Science melas in connection with national science campaign

Micro/Nanobiotechnology

Interfacing Life Sciences and Engineering
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
14 May, 2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The merger of life-science and engineering, specially at the micro and nanoscale, can bring about some very exciting and practical possibilities for the development of "integrated systems". Micro and nanoscale engineering can be used to solve important problems in life-sciences such as detection of biological organisms, while concepts from life sciences such as bio-inspired assembly can be used to meet significant engine manufacturing. Future integrated systems will utilize nano-scale phenomena,and micro-scale components used to interface the nano-scale components to the macro-world. This talk will present the interdisciplinary work in progress in our group in the development of these integrated systems, for example; detection of microorganisms and the determination of their viability within micro-scale bio-chips and bio-reactors, fabrication of ultra thin silicon cantilevers for high sensitivity detection of molecular byproducts of cells, integrated silicon nano-wire chemical sensors, and exploration of DNA and protein based assembly of micro and nano-particles and silicon devices.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr Rashid Bashir
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, USA
Chair
Dr. Shahzad Alam
PITMAEM, PCSIR

Applications of Biotechnology in Medicine

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
14 May, 2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

Biotechnology has affected different aspects of medicine in diverse ways from prevention to treatment. Great progress in new fields of medicine today, is due to recent developments in molecular biotechnology. Recombinant DNA technology or Genetic Engineering as basic tools of molecular biology has revolutionized medical science. The use of biotechnology in medicine is growing rapidly and is opening opportunities to develop new, more effective drugs and other therapeutics. Studying the genetics of humans is allowing us to understand what happens when genes go wrong in inherited diseases and to start to develop new therapies that treat the genetic cause, not the symptoms. By studying the genetic make-up of viruses, bacteria, or fungi, we can understand how they cause disease and develop better drugs and antibiotics that target them more specifically. These biotechnological approaches will be explored in different areas of medicine including prevention, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases during this talk.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Fazli Rabbi Awan
Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University
Chair
Dr. Waheed Akhtar
Director, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab

Unmanned Aerial vehicles

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
28 April, 2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
M.Sc. Seminar Room, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

UAV's, as the name suggests, are flying vehicles without an onboard human personnel, they are either remote controlled or onboard computer guided. These are one of the most advanced weapons being used during many modern wars and peacekeeping missions. They belong to the category of unconventional warfare. By effectively employing them one may achieve strategic victory without putting human lives to risk, so they may be regarded as peaceful weapons. It is one of the areas of active research in our country which include both the equipment development as well as the software development. In the equipment development they are usually made from Aramid and Carbon fiber based epoxy matrix composites and in software development they employ high end Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Image Processing, etc. So both fields require highly qualified experts. In this small session we will attempt to shed some light on the basic aspects of this smart weapon and will try to study some of the models currently developed and used in the defense industry internationally.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Sabih-ud-Din Khan
Mondial Security Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Quantum Computing

Making Atoms Think
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
26 April, 2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
M.Sc. Seminar Room, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

The fundamental limits of silicon computing motivated the idea of quantum computing several years ago. Although technological feats have not yet been established in the arena, promise of using quantum mechanical principles, flowing naturally from a consistent attempt to understand nature, is both assuring and satisfying. This seminar will discuss how quantum omputing is different from classical computing. It will make use of a simple quantum algorithm to show the inherent superiority of quantum techniques over their classical counterparts. This will be followed by an outline of some exciting areas in quantum information theory: namely entanglement and non-locality and will show how teleportation works. Finally, some plausible physical implementations of quantum computers will be sketched. The scope of the presentation will be elementary, and mathematics will be kept to a minimum.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Centre for Quantum Computation, Physics Department, Oxford University

Java Network Programming

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
22 March, 2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Ather Shahbaz
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Speaker
Frahan Bukhari
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Implementation of Simple Data Structures and the use of Built-in Structures in Java

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
05/03/2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

The lecture is designed for the students of first term of second year electrical engineering students. The emphasis will be on simple and easy to use data structures rather than complex databases. The following items will be covered in the lecture.

  • Basic concept of a data structure
  • Basic types of data structures and the difference between them: List, singly and doubly connected
  • Complete design and analysis
  • Sorting and other operations on List
  • Implementation of famous Stack and Queue using the List
  • Arrays
  • static data structures and their applications
  • Java's vector class
  • Implementation of Stack and Queue data structure using the Vector class.
Resource People: 
Speaker
Saad-us-Salam
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Remote Method Invocation

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
2 March, 2001
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Rizwan Amed
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Speaker
Bilal Farooq
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Microelectronics

From Transistor to Single Electron Devices
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
12 November 2000
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

Electronic devices have seen tremendous improvement since the discovery of electron. A brief history of the progress in microelectronics industry will be presented with emphasis on memory devices and information technology (IT). The limiting factors in the future progress will be discussed, and need for new concepts and devices will be established. Results of memories and logic circuits based on silicon nano-wires as single electron tunneling transistors (SETTs) will also be presented. Microelectronics research at Cavendish laboratory has resulted in a new device named PLEDM. Results are presented with the courtesy of Prof. H. Ahmed. This is shown to be a replacement of DRAM, which is currently the single largest selling electronic component. A new dimension of future microelectronics research will also be discussed.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Shahzad Naseem
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore

Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
05 November 2000
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

The book "Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe" covers the development in the field of physics in a very comprehensive way. The authors have divided these developments into seven periods which are termed as the seven ideas. The author have employed a descriptive approach rather than mathematical expressions. The first idea is the "Copernician Astronomy" which covers the early developments of classical physics especially astrophysics. The second idea is the "Newtonian Physics" which covers the contributions made by Sir Isaac Newton and other scientists of his time in classical physics. Next comes "the concept of heat" which covers early developments in Thermodynamics. "Entropy" is the next topic which also covers the thermodynamics. Next is "quantum mechanics" which was our fist approach towards modern physics. The sixth idea is the "theory of relativity" which covers the special and general theories of relativity as presented by Albert Einstein. This theory revolutionized the field of physics and laid foundation stones of modern physics. The seventh and the last topic is the "Symmetry and other Modern concepts" which covers the recent advancements in modern physics including field theory, conservation laws, symmetry, virtual quantas, fundamental atomic particles and Quark Model. The authors of the book give a very comprehensive review of the developments in physics in a story like manner.

Resource People: 
Moderator
Suleman Khan
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Moderator
Ahmad Nawaz Khan
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Moderator
Ijaz Iqbal
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Moderator
Ather Jamal
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Moderator
Kamran Ahmed
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Moderator
Asif Javed
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Moderator
Sabih-ud-Din Khan
University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Magnetic Resonance

From Brain Tissue to Chloroform Computers
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
12 April 2000
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

Nuclear magnetic resonance is a technique that exploits the inherent spin of sub-atomic particles inside the nucleus to obtain a tell-tale signature of the nucleus. This technique finds immense use in diagnostic imaging of human tissue. This presentation will be a simple approach to the physics of the phenomenon of magnetic resonance and will also touch upon the technological aspects of the imaging mechanism. Moreover, starting from its medical applications, this talk will also address other novel and esoteric applications, especially its application to quantum computers.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore