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FACULTY PROFILE

Engr. Dr. Ahmar Rashid

Dean (HEC Approved PhD Supervisor)
Email: ahmar.rashid@giki.edu.pk
Qualifications: PhD EE, JNU, South Korea; MS CSE, NUST, Pakistan; BS CSE, GIKI, Pakistan
Research Interests: Robotic Vision and AI, Electrical Impedance Tomography, Inverse algorithms, evolutionary algorithms (EAs), and Bioinformatics
Telephone: (Ext. 2552)

Profile


Dr. Ahmar enjoys about Nineteen years of industrial as well as research and development experience. His professional experiences include preparing functional specifications, designing and implementing software for financial applications, as well as diagnosis, troubleshooting and resolution of customer’s technical issues.
His core research work inlcudes the performance analysis of optimization algorithms for static as well as dynamic image reconstruction using electrical impedance tomography (EIT) with application in industrial process monitoring and medical imaging.  His PhD thesis was on the application of oppositional biogeography-based optimization, which is one of the most recently developed evolutionary algorithms, to solve the boundary estimation problems using EIT. The specific problem solved was that of the estimation of the size and location of the human heart, while a patient is told to hold his/her breadth. Much of the research worked completed during this period has been published in journals of high international repute. More recently, he has developed research interests in the areas of aerial imaging and target tracking using aerial aerial images.  In collaboration with other colleagues, much of this work has been published in top notch research journals.
His MS thesis was on the implementation and analysis of t-spanner networks, a sub-domain of graph theory, which may be used to solve combinatorial optimization problems.
His research interests include
  • Machine Learning and Robotic Vision : Dynamic path planning, dynamic target tracking, probabilistic localization and applications of of machine learning algorithms in the field of computer vision and robotics.
  • Evolutionary algorithms (EAs)Application and analysis of EAs to solve the static as well as dynamic optimization problems.
  • Electrical Impedance Tomography: Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-invasive impedance imaging modality which has been actively studied for its industrial as well as medical applications. The research focus is on dynamic target tracking as well as localization of anomalies in EIT medical images.
  • BioInformatics : Design and implementation of novel algorithms and techniques in the field of genomics, addressing problems such as finding hidden messages in the DNA,  the genome assembly and the genome sequence alignment problems.

Selected List Of Publications


Journal Publications

2020

  1. A. Rashid, M.A. Zeb, S. Anwar, F. Joaquim, and Z. Halim, “Conceptualization of smartphone usage and feature preferences among various demographics,” Cluster Computing, Vol. --, No. --, 2020, pp. --. [ISSN: 1386-7857, Thomson Reuters JCR 2019, Impact factor 1.851, Springer]

2019

  1. A. Rashid, M. Kamran, and Z. Halim 2019 A top down approach to enumerate α-maximal cliques in uncertain graphs Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems36, 3129 - 3141, [ISSN: 1064-1246, ISI journal, 2018 Impact Factor 1.637]. abstract
  2. Halim, M. Atif, A. Rashid, and C. A. Edwin 2019 Profiling Players Using Real-World Datasets: Clustering the Data and Correlating the Results with the Big-Five Personality Traits IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing10,  [ISSN: 1949-3045, ISI journal, 2018 impact factor 6.288] in-press. download

2018

  1. A. Khan, M. Imran, A, Rashid 2018 Aerial Camera Network for Observing Moving Targets IEEE Sensors Journal18 6847-6856, [ISSN: 1558-1748, ISI journal, 2018 impact factor 3.077]. download
  2. S. U. Ansari, M. Hussain, A. Rashid,  S. Mazhar, S. M. Ahmad 2018 Numerical Solution and Analysis of Three-Dimensional Transient Darcy Flow Transport in Porous Media 123 289-305, [ISI journal, 2018 impact factor 1.997]. download
  3. S. U. Ansari, M. Hussain, A. Rashid, S. M. Ahmad, S. Mazhar, and K. J. Siddiqui 2018 Validating Numerical Solution of Transient Darcy Flow using Stabilized Mixed Finite Element Method Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 94 55- 65. (ISI journal, 2018 impact factor 1.455). abstract

2017

  1. Z. Halim, M. Waqas, A.R. Baig and A. Rashid 2017 Efficient Clustering of Large Uncertain Graphs Using Neighborhood Information International Journal of Approximate Reasoning 90 274-291 (ISI journal, impact factor 1.766). download
  2. S. U. Ansari, M. Hussain, S. M. Ahmed, A. Rashid, S. Mazhar 2017  Stabilized Mixed Finite Element Method for Transient Darcy Flow Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (ISI journal, impact factor 0.243) 41 85–97.  

2016 and Before

  1. A. Rashid, S. Kim, D. Liu, K. Y. Kim 2016, A dynamic oppositional biogeography-based optimization approach for time varying electrical impedance tomography physiological measurement 37 820–842. (ISI journal, 2016 impact factor 2.058). download
  2. A. Rashid, B. S. Kim, A. K. Khambampati, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim 2011 An oppositional biogeography-based optimization technique to reconstruct organ boundaries in human thorax using electrical impedance tomography, Physiological Measurement 32 767-96 (ISI journal, 2016 impact factor 2.058). download
  3. A. K. Khambampati, A. Rashid, J. S. Lee, B. S. Kim, L. Dong, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim 2011 Estimation of void boundaries in flow field using expectation maximization algorithm. Chemical Engineering Science 66 355-374 (ISI journal, 2016 impact factor 2.895). download
  4. A. Rashid, A. K. Khambampati, B. S. Kim, S. Kim, M. J. Kang, K. Y. Kim. 2010 An EKF based estimation scheme for sedimentation processes in process vessels using EIT-type measurement data. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation 21 521-530 (ISI journal, 2016 impact factor 1.203). abstract. download
  5. A. K. Khambampati, A. Rashid, U. Z. Ijaz, S. Kim, M. Soleimani, K. Y. Kim 2009 Unscented Kalman filter approach to track moving interfacial boundary in sedimentation process using three-dimensional electrical impedance tomography. Phil. Trans.  R. Soc. A. 367 3095-3120 (ISI journal, 2016 impact factor 2.97).download

Conference Series, Journal Publications

  1. A. Rashid, B. S. Kim, A. K. Khambampati, L. Dong, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim 2010 Dynamic boundary estimation of heart within a complete cardiac cycle using electrical impedance tomography. Journal of Physics: Conference series 224 012042.
  2. A. K. Khambampati, A. Rashid, B. S. Kim, L. Dong, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim 2010 EM algorithm applied for estimating non-stationary region boundaries using electrical impedance tomography. Journal of Physics: Conference series 224 012044.
  3. B. S. Kim, A. Rashid, A. K. Khambampati, L. Dong, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim 2010 Tracking resistivity changes using suboptimal fading extended Kalman filter in electrical impedance tomography. Journal of Physics: Conference series 224 012024.

Conference Proceedings

  1. S. U. Ansari, M. Hussain, S. Mazhar, A. Rashid, S. M. Ahmad 2015 Parallel stabilized mixed Galerkin method for three-dimensional Darcy flow using OpenMP, National Software Engineering Conference (NSEC).
  2. S. U. Ansari, M. Hussain, A. Rashid, S. Mazhar, S. M. Ahmad 2015 Three-Dimensional Stabilized Mixed Galerkin Method for Darcy Flow,13th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT)
  3. S.U. Ansari, M. Hussain. S. Mazhar, A. Rashid and S.M. Ahmad 2015 Stabilized Mixed Galerkin Method for Transient Analysis of Darcy Flow, ICMSAO, Istambul, Turkey.
  4. A. Naushad, A. Rashid, S. Mazhar 2014 Analysing the Performance of EIT images using the point spread function, submitted to The Tenth International Conference on Emerging Technologies 2014 (ICET 2014), Islamabad. download
  5. A. Rashid, A. K. Khambampati, B. S. Kim, L. Dong, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim 2010 A differential evolution based approach to estimate the shape and size of complex shaped anomalies using EIT measurements, Springer CCIS 121 206-15.
  6. A. Rashid, A. K. Khambampati, B. S. Kim, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim. A State Evolution Model to Monitor Sedimentation Process Using Electrical Impedance Tomography. In Proceedings of the 3rd   International Workshop on Process Tomography, Tokyo, Japan, April 17-19, 2009.
  7. A. K. Khambampati, A. Rashid, J. S. Lee, B. S. Kim, S. Kim, M. J. Kang, K. Y. Kim. Three-dimensional electrical resistance tomography applied to soil resistivity distribution for locating earth grounding system. In Proceedings of the 3rd   International Workshop on Process Tomography, Tokyo, Japan, April 17-19, 2009.
  8. A. K. Khambampati, A. Rashid, J. S. Lee, S. Kim, K. Y. Kim. Three-dimensional boundary estimation in sedimentation process using electrical impedance tomography with the aid of unscented Kalman filter. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Technical Conference on Circuits/Systems, Computers and Communications, Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki,  Shimonoseki City, Japan,  July  6-9, 2008.

Funded Projects


Target Tracking From Up Above the Sky

  • Role: PI
  • Funding Body: HEC NRPU 
  • Duration: Two Years (2019 - 2020)
  • Total Budget : About Rs. 2.6 M
  • Project Summary : The use of surveillance cameras to monitor and track target(s) is currently an active area of research, with civil as well as in military applications. The conventional surveillance mechanisms, such as, pre-installed CCTV cameras, are static in nature and lack the capability to robustly monitor and track dynamic target(s) in a timely manner. In contrast, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), usually equipped with cameras and other sensors, adapt to fast changing environments in real-time with an accelerated search capability, and offer a superior target tracking and monitoring, resulting in a much more reliable and robust surveillance system. The proposed research work seeks to design and implement intelligent algorithms in the domain of cooperative aerial camera networks for surveillance and monitoring of moving targets. The general focus of the research work is to build up robust coordination and planning mechanisms to monitor and track following types of targets:  1) Isolated targets, e.g.,  using aerial cameras tp to track and monitor criminal targets, such as, suspicious vehicles moving on highways. 2) Targets in a cluttered environment, such as, human target(s) moving in the crowds or suspicious vehicles moving in heavy traffic.

Teaching @GIKI


Fall 2019

  •   Undergrad: CSE539 Robotic Vision

Spring 2019:

  •    Undergrad  : CS/CE 453 Robotic Vision
  •                           CS221 Data Structures and Algorithms 

Past:

  •    Undergrad: Robotic Vision, Data Structures and Algorithms, Introduction to Computing, Logic Design, Theory of Automata, Wireless and Mobile Networks
  •    Graduate:   CSE 672 Analysis of Stochastic Processes
  •                         CSE535  Advanced Image Processing
  •                         CSE639 Machine Learning and Computer Vision
  •                         CSE 506 Advanced Algorithms and Computational Techniques (CSE Core)
  •                         CSE 639 Advanced BioInformatics 

Teaching (Past)


  • Fundamentals of Data communications, Computer Networks, Computer Programming, Data Structures, Operating Systems, Theory of Automata and Engineering Ethics.

MS/PhD Students (Supervised/Co-supervised)


PhD Students:

Ehsan Elahi 

  • AERIAL VISION 
  • Expected to graduate after Fall 2022

MS Students:

Alamgir Noushad

  • ANALYSING THE PERFORMANCE FIGURES OF MERIT FOR THE ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY USING THE POINT SPREAD FUNCTION
  • Graduated in 2014

Muhammad Atif

  • DATA MINING-BASED PROFILING PLAYERS USING STARCRAFT DATA FOR VERIFYING DISPOSITIONAL THEORY
  • In Co- Supervision with Dr. Zahid Halim
  • Graduated in 2016

Aamir Zeb

  • MOBILE PHONE USAGE, FEATURE PREFERENCES AND CONCEPTUALIZATION AMONG VARIOUS DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Graduated in Fall 2016

Muhammad Kamran

  • A TOP DOWN APPROACH TO ENUMERATE α-MAXIMAL CLIQUES IN UNCERTAIN GRAPHS 
  • Graduated in Spring 2017

Muhammad Imran

  • AERIAL CAMERA NETWORK FOR MULTI-SCALE OBSERVATION OF MOVING TARGETS, JANUARY 2018
  • In Co- Supervision with Dr. Muhammad Asif
  • Graduate January 2018

Salmab Mehboob

  • Multi target tracking using a team of cooperative UAVs
  • Expected to graduate after Spring 2018

Irfan Hussan

  • AERIAL VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AND TRACKING
  • Expected to graduate after Spring 2020

Administrative Duties and Committee Work


  • Dean Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering
  • HoD Comuter Engineering Program
  • Sereved as a member of  GIKI Academic council for about seven years
  • Serverd as a member Undergraduate Admissions Committee for about eight years
  • Team Lead for Islamabad Admission Centre for GIKI Undergrad Admissions, Fall 2015
  • Team Lead for Quetta Admission Centre for GIKI Undergrad Admissions, Fall 2017
  • Served as a meber of Anti-Rigging Committee for about five years
  • Served as a member SAR committee for BSCE program
  • Served as a lead member of the Comittee to benchmark BSCE program wtih the ACM curriculum

International Collaborations and MOUs


  • Active Collaboration with Huawei for the curriclum development of BS in Aritfical Intelligence 
  • Focal Person for the MOU with Kumnoh Institue of Technology (KIT), Korea for student and faculty exchange between KIT and GIK Institute.
  • Focal Person for MOU between GIK Institute and Sawayra Inc., a US-based humanitarian organization working in the areas of renewable energy, water, waste disposal and recycling, etc.
  • Prominent role in drafting and signing an MOU with University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), USA for student and faculty exchange between UMKC and GIK Institute.

National/External Commitments


  • Member of 2019 PEC Curriculum Review Committee for Software Engineering Program
  • Have been a member of 2015 HEC National Curriculum Review Committee for Computer Engineering Program.
  • Have been Member of NUST SEECS, Industry Advisory Board (IAB). 
  • Currently, member of Study Board, KFUIT
  • Member Selection board for PAF-IAST

 

Invited Talks and Meetings


2014
  • First Meeting of the HEC National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) Computer (Systems) Engineering held on November 10-12, 2014, at HEC Regional Headquarters,  Lahore.

2015 
  • Final Meeting of the HEC National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC)  Computer (Systems) Engineering held on April 10-12, 2015, at HEC Regional Headquarter, Peshawar.
2016
  • Meeting of the  NUST-SEECS Industry Advisory Board (IAB). The meeting focused on enhancing the academia-industry linkage and its impact through industrial feedback on the design, delivery and evaluation of the curriculum for BESE degree programs.
2017
  • Invited Talk on Outcome based education, Khawaja Farid University of Engineering and Information Technology.
  • Study Board Meeting of BS Computer Engineering Program at Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology (KFUEIT), Rahim Yar Khan.
2018
  • Represented GIK Institute in "CPEC: Think and Grow Summit", on 31 March2018, at PITAC, Lahore
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National Competitions


Ask Leprechaun, an FYP supervised by Dr. Ahmar Rashid, was the 2nd Runner-up at National Championship of NGIRI (Ignite).

The team comprised of Dr. Ahmar Rashid, Dr. Sajid Anwar, Engr. Badre Munir, Bilal Aamir, Abdul Rehman and Ahsan Abrar.

 



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