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Dr Sarfraz Khurshid Joins ITU as New VC

Posted on: July 6th, 2020 by salman javed No Comments

We are delighted to share that Dr. Sarfraz Khurshid has joined Information Technology University as the new Vice Chancellor. Under his leadership, we are confident that the premier research institute will reach new heights of academic rigor and research par excellence.

Professor Dr. Sarfraz Khurshid holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He has done his undergraduate in Mathematics and Computer Science from Imperial College (London), UK and read Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Trinity College Cambridge, UK. Previously, Dr. Khurshid has served as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research interests include automated software engineering, software testing, static and dynamic checking of code conformance, repair of structurally complex data, model checking, formal specification languages, and parallel and incremental algorithms for software analysis.

We wish him the best and wholeheartedly welcome him as the new Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University.

LAHORE TECHNOLOGY AWARD TO ACKNOWLEDGE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF PAKISTANI SCIENTISTS-Dr. Umar Saif

Posted on: December 18th, 2017 by ituadmin No Comments

Dr. Umar Saif founding Vice Chancellor of ITU the Punjab presenting ITU memento to Prof. Dr. Nergis Mavalvala the recipient of Pakistan’s first Lahore Technology Award in recognition to her observations of the gravitational waves at ITU Lahore on December 17, 2017

The Information Technology University (ITU) the Punjab’s Syndicate has institutionalized an international technology award, titled: “Lahore Technology Award” to recognize the achievements of Pakistanis around the globe in the field of technology and Prof. Nergis Mavalala from MIT as Associate Head of Physics being its first recipient sets the bar extremely high and signaled what it believes is a befitting example to emulate for Pakistani scientists. Dr. Umar Saif founding Vice Chancellor of ITU said in his welcoming remarks at a lecture by Prof. Nergis here today.

He further said that Lahore Technology Award backed by US $ 30,000 was a token of gesture to our distinguished guest. The example of Dr. Nergis would encourage more female to come forward to offer distinctive services in the field of technology, he hoped.

In her lecture Dr. Nergis narrated in a story style about the warped universe, discussing the cosmic address, story of the exploded black holes, explaining gravity messages, device to measure detectable gravitational waves. A large number of audience took keen interest in her scientific observations.

6th ROBOTICS EXPO AT ITU

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by ituadmin No Comments

Students at Information Technology University (ITU) are leveraging cutting-edge technology to help solve variety of important problems faced by many of us in our daily lives. At the sixth Robotics Expo 2017, successfully organized by ITU, students showcased their innovative projects and made presentations in front of an esteemed panel of experts, academics and inquisitive audience.

The robotics expo was themed “Machines of the Future: Robots for Humanity”. It is one of most-awaited flagship event pioneered under visionary leadership of our founding Vice Chancellor, Dr. Umar Saif.

It is moment of great pride for us to say that ITU students are well at the forefront of promising entrepreneurial talent that bright Pakistani youth has to offer. After an illustrious journey of five successful previous editions of ITU Robotics Expo, the sixth expo was hosted at ITU on Saturday, May 20th, 2017.

At the sixth edition, ITU students showcased 13 robotics projects and in this way they have crossed the milestone of one hundred robots at ITU expos so far.

Our honorable guests included cricketing giants, Inzamam-Ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmad, and US Consul General Lahore, Mr. Yuriy Fedkiw.

“I can feel passion in the air in this exciting event here. Dreaming big is very important. It is common in the young Pakistani tech entrepreneurs and US’ global knowledge economy,” remarked USCG, Mr. Yuriy Fedkiw.

ITU Hosts Open House 2017

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by ituadmin No Comments

Information Technology University proudly organized Open House 2017 at Arfa Software Technology Park. It was attended by a large number of prospective students and their parents who learnt about various academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities available to students.

Founding Vice Chancellor Dr. Umar Saif addressed the inquisitive audience and shared his vision behind creation of and future plans for ITU. Talking about teaching faculty and facilities at ITU, Dr. Saif prided himself in saying, “We have world’s top class faculty, innovative courses, well-equipped classrooms, labs, largest digital library in the province, and state of the art Lincoln Center, which differentiates ITU from other institutions.”

Similarly heads of various schools and departments at ITU addressed the audience at length and interacted with them in Q & A sessions followed by it.  It included Founding Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Akmal Hussain, Founding Dean for the School of Business and Management Sciences, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Khan, Head of Department for Electrical Engineering, Dr. Tauseef Tauqeer, Chairperson Department of Computer Science, Dr. Adnan Noor Mian and Director Academics, Mrs. Farzana Shahid.

It may be noted that first registration deadline for undergraduate programs is April 25th, 2017. And first test for undergraduate programs will be held on April 30th, 2017.

For detailed information regarding undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate programs, important dates and online application process, please visit ITU website: https://itu.edu.pk/admissions/

5th ROBOTICS EXHIBITION AT ITU

Posted on: December 28th, 2016 by ituadmin No Comments

Information Technology University hosted its 5th Robotics Exhibition at the iconic Arfa Software Technology Park. The exhibition titled Machines of the Future: Robots showcased 14 robots that were designed and constructed by ITU students after taking Talha Rehmani’s Electronic Circuit Design class.

The objective of the 5th Robotics Exhibition was to help ITU students apply their classroom takeaways and develop a culture of innovation and practical approach. Under the supervision of course instructor Talha Rehmani, ITU students showed demos of their robots as well as their websites and technical reports.

In the expo, the students showcased robots including; Rekhta, an ultimate Urdu word predictor and transliterator that works in Roman and Noori Nastaleeq; Windope, a window cleaning robot designed and built to save the lives of window cleaners who work in adverse environments to clean windows in high-rise buildings; Mawazin, a medical product that ensures safety against over-dose of anesthesia medicine and administers drugs at a controlled rate; Machine-e-Meharbani, a vending machine that takes plastic bottles as credit and in return provides food to homeless people; The Eye-Writer, a robot designed for paralyzed people to help them do various tasks such as writing or controlling switch buttons by simple movements of their eyes; Taabat-ul-Miyah, a robot that can autonomously control a residential water motor based on water pressure from the main supply.

The Robotics Exhibition was presided by Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of ITU, and the chief guests of the exhibition were Mr. Inzamam-ul-Haq, a legendary personality of the Pakistan Cricket Team and Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed, Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team and former cricketer. The honorary guests included leading journalists, educationalists, and CEOs from various companies.

ITU Hosts 4th Robotics Exhibition

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by ituadmin No Comments

Information Technology University hosted its 4th Robotics Exhibition at the iconic Arfa Software Technology Park. The exhibition titled Machines of the Future: Robots showcased 15 robots that were designed and constructed by ITU students after taking Talha Rehmani’s Electronic Circuit Design class.

Robots are playing a pivotal role in revolutionizing the 21st century and are being used in almost every industry in the world, ranging from auto manufacturing to textiles. The objective of the 4th Robotics Exhibition was to help ITU students apply their classroom takeaways and develop a culture of innovation and practical approach. Under the supervision of course instructor Talha Rehmani, ITU students were able to show demos of their robots and make websites, technical reports and write-ups. The focal point of the event was the project of 11-year-old programming prodigy, Muhammad Raza, who has designed and implemented a vision based system that can identify and match the facial features of people by using computer vision techniques.

During the exhibition, ITU students showcased various robots that may be useful in solving locally relevant problems in Pakistan. A team of students at ITU have built a low-cost portable ventilator to address the chronic shortage of automatic ventilators in public hospitals. The ventilator only costs Rs. 10,000 which is a tenth of the average cost of an imported ventilator. The low-cost ventilator has an adult mode as well as an infant mode and is both electric and battery powered. This device will no doubt help save many lives in Pakistan.

Another invention showcased by the students of the Electronic Devices and Circuits class was Octosynth. Octosynth uses frequencies and capacitive touch technology to generate sound. The purpose behind using fruits and human connection to complete the circuit is to create a learning mechanism for children with learning disabilities. Early testing of Octosynth has shown tremendous reception from educators and children with special needs.

A team of students working alongside Talha Rehmani are also in the testing phase of “Bazooka”, a drone that is designed to break reinforced tempered glass and deliver life-saving equipment. The application of this technology can greatly increase the survival rate of people trapped in high rise buildings due to fires or natural disasters and deliver urgent help while rescuers work to reach them.

