Sohail Asghar


Title Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities

Referable to the advancements of IT storage, processing, figuring, and sensing technologies, Big Data have become a novel norm of life. But until recently, data processors are able to capture and analysis all sorts of large-scale data from all sorts of arenas -- people, behavior, education, mobiles, sensors, biological, finance, transport, satellites, social media, etc. All industries are bracing into the challenge of Big Data and want to dig out valuable patterns to bring insight to resolve their challenges. This Talk shall provide the underlying knowledge to elaborate those challenges. Emphasizing on how a data scientist needs to restrain up with this ever changing trends to be able to create a state-of-the-art solution for real-world challenges.


Currently, Prof. Dr. Sohail is working as Professor of Computer Science at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad. In 2011 he joined as a Director of the University Institute of Information Technology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. Previously, Dr. Sohail was an Associate Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing, MA Jinnah University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is also one of the founding members of the Center of Research in Data Engineering (CORDE) Research Group in the Faculty. Prior to this position , Sohail, also, worked an Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences and Head of R&D section, Department of Computer Sciences, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. He has as well worked as Research Associate and Assistant Lecturer in Clayton School of Information Technology, Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In 1994, he graduated with honors in Computer Science from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. From 1994 to 2002, he worked as a Senior Scientific Officer in R&D Organization in Islamabad. He then received his PhD from Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Melbourne Australia in 2006.  Prof. Sohail has taught and researched in Data Mining (including structural Learning, Classification, and Privacy Presevation in Data Ming, Text and Web Mining), Decision Support Systems and Information Technology areas, and he has published extensively (More than 100 publications) in international journals as well as conference proceedings. He has supervised more than Thirty students on their Ph.D. dissertations and M.S. theses. He has supervised numerous undergraduate development projects including projects of two students who received ICT R&D Outstanding Undergraduate Award. He has also consulted widely on information Technology matters, especially in the framework of Data Mining. In 2004 he acquired the Australian Post Graduate Award for Industry. Dr. Sohail is a member of, the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and IEEE and also Higher Education Commission Approved Supervisor. Dr. Sohail is in the Editorial Team of well reputed Scientific Journals. He has also served as Program Committee member of numerous International Conferences and regularly speaks at international conferences.