Prof. Dr. Momin Uppal

Title: Saving Our Cities with Technology and Data-Driven Decision Making.

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering
Date and Time of Talk: Date: 20th December 2023 Time:12:30PM – 13:15PM


Pakistan’s rapid urbanization has most often lacked proper planning, thus leading to an every-increasing strain on our cities’ infrastructure, environment and public services. The Center of Urban Informatics, Technology, and Policy (CITY) at LUMS is committed to developing and promoting the use of modern-day technology, artificial intelligence, and data-driven decision-making as enablers for solving the complex challenges facing our cities.

This talk will present an overview of some real-world use-cases illustrating the use of technology in solving urban issues. These case-studies stem from CITY’s ongoing projects most of which are being carried out in partnership with public-sector stakeholders such as Punjab Emergency Services Department (1122), Punjab Safe Cities Authority, Walled City Authority Lahore, and Lahore Waste Management Company. At the heart of these technology-driven solutions lie remote sensing, artificial intelligence, spatial data-science, computer vision, and resource optimization.


Momin Uppal is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Electrical Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences. He also leads CITY at LUMS, a multi-disciplinary research center focusing on the use of technology and data-driven policy for addressing urban issues. He obtained is MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006, and 2010, respectively. Earlier, he obtained his BS degree in Electronic Engineering with highest distinction from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. His research interests lie in urban computing, machine learning and signal processing, back-scatter communications, and environmental sensing using radio signals.

Momin received the HEC Best University Teaching Award in 2022, the LUMS’ Vice Chancellors’ Teaching Excellence Award in 2021, and the Department of EE Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020.12:30 –
13:15Date: 20th December 2023