Omer F. Rana
Mudasser F. Wyne
Cardiff University, UK
National University, San Diego, USA


Title How to complete a PhD – successfully

This two hour tutorial describes approaches and techniques that can be used to successfully carry out PhD research. The proposer recognizes that there are many ways in which successful research can be carried out, often requiring creative thought processes that are not always easy to generalize. However, over the years, the proposer has found good practice that has been utilized by both students and supervisors, which has the potential to significantly improve the outcomes from PhD research. The proposer believes that PhD research ideas can be developed as early as undergraduate study, and a supportive research environment is often necessary to nurture some of these ideas towards successful research. A significant focus of this tutorial is on computer science and informatics related PhD research, however many of the general principles will also be relevant for other disciplines. The aim of this tutorial is to provider undergraduate and postgraduate students (in addition to young faculty) with skills to carry out (and supervise) a successful PhD. The proposer builds on his experience in the UK and Europe (mainly), to identify good (and bad) practice – from the PhD proposal stage to eventual completion of a PhD thesis. Learning Objectives are:

  • Producing a research plan – how to write a PhD proposal
  • Understanding the PhD process – variations to this, as observed by the proposer
  • Understanding the stages in the PhD process – the importance of planning vs. the desire for serendipity
  • Understanding how to documenting your work – and the publishing process
  • Understanding and assessing impact from PhD work
Bio of Omer F Rana Bio of Mudasser F Wyne
Omer Rana is Professor of Performance Engineering in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University (UK). He holds a PhD in Neural Computing & Parallel Architectures from Imperial College (University of London, UK), an MSc in Microelectronics from the University of Southampton (UK) and a BEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College (University of London, UK). He has successfully supervised 10 PhD students and participated as external examiner for 85 students (in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand). He has also acted as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Imperial College, University College London, Bangor University, Brunel University and the Open University – all in the UK. He has held visiting positions at Argonne National Lab (USA), Oak Ridge National Lab (USA), Syracuse University (US), New University of Lisbon (Portugal), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), University of Waikato (New Zealand) and the University of New South Wales (Australia). During these visits, he also provided short courses to computer science students related to his area of research in high performance distributed computing and data mining/analysis. He has been involved in organising summer schools (for PhD and early career researchers) at three IEEE/ACM conferences (Cluster Cloud & Grid Computing (CCGrid), Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), and Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC)). He was also co-organiser for the summer school in 2014 on “autonomic systems for intelligent transport systems”, as part of the EU COST Action – ARTS, particularly aimed at early career researchers. Prof. Rana has published over 280 papers in international peer reviewed conferences and journals, and prior to joining Cardiff University worked as a software developer with London-based Marshall BioTech. Limited, developing instrumentation and data analytics software on a contract-basis (undertaking projects with Astra-Zeneca, Merck, Amersham International, Hybaid and Fisons Applied Sensors Technology). He is a fellow of the UK “Higher Education Academy”. Mudasser Wyne has been in academics for more than 25 years with 2 years at High Energy Physics institute (Germany), served in 5 countries and 7 different academic institutes, including National University. He joined in 2008 as Professor of Computer Science and is currently serving as the Chair of Department of Computer Science, Information and Media Systems. He enjoys working on academic related activities hence served as chair of graduate council Program review and undergraduate program review committees in addition to serving on program assessment committees. He served with ABET for accrediting Computer Science and Information system programs since 2001 and retired as Commissioner for ABET Computing accreditation Commission (CAC) July 2015. He is also actively involved in other numerous professional activities. Served as Chair/co-chair of 14 International Conferences/workshops, Panel chair for 7 International Conferences/workshops and have given 21 invited talks at International Conferences/workshops. In addition, served on 4 Ph. D. thesis committees, 7 editorial boards for International Journals, and program committees for 157 international conferences with 50+ Publications in peer reviewed international Journals and conferences. In recognition of his hard work I have been awarded 2013 NU Professoriate award, ABET appreciation award 2014 for conducting difficult accreditation visit, and 2 best paper awards. One of the latest accomplishments and honor is the award of prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright William J. Fulbright Scholarship award to Saudi Arabia. Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Syed Misbahuddin

College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Ummul Qura University, Saudi Arabia



Internet of Things (IoT) is the new Internet paradigm which envisions the Internet connectivity to virtually “every” thing on the earth. To underpin IoT vision, “things” must have network connectivity. Newly surfaced low cost and low power single board computers (SBC) such as Raspberry Pi attributed with networking features and smart phones can be exploited for developing IoT based applications. The Raspberry Pi (Pi) is a single board computer containing a processor and graphics chip, program memory (RAM) and various interfaces and connectors for external devices. Pi is full blown Linux single board computer which can be used as standalone Linux machine for software development in Java, C and Python script. It can also be used as embedded system for controlling external hardware. This Tutorial aims to detail the configuration of Raspberry Pi as IoT device. Tutorial Outline is as follows:

  1. Introduction to Raspberry Pi’s overall architectures and peripherals
  2. Development of basic hardware interfacing circuits to Raspberry Pi using Python
  3. Introduction to Networking of Raspberry Pi
  4. Configuration of “WebioPi” IoT framework on Raspberry Pi
  5. Installation of open source VPN solution on Raspberry Pi for Internet access
  6. Demonstration of accessing Raspberry Pi General Purpose IO (GPIO) interface via smart phones

Dr. Syed Misbahuddin received BE in Electronics from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi Pakistan, MS in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, USA. Dr Syed Misbahuddin is a professor of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Ummul Qura University, Makkah tul Mukkaram, Saudi Arabia. He possesses vast teaching and research experience in the area of Computer Engineering with focus on digital systems. His research interests are in embedded systems, parallel and distributed computing and e-learning.

Hammad Cheema

SEECS, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan


Title Healthcare Revolution through Wearable Electronics

This tutorial will introduce wearable electronics domain and the impact it has had in the healthcare domain. Starting from fitness trackers, to smart watches to diagnostic devices, healthcare has witnessed a drastic change in the western countries where ambulatory monitoring is being preferred over in-hospital checkups thus reducing the healthcare costs. In addition, continuous gathering of data is helping physicians and medical scientists to get insights into information which were never available before. The tutorial will also present the basic building blocks which are typically used to develop health centric wearable electronics. The aims and learning objectives of the tutorial are as follows:

  • To introduce the domain of wearable electronics
  • To discuss the impact of wearable electronics in healthcare
  • To share few examples of products/projects in this domain
  • To share technological enablers for wearable electronics

Dr. Hammad Cheema received Bachelors in Electrical Engineering degree with highest honors from College of EME, NUST in 2002 and MSc in Telecommunications from Technical University of Denmark in 2004. Dr. Cheema received PhD in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands in January 2010. His PhD research was related to integrated circuit design of phase locked loops and millimeter wave components for 60 GHz broadband wireless transceivers. He stayed at TU Eindhoven for another year as post doctorate researcher and worked on Modelling of interconnects between on-chip antennas and power amplifiers. In 2011, Dr. Cheema joined the IMPACT Lab at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia as a post-doctoral research fellow where he worked on 60 GHz and 24 GHz transmitter chips with on-chip antennas. In addition, Dr. Cheema worked on flexible and printed electronics for low-cost inkjet printed applications using substrates such as paper and plastics. A paper-based wearable inkjet printed TAG for personnel tracking both indoors and outdoors was demonstrated in this research. He is currently working as an assistant professor at NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS). Dr. Cheema’s industrial experience includes various technical roles at Motorola & Ericsson in Pakistan, and Danske Telecom, Accenture and Microsoft in Denmark.