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Professor, Computer Science and Engineering College of Engineering
Ph.D. Syracuse 1992.
Areas of Sustainability/Environmental Expertise
High-Performance Computing, Video Processing, Green Computing, Data Centers, Optimization Algorithms.
Summary of Current and Ongoing Research
Green Computing on a Grid (NSF Grant)
GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (Do Ed Grant)
Video Compression (Industry Grant)
Publications and Research
His research interests include high-performance computing, computational science, parallel and distributed algorithms, power-aware computing, optimization, multimedia systems, video compression techniques, and homeland security. His current focus is on developing energy-ware “green” high-performance computing systems (grid and multi-core processors). His research work in these areas is published in 200 plus technical papers in refereed journals and conferences.
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 Multimedia Laboratory and 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 HKUST in Hong Kong. At HKUST, he also directed the 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 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.
Dr. Ahmad’s current research is funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Adobe Inc., and Sun Microsystems.
Awards and Grants
 Best Student Paper Award, Supercomputing ’90, New York, U.S.A, Oct. 1990
 Best Student Paper Award, Supercomputing ’91, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A, Oct. 1991
 Supervised a student paper that received the Third Prize in the IEEE (Hong Kong Section) undergraduate student paper contest, Sept. 1994
 Co-authored a student paper that received the Excellent Achievement Award in IEEE (Hong Kong Section) postgraduate student paper contest, Sept. 1994
 Co-authored a student paper that received the First Prize in the IEEE (Hong Kong Section) postgraduate student paper contest, Sept. 1995
 Best Paper Award, International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP01), Madrid, Spain, Sept. 2001
 2006 Runners-up for Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, April 2006
 2007 Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEECircuits and Systems Society, presented at ISCAS, New Orleans, May 2007
HONORS & OTHER AWARDS
 Research Assistantship by the Northeast Parallel Architectures Center, Syracuse University
 Teaching Excellence Award by the School of Engineering, HKUST, October 1996
 Merit-Based Salary Increment Award, given by the President of HKUST, in recognition of outstanding research, teaching and service (only one or two faculty members are given this award in a year), May 1997
 Early Promotion from assistant to associate professor, by HKUST, in recognition of outstanding research, teaching and service (the only assistant professor from the Computer Science Department to have received this award), January 1998
 Elected Senior Member of IEEE, February 2003
 Merit-Based Salary Raise in recognition of outstanding research, teaching, and service by the University of Texas at Arlington, August 2005
 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Certificate of Appreciate for service 2004-2005
 Supervised Samee Khan, recipient of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Arlington, February 2007
 Research Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding research, the University of Texas at Arlington, March 2007
 Plaque for Abell Distinguished Lecture in Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, Oct. 2007
 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), effective January 2008; citation: “for contributions to scheduling techniques in parallel and distributed computing systems,” Nov. 2007
 IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation, for conference service, Dec. 2007
 Advised Samee Khan, the recipient of the Nortel Outstanding CSE Doctoral Dissertation Award, Feb. 2008.
 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Certificate of Appreciate for service 2006-2007, June 2008.
Grants: Industry, NSF, Department of Education
I am interested in green energy for computers and the impact of computing on environment. My wish is to establish an inter-disciplinary research center on Green Computing. I am also contemplating for sometime in future an inter-disciplinary PhD degree with a focus on Green Computing.