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Sindhi, Pakistani and a Sufi Muslim

1st International Conference on Innovations in Computer Science and Software Engineering

 

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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.

 

 

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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%.

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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.

February 6, 2017 Posted by | Random, Technology | , | Leave a comment

Donut Gonutz

12016335_10153666330866528_2083265959_oI am usually aware of decent restaurants around DHA since there are quite a few foodie friends in my list on Facebook and Instagram. While driving back home I came across this new place Donutz Gonutz at Badr Commercial, which I had not heard before from anyone. Since I had only known Dunkin that specializes in donuts, decided to try the place out. I went in and found many different and colorful treats all over. From cupcakes to mini pizzas there were plenty of items, the price range seemed decent as well. I bought a few of donuts to  try them out.

One had dark chocolate top with white beads filling. Mildly sweet, it was light to eat and I felt I can eat multiple of these without loosing appetite. Another was quite unusual, a peanut butter donut. Decorated with brown top and peanuts, the taste of peanut butter was strong and it even stuck to top of the mouth like traditional peanut butter spread. Compared to the first one this one was quite heavy and one was quite enough for me (not a peanut butter fan either).  Third donut that I tried a while later was star shaped with green top, and it was tasty. Like the first one not much heavy either. The closest donut taste I can compare it with would be Boston Creme from Dunkin, but without the heavy cream filling in the middle. In a way it was good because I was able to actually enjoy the donut rather than worry about creme jumping out from the donut with every bite.

 

September 15, 2015 Posted by | Random | , | Leave a comment

Freemason Conspiracy No Longer Needed in Pakistan

For years we have heard about Freemasons, Illuminati and whatnot conspiring against Pakistan along with Jews and Americans/Israelis and trying to destroy the country. This oft repeated mantra gave us a ‘hidden enemy’ to loathe for all the bad things happening in the country and remain ignorant of many facts that were concealed in plain sight.

In this modern age, the Freemason conspiracy is no longer needed to undermine Pakistan because Pakistan is rapidly becoming self-sufficient in creating its own brand of Freemasons and Illuminati. Continue reading

September 15, 2012 Posted by | Current Affairs, Random | , , | 11 Comments

Prove Yourself – Happy Independence Day

Google doodle on Pakistan’s Independence Day

A couple of days back I went to Tariq Road with my mom an hour after Iftar and faced the traffic of shoppers to this prime area of Karachi. Police was everywhere, some people were shouting on megaphones and people were moving around in droves. One particular announcement caught my attention. I didn’t hear the first part of it but the second part was interesting.

“Apni rai aur tajaweez ka izhar yahan akar kijiye, suggestion box main apni suggestions dalein aur acha shehri honay ka saboot dein” (Give your thoughts and opinions here, put the suggestions in the suggestion box and prove that you are a good citizen).

I found this quite curious. Continue reading

August 14, 2012 Posted by | Current Affairs, Random | , | 2 Comments

My Interview With “The Pakistani Spectator”

A couple of days back I received an email where I was invited for interview due to my blogging history. It feels nice to be interviewed for a change and I agreed. I filled out the questionnaire that was sent to me and it got published on the website. The whole process took  less than 3 days to accomplish and I believe the questions asked are good even if they are generalized to suit every blogger. Some known bloggers have also been interviewed by this website and it is nice to see my name printed in the same category.

Following is the link to that interview:

 

http://www.pkhope.com/interview-with-blogger-wasio-ali-khan-abbasi/

June 1, 2012 Posted by | Published Articles, Random | , , | Leave a comment

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

January 1, 2012 Posted by | Random | , | Leave a comment

My Blogging Journey

I started blogging in 2005 when my friend Umema introduced me to this world. Blogspot was the main platform those days and for many Pakistanis, Blogging was little more than online interactive diary where they shared their thoughts, write about their daily activities and tweak around to improve the display of the webpage. Continue reading

November 17, 2011 Posted by | Random | , , | 3 Comments

Which Is The Developing Country?

I came across this interesting article from Wall Street Journal which my friend Osama Mustafa Lone emailed to me. There are some interesting comparisons between two powers of this world that really make a person think over. Continue reading

November 6, 2011 Posted by | Random | | 1 Comment

Most Expensive Accidents of the World

Here is a list of most expensive accidents of the world. You will be amazed at the amount of damage they have caused.

#11. Titanic $150 Million

The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today’s dollars). Continue reading

September 24, 2011 Posted by | Random | , | 1 Comment

Competition Winner (Updated)

I was browsing into my stuff when I found a few links. They are related to the competitions that I won this year, both organized by the Britishers.

One competition was organized by Royal Commonwealth Society this year. I am included among the winners from Pakistan. Click here to visit that page and then click Pakistan.

The other competition was organized by British Council and was called “Brit Idol Competition”. The result was surprising even for me, none the less I got what I wanted … a certificate and a handsome bag 🙂 Click here to visit that page.

Adios Amigos

 

Update: The links no longer work due to website changes made by Royal Commonwealth Society and British Council Pakistan.

October 15, 2005 Posted by | Random | , , | Leave a comment

   

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