Lahore University of Management Sciences

LUMS Alumnus Receives Mark Weiser Award for Best Paper

April 06, 2012

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Usman Raza, who completed his MS majoring in Computer Science at LUMS with an National Management Foundation (NMF) Gold medal, has been awarded a prestigious Mark Weiser Award for the best paper at IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom) 2012.

The annual award is named after Dr. Mark D. Weiser, the father of Ubiquitous computing, and is recognised as one of the highest honours in this domain. The PerCom is consistently ranked as an A+ conference according to several ranking lists of computer science conferences. This year, it attracted 150 submissions, out of which 16 papers were accepted for presentation as full papers. Raza’s paper scooped up the Best Paper Award, at PerCom, which is considered one of the most selective conferences in computer science with an acceptance rate of only 11%.

The award has been conferred for his collaborative work with colleagues from University of Trento and Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy, where he is currently pursuing his PhD. Their paper discusses the system lifetime of a technology that monitors and adjusts the light levels in operational road tunnels. The objective of such system is to reduce the likelihood of road accidents and overall electricity consumption inside the road tunnels. The full paper is available here.

Also, an extended version of his research is invited for publication in the special issue of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal.

Previously, Dr. Umar Saif, faculty member and alumnus LUMS, also had received the same awards for his research paper co-authored with colleagues from MIT in 2008. This award is yet another feather in Raza's cap after getting NMF Gold Medal for his MS (Computer Science) degree at LUMS.