SBASSE Faculty Speak at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google and Facebook

Dr. Ihsan Qazi and Dr. Zartash Uzmi

Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) Faculty, Dr. Ihsan Qazi and Dr. Zartash Uzmi recently visited the West Coast of USA and gave invited talks about their research at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Google and Facebook. These talks focused on their recent research on Internet censorship and cloud datacentres.

In the Internet censorship area, they presented their work on C-Saw, an incentive-compatible platform for collecting large-scale censorship measurements. The design of C-Saw addresses a fundamental challenge: “How to collect continuous and reliable censorship measurements around the globe?” Measurement systems that rely on volunteers to act as probe points have seen limited deployment as users often have little incentive to help gather continuous measurements. C-Saw addresses this long-standing problem. The C-Saw work appeared in ACM HotNets 2015, one of the most prestigious research venues in the area of networked systems.

In the datacentres area, Dr. Ihsan Qazi talked about PASE, a state-of-the-art datacentre transport for achieving extremely low latency. Datacentres have become a critical infrastructure for hosting user-facing online services such as web search, stock trading, social networking, and product advertising. Even a fraction of a second increase in latency can make a quantifiable difference in application performance, which in turn, impacts user experience and operator revenue. PASE vastly improves performance over the state-of-the-art protocols and is readily deployable, as it does not require any changes to the existing infrastructure. This work appeared in ACM SIGCOMM 2014, one of the most prestigious research venues in the area of computer networks.

Dr. Qazi gave talks at Stanford University on December 9, 2015 and UC Berkeley on December 10, 2015. These talks were followed by engaging discussions with the faculty and students. Dr. Qazi and Dr. Uzmi also met several faculty members individually, including Prof. Vern Paxon (UC Berkeley), Prof. Scott Shenker (UC Berkeley), Prof. Sylvia Ratnasamy (UC Berkeley), and Prof. Keith Winstein (Stanford), as well as PhD students working in the area of networks and systems. They also explored avenues for future collaborations between LUMS and these universities.

Dr. Uzmi gave a research talk at Google, Mountain View, CA on December 11, 2015, which was followed by Dr. Qazi’s talk at Facebook, Menlo Park, CA on December 11, 2015.  They both met with researchers at Google and Facebook and held discussions about collaborative projects as well as about future placements of LUMS students in these companies.

During these visits, they also met several LUMS alumni.