Saad Qaisar Senior Member IEEE
Department of Electrical Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS)
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
NUST Campus H-12, Islamabad
IoT/IoE, Fog Networking, Sensing and Comm., Network Functions Virtualization, Communication and Network Protocol Design, Network Performance Benchmarking, Multimedia Coding and Communication, SDNs
PhD in Electrical Engineering - Multimedia Coding and Communication - Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA - United States - 2009
I am lead researcher at Communications, Networks and Multimedia Laboratory at NUST. I work at intersection of Communications, Networks and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning under bigger theme of Cyber Physical Systems. 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 )
Associate Editor, IEEE Access Journal (IF 3.55) (2017-date)
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 (November'18) : 80
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.
August 2005 - May 2009
October 2009 - Present
January 2010 - Present
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.
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.