Center for Research in Modeling, Simulation & Vision (Crimson) Lab

ICT enablement in disparate disciplines is the key need of the hour for the progress of any country. Developing countries like Pakistan are constantly recognizing it as a paramount opportunity to up rise as developed nations by adapting the ICT enabled technological advancements. It however involves critical research challenges in the design of ICT engineered complex systems.

Computer-based models and simulations are vital technologies needed in advanced economies to guide the design of complex systems. Modeling and simulation is essential in areas such as the creation of smart cities and sustainable urban growth, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, security and defense, among others. However, the development and use of reliable computer models and simulations is time consuming and expensive. Engineered systems are continually increasing in complexity and scale. Advances in modeling and simulation are essential to keep up with this growing complexity and to maximize the effectiveness of computer-based tools to engineer the increasingly complex systems that will be needed in the future. Further, recent technological advances such as cloud computing, novel computer architectures, big data, and the Internet of Things necessitate new developments in modeling and simulation to fully exploit these capabilities.

1) To cater Modeling, Simulation, Analysis and Optimization of complex research problems related to the disparate fields of Information and Communication Technology, and eventually contribute in decision support of acquisition and enablement of ICT in different components of national infrastructure.
2)  Identify and articulate the most important, impactful modeling and simulation research problems that must be addressed to maximize the impact of M&S paradigms in ICT technologies.
3)  Enable innovations in solving of complex research problems through effective use of new M&S technologies in different domains.
4)  Imply methods of computer vision for developing efficient automated surveillance systems to enhance security and efficient monitoring of processes of different domains, thus contributing in the efficiency of the national infrastructure.

Current Funded Project:

Simulation Modeling and Analysis of Household Water Consumption in Pakistan using Hybrid approach

Status: Funded, ongoing.
Brief Introduction:
Pakistan is rapidly becoming a water stressed country, thus affecting people’s well-being. Authorities are faced with making drastic water conservation policies toward achieving effective management of available water resources and efficient water supply delivery coupled with responsible demand side management. Due to the lack of modern water metering in Pakistan, water consumption is not being accurately monitored.
The objective of this project is to develop a framework for the authorities to forecast short-term and long-term water consumption demand, gain insights of the behavior patterns of water consumption in different areas and improve the performance of the water supply process through demand side management and plan effective water governance.
Project Information:

  • Started in June 2018 (Duration 1 year)

  • Project Funding: 2.2 Million (PKR)

  • Collaborators:

    • Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering 

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

    • Arizona State University, USA

  • People:

    • Principal Investigator: Dr. Imran Mahmood from NUST

    • Co -  Principal Investigator: Dr. Naveed Arshad from LUMS

Project Title:

A Live, Virtual, Constructive Simulation Framework (Inzamam

Status: Submitted at PAC Kamra.
Brief Introduction:
Live-virtual-constructive (LVC) simulations are software systems that create an environment where multiple users interact with each other in real-time, even though they may be distributed across different geographic locations connected by a network. LVC systems include assets and entities from three distinct classes of military simulations: live, virtual, and constructive.
Our proposed project Inzamam integrates diverse simulation platforms and analytical tools. These platforms include existing assets (e.g., FMS at PAC Kamra) and allow adding modern platforms/distributed virtual environments for the enhancement of training infrastructure. The objective of our developments is to provide a collaborative, interoperable environment to support the development, execution, and reuse of a variety of simulation systems, representing complex scenarios, with hardware-in the loop and human-in the loop capabilities.
Project Information:

  • Status: Submitted to PAC-Kamra

  • Proposed Budget: 8.5 Million (PKR)

  • Collaborators:

  • Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, Pakistan

  • People:

    • Principal Investigator: Dr. Imran Mahmood from Pakistan

Project Title:

A Decision Support Framework for Electricity Planning in Pakistan using Simulation Modeling, analysis and Visualization Techniques (DECISIVE)

Status: Submitted at PSF/Tubitak
Brief Introduction:
The rapid growth and urbanization with ever increasing population has led to severe crisis of power energy in Pakistan. Frequent Blackouts lasting for hours, unscheduled power failures, inadequate expansion of installed capacity, inefficiencies in power transmission line losses among others are the ominous signs of the energy crisis in Pakistan. Renewable energy can play a very positive role in this scenario given the favorable solar radiance and wind corridors available in Pakistan.
However, to develop policies and strategies for renewable integration, a good understanding of existing system is necessary. DECISIVE aims to study descriptive and perspective view of the energy system of Pakistan through Modeling, Simulation & Visualization approach in order to assist the concerned stakeholders in energy planning as effective decision support system.
Project Information:

  • Status: Submitted under TUBITAK-PSF Bilateral Co-operation Program (PAK - TURK) – SEECS

  • Proposed Budget: 14.5 Million (PKR)

  • Collaborators:

    • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,

National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

    • Department of Computer Engineering

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

  • People:

    • Principal Investigator: Dr. Imran Mahmood from Pakistan

    • Principal Investigator: Prof. Ali H. Doĝru from Turkey

 Project Title:

SMART DEVICE FOR NON-INVASIVE FETAL ANALYSIS & DIAGNOSIS (MATERNAL-AID)

Status: In preparation, to be submitted at Ignite ICTR&D
Brief Introduction:
Pakistan has the highest stillbirth rate in the world of 43 stillbirths/1000 compared to the global estimate of 18.4/1000. 98% of these take place in low income families of rural areas due to the lack of skilled resources and monitoring equipment. More than half of these unfortunate cases is preventable and can be eradicated, through the use of assistive technologies.
In order to deal with the Pakistan’s prominent challenge of high stillbirths, we propose the development of: SMART DEVICE FOR NON-INVASIVE FETAL ANALYSIS & DIAGNOSIS (MATERNAL-AID). It is a smart low-cost wearable device that will be worn by the pregnant woman, and will assist in monitoring and diagnosis of the mother and the fetus during the various stages of pregnancy.
Project Information:

  • Status: In progress with National ICT R&D FUND

  • Proposed Budget: Approx. 12 Million (PKR)

  • Collaborators:

    • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,

National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

    • Rawalpindi Medical University/Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Lab Director:

Dr. Imran Mehmood