IMG_9773 (1)I’m a 5th year P.hD candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. I’m very fortunate to work with Prof. Ramesh Govindan in the Networked Systems Laboratory. I am the recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal for my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar (UETP).

My research interests are mostly in mobile networks, sensing, and systems. My Google Scholar profile can be viewed here. You can contact me at [firstname]ahm[at]usc[dot]edu

News / Updates

  • Oct 2020: Passed PhD thesis proposal exam at USC.
  • Feb 2020: Presented CarMap at NSDI 2020.
  • Dec 2019: CarMap accepted at NSDI 2020.
  • August 2019: Resumed research at NSL, USC.
  • May 2019: Summer internship at NEC, Princeton.
  • May 2019: Passed PhD oral qualifying exam at USC.

Awards

  • Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist, San Deigo, USA 2019.
  • ACM MobiSys 2018 – Best paper runner-up award (AVR).
  • ACM SenSys 2017 – Student travel grant.
  • FulBright – Masters scholarship 2016 (declined).
  • UETP 2014 – Presidential Award.
  • UETP 2014 – University Gold Medal.
  • Peshawar Youth Conference – Youth Gold Medal for IT.

Publications

CarMap: Fast 3D Feature Map Updates for Automobiles
Fawad Ahmad, Hang Qiu, Ray Eells, Fan Bai, and Ramesh Govindan.
USENIX NSDI 2020.
[Paper][Video Demo][Talk][Code][Slides]

QuickSketch: Building 3D Representations in Unknown Environments using Crowdsourcing
Fawad Ahmad, Hang Qiu, Xiaochen Liu, Fan Bai, and Ramesh Govindan.
IEEE Fusion 2018.
[Paper]

AVR: Augmented Vehicular Reality
Hang Qiu, Fawad Ahmad, Fan Bai, Marco Gruteser, and Ramesh Govindan.
ACM MobiSys 2018 (Best paper runner-up award)
[Paper][Video Demo][Code][GetMobile Highlights]

Shortest Processing Time Scheduling to Reduce Traffic Congestion in Dense Urban Areas
Fawad Ahmad, Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, and Faqir Zarrar Yousaf.
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (Systems).
[Paper]

Augmented Vehicular Reality: Enabling Extended Vision for Future Vehicles
Hang Qiu, Fawad Ahmad, Ramesh Govindan, Marco Gruteser, Fan Bai, and Gorkem Kar.
ACM HotMobile 2017.
[Paper]

Poster: Accurate Vehicle Detection in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) using Wireless Magnetic Sensors
Fawad Ahmad, and Sahibzada Ali Mahmud
ACM SenSys 2015
[Paper]

Feasibility of Deploying Wireless Sensor-based Road Side Solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems
Fawad Ahmad, Abdul Basit, Hussain Ahmad, SA Mahmud, GM Khan, and FZ Yousaf.
IEEE ICCVE 2013.
[Paper]

Real-Time Evaluation of Shortest Remaining Processing Time based Schedulers for Traffic Congestion Control using Wireless Sensor Networks
Fawad Ahmad, Irfan Khan, SA Mahmud, GM Khan, and FZ Yousaf.
IEEE ICCVE 2013.
[Paper]

Shortest Remaining Processing Time based Schedulers for Reduction of Traffic Congestion
Fawad Ahmad, SA Mahmud, GM Khan, and FZ Yousaf.
IEEE ICCVE 2013.
[Paper]

Implementation of Shortest Remaining Processing Time based Schedulers on a 32-bit Serial based Processing Platform
Fawad Ahmad, M Ali, SA Mahmud, GM Khan, and FZ Yousaf.
IEEE ICCVE 2013.
[Paper]

Patents

Method and Apparatus of a Context-Aware Crowd-sourced Sparse High Definition Map
Fawad Ahmad, Hang Qiu, Ramesh Govindan, Donald K. Grimm, and Fan Bai.
[PDF]

Crowd-Sensed Point Cloud Map
Fawad Ahmad, Hang Qiu, Fan Bai, and Ramesh Govindan.
[PDF]

Work Experience

Graduate Research Assistant (2016 – present)
Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California.

Research Intern (May 2019 – August 2019).
NEC Laboratories, Princeton, New Jersey.
Mentors: Karthik Sundaresan, and Eugene Chai.

Research Intern (May 2017 – August 2017)
General Motors Research and Development, Warren, Michigan.
Mentor: Fan Bai.

Visiting Faculty (January 2016 – May 2016)
Department of Computer Systems Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar.

Chief Executive Officer (June 2014 – May 2016)
Spark Game Studios Pvt Ltd.