Dr Umar Saif is a young computer scientist. He has brought many awards and honors for Pakistan. He is an inspiration for the pakistani youth. He is now the vice chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU).
EducationDr. Saif received his academic training from LUMS, Cambridge and MIT. He did his BSc (Hons) from LUMS (1998), PhD from University of Cambridge (2001) and Post-Doctorate from MIT (2002). Dr. Saif has received Executive Education from the Harvard Kennedy School on Global leadership and public policy in 2013.
Areas of research
Dr saif's entrepreneurshipSaif has co-founded several startups at his incubator SCI. Two of his startups have played an important role in supporting civil society during political turbulence and natural disasters in Pakistan.
- Saif co-founded See`n`Report , Pakistan’s first citizen journalism service, during the political turmoil (and subsequent media bans) at the tail-end of the Musharraf era. Amidst media bans, See`n`report was used by civil society activists to report eyewitness accounts, using their cell-phones, during the historic lawyer’s movement. See`n`Report’s platform is now used by leading news and TV channels in Pakistan (and elsewhere) to run citizen journalism initiatives, including Geo TV (GeoDost) and Samaa TV (iSamaa). See`n`report was used by reporters and NGOs to report events live during the massive floods in Pakistan in 2010. Saif is also the co-founder of SMSall.pk , Pakistan’s first mobile social network. SMS all is one of the fastest growing SMS networks in Pakistan, used by hundreds of thousands of people to stay in touch, coordinate relief efforts and enable mobile communities. Over 4 Billion SMS have been sent using SMSall in Pakistan. He is also famous for his work for Dengue Fever.
- Saif is known for his work on using ICT solutions for developing-world problems.
- He is also the founder of Plan9, Pakistan's largest startup incubator and is often credited as one of the main forces behind the IT ecosystem in Pakistan. In his role as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, his work to introduce technology in government using low-cost smart-phones has had a transformative impact in Pakistan. The World Bank President highlighted this work as one of three global examples of good governance innovations in his landmark speech on governance reforms in Philippines.
Dr Umar saif servicesDr Umar saif has also served in Public Services. His contributions are discussed below:
Chairman of PITB
Epidemic warning systemUnder his leadership, PITB designed the smartphone-based early epidemic warning system that played a central role in fighting the Dengue epidemic in Punjab in 2012, and developed an innovative model for fighting corruption using technology.
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VC of ITUIn Jan 2013, Dr. Umar Saif was appointed the first Vice-chancellor of the Information Technology University (ITU). At the age of 34, he became the youngest Vice-chancellor of a university in Pakistan. Dr. Umar Saif has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Pakistan between 2013-14. He has served on the Boards of several government and semi-government organizations, including Aitchison College, Bank of the Punjab, Technical Education & Vocational Training Company (TEVTA), Engineering Consultancy Services of the Punjab, Urban Sector Planning and Management Services Unit, Lahore Parking Company, Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company and Punjab Educational Endowment Fund.
Publication of Dr Umar Saif
|Viral Entertainment as a Vehicle for Disseminating Speech-Based Services to Low-Literate Users||Raza, A., A., Christina, C., Guy, A., Sherwani, J., Pervaiz, M., Razaq, S., Saif, U., Rosenfeld, R. In Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2012), March 12-15, 2012.|
|BitTorrent for the Less Privileged||Khan, W., U., Saif, U. In Proceedings of the 10th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-X), November 14-15, 2011.|
|A Dynamic Platform for Runtime Adaptation||Pham, H., Paluska, J.M., Saif, U., Stawarz, C., Terman, C., Ward, S., In Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC), Vol. 5, No. 6, 2009. (extended version of PerCom'09 paper)|
|Collaborative Technologies in International Distance Education||Anderson, R., Anderson, R., Linnell, N., Pervaiz, M., Saif, U., Videon, F., In Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work in Design (CSCWD), April 22-24, 2009.|
|A Dynamic Platform for Runtime Adaptation||Pham, H., Paluska, J.M., Saif, U., Stawarz, C., Terman, C., Ward, S., In Proceedings of the 7th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom), March 9-12, 2009.|
|Structured Decomposition of Adaptive Applications||Paluska, J.M., Pham, H., Saif, U., Chau., G., Terman, C., Ward, S., In Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC), Vol. 4, No. 6, 2008|
|A Peer-to-peer Internet for the Developing World (Best papers from IEEE/ACM ICTD'07)||Saif, U., Latif, A., Butt, S. F., and Butt, N. F., Murtaza, G. In Journal of Information Technology and International Development (ITID), Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008 , MIT Press|
|Structured Decomposition of Adaptive Applications (Mark Weiser Best Paper Award)||Paluska, J.M., Pham, H., Saif, U., Chau., G., Terman, C., Ward, S., In Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom), March 17-21, 2008.|
|Internet for the Developing World: Offline Internet Access at Modem-speed Dialup Connections||Saif, U., Latif, A., Butt, S. F., and Butt, N. F., Murtaza, G. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), December 2007.|
|Poor Man's Broadband: Peer-to-Peer Dialup Networking||Saif, U., Latif, A., Butt, S. F., and Butt, N. F., In ACM SIGCOMM CCR Journal, vol. 37, no. 5, October 2007. (ACM Press)|
|Opportunistic File Association for Mobile Operating Systems||Saif, U., In Proceedings of the 7th IEEE Annual International Workshop on Mobile Computing and System Architectures (HotMobile'06), April, 2006.|
|Medium Access Control Issues in Sensor Networks||Ali, M., Saif, U., Dunkels, A., Voigt, T., Römer, K., Langendoen, K., Polastre, J., and Zartash, U., In ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (CCR), vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 33–-36, April 2006.|
|Reducing Configuration Overhead by Using Goal-oriented Programming||Paluska, J.M., Pham, H., Saif, U., Terman, C., Ward, S., In Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom), March 13-17, 2006.|
|Gigabit Routing on a Software-exposed Tiled- microprocessor||Saif, U., James, W., Anderson, Degangi, A., Agarwal, A., In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Annual International Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communication Systems (ANCS), October 2005.|
|Practical Experience with Adaptive Service Access||Saif, U., Paluska, JM., and Chauhan, V., In ACM Mobile Computing and Communication Review Journal (MC2R), vol. 9, ISSN 1559-1662. pp 27-40, January 2005.|
|A Case for Goal-oriented Programming Semantics||Saif, U., Pham, H., Paluska, J.M., Waterman, J., Terman, C., and Ward, S., In System Support for Ubiquitous Computing (UbiSys), at the Fifth Annual Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Ubicomp 2003.|
|Service-oriented Network Sockets||Saif, U., and Paluska, J.M., In USENIX Annual Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), 2003.|
|Internet Access to A Home Area Network||Saif, U., Gordon, D., and Greaves, D.J., In IEEE Internet Computing, 54-63, January-February 2001.|
|Communication Primitives for Ubiquitous Systems or RPC Considered Harmful||Saif, U., and Greaves, D.J., In Proceedings of ICDCS International Workshop on Smart Appliances and Wearable Computing, 2001|
Alumini award 2017LUMS Alumnus, Dr. Umar Saif received the British Council Alumni Award 2017 at a gala award ceremony hosted on March 3 in Islamabad, by Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan.
Professional achievement awardHe was conferred the ‘Professional Achievement Award’ for his professional achievements and the transformative impact of his research on the government and higher education in Pakistan. The awards aim to highlight the effect that a UK education can have upon individuals in countries around the world, as well as to inspire others to reach their potential by pursuing their education there. The awards were being held in 14 locations namely Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
- Dr. Saif was named as one of the top 35 young innvoators in the world (TR35) in 2011.
- He was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2010.
- Dr. Saif received the Google Faculty Research Award in 2011
- MIT Technovator Award in 2008, Mark Weiser Award at IEEE Percom'08
- Digital Inclusion Award from Microsoft Research in 2006
- The IDG CIO Technology Pioneer Award in 2008.
- During his doctorate studies, Dr. Saif was a Trinity College Overseas Scholar and Commonwealth Scholar at University of Cambridge
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