nexGIN team from FAST NUCES wins silver medal at GECCO 2009

July 13, 2009 at 11:44 pm 15 comments

NexGIN LogoDr. Muddassar Farooq, Director, Next Generation Intelligent Networks Research Center, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Islamabad, reports from Montreal in Canada that the nexGIN RC team has earned an unprecendented honor for the country by winning the silver medal in Hummies Competition at GECCO 2009.

GECCO 2009 is the world’s best forum for Bio-inspired computing. Generally more than 200 papers are accepted for the conference out of 500+ submissions. But Hummies submission criteria is so tough that generally 9-10 papers become eligible for the competiton. This year 9 entries were submitted and out of these 7 were shortlisted for final presentations on July 10, 2009  in Montreal Canada. nexGIN had both of its entries shortlisted.

The Judging Committee consisted of Wolfgang Banzhaf, John Koza, Darrell Whitley, Riccardo Poli, and Erik Goodman. According to Dr. Muddassar, these are the most respected names not only in evolutionary computing but also in Computer Science.

The results were announced today and I am delighted to inform everyone that the nexGIN entry based on the papers A Hybrid GA-PSO Fuzzy System for User Identification on Smart Phones and Keystroke-based User Identification on Smart Phones have won the silver medal.

The silver medal is worth $3000. According to Dr. Muddassar, nexGIN missed the gold medal, which is worth $5000, by a very small margin. He said that all credit should go to Shahzad and Saira who did this remarkable work. The gold medal was won by  Steffany Forrest – the most distinguised researcher in CS – whose paper “A sense of Self in Unix Processes” has more than 1000 citations and is among the top 3% cited papers overall in CS. She gave an excellent presentation.

This is for the first time in the history of the conference that a team from Asia has been among the top 3. Dr. Mudassar Farooq hopes that these efforts will bear fruit and help to change the image of Pakistan.

Congratulations to Saira, Shahzad, Dr. Muddassar Farooq and the entire nexGIN team for this amazing achievement in computer science research. All of us are very proud of you. Well done!

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  • 3. Fariha Akhtar  |  July 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

    This is brilliant MashAllah!! Congratulations to the nexGIN team 🙂 and as always I’d say that it’s really really pleasing to see research flourishing in Pakistan! 🙂

  • 4. Tania Aslam  |  July 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Good to hear that.
    Congratulations to the nexGIN team.
    Thanks for sharing the good news.

  • 5. Syed Talha Izhar  |  July 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Congrats!!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  • 6. usman  |  July 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm


    That;s really an honour for the country …

  • 7. ansar  |  July 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm


  • 8. Ammar Faheem  |  July 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    That’s what we are – FASTians! Congratulations to the winning team and thank you for sharing this news here =D

  • 9. Fahad Ali  |  July 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    gr8!! FAST-NUCES again made Pakistan PROUD!!!!!

  • 10. Bill Tozier  |  July 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Congratulations! But it’s “Humies”, not “Hummies”.

  • 11. Arsalan  |  July 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Great!! FASTians proving themselves. Congratulations to the winners.

  • 12. Awais Naseer Keyani  |  July 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    We are really proud of FASTians!!

  • 13. Somei Soharto  |  July 18, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Great news…

    @All the proud FASTians: No doubt that FAST is a great place for learning, but the fact that strikes me the most is that the winning team, i.e. Saira, Shahzad and Muddassar Farooq are all graduates of NUST… So, it would be great if you people grow up and start getting proud of being Pakistani instead of being FASTian…

  • 14. Muhammad Haris Khan  |  July 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm


    I congratulate the winners and supporters of this research on “Identification on Smart phone ” , this is in fact not only the honor for them but for all Pakistanis. This will build very good image of Pakistan in the world. And specially the FASTIANS
    once again Congratulations, This was brilliant.

  • 15. shazkhan  |  July 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    It’s very pleasing when I come to know that our scholars make a distinguished effort and get recognized by the international community. May Allah give more strength to Dr. Mudassir so that he leads more such scholars to shape the future of our Country in such as honorable way.


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