boards of IEEE TKDE and DMKD Journal, and served previously as PC Chair of PAKDD (2012).  

He received his PhD from the University of Tennessee (USA) in 1995.


Selected Publications

  • Lionel Ott, Linsey Pang, Fabio Ramos, Sanjay Chawla.

    On Integrated Clustering and Outlier Detection. NIPS

  • Tara Babaie, Sanjay Chawla and Romesh Abeysuria.

    Sleep Analytics and the Online Selective Anomaly Detection. SIGKDD

  • Fei Wang, Wei Liu and Sanjay Chawla

    On Sparse Feature Attack in Adversarial Learning. IEEE ICDM

  • Aditya Menon, Harikrishna Narasimhan, Shivani Agarwal and Sanjay Chawla

    On the Statistical Consistency of Algorithms for Binary Classification under Class Imbalance. ICML