Mansoor Pervaiz

Graduate Research Assistant
Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory (cadlab.neu.edu)

Doctoral Student in Personal Health Informatics
Bouve' College of Health Sciences
& College of Computer and Information Science

Northeastern University

mansoor@ccs.neu.edu
pervaiz.m@husky.neu.edu

Research Interest

 

I am interested in developing mobile based health technologies for increasing communication abilities and opportunities for people with speech impairments due to Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's disease etc.

My previous experience comprises of developing technologies that would help the under-privileged communities in the developing-world. Most of my experience was directed towards healthcare, disaster management and communication.

Research Experience
 
 

Graduate Research Assistant (Aug 2012 - Present)
Communication Analysis and Design Lab, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

 

Research Intern (Jun 2013 - Sep 2013)
Mobile Health Lab, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

 

Senior Research Associate (Nov 2010 - Aug 2012)
NEWT Lab, Dept of Computer Science, School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Research Associate (July 2006 - Aug 2009)
NEWT Lab, Dept of Computer Science, School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Research Officer (Jan 2006 - June 2006)
Dept of Mathematics, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Publications

 

Come for the Fun, Stay for the Jobs: Virally Spreadking Speech-Based Services for Low-Literate Users

Agha Ali Raza, Farhan-ul-Haq, Zain Tariq, Mansoor Pervaiz, Samia Razaq, Umar Saif, Roni Rosenfeld, In proceedings of the 2013 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI Best Paper Award

 

FluBreaks: Early Epidemic Detection from Google Flu Trends

Fahad Pervaiz, Mansoor Pervaiz, Nabeel Abdur Rehman, Umar Saif, In Journal for Medical Internet Research (JMIR) J Med Internet Res 2012;14(5):e125

 

Viral Entertainment as a Vehicle for Disseminating Speech-Based Services to Low-Literate Users

Agha Ali Raza, Mansoor Pervaiz, Samia Razaq, Christina Milo, Guy Alaster, Jahanzeb Sherwani, Umar Saif, Roni Rosenfeld In International conference on information and communication technologies and development (ICTD) , 2012

 

Collaborative Technologies in International Distance Education

Richard Anderson, Ruth Anderson, Natalie Linnel, Mansoor Pervaiz, Umar Saif, Fred Videon, In Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work in Design (CSCWD), 2009

Awards
 
 

CHI Best Paper Award in 2013

 

SOFTEC 2012 (Software exhibition and Competition 2012) - Best Entry in Software Competition

 

Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award 2011

 

* these awards were won by a single team project I was working on

Projects
 
 

My Intelligible-Speech Therapy (MIST)
This project is aimed to increase speech intelligibility for people with speech impairments due to Multiple Sclerosis. MIST is a Google glass application, which implements a variant of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and provides feedback about loudness to get people to speak louder. MIST adapts the required loudness based on ambient noise.

Parho
This project is a news paper research for the illiterate and the disabled. It won the Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award 2011

Polly (click here)
This project is a voice based entertainment system for the low literate portions of the population of Pakistan. This project is in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University


iHealth (click here)
iHealth is a disease surveillance system, to detect outbreaks in the Muzzafergarh district of Punjab in Pakistan. This project is in collaboration with Global Viral Forecasting and University of Michigan.


FluBreaks (click here)
This is a Flu Outbreak system which provides outbreak information on flu through the US (140 cities, all US states and regions). We are collaborating with University of Michigan for this.


SMSall (previously known as Chopaal) (click here)
I was the Co-Founder of this service. We developed, Chopaal, as a social network over cell phones where people could send out a text message and multiple people of similar interests would receive it. With the initial motivation of disaster relief management, soon the endeavor was to provide similar social connectivity as facebook or orkut in a country where the Internet users are 10% of the total population and cellphone penetration is close to 70% of the total population. Chopaal has evolved into SMSall, a startup, which has sent over 4 billion text messages for 4 million users in Pakistan.

Other Experiences
 
 

Teaching Assistant

TA for Mobile Application Development - at Northeastern University - (Spring 2013)

TA for Empirical Research Methods - at Northeastern University - (Summer 2013)

TA for Mobile Application Development - at Northeastern University - (Fall 2013)

TA for Graduate Operating Systems - at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Fall Semester 2011)

TA for Graduate Computing for the Developing World at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Spring 2008)
[This was three-way course on "Computing for the Developing-world" with University of Washington (CSEP 590B) and Microsoft Research was broadcast live between three sites.]

Head TA for PITB-LUMS Advanced IT Skills Development Course 2008 • Head TA for PITB-LUMS Advanced IT Skills Development Course 2007
[PITB-LUMS Advanced IT Skills Development Course was a 2 month (360 Hours) course structured around hands-on industry-style projects, involving teamwork and exposure to real development tools and development methodologies. This course was funded by PITB - Punjab IT Board and was held at LUMS - Lahore University of Management Sciences]

TA for Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Autumn Quarter 2008)

TA for Operating Systems - at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Autumn Quarter 2007)

TA for Graduate Distributed Systems - at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Winter Quarter 2006)

TA for Operating Systems - at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) - (Autumn Quarter 2006)

TA for Calculus I included teaching Matlab at NU-FAST (National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - (Fall Semester 2006)

TA for Calculus II included teaching Matlab at NU-FAST (National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - (Spring Semester 2005)

TA for Calculus I included teaching Matlab at NU-FAST (National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences - (Fall Semester 2005)

TA for Numerical Methods at NU-FAST (National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences) - (Spring Semester 2004)

Consultant

Deparment for International Development, UK

Software Development

Beon Media, Germany
SMC Technologies, USA
Strategic Systems Int. Lahore

Education
 
  BS from FAST- NU, Lahore Campus