Ph.D., Fellow IEEE
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
iahmad at cse.uta.edu
Ph: (817) 272 1526; FAX: (817) 272 3784
Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad Computer Science and Engineering Department
527 Engineering Research Building,
500 UTA Blvd, Box 19015, The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019-0015, U.S.A.
A Fellow of the IEEE (class of 2008, for "contributions to scheduling techniques in parallel and distributed computing systems"), Dr. Ahmad received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the
of Engineering and Technology,
Pakistan, in 1985, and an MS degree in
Computer Engineering and a PhD degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University, New York, U.S.A., in 1987 and 1992,
Prior to that, for his secondary school education he studied at Lahore's
the prestigious school that has been attended by the likes of Nobel Laureates Dr. Abdus Salam and
Dr. Har Gobind Khorana,
great Urdu Poet Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, and star cricket player
His research has been related to high-performance parallel and distributed computing, multicore processors, optimization algorithms, multimedia systems, and video compression techniques. His current focus is on developing energy-ware "green" high-performance computing systems and data centers. He is recognized for his research work in the above areas with
225 plus technical papers in refereed journals and conferences including
some widely cited papers. This includes papers on parallel program scheduling, survey on task graph scheduling, energy-ware performance optimization, survey on video transcoding, techniques for parallelizing scheduling and video compression, techniques for rate control and motion estimation in video coding, and survey on energy-aware task scheduling and temperature-aware task scheduling on parallel and distributed computing systems. He is particularly known and recognized for his research on massively parallel supercomputer design and video coding including being one of the earliest researchers who built a
software-based video phone.
He has received numerous research awards including elevation to the IEEE Fellow status and best paper awards at
Supercomputing '90 conference (New York), Supercomputing `91 conference (Albuquerque, New Mexico), and 2001 International Conference
on Parallel Processing (Spain). He also received the 2007 Best Paper Award for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, awarded at the 2007 ISCAS conference in New Orleans.
He joined the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department of the
University of Texas at Arlington in 2002 as full professor.
At UTA, he leads the
IRIS (Institute for Research in Security), an
inter-disciplinary university-wide research center.
Prior to joining UT Arlington, he was an associate professor in the Computer
Science Department at
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). At HKUST, he also
Multimedia Technology Research Center, an officially
recognized research center that he conceived and built from scratch in collaboration with Prof. Ming Liou.
The center received funding from various agencies of the Government of the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region of China as well as local and international
industries. With more than 70 industrial partners and 40 personnel
including faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, full-time staff, and
graduate students, the center engaged in numerous R& D projects with
academia and industry from Hong Kong, China, Europe, and the U.S. The center commercialized several of
its technologies to its industrial partners world wide.
See the group picture.
Dr. Ahmad's current research is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education (GAANN Project), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Adobe Inc., Texas Instruments, and Sun Microsystems.
He is leading several efforts in sustainable computing and computing for sustainability. This includes launching of a new journal with Elsevier,
Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (SUSCOM)) of which he is the founding editor-in-chief, and launching of the
International Green Computing Conference
which has been held in August 2010 at Chicago, in July 2011 at Orlando, in June 2012 at San Jose, in June at Arlington, Virginia, and will be held in November this year at Dallas, Texas. Dr. Ahmad is a consultant to industry on issue related to video coding, video streaming, high-performance computing architectures, and system software in general.
Book: Handbook of Energy-Aware and Green Computing,
Current Research Areas:
[High-Performance Computing] [Smart Energy Grid for Sustainability], [Technologies for People with Disabilities], [Image and Video Analysis]
He has served on the program committees of over 125 international conferences (co-chaired seven).
He served on the editorial board of
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology,
IEEE Transactions on Multimedia,
and was also one of the founding editors of
IEEE Distributed Systems Online.
He was also a guest editor of a Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems -- Power-Aware Parallel and Distributed Systems (PAPADS) ,
Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology- Video surveillance,
Currently, he is editor-in-chief of
Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (SUSCOM)),
and also area editor of
Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing,
IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems.