ECE Seminar with Dr. Muhammad Aurangzeb

1:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339
Teaching and Research Experiences in Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Muhammad Aurangzeb
 University of Texas at Arlington Faculty Host: David Castanon Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 12:45 p.m. Abstract: The talk is divided into two parts. The first part is about teaching experiences and the second part is about recent interests. In the first part, I’ll discuss my past teaching experience, teaching methodology, and courses of interest, with a short demonstration of my teaching methodology through a DSP example. I’ll discuss various phases of course design: first, how to relate a course to the overall degree program and the practical world; second, how to define the learning objectives of a course and to monitor them as the course progresses. I’ll also discuss issues related to course assessment. Lastly, I’ll discuss issues regarding documenting the outcomes of the course. In the second part, I’ll discuss my recent research on dynamic decisions and internal structure of coalitions on graphs. The work is based on cooperative game theory, starting from the seminal work of Shapley, Myerson, Arney, Jackson and Wolinsky. Cooperative game theory deals with the situations when agents pursue their common goals by making coalitions. The dynamics of the coalition depend upon the internal communication structure of the coalition. In our research, we use existing models of coalition formation in a distributed way to solve some specific problems and develop new models to compute the allocations and costs within coalitions of anonymous agents. Possible future applications of the research are in the areas of cooperative control, mechanism design, graph searching, and social media. About the Speaker: Dr. Muhammad Aurangzeb completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in Spring 2013 from the University of Texas at Arlington. He worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank L. Lewis and researched trust-based control and structure of coalitions on graphs. Before joining UTA, he was an assistant professor at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), Lahore, Pakistan, where he taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses to engineering and computer science students. Prior to this, he worked in the telecommunications and video industries in Pakistan. His graduate education is in electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics. His area of research is dynamic decision and internal structure of coalition on graphs, with applications to cooperative control, mechanism design, graph searching, and social media.