LAHORE: Professors from Lahore University of Management Sciences ( LUMS ) win tech giant Google’s Faculty Research Award.
Dr Ihsan Ayub Kazi, the Chair and Associate Professor and Dr. Zafar Ayyub Kazi, the Assistant Professor at Computer Science in LUMS won the award. Both the professors teach at Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) in LUMS. Both won the highly prestigious and competitive award for their joint proposal.
The proposal was for designing technologies for making the Web faster for the billions who access the internet.
The project requires them to build technologies that will help running the Web performance on slow devices faster. Internet Users from developing countries usually use slow and obsolete devices at times to access the internet.
The awards from tech giant Google, are in form of funds for the research of the faculty from universities around the world. Along with funding for research the faculty and students are allowed to work side by side with Google engineers.
The award is highly competitive and barely 15% of people who send proposals receive the awards. Usually less than 5% of proposals belonging outside of United States usually win the prestigious award.
Role of LUMS and Purpose of Research
Speaking about the research facilities Dr. Ihsan said LUMS gives a vibrant research environment. He added that it was only possible through the support of the university that they were able to bag the award. He said that the students, faculty, research staff at the university is highly supportive and helped make it possible.
Dr. Ihsan informed that since their return to Pakistan they have been driven to focus on improving internet access for users.
He said evolving their research around this motive, they had focused on two things. One was mobile phones being the biggest mode for using internet second old-mobiles being used to access internet in developing countries.
He added that they wanted to improve user experience for users in such countries where old phones are still being used.