Moinul Zaber, PhD, was a Research Fellow at LIRNEasia. He is a computational social scientist and technology policy specialist. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research focus is on spectrum management and policy, data-driven techno-economic analysis and design thinking.
Moinul lead’s Data and Design lab (https://dndlab.org) where computational methods such as machine learning, data science, ideas of design thinking, theories of economics and public policy are explored to help solve public policy problems that may be better understood by harnessing data. The lab is currently focusing on research related to smart use of electricity, traffic, health, environment and ICT in education- all in the context of developing countries around the world. Moinul teaches data and design related courses on Human Computer Interaction, Neural networks and Machine Learning. At LIRNEasia Moinul worked on various projects related to Broadband policy, spectrum policy and most recently leading data scientific research on energy policy focusing Bangladesh.
Moinul received his doctorate degree from the engineering and public policy department of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. His Ph.D. focused on understanding the impact of regulatory governance on the telecommunications market place. The thesis used the theories of institutional economics, techniques of econometric, computational and statistical inference to find data-driven evidence of the influence of regulatory structures on various regulatory decisions and their impacts on the market using uniquely built dataset on regulatory policy. He has an MS in engineering and public policy and BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering. Just After his Ph.D. Moinul worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University, Sweden, where he is currently an adjunct researcher. At Chalmers Moinul conducted research that tried to ascertain the impact of broadband bandwidth variability and availability on various aspects of quality of life. The work was based on household level data from Sweden.
Moinul’s most recent works were on understanding public utility usage pattern from data, broadband policy, spectrum management, voice over IP, number portability, digital inclusion, regulatory governance and next-generation infrastructure development. He has published in various international peer-reviewed journals and gave talks at a number of major conferences related to telecommunications and Internet policy and regulation. He has served at various expert committees for a number of national organizations of the Government of Bangladesh. Among such organizations are – BRAC, Bangladesh police, Bangladesh Computer Council, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.