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Dr. Youcef Derbal

Associate Professor
DepartmentInformation Technology Management
EducationBEng, MSc, PhD
OfficeTRS 2-036
Phone416-979-5000 x 557918


Dr. Derbal is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management (TMU). He received a Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen's University.  Prior to joining Toronto Metropolitan University in 2003, Dr. Derbal worked in robotics & automation, telecommunications, and software & computing industries.  He teaches a variety of topics in information technology, including computer-enabled problem solving, system analysis and design, computer programming, and database design. Dr. Derbal served on the TMU University Senate and chaired many school committees, including the Departmental Hiring Committee, the Departmental Evaluation Committee, and the School Curriculum Committee. During the academic years starting from 2009 to 2014, he led the development and deployment of the new Business Technology Management curriculum. He has also served as the ITM School Director during the 2013/2014 academic year. Dr. Derbal focuses his research on the study of complex adaptive systems. Among the objectives of his research is the development of system modeling and simulation frameworks capable of integrating multiple views of knowledge about the structure, processes, and mechanisms of complex adaptive systems. Dr. Derbal is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

The study of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), including complex diseases such as Cancer. The goal is to develop system modeling and simulation frameworks capable of integrating multiple views of knowledge about the structure, processes, and mechanisms of complex adaptive systems.

Derbal, Y., Towards machine learning decision support systems for oncology, F1000Research 2020, 9(ISCB Comm J):987 doi: 10.7490/f1000research.1118248.1 (external link, opens in new window) 
Derbal, Y., "Modeling Cancer Dynamics," 42nd IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) International Conference, Montreal, July 20-24, 2020, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC44109.2020.9175155 (external link) 
Derbal, Y., "Agent-Based Model of Cell Signaling in Cancer," IEEE CCECE Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE2020), London, August 20-24, 2020, DOI: 10.1109/CCECE47787.2020.9255675 (external link) 
Derbal, Y., "Towards Machine Learning Decision Support Systems for Oncology," 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB 2020), Montreal, July 13-16, 2020
Derbal, Y., "Modeling the Recruitment of Tumor-Infiltrating T Lymphocytes," International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science (AMMCS 2019), Waterloo, August 18-23, 2019.  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "The Adaptive Complexity of Cancer," BioMed Research International, vol. 2018, Article ID 5837235, 14 pages, Dec 5 2018. PDF (external link) 
Derbal, Y., "Perspective on the Dynamics of Cancer", BMC Theoretical Biology and Medical Modeling , vol. 14, no. 1, p. 18, Oct 03 2017, (external link) [HTML] (external link) 
Derbal, Y., "Experimental Profile Modeling of Metabolism", Int. Journal of Computational Bioscience, Vol 4 (1) , 2014.
Derbal, Y., "State Machine Modeling of MAPK Signaling Pathways", 2014 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, Chicago, Michigan, 2014.  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "Computational Modeling of Estrogen Metabolism", 2013 IASTED Conference on Modeling & Simulation, Banff, Canada, July 2013.
Derbal, Y., "Exploring Model Integration using Quantized Information Flow " , IEEE - 39th Northeast Annual Bioengineering Conference, Syracuse, New York, April 2013.  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "On Modeling of Living Organisms Using Hierarchical Coarse-Grained Abstractions of Knowledge" , J. Biol. Syst. 21, 1350008 (2013) .  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "Control Theoretic Modeling of a Genetic Switch" Proceedings of the IEEE 20th Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE2011), Niagara Falls, Ontario, May, 2011.
Derbal, Y. "Midland: a service oriented cluster computing infrastructure." Springer / Journal of Service Oriented Computing and Applications, Vol. 3 (2), pp. 109-125, June 2009,  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "Confidence-based Grid Service Discovery", International Journal of Web and Grid Services, (2008), Issue 2, Vol. 4, pp. 189-210, (external link)  .  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "A Model of Grid Service Capacity", Journal of Computer Science and Technology, (2007), Issue 4, Vol. 22, pp. 505-514, .  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "Towards a Grid Simulation Platform for Dynamical Systems" Proceedings of The 18th IASTED International Conference on Modeling and Simulation (MS-07), Montreal, Quebec, May 30- June 1, 2007
Derbal, Y., "Grid Architecture for High Performance Computing" Proceedings of the IEEE 20th Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE07), Vancouver, British Colombia, April 22-26, 2007
Derbal, Y., "A New Fault-Tolerance Framework for Grid Computing", Multiagent and Grid Systems- An International Journal, (2006), Issue 2, Vol. 2, pp. 115-133.  (PDF file) PDF
Derbal, Y., "A Probabilistic Scheduling Heuristic for Computational Grids." Multiagent and Grid Systems - An International Journal, (2006), Issue 2, Vol. 1, pp. 45-59.


Course Code Course Title
ITM 102 Business Information Systems I
ITM 200 Fundamentals of Programming
ITM 207 Computer Enabled Problem Solving
ITM 305 Systems Analysis and Design
ITM 430 System Design and Implementation
ITM 500 Data and Information Management
ITM 605 Client Server Applications


Course Code Course Title
MT 8220 Advanced Project Management
  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen's University, Canada
  • M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen's University, Canada