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July 4, 2011

Computer Science research in Pakistan

Lahore: 30 June: IEEE Computer Society (Lahore Section) & UCP SACS organized a panel Discussion on “Computer Science Research in Pakistan – State of the Art & Future Directions” at UCP Auditorium on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Renowned computer science researchers and members of IEEE graced the occasion with their presence.
The panel comprised four renowned computer science researchers i.e. Dr. Sarmad Hussain (Professor, KICS UET), Dr. Fakhar Lodhi (Professor, FAST-NU Lahore), Dr. Sohaib Khan (Head of CS Department, LUMS), and Dr. Zulfiqar Habib (Head of CS Department, COMSATS Lahore). The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Ali Afzal Malik (Head of CS Department, UCP).
The discussion began with each panelist saying a few words about the research activities going on in their respective research institutes/departments. Some panelists also gave an overview of the research output of their labs.
Dr. Sohaib Khan emphasized the importance for conducting computer science research that is beneficial to the common man on the street. He underscored the need to find the sweet-spot between problem-based research and quality publications that may not be relevant to current local problems. Commenting on the role of funding available from foreign sources (e.g. Microsoft, CISCO, etc.), he stated that such funding is limited and extremely competitive.
Commenting on the availability of funding for research, Dr. Sarmad Hussain stated that Pakistan is lucky with respect to funding available for computer science research from both large (e.g. National ICT R&D fund) and small (e.g. HEC) organizations. He stressed the need for having an efficient review and audit process for funding proposals and the need of defining an appropriate salary structure for researchers.
Addressing the issue of academia-industry collaboration, Dr. Fakhar Lodhi mentioned that the local software industry is young and it needs to synchronize its activities with the academia. The academia, on the other hand, needs to focus on future problems instead of current problems. Dr. Lodhi emphasized the importance of hiring faculty members with lots of industrial experience and the need of having “teaching software houses”. He also commented briefly on the utility of undertaking open source projects vis-à-vis industrial projects.
Dr. Zulfiqar Habib highlighted the importance of choosing the right faculty advisor for students considering taking up research. The right advisor, he stated, is the one with expertise in the area of the student’s interest.
In addition to UCP students a number of faculty members also attended the event. Some faculty members and students posed relevant questions to panelists to increase their knowledge and understanding of particular computer science research areas.
University mementos were presented to the panelists by the Dr. Tabrez A. Shami, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Farooq Ahmad , Dean of Faculty of Information Technology at the conclusion of the panel discussion.
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July 4, 2011

PU wins research contest

LAHORE:PUNJAB University’s College of Information and Technology (PUCIT) has won the first prize in innovative research in all categories and second prize in the category of information systems in the All Pakistan Inter-Colleges and Universities Project and Research Competition.


According to a press statement issued on Friday, more than 300 projects were presented in the areas of electro mechanical systems, information systems, communication systems and digital systems from more than 40 universities.


Dr Arif Mahmood, assistant professor of PUCIT, won the coveted innovative research award. Four BS students of the PUCIT, Muhammad Ahsan, Muhammad Shaban, Fareed Babar, and Waqar Ameen, won the second prize for their project named “Agile Project Management Tool”.The news.

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July 4, 2011

PUCIT wins first prize in innovative research

LAHORE: The Punjab University College of Information and Technology (PUCIT) won the first prize in innovative research over all categories and second prize in the category of information systems in All Pakistan Inter-Colleges and Universities Project and Research Competition.
The Ministry of Information Technology and College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, NUST jointly arranged the competition. More than 300 projects were presented in the areas of electro mechanical systems, information systems, communication systems and digital systems from more than 40 universities. Dr Arif Mahmood, PhD, Assistant Professor, PUCIT, won the coveted innovative research award.
His research is in the area of digital image processing and the title of the project was ‘computation elimination algorithms for fast template matching’. Four BS students of the college, Muhammad Ahsan, Muhammad Shaban, Fareed Babar and Waqar Ameen won the second prize for their project named “agile project management tool”.Daily Times.

July 2, 2011

Punjab University’s College of Information and Technology won research contest

PU wins research contest
Lahore: Punjab University’s College of Information and Technology (PUCIT) has won the first prize in innovative research in all categories and second prize in the category of information systems in the All Pakistan Inter-Colleges and Universities Project and Research Competition.


According to a press statement issued on Friday, more than 300 projects were presented in the areas of electro mechanical systems, information systems, communication systems and digital systems from more than 40 universities.


Dr Arif Mahmood, assistant professor of PUCIT, won the coveted innovative research award. Four BS students of the PUCIT, Muhammad Ahsan, Muhammad Shaban, Fareed Babar, and Waqar Ameen, won the second prize for their project named “Agile Project Management Tool”.

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