Ashfaq Khokhar

Iowa State University, USA

Talk: Smart Health Care Systems using Anonymized Avatars of Internet of Things (IoTs)

Today’s modern healthcare delivery systems have been mainly designed to work with the onslaught of an illness. The logging of information into Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRs), related to symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, etc., is initiated with the illness. There is hardly any data collected during the wellness phase of a person. Furthermore, access to the data stored in such systems, for the purpose of analyses, involves complicated manual processes, and the related access policies make it extremely difficult to perform analytics. In this age of wireless sensors, advance networking and data sciences, it is fitting to envision the design of an integrated cyber physical system that allows ubiquitous, but anonymized, collection of wellness and sickness data, and facilitate the development of models and analytics to predict wellnesses and illnesses using vast amounts of data.
Towards achieving this vision, we will present a smart healthcare data collection and management environment consisting of a set of intelligent sensor objects, with wireless communication capabilities, installed in clinics, hospital rooms, and mobile platforms, or embedded in human bodies (such as knee transplants or skin patches). We will elaborate on challenges and research opportunities to realize such a system.

Mojtaba Joodaki

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Talk: Electromagnetic Shielding of Metal Enclosures with Apertures

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) has become a major problem for electrical and electronic engineers, and it is likely to become even more severe in the future because of highly integrated new circuits and their higher clock frequencies and lower operating voltages. Among the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) topics, shielding is a prominent one and there is a burgeoning trend to study its different aspects. The inevitable need for the air ventilations, input/outputs and other means of connections between either sides of the shields results in designing apertures and slots. These discontinuities in the shield body are the main causes of leakage and shielding degradation. Therefore, studying the shields with apertures is a popular branch in the shielding research.

This talk includes three parts. In the first part, a brief introduction to EMC is given and the position and importance of electromagnetic shielding is explained. To have a better comparison between the performances of the shields, some figures of merit have been defined. The most accepted and preferred figure of merit is shielding effectiveness (SE) which is explained in the second part and followed by an overview of different methods of shielding analyses. Then, the shielding analysis of a metal enclosure with apertures on different walls considering aperture position, incident field angel and polarization angle are discussed. In the third part, our recent developed method for SE calculation and measurement of a metallic enclosure with arbitrary shape apertures on different walls is explained and its advantages and disadvantages are discussed. In this method, there is no need for antennas and reverberation chambers. The incident field angle and polarization angle are arbitrary and higher order modes are considered. Another advantage of the proposed method is introducing a new figure of merit for shield optimization. This new figure of merit is S11 of a two port microstrip line which is placed over the apertures. Finally, the application of this method to SE measurement of extremely small dimension enclosure is presented.

B.S. Chowdhry

Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan

Talk: Changing Innovation and Research Culture: ICT Based Vertically Integrated Projects

ICT has been introduced into education over the last 35 years. ICT has emerged to play significant role in changing innovation and research culture whereas Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) promote innovation and development through a combination of multi-disciplinary participants working on developing ICT based challenging projects. The Vertically Integrated Projects based on Problem Based Learning (PBL) promotes innovative thinking and stimulate entrepreneurial behavior by involving students in real world projects by providing them with the necessary resources, guidance and time to work on them. VIP teams look at all aspects of the project, conceiving of the idea, determining the best solution, implementing it in the most suitable manner and commercializing the end product. On the other hand VIPs provide an excellent framework for nurturing R&D in the country and may result in bringing improvements in teaching, learning, and research.

Fahad Dogar

Tufts University, USA

Talk: Re-architecting the Internet for Modern Networked Applications

Emerging networked applications, such as cyber physical systems and augmented and virtual reality applications, have the potential to transform our society. However, supporting the stringent performance requirements of these applications is challenging, especially given the best effort nature of today’s Internet. In our research, we are exploring how we can re-architect network services — at different levels of the network stack — to support a wide range of networked applications, including highly distributed applications that run inside the cloud, as well as wide-area Internet applications, such as video conferencing and emerging augmented reality applications.  This talk will provide an overview of our research in this domain, highlighting common themes as well as potential avenues for future research.

Zartash Afzal Uzmi

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Talk: Online Advertising under Internet Censorship

Most of the content services today are supported by online advertisements. However, a global rise in the internet censorship and subsequent circumvention poses an economic threat to the advertising ecosystem. In this talk, we expose this threat and present a system, called Advention, to alleviate this threat. Advention allows serving relevant ads by leveraging the observation that ad systems are usually hosted on domains that are different from the publisher domains and are almost always uncensored. Taking cue from this, Advention fetches ads via the direct, uncensored, channel between users and the ad system. Preliminary results show that Advention not only offers high ad relevance compared to other popular relay-based circumvention tools, it also offers smaller page load times.

