A collaboration giving new perspective

In January and February 2020, Kamran Qureshi and Ali Hassan, guest researchers from COMSATS University of Islamabad (CUI), visited Mid Sweden University as a final activity in a STINT funded collaboration.

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Ali Hassan, Kamran Qureshi, Waqas Ahmad, Mårten Sjöström and Roger Olsson.

This was not the first time that Kamran Qureshi visited Sweden since he got his Master’s degree in Electronics from Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall. He really enjoyed his time in Sweden, the university, and the culture so when he got the opportunity to come back he didn’t hesitate.

Ali Hassan got a Master’s degree in Computer Science from COMSATS University of Islamabad. This is his first time in Sweden, and despite being warned about the cold weather and snow he appreciated his stay in Sundsvall.

In his research, Ali works with optimizing coding for light field compression rate control. Light field is a quite new technique used to capture images where you use several cameras to improve the 3D experience. The research challenges involve handling multi images with a lot of data, to compress the data and only send the relevant information with no delay.

- This is a quite new research area in Pakistan, but at Mid Sweden University, the research group Realistic 3D has been working within this field for a long time. Prof. Mårten Sjöström’s and Dr. Roger Olsson’s knowledge really stands out, Kamran Qureshi says.

This exchange is a unique opportunity to deepen our knowledge and broaden our vision, Kamran Qureshi COMSATS

It was Waqas Ahmad, PhD student at Mid Sweden University, who applied for the STINT grant that initiated this new collaboration between the two universities. It started in April 2019 and ends in February 2020. The goal of this initiative is to deepen and broaden the knowledge in this field.

During their visit in Sundsvall, Ali and Kamran have become a part of the Realistic 3D research team in their daily work, with meetings, presentations and discussions of progress and research outcome.

- Our work has been integrated in the research team and we got valuable feedback on how to proceed. It gives us an extra quality control on how to structure our work. This exchange is a unique opportunity to deepen our knowledge and broaden our vision, Kamran summarize his time in Sundsvall.

This funding from STINT allows researchers and teachers to travel to other universities to exchange knowledge and experience and start a new collaboration. COMSATS University of Islamabad (CUI) and Mid Sweden University started this new collaboration in April 2019 and have already published one joint paper – and there are more to come.

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Ali Hassan COMSATS
Kamran Qureshi COMSATS
Kamran Qureshi and Ali Hassan COMSATS Realistic 3D Team

Funded by

STINT Stiftelsen för internationalisering av högre utbildning oh forskning