My Curriculum Vitae

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Muhammad Adil Raja


Address:
Pakistan
Date of Birth: 12-01-1977

Phone:  
e-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.ul.ie/wireless

Objectives

I am very fond of doing scientific or engineering research either as a professional or as a hobbyist. Given a decent opportunity I would like to address a challenging research question that addresses a niche that human society currently faces. This Curriculum Vitae gives a snapshot of what I have been doing in the past. A statement of my research interests can be solicited by e-mail if it is not already provided with this application (which shouldn’t have been the case had it been asked for already).

Work Experience

February 2010 – February 2011, Post-Doctorate Researcher
Orange Labs, France Telecom R&D, Lannion, France

September 2008 – June 2009, Assistant Professor
College of Information technology,
University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

Education

February 2005 – August 2008, Ph. D. Fall
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Fall 2004, M.S in Computer Science
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan.

Fall 2000, B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET), Lahore, Pakistan.

Current Research

Real-time Non-intrusive Quality Estimation of VoIP.

My PhD research was focused on derivation of effective techniques for real-time, non-intrusive estimation of speech quality. This involved development of both parametric and signal-based models. I have worked on the derivation of equipment impairment factors for the E-model and also on feature significance analysis of ITU-T P.563 i.e. on improving ITU-T recommended standards for non-intrusive speech quality estimation.

Currently, I am working on the extension of ITU-T G.107, the E-model, for the mixed NB/WB scenarios. The goal is to develop a new model specially tailored for the needs of France Telecoms’ telecommunications network.

Presentations and Talks

  • ’On Losses, Pauses and Jumps and the Wideband E-Model’, in Orange Labs, France Telecom
    R&D, July 2010.
  • ”Real-Time Non-Intrusive Speech Quality Estimation Of Voice Over Internet Protocol Using
    Genetic Programming’, Thesis Presentation in University of Limerick, Ireland, May 2008.
  • ’Real-Time, Non-Intrusive Evaluation of VoIP’, In 10th European Conference on Genetic
    Programming (EuroGP), 2007
  • ’Non-Intrusive Quality Evaluation of VoIP Using Genetic Programming’, in First International
    Conference on Bio Inspired Models of Networks Information and Computer Systems
    (Bionetics), 2006, Cavalese, Italy.

Research Collaborations

  • During my PhD studies I also had a chance to collaborate with a center of excellence, namely,
    Biocomputing and Developmental Systems () Group headed by Dr. Conor Ryan 1
    in University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • Recently, during my postdoctoral research in France Telecom I again had a chance to build
    industry-academia liaison between France Telecom and the group.

Research Interests

  • Computer-aided Diagnosis.
  • Pattern Recognition, Classification/Regression Techniques.
  • Real-time, Non-intrusive Speech Quality Estimation Techniques.
  • Any question related to speech and audio processing.
  • Applications of Image processing and Computer Vision.
  • Hyper heuristics.
  • Computational Neuroscience.
  • Computational Biology.
  • Communication Networks.
  • Artificial Worlds and Artificial Societies.
  • Applied Statistics.
  • Digital Signal Processing and its Applications.
  • Automatic Speech Recognition.
  • Machine Learning methods in particular Neural Networks and Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms for discovering, rediscovering and tuning models for complex engineering problems. Recent focus has been on the use of Genetic Programming (GP) for a derivation of parsimonious models with good generalizing abilities on unseen data. For this purpose, I have been looking into augmenting GP with first and second order numerical algorithms and with simulated annealing and Genetic Algorithms.
  • Over the past year or so, I have been trying to develop an understanding on as to how human mind and brain function. To this end, I have been involved in reading books from notable authors such as Anthony Robins, Marvin Minsky, and Kay Redfield Jamison. I am particularly interested in developing computational models that may aid in estimating and treating mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. This, however, has remained more of a hobby or an interest due to lack of resources.

Additional Work Experience

Assistant Professor

University of the Punjab

Lahore, Pakistan

2008–2009

  • Machine Learning
  • Program coordinator MS/MPhil studies.

Teaching Assistant

University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland.

Fall 2005

  • ET4718: Java Programming and Introduction to Software Engineering
  • ET4747: Distributed Systems
  • CE4701: Computer Software
  • I have also supported a number of course modules at the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Learning Center, University of Limerick. The courses include Programming in Pascal, Data Structures and Algorithms, Object Oriented Programming and Computer Networks.

Software Projects

Development of a Markov Chain Model for Characterization of Network Related Impairments That May Affect VoIP Speech Quality
Recently I have been involved in developing a four-state Markov chain model to characterize the intensity of additional network layer impairments that may affect the speech quality of Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP). The impairments include pauses (temporal dilation) as well as jumps (temporal contraction) of the speech signal that ensue from interactions between network jitter and the jitter buffer. As the work is under review currently, complete details of the project cannot be disclosed.

Development of Genetic Programming (GP) and Genetic Algorithm (GA) Systems. Recently I have been involved in development of a GA-GP hybrid for my research. The project was aimed at development of a hybrid optimization system. The hybrid approach allows for the GP to search for an appropriate structure for the target model, whereas the GA tunes the coefficients of the models during evolution. The development was done in Java.

Development of Grammatical Evolution (GE) I have also been involved in developing GE software that may be used to search computer programs befitting a certain problem domain using an arbitrary search technique such as a GA or a particle swarm optimizer.

Development of a Graphical Controller for ULMAN2 wireless Ad-hoc Network: The Controller is responsible for remote command execution and file transfer on a variable number of wireless nodes concurrently. Java Programming language was used as the development environment and Unix as the underlying operating system. The controller has a graphical user interface. Some of the functions of the Controller are:

  • A variable number of graphical consoles can be invoked by the user to monitor and control the wireless network.
  • It provides functionality to execute remote commands concurrently such as running ping commands, routing protocols and invoking VoIP calls on wireless nodes.
  • It displays a time-varying topology of the network on a graphical panel.

Implementation and Evaluation of a Routing Algorithm for Sensor Networks: The focus of my master’s project was to highlight the advantages of a routing protocol for sensor networks based on MTE (minimum transmission energy) routing. I designed and developed a graphical simulator for evaluation of my algorithm. I used C-sharp for development of the project.

Some other academic projects include:

  • Development of a Distributed File System in C-sharp.
  • Development of Simulation Modules for Spanning Tree and RIP Protocols.
  • A Simulation Study of CR-LDP Based MPLS Enabled Network.

Graduate Courses Taken

  • Advanced Algorithms.
  • Network Protocols and Standards.
  • Distributed Systems.
  • Digital Signal Processing.
  • Digital Image Processing.
  • Multimedia Communications.
  • Data Warehousing.
  • Topics in Internet Research.
  • Machine Learning.
  • Stochastic Systems.
  • Software Tools and Processes.
  • Business Management for Computer Scientists.
  • Project Management.
  • Graph Theory.
  • High Performance Computing.
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching.
  • Internetworking with Unix TCP/IP.

Undergraduate Courses Taken

  • Physical Metallurgy.
  • Structure of Materials.
  • Heat Treatment.
  • Powder Metallurgy.
  • Foundry Engineering.
  • Welding Engineering.
  • Strength of Materials.
  • Ferrous Metallurgy.
  • Non-ferrous Metallurgy.
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Materials Science.
  • Fuels and Refractories.

Awards

  • One of the papers was nominated for the best paper award by the EuroGP 2007 conference committee.
  • Honorable mentions were awarded twice for the 2007 and 2008 Hummies awards for human-competitive results produced by genetic and evolutionary computation 3 .
  • A non-Eu Fee scholarship was awarded for the academic year 2007.
  • Three travel bursaries were awarded by conference management committees of EuroGP 20074 , EuroGP 20085
    and GECCO 20086 to travel to Spain, Italy and the U.S respectively.

Other Qualifications

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): I appeared for GRE in Summer 2001 and my score was 1830.
  • I attended a course on Behavioral Technology arranged by The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Learning Centre, University of Limerick in January 2006.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • I am a reviewer of the journal: Soft Computing – A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications, Springer.
  • I am a reviewer of the journal: Neural Computing and Applications, Springer.

Skills

  • Programming Languages: Java, C, C++, C-shrap, IXP2400 micro-engine Assembly, MPI, OpenMP.
  • Software Tools: Matlab, Perl, HTML, NS-2, SQL, MS Office, Visio, LATEX.
  • Operating Systems: Mac OS, Linux, Unix, Solaris, VxWorks, Windows.
  • Hardware Platforms: I have data plane and core processor programming experience of Intel’s IXP2400 NPU.
  • A thorough familiarity with various network protocols and standards.
  • Debugging, code inspection.

