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Ishfaq Ahmad

University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

Ishfaq Ahmad has been a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) since 2002. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, U.S.A., in 1992 and 1987, respectively; and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan, in 1985.

His research focus is on the broader areas of parallel and distributed computing systems and their applications, optimization algorithms, multimedia systems, video compression, assistive technologies, smart power grid, and energy-aware sustainable computing. His research work is published in 250 articles in books, peer-reviewed journals, and conference proceedings, and he has extensively engaged with industry including collaboration with over 60 companies. Dr. Ahmad has received numerous international research awards, including several best paper awards at leading conferences proceedings and top ranked journals, IEEE Service Appreciation Award, and 2008 Outstanding Area Editor Award from the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. His research work in high-performance computing and video compression is widely cited with over 17,000 citations to his papers. His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Science Foundation, SRC, Department of Education, and several companies in the U.S. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, and co-founder of the International Green and Sustainable Computing (IGSC) Conference. In addition, he has served as editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.

In addition, he is a visiting scientist at the U.S. Airforce Research Laboratory in Rome, New York, a visiting Scientist at the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) in Beijing, China, and holds honorary professorships at the University of Electronic Sciences at Chengdu, China, and Amity University in India and UAE. He is a certified ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) evaluator, and a member of the advisory board for European Commission on Energy Efficiency in Information and Communication Technologies. He Distinguished Life Fellow of the IDES (Institute of Doctors, Engineers, and Scientists) of India, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.