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Dr. Asif Masood (Dean)
Associate Professor
 

MCS
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
 
Tel : +92-51-5564048

Specialization
Digital Image Processing

Education
PhD (UET) Pakistan

​ Education

2007      Ph.D. in Image Processing

               University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

               Thesis: Capturing 2D objects with automation.

 

2004      M.Sc. in Computer Science

               University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

               Thesis: Outer boundary extraction and curve fitting over detected corner points.  

 

 

1999      B.E. in Computer Software Engineering

               National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad.

               Thesis :   Statistical analysis of binary data on PC

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded Best Research Paper Award 2011 by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan
  • Awarded Research Productivity Award 2010-2011 by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.
  • Won First Prize in International Research Competition held in ICDAR-2011 in Beijing, China.
  • Awarded Dr. M. N. Azam Prize 2009 in Computer Science (Software) by Pakistan Academy of Sciences. 
  • Publication of biography by in “TOP 100 ENGINEERS 2009”, by International Biography Centre, Cambridge, England.
  • Project titled “Decision Support System for Monitoring and Control of Traffic in the City” won Third Prize in COMPEC 2009 competition in NUST.
  • Project titled “Optimal Threat Evaluation and Weapon Assignment (TEWA) System for Multi Air-Bourn Threats” won First Prize in DICE 2009 competition in COMSATS Lahore.
  • Publication of biography in Who's Who in the World, 26th Edition, 2009. 
  • Awarded Best Article Prize in Qasid 2008, Journal of Corps of Signals, Pakistan Army.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Quarterly Journal of Science Technology and Development, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.
  • Approved PhD Supervisor by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.
  • Won PhD scholarship, from Higher Education Commission (HEC), after an open competition in all over the Pakistan.
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    ​Research Areas of Interest

  • Image registration and Radial Basis Functions
  • Image morphing and warping
  • Virtual Reality
  • Object classification, decomposition and recognition 
  • Character recognition (optical and hand written)
  • Curves and surface design
  • Polygonal approximation
  • Computational Geometry 
  • PhD Supervision

     

    ​Ser No ​  Research Title ​Student

    Status

    ​1. Extraction of Caption and Animated Text from Videos/Images ​Samabia Tehsin, 2007-NUST-Tfr-PhD-CSE-20 ​In Progress
    ​2. ​Automatic and active defense system for sensitive organizations ​Rashid Hussain, 2012-NUST-DirPhD-CSE-18 ​In Progress
      

    MS Supervision

     

    ​Ser No ​Research Title ​Student ​Status
    ​1. ​Fat curve model for representation of Arabic/Urdu characters ​Rashid Hussain
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on May 2009
    ​2. ​Mosaic image construction from video ​Kashif Zareef,
    MSCS-12
    ​Completed on Jun 2009
    ​3. ​Design and implementation of a threat evaluation and weapon assignment application using multi-target perspective to optimally neutralize air borne ​Huma Naeem
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Feb 2010
    ​4. ​Robust fragment based correlation tracking in cluttered imagery ​M. Imran Khan
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Mar 2010
    ​5. ​Optimal representation of boundaries/outlines using dynamic programming ​Sidra Ejaz
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Mar 2010
    ​6. ​Creating  multi-resolution   mosaics   from   videos ​NC Wajeeha Kanwal
    MSCS-13
    ​Completed on Apr 2010
    ​7. ​Reconstruction of fingerprint images ​Rabia Malik
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Jul 2010
    ​8. ​Investigation of improvements/enhancements in Elkamchouchi’s signcryption scheme ​Fahad Ahmed
    MSIS-6
    ​Completed on Feb 2010
    ​9. ​Example based English to Urdu machine translation ​Maryam Zaffar
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Jan 2011
    ​10. ​Automatic detection of traffic congestion in urban areas of Pakistan ​Saadia Maqbool
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Feb 2011
    ​11. ​Robust feasture selection for face detection system using memetic algorithm ​Saba Tariq
    MSCS-14
    ​Completed on Mar 2011
    ​12. ​Image Processing based Micro-cracks Detection in Solar Wafers ​Abdul Salam
    International Islamic University
    ​Completed on Aug 2011
    ​13. ​Optimal Polygonal Approximation using Error Histograms ​Amina Faiz
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Oct 2011
    ​14. ​Urdu OCR System ​Aliya Ashraf Khan
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Sep 2011
    ​15. ​Multi-Resolution Mosaicing ​Aamna Saeed
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Jan 2012
    ​16. ​Eye Tracking and Identification of Gaze Point ​Mehreen Sirshar
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Mar 2012
    ​17. ​Optimization of Traffic Flow by Real-Time Updation of Signal Timings ​Nausheen Majeed
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Dec 2011
    ​18. ​Fitting Fat Curves ​Shehla Saif
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Jul 2011
    ​19. ​Development of a Growing B-spline Model using Approximation ​Sundas Bukhari
    MSCS-15
    ​Completed on Nov 2011
      

