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RESEARCH PROJECTS
I have the unique distinction of holding joint position as Associate Professor in the university and Engineer Consultant in the Industry in Japan.  This situation demands high quality applied research in semantic based systems and high performance computing. Below is the description of the two selected ongoing projects (my research stamen contains the details of the research activities):

  • Semantic based systems: Emerging applications, such as e-health, e-business, e-service management, have following requirements:
  • Coordination and negotiation among services and applications,
  • Resources availability on supply demand basis,
  • Large and publicly accessible services.

ASG (Autonomous Semantic Grid) has been proposed to meet the requirements of service provision and utilization in heterogeneous and dynamically changing environment of the Internet. The concept is based on the unification of agent systems with Semantic web services and grid computing to realize the system architecture. A number of specific research issues in this area are being investigated, such as Semantic personal Information Management through Publish-subscribe Semantic Registry.


  • Semantic interoperability is a challenge for healthcare information systems to integrate and exchange information. Computerized Healthcare Information Systems (HIS) have been developed to process and manage data within the boundaries of an organization, hospital, or clinical laboratory. But that is not sufficient in the age of globalization where every industry (including healthcare) needs interoperable information systems in order to exchange and share the data. Health Level 7 (HL7), a standardization body, has proposed standards specifications to achieve interoperability in healthcare information systems. In order to provide the community with complete end-to-end solution, we have initiated a project called “Health Life Horizon: Design and Implementation of Open Source HL7 Version 3 for e-Health Services” at NUST SEECS, Pakistan. Through this project, we intend to develop an open source tool to facilitate healthcare organization in deploying HL7 V3 compliant interfaces for the required messages. The tool will include HL7 V3 message parsing/generation component based on HL7 Java SIG API, V2 to V3 convertor component, generic database mapping component and transportation component. HL7 V3 has achieved semantic interoperability using conventional concepts definition for different vocabularies. We aim to provide the community with semantic-based HL7 solution using ontologies. This is an industrial research and development -based project for the use of health organizations.
  • Note:  more details of the research projects and directions is given in the Teaching and Research statement.

    RESEARCH GRANTS:

    1. “Architecture Framework for Automating System Management Tasks: Agent Based Automated Metadata-gathering (ABAM)” submitted in 2006 to Acxiom Corporation USA (I was partner with Prof. Coskun Bayrak, fund did not approve)

    2. “Multi Agent System for Ad-hoc Applications”, HEC (Higher Education Pakistan), PI (Principal Investigator, Approximately 1 million Pakistani Rupees approved, project duration 2006-2007)

    3.  “Proactive Grid Middlware Development” submitted to ICT Asia Program of France with Prof. Denis Caromel, Inria France. Euro 25 000/- were approved  (I am partner in the project from 2007-2009)

    4. “Grid Enabled Multi-agent Systems (G-MAS) “ proposal submitted in 2008 to British Council with Dr. Peter Bloodsworth in 2008 (proposal was not approved).

    5. “HLH (Health Life Horizon Project): Design and Implementation of HL7 middleware” 14 million Pakistani Rupees approved, project duration 2008-2011).

    6.  Semantic Web Application Security, project proposal in progress, and I would like to submit by the end of April 2009 to ICT RD funds, Pakistan.

    Note: I have given the brief description of the successful project in the teaching and research statement. If required, I can provide detailed information.

    RESEARCH PROJECTS (Completed):

    • Scalable fault Tolerant Agent Grooming Environment (SAGE): Design and development of FIPA Compliant Multi-Agent System SAGE. SAGE is the first 2nd generation Multi-Agent System (MAS) in the world with the main objectives:
      • Fault tolerance,
      • Scalability
      • Mobility
      • Agent communication language semantics implementation.

    For more information: http://sage.niit.edu.pk,

    • Agentcities: 5th Framework European Project on Agent system development and deployment on global scale. The project has been completed in June 2003.
    • Designing a 10 users Ethernet compatible fiber optic local area network using code division multiple access.    
    • Design and implementation of fiber optics based 4-channel digital data transmission system using time division multiplexing technique.
    • Fabrication of holograms and their applications to pattern recognition.
    • Applications of spatial filtering to image processing.

    REPORTS:
    1.  'Designing a 10 user Ethernet compatible fiber optic local area network using code division multiple access', Laser Atomic and Molecular Physics Group, ICTP, Trieste, Italy).
    2.  'Design of optimal optical orthogonal codes using projective geometry', Laser Atomic and Molecular Physics Group, ICTP, Trieste, Italy).
    3.  'Design and implementation of channel encoding scheme for CDMA communication system', Laser Atomic and Molecular Physics Group, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.

  • 'Design of optimal optical orthogonal codes using projective geometry and difference sets: a generalized algorithm', Laser Atomic and Molecular Physics Group, ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
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