Asim Karim

Department of Computer Science
Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE)
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Ph.D. The Ohio State University
M.S. The Ohio State University
B.Sc. UET Lahore

E-mail: akarim at lums dot edu dot pk


I am interested in data mining and machine learning algorithms and applications. My current research directions include natural language processing of Urdu and other low-resource languages, text categorization and clustering, and causal analysis and inference from observed data. 

I direct the Knowledge and Data Engineering (KADE) Lab @ LUMS.

I am also working on assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. On-going projects include ALAP for accessible math, graph, and PDF and writing tools for dyslexic persons.

Currently, I am managing LUMS contribution to Erasmus+ project INTEGRA. With partners from Europe and South Asia, this project is developing educational and psycho-social services for migrants and refugees for their integration in ICT sector.

My teaching engagements are given below.

Selected Publications

My Google Scholar Page

Comparing Prompt-Based and Standard Fine-Tuning for Urdu Text Classification
F. Ullah, U. Azam, A. Faheem, F. Kamiran, and A. Karim, Findings of Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language processing (EMNLP Findings), Singapore, 6 11 Dec. 2023.

Roman Urdu Toxic Comment Classification
H. H. Saeed, M. H. Ashraf, F. Kamiran, A. Karim, and T. Calders, Language Resources and Evaluation, 2021.

Hate-speech and Offensive Language Detection in Roman Urdu
H. Rizwan, M. H. Shakeel, and A. Karim, proc. of Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language processing (EMNLP), Online, Nov. 16-20, 2020.

A Multi-cascaded Model with Data Augmentation for Enhanced Paraphrase Detection in Short Text
M. H. Shakeel, A. Karim, and I. Khan, Information Processing and Management, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp. 102204, 2020.

A Clustering Framework for Normalizing Roman Urdu
A. Rafae, A. Karim, H. Sajjad, F. Kamiran, and J. Xu, Natural Language Engineering, pp. 1-31, 2020.

A Multi-cascaded Deep Model for Bilingual SMS Classification
M. H. Shakeel, A. Karim, and I. Khan, Proc. of International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP), Sydney, Australia, Dec. 10-15, 2019.

Balancing Prediction Errors for Robust Sentiment Classification
M. Iqbal, A. Karim, and F. Kamiran ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 33, 2019.

ALAP: Accessible LaTeX-based Mathematical Document Authoring and Presentation
A. Manzoor, S. Arooj, S. Zulfiqar, M. Parvez, S. Shahid, and A. Karim Proc. Of SIGCHI International Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI), Glasgow, UK, May 4 - 9, 2019. 

Exploiting Reject Option in Classification for Social Discrimination Control
F. Kamiran, S. Mansha, A. Karim, and X. Zhang, Information Sciences, Vol. 425, pp. 18-33, 2018. 

NELasso: Group-Sparse Modeling for Characterizing Relations Among Named Entities in News Articles 
A. Tariq, A. Karim, and H. Foroosh, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 39, No. 10, pp. 2000-2014, 2017. 

Terms-based Discriminative Information Space for Robust Text Classification  
K. N. Junejo, A. Karim, M. T. Hassan, and M. Jeon, Information Sciences, Vol. 372, pp. 518-538, 2016. 

CDIM: Document Clustering by Discrimination Information Maximization
M. T. Hassan, A. Karim, J. Kim, and M. Jeon, Information Sciences, Vol. 316, pp. 87 - 106, 2015.

Controlling Attribute Effect in Linear Regression Models
T. Calders, A. Karim, F. Kamiran, W. Ali, and X. Zhang, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Dallas, TX, USA, 7 - 10 Dec., 2013.

Semantic Smoothing for Text Clustering
J. A. Nasir, I. Varlamis, A. Karim, and G. Tsatsaronis, Knowledge-Based Systems, Vol. 54, pp. 216-229. 

Decision Theory for Discrimination-Aware Classification
F. Kamiran, A. Karim, and X. Zhang, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 10 - 13, 2012.  

A Robust Discriminative Term Weighting based Linear Discriminant Method for Text Classification 
K.N. Junejo and A. Karim , Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Pisa, Italy, 15 - 19 Dec., 2008.  

A Two-Pass Statistical Approach for Automatic Personalized Spam Filtering 
K.N. Junejo, M.M. Yousaf, and A. Karim, Proceedings of ECML/PKDD Discovery Challenge Workshop, Berlin, Germany, 18 - 22 Sep. 2006. Winner of the Spam Filtering Performance Award 



Wavelets in Intelligent Transportation Systems
H. Adeli and A. Karim, Wiley, 2005.

Construction Scheduling, Cost Optimization, and Management
H. Adeli and A. Karim, CRC Press, 2001.


Honors and Recognitions

  • PAS-COMSTECH Prize in Computer Science (IT), 2015
  • Second position at the 2007 ECML PKDD Discovery Challenge (Web Usage Mining)
  • First position at the 2006 ECML PKDD Discovery Challenge (Personalized Spam Filtering)




  • CS 340 - Databases
  • CS 535 - Machine Learning
  • CS 531 - Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 537 - Neural Networks
  • CS 543 - Data Warehousing
  • CS 524 - High Performance Computing
  • CS 631 - Research Trends in AI


Other Stuff

  • I am a blind professor.
  • I have taken a leading role in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities at LUMS and beyond. I have developed resources and procedures relevant to PWDs, and I am interested in assistive technology research and development. Please contact me directly if you need to discuss with me in this regard. 
  • My CV (including complete list of publications)



Department of Computer Science (Room 9-G18A in SBASSE Building)
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Sector U, DHA
Lahore, 54792

Phone: +92 42 35608205