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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

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.

Telecommunications

A Growing Pakistani Industry
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
16 October 1999
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Jamshed Anwer
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Information Integration Agents

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
13 October 1999
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

With the vast and expanding amount of interconnected information resources available today, the problem of how to pool them to obtain useful information is becoming more and more critical. Information gathering agents are computer systems that given a high level information request by a user use search, inference and knowledge to determine how to satisfy the request. Speaker presents an information gethering agent architecture called SIMS developed at the Information Sciences Institute (http://www.isi.edu) that uses the LOOMS knowledge representation scheme to build models of a number of distributed, autonomous, and heterogeneous information resources (such as data, databases and webpages). It treats a high level user request as a planning goal and uses artificial intelligence planning techniques along with some manually encoded heuristics to compute a good quality query-plan that can be efficiently executed to retrieve and integrate information from a number of diverse sources. I will also present the work that I have done to automatically learn the heuristics that can be used by the SIMS planner to efficiently compute high quality query resolution.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Muhammad Afzal Upal
Dalhousie University, Canada

Solar System Plasma

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
21 May 1999
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

In this talk we shall discuss the structure and dynamics of the plasma environment of the earth and how it is influenced by the sun and its magnetic field, as has been revealed to us by observations, both remote and in situ, in the past 40 years or so. After presenting a brief overview of the major historical landmarks in the development of space plasma physics, we shall discuss the structure of the solar plasma and then see, by looking at its interaction with the earth�s magnetic field, how the earth�s magnetosphere and ionosphere are. We shall look into the composition of the earth�s plasma layers. We shall also briefly discuss the behaviour of comets when they come close to the sun.

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

Newer Energy Sources

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
03 December 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Zarrar Hussain
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Wonders of the Universe

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
31 October 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Childern Library Complex, Shahra-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat, Lahore
Abstract: 

GALACTIC SPLENDOUR: The milky way is a swarm of energy and brilliance. One finds exuberant astrophotography: nature in its raw - the life and birth and ultimate death of stars; the prized celebrities of the heavens; nebulae and constellations. It also gives us a glimpse into the galactic suburbs, where stars are born.

COSMIC CATASTROPHES: This part concerns epic eruptions of energy on the surfaces of celestial bodies. These havoc events may mean only pinpricks on the gianter organisms such as the Jupiter, but they mean catastrophe from a human scale. Such cataclysms may also have exterminated dinosaurs from the earth 65 million years ago and made way for humans - a catastrophe for one species, a blessing for another.

Resource People: 
Resource Person
Abdullah Mahmood
Project Director, Children Complex, Lahore

Lasers: Fundamentals, Physical Optics, Application

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
12 October 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Old Mechanical Engineering Department Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Zunaira Ansari
Femtosecond Optics Group, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Thunderstorm Electrification

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
13 April 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman
Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Magnetic Materials

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
26 March 1998
Time: 
6:00 pm
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Muhammad Umar Khan
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore