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B. 5 Chapter Activities



Computer Society Activities 2011
The IEEE Computer Society, Lahore Section organized 7 events during 2011. The details of these events are as under:

  1. A Panel Discussion on “TRENDS AND AVENUES IN IT SECTOR IN PAKISTAN” was held on Saturday May 21, 2011. The Venue of the event was Faisal Auditorium, UET, Lahore. The Panel Discussion was held in collaboration with IEEE Student Chapter of UET, Lahore. The panelists were:

  • Dr. Jawaid Abdul Ghani, Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board

  • Dr. Salman Iqbal, Managing Director, Softech

  • Mr. Sajjad Kirmani, Director, Netsol, Lahore.

  • Mr. Muhammad Aslam Saqib, Senior Engineer, Warid Telecom

  • Dr. Khaver Zia,  Dean, School of IT, Beaconhouse National University (MODERATOR)

The outcome of the discussion was that the future of IT sector in Pakistan is quite bright and there are many opportunities of growth of IT in Pakistan. The existing IT companies are doing well and a large number of smaller companies have been established in the last few years. However, there was need to have closer collaboration between industry and academia to modify the curriculum and mode of instruction, so that IT students are equipped with a job relevant skills upon their graduation.

  1. A Talk on “LEADERSHIP SKILLS” was held on Saturday May 21, 2011. The Venue of the event was Faisal Auditorium, UET, Lahore. The speaker was Air Commodore Khalid Farooq Chisti. The talk was organized in collaboration with IEEE Student Chapter of UET, Lahore, and was moderated by Dr. Khaver Zia, Chair IEEE Computer Society, Lahore Section.

The speaker emphasized the importance of leadership for the success and advancement of any country. He stated that the core characteristics of a leader were integrity, sincerity and vision. He gave examples of great leaders from the history of the world. He narrated incidents from the life of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and ranked him as one of the greatest leaders of modern times.

  1. A Panel Discussion on “COMPUTER SCIENCE RESEARCH: STATE OF THE ART AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS” was held on Saturday June 11, 2011. The Venue of the Panel Discussion was the Auditorium, University of Central Punjab, Lahore. The Panel Discussion was held in collaboration with Student Society of University of Central Punjab. The panelists were:

  • Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Director Language Engineering Labs, Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, UET, Lahore

  • Dr. Fakhar Lodhi, Professor, FAST National University, Lahore.

  • Dr. Sohaib Khan, Professor, LUMS, Lahore.

  • Dr. Zulfiqar Habib, Professor, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore.

  • Dr. Ali Afzal Malik, Head of CS Department, University of Central Punjab, (MODERATOR)

The panelists gave presentations on the research carried out in their respective institutions. The panelists were of the view that research in IT required a great deal of dedication and commitment. Research should be carried out for its sake and it was not necessary to have an immediate application of the research. It was also agreed that a lot depended upon the facilities and encouragement provided by the host universities. It was pointed out that proper management of student final year projects could result in promoting the research culture in universities besides preparing students for advanced research work.

  1. A Panel Discussion on “ENTREPRENEURSHIP: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES” was held on Tuesday July 5, 2011. The Venue of the event was Auditorium, Department of Computer Science, UET, Lahore. The panelists were:

  • Mr. Fahad Khalil, Gray Math, Lahore.

  • Mr. Saad Khawaja, Director, Maximal,

  • Mr. Haider Ali Aslam, Data Arc Solutions

  • Mr. Muhammad Ali, Director, LSE

  • Dr. Syed Muhammad Ahsan, Associate Professor, UET, (Moderator)

All the panelists were entrepreneurs who had set up their own companies. They gave an account of their experiences and the challenges faced by them in their ventures. They advised the students to be good at software development if they wanted to set up a software company. In their view, good communication skills and networking were important ingredients for success. Further, the prospective entrepreneurs should honor their professional and business commitments so as to gain the trust and confidence of their clients.

They agreed that there were a number of problems in Pakistan, like lack of infrastructure and load shedding but these could be overcome provided one had had the qualities of resilience and determination. Finally, the panelists recommended that the curriculum of undergraduate program should contain courses on entrepreneurship. These courses should be case-based and include entrepreneurs as guest speakers.



  1. A Talk on “Characterizing the Performance of Multi-Core Architectures” was given by Dr. Abdul Waheed of CISCO, USA. on Friday July 15, 2011. The Venue of the talk was School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Lahore. The moderator was Dr. Waqar Mahmood, Director, Al-Kawarizmi Institute of Computer Science, UET, Lahore.

The talk was about performance issues related to Multi-core processors. These processors are used in a wide variety of computer applications i.e. desktop, server, embedded, and mobile. Due to parallelism there exits challenges in harnessing the full potential of multi-core processors. Software development is unable to solve the complexities of the situation. In order to achieve performance potential, the gap between underlying multi-core architecture and inherently sequential application code has to be bridged. Characterizing the performance of multi-core processors based systems is an essential step toward that goal.

