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  • Thursday, June 6, 2024

  • CUI

  • INIT

The Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) in collaboration with Department of Meteorology, COMSATS University Islamabad convened a seminar titled "ICT-Integrated Geospatial Sciences: Empowering Climate Change Solutions through Digital-Environment System Coalition". Dr Tahir Naeem, Executive Director, INIT/ Director, P&D and HRD, COMSATS University Islamabad, welcomed all guests, speakers, and participants in his opening remarks. He emphasized the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with Geospatial Sciences, explaining the use of digital tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data related to climate change. He highlighted the importance of collaboration and coordination among various stakeholders, including government agencies, research institutions, NGOs, and local communities, to address climate change challenges.

During his presentation on "Geospatial Sciences and Its Applications”, Dr M. Farooq Iqbal Buzdar, lead scientist of the Applied Geo-Informatics Research Lab, Department of Meteorology, COMSATS University Islamabad, discussed the applications of Remote Sensing and GIS. He covered various topics, including land use and land cover changes using historical data, spatial probability of projected urban expansion, future simulations and modeling, land deformation and subsidence using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), marine oil spill detection using both active and passive techniques, and their impacts on urbanization and aquatic environments. Additionally, he discussed trace gas monitoring using Sentinel-5P Satellite Remote Sensing techniques and the impact of forest fires on trace gases. He also presented a spatiotemporal analysis of heatwaves in southern Pakistan and flood hazard mapping.

Dr Tim Unwin, Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway University of London, UK/ Former UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, emphasized the United Nations' sustainable development goal to reduce inequality within and among countries. He critically assessed traditional techniques and advocated for state-of-the-art methods, including ICT, GIS, and Remote Sensing. He discussed the historical role of Remote Sensing and the application of geospatial sciences in addressing climate change and global warming. By leveraging ICT and geospatial sciences, it becomes possible to identify trends, assess risks, and implement targeted interventions. He also highlighted the responsibilities of the developed world toward developing countries.

A panel discussion session was held with Prof. Dr Tim Unwin, Prof. Dr Athar Hussain, Department of Meteorology, COMSATS University Islamabad, and Ms Qudsia Zafar, Climatologist, Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan. Dr Muhammad Imran Shahzad, Chairman/Head, Department of Meteorology, COMSATS University Islamabad, moderated the discussion. Prof. Tim Unwin shared his insights on the role of ICTs in addressing climate change, focusing on how the world's poorest and most marginalized people might benefit from these technologies despite their potential to increase global inequalities. Ms Qudsia Zafar discussed her work on assessing the performance of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR-4) global climate models over Pakistan and the impacts of climate change. Prof. Dr Athar Hussain addressed the global temperature increase, specifically noting that Pakistan's temperature is rising at a rate of 0.33 degrees per decade, with a one-degree increase projected within 30 years. Through interactive panel discussions, attendees gained insights into how ICT-integrated geospatial sciences can empower communities, policymakers, and organizations to address climate change challenges effectively.

Prof. Dr Sajid Qamar, President, INIT/Rector, COMSATS University Islamabad, highlighted the use of ICT tools such as GIS, Remote Sensing, and data analytics for innovative strategies in climate change adaptation and resilience-building. This interdisciplinary approach aims to harness the power of digital technologies and spatial data to better understand, monitor, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the environment and society. He also expressed the role of digital-environment system coalitions in facilitating collaboration between stakeholders and promoting sustainable solutions to combat climate change. He emphasized the global pursuit of opportunities and thanked the organizing committee, speakers, and panelists.

The seminar concluded with a group photograph and refreshments.

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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024

  • CUI

  • Shama Munir

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) arranged a seminar titled “Semiconductor, RISC-V Opportunities, and SoC/IP Design” on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. The session was led by Mr. Jaffar Safdar, CEO of AQL Tech Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad, Pakistan. Over 150 students actively engaged in this insightful event. The seminar centered on semiconductor and RISC-V-based IC design, with Mr. Safdar highlighting the industry's promising trajectory amidst the emergence of technologies like quantum computing, 5G, autonomous vehicles, and advanced robotics. He stressed the pivotal role of open standards like RISC-V and advancements in SoC/IP design in shaping our future technological landscape. Adding a practical dimension, Mr. Abdullah Rizwan, an esteemed alumnus of ECE, CUI, Wah, currently serving as a SoC RTL design engineer at AQL Tech Solutions, shared his invaluable industry experience. His motivational insights encouraged students to actively pursue opportunities in the semiconductor sector. The event concluded with a vibrant discussion session and a stimulating Q&A, further enriching the attendees' knowledge and fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Prof. Dr. Nadia Nawaz presented a Campus Souvenir to the esteemed guest speaker with a vote of thanks.

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  • Monday, May 27, 2024

  • Business

  • Planning Directorate and Human Resource Development

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An introductory seminar on “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) was held at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Islamabad Campus on May 24, 2024. The workshop is part of activities, organized under the program “Information Seminars for Higher Studies Abroad” with the objective to educate and orient CUI prospective candidates with respect to selecting, preparing, financing and applying for higher studies abroad.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide young faculty, staff members, and students with an overview of the essential knowledge on the different sections of the IELTS, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Ms. Saba Bahareen Mansur from the English Language Center, Department of Humanities, Islamabad Campus, conducted this workshop.
The seminar commenced with the recitation of the Glorious Quran, followed by an introduction to IELTS. Subsequently, brief exercises covering the various sections of the IELTS were conducted, providing participants with an understanding of the types of questions they would encounter in each section of the examination. All sections were interactive, and a significant number of faculty, staff members, and students attended the workshop. The participants expressed their appreciation for the valuable information imparted by the experienced trainers.
The workshop was organized by Directorate of Planning, Development and Human Resource Development.

  • Friday, May 24, 2024

  • CUI

  • Shama Munir

The Department of Computer Science, ACM Student Chapter CUI-Wah organized a seminar on “Career Opportunities in IT Industry in Computer Science” on Thursday, 2nd May 2024. The event was a resounding success, with a packed house and an enthusiastic response from Computer Science students. More than 150 students participated in the seminar. Speakers, Mr. Mian Muhammad Talha and Ms. Maha Rasheed, Lecturer Computer Science Department shared their industry experiences and presented exciting opportunities for students of all backgrounds. The event concluded with a stimulating discussion session and a Q&A, enriching the attendees' knowledge even further.

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  • Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • CUI

  • Shama Munir

The Department of Mathematics hosted a seminar as part of the "Mathematics Seminar Series 2024" at CUI, Wah Campus on May 2, 2024. The seminar aimed to achieve several objectives:

  1. Inspire and unite young researchers by connecting them with esteemed figures in their fields.
  2. Foster research partnerships among scholars to advance ongoing quality research and education.
  3. Encourage the exchange of knowledge among attendees.

Prof. Dr. Azad Akhter Siddiqui, a distinguished mathematician and noted cosmologist with expertise in Mathematical, Physics, and Computational Mathematics, and former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the National University of Sciences and Technology, served as the guest speaker. He shared his insights on "Generating Approximate Closed-Form Solutions of Partial Differential Equations" and engaged participants in interactive learning sessions. Through examples and analysis, he demonstrated the derivation and prediction of Closed-Form solutions of PDEs using mathematical model symmetries and numerical computation techniques.

Dr. Muhammad Rafiq, the Head of the Mathematics Department, emphasized the significance of closed-form solutions of PDEs in his concluding remarks. He expressed gratitude to the speaker for enriching students' understanding of mathematical models involving PDEs and expressed the faculty's eagerness to collaborate on research endeavors. The guest speaker also toured the campus facilities, commending the ongoing construction of the new academic block building. The HoD presented a token of appreciation to the guest speaker, extending a vote of thanks.

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