Interests/Hobbies

  • Reading philosophy, popular science, popular psychology.
  • Playing badminton, swimming.
  • I like Indian film music and subcontinental classical music.
  • I normally like Hollywood Movies. I was also a member of the dramatic society of UET Lahore as a student.
  • I like to create nerd humor at times. At one stage I wanted to be a stand-up Comedian. Leslie Nielsen is my favorite Comedian.
  • I was a member of the Palestine solidarity society in University of Limerick.
  • I was also an active member of the badminton club of University of Limerick.
  • I love to meet new people from diverse cultural backgrounds. In the past, I found it particularly easy and enlightening to meet and befriend people from Romania, Libya, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, France, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, the UK and the USA.
  • I also love to cook oriental food.
  • Jeg er ogsłære at dansk, og jeg er i modul 2.
  • Scientific research.

Publications

PhD Thesis

Adil Raja, ’Real-Time Non-Intrusive Speech Quality Estimation Of Voice Over Internet Protocol Using Genetic Programming’, Defended May 2008, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Journal

Adil Raja, Anna Jagodzinska, and Vincent Barriac On Losses, Pauses and Jumps and the Wideband E-Model, In Review, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech And Language Processing, 2011.

*Adil Raja, R. Muhammad Atif Azad, Colin Flanagan and Conor Ryan Evolutionary Speech Quality Estimation in VoIP, Soft Computing – A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications, Springer
Berlin / Heidelberg, November 26, 2009.

*Adil Raja, R. Muhammad Atif Azad, Colin Flanagan and Conor Ryan A Methodology for Deriving VoIP Equipment Impairment Factors for a mixed NB/WB Context, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, October
2008.

Book Chapters

Adil Raja and Colin Flanagan Real-Time, Non-Intrusive Speech Quality Estimation: A Signal-based Model, In Proceedings of 11th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP), 2008.

Adil Raja, R. Muhammad Atif Azad, Colin Flanagan and Conor Ryan ’Real-Time, Non-Intrusive Evaluation of VoIP’, In Proceedings of 10th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP), 2007. Nominated for best paper award.

Conference

Adil Raja, R. Muhammad Atif Azad, Colin Flanagan and Conor Ryan VoIP Speech Quality Estimation in a Mixed Context with Genetic Programming, In Proceedings of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, July 2008.

*Adil Raja, R. Muhammad Atif Azad, Colin Flanagan, Conor Ryan An Evolutionary Approach to Speech Quality Estimation. in Proceedings of FBIT 2007.

Adil Raja, R. Muhammad Atif Azad, Colin Flanagan, Dorel Picovici and Conor Ryan ’Non-Intrusive Quality Evaluation of VoIP Using Genetic Programming’, In the proceedings of First International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Networks Information and Computer Systems (Bionetics), 2006, Cavalese, Italy.

Dorel Picovici, Adil Raja, and Colin Flanagan, ’Real-time, Non-intrusive VoIP Evaluation Using Second Generation Network Processor’, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing, 21-24 May 2006, 1208-1211.

References

  1. Dr. Colin Flanagan, PhD Supervisor,
    Senior lecturer
    Electronic and Computer Engineering Department,
    University of Limerick,
    Ireland
    Tel: +353-(0)-61-202622
  2. Dr. Atif Azad,
    Computer Science & Information Systems Department,
    University of Limerick,
    Limerick,
    Ireland,
    Phone: +353-61-202673
    E-Mail: [email protected]
  3. Dr. Ole Winther,
    Associate Professor, Ph.D.
    Intelligent Signal Processing,
    Informatics and Mathematical Modelling,
    Technical University of Denmark (DTU) B321
    DK-2800 Lyngby,
    Copenhagen,
    Denmark
    Phone: +45 4525 3895
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web: http://cogsys.imm.dtu.dk/staff/winther/
  4. Dr. Vincent Barriac
    France Telecom R&D,
    Lannion,
    France,
    Phone: +33 -(0)296051810
    E-mail: [email protected]
  5. Anna Jagodzinska
    France Telecom R&D,
    Lannion,
    France,
    Phone: +33 -(0)296052290
    E-mail: [email protected]
  6. Dr. Ronan Skehill
    Electronic & Computer Engineering Department
    University of Limerick,
    Limerick,
    Ireland
    Phone: +353-61-202402
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web: http://www.ul.ie/wireless
  7. Dr. John Nelson,
    Electronic & Computer Engineering Department,
    University of Limerick,
    Limerick
    Ireland
    Tel: +353-(0)-61-202358
    E-mail : [email protected]
    Web: http://www.ul.ie/wireless

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2 comments

  1. Assalam o alaikum!

    Dear Dr Adil sb,

    Its really wonderful to see your accomplishments and its really a pleasure and honour to be your colleague. May ALLAH bless you always. Ameen

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