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Biography

I have a doctorate of philosophy and since the past 10 years I have been training in how to integrate philosophy and (computer) science. During my PhD I worked out the relation between Charles Sanders Peirce’s evolutionary philosophy and evolutionary algorithms. Since my post-doc I have been trying to work at the integration of Peirce’s semiotics and computational linguistics.

Professional Experience
Jan 2013 – Present Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science,
Namal College, Mianwali, Pakistan
Aug 2014 – Dec 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Virginia, Virginia, USA
Worked On: Peirce’s Semiotics and Pragmatism With Application in Computational Linguistics
Jan 2011 – Jan 2013 Visiting Faculty
Department of Computer Science,
Kinnaird College for Women, Pakistan
Oct 2003 – Oct 2012 Research Assistant
RICE lab,
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan
Nov 2004 – Dec 2005 Content Developer – Artificial Intelligence
Virtual University of Pakistan
Education Summary
Aug 2014 – Dec 2014 University of Virginia, Virginia, USA
Postdoctoral Researcher
Worked On: Peirce’s Semiotics and Pragmatism With Application in Computational Linguistics
2006 – 2014 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan
Ph.D (Computer Science) – Evolutionary Computation
Thesis Title: Evolutionary Algorithms based on non-Darwinian Theories of Evolution: The Peircean Perspective
2004 – 2006 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan
M.S. (Computer Science) – Artificial Intelligence
1999 – 2003 National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), Lahore, Pakistan
B.S. (Computer Science)
A Framework for Evolutionary Algorithms Based on Charles Sanders Peirce’s Evolutionary Semiotics
AUTHORS: Junaid Akhtar, Basit Bilal Koshul, Mian Muhammad Awais
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013/07/01
JOURNAL: Information Sciences
VOLUME: 236
PAGES: 93-108
PUBLISHER: Elsevier
Putting Peirce's Theory to the Test: Peircean Evolutionary Algorithms
AUTHORS: Junaid Akhtar, Mian M Awais, Basit B Koshul
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013/04/01
JOURNAL: Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy
VOLUME: 49
ISSUE: 2
PAGES: 203-237
PUBLISHER: Indiana University Press
Arabic Phoneme Identification Using Conventional and Concurrent Neural Networks in Non-native Speakers
AUTHORS: Mian Awais, Shahid Masud, Junaid Ahktar, Shafay Shamail
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007
JOURNAL: Advanced Intelligent Computing Theories and Applications. With Aspects of Theoretical and Methodological Issues
PAGES: 897-905
PUBLISHER: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg
An Evolutionary Algorithm Derived From Charles Sanders Peirce's Theory of Universal Evolution
AUTHORS: Junaid Akhtar, Mian Awais, Basit Koshul
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013/07/06
CONFERENCE: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference Companion on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
PAGES: 1643-1646
PUBLISHER: ACM
Content Based Video Retrieval Using Particle Swarm Optimization
AUTHORS: Ayesha Salahuddin, Aftab Naqvi, Kainat Murtaza, Junaid Akhtar
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012/12/17
CONFERENCE: Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT), 2012 10th International Conference
PAGES: 79-83
PUBLISHER: IEEE
Sign Language Localization: Learning to Eliminate Language Dialects
AUTHORS: Memona Tariq, Ayesha Iqbal, Aysha Zahid, Zainab Iqbal, Junaid Akhtar
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012/12/13
CONFERENCE: Multitopic Conference (INMIC), 2012 15th International
PAGES: 17-22
PUBLISHER: IEEE
Evolutionary Algorithms Based On Non-Darwinian Theories of Evolution
AUTHORS: Junaid Akhtar, Mian M Awais, Basit B Koshul
PUBLICATION DATE: 2008/06/01
CONFERENCE: Evolutionary Computation, 2008. CEC 2008.(IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence)
PAGES: 2554-2560
PUBLISHER: IEEE
A Hybrid Multi-Layered Speaker Independent Arabic Phoneme Identification System
AUTHORS: Mian M Awais, Shahid Masud, Shafay Shamail, Junaid Akhtar
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004/8/25
CONFERENCE: International Conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning
PAGES: 416-423
PUBLISHER: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Handy Eyes: A Real-time Vision-based User Interface
AUTHORS: Junaid Akhtar, Muhammad Hassan Khan, Wajeeha Akram, Belal Mohammad Hashmi
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004/02/16
CONFERENCE: Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PUBLISHER: ACTA Press
Application of Concurrent Generalized Regression Neural Networks for Arabic Speech Recognition
AUTHORS: Muhammad Shoaib, Mian M Awais, Shahid Masud, Shafay Shamail, Junaid Akhtar
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004
CONFERENCE: Neural Networks and Computational Intelligence
PAGES: 206-210
PUBLISHER: IEEE
A Novel Approach to Increase the Robustness of Speaker Independent Arabic Speech Recognition
AUTHORS: M Shoaib, F Rasheed, J Akhtar, M Awais, S Masud, S Shamail
PUBLICATION DATE: 2003/12/8
CONFERENCE: Multi Topic Conference, 2003. INMIC 2003. 7th International
PAGES: 371-376
PUBLISHER: IEEE
Udru ki Chaabi
An interactive application that helps grade 1 students in learning Urdu language.
Handy Eyes: Controlling Mouse Cursor Through Eyes

Handy Eyes, is a real time vision based interfacing system, aimed at introducing an additional modality for human input to a computer, in the form of eye movement. The idea is to replace the mouse with input through human gaze. In this paper we propose a sequence of methodologies to provide a novel and simple solution to the real-time eye tracking and gaze-mapping problem. We developed a template for a person’s eyebrows that is used to detect the eye region by applying image correlation. Histogram analysis of the extracted eye region is used to detect the exact position of the left and the right eye. Offsets of the center of the iris from the center of the nostrils are used as an input to a three layer feed forward neural network to estimate the position of the user’s focus on a screen grid. We achieve an overall 75% accuracy in the results of Handy Eyes.

Content based Video searching using Particle Swarm Optimization
Distributed Mathematical Computations using High Performance Computing Techniques
E-Tailor: Computer Vision Based Automated Measuring and Sizing
From Story to Storyboard
Gesture Based MS Powerpoint Slide Controller
Illegal Bowling Action Detection Using Fuzzy Systems on Videos
Image Registration Using Genetic Algorithms
Intelligent Kitchen Helper using Kinect and CBR
Internet Through SMS
Mood Based Music Player
Sign Language Recognition
Operating Systems
Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems
Artificial Intelligence for Games
Introduction to Research in Computer Science
Introduction to Computing
Social Science
Introduction to Algorithms
Digital Logic Design
Discrete Maths