Muhammad Haris Usmani


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA                                                   • Anticipated 2015
    Masters of Science in Music and Technology
    QPA: 3.84


  • Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan                    • June 2013
    Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Electrical Engineering     • Minor: Computer Science
    Specialization GPA: 3.74        CGPA: 3.68



  • Bose Corporation, Framingham, MA                                                                • Summer 2014
    • Digital Signal Processing Intern – Automotive Systems Division:
    Developed a MATLAB toolbox to conduct psychoacoustically motivated inter-aural analysis of near-field transducers. Used MATLAB’s OOP and designed a programmatic GUI for the tool. Took in-vehicle binaural acoustic measurements, familiarized with system-level tuning and performed subjective listening tests along with objective analysis.


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA                                                       • 2013-2014
    • Teaching Assistant – School of Computer Science:
    Instructed 25 Students on the Principles of Computing. Conducted weekly recitation sessions along with weekly office hours.


  • Five Rivers Technologies, Lahore, Pakistan                                                     • Summer 2013
    • Project Consultant/Engineer at TechJango:
    Designed and developed Open-source Arduino based Electronic Drums.


  • Nescafé Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan                                                                   • Summer 2012
    • Artist at Nescafé Basement:
    Experienced ‘collaborative music-making’ under our mentor Zulfi J. Khan. Arranged, performed and recorded 6 musical pieces with 14 other musicians.


  • Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan                       • March 2012
    • Research Assistantship – Advisor: Dr. Zartash A. Uzmi
    Developed and tested a Wireless Sensor Node design based on the IRIS/MicaZ architecture. Focused on providing a convenient programming interface. Successfully implemented tinyOS support on the design. Designed and used surface-mount (SMT) PCBs.


  • Autosoft Dynamics, Lahore, Pakistan                                                                 • Summer 2009
    • Intern – Development Side:
    Learned various technologies and tools including ASP.NET and SQL; designed visual art.



  • Dean’s Honor List                                                                                                 • 2010-2012
  • Represented LUMS at P&G University Challenge, Battle of Bands                 • 2011
  • 5 straight A’s in GCE A Levels and 9 straight A’s in GCE O Levels                 • 2004-2009
  • Runners up, 5th Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition        • 2009
  • Student Council, Documentary Club President, LGS                                        • 2008-2009
  • Best Band, Rafi-Peer International Youth Performing Festival                         • 2008



Programming: • C/C++ • VHDL • Python • MATLAB/Simulink • MAX/MSP
Software: • Graphic Designing (Photoshop) • Web Designing/Development (Fireworks, Joomla) • Video Production (Premiere) • Music Production (Ableton Live, Pro Tools) • CAD (Autodesk Inventor) • PCB Designing (Proteus, EAGLE)
Spoken Languages: • English (Native or Bilingual) • Urdu (Native or Bilingual)



  • WSN in Mines: a System Level Implementation                                                      • 2013
    • Final Year Project – Advisor: Dr. Ijaz Haider Naqvi
    Designed and implemented a distributed Wireless Sensor Network for event monitoring in a mining environment; focused on the routing-protocol (Network Layer); aimed to extend WSN lifetime, avoid centralized point-of-failure and counter the loss-of-sensors nodes in a particular locality.


  • FPGA based Electronic Drums                                                                                  • Fall 2012
    • Digital System Design – Course Project:
    Developed a highly cost-effective FPGA based MIDI Electronic Drum-kit with extremely low latency and a natural playing response. Joined Five Rivers Technologies to launch this kit as an open-source product.


  • NRSfM using Local Rigidity                                                                                       • 2013
    • Computer Vision – Research Project – Published in IEEE WACV 2014
    Non-rigid structure from motion requires exploiting local rigidity between points (rigidity in space) and between adjacent frames (rigidity in time); focused to detect rigid points (or bone-lengths) without any prior knowledge of the data-set being input, making the solution more general.


  • Continuum Fingerboard-The Touch Synthesizer                                                • Spring 2012
    • Data Acquisition & Interfacing – Course Project:
    Designed and implemented a prototype of a musical instrument, the Continuum (originally by Haken); used an IR-array of 14-by-5 transmitters and receivers built using crude IR diodes; designed an algorithm to eliminate environment IR noise and variation across IR diodes; used Direct Digital Synthesis to produce musical notes.


  • Noise Cancellation Headphones                                                                             • Fall 2011
    • Devices & Electronics – Course Project:
    Designed and implemented low-cost active noise-cancellation headphones; preferred the use of discrete components such as BJT Amplifiers and RF Filters; successfully cancelled low to mid frequency environmental noise, thus increased clarity of sound.



  • Deewane a Capella, Carnegie Mellon University                                                     • 2013-2014
    • Tenor 1 • Soloist
    Participated in various performances and competitions, as Tenor 1 or Soloist. Won First Position along with the award for the Best Male Vocalists at Gathe Raho 2014 (Inter-collegiate South Asian a Capella Competition). Recorded and mixed tracks for the group at the CMU Studio.


  • Music Society, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)                  • 2010-2011
    • Director IT & Media:
    Provided extensive technical support throughout the year with my team; designed visual art including logos, tickets, backdrops etc.; directed and edited videos of concerts and studio ‘Live Sessions’.


  • LUMS Olympiad, LUMS
    • Director IT & Media:                                                                                                      • 2011
    Designed and built a website and registration portal with my team; coordinated the printing of personalized tags and certificates; setup an entry-system for security.

    • Event Co-Head for Music Video:                                                                                  • 2010
    Arranged the screening of videos; Hosted the event; Co-ordinated with the judge.


  • PsiFi, LUMS                                                                                                               • 2010-2011
    • Assistant Director: Creativity
    Designed visual art including the logo and event theme.


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