Shoab Ahmad Khan

National University of Science & Technology, Pakistan

Talk: Trends for Research in Computing

The talk is titled, “Trends for Research in Computing”. Computing is an exciting area where as Pakistan we can quickly catch-up to the most advanced countries in the world. Our students need to know the latest trends in the filed of computing and their relevance to Pakistan. My talk would focus on these trends with examples from the work I have been involved over the years. Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOTs), Communication and Networks, ASICs and FPGA based designs, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Digitization, Social Media Analysis are some of these fields where we should learn the new trends and innovations in these areas. We should focus in learning modern tools and techniques in these fields, especially their applicability in solving real-life problems to bring comfort in the life of people, giving visibility and transparency in systems, decision aiding in optimization of resources. The talk shall enumerate several examples where my team has used these techniques for crafting innovative solutions for solving local problems with global scope. There are several business opportunities that can be created around solutions to complex problems where these techniques come very handy. The talk shall also touch the basic ingredients in creating innovation and skills of marketing solutions based on these innovations.

Ihsan Ayyub Qazi

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Talk: Bridging the Digital Divide: Deconstructing Facebook’s Free Basics Program

Today, developing countries face several challenges that affect users’ experience of the Internet. These include lack of quality network infrastructure, prevalence of slow mobile devices, and the inability to afford the Internet. To bridge the digital divide, a recent initiative is the Facebook’s Free Basics program, which provides free web services in developing countries. The program has grown rapidly to 60+ countries in the past two years. However, it has also seen strong opposition from Internet activists and has been banned in some countries like India and Egypt. Facebook highlights the societal benefits of providing low-income populations with free Internet access, while detractors point to concerns about privacy and network neutrality. In this talk, I’ll present the first independent analysis of such claims regarding the Free Basics service, using both the perspective of a Free Basics service provider and of web clients visiting the service via cellular phones providing access to Free Basics in Pakistan and South Africa. I will also discuss the implications of our research, with the hope to inform debates on such telecom policies.

Jin Huang

Tsinghua University, China

Talk: Industrial Internet and Blockchain based Data Assetization

With the coming of “Era of Connection”, data have become the foundation of modern digital society. While offering unprecedented opportunities, the massive scale and complicated application scenarios of big data call for a paradigm shift for effective exploitation of the inherent value. For instance, the digitalization of automobile production and service companies have been hindered by the lack of closed-loop data usage, the incompatible data standards, the high operation cost, and the unclear model of return. An economic and technological ecology, in which data assetization oriented to ownership emerges as the key, to cultivate the fair sharing of data and value-added data service is essential in the new paradigm. This talk is going to introduce a blockchain based data assetization scheme, both on the design of the ecological system and the blockchain based solutions. We take this as part of the plan of building the digital twin of human society with the lowest cost, i.e., the only effective way.

Maryam Mustafa

Information Technology University, Pakistan

Talk: Application of ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG) as a novel modality for investigating perceptual graphics problems

Dr. Mustafa will  be talking about the application of ElectroEncephaloGraphy (EEG) as a novel modality for investigating perceptual graphics problems. The ultimate purpose of computer graphics is to produce images and videos for human observers. Thus the success of any graphics pipeline depends on how well it conveys relevant information to a human viewer. However, the inherent complexity of the physical world and limitations of computing hardware make it an impossible task to replicate the view of the real world. Given the vastly complex task of creating physically accurate imagery the best that graphics algorithms can aim for is to create perceptually accurate images. To achieve this goal it is essential to understand and analyse how the Human Visual System (HVS) perceives the world around it. This understanding allows computer graphics practitioners to take advantage of the flexibility and robustness associated with human perception to decrease the gap between hardware performance and desired performance. In rendering, for example, resources can be allocated to areas of a scene that matter most to human observers, saving computation time. Similarly, visualization techniques have benefited from perceptual measures such as processing speed, which determines how quickly humans perceptually process features such as color and texture. The integration of methods and techniques from perception research into graphics is particularly important if the goal is to create realistic imagery for movies, games, and immersive environments.

Ali Ahmed

Information Technology University, Pakistan

Talk: Blind Deconvolution using Deep generative priors

We consider the problem of recovering two unknown vectors from their circular convolution. We make the structural assumption that the two vectors are members of know subspaces. Although the observed convolution is nonlinear in the unknowns, it is linear in the rank-1 matrix formed by their outer product. This observation allows us to recast the deconvolution problem as low-rank matrix recovery problem from linear measurements, whose natural convex relaxation is a nuclear norm minimization program. We discuss this result in the context of blind channel estimation in communications.
We will then focus on a data driven approach to handle the blind deconvolution problem, where we employ a deep neural network to act as a regularizer in the inverse problem. We showcase state of the art image deblurring results obtained using this approach.


BUITEMS Takattu Campus, Quetta, Pakistan

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