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Alumni Spotlight - Abusayeed Saifullah (M.Sc. 2006)

Published on: Fri, 06/06/2014
Last Modified: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 2:30pm


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After receiving his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Abusayeed Saifullah came to the University of Windsor in Fall 2005 to pursue an M.Sc. degree under the supervision of Dr. Tsin.  His research topic was in the area of self-stabilizing graph algorithms for computer network. Abu presented his first research paper at ISPA'07 and received the Best Student Paper Award. The paper was also selected by the program committee to publish in the journal IJHPCN.  Later, collaborating with his supervisor, they improved the result by reducing the message complexity by a factor of n (a significant improvement). The improved result was published in the journal IJFCS. 

Abu has recently received his Ph.D. (2008-2013) in Computer Science and Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Chenyang Lu from the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory of Washington University in St Louis.  During his Ph.D. study, he also worked at Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington as a research intern where he worked with Dr. Jie Liu in the Sensor and Energy Research Group. 

Abu’s Ph.D. research primarily concerns cyber-physical systems with contributions spanning real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, and parallel and distributed computing. He established the first real-time wireless scheduling theory for industrial multi-channel wireless mesh network by bridging wireless network and real-time scheduling domain. His research also contributed to this field by establishing a novel cyber-physical co-design approach for wireless control systems. 

At Microsoft Research, he built the CapNet system, a real-time wireless sensor network for data center power capping. To exploit multi-core processors for cyber-physical systems, he also extended his research to the area of real-time parallel computing where his contribution is regarded as one of the pioneering works in the area. His current projects include White Space sensor networking, in collaboration with Microsoft Research, to exploit TV spectrum White Spaces for wireless networking in wide-area sensing and control. 

Abu’s work appeared in top-tier conferences such as RTSS, RTAS, ECRTS, MobiHoc, and in scholarly journals including Real-Time Systems, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Computers.  In recognition of his work, he received the Best Student Paper Award at RTSS ’12 (The 32nd IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium) and was nominated for the Best Paper Award at RTAS ’12 (The 18th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium).

Abu is serving as a technical program committee member in RTSS 2014. During his Ph.D. study, he served as a reviewer of many conferences including RTSS, RTAS, SenSys, IPSN, INFOCOM, ICDCS, IPDPS, EMSOFT, MASS, SECON, EWSN, OPODIS and of many journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Algorithmica, and Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. 

Abu will join the Computer Science Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly, University of Missouri - Rolla) on July 1st as a tenure-track assistant professor.   Congratulations Abu!!