    UG Projects Supervision

     

    ​Ser No ​Research Title ​Student ​Status
    1.​ ​Decision Support System for Monitoring and Control of Traffic in the City ​BESE-11 ​Completed on Aug 2009
    ​2. ​RFID Based Vehicle Automated Monitoring and Surveillance System ​BESE-12 ​Completed on Aug 2010
    ​3. ​SoftGuard – GSM and GPS based Vehicle Security System ​BESE-13 ​Completed on Jul 2011
    ​4. ​Development of testbed for PCR Test ​BESE-13 ​Completed on Jul 2011
    ​5. ​Development of mobile calling application using mobile VoIP ​BESE-14 ​Completed on May 2011
    ​6. ​Design and Development of Framework for Robotics using Cloud Services ​BESE-14 ​Completed on May 2012
    ​7. ​Wireless transmission of Audio Bluetooth technology ​BETE-45 ​Completed on May 2012
     

     

     

     

    ​Refereed Books

  • A. Masood, (2010), “Capturing 2D Objects with Automation: Algorithms and Techniques” USA: VDM Verlag Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-639-26171-4.
    URL:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Capturing-Objects-Automation-Algorithms-Techniques/dp/3639261712
  • Refereed Book Chapters

  •  A. Masood, S. Ejaz, (2010), “An Efficient Algorithm for Robust Curve Fitting using Cubic Bezier Curves” Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 6216, pp. 255 – 262, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/2w56l570h5070m52/
  • A. Masood, W. Kanwal, (2010), “Efficient Representation of Zooming Information in Videos Using Multi Resolution Mosaics” Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 6216, pp. 294 – 300, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/y7013x4122075g31/
  • R. Malik, A. Masood, (2009), “Fingerprint Enhancement and Reconstruction”, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, vol. 5755: Emerging Intelligent Computing Technology and Applications, pp. 660–669, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/c4088q2453001638/
  • H. Naeem, A. Masood, M. Hussain, S.A. Khan, (2009), “A Semi-Automated Dynamic approach to Threat Evaluation and Optimal Defensive Resource Allocation”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 5754: Emerging Intelligent Computing Technology and Applications. pp. 8–17 , Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/q3p238163400lt38/
  • M.I. Khan, J. Ahmed, A. Ali, A. Masood, (2009), “Robust Edge-Enhanced Fragment Based Normalized Correlation Tracking in Cluttered and Occluded Imagery”, Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol. 61, pp. 169 – 176, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/t483385g70038m85/
  • A. Masood, A.M. Siddiqui, M. Saleem, (2007), A Radial Basis Function for Registration of Local Features in Images, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4872: Advances in Image and Video Technology. pp. 651– 663 , Springer Berlin/Heidelberg.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/v32025g772152115/
  • M. Sarfraz, A. Masood, M.R. Asim, (2006), A New Approach to Corner Detection, Computational Imaging and Vision vol. 32: Computer Vision and Graphics, pp. 528 – 533, Springer Netherlands.
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r856128471623286/
  • A. Masood, S.A. Haq, (2005), Object Coding for Real Time Image Processing Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3687: Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis, pp. 550–559, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg. 
    URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/4mbc8vh50umt76lt/
  • Refereed Journals

