I am a distributed systems researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center. I joined IBM Research Almaden in June of 2018 as a research staff member in the AI Platforms team managed by Heiko Ludwig. I hold a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech (VT), and both Masters in Computer Engineering and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET Lahore). In my earlier years I worked as a tools developer (GNU GDB) at Mentor Graphics.
The overarching goal of my research is to enable efficient and flexible systems for the growing data demands of modern high-end applications running on existing as well as emerging computing platforms. My current ongoing work focuses on (1) systems support for distributed machine/federated learning, (2) building efficient serverless and microservice infrastructure, and (3) efficient storage for Docker containers.
My research has appeared in a number of premier conferences and workshops in computer systems, AI/ML, and high-performance computing, including USENIX FAST, HotStorage, ACM/IEEE SC, ACM HPDC, and AISec [Best Paper Award]. I regularly perform professional community services and have served as a program committee member for top conferences such as HPDC, ICDCS, CCGrid, and a reviewer for journals like ToS, TPDS, and JPDC. I have also served as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant proposal reviewer. At IBM, I have been recognized as a 2019 Outstanding Research Accomplishment winner for Advancing Adversarial Robustness in AI Models.