Other robotic inventions included a low-cost infusion pump that administers drugs at a lower rate than 0.1 ml per hour and a light meter that tracks a household’s energy consumption and relays this information through the Internet to its user in real time. Each robotic invention was assessed by a panel of esteemed judges according to its innovation and/or navigational consistency. Talha Rhamni said, “Robotics is poised to become a 70-billion-dollar industry by 2025. Our goal is to lead Pakistan in the global revolution of robotics. This is a very humbling experience to see our undergraduate students prosper and pushing through these challenges.”

The Robotics Exhibition was presided by Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of ITU and Chairman of PITB, and the Chief Guest of the exhibition was Dr. Nizamuddin. Dr. Saif said, “Robots are revolutionizing the 21st century much like the computers revolutionized the 20th century. We can find them everywhere in the society and they play an important role in our daily lives.” He further added, “Unfortunately Pakistan is seriously lagging behind in this technological run, but not anymore since the undergraduate students of ITU are changing this scenario.”

Dr. Nizamuddin, Chairman of the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), also spoke at the event and praised ITU students for their outstanding efforts in robotics. He shared with the audience that PHEC has started funding for research projects and innovations focusing on local relevant issues. “Applied research is needed in developing countries like Pakistan,” he added.

The honorary guests included the cricketer, Mohammad Irfan, as well as leading journalists and CEOs from various companies. The event was widely attended by the faculty of many prestigious universities including LUMS, NUST and FAST.

 

Third Robotics Exhibition at Information Technology University

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by ituadmin No Comments

Information Technology University (ITU) hosted its 3rd Robotics Exhibition on January 30, during which its undergraduate students were given the opportunity to display 25 robots that were designed to solve locally relevant problems in Pakistan.

The expo consisted of three sessions. The first session consisted of a Robotic Catwalk, where the robots walked down the ramp and displayed their skills. In the second session, students gave detailed technical presentations on their projects and this was followed by a brief question and answer session. The third session was the highlight of the exhibition, where 25 robots were showcased to the faculty from ITU and other institutions, general audience, and the panel of judges. Apart from displaying their robotic prototypes, students also gave presentations, web pages, technical posters and technical reports.

The remarkable aspect of this exhibition was that all the innovative robotic projects were made by undergraduate students in merely 14 weeks, after having taken a solitary introductory electronics course. This was a commendable effort for a semester project when such endeavors are normally expected from students in their senior year projects.

The theme of the exhibition was Robotics for Humanity. Some of the community-based projects displayed in the 3rd Robotic expo included a thermoelectric generator, a robot that can mimic human emotions, a plough bot that can help farmers plough their fields autonomously and a smart vehicle that can detect a gas leakage, hazardous gas, obstacles in its path as well as the temperature of the environment.

The standout robotic prototypes of the evening were the Levitator and Beena. The Levitator is a hoverboard that can fly, break the glass in a building that is on fire, and drop life-saving equipment such as oxygen masks and fire extinguishers to the people trapped inside. Beena is an electronic eye robot that can detect motion and help blind people learn more about their surroundings. This robot was built by a 10-year-old programming prodigy, Muhammad Raza, who is currently working as Talha Rehmani’s Research Assistant at Information Technology University. Muhammad wrote around one thousand lines in C++ to turn this project into reality. Talha Rehmani, head of the robotics program at ITU remarked, “This was a very humble and enlightening experience. These robots are very well-designed and the fact that these robots were built by sophomore students, immeasurably enhances your trust in the youth of Pakistan.”

Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University said, “ITU is setting revolutionary trends in academia and research. It is amazing to see that our undergraduate students of third semester are designing and building amazing robotic prototypes to address locally relevant problems of Pakistan. The objective of this creative event is to help materialize students what they are studying, developing a culture of innovation and practical approach, and creating a sense of competition with ourselves.”

The chief guest of the event was Rita Akhtar, Executive Director of the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. Dr. Sabieh Anwar, Chairperson of the Department of Physics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, was the guest of honor.

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Cyber Security in Today’s Era of Internet

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by ituadmin No Comments

As our lives are becoming easier due to our increasing reliance on the internet, cyber security has become the need of the hour. Information Technology University, Lahore hosted a workshop on Cyber Security in Today’s Era of Internet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The workshop enabled students and faculty to learn more about cyber security, the latest threats and trends, and future challenges.

Syed Abid Ali, the Chief Commercial Officer at INFOGISTIC, hosted the workshop. INFOGISTIC is a leading IT Security Consulting & Technology Company in Pakistan and specializes in information security consulting. The company has partnerships with leading technology providers in the world such as Kaspersky, McAfee, IBM, RSA, Barracuda and GFI.

During the workshop, Syed Abid Ali talked about how cyber security was becoming a major concern in today’s internet age. He pointed out many incidents of cyber attacks that had happened both locally and internationally. In Pakistan, the websites of more than 5 banks were hacked in 2012. In another incident in the country, a virus that encrypts confidential information impacted 2 Telco’s in 2015.

There have also been many international cyber attacks. In 2014 in the United States, a hacker group targeted the huge film studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and was able to leak a lot of confidential information. The leaked data included employee emails, unreleased Sony films, personal information about Sony Pictures employees and their families, and confidential information about the salaries of executives at the company. Not only this, but entire countries such as Estonia have also been subjected to cyber attacks which have targeted the websites of organizations such as the parliament of the country, banks, ministries, newspapers and broadcasters. It had taken both the individual companies and the countries’ months to completely recover from these attacks.

The participants of the workshop were able to learn how to adapt a structured approach for defining their information security requirements, design an enterprise security framework to address these requirements and learn more about the kind of controls that are available to protect their information assets.

Syed Abid Ali concluded the workshop by providing participants with more information about how they can make their personal information and email accounts more secure. The workshop was attended by many faculty members and students who were eager to learn more about cyber security, information security and cyber management.

Afkaar-e-Taaza: An Incubator of Fresh Thoughts

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by ituadmin No Comments

The Center for Governance and Policy at Information Technology University organized a three-day conference Akbar-e-Taza to promote public discourse in Pakistan. The name of the conference Afkar-e-Taza (new thoughts) comes from the Poet Laureate Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s poem Takhliq (Creation).

The event was designed along the lines of a literary festival and combined with the rigor and thoroughness of an academic conference. It opened the floor for active discussion between scholars and the wider public. The conference began on Friday, April 1 and concluded on Sunday, April 3.

The conference consisted of 44 discussion panels, including an Urdu Mushaira and an opening address by the Adviser to the Chief Minister Azmi Haq and ITU’s Registrar and Acting Vice Chancellor Zaheer Sarwar. The conference featured politicians, journalists, scholars from prestigious universities and leading academics from many countries around the world.

Dr. Yaqoob Bangesh, one of the organizers of the event said, “This event aims to become the incubator of fresh thoughts in Pakistan so that not only does the country develop but we too personally gain from such interactions. The idea was to provide space to academics to interact with each other and with the public.” The speakers at the conference discussed a myriad of topics including current affairs, academics, regional politics, culture and art.

One of the opening day sessions included a discussion on The Judiciary in the Modern World. The experts in the panel included Sir William Blackburne, Retired Judge in the High Court of England and Wales, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Judge in the Lahore High Court, and Mr. Feisal Naqvi, Lawyer and Columnist. Guest speakers from the National Assembly of Pakistan, judges from the Lahore High Court and independent scholars took the discussion forward in another session titled Law and Culture: The Case of Honour Killing.

Senator Sherry Rehman along with scholars from JNU and Sri Lanka addressed the question of whether SAARC has a future. Dr. Ishrat Husain, former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Yasir Pirzada, Civil Servant and Columnist, and Hussain Nadim, University of Sydney discussed the challenges of civil service reform in the country.

There were also sessions on the two Punjab’s of India and Pakistan, Bacha Khan’s thought and legacy, and the state of Higher Education in Pakistan. Academics and scholars also discussed the money, monuments and the majesty of the Mughal Empire, history and future of the Silk Road and harnessing the language of Sufism in Pakistan.

The conference featured 93 guest speakers over the course of three days. Other prominent speakers included Ambassador Aziz Ahmed Khan, Charles Allen, Najam Sethi, Prof. Atta-ur-Rehman, Ejaz Haider and Prof. Peter Frankopan from the University of Oxford.

The conference took place in the Alhamra Cultural Complex in Gaddafi stadium and was widely attended. The aim of the conference was that public discourse is promoted in Pakistan and scholars are able to share their research with the wider public. The conference succeeded in achieving its goals as Afkar-e-Taza—new thoughts were created, nurtured and realized.

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