  •  S. Tehsin, A. Masood, S. Kausar, Y. Javed (2014), “A text detection method from images/videos for efficient indexing and retrieval of multimedia data”, International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, World Scientific Publication, Accepted. IF = 0.56
    http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0218001415550034?queryID=%24%7BresultBean.queryID%7D
  • S. Tehsin, A. Masood (2014), “Survey of Region-Based Text Extraction Techniques for Efficient Indexing of Image/Video Retrieval”, International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing, MESC Publisher. Accepted.
  • S. Tehsin, A. Masood, S. Kausar, Y. Javed (2013), “Text localization and detection method for born-digital images” IETE Journal of Research,  vol. 59, no. 54, pp. 343-349, Meknow Publications. IF = 0.2        
    URL:http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/90439812/text-localization-detection-method-born-digital-images
  • S. Tehsin, A. Masood, S. Kausar, F. Arif (2014), “Fuzzy-Based Segmentation for Variable Font-Sized Text Extraction from Images/Videos,” Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2014, pp. 1-10, Hindawi Publishing. IF = 1.38
    URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/mpe/2014/389547/
  • S. Tehsin, A. Masood, S. Kausar, Y. Javed and F. Arif, (2012)” Text Localization Challenges and Solutions”, Journal of computing,  vol. 4, no. 9, pp. 98-102.
    URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/110505306/Text-Localization-Challenges-and-Solutions
    [16] A. Masood, S. Ijaz, (2010), “Optimal curve fitting approach to represent outlines of 2D shapes”, Imaging Science Journal, vol 58, no. 6, pp. 308-320, Maney Publishing. IF = .260
    URL:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/isj/2010/00000058/00000006/art00002
  • H. Naeem, A. Masood, (2010), “An optimal dynamic threat evaluation and weapon scheduling technique”, Knowledge-Based Systems, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 337-342, Elsevier Science. IF = 1.574
    URL:  doi:10.1016/j.knosys.2009.11.012
  • S.I. Gilani, M. Younas, A. Masood, (2010), “Gender Estimation of Two Dimensional Frontal Facial Images”, GESTS International Transactions on Computer Science and Engineering, vol. 58 no. 1 pp. 23 – 37.
    URL: http://www.gests.org/online_index.html
  • M.I. Khan, J. Ahmed, A. Ali, A. Masood, (2009), “Robust Edge-Enhanced Fragment Based Normalized Correlation Tracking in Cluttered and Occluded Imagery”, International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 25-34.
    URL: www.sersc.org/journals/IJAST/vol12/3.pdf
  • M. Zafar, A. Masood, (2009), “Interactive English to Urdu Machine Translation using Example-Based Approach”, International Journal on Computer Science and Engineering, vol 1, no. 3, pp. 276-283.
    URL: http://www.enggjournals.com/ijcse/download.html?file=IJCSE09-01-03-28.pdf
  • H. Naeem, A. Masood, M. Hussain, S.A. Khan, (2009), “A Novel Two-Stage Dynamic Decision Support based Optimal Threat Evaluation and Defensive Resource Scheduling Algorithm for Multi Air-borne threats”, International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 159-166.
    URL:   http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.5038
  • A. Masood, M. Sarfraz, (2009), Capturing outlines of 2D objects with Bézier cubic approximation, Image and Vision Computing, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 704-712, Elsevier Science. IF = 1.525
    URL:  doi:10.1016/j.imavis.2008.07.012  
  • A.M. Siddiqui, A. Masood, M. Saleem, (2009), A locally constrained radial basis function for registration and warping of images, Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 377 – 390, Elsevier Science. IF = 1.213
    URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.patrec.2008.11.004
  • A. Masood, (2008), Optimized polygonal approximation by dominant point deletion, Pattern Recognition, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 227 – 239, Elsevier Science. IF = 2.607
    URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.patcog.2007.05.021
  • M. Rizwan, M. Ilyas, A. Masood, I. Towhata, (2008), An Approach to Digitize Analog Form of Accelerograms Recorded at Tarbela – Pakistan, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 328 – 332, Elsevier Science. IF = 1.010
    URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2007.06.015
  • A. Masood, M. Sarfraz, S.A. Haq, (2008), An efficient technique for capturing 2D Objects, Computers and Graphics, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 93 – 104, Elsevier Science. IF = .720
    URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2007.09.005
  • A. Masood, (2008), Dominant point detection by reverse polygonization of digital curves, Image and Vision Computing, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 702-715, Elsevier Science. IF = 1.252
    URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imavis.2007.08.006
  • M. Rizwan, M. Ilyas, A. Masood, (2008), Design Spectrums Based On Earthquakes Recorded at Tarbela, Mehran University Research Journal Of Engineering & Technology, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 199-212.
  • A. Masood, (2008), A growing Bezier curve for efficient curve approximation, NUST Journal of Engineering and Sciences, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-11.
  • M. Sarfraz, A. Masood, (2007), Capturing outlines of planar images using Bezier cubics, Computers and Graphics, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 719 – 729, Elsevier Science. IF = .720
    URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2007.05.002
  • A. Masood, S.A. Haq, (2007), A Novel Approach to Polygonal Approximation of Digital Curves, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 264 – 274, Elsevier Science. IF = 1.071
    URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvcir.2006.12.002
  • A. Masood, M. Sarfraz, (2007), Corner Detection by Sliding Rectangles along Planar Curves, Computers and Graphics, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 440 – 448, Elsevier Science. IF = .720
    URL:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2007.01.021
  • M. Sarfraz, A Masood, M.R. Asim, (2005), A robust and simple corner detection approach, International Journal of Computer Graphics & CAD/CAM, vol.1, no. 1, pp. 37- 45.
    URL : http://www.ispubs.org\cgacc/eaccess_v1_n1.html
  • Refereed Conferences

