Director, IPAL

Samia Razaq completed her Masters in Computer Sciences from the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at LUMS. During her time at LUMS, she was part of the research lab, Neighborhood for Emerging World Technologists (NEWT). As part of her research work she worked in the area of ICTD and Language Technologies and worked on several collaborative projects with the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

Before joining LUMS, she worked extensively in the area of robotics with UET, Lahore, Robotics and Intelligent Computing Equipment (RICE) Lab at LUMS. She was part of building two robots,  a “Multiple Control Surveillance Robot” and  a “Dual Control Robot with obstacle detection & collision avoidance using shortest path”,  one of which won the Best Engineering Project in SOFTEC 2008 held at FAST.

Her research interests include ICT for the Developing World, ICT4D, Speech Processing and Applications, Robotics, Microcontrollers, and Embedded Systems. Two papers co-authored by her have been puclished ; “Viral Entertainment as a Vehicle for Disseminating Speech-Based Services to Low-Literate Users” in the ACM/IEEE Information and Communication Technologies for Development Conference – ICTD 2012 and “Come for the Fun, Stay for the Jobs: Virally Spreading Speech-Based Services for Low-Literate Users” in the Computer Human Interaction Conference – CHI2013.

Currently, Samia is leading the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab and teaching the D-Lab course (inspired from D-Lab MIT) at ITU-Punjab. The Lab trains Computer Science students to research and create technological solutions to the local problems of Pakistan, especially of those for the Bottom of the Pyramid.

If you want to be a part of the D-Lab course, by helping the students in their research, brainstorm with them, by arranging or inviting them on a fieldtrip, or be a part of the IPAL projects by working on the hardware/software components of the projects, please write to us