Sayef Azad Sakin

PhD Student Office: GS 756 Interests: Data Visualization and High Performance Computing Advisor: Dr. Kate Isaacs

Sayef Azad Sakin

PhD Student Office: GS 756 Interests: Data Visualization and High Performance Computing Advisor: Dr. Kate Isaacs


I was born in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh, and grew up there. In 2013, I finished my undergraduate in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Dhaka. I earned my MS in the same subject from the same university in 2016. During my MS study, I worked with Professor Dr. Md. Abdur Razzaque in his Green Networking Research (GNR) Lab on resource sharing problem of co-located cognitive radio networks. At the end of my MS research, I developed a dedicated NS3 (network simulator 3) module for wireless regional area network to simulate and test our solution methodology. While working on the NS3 module - distributed code execution, trace data accumulation with feature detection, and visualization problems piqued my intention to work further on these fields. After working in the industry for more than two years, I've got myself enrolled into the PhD program at the University of Arizona. Right now, being a first-year PhD student, I am working under the supervision of Professor Kate Isaacs in the Humans, Data, and Computers (HDC) lab. I am currently trying to improve the gantt chart visualization generated from the trace data of Phylanx, a general purpose computation system of distributed arrays to enhance operations over commodity cloud system.

​​​​​Research Interests

In my MS research, I worked on distributed optimization and resource scheduling on cognitive radio network. For my Phd, I have veered toward data visualization, high performance computing, and distributed computing.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

I want to work on improving data visualization techniques for exploratory data analysis of large-scale distributed systems.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love problem solving and developing new techniques with optimized algorithms. I enjoy closely working with different domain experts, share ideas, and learn from them.

What are your career goals?

In short-term, my goal is to successfully complete my PhD. My long-term career goal is to lead a quality research work either in industry or academia, where I would have the opportunity to make usable, effective technology with a positive social influence.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

There is literally nothing interesting about me. I procrastinate a lot and easily forget important stuffs. I enjoy movies, binge-watch TV shows, play games in my spare time, and do some cycling - just for the fun of it!

Graduate Students Parallel, Distributed, and High Performance Computing Visualization and Graphics