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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


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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 Computer Science (2016) and M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014) from University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2006) from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. [CV]

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 i.e., generating a list of top-k most similar entities (equipment, work tickets, inspection record) based on search key provided by the user.


Work Experience

  • Research Assistant, Data Science Lab, May 2014 - Present
    • Developed ontologies to facilitate automatic integration of heterogeneous smart oilfield data sources.
    • Developed keyword-based querying abstraction to allow non-expert database users to indirectly issue queries in formal SPARQL (SQL equivalent for Linked Data Knowledge Graphs) syntax.
    • Developed asset recommendation system for smart oilfield which retrieves top-k results most similar to user query, which can be a work ticket, survey record, or equipment ID.
    • Work resulted in 5 papers, 1 book chapter, and 1 patent application.

  • Research Intern, USC Smart Grid Project, July 2013 - May 2014
    • Evaluated effectiveness of power, against various baselines, curtailment strategies applied to USC building during peak hours for saving energy.
    • Developed historical average model for predicting energy savings of campus buildings under curtailment strategies.
    • Research funded by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LA DWP).

  • Systems Engineer, Yokogawa South Africa (Jan 2009 - Apr 2012)
    • Performed on-site testing and software modifications of industrial automation hardware using proprietary tools for start-up activities on offshore oil platform in Angola.
    • Configured and maintained historian servers for acquisition and logging of time series data, alarms, and events.
    • 3-year contract for commissioning and maintaining control systems hardware and software as on-site support engineer on oil rigs (including this one) operated by Chevron, its subsidiaries, and partners in Angola.

  • 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.
    • Developed UIs and software using proprietary tools and languages for industrial automation projects.
    • Responsible for developing final functional design specifications from customer-provided documents such as drawings, control philosophy, safety procedures.
    • Conducted factory and site acceptance tests for various projects in Pakistan, UAE, and Angola.

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