Syed Yasir Imtiaz

Academic Summary

PhD Candidate in Emergency Management
Massey University, New Zealand
MS in Computer Science
Linköping University, Sweden
BS in Computer Science
COMSATS University of Science and Technology, Pakistan.


Research Summary

The aim of my research is to design and develop a Knowledge-Centered Decision Support System (KCDSS) using a computer-based impact assessment framework that can assess the functionality of Critical Infrastructure (CI) networks by modelling their interdependencies.

CI networks such as electricity, water, fuel, telecommunication and road networks are a crucial factor for secure and reliable operation of a society. In a non-emergency situation, most businesses operate on an individual infrastructure. However, after major natural disasters such as earthquakes, the conflicts and complex interdependencies among the different infrastructures can cause significant disturbances, as a failure can propagate from one infrastructure to another. Through the development of a customizable KCDSS, my research would facilitate its end users to integrate electricity, water and road networks to estimate the outage of these services in the selected region. The results in the form of time stamped outage maps, can be used for recovery planning, identification of vulnerabilities, and adding redundancies in an infrastructure network.

Supervisors

  • Dr Raj Prasanna, Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University.
  • Dr S R Uma, GNS Science, Avalon, Lower Hutt.
  • Dr Kristin Stock, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University
  • Dr Denise Blake, Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University.
  • Dr Ruth Tarrant, School of Psychology, Massey University.

Publications

[1] Syed Yasir Imtiaz, S.R. Uma, Raj Prasanna, Kristin Stock, Denise Blake, “A Design Science Based Simulation Framework for Critical Infrastructure Interdependency”, proceedings of the ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018 Conference, November 5-7, 2018, Wellington, New Zealand.
http://idl.iscram.org/files/yasirimtiazsyed/2018/1645_YasirImtiazSyed_etal2018.pdf

[2] Syed Yasir Imtiaz, S.R. Uma, Raj Prasanna, “A simulation framework to model interdependencies between electricity and road infrastructure networks of Wellington region”, proceedings of the NZSEE conference, April 13-15, 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.

[3] Mahmood A. Khan, Syed Yasir Imtiaz, Shahzada Alamgir Khan, Mustafa Shakir, “Deployment of 3G/4G technologies in Pakistan: Challenges, forecasts and socioeconomic prospects”, The Journal of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, vol 11, no. 2, 2017, pp. 28–32. 
https://www.theitp.org/calendar/event/view?id=620

[4] Syed Yasir Imtiaz, Mahmood A. Khan, Mustafa Shakir, “Telecom sector of Pakistan: Potential, Challenges & Business Opportunities”, Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier), vol 32, no. 2, 2015, pp. 254–258. 
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2014.09.002

[5] Mahmood A. Khan, Syed Yasir Imtiaz, Mustafa Shakir, “Automatic Monitoring & Detection System (AMDS) for Grey Traffic”, Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science: proceedings of The World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2015, Vol II, pp. 696-700, October 21-23, 2015, San Francisco, USA.
http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCECS2015/WCECS2015_pp696-700.pdf

Scientific Reports

[1] Uma, S.R., Syed, Y., Sapthala, K., Prasanna. R. (2020). Modelling interdependencies of critical infrastructure network recovery using a decision support system. Lower Hutt (NZ): GNS Science. 42 p. (GNS Science report; 2020/18).
https://doi.org/10.21420/Y46F-GJ02

[2] Syed, Y., Horspool, N., Buxton, R. (2019). RiskScape and Wellington Electricity Restoration Uncertainty Analysis. GNS Science Internal Report 2019/09. October 2019
https://www.naturalhazards.org.nz/haz/content/download/14133/74987/file/GNS RisksScape Wellington Electricity Uncertainty Analysis.pdf

[3] Emily Harvey, Nicola Smith, Mary Jo Vergara, Rob Buxton, SR Uma, Yasir Syed, Nick Horspool, Charlotte Brown. Towards Robust Decision-Making in Natural Hazard Risk Management: Uncertainty Quantification for RiskScape-MERIT Modelling. NHRP Contest 2017

Poster Presentations

[1] Syed Yasir Imtiaz, S.R. Uma, Raj Prasanna, Kristin Stock, Denise Blake, “An Integrated Simulation Framework to Model Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies”, ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018 Conference, November 5-7, 2018, Wellington, New Zealand
https://www.confer.co.nz/iscramasiapacific2018/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Submission_0048_-_PosterFile_ID-25071-84-117-Syed-Yasir_Imtiaz.pdf

[2] Syed Yasir Imtiaz, S.R. Uma, Raj Prasanna, Liam Wotherspoon, “End to end linkage structure for integrated impact assessment of infrastructure networks under natural hazards”, NZSEE Conference, April 13-15, 2018 Auckland, New Zealand
https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/15909

[3] Syed Yasir Imtiaz, S.R. Uma, Raj Prasanna, Kristin Stock, Denise Blake, “An Integrated Simulation Framework to Model Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies”, QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting, September 3-6, 2018, Taupo, New Zealand
https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/15876