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Nasir Ahsan is currently a PhD student at the Australian center for Field Robotics working on adaptive ocean surveying. Prior to that he was a lecturer at NUST where he led a funded project on an Autonomous Air Vehicle. He received his MSc from UNSW in 2006 and his BSc from KFUPM in 2004.