Syed, Affan Ahmed
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, USC/ISI
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not?" - George Bernard Shaw
I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI). I completed my PhD in Computer Science from University Of Southern California (USC) in 2009 with the dissertation title Understanding and Exploiting the Acoustic Propagation Delay in Underwater Sensor Networks. I am affiliated with the ISI Laboratory for Embedded Networked Sensor Experimentation (I-LENSE) Lab. My primary interest is to help develop an energy-transference architecture for wireless sensor networks. I am also currently involved in underwater sensor networks, network time-synchronization, high-latency medium access control design, and industrial wireless-mesh networking.
On May 14th, 2008 I was initiated in the Phi Kappa Phi honour society, USA's oldest and most selective all-discipline society honoring academic excellence. I was one of only 32 university-wide (3,000+) PhD students invited to join this selective society, representing the computer science department at USC.
On Feb. 26, 2009 I succesfully defended my thesis titled "Understanding and Exploiting the Propagation Delay in Acoustic Sensor Networks".
Cricket (of course... I am a Pakistani after all), Squash (even got a scar on my chin , thanks to ....,to prove it), Tennis , Badminton (love playing this game), Basket Ball, Swimming.
Movies, specially the pure adrenaline pumping action adventure, ones. But my favorites are mostly not from the pure action genre e.g. : BraveHeart, Dead man walking, Lord of the Rings, Matrix 1, Scarface.
I love to travel, as the numerous pictures above will testify, and appreciate the beauty of nature and human architecture. I have visited lots of places in USA: Los Angeles (duh!!!), San Franciso, Yosemite, San Diego, Santa Barbra, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Grand Canyon, Boston, Cape Cod, New York, Seattle, Reno, Bakersfield, Matha's Vineyard, Dallas, College Station, Houston, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Key West. I have also visited many places outside of USA including, Barcelona, Zurcih, Geneva, Interlaken, Bern, Qatar, Montreal, Singapore. While nearly all of these were for attending conferences/workshops, I enjoyed the excitement of interacting with new people and cultures. Traveling might be daunting for some but being tech savy makes it quite east. Besides, it's become a lot easier to arrange a travel now that there are plenty of resources like this one, advising on restaurants, landmarks, accommodation and finding the best deals possible.
Intellectual discourse about the meaning of our lives, politics, us and Islam - about once every month.
Books - all types. fiction (Ludlum, Cussler, Archer, Clancy), Science fiction (Dune), historical (Sword of Allah, Guns, Germs and Steel), classics (Illiad, Much ado about nothing).
If you want to check out another Website that I helped create check out this link Pakistanis@USC . If you are a Pakistani student or a prospective one, register over there to get tons of information(edit: I think this website is no longer functional, sorry). Also here is a modified DSR for glomosim that allows you to enable disable caching.
|USC Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way,
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
email: asyed at usc dot edu - Please email me if you find any inactive links.
|News||Maps, traffic & weather||Book Stores|
The LA Times
The New York Times
The Associated Press
The News Internations
ZDNet - Technical News
Maps On Us
Real-Time Traffic Conditions for LA
LA Weather Report
World time zone map
The official U.S. time
OPAMP Thechnical Books
BookPool - Internet Bookstore
Amazon.com Cyber Bookstore
McGraw-Hill Internet Bookstore
Addison Wesley Longman Online
|Islam||Misc||Links to Pakistan|
Understanding Islam and Muslims
Prophets (PBUH) Last Sermon
DR. Zakir Naik's Home Page
City of Los Angeles
Online Writing Lab
Guide to Grammar and Style
Ticket Master - Online
Career in Pakistan
Islamabad the beautiful
Pakistan info portal
NUST, my undergrad University
chowk.com: Interact with Pakistanis