symposium

Dr. Safee Ullah Chaudhary on Computational Biology

A Talk at Buraq Space Camp - Changing Perceptions Through Visions Of Space
Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
25th December, 2017
Time: 
02:00 pm
Venue: 
Buraq Planetary Society
Abstract: 

Dr. Safee Ullah Chaudhary will represent the Khwarizmi Science Soceity at the Buraq Space Camp on 25th December 2017. The talk will encompass the vast field of computational biology and its applications.

 

Buraq Planetary Society will organize the 14th Buraq Space Camp from 22nd to 31st December, 2017, in Islamabad. The camp will comprise of lectures, workshops and field trips that include subjects ranging from rocket design to astrophysics, IT and cutting-edge technologies - alongside which the candidates will be constantly evaluated to ascertain their relative ranks.

 

The theme of this year's camp is "Changing Perceptions Through Visions of Space". The Buraq Planetary Society hopes to guide the youth and help them perceive the world in a manner which is productive and beneficial to them. the aim is to make them aware of the realities around us in the present, and to help them formulate a vision for the future. To fulfill this task, the students will sit through talks and discussions with the leaders from the world of business, technology, science, public health and various other key fields in Pakistan.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Safee Ullah Chaudhary
Supplementary Documents: 

Powering Pakistan through Maths and Science Education

Report Launch by Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Physlab, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Pakistan Maths and Science Alliance

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Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
10 March 2017
Time: 
3 pm to 5 pm
Venue: 
9-B2, Basement, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Opposite Sector U,DHA Lahore 54792
Abstract: 

Powering Pakistan for the 21st Century” is a three-volume document prepared by the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science (PAMS) in collaboration with partners including the Khwarizmi Science Society.

The third volume is titled “A Roadmap for Maths and Science Education”. The purpose of this report is to highlight the importance of maths and science education in Pakistan's classrooms, especially those in government schools, where the least privileged of the country's children study.

In the third volume, a series of ideas and recommendations will be presented that can help Pakistan, as a state and as a society, re-orient public policy and private investment decisions, to serve a more prosperous future. This report will be launched on Friday in collaboration with Khwarizmi Science Society and will be hosted by Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Register here.

The location of the event cn be viewed here.

 

 

Here is General Secretary, Dr. Sabieh Anwar's speech at the Prime Minister House at the occasion of the launch ceremony of Volume I. The speech spells out a charter for practical science education.

 

 

The gallery can be viewed here:

Gallery: Powering Pakistan through Maths and Science

Resource People: 
Moderator
Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin
Chairman - Punjab Higher Education Commission
Moderator
Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi
President - Khwarizmi Science Society

Lecture Series on Graphene Physics

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Department of Physics, School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
Friday, 20 May 2011; Saturday, 21 May 2011 and Sunday, 22 May 2011
Time: 
3 pm; 10 am and 10 am (respectively)
Venue: 
Lecture Hall 10-301, 3rd floor, LUMS School of Science and Engineering, Opposite Sector U, D.H.A. Lahore
Abstract: 

Registration is free of cost but required. To register visit this link.

 

Graphene is an emerging material, like a rising star on the horizon of physics. Acclaiming the Nobel Prize in physics in 2010, the two dimensional crystal continues to surprise us with new physics as well as new applications that are destined to reach the commercial sphere.

 

In this lecture series, we have invited Pakistan's two most distinguished scientists to discuss the fundamental physics. The understanding of graphene has opened up new doors of inquiry. What immediately catches our attention is the emergence of new physics: relativistic quantum effects, which previously, are only the ambit of high energy physicists. With graphene, for example, it is now possible to mimick these high energy effects on the tabletop. This lecture series aims at:

 

  • describing relativistic quantum mechanics,
  • understanding how the charge carriers in graphene are massless Dirac fermions,
  • understanding the electronic structure of this two dimensional material,
  • unravelling some of its exciting transport and structural properties, and
  • appreciating the role of disorder in graphene.
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Schedule

The schedule of the lecture series is as follows.

