Fahad Pervaiz

I am a graduating computer science PhD candidate at Paul G. Allen School, University of Washington, advised by Richard Anderson in the ICTD Lab. Within the broad spectrum of developing technology for low income countries, my interest includes data processing, data infrastructure, HCI and public health. My research focuses on understanding the challenges in processing data collected in low income countries and explore solutions that are tailored to mitigate various issues in the data pipeline.

Resume

University of Washington Seattle, WA

Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering

Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science - 2014 to Present

  • Research Area: Computing for Development, Human-Computer Interaction and Data Analytics
  • Interests: Data Analytics, Data Pipelines, Usable Designs, Population Health Metrics
  • Advisor Richard Anderson

University of Washington Seattle, WA

Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering

Master of Science - 2014

  • Major: Computer Science

National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Lahore, Pakistan

Bachelor of Science - 2010

  • Major: Computer Science

Graduate Research Assistant, ICTD Lab, University of Washington (2012 - Present)

Transliterated Name Resolution

Built an unsupervised algorithm to match location and patient names in low income countries where local language-based names are transliterated into English or French for digitizing data. Transliteration results in varying spellings and abbreviations, making it difficult to merge datasets.

Fraud in Digital Financial Services

Collected and analyzed data on SMS based fraud along with decompiling android based financial applications in developing countries for threat modeling. Publication # 1

Challenges in Cleaning Development Data

Conducted a qualitative study to examine the data cleaning and processing challenges encountered by organizations operating in low income countries. This lead to building a taxonomy and identifying technical gaps in data processing. Publication # 4

Forecast Dengue from Health Hotline

Built an algorithm that forecasts the rise of Dengue patients in hospitals up to three weeks in advance using data on the call volume to public health hotline. Publication # 2 Press: GeekWire

Cold Chain Equipment Inventory (CCEI)

Created visualizations on vaccine supply and refrigeration resources for better planning and maintenance when data is stale and have errors. Publication # 5,6

Professional Researcher, NEWT Lab, LUMS, Pakistan (2010 - 2012)

Punjab-Intelligent Disease Surveillance System

Built a module that generates outbreak warnings and alerts from dengue patient cases in Punjab, Pakistan. This resulted in a drop from 21000 cases in 2011 to 257 in 2012. Press: MIT Tech Review

Identify disease-spread from newspaper articles

Built a system that crawls Pakistan’s newspaper sites and evaluate disease-spread severity based on recent published articles. Publication # 7

Flubreaks

Designed and built an algorithm to detect seasonal disease warnings and outbreaks using Goolge Flu Trend data. Publication # 8

Software Engineer Intern (June 2017 - September 2017)

Google Inc. Cloud Team, Seattle

Built a pipeline to process cloud usage logs and generate user specific usage statistics. Technologies: Go, Protocol Buffers, MapReduce

Software Engineer Intern (June 2016 - September 2016)

Google Inc. Search Team, Cambridge

Redesigned search on data cleaning pipeline for better slicing of transformation data. Technologies: Java, C++, Protocol Buffers, MapReduce

Software Engineer Intern (June 2015 - September 2015)

Tableau Software Inc. Data Engine Team, Seattle

Worked on developing a shared metadata cache in the data engine. Technologies: C++

Co-founder & Software Engineer (May 2007 - December 2008)

SMS-all.pk Lahore, Pakistan

Launched Pakistan's first and largest cellphone social network in Pakistan. Developed the backend and SMS delivery system.Technologies: Java, MySQL, PHP

Capstone - Design Technology for Resource Constrained Environments), Teaching Assistant, University of Washington - (Spring 2019)

Computing and Global Health, Teaching Assistant, University of Washington - (Winter 2015)

Designing Technology for Resource-Constrained Environments, Teaching Assistant, University of Washington - (Spring 2014)

Advance Operating Systems, Teaching Assistant, LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Fall 2011)

Software for Mobile Devices, Teaching Assistant, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - (Fall 2011)

Software for Mobile Devices, Teaching Assistant, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - (Spring 2011)

Software for Mobile Devices, Teaching Assistant, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - (Fall 2010)

  1. Let's Talk Money: Evaluating the Security Challenges of Mobile Money in the Developing World

    Castle, S., Pervaiz, F., Weld, G., Roesner, F., Anderson, R., In Proceedings of the 7th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development. ACM., 2016

  2. Fine-grained dengue forecasting using telephone triage services

    Rehman, N. A., Kalyanaraman, S., Ahmad, T., Pervaiz, F., Saif, U., Subramanian, L., In Science Advances 2.7, 2016

  3. Optimizing mobile application communication for challenged network environments

    Brunette, W., Vigil, M., Pervaiz, F., Levari, S., Borriello, G., Anderson, R., In Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Symposium on Computing for Development. ACM.

  4. User errors in SMS based reporting systems

    Pervaiz, F., Perrier, T., Phongphila, S., Anderson, R., In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. ACM., 2015

  5. Data Specification for Information Systems for the Immunization Cold Chain

    Pervaiz, F., Anderson, R., Newland, S., In Proceedings of 2015 Technet Conference. TechNet-21., 2015

  6. Supporting immunization programs with improved vaccine cold chain information systems

    Anderson, R., Perrier, T., Pervaiz, F., Sisouveth, N., Kumar, B., Phongphila, S., Rahman, A., Dhiman, R., Newland, S., In IEEE global humanitarian technology conference (GHTC). IEEE., 2014

  7. Characterizing dengue spread and severity using internet media sources

    Ahmad, T., Rehman, N.A., Pervaiz, F., Kalyanaraman, S., Safeer, M.B., Chakraborty, S., Saif, U., Subramanian, L., In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Symposium on Computing for Development. ACM., 2013

  8. FluBreaks: early epidemic detection from Google flu trends

    Pervaiz, F., Pervaiz, M., Rehman, N.A. and Saif, U., In Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), 2012

  9. Automatic topic identification and classification of text messages in the SMSAll system

    Pervaiz, F., Subramanian, L. and Saif, U., In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Symposium on Computing for Development. ACM., 2012

2012 - 2013, Computer Science & Engineering Research Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle WA

2009 - 2010, Dean’s Honor, National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan