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Muhammad Rizwan Saeed

Ph.D. Candidate (Electrical Engineering)

Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

University of Southern California

3740 McClintok Ave, Los Angeles, USA 90089, EEB-200


Brief Bio

I am a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California (USC), being advised by Prof. Viktor K. Prasanna. As a Research Assistant in his Data Science Lab, I am working on Smart Oilfield Safety Net (SOSNet) project under Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft, success story) at USC. I got my M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014) and M.S. in Computer Science (2016) from University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2006) from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. [CV, Résumé]

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of Information Integration and Querying, Knowledge Graphs, Data Mining, and Semantic Web. During my graduate studies, I have been working on different problems in these domains with applications in Smart Oilfields. In the past, I have also worked on problems related to analyzing and predicting effects of Demand Response strategies in USC campus microgrid under the Smart Grid project. Currently, I am working on content-based recommendations using Linked Data for smart oilfield applications e.g. generating a list of top-k most critical assets (equipment, work tickets) for the domain experts.


Work Experience

  • Research Assistant, Data Science Lab, May 2014 - Present
    • Created ontologies for modeling heterogeneous oilfield data and used them to guide the automatic integration and record linkage of given data sources using principles of Semantic Web.
    • Created a scalable and intuitive framework for non-expert users to indirectly issue formal SPARQL (SQL equivalent for RDF-based Linked Data) queries.
    • Currently, developing techniques for providing an optimized view of the oilfield assets to domain experts using the integrated data, e.g. providing top-k most critical assets or work tickets.

  • Research Intern, USC Smart Grid Project, July 2013 - May 2014
    • Analyzed power consumption data obtained through smart meters for various on-campus buildings.
    • Evaluated the effectiveness of curtailment strategies applied by USC Facilities Management Services during DR events.
    • Developed schemes for intelligent selection of buildings based on the best curtailment strategies using historical data.

  • Before USC:
  • Systems Engineer, Yokogawa South Africa (Jan 2009 - Apr 2012)
  • Design and Application Engineer, Intech Process Automation (Jan 2006 - Jan 2009)
    • Worked on all phases (design, engineering, testing, commissioning, start-up, and maintenance) of industrial automation projects using proprietary hardware and software solutions.
    • Worked for 4 years as on-site Systems Engineer on multiple oil rigs (including this one) operated by Chevron, its subsidiaries, and partners in Angola.

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