Dr. Umar Saif
Post-Doc – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
PhD – University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Umar has research interests in Ubiquitous Computing, Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, Mobile Systems, High-speed Routing Architectures and the impact of IT in developing world countries. Previously, Dr. Saif worked and taught at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) as a research scientist for four years, where he led the group that developed system technologies for project Oxygen — a US$50 million project sponsored by the US Department of Defense (DARPA) and an Alliance of IT companies. While at MIT, Dr. Saif also managed the multi-million dollar collaboration on future computing technologies between University of Cambridge and MIT, sponsored by the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI).
Dr. Saif worked as a fulltime faculty member at LUMS between 2006-2013. In 2009, Dr. Saif became one of the few professors who were awarded permanent Tenure by LUMS.
Recently, Dr. Saif has worked as Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), heading all public-sector IT projects in the Government of Punjab since Nov 2011. He led the development of Punjab Innovation Policy in collaboration with Google and launched Plan-9, Pakistan’s first and largest public-sector startup incubator. Dr. Saif has widely consulted for Asian Development Bank, USAID, World Bank and DFID on e-governance projects with the Government of Pakistan. He has consulted for ADB for the civil service reform program with Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and S&GAD; DFID for evaluating the IT systems developed for the Faisalabad Devolution Program; USAID for the Rural Tubewell Energy Efficiency Program; and the World Bank for the Punjab Land Record MIS (LRMIS).