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Zafar Ayyub Qazi

Assistant Professor at LUMS

Email: zafar.qazi [at] lums [dot] edu [dot] pk


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I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at LUMS. My research aims to improve the user experience, affordability, and privacy of networked systems. My current research centers on two broad themes: (1) Rethinking the architecture and design of next-generation cellular networks to enable emerging real-time applications and (2) Rethinking the design of the Web for improving affordability, privacy, and user experience.
Prior to LUMS, I was a postdoc with Sylvia Ratnasamy and Scott Shenker at UC Berkeley. I received my PhD at State University of New York where I worked with Vyas Sekar and Samir Das.


  • 09/22: Delighted to share that our work on accelerating edge applications over 5G has been accepted in ACM CoNEXT 2022
  • 09/22: Our work on understanding the impact of memory pressure on mobile video performance accepted in ACM CoNEXT 2022
  • 08/22: Delighted to share that our work on the causal impact of Android Go on Mobile Web performance accepted in ACM IMC 2022
  • 08/22: Our work on low latency and consistent cellular control plane to appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
  • 10/21: Delighted to share that my PhD student Mukhtiar Ahmed has won the SBARA research award at LUMS.
  • 08/21: Our proposal for rethinking Web for affordability and inclusion accepted in ACM HotNets 2021
  • 08/21: I had the honour to serve in some great TPCs this year: SIGCOMM, HotNets, and SoCC.
  • 04/21: I'm honored and humbled to have been recognized by AI 2000 in their list of most influential scholars for the last decade. Grateful to my collaborators and students who made this possible.
  • 05/20: Our work on the design of a new control plane for cellular networks accepted in ACM SIGCOMM 2020 . Congratulations to Neutrino team at LUMS!
  • 01/20: Our work deconstructing Google's Web Light Service to appear in WWW 2020
  • 09/19: LUMS will be hosting the National Center for Big Data and Cloud Computing . I will be leading the 5G efforts in the Distributed Computing Lab.
  • 06/18: I'm honored to receive Google Faculty Research Award.



  • Mukhtiar Ahmad (PhD Student: 2018 - Present )
  • Muhammad Tahir (Research Associate, co-advised with Prof. Ihsan Qazi)
  • Faaiq Bilal (Undergrad RA)
  • Rumaisa Habib (Undergrad RA, co-advised with Prof. Ihsan Qazi)
  • Aimen Inam (MS, RA)
  • Abdullah Khan (Undergrad RA)
  • Haseeb Ahmed (Undergrad RA, co-advised with Prof. Ihsan Qazi)
  • Mutahar Ali (Undergrad RA)
  • Fatima Sohail (Undergrad RA)
  • Sarah Tanveer (Undergrad RA, co-advised with Prof. Ihsan Qazi)


  • Taimoor Tariq (PhD Student at UIUC)
  • Talha Waheed (PhD Student at UIUC)
  • Muhammad Basit Iqbal Awan (PhD Student at University of Utah)
  • Syed Ali Nawazish (PhD Student at University of Utah)
  • Vafa Batool (PhD Student at Dartmouth)
  • Syed Usman Jafri (PhD Student at Purdue University)
  • Ammar Tahir (PhD Student at UIUC)
  • Maleeha Masood (PhD Student at UIUC)
  • Azam Ikram (PhD Student at Purdue University)
  • Muhammad Abdullah (PhD Student at EPFL)
  • Arsalan Jumani (Senior Software Engineer at Apple)
  • Abdul Manan (PhD Student at Brown University)
  • Ahmed Hassan (PhD Student at Minnesota University)
  • Ghulam Murtaza (PhD Student at Brown University)
  • Ahmed Faraz (PhD Student at Virginia Tech)
  • Abrar Tariq (PhD Student at University of Illinois)
  • Ehsan Latif (PhD Student at University of Georgia)
  • Talal Touseef (MS Student at UIUC)
  • Anna Mazhar (MS Student at UIUC)
  • Mashal Abbas (MS Student at Waterloo)
  • Fizza Zafar (MS ETH Zurich)
  • Salman Munaf (MS Wisconsin Madison)
  • Osama Khurshid (MS Georgia Institue of Technology)
  • Wasiq Qasmi (Educative)
  • Adnan Abbass (Educative)


  • [A collection of advices for junior faculty] by Jean Yang
  • [Advice] I got when I started my Ph.D.