Syed Muhammad Umer Abdullah

PhD student
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,  Hong Kong
Email: smuabdullah (at) connect (dot) ust (dot) hk
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Research Focus

My work involves the investigation of the utility and limitations of the extraction of biological information from Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. Utilizing concepts of statistical signal processing, I am working on studying the effects of sequencing populations using NGS, as opposed to the traditional Sanger Sequencing.
​I have previously worked on time-frequency algorithms and their application to image processing, particularly pansharpening and image fusion.  An intended direction of my research is to explore the application of these algorithms to biological data. The underlying idea of utilizing time-frequency algorithms to extract and analyze patterns embedded within data is the same; edge and contrast information in the former, evolutionary trends in the latter.


  • 2016 – Present:  PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
  • 2008 – 2012:      Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan

Research Experience

  • 2019: Summer Researcher, Barton Lab, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, USA
  • 2013: Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan

Teaching Experience

  • 2016-2017: Teaching Assistant, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong



  • S. M. U. Abdullah, N. Rehman, M. M. Khan, and D. P. Mandic, ”A Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition Based Approach to Pansharpening,” Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 3974-3984, 2015.
  • N. Rehman, S. Ehsan, S. M. U. Abdullah, M. J. Akhtar, D. P. Mandic, and K. D. McDonald-Maier, ”Multi-Scale Pixel-Based Image Fusion Using Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition,” Sensors, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 10923-10947, 2015.

Journal papers Reviewed

  • IEEE Signal Processing Letters
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
  • IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Industrial Experience

  • 2015: Well Completions Certification, Halliburton Technical Excellence Center (HTEC)Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia
  • 2013-2015: Associate Technical Professional , Halliburton Completion Tools, Halliburton Worldwide Limited, Pakistan
    • Running Halliburton Wireline Set & Hydraulic Set Completion packers (BWS, BWD, TWT, HPSTWJ and MHR). Ran ENI Pakistan’s first 15K completion at the well Badhra South Deep-1.
    • Running Halliburton Self Equalizing & Non Self Equalizing TRSCSSV’s (NE®, SP®, WellStar®)Otis® Selective and Non Selective Flow Control Equipment.
    • Design of well completion strings meeting client specifications, preemption and prevention of potential tubing failure using Halliburton Cyberstring® Software, identifying design improvements for cost optimization.
    • Identification and prevention of potential casing damage using Halliburton SlipForce® Software.
    • Redressing, Pressure Testing and Running of Halliburton Well Services tools Sub Surface Control (Storm) Valve, BO Hydraulic Setting Tool, HS Hydraulic Setting Tool, Mechanical Setting Tool and RTTS Packer. Running, setting and drilling of EZSVB® Cement Retainer & Bridge Plug
    • Acquisition and Analysis of Flowing and Shut in Bottom Hole Pressure & Temperature data using Spartek Quartzdyne EMR gauges.
    • Safety meeting sessions for employees on Lithium battery safety, Sour Gas safety, Chemical handling, Trapped pressure, Lifting & Hoisting, Defensive driving, Permit to Work and Hand & Finger Safety.
    • Working knowledge of the Halliburton SAP® Asset Maintenance Management System.
    • Running of Otis® Slickline tools and working knowledge of Slickline Jobs of Test tool setting & retrieval, Data Acquisition, TCP, Fishing, LIB, Gauge Cutting and Swaging.
    • Working knowledge of Wireline jobs of Packer Setting with CPST and CCLCBL/VDLVSPRA marker depth correlationBack offTubing puncturing and Tubing Cutting (Power/Chemical).
    • Working knowledge of fishing operations and equipment, hands on experience on using Taper TapOvershot and Grapple.

Honors and Awards

  • Sep. 2016 – Present: Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Hong Kong
  • Oct. 2008 – Aug. 2012: Corps of E&ME Commandant’s Plaque of Honor for outstanding academic performance, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • Oct. 2008 – Aug. 2012: Corps of E&ME Commandant’s Distinguished Student Award for academic excellence, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • July. 2008: Stood 2nd among 40000 candidates in University Entrance Examination, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • Nov. 2007-Dec. 2007: Represented Pakistan as Student Ambassador at the SAARC student exchange program, New Delhi, India
  • Sep. 2006- Jul. 2008: Awarded merit scholarship for performance in Higher Secondary School Certificate examination by Federal Directorate of Education, Pakistan
  • Sep. 2004- Jul. 2006: Awarded merit scholarship for performance in Secondary School Certificate examination by Federal Directorate of Education, Pakistan