Md Abdul Halim

Md Abdul Halim

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Biography

Welcome to my biography! Currently, as a Schmidt AI in Science Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, I work at the intersection of environmental stewardship and cutting-edge technology. Dive into the heart of my work, where I harness the power of deep learning and open-source satellite imagery to map methane emissions point sources with high accuracy in complex urban areas. Given our cities are both the major contributors to and frontline victims of climate change, my research is crucial in crafting climate-resilient urban planning strategies.

My academic journey reached a significant milestone in 2020 when I was awarded a Ph.D. in Biometeorology from the University of Toronto. During this period, I delved into the intricate biogeophysical and biogeochemical dynamics of boreal mixedwood forests, focusing on their recovery post-fire and post-harvest. This exploration laid the groundwork for my current post-doctoral project, which beautifully extends my Ph.D. research to urban ecosystems. Utilizing a blend of remote sensing, GIS, biometeorological and ecophysiological tools, and machine learning, I seek to address the urgent need for "climate-smart" management across diverse ecosystems worldwide.

Before embarking on this academic journey, I earned my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Forestry from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. Following my studies, I dedicated myself to academia as a faculty member at the same university from 2009 to 2023. My journey was marked by a commitment to overcoming resource limitations through the adoption of open-source teaching and learning materials. This experience not only enriched my educational approach but also inspired me to contribute actively to the open-source community.

Driven by a desire to democratize climate research, I co-founded CredoSense Inc., a venture aimed at developing affordable environmental sensor-logger systems. This initiative is a testament to my commitment to making climate research more accessible, especially in regions where they are most needed.

Explore my work and join me in the quest for sustainable, climate-smart solutions that protect our urban and forest ecosystems for generations to come.

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Interests

  • Remote sensing & GIS
  • Deep learning
  • Biometeorology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Forest & urban ecology
  • Global change
  • Affordable environmental sensor-logger systems

Education

  • PhD in Biometeorology, 2020

    University of Toronto

  • MSc in Forestry (Major in Remote Sensing), 2006

    Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

  • BSc in Forestry (Major in Remote Sensing), 2005

    Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

Skills

R

Statistical Programming Language

C

Programming Language

Python

Programming Language

Remote Sensing

Satellite, LiDAR, UAV

Embedded Electronics

AVR & ESP uC Families

Teaching

Universal Design for Learning

Data Analysis

Statistical & Data Science Approaches

Academic Writing

Photography

Hobbyist Landscape & Portrait Photographer

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Schmidt AI in Science Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Mar 2023 – Present Toronto, Canada
A deep-learning strategy to determine point-source emissions of methane in urban settings from satellite data
 
 
 
 
 

Associate Professor

Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

May 2022 – Sep 2023 Sylhet, Bangladesh

Designed, developed, and taught the following courses with average class size ~40:

  • Forest Mensuration and Inventory (undergraduate course). Additional responsibilities include:
  • Grade assignments and final examinations for these courses.
  • University-wide administrative duties including serving curriculum design and thesis evaluation committees.
  • Supervised ~3 undergraduate and M.Sc. research projects.
 
 
 
 
 

School of Cities Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Apr 2022 – Feb 2023 Toronto, Canada
Developing an AI-based remote sensing tools for monitoring the success of Toronto’s green roofs.
 
 
 
 
 

Course Instructor - Conservation of Tropical & Subtropical Forests

Graduate Department of Forestry, University of Toronto

Jan 2020 – Apr 2020 Toronto, Canada

Taught Conservation of Tropical and Subtropical Forests for undergraduates of class size ~210. Responsibilities include:

  • Design lecture materals and conduct classes (physical and online)
  • Prepare exam papers and grade them.
  • Hold weekly office hours to assist/mentor students.
 
 
 
 
 

NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Dec 2019 – Mar 2022 Toronto, Canada
Studying the effects of biochar on microclimate and greenhouse gas fluxes of green roofs.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Fellow and Trainer

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, University of Toronto

Jan 2018 – Dec 2019 Toronto, Canada
  • Develop training sessions and resources for TAs.
  • Facilitate on-site departmental TA training sessions.
  • Run microteaching sessions and workshops.
  • Evaluated teaching dossiers and in-class observations for professional development certificate programs.
  • Develop and facilitate workshops on open educational resources and effective science communications
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

University of Toronto

Aug 2014 – Dec 2019 Toronto, Canada

TAed the following courses:

  • Conservation of tropical and sub-tropical forest (undergraduate course of class size ~210).
  • Applied forest ecology (graduate course of class size ~35).

Responsibilities include:

  • Run tutorials and labs.
  • Grade assignments and final examinations.
  • Hold weekly office hours to assist/mentor students.
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Professor

Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

Jun 2011 – Aug 2013 Sylhet, Bangladesh

Designed, developed, and taught the following courses with average class size ~40:

  • Tropical Forest Ecology (undergraduate course).
  • Forestry and Climate Change (graduate course).
  • Remote Sensing and GIS (undergraduate course).

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Grade assignments and final examinations for these courses.
  • University-wide administrative duties including serving curriculum design and thesis evaluation committees.
  • Supervised ~30 undergraduate and M.Sc. research projects.
 
 
 
 
 

Lecturer

Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

Jun 2009 – Jun 2011 Sylhet, Bangladesh
Similar responsibilities as mentioned above for Assistant Professor position at the same institute.

Research Projects

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