Two-day conference: Shedding light on computing and information sciences research

Published: December 7, 2016
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PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: To encourage students to conduct research, publish their papers in international journals and learn from seasoned academics on how to research, PAF-KIET organised a two-day international conference on computing and information sciences.

The conference was hosted by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a society of the College of Computing and Information Sciences. Nine universities from all across the country participated in the conference, including Institute of Business Administration (IBA), National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust), NED University, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (Maju) and Bahria University from Karachi alone. In the two-day conference, 16 research papers were presented by the participants on different subjects. Participants who presented research papers included students from Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctorate programmes as well as faculty members from universities.

“Research plays an important role in both academia and industry, which is why such activities help nurture a healthy research environment,” said the president of PAF-KIET, Air Vice-Marshal Tubrez Asif. Adding on, he shared that the forum provided an opportunity to all the participants to share the latest research in various areas of computing and information sciences.

International researchers at the conference were Dr Mohd Fadzil Bin Hassan, who is a dean of Centre for Graduate Studies at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia, and Dr Anh Nguyen-Duc, who is a research fellow at the department of computer and information science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

A team of 10 organising members hosted the first ever international conference of this kind and plans to conduct it every year. “Such conferences motivate students to research and polish their skills in the domain,” said one of organising committee members, Muhammad Mustufa. He added that by presenting the research paper in front of such researchers and fellows from other universities, students learn and avoid the mistakes that they would have never known about if they did not have this opportunity.

Some other research papers that were discussed in the conference included the smart door lock system with automation and security and survey of security issues in big data.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2016.

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