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A: An introduction

  • Please describe yourself in three sentences, one of them regarding your current studies.

I'm currently working towards my PhD in Electrical Engineering which focuses on the statistical modeling of 5G wireless networks. todo

    • Which languages do you speak?

English, Urdu.

    • What's your overall background?

PhD Student (2013-current). Full Scholarship. (Tuiton + Stipend). Electrical Engineering (Researching on next generation wireless networks). PhD Student. University of Leeds, UK

MSc. (2011-2013) Electrical Engineering. Tuition Scholarship. (3.90/4.00), National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan. Distinction.

Lab Engineer (6 months. 2013). Projects for Cypress Semiconductor USA, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

BSc. (2007-2011) Electrical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan.

O/A levels.

  • Why do you want to participate in the Google Summer of Code? What do you hope to gain by doing so?

As a researcher, I feel that my research is freely accessible to a very small community of engineers. My contribution to an open source organization such as Octave on the other hand, will be available to anyone.

Participation in GSoC will not only help me be a part of an organization but also provide me the opportunity to be mentored by highly skilled team of coders. The learning curve from this experience will be huge as I will walk through the process of making a normal looking piece of code worthy of integration in a software and from my friends' experiences, it is an impressive achievement to add on the CV and opens a lot of career options :).

    • Please also describe your previous experience with the GSoC, if any.

This is my first formal application for Octave GSoC.

  • Why are you choosing Octave?

I am very familiar with the coding style as I use MATLAB for my research simulations.

My research is quite mathematical in nature and which is why I believe that for implementing the missing algorithms, I can study the algorithms from research papers, understand them and translate them to Octave code.

C: Contact

  • Please state the (unique and identical where possible) nick you use on IRC and any other communication channel related to Octave.


  • Which time zone do you live in?

UTC+1 April-Oct

  • Please state the timeframe (in UTC+0) when you feel most comfortable working during GSoC. Where are your time buffers?

As a rough guide, 1600 till late. But I am flexible. :)

E: Coding experience

This part is one of the more important ones in your application. You are allowed to be as verbose as you want, as long as you stay on topic ;-)

  • Please describe your experience with C++, Octave or Matlab m-scripts, OpenGL and Qt.

Matlab. A lot. Throughout graduate and post graduate. Communications/Signal Processing/Optimization/Math.

Octave. See [1] and [2]

  • Please describe your experience with other programming languages.

C/Verilog. AES encryption.

  • Please describe your experience with being in a development team.

Undergraduate group assignments/final project. Involved Digital Design implementation in Verilog.

  • Please describe the biggest project you have written code for and what you learned by doing so. Also describe your role in that project over time.

AES Encryption implementation on Cypress Programmable System on Chip (PSoC) 3 [3] The PSoC has a unique architecture and uses a combination of C/RTL blocks for implementing designs. I was hired during my masters for implementing designs on the PSoC and publish how its architecture enhances implementations of designs. See [4] and [5]

This was mostly a solo task in terms of implementation. The actual documentation was collaborative.

  • Please state the commits and patches you already contributed to Octave.

quadprog in Optim package


lsqlin in Optim package


F: Feeling fine

  • Please describe (in short) your experience with the following tools:
    • IRC and mailing lists

Can use them.

    • Mercurial or other source code management systems

Won't need help

    • Mediawiki or other wiki software


    • make, gcc, gdb or other development tools

Will need to learn more for them. But hopefully won't need these.

  • What will make you actively stay in our community after this GSoC is over?

Being better positioned to practically contribute further to Octave.

O: Only out of interest

  • Did you ever hear about Octave before?

Sometimes as a MATLAB alternative.

    • If so, when and where? How far have you been involved already?

Before GSoC. No.

    • If not, where would you expect or advise us to do advertising?

MATLAB alternative is a big advertisement. Closer compatibility.

Better windows installer is coming soon. That was a big barrier to entry.

  • What was the first question concerning Octave you could not find an answer to rather quickly?

Difference between Octave and Octave Forge can be a bit confusing at first. Optim(forge)/Optimization(core). etc.

P: Prerequisites

  • Please state the operating system you work with.

Windows, Linux Mint.

    • If you have access to more than one, please state them and the conditions under which you are granted this access.

Windows only in university lab. Windows/Linux at home.

  • Please estimate an average time per day you will be able to (if separated) access
    • an internet connection
    • a computer
    • a computer with your progressing work on


  • Please describe the degree up to which you can install new software on computers you have access to.

Portable software on Windows in Lab. Admin rights on home PC/laptop.

S: Self-assessment

  • Please describe how useful criticism looks from your point of view as committing student.

I like feedback rather than silence. I prefer constructive criticism. :)

  • How autonomous are you when developing?

After initial direction, I can be mostly autonomous.

    • Do you like to discuss changes intensively and not start coding until you know what you want to do?
    • Do you like to code a proof of concept to 'see how it turns out', modifying that and taking the risk of having work thrown away if it doesn't match what the project or original proponent had in mind?

more on the code/see how it turns out.

Y: Your task

  • Did you select a task from our list of proposals and ideas?


    • If yes, what task did you choose? Please describe what part of it you especially want to focus on if you can already provide this information.

  • Please provide a rough estimated timeline for your work on the task. This should include the GSoC midterms and personal commitments like exams or vacation ("non-coding time"). Optionally include two or three milestones you expect.