Lahore University of Management Sciences

Computer Science Colloquium on Systems Research

May 04, 2012

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The Computer Science Department presents a colloquium: 

From Sensornets to Botnets: Sampling the Spectrum of Systems Research

Speaker: Affan Syed, Assistant Professor, FAST-NUCES, Islamabad
Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Smart Room, SBASSE, LUMS


This talk will cover the breadth of research being undertaken at the SysNet research lab at NUCES, Islamabad. Professor Syed will first explore the relationship between energy and sensing in cyber-physical systems by considering the two extremes; one where sensing provides all the energy of a system, the other where sensing and energy are completely decoupled. In the second part of the talk, he will talk about the botnet phenomena and the BSG project funded by ICTRDF. Professor Syed will also present the high level architectural solution proposed and present some initial results from their efforts.

About the Speaker

Affan A. Syed is an Assistant Professor at FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) - Islamabad Campus. He completed his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2009 in the area of “Underwater Sensor Networks”. He followed that up with a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in Marina del Rey, CA. During his post-doc, he worked with Chevron to develop a self-actualizing sensor system for steam-injected oil-fields in Bakersfield, CA.

He is currently the Director of Systems and Networking (SysNet) Lab at FAST-NUCES. He also heads the Botnet Security Group (BSG) as PI for an ICTRDF funded project on Botnet research. His research interest spans a wide spectrum; from exploring the deep linkages between sensing and energy in cyber-physical systems to distributed systems, embedded systems, and computer security.  He has done research in underwater sensor networks, network time-synchronization, high-latency medium access control design, and industrial wireless-mesh networking.

He is also a member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a member of both ACM and IEEE. He has, to his credit, more than 10 publications in prestigious conferences and journals and regularly provides voluntary services as reviewer and committee members for these journals and conferences.