public lecture

Mapping Rural Pakistan

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
18 February, 2012
Time: 
11 am to 12 noon
Venue: 
Govt. M.A.O College, Lower Mall Road, Lahore.
Abstract: 

When it comes to generating a visual representation of important socio-economic parameters for rural Pakistan, such as poverty, literacy, crime or access to internet, the picture is rather blank. Datasets exist in disparate jurisdictions, scattered across many departments, and are often in registers and lists that do not contain geo-coordinates. This state of affairs discourages evidence-based policy interventions, and severely limits the effectiveness of expensive GIS projects undertaken by many organizations.

In this talk, I will explain why relevant socio-economic datasets, such as the population census, have not been mapped properly even years after of their generation. Then it will explain how this bottleneck may be removed, by identifying the spatial references contained in those datasets, and building their integrated maps. In this respect, it will also cover the importance of a “mauza” (revenue estate) for rural mapping, and then provide an overview of our recent pilot project to demonstrate a cost-effective and scalable methodology to build a mauza map for District Jhelum. Our methodology consisted of stitching together thousands of pieces of British era village maps, and then registering them with satellite imagery for geo-referencing. Finally, talk will show the utility of this mauza map in generating spatial visualizations of important socio-economic parameters for the district.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Sohaib Khan
Chair of Computer Science at the LUMS School of Science and Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan.

Nanotechnology for Bio-Medical Applications

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

IRCBM, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
16 January, 2012
Time: 
10:00 am
Venue: 
IRCBM, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology M. A. Jinnah Building Defence Road, Off Raiwind Road, Lahore
Abstract: 

Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field which has brought marvels not only in solid-state device industry rather various bio-medical applications like gene sensing, DNA sequencing and bio-detection etc. owe a lot to this interdisciplinary research. It’s because of bio-nanotechnology that we are able to bring the sensitivity of current bio-sensing platforms down to the molecular level. This presentation will give you an overview of the techniques as well as the latest developments in the field of Bio-Nanotechnology. Both aspects of the presentation will be highlighted by examples of various nano-systems relevant for biomedical applications such as nanoparticle synthesis, formation of nanostructured surfaces, interaction of proteins as well as bio-membranes with drugs and insight into DNA and drug delivery systems.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Mr. Waqas Ali
University of Texas at Arlington, US
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Salam Evening

"The Dream of Symmetry" docomentry on Prof. Abdus Salam, produced by Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste, Italy
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
December 19,2011
Time: 
06:30 PM
Venue: 
Auditorium 10-302, SSE Complex, LUMS, Sector-U, DHA,, Lahore, Pakistan.
Abstract: 

"The movie presents the extraordinary figure of Abdus Salam, who not only was an outstanding scientist but also a generous humanitarian and a valuable person. His rich and busy life was an endless quest for symmetry, that he pursued in the universe of physical laws and in the world of human beings." (ICTP)

Resource People: 
Opening Remarks By
Professor Asad A. Abidi
UCLA, USA.
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Lecture on Inventions and Patents

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

IRCBM, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Lahore 

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
October 25, 2011
Time: 
10:00 AM
Venue: 
IRCBM, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, M. A. Jinnah Building Defence Road, Off Raiwind Road, Lahore
Abstract: 

The talk is designed to provide basic information about inventions and patents. The aim is to communicate the importance of inventors, inventions and patents through discussion and concrete examples. It provides a roadmap for invention and encourages people to invent and patent their creations. So that the intellectual properties of individuals and organizations could be protected against the breach of intellectual property rights.

Resource People: 
Chair
Dr. M. A.Bodla
Director, COMSATS IIT, Lahore.
speaker
Mr. Saad Nusrullah
Intellectual Property (IP) Consultant, Lahore

Eighth Falakyati Mela in GIKI, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
19 February, 2010
Time: 
5 pm to 11 pm
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaque Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)
Date: 
20 February, 2010
Time: 
5 pm to 11 pm
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaque Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore

Fifth Falakyati Mela and Quiz in Shahdara (District Lahore)

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
28 September, 2009
Time: 
5 pm to 9 pm
Venue: 
Government Higher Secondary School for Girls, Maqbara Jahangir Road, Shahdara (District Lahore)
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore
Moderator
Abdul Haleem Yasir
Khwarizmi Science Society and the Punjab School, Lahore
Moderator
Irfan Arif
Private teacher

Second Falakyati Mela in Phoolnagar (Kasur)

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
9 March 2009, Monday
Time: 
5 pm
Venue: 
Government High School No. 1, Phoolnagar (District Kasur)
Resource People: 
Lecturer and lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society
Astronomer
Omer Bin Abdul Aziz
Lahore Astronomical Society

Stellar Pots

Nature's Recycling Factory
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27 February 2009, Friday
Time: 
11 am
Venue: 
Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The iron running in our blood, calcium in our teeth, the sand we walk on, were all made inside stars. All elements heavier than boron are formed by nuclear reactions inside stars. We owe our existence to these stellar pots. Stars live for millions to billions of years and then it is a fierce battle for their survival. Ultimately they loose the battle and the resulting supernovae disperse the synthesized elements in the universe. Nature does not know of waste products and from stellar dust many more stars are created. In this talk we would discuss the birth and demise of stars. It is for the audience to decide if it is more of stellar science or abstract art.

Resource People: 
Lecturer
Dr. Jameel-un-Nabi
Ghulam Ishaque Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, NWFP

Usefulness of Extra Dimensions of Spacetime

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27 January 2009, Tuesday
Time: 
6 pm
Venue: 
Environmental Law College, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Chairman, Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad