Dr. Saad Qaisar Senior Member IEEE
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS)
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
NUST Campus H-12, Islamabad
Tel: 051-90852135
Email: saad.qaisar at seecs.edu.pk
Web: http://connekt.seecs.nust.edu.pk/Saad_Qaisar.htm

Specialization:
IoT/IoE, Fog Networking, Sensing and Comm., Network Functions Virtualization, Communication and Network Protocol Design, Network Performance Benchmarking, Multimedia Coding and Communication, SDNs

Education:
PhD in Electrical Engineering – Multimedia Coding and Communication – Michigan State University, USA, United States (2009)

Research Interest

NUST Best Researcher (2012, All Faculties)

SEECS Best Researcher (2015)

Guest Editor, IEEE Access, Special Issue on Internet of Things in 5th Generation Wireless Communication  (2016)

Guest Editor, Mathematical Problems in Engineering (2014)

Head, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Working Group for Establishment of Pakistan Internet Exchange (Small and Large ISPs)

Total IF (Nov'16) : 40

My current research interests are in the domain of internet of things, networks measurements and analysis, software defined networks, network functions virtualization, machine to machine and device to device communication.  I have lead a team of researchers at NUST and LUMS to design a reliable remote monitoring solution for underground environments and currently involved in efforts to fundamentaly redesign current network and exchange models. I am also involved in BISMARK effort to benchmark internet performance in Pakistan. I am welcoming to exciting ideas with high potential to change the way communication, computing and networking are practiced today. I am also interested in ideas having high impact in developing world.  I also chair Mobile-Computing, Sensing and Actuation Workshop every year at ICCSA (See you in Beijing, June 2016) and am a TPC member of numerous national and international conferences.

Current Research Projects

Current and Past Projects

I have worked on numerous projects including the development of a National Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Safety Assurance in High Stress Environments and Oil and Gas Installation Monitoring Using Wireless Sensor Networks. The LIMS project was conducted in coordination with 15 national and provincial veterinary laboratories with counterparts at USDA, UNFAO, Texas A&M USA and NVL, Islamabad. Safety Assurance project saw a testbed developed for mine and miner safety that has seen its initial trials at Khewra Salt Mines. Oil and Gas project saw development of a wireless data aggregator interface device. In addition to successful execution of these projects, I have developed numerous partnerships and collaborations with national and international collaborators at Lahore University of Management Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA on fundamental and applied aspects of my research with a rich set of publications. Numerous of my mentee undergraduate and graduate students working under my supervision have landed funded positions at reputable universities and industry such as Carnegie Melon University, National University of Singapore, Rutgers, EPFL, TU-Munich, Michigan State University, Samsung etc. Our research on Sports Biomechanics has gotten featured in IEEE Spectrum and Wisden Cricket Magazine. (http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/cricket-world-cup-tech-to-tackle-bad-bowling )

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Michigan State Unviersity, USA
August 2005 – May 2009 (3 years 9 months )

HEC Approved Ph.D. Supervisor, Higher Education Commission
October 2009 – Present (7 years 4 months )

Director, Research Laboratory of Communications, Networks and Multimedia
January 2010 – Present (7 years 1 month )

Details: I am the lead researcher and founding director of CoNNekT Lab: Research Laboratory of Communications, Networks and Multimedia. As of December 2011, we have approved research projects with appx. funding of Rs. 120 million, appx. 6-8 active international collaborations, over 30 Ph.D., M.S. and undergraduate researchers with Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Science and Computer Engineering backgrounds working on a range of topics. Few of our recent achievements make their way to SEECS notice baords:

http://seecs.nust.edu.pk/home/achievements/drsaad_KACST.php
http://seecs.nust.edu.pk/home/achievements/drsaad_ICCSA.php
http://seecs.nust.edu.pk/home/achievements/drsaad_ICTRND.php

Please visit my personal or lab's website for more details.

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During December and January 2012, we are seeking submissions for our Cyber Physical Systems track MSA4CPS @ ICCSA, Brazil. http://cyphy.seecs.nust.edu.pk/ for more details.

During first quarter of year 2012, CoNNekT Lab may have a two year post-doc position open in our research group in the broad domain of cyber physical systems from sensing, computing and actuation perspective. Send me your resume if there is an interest and we can see if we can bring value for each other.

Journal Papers

Mudassar Ali, Saad Bin Qaisar, Muhammad Naeem, "Smart Heterogeneous Networks: A 5G Paradigm", Telecommunication Systems Journal (Springer), Oct, 2016.

Salman Khan, Saad Bin Qaisar, Ali Mustafa Qamar,, "Classification and Legality Analysis of Bowling Action in the Game of Cricket (IF: 2.714)", Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery DAMI/DMKD Special Issue on Sports Analytics, pp. , Aug, 2016.

Mudassar Ali, Saad Qaisar, Muhammad Naeem, Shahid Mumtaz, "Energy Efficient Resource Allocation in D2D-Assisted Heterogeneous Networks with Relays", IEEE Access, Aug, 2016.

Umair Mujtaba Qureshi *, Faisal Karim Shaikh, Zunera Aziz, M. Zafi Z. Shah, Adil A. Sheikh, Emad Felemban, Saad Bin Qaisar, "RF Path and Absorption Loss Estimation for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks in DifferentWater Environments", Sensors, Jul, 2016.

Saad Qaisar et al., "A Compendium of Optimization Objectives, Constraints, Tools and Algorithms for Energy Management in Microgrids (5YIF: 7.45)", Renewable Energy Reviews, pp. , Dec, 2015.

Salman Ali, Adnan Ashraf, Saad B Qaisar, Husnain Saeed, Muhammad Kamran, Sidra Rashid, Emad Felemban, Adil A Sheikh, "SimpliMote: A Wireless Sensor Network Monitoring Platform for Oil and Gas Pipelines (IF: 2.0)", IEEE Systems Journal, pp. , Dec, 2015.

Emad Felemban, Fasial Karim Shaikh, Umair Mujtaba Qureshi, Adil Sheikh and Saad Bin Qaisar, "Underwater Sensor Network Applications: A Comprehensive Survey", International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Sep, 2015.

Umar Minhas, Saad B Qaisar, Ijaz Naqvi, Kamran Ali, Saleem Shahid, Awais Aslam,, "Safety Assurance in Mining Industry: A System Level Investigation (IF: 2.11)", IEEE Systems Journal, pp. , Aug, 2015.

Azam, Munir, Iqbal, Naeem, Khawaja, Alagan, Saad, Tang, "Joint Admission Control, Mode Selection and Power Allocation in D2D Communication Systems (IF: 2.234)", IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, pp. , Jul, 2015.

Rizwan Ghaffar, Iram Abdurrehman, Saad B Qaisar, "Duality between the Improved Rate Regions of Gaussian Multiple Access and Broadcast Channel for Discrete Constellation", Springer Wireless Personal Communications, May, 2015.

Salman Ali *, Saad Qaisar, Husnain Saeed, Muhammad Farhan Khan, Muhammad Naeem, Alagan Anpalagan, "Network Challenges for Cyber Physical System with Tiny Wireless Devices: A Case Study on Reliable Pipeline Condition Monitoring", Sensors: Special Issue on Sensor Networks in Cyber Physical Systems, pp. , Apr, 2015.

Yousaf Khan, Saad B Qaisar, Muhammad Naeem and Ijaz Naqvi, "Detection and Self-Healing of Cluster Breakages in Mines and Tunnels: An Emperical Investigation", Sensors Review, pp. , Feb, 2015.

Nauman Shahid, Ijaz Naqvi, Saad Bin Qaisar, "SVM based Event Detection and Identification: Exploiting Temporal Attribute Correlations using SensGru", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, pp. , Oct, 2014.

Salman Ali, Saad B. Qaisar, Emad Felemban and Adil A. Sheikh, "Dimensioning of linear and hierarchical wireless sensor networks for infrastructure monitoring with enhanced reliability", Transactions on Internet and Systems, pp. , Jul, 2014.

Sidra Rashid, Saad Qaisar, Emad Felemban and Husnain Saeed, "A Method for Distributed Pipeline Burst and Leakage Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks Using Transform Analysis", International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, pp. , Jun, 2014.

Saad Qaisar, Sahar Imtiaz, Fatma Faruq, Amna Jamal, Wafa Iqbal, "A Hidden Markov Model for Detection & Classification of Arm Action in Cricket Using Wearable Sensors", Journal of Mobile Multimedia, Vol. 9, No. IV, pp. 10, Dec, 2013.

Saad B. Qaisar, Wafa Iqbal, Rana Bilal, Muqaddas Naureen, "Compressive Sensing: From Theory to Applications, A Survey (IF: 1.97)", IEEE Journal of Communication and Networks, pp. , Mar, 2013.

Nauman Shahid, Ijaz Naqvi, Saad Qaisar, "One-Class Support Vector Machines: Analysis of Outlier Detection for Wireless Sensor Networks in Harsh Environments (IF: 1.731)", Springer Artificial Intelligence Review, Impact Factor 1.565, pp. , Jan, 2013.

Nauman Shahid, Ijaz Naqvi, Saad Qaisar, "Characteristics and classification of outlier detection techniques for WSNs in harsh environments (IF: 1.731)", Springer Artificial Intelligence Review, Impact Factor 1.565, pp. , 2012.

Mehwish Nasim and Saad Qaisar, "An Energy Efficient Cooperative Hierarchical MIMO Clustering Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks", Sensors, Impact Factor 2.39, pp. , 2011.

Conference Papers

Saad Bin Qaisar, "Xbits: Software Defined Internet Services at an IXP (peer reviewed talk)", Proceedings of the 29th South Asia Network Operators Group Conference (SANOG'29), Jan, 2017, Islamabad Pakistan.

Adil A Sheikh, Emad Felemban, Farhan Felemban, Saad Qaisar, "First Step Towards Establishing an Underwater Sensor Network for Monitoring Coral Reefs", Proceedings of the The 12th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT’16), Nov, 2016, United Arab Emirates.

Tayyab Arshad, Faheem Awan, Tahir Ahmed, Saad Qaisar, "Performance Evaluation of Mobile Broadband Cellular Networks in Pakistan", Proceedings of the 41st IEEE LCN Workshop on Network Measurements, pp. , Oct, 2016, Dubai United Arab Emirates.

Giuseppe Aceto , Alessio Botta , Antonio Pescapé , M Faheem Awan, Tahir Ahmad Saad B. Qaisar, "Analyzing Internet Censorship in Pakistan", Proceedings of the IEEE RTSI Italy, Aug, 2016, Italy.

Saad Bin Qaisar , Nida Riaz, "Fog Networking: An Enabler for Next Generation Internet of Things", Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computational Science and Applications, Jul, 2016, Beijing China.

Faheem Awan, Tahir Ahmed, Saad Qaisar, Nick Feamster, Srikanth Sundaresan, "Measuring Broadband Access Network Performance in Pakistan: A Comparative Study", Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Network Measurements Local Computer Networks Conference (LCN), Oct, 2015, Florida United States.

Giuseppe Aceto,Alessio Botta,Antonio Pescapè,Nick Feamster,M. Faheem Awan,Tahir Ahmad,Saad Qaisar, "Monitoring Internet Censorship with UBICA", Proceedings of the Traffic Measurement and Analysis Workshop, Jan, 2015, Barcelona Spain.

Salman Ali, Saad B. Qaisar, Emad Felemban , "A Reliable Connectivity Based Node Placement Strategy in Linear and Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the 25th IEEE International Conference on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Communication (PIMRC), pp. , Sep, 2014, Washngton DC United States.

Husnain Saeed, Sidra Rashid, Salman Ali, Saad Qaisar, Emad Felemban, "REMONG: Reliable Monitoring of Oil and Gas Pipelines using Wireless Sensor Network", Proceedings of the IEEE 9th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, Jun, 2014, Adelaide Australia.

Mohsin Murad, Adil A. Sheikh, Muhammad Asif Manzoor, Emad Felemban, Saad Qaisar, "A Survey on Current Underwater Acoustic Sensor Network Applications ", Proceedings of the Conference on Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks, Apr, 2014, Antalya Turkey.

Kamran Ali Akhter, Muhammad Shahbaz, Saad Qaisar, "Efficient Deployment of Network Management Policy Using Distributed Database Abstraction", Proceedings of the 11th Usenix Symposium on Networked System Design and Implementation, Seattle, Washington, USA, pp. , Feb, 2014, United States.

Sidra Rashid, Saad Qaisar, Emad Felemban, Usman Akram, Shoaib A Khan, "Wireless Sensor Network for Distributed Event Detection", Proceedings of the IEEE Greencom, 2014, Taiwan.

Saad Qaisar, Sahar Imtiaz, Amna Jamal, Fatma Farooq, Paul Glazier and Sungyoung Lee, ""A Method for Cricket Bowling Action Classification and Analysis Using a System of Inertial Sensors"", Proceedings of the ICCSA, Jul, 2013, Vietnam.

Ali Munir, Ihsan Qazi, Saad Qaisar, "On Achieving Low Latency in Data Centers", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Communications, Jun, 2013, Budapest Hungary.

Muhammad Farhan Khan, Emad Felemban, Saad Qaisar, Salman Ali, "Performance Analysis on Packet Delivery Ratio and End-to-End Delay of Different Network Topologies in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) ", Proceedings of the IEEE 9th International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks, 2013, China.

Hassan Abid, Luong Thi Thu Phuon,Jin Wang, Sungyoung Lee, Saad Qaisar, "V-Cloud: Vehicular Cyber-Physical Systems and Cloud Computing", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Cognitive Radio and Advanced Spectrum Management, Oct, 2012, Barcelona Spain.

Haroon Raja, Saad Qaisar, "Distortion Optimized Transcoder Selection for Multimedia Transmission in Heterogeneous Networks", Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computational Science and Applications (ICCSA), Aug, 2012, Salvador de Bhaia Brazil.

Shahid H,Haider I, Saad Qaisar, "Quarter-Sphere SVM: Attribute and Spatio-Temporal Correlations based Outlier Event Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2012, France.

Saad Qaisar, Salman Khan,Sehar Imtiaz, "Neural Network and Physiological Parameters Based Control of Artificial Pancreas for Improved Patient Safety", Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Application, 2012, Salvador Al Bahira Brazil.

Nauman Shahid, Ijaz Naqvi, Saad Qaisar, "Real Time Energy Efficient Approach to Outlier & Event Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems (ICCS), Singapore, Singapore, 2012., 2012, Pakistan.

Jaweria Amjad, Momin Uppal, Saad Qaisar, "Multi-Level Compress and Forward Coding for Half-Duplex Relays", Proceedings of the IEEE Globecom, 2012, Pakistan.

Shabih Ul Hassan,Bilal Ahmed,Bilal Shaukat, Habib ur Rahman,Usman Malik, Saad Qaisar, Nabeel Anwar, "Modified SOM Based Intelligent Semi-Autonomous Navigation System", Proceedings of the 11th IEEE NEUREL, Belgrade, Serbia, 2012., 2012, Pakistan.

Hassan Abid, Tae Choong Chung, Sung Young Lee,Saad Qaisar, "Performance Evaluation of LTE Smartphone-based Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communcation", Proceedings of the International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (IEEE UIC 2012), Japan, 2012, Pakistan.

Mehwish nasim, Saad Qaisar, "Cooperative Communication for Energy Efficiency in Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the in Computational Science and Its Applications, Springer, 2011, vol. 6785, pp. 159-163, 2012, Pakistan.

Waqar Asif, Saad Qaisar, "Energy and path aware clustering algorithm (EPAC) for mobile ad hoc networks", Proceedings of the in Computational Science and Its Applications, Springer, 2011, vol. 6785, pp. 133-147, 2012, Pakistan.

Saad Qaisar, Salman Aslam, Bilal Malik, "Detection of Continous Pulse with Unknown Arrival Time under Low Sampling Rates", Proceedings of the Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Information and Communciation Technologies (ISCIT), Sapporo, Japan. October 2004., 2012, Pakistan.

Muhammad Hassan,Hassan Abid, Saad Qaisar, "TRG: Trading rate for good-put in wireless multimedia sensor networks", Proceedings of the In Proceedings of Wireless and Optical Communications Networks , May, 2011, Paris France.

Ali Munir, Saad Qaisar, "Coded rate control protocol (C-RCP) for lossy chan- nels", Proceedings of the 44th Conference on Information Sciences & Systems (CISS), pp. 22, Mar, 2010, Princeton University, USA United States.

Hassan Abid, Saad Qaisar, " Distributed video coding for wireless visual sensor networks using low power Huffman coding", Proceedings of the 44th Conference on Information Sciences & Systems (CISS), pp. 23, Mar, 2010, Princeton University, USA United States.

Mehwish Nasim, Saad Qaisar, "Hierarchical MIMO: A Clustering Approach for Ad hoc Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the 44th Conference on Information Sciences & Systems (CISS), pp. 23, Mar, 2010, Princeton University, USA Pakistan.

Saad Qaisar, Hayder Radha, "Multipath Distributed Reliability for Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), pp. 1, Jun, 2009, Dresden, Germany Germany.

Saad B. Qaisar, Hayder Radha, "A Reliability Framework for Visual Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the 27th Picture Coding Symposium, pp. 10, May, 2009, Chicago, IL, USA United States.

Yong Liu, Saad B. Qaisar, Hayder Radha and Aidong Men, "An Optimal Bit Allocation Framework for Error Resilient Scalable Video Coding", Proceedings of the 27th Picture Coding Symposium, pp. 10, May, 2009, Chicago, IL, USA United States.

Saad B. Qaisar and Hayder Radha, "Multipath Multi-stream Distributed Reliable Video Delivery in Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, pp. 22, Mar, 2009, John Hopkins University, USA United States.

Saad Qaisar,Hayder Radha, "Low Complexity Distributed Reliability for Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, 2008, New Jersey United States.

Saad Qaisar, Hayder Radha, "OPERA, An Optimal Progressive Error Recovery Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the Fourth IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor,Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks , pp. 01, Jun, 2007, San Diego, California, USA United States.

Saad Qaisar,Hayder Radha, "Optimal Progressive Error Recovery Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks", Proceedings of the Conference on informaiton sciences and systems, 2007, United States.

Saad Qaisar, Shirish Karande,Kiran Misra,Hayder Radha, "Optimally Mapping and Iterative Channel Decoding Algorithm to a Wireless Sensor Network", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Communication , 2007, Glasgow United Kingdom.

Books/Chapters Published

[Chapter]Saad Bin Qaisar, Salman Ali, Emad Felemban, "Enabling Sensor Networks over the Cloud: Remote Sensor Testbeds", Springer, Robots and Sensor Clouds, Dec, 2014.

[Book]Saad B. Qaisar, "Progressive In-Network Reliability for Wireless Sensor Networks Books", VDM Germany, Ed. First, ISBN 978-3-639-12508-5, Jan, 2010.

Patents

Detecting Illegal Moves In a Game Using Inertial Sensors, Dr. Saad Qaisar, Dr. Saad Qaisar, Patent US Patent Office Application 13/ 426,601, Granted August 29, 2013: US 20130225294 A1, issued Mar 02, 2012 Detecting Illegal Moves In a Game Using Inertial Sensors, Dr. Saad Qaisar, Dr. Saad Qaisar, Patent Patent Application No: 117/2012 , issued Jan 18, 2012 Oil and Gas Installation Monitoring Using WSNs, Saad Qaisar and Emad Felemban, US Patent Office Application, Patent NA, issued Nov 01, 2012 A Method for Offshore Oil and Gas Monitoring, Saad Qaisar and Emad Felemban, US Patent Office Application, Patent NA, issued Dec 01, 2012

Teaching Assistant , Michigan State Unviersity, USA
August 2008 – May 2009 (9 months )

Asst. Professor , National University of Sciences & Technology
July 2009 – Present (7 years 7 months )

My Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to impart key concepts and problem solving skills to students working along-side them such that they can develop independent analytical and critical thinking skills with hands-on experience on implementation and applied aspects of the problems. I enjoy supervising students and empower each to identify exciting research problems and select right tools to formulate solutions.

In the classroom, I am an enabler providing students grasp on key concepts supplemented with hands-on lab experience. Based on my research background, I am qualified to teach number of graduate courses e.g. Digital Communications, Advanced Computer Networks, Network Performance Analysis, Multimedia Networking, Information Theory, Error Correcting Coding, Machine Learning, Detection and Estimation, Stochastics, Wireless Networks and Communication etc. At undergraduate, I have taught Digital Signal Processing, Microprocessors, Electrical Network Analysis, Analog and Digital Communication and Introduction to Computing. I have unique distinction of teaching at every level starting from most basic 101 courses to advanced 900 level courses. I welcome timely student feedback and receptive to their input in personal and group settings. I believe it is fundamental to be able to communicate ideas well to the students and gain on same from the students. Teaching is a two way experience enriching student and the teacher. I am welcoming to the students who intend to work with me and expect patience and professionalism when together embark on identifying problems.

Industry

I lead Bitsym, a commercial venture to disseminate results of research undertaken in my group from lab to the market. www.bitsym.com for more details.