|Dr Mustansar Ali Ghazanfar|
2 April 1984 |
ECS, University of Southampton
|Fields||Data Mining; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning;|
Dr. Mustansar Ali Ghazanfar (AKA Dr Musi) is a young researcher in the field IT/software. He is an inspirational example for young Pakistani IT students. He is an inspiring example for Pakistani Engineers living in remote villages. His primary education is from a remote area of Sialkot (Govt. primary school Zafarwal, Narowal). After his Pre-engineering, from FG Sir Syed college Rawalpindi, he was offered admissions (straight at open merit) in UET-Lahore and Taxila in Electrical Engineering; however, he chose Software engineering knowing its future growth. He repeatedly secured first position and got scholarship (department topper's scholarship) during his BSc Engineering at UET-Taxila. He got gold medal (GPA: 4.00) from UET-Taxila software engineering department for securing highest (90%) grades in the department in 2006. He also got massive cash prize from Chairman Nescom, Dr Samar Mubarik, for his achievements.
After his graduation, he served at ministry of defence as Assistant Manager for a short while where he got opportunity to work on the software part of Pak-Sat IR (the Pakistan first ever indigenous satellite). He got a chance to have informal discussion with Dr. Riaz Suddle (Director Suparco Lahore) about satellite communication.
He was awarded with full scholarship for his higher studies in fall 2007 from HEC, Pakistan. He was admitted by Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) department of University of Southampton, which one of the best ECS departments in UK (among top 3 department in electronics and computer science according to Guardian University Guide and Southampton university is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science consistently in the QS World Rankings) having deep collaboration with MIT USA. He got opportunity to have discussions with reputed faculty members of Southampton, e.g. sir Tim Berners-Lee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee), the inventor of the World Wide Web (WWW). He worked under the supervision of Prof. Nick Jennings (One of the best researchers in Europe in Artificial Intelligence having h-index of 97 (the second top non-American according to Palsberg)). His MSc dissertation got highest grades among his class and got published in a well-known conference.
He was awarded with PhD scholarship from University of Southampton in fall 2008 and he worked on Instant Knowledge project, a research project funded by Vodafone, aiming at providing personalized recommendation to mobile users. During his PhD, he published more than 10 international journals and conference papers. One of his journal paper (published in Information Sciences) is among top journals of the world (impact factor > 3). One of his papers was granted with best student paper award in Rome, Italy in 2011. He has presented his work across whole Europe, Eastern countries, and USA (twice). He passed his PhD viva at the age of 27 from University of Southampton, UK. During his PhD, he also worked at Brandwatch, a multinational firm working on data mining and machine learning where he improved their language detection framework by 10% (accuracy improvement). He served as a mentor for MSc Engineering students during his stay at University of Southampton providing them career counseling, providing advice for home sickness to international students, and assisting in their daily business.
He was approached by various Web giants such as, Microsoft, Google, and other multinational companies worldwide; however, he preferred to serve Pakistan’s inchoate software industry. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at UET-Taxila where he is supervising various MSc and BSc Engineering students. He is an active blogger (http://musiali.blogspot.com/) and regularly writes for newspaper. He also served at British Red cross during his stay in United Kingdom as a Volunteer. He is an active sports person, playing all sort of games, including long tennis, cricket, soccer, swimming, running, and Gym. His detailed professional profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=14432977&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile.
- Best Student Paper award in IADIS European conference on data mining, July 2011, Italy
- Got PhD studentship from MobileVCE (www.mobilevce.com)
- Achieved scholarship from HEC (www.hec.gov.pk) for doing MSc in U.K.
- Top in Software Deptt.,University of Southampton (www.soton.ac.uk), 2007/08 session.
- MSc Dissertation (proposing a solution for collation formation among multi-agent systems) got heights grades in the department.
- Gold Medalist of UET-Taxila in Software Deptt. (Overall 4 yr top)
- Achieved scholarships repeatedly from UET Taxila (www.uettaxila.edu.pk) (topper scholarship).
- Achieved grand cash prize from Chairman NESCOM (Dr. Samar Mubarik) Pakistan, Apr. 2007
- Achieved scholarship from PITB (www.pitb.gov.pk), Oct 2005
AREAS OF INTEREST:
- Data Mining
- Machine Learning
- Recommender Systems
- Collaborative Filtering
- Information Retrieval
- Kernel based learning
- Classification techniques
- Dimensionality reduction techniques for handling large scale data,
- Clustering, Google Page Rank,
- Quantitative Analysis, Quant research and development
- Hedge fund
- Software Development, Object Oriented Programming
I love editing Pakistan renewed scientists and areas related to Machine learning/data mining.