Alim Ul Gias

Full Name Alim Ul Gias
Designation Lecturer
Qualification M.Sc. in Software Engineering
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At present, I am working as a Lecturer at Institute of Information Technology, University of Dhaka. I have completed M.Sc. in Software Engineering from the same Institute with thesis entitled "Steering System Execution towards Intensive Computations for Adaptive Software Performance Testing". I also received my Bachelor's degree in Information Technology (Major in Software Engineering) from here. As a part of my bachelor program, I worked at Grameenphone Ltd. Bangladesh as an intern from July to December 2011. I am currently a member of IEEE and previously a student member of ACM SIGSOFT and IEEE Computer Society.

I consider myself as a bookworm who is not biased to any particular genre. I can get engage with any book - it could be comics, crime thrillers, biographies or even encyclopedias. I used to participate in Quiz competitions and came to know about many topics by reading different books. I also like to travel and books help a lot to alleviate those traveling experiences. To most people, walking on an old street of Calcutta may seem boring. However, I strolled around such streets and was thrilled as stories of my childhood heroes, “Byomkesh” and “Feluda”, evolved around those places.

At present I am working to initiate a project focusing to create a local research repository. Previously, I have contributed in the following projects -

  • DU Cyber Center Automation: Authentication and authorization system for Dhaka University cyber center based on users’ usage
  • Call Prioritization - UGC Research Project: A research project funded by University Grant Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh that focuses on identifying different social aspects by analyzing phone call logs
  • Education Management Information System (EMIS): An Information System for Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics
  • Working Memory Test: Research Tool for Dhaka University Memory Research Unit (DUMRU)

During my Master's program, I was awarded the National Science and Technology Fellowship 2013-2014 and IIT Academic Excellence Gold Medal 2014. This was really inspiring for me. I was also awarded the Dhaka University Undergraduate Scholarship during my undergrad period.

The broad domain of my research is Automated Software Engineering. To be more specific, I like to address the challenges which are involved in automating any steps of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Although, I would mainly prefer to work with software architecture and testing related issues.

I am a member of the Distributed Systems and Software Engineering research group at IIT. Being a part of the group, I focus on adaptive software performance testing. The main purpose of this research is to automatically suggest performance hotspots within a large scale web application. To do so, we frequently need to use the concepts of machine learning. Besides, I have also worked on a project addressing system’s scalability using formal approaches.

I occasionally try to contribute in the work of IIT, DU Optimization Research Group. My specific interest is on software design issues that involve optimization and different meta-heuristic algorithms. At present, we are trying to develop a solution that will automatically propose a component based design (having high cohesion and low coupling) from legacy code written in procedural language.

Currently, I have a growing interest to work on automated software verification techniques that involve issues like software performance, scalability and reliability. Some of the challenges are - modelling system’s behavior and generating counter examples in terms of performance issues, resolving conflict for properties of different nature, etc.


Conference Papers

1. M. Selim, M. S. Siddik, T. R. Toma, A. U. Gias, and S. M. Khaled, "Approximating Object based Architecture for Legacy Software Written in Procedural Languages using Variable Neighborhood Search," in Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management & Applications, (Dhaka, Bangladesh), pp. 1–6, IEEE, December 2014. (This paper was Runner-up in the Best Student Paper Award Competition)

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2. A. U. Gias and K. Sakib, “An Adaptive Bayesian Approach for URL Selection to Test Performance of Large Scale Web-Based Systems,” in Companion Proceedings of the Thirty Sixth International Conference of Software Engineering, (Hyderabad, India), pp. 608–609, ACM/IEEE, June 2014.

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3. M. S. Siddik, M. Selim, A. U. Gias, S. M. Khaled, and K. Sakib, "A Direction of Migrating Procedural Paradigm to Object Based Architecture by forming Cluster of Functions using Local Search Heuristics," in Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Informatics, Electronics & Vision, (Dhaka, Bangladesh), pp. 1-6, IEEE, May 2014.

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4. M. Selim, S. Siddik, A. U. Gias, M. Abdullah-Al-Wadud, and S. M. Khaled, "A Genetic Algorithm for Software Design Migration from Structured to Object Oriented Paradigm," in Recent Advances in Computer Engineering, Communications and Information Technology, (Tenerife, Spain) pp. 187–192, WSEAS, 2014.

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5. S. Siddik, A. U. Gias, and S. M. Khaled, "Optimizing Software Design Migration from Structured Programming to Object Oriented Paradigm," in Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, Bangladesh), pp. 1-6, IEEE, March 2014. (This paper received the Best Student Paper Award)

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6. A. U. Gias, M. R. Tabassum, A. S. Ami, A. Imran, M. Ibrahim, R. Rahman, and K. Sakib, "A Formal Approach to Verify Software Scalability Requirements using Set Theory and Hoare Triple," in Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, (Khulna, Bangladesh), pp. 7–12, IEEE, March 2014.

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Journal Papers

1. A. U. Gias, R. Rahman, A. Imran, and K. Sakib, “TFPaaS : Test-first Performance as a Service to Cloud for Software Testing Environment,” International Journal of Web Applications, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 153–167, 2013.

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1. A. U. Gias, "Steering System Execution towards Intensive Computations for Adaptive Software Performance Testing," Master's Thesis - IIT, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2014

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I take the following courses at the undergrad level -

  • SE 206 Object Oriented Concepts I
  • SE 306 Object Oriented Concepts II
  • SE 605 Software Testing and Quality Assurance

For the Master's program, I am the course instructor of the course MS 1004 Distributed Software Engineering. Besides, I am informally involved with the course MS 1002 Formal Methods and Models in Software Engineering.

Room no. 303

IIT Building

University of Dhaka

Email: alim at du dot ac dot bd