Hamid Turab Mirza

Pervasive Computing Lab, College of Computer Science, Zhejiang University


Pervasive Computing Lab,
College of Computer Science,
Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, P.R.China

Email: hamid306[@]zju.edu.cn

Currently I am a third year PhD candidate in the College of Computer Science, Zhejiang Univ. China; Before that I received my MSc. in Information Systems at The Univ. of Sheffield UK and a B.S. in Computer Science at Hamdard Univ. Pakistan. In-between my degrees I have been working in Aviation, Telecommunication and Academic sectors of both Pakistan and UK.

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Candidate, 2009 – 2012 (expected)
         Zhejiang University, China
         Advised by: Prof. Chen Gencai and Dr. Chen Ling
  • Master in Information Systems, awarded with Distinction (Gold Medal), 2004 – 2005
         The University of Sheffield, UK
         Advised by: Dr. Barry Eaglestone
  • Bachelor in Computer Science, 1997 – 2001
         Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan  

Work Experience

  • Lecturer, February 2007 – To date (on Study Leave)
         College of E&ME, National University of Sciences and Technology - NUST, Pakistan

  • Programmer Analyst, December 2005 – December 2006
         Leeds Metropolitan University - LMU, UK

  • Software Engineer, August 2002 - August 2004
         Pakistan Aeronautical Complex - PAC, Pakistan

  • Web Programmer, April 2001 - August 2002
         COMSATS Institute of Information Technology - CIIT, Pakistan

Research Interests

Broadly my research interest lies within the areas of Human Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Studies of Science and Technology, which means that I am not only concerend with the technical stuff but also how people can use the technology and its effects on thier everyday work and life.

Research Projects

  • Dataspace Systems - Pervasive Computing Lab, Zhejiang Uni, China
    The vision of dataspaces has been articulated as providing various of the benefits of classical data integration, but with reduced up-front costs, combined with opportunities for incremental refinement, enabling a "pay as you go" approach. In that, particularly my research is focused on making the most of user feedback in a dataspace environment i.e. applying user feedback to revise different components in a dataspace from mapping selection to data rankings; and managing uncertainty i.e. accommodating the fact that dataspaces invariably depend on partial, and perhaps conflicting, information on data sources and application requirements.  

  • IT for Mobility - University of Sheffield & British Telecommunication PLC - BT, UK
    The telecommunication companies in the UK have many engineers who are 'mobile workers'; their work involves installing new connections and fixing the old ones. They need information on the move and a variety of strategies are employed to present that information or to provide access when the information is needed. This research studied the problems and issues faced in this context.  


Here is a link to my DBLP entry.

  • H. T. Mirza, L. Chen, G. Chen and I. Hussain, "Switch Detector: An Activity Spotting System for Desktop" in Proc. 20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Glasgow, UK, October 2011. Accepted
  • H. T. Mirza, L. Chen, M. Abdul and G. Chen, "Building User Task Space by Mining Temporally Proximate Desktop Actions", Submitted.
  • H. T. Mirza, L. Chen and G. Chen, "Practicability of Dataspace Systems", JDCTA: International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 233-243, DOI: 10.4156/jdcta, 2010. EI Compendex
  • I. Hussain and H. T. Mirza, "An investigation into the development & usability evaluation of mobile applications for visually impaired people” in Proc. The 2nd International Conference on Engineering & ICT (ICEI), Melaka, Malaysia, Feburary 2010.
  • H. T. Mirza, "Enterprise Information Retrieval: A Survey" in Proc. 10th International Conference on Enterprise      Information Systems (ICEIS), pp. 141-148, ISBN: 978-989-8111-48-7, Barcelona, Spain, June 2008. EI Compendex
  • H. T. Mirza, "Governmental Access to Encrypted Information: to what extent and how to achieve that extent?" in Proc. 4th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST), pp. 467-473, ISBN: 978-989-8111-27-2, Madeira, Portugal, May 2008. EI Compendex
  • H. T. Mirza, " IT Support for Mobile Field Workers: A Case Study in a UK based Telecommunication Company" Masters Thesis, Department of Information Studies, The University of Sheffield, UK, September 2005.

Recent Talks

  • Research Seminar at Pervasive Computing Lab, Zhejiang University, China. 16 April 2010.
    Task Identification by Mining Temporally Proximate Desktop Activities [ppt].
  • Research Seminar at Pervasive Computing Lab, Zhejiang University, China. 06 November 2009.
    User-Centric Data Associations in Dataspace Systems [ppt].
  • Research Seminar at Pervasive Computing Lab, Zhejiang University, China. 15 May 2009.
    Dataspace Systems Overview [ppt].
  • A Talk at Department of Computer Engineering, College of E&ME, NUST, Pakistan. 16 October 2008.
    How to Write a Critical Review of Research Articles [ppt].
  • Presented Paper at WEBIST 2008, Funchal, Maderia Islands, Portugal. 07 May 2008.
    Governmental Access to Encrypted Information: to what extent and how to achieve that extent? [ppt].
  • Research Seminar at Deaprtment of Information Studies, The University of Sheffield, UK. 15 May 2005.
    RUP: Rational Unified Process [ppt].


Have taught following courses to computer engineering students at NUST, Pakistan.

  • Database Engineering - Spring 2007
  • Algorithms and Computing - Spring 2007, Summer 2007, Spring 2008
  • Concepts of Programming Languages - Fall 2007
  • Computer Graphics - Fall 2008
  • Oracle Database Development - Summer 2008
  • Introduction to Programming - Summer 2008

Software Development Projects

Some of the projects that I have worked on during my professional service.

  • Helpdesk System - Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK (June 2006 - December 2006)
    The system was developed at Information Systems Division of LMU, the main functionality of the system was to record the planned maintenance activities and handel Feedback, Call Logging and Progress Monitoring.
  • Facilities Management System - Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK (December 2005 - December 2006)
    The objectives of the system were to significantly reduce the administrative effort needed to process student accommodation bookings and also to provide an improved service to the students themselves, by allowing them to see what accommodation options are available at the time of accomodation application, and to provide better communication and a faster response if their application is unsuccessful.
  • Production Planning and Control System - F-6 Rebuild Factory, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra (August 2003 - August 2004)
    Production Planning and Control System is used for the scheduling and production monitoring of assembly disassembly and overhaul of Aircraft and other equipment. Software provides real time monitoring and scheduling of all production activities. Fully integrated with the Inventory Management System, for purchasing and storage of raw material and piece parts. System provides job scheduling and work force monitoring for efficient use of man-hours. My role in this project was of the system analyst and a software engineer, was involved extensively in the design of the solution, simulation and testing of scheduling algorithms. Was also involved in the implementation and training of technicians and engineers. The project was implemented in four factories of PAC.
  • Inventory Management System - Mirage Rebuild Factory, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra (August 2002 - August 2003)
    Customized web-based Inventory Management System for the four factories of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. The system integrated and automated contracting, contract management, warehousing, work orders, forecasting and user demands. Total line items held in one instance of the system are about 100,000 with a net worth of 300 Million US $ (MRF). The system provides a customizable query and report builder and has hundreds of pre-programed reports and queries. The system functions in a high demand environment with 24/7 availability. It boasts an advanced Role Based Access Control (RBAC) model for security and privacy. The Inventory management system has been customized for AMF, KARF, F6RF and MRF. As part of the growth strategy, a complete in-house feedback and maintenance setup created for long term survivability. My role in this project was that of the software designer. I was also responsible for implementing the system in the four factories, which included, conversion of all paper records to electronic form and training of technicians and engineers.
  • Testing and Evaluation System - COMSATS Institute of Inforamtion Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan (November 2000 - August 2002)
    The System has capability to test candidates for many subjects and disciplines. The software automatically and instantly checks and scores the answers of each question. It is also capable of automatically evaluating and categorizing the candidates for their skill level being beginner, intermediate or advanced. To maintain the security and transparency of the test, the software randomly generates questions for each individual candidate. The system also automatically generates merit lists in various orders as required by the examiners. So far, the system has been used to test thousands of candidates from organizations such as; Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and CIIT itself. "This software facility by CIIT substantially reduces the efforts incurred on testing a large number of candidates. OTES will go a long way in promoting and advancing the use of science and technology in Pakistan as mandated to COMSATS. Published in the The Daily News, the leading newspaper of Pakistan on November 14, 2001. In capacity of a software development Team Leader, I was awarded cash prize award for Original and Innovative Work for this project.
  • Jobs Portal - Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC), Islamabad, Pakistan (November 2000 - August 2001)
    The purpose of this portal is to promote foreign employment for Pakistani citizens. To keep pace with changing trends in the employment pattern and to meet the urgent demands of foreign employers or human resource recruitment firms, the Corporation has established this fully interactive website powered by a Resume Bank. The Resume Bank currenly hosts CVs of more than 192,000 candidates . CVs of professionals and highly skilled Pakistanis are available to employers world wide. This has enabled the Corporation to respond to the urgent demands of foreign employers instantaneously. The database of Resume Bank is growing each day with the addition of new resumes.