The speaker and his team have characterized leading multi-core architectures including: X86, PPC, MIPS, and ARM. These characterization efforts were part of performance tuning objectives for specific applications from embedded, networking, storage, and distributed computing industries. As a by-product of these efforts, the speaker developed and released Multi-core Processor

Architecture and Communication (MPAC) benchmarking suite in open source. The processors can now be characterized through MPAC benchmarks.


  1. A lecture on “CASE-BASED REASONING: A LAZY LEARNING APPROACH” was held on Thursday October 6, 2011. The Venue of the lecture was University of Lahore. The speaker was Dr. Muhammad Awais of Department of Computer Science, LUMS, Lahore. The talk was organized in collaboration with Student Society of University of Lahore. The moderator was Mr. Naveed Ahmed Khan, Treasurer, IEEE Computer Society Lahore Section.

The talk was related to Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) which is a problem solving approach that exploits past experiences stored in the form of problem-solution pairs, called cases. CBR works on the notion that ‘Similar Problems have Similar Solutions’. The CBR solution paradigm assumes that regular, repetitive and similar problems arise in the application domain under consideration. This makes CBR an attractive problem solving strategy for software systems developed with the intention of having autonomic capabilities.

A built-in learning process in CBR improves the case-base to incorporate new and to update previously captured experiences. As a result the case base grows and thus reduces the case retrieval efficiency. To overcome this problem, a clustered case-base approach has been developed. This approach reduces the search complexity by confining a new case to a relevant cluster in the case-base. Clustering the case-base is a one-time process and does not need to be repeated regularly. The clustered approach has been applied to numerous applications showing promising results.



  1. Celebration of IEEE Day (Thursday October 6, 2011). The event was held at Auditorium of the University of Lahore. The speakers at the event were Dr. Shafay Shamail, Chair IEEE Section, Dr. Khaver Zia, Chair IEEE Computer Society Lahore Section and Ms. Syeda Synnia Tanveer, Section Student Representative (SSR), Lahore Section.

Dr. Shafay Shumail gave an overview of IEEE and the worldwide organization of the IEEE Society. Dr. Khaver Zia informed the gathering about the IEEE Computer Society, its mission and benefits of membership. Ms. Synnia Tanveer informed about the various IEEE student chapters that were functioning in different universities under the purview of Lahore Section. She also informed about the IEEE Student Conferences which had been held during the year.

The speeches were followed by cake cutting ceremony to mark IEEE day.


Communication Society Activities 2011
The Communication Society organized six technical talks during 2011. The Communication Society has also planned a number of activities for the next year.


Date

Title of Event/Talk

Speaker & Affiliation

Venue

10-Feb-2011

WIMAX TUTORIAL

Mr. Muhammad Muneeb Sheikh, Motorola


Seminar Room, Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), UET

12-Mar-10

On The Energy-Efficiency of Small Cell Deployments in Cellular Networks


Dr. Imran Ashraf, Bell Labs

Auditorium 10-301 SSE Building, LUMS, DHA, Lahore Cantt.

07-Apr-2011

ANTENNA SELECTION, A PLAUSIBLE OPTION FOR MULTIPLE-INPUT MULTIPLE-OUTPUT COGNITIVE RADIO SYSTEMS


Muhammad Faizan Hanif, PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Lecture Room E3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore

29-Dec-2011

PROSPECTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN GERMANY - I

Dr. Abid Ali

Lecture Room E3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore













13-Oct-2011

PROSPECTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN GERMANY - II

Mr. Mukhtar Farooq

Lecture Room E3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore

29-Nov-2011

LECTURE ON COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION THEORY


Mr. Bilal Wajid, Ph.D. student at the Texas A&M University.


Room E-3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore














SUBJECT: WIMAX TUTORIAL

Date: 10th February 2011

Venue: Seminar Room, Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS)

This year, the IEEE Student Branch FAST NUCES arranged IEEE Week from 7-11 February, 2011. IEEE UET was also invited to co-host the event along with IEEE FAST and the invitation was graciously accepted. One day (10th February) was allocated to IEEE UET in which to hold various seminars about technologies related to Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The third seminar of the day was on Wimax, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This seminar was arranged and organized by IEEE-UET Communication Society. The speaker for the event was Mr. Muhammad Muneeb Sheikh from Motorola. He had prepared a presentation which would go through all the fundamental concepts of Wimax. The presentation covered basic introduction to WIMAX as a last mile technology for the deployment of high speed broadband in urban as well as remote populations. To get consistent performance and high throughputs over the air, WIMAX deploys many technologies. Used together, these technologies provide one of the most advanced air interfaces in the world today. To improve performance, WIMAX uses advanced antenna technologies, adaptive modulation, scalable OFDMA, advanced power control and power management. Although, 802.16 defines both Line-of-Sight and Non-Line-of-Sight operation, this presentation was limited to the air interface characteristics of Non-Line-of-Sight system. 

The presentation was very interactive as Mr. Muneeb encouraged students to ask questions at any point where they did not understand. Questions were also put to the students so that they would be encouraged to participate in the seminar.

The Chair of IEEE UET presented a shield to Mr. Muneeb in acknowledgement of his participation.

SUBJECT: ANTENNA SELECTION, A PLAUSIBLE OPTION FOR MULTIPLE-INPUT MULTIPLE-OUTPUT COGNITIVE RADIO SYSTEMS

Date: April 07, 2011

Venue: Lecture Room E3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore

On the 7th of April, 2011, a lecture on the topic of antenna selection was delivered by Muhammad Faizan Hanif, PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His research interests include statistical aspects

of design and analysis of wireless communication systems, cognitive radios, applied information theory and optimization techniques in communications and signal processing. He was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at IEEE CROWNCOM, France, 2010.

In the start of the lecture he described Cognitive Radio (CR) systems which are being considered as a viable solution to the so-called ‘spectrum scarcity’ issue that can potentially hinder the growth rate of modern wireless communication networks. He also discussed various strategies including, over- lay, interweave and underlay, that have been proposed for the coexistence of CR systems with the primary user (PU) devices. Later in the lecture he explained the benefits of Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems like high spectral efficiency and better link reliability. He also discussed that the cost we have to pay is the numbers of bits per unit frequency known to proportionally increase with the number of antennas used. More antennas mean more radio-frequency chains and this in turn implies an increase in the cost, volume and weight of the wireless devices. Interacting with the audience he then asked the question: “Antenna selection is a well-known solution to this problem in PU systems. Can we expect the MIMO techniques to offer similar advantages in conjunction with one of CR access methods while also maintaining manageable complexity?” 

In the end, Mr. Hanif discussed that we look at this query by formulating the antenna selection problem in underlay CR systems as a mixed integer program and to solve this problem, we propose three schemes, exhaustive search, convex-approximation and a heuristic in order of decreasing complexity. For the scenarios considered, our results reveal that antenna selection based MIMO-CR systems can form a plausible option especially if we select a subset system from a greater search space.

SUBJECT: PROSPECTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN GERMANY

Venue: Lecture Room E3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore

IEEE UET COMSOC, in an attempt to illuminate students about prospects of higher education in Europe, especially Germany, arranged two lectures during last month. The first was delivered by Dr. Abid Ali on 29th September 2011, and the second was delivered by Mr. Mukhtar Farooq on 13th October 2011. Dr. Noor Muhammad Sheikh, Chair COMSOC, IEEE Lahore Section, took this initiative, and invited both these worthy gentlemen (also his old students) to brief final year students about the benefits of higher education, and its prospects in Germany. Both of them, although belonging to different institutions Ruhr University Bochum and Technical University Munich, had almost the same things to say. They highlighted the importance of research and how to develop a habit of doing so, education pattern and curriculum in Germany, living costs and facilities, and most important of all, the benefits one can get by availing this opportunity.

Dr. Abid Ali's lecture was more about how to choose a university in Germany, how to avail scholarships, and in general, about how to get into the right university without being a burden on one's parents back home. He suggested some tips, the most important of them being, choosing one's major field beforehand, and then familiarizing oneself with that particular discipline in the university chosen by one.



SUBJECT: LECTURE ON COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION THEORY

Day: Tuesday, 29th November 2011

Venue: Room E-3, Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore

Mr. Bilal Wajid is a Ph.D. student at the Texas A&M University. He has done his Masters from Texas A&M University, USA and Bachelors from UET, Lahore. Currently, Mr. Wajid is a Lecturer at Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore.

On the 29th of November, 2011 Mr. Wajid gave a lecture on Communication and Information Theory. In this lecture, topics covered were: Introduction to Communication and Information Theory, Data Compression and Minimum Description Length (MDL) Principle. Main focus of speaker was on MDL Principle.

This principle, introduced by Jorma Rissanen in 1978, is helpful in determining the statistical model of a problem that requires minimum new assumptions as well as minimum code-length. It can be called an-other form of Occam’s razor.

MDL Principle finds its applications in Probability Theory and Information Theory. The principle has been used successfully in different medical researches’. For example, it has been implemented successfully in inferring the structure on regulatory networks of gene, for compression of DNA sequence, target detection for micro-RNA, gene clustering, analysis of genes for transcription of factor binding sites and many more.

The lecture was 2-hours long. It was attended by the Telecommunications majors of Department of Electrical Engineering, UET Lahore. The lecture proved to be very informative and helpful for the Telecommunication students.




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