 

Friday, 20 May 2011 3-4 pm KS 1 What is graphene?
  4-5 pm RD 1 Introduction, Free particle, Dirac Equation (Derivation), Dirac Algebra, Dirac Equation in the presence of electromagnetic field.
  5-5:30 pm   Refreshments
  5:30-6:30 pm KS 2 Electronic structure of graphene (part 1)
Saturday, 21 May 2011 10-11 am RD 2 Dirac Chiral representation and Dirac Equation in 2- components form; prediction of magnetic moment of electron and spin. Dirac equation for Hydrogen like atoms (exact solution) and spin – orbit splitting of energy levels.
  11 am - 12 noon KS 3 Electronic structure of graphene (part 2)
  12 - 2 pm   Lunch and prayer break
  2-3 pm RD 3 Lorentz invariance of Dirac equation, Dirac bilinears (their transformation properties under Laurentz Transformation and parity); Particle current. Hole theory and existence of positron.
Sunday, 22 May 2011 10-11 am RD 4 Dirac equation in (1 + 2) dimensions and its relevance to Graphene. Inequivalent representations of Dirac Gamma-matrices (a feature of odd number of space – time dimensions). Role of parity in (1 + 2) dimensions and how it can be used for defining conserved chiral currents.
  11 am - 12 noon KS 4
Electronic structure of graphene (part 3)
  12-1 pm   Lunch and prayer break
  1-2 pm RD 5


Dirac equation for quasi-particles in graphene in an external electromagnetic field. Chiral symmetries and Chiral anomaly. Coulomb like problem in Graphene

 

 

 

Resource People: 
Lecturer
Prof. Riazuddin
National Centre for Physics, Islamabad
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Aslam Baiq
Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

Laser Turns 50 (episode 2)

Second Symposium on Lasers
Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Time: 
10:30 am
Venue: 
New Auditorium, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU), Faisal Town, Lahore
Abstract: 

For registration to this event, visit the Registration page.

 

Let there be Light: An Overview of Solid State Laser Technology (Dr. Tayyab Imran)

From Theodore Maiman’s small ruby laser to ultrafast Ti:Sapphire  laser technology, a solid state laser technology revolution, earning  important roles in scientific research,  engineering, medicine, materials working, and a host of other applications.  

 

The Use of Lasers in Opthalmology (Dr. Nadeem H. Butt)

 

 

Laser is a special light with variable wavelength and variable effect on different structures of the eyeball. The effects include ablation, disruption and coagulation. According to the wavelength and effects, the lasers can be grouped as Green laser, YAG laser, Excimer Laser and CO2 Laser.
 
These Lasers are used for different disorders of the eye which range from disorders of the ocular surface to the disorders deep inside the eyeball including retina.
 
There are many diseases which used to remain untreated or had interventrial and surgical treatments. Most of them can now be treated with ease and comfort on day care basis not requiring admission and hospitalization.
 
The Physics, delivery system, uses, effects and after effects of lasers will be covered in the presentation.

 

Laser Assisted Pump-probe Studies of Atoms (Dr. Aslam Baig)

 

Laser assisted spectroscopic technique have been exploited to study the highly excited states of atoms; a pump probe experiment. In this technique, at least two dye lasers are required; the first dye laser serves as an exciting laser whereas the second laser serves as an ionizing laser. A Nd:YAG laser SHG (533nm, 500 mJ) and THG (355 nm, 200 mJ) is used  to pump the TDL-90 dye laser (line width »0.08 cm-1) and locally fabricated dye lasers (line width »0.25 cm-1) for multi-step or multi-photon excitation/ ionization of atoms. The ions are detected either in a thermionic diode ion detector or in an atomic beam apparatus. We have also utilized the polarization properties of the laser beams to measure the photoionization cross sections of the excited states of atoms. A few examples of the spectra will be presented in addition to the latest experimental results on the photoionization of atoms from the Free Electron Laser Source (FLASH).

Resource People: 
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Aslam Baig
Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
Speaker
Dr. Tayyab Imran
School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Lahore.
Presenter
Umair Asim
Vice Principal, Farooqi Girls High School, Lahore.
Speaker
Activities: 

Laser Turns 50

First National Symposium on Lasers
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Jointly organized by the Centre for Solid State Physics, Punjab University, Lahore.

Registration Procedure:

To register for, this symposium: please visit this link. Registration is free, but please do register, to ave yourself from any inconvenience. These individuals have already registered for the event through the web interface,

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
13 May, 2010
Time: 
9 am
Venue: 
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

Lasers from Islamabad, