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GIK Research Awards 2016

GIK announces the results of its second internal research productivity awards (Research Awards 2016) on 12th December, 2017. The awards are conferred on the faculty members based on their annual research performance (January to December). A call for applications is issued ever year and faculty members from across all faculties and departments may apply. A committee headed by Prof. Dr. Ghulam Shabbir, Dean Graduate Studies, evaluates applications based on rigorous criteria that includes project(s)/research grants completed, published research articles in top journals having impact factor, patent produced, and MS/PhD students produced.

The recipients of the Research Awards 2016 are:

  • Dr. Zahid Halim, Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering (1st Position)
  • Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal, Faculty of Engineering Sciences (2nd Position)
  • Dr. Ghulam Abbas, Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering (3rd Position). 

 

Dr. Zahid Halim is an associate professor at the Faculty of Computer Sciences & Engineering and holds his basic degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Peshawar (2004). He holds MS degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (2007). He earned his Ph.D. degree from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (2010). Dr. Halim is an active researcher and has 48 research publications to his credit, including those published in key conferences and journals of high repute. So far, he has produced one Ph.D. and 13 MS graduates. Dr. Halim is leading the Machine Intelligence Research Group (MInG - https://www.minrg.org) at GIK where numerous graduate students and undergraduate groups are working under his supervision in the domain of Data Science, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Affective Computing. Dr. Halim has received Training in Human Subjects Protection from the Virginia Tech. He has an h-index of 10, cumulative impact factor of 52.374 and is currently working on a couple of projects in the domain of Data Science and Affective Computing.

Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He did his Post-doctorate from Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. Dr. Zahir has a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea and another Ph.D. degree in Computational & Applied Physics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Before that he did his M. Phil from Government College University Lahore. Dr. Zahir is a young energetic fellow who focuses on the mesoscopic investigation of structural and electrical properties of low dimensional nanoscale materials. These materials include carbon nanotubes, graphene, boron nitride, molybdenum disulfide, tungsten disulfide and hetero-structures of 2-dimensional mesoscopic materials. The distinctive properties of these low dimensional systems are commonly understood by considering quantum effects, optoelectronic and spin transport.  The use of modern state-of-the-art device fabrication techniques and characterization are substantial parts of this research. He has an h-index of 14 and cumulative impact factor of 191.605.

Dr. Ghulam Abbas is an associate professor at the Faculty of Computer Sciences & Engineering. He completed his B.S. (2002) in Computer Science at Edwardes College Peshawar, and received M.S. (2005) in Distributed Systems from University of Liverpool, England, with distinction in research dissertation. The award of distinction rendered him recipient of a bursary from Liverpool Hope University, England, to study for his Doctorate. He earned his Ph.D. (2010) from the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics, University of Liverpool. Dr. Abbas joined GIK Institute as Assistant Professor (2011–2016) in the Faculty of Computer Sciences & Engineering. Prior to joining GIK, Dr. Abbas was with Liverpool Hope University, where he served as Research Assistant (2006–2009) in the Intelligent and Distributed Systems (IDS) Laboratory, and later as Project Coordinator (2009–2010) at the IDS Laboratory on a knowledge transfer project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. After the completion of his Doctorate, Dr. Abbas served as Seminar Tutor (2010–2011) at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Liverpool Hope University, UK. Dr. Abbas is a Co-Founding member of the TeleCoN Research Group/Center at GIK where numerous MS/PhD students are working under his supervision in the domain of computer networks and wireless communications. In recognition of his professional standing, Dr. Abbas was elected as Fellow of the Institute of Science & Technology, England, in 2011, was elected to the grade of the Senior Member of IEEE in 2015, and was elected as Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2016. He has an h-index of 7 and a cumulative impact factor of 30.392.



Date: 15th December, 2017