The past couple of decades have witnessed rapid advances in the field of Computing. The global economy has made it imperative for the international community to cooperate and collaborate with each other to explore and keep informed of the leading technological advancements.
In response to this need, The Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, NED University of Engineering & Technology organized the 1st International Conference on Innovations in Computer Science and Software Engineering (ICONICS-2016) on 15-16 December 2016.
The objectives for organizing this conference were two-fold. Firstly, to invite proponents of cutting-edge software technologies and research internationally, to share their latest research ideas, innovations and their vision of the way forward in computer science and software research and development. Secondly, the conference acted as a bridge between academia and industry which would help in promoting a vibrant research environment in NED University which is beneficial for the both.
An overwhelming response from the academia and industry was received. Attendees for the conference included representatives from Pakistan, USA, UK and Malaysia.
The conference comprised of six sessions which included:
- Artificial Intelligence, Speech recognition and pattern recognition
- Internet of Things (IoT) and Computer Systems
- Data Mining
- Computer Networks and Wireless Communication
- Emerging Trends in Computer Science and Software Engineering
- Poster presentation.
73 full papers were received from around the world. After critical review from the members of technical programme committee, 19 full papers were accepted. The acceptance rate for this conference was therefore 26%.
A workshop on Social Network Analysis was also organized. During this session participants had an opportunity to understand the fundamentals of community structures, evolution of communities, as well as case studies on the utilization of Social Network Analysis in real world problems. Workshop participants experienced state of the art Social Network Analysis software tools for analysing large and small social networks.
The conference provided a stimulating environment of cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary exchange of research ideas.
The main sponsor of ICONICS-2016 was the Higher Education Commission Pakistan. Abacus Consulting, Jaffer Business Systems Pvt. Ltd, Mare Consulting, United States Educational Foundation Pakistan, and Pak Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. also contributed as sponsors.
The Chief Guest for the conference opening ceremony was Mr. Jam Mehtab Dahar (Honourable Minister of Education and Literacy Sindh), and Dr. Sikandar Ali Shoro (Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Sindh for Information Science and Technology) was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. Guests of honor were Vice Chancellor of NED University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed (President of OPEN Karachi), Mr. Ashraf Kapadia (Ex-MD Systems Limited), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tufail Jokhio (Dean Faculty of Information Sciences and Humanities of NED University). Keynote Speakers for the conference were Prof. Dr. Junaid Ahmed Zubairi from State University New York, Prof. Dr. Nasreen Badruddin from Universiti Tekanologi PETRONAS Malaysia, Dr. Muhammad Atif Tahir from Northumbria University UK, Dr. Syed Saad Azhar Ali from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Malaysia, and Dr. Syed Faraz Hassan from Massey University New Zealand. Dr. Shariq Mahmood Khan, Secretary ICONICS-2016, presented the vote of thanks at the closing session.