  •  S. Tehsin, A. Masood, “Geometrical Analysis Based Text Localization Method”, proc. 18th International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition, Las Vegas, USA. 21-24 Jul 2014.
  • S. Tehsin, A. Masood,  “Anatomical Survey for Text Pattern Detection”, International Conference on Computer Vision and Image Processing, 18-19 Oct 2014, Dubai. Accepted
  • S. Tehsin, A. Masood, “Urdu Text Extraction Method from Images”, International Conference on Computer Vision and Image Processing, 18-19 Oct 2014, Dubai. Accepted
  • A. Masood, (2012) “Developing Quality Human Resource for Information Security Industry” Invited talk in Information Security Conference, Lahore, Pakistan, 7-9 Jan 2012.
  • A. Masood, S. Bukhari, (2011), “Growing B-spline Model for Efficient Approximation of Complex Curves”, proc of 15th International Conference on Information Visualization, London UK, pp. 507 – 512.
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6004092
  • F. Ahmad, A. Masood, F. Kausar,  (2010), “An efficient multi recipient signcryption scheme offering non repudiation”, proc. 10th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, West Yorkshire, UK, pp. 1577-1581.
    URL: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/CIT.2010.280
  • [40] F. Ahmad, F. Bashir A. Masood, (2010), “A publicly verifiable low cost signcryption scheme ensuring confidentiality”, proc. 2nd International Conference on Networks Security, Wireless Communications and Trusted Computing, Wuhan, China, pp. 232 – 235.
    URL:http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5480629&tag=1
  • U. Ahmed, A. Masood, (2009), “Host based Intrusion Detection using RBF neural networks” proc. 5th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies, Islamabad, Pakistan, 48 – 51.
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5353204
  • H. Naeem, A. Masood, (2009), “Novel Two-Stage Dynamic Decision Support based Optimal Threat Evaluation and Defensive Resource Scheduling Algorithm for Multi Air-borne threats” proc. 29th SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, England. Best Referred Application Paper (http://www.bcs-sgai.org/sgai/kbsj_ai2009.htm)
  • A. Masood, R. Hussain, (2009), “Fat Curve Model for Representation of Urdu/Arabic Fonts” proc. 2009 Northeast American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Bridgeport, CT, USA.
  • A. Masood, K. Zareef, (2009), “Image Mosaicing using an Efficient Correlation Algorithm”, accepted for publication in the proc. 4th International Conference Geometric Modelling and Imaging, Barcelona, Spain.
  • A.M. Siddiqi, M. Saleem, A. Masood, (2007), A Local Transformation Function for Images, Proc. of International Conference on Electrical Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan. pp. 1-5, IEEE Computer Society Press.
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4287358
  • A. Masood, S.A. Haq, (2006), Role of Corner Detection in Capturing Shape Outlines, Proc. of 7th International Conference on Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing in conjunction with 9th Joint Conference on Information Sciences. Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
    URL : http://www.atlantis-press.com/publications/aisr/jcis-06/
  • A. Masood, M. Sarfraz, (2006), A Novel Corner Detector Approach using Sliding Rectangles, Proc. of 4th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications, Sharjah, UAE, IEEE Computer Society Press, pp.621-626.
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1618419
  • A. Masood, M. Sarfraz,  (2005), Capturing Outlines of Arabic Characters by Cubic Bezier Approximation, Proc. of 1st International Conference on Geometric Modeling, Visualization & Graphics in conjunction with 8th  Joint Conference on Information Sciences, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, pp. 1649-1652.
  • A. Masood, M. Sarfraz, S.A. Haq, (2005), Curve Approximation with Quadratic B-splines, Proc. of 9th IEEE International Conference on Information Visualisation, London, UK, IEEE Computer Society Press USA, pp 419-424.
    URL: ht tp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1509110
  • M. Sarfraz, A. Masood, M.R. Asim, (2004), A Web Based System for Capturing Outlines of 2D Objects, Proc. of International Conference on Information & Computer Science, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, pp. 575 – 586.
    URL: www.ccse.kfupm.edu.sa/icics/program.pdf
  • M. Sarfraz, M.R. Asim, A. Masood, (2004), Piecewise Polygonal Approximation of Digital Curves, Proc. of 8th International Conference on Information Visualisation, London, UK, IEEE Computer Society Press USA, pp. 991 – 996.
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1320262
  • M. Sarfraz, M.R. Asim, A. Masood, (2004), Capturing Outlines using Cubic Bezier Curves, Proc. of 1st International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies: from Theory to Applications, Damascus, Syria, pp. 539 – 540. IEEE Computer Society Press USA.
    URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1307870
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    List of Taught Courses At UG/MS/PhD Levels

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Assembly Language
  • Digital Logic Design
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Data Structures
  • Data Communication
  • Automata Theory and Formal Languages
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Advance Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks
  • Network Security
  • Advance Operating System