Centre Core Team

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad, Director

Dr. Abubakr Muhammad is the founding director of CYPHYNETS Lab and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at LUMS, Pakistan. He is a Jr. Associate Fellow of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy and until recently the Secretary NMO in Pakistan for the Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA where his PhD thesis won the Sigma Xi Best PhD Dissertation Award. He also received master’s degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He was a postdoctoral researcher first at the University of Pennsylvania and then at McGill University. In 2008, he established the Laboratory for Cyber Physical Networks and Systems (CYPHYNETS) at LUMS. The Lab does fundamental and applied research in robotics, cyber physical systems and water systems engineering. During his research career, he has spent time as a visiting researcher at UIUC, Stanford, ETH Zurich, KAUST, TU Kaiserslautern, University of Melbourne and ICTP. He is currently leading WIT as director.

Mr. Talha Manzoor, Systems Analyst

Talha Manzoor is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. Prior to this, he obtained his MS in Computer Engineering from LUMS and BS in Mechatronics Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan in 2010.
Mr. Manzoor’s interests lie in the application of socio-economic networks, optimal growth and strategic interactions for control of socio-ecological systems. During his studies, he has spent time as a visiting researcher at TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. In 2013 he was selected for the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) at IIASA, where he initiated his work on understanding the factors driving the dynamics of individual consumer behaviour, in order to identify policies favourable to sustainability. In the past, he has also worked on control and estimation problems with applications to robotics and computer vision.

Mr. Zahoor Ahmad, Electronics Engineer

Mr. Zahoor Ahmad received his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Islamic University of Technology (a subsidiary organ of OIC), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2009.   During his graduation he worked with Warid Telecom Bangladesh as an internee on GSM/GPRS technologies. In 2009, he worked at Teltonika, Pakistan and later at A5 Solutions in Karachi as a hardware design engineer on different wireless/GSM/GPRS/GPS based security and data logging applications for fleet management and pharma industry. In a joint project with Karachi Water Board, he developed wireless interface for water meter (Aqua Master S made by ABB) used in urban water monitoring.

In 2012, Mr. Ahmad joined CYPHYNETS lab, School of Science & Engineering, LUMS as Research Assistant /Electronic Engineer.  At CYPHYNETS, his duties included hardware development of wireless smart water meters for monitoring distributary canals and small outlets. In 2014, the developed smart water meters were deployed over 17 distributaries of Hakra Branch in Bahawalnagar for discharge calculation. Currently, he has joined the newly established Center for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT) at LUMS.

Mr. Waqas Riaz, Software Engineer

Mr. Riaz is a Research Assistant/Software Engineer in the team of hydrometry for the project of Real Time Flow Monitoring system (RTFM). He joined Cyber Physical Networks Lab (CYPHYNETS) in 2014 and later became the core team member at Center for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT) in 2016. Working here at WIT, his duties include to develop, maintain and improve backend software support for data acquisition and dissemination of canal flow data over web and mobile devices. He have also contributed in developing and using the methodology for flow measurement in small irrigation watercourses using critical flow devices and smart water meter.

Prior to joining WIT, he worked as a Research Assistant at Alternate Energy Research and Innovation Lab (AERIL) at KICS, UET Lahore. Mr. Riaz received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Computer Engineering from National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (NUCES-FAST) in 2013. He has also gained certifications in Web development, database management and CCNA.

Mr. Allah Baksh Shimroze, Laboratory Technician

Allah Bakhsh Shamrooz is a diversified technician with over 10 years of extensive field experience in electronics including biomedical equipment and home appliances. He holds an Associate Engineering Diploma (DAE) in Electronics. At Center for Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS he has contributed heavily in assembling and testing of an in-house developed hydrometer and in deployment and maintenance of a network of these hydrometers in Bahawanagar/ Haroonabad area.

Mr. Soban Hameed Saigol, Administrative Manager

Mr. Saigol is the main administrator of the WIT project, with over eight years of successful experience in the field of administration, HR and Finance. Prior to joining WIT, he was working as an Administration Officer in Electrical Engineering Department of Lahore University Management Sciences. During the 2008 cycle, Soban served as the Project Head for Canotech International on their LUMS project, where he made the project highly successful. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Preston Institute of Management Sciences and Technology (PIMSAT) and has also taken different short course certifications in CCNA, CCNP, MCSE Graphic Designing and MS Office.

Zehra Shah Research Associate, WIT

Zehra Shah specializes in data analysis and machine learning, focusing mainly on applications in the field of remote sensing. She is currently working in collaboration with WIT at LUMS and the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at UC Davis, USA, on analyzing the Indus river system using remote sensing and ICT technologies. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science from UC Davis (Data Analysis and Visualization group), where her thesis focused on LiDAR point cloud analysis for forest biomass estimation. She also holds M.S. and B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from LUMS. Zehra has taught both graduate and undergraduate level computer science courses at UC Davis and LUMS. Some of her research work has also been published in leading conference proceedings and journals, both in the areas of remote sensing and computer science. Zehra is deeply interested in leveraging her knowledge in the areas of machine learning, computer vision, and remote sensing, for practical and impactful applications in environmental resource management (e.g. water, agriculture, and forestry).