Distributed Computing Lab

Host University

Lahore University of Management Sciences


The fourth industrial revolution will be marked by the fusion of digital, physical, and biological worlds, ranging from wearables for health monitoring, AR/VR based virtual classrooms, remote surgery over 5G cellular networks, massive sensing for mission-critical applications with IoTs, and the use of custom deep learning models across a wide range of applications. This fusion will be enabled by technologies such as AR/VR, IoTs, 5G, and robotics and AI, all of which require a highly available distributed cloud infrastructure for delivering ultra-low latency and high bandwidth to users.

The goal of our lab is to realize this vision to help Pakistan gain a competitive edge in the world. To this end, we will design and develop a massively distributed cloud infrastructure comprising tens of thousands of mini-data centers, possibly located at cellular base stations and or POPs. We posit that such a cloud infrastructure, available in the form of a ‘pay-as-you-go’ model, will offer a unique opportunity for Pakistan to build the next-generation of products and start-ups. We will focus on four key application areas that will be directly enabled by having an edge computing based cloud model.

Our Team

Meet the Principal Investigator as well the as Co – Principal Investigators of the Lab.

Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Computer Science at LUMS
PhD in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Wireless Networks, Internet Privacy and censorship.

Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi is a tenured Associate Professor and the current Chair of the Department of Computer Science at LUMS, Pakistan. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 2010 and the BSc. (Hons) degree from LUMS with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2005. He was a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 2017. Previously, he has held positions at BBN Technologies (Cambridge, USA) and the Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (Melbourne, Australia). His research interests are in computer networks and distributed systems and span cloud computing and datacenters, mobile/wireless networks, ICT for developing regions, Internet censorship, and online privacy. His work has appeared in premier networking conferences, such as ACM SIGCOMM, and journals including IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. His work was selected as a best ACM SIGCOMM CCR paper in 2018. He is a recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship. His research has been sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), World Bank, Australian Research Council (ARC), HEC, and Ignite.


Dr. Zafar Ayyub Qazi

Co - Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor in Department of Computer Science at LUMS
Phd in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, NY, USA.
Post Doctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley in EECS Department.

Dr. Zafar Ayyub Qazi received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, New York in 2015 and BSc. (Hons) degree from LUMS in 2009. Prior to joining LUMS, Dr. Qazi was a Postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. He has also worked at Hewlett Packard Labs and AT&T Research.  His research interests are in computer networks and systems. His current research focuses on the design of future cellular networks, design and management of large-scale cloud and data center networks, and improving web and video access over the Internet in developing regions. Dr. Qazi has published multiple papers in ACM SIGCOMM, one of the premier conferences in computer networks and systems. He is a recipient of Google Faculty Research Award.









Dr. Basit Shafiq

Co - Principal Investigator

Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science at LUMS
MS and Phd in Computer Science from Purdue University, USA.
Prior LUMS, He was research assistant professor at CIMIC, Rutgers University, USA.

Basit Shafiq received his B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Prior to joining LUMS, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC), Rutgers University, USA. Dr. Shafiq’s interests include information systems security and privacy, access-control management in distributed systems, Web services composition and verification, ontologies, and distributed multimedia systems. His research work resulted in several publications in well-renowned journals, including, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Computer, IEEE Communications Magazine, and Journal on Information and Computer Systems. In addition, he has also presented his work in leading IEEE and ACM conferences and workshops. Dr. Shafiq is a member of the IEEE. His research has been sponsored by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan,  United States National Science Foundation (NSF), and SAP Research Labs.

Dr. Hammad Alizai

Co - Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor in Department of Computer Science at LUMS.


Dr. Alizai has over 10 years of experience in Germany and Pakistan as a researcher, software engineer, and technical lead both in industrial and academic settings. He has authored book, book chapters and published numerous scientific papers, while abroad and indigenously from Pakistan, several of them in top flight ACM SIG sponsored venues such as ACM SenSys, IPSN, BuldSYS, CoNEXT. He is experienced in leading innovative research projects in pervasive computing technologies such as Internet of things, sensor and delay tolerant networks, ICT4D, and mobile computing.  He was employed as a software engineer in several European Union projects and has a wealth of experience in teaching/training cutting edge technologies and courses in theoretical and practical computer sciences at grad, post grad and professional level. He is also a visiting researcher at his alma mater: ComSys, RWTH Aachen, Germany.







Research Domains

5G Cellular Networks

Design & Build an in house scalable, elastic packet core for 5G Networks.

Cloud Management & Service Orchestration

Design & Build a management software stack that will tackle key challenges of VM/Container Placement, dynamic load balancing, agile routing, and trouble shooting failures and misconfigurations.

IOTs & Edge Data Analytics

Design & Build custom IOT Gateways to locally process and summarize data as much as possible.


Department of Computer Science,
School of Science & Engineering,
LUMS 54792

Our hours

10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Monday – Friday

Contact Us

Phone: +92 42 35608000
EXT: 8329/3337
Email: contact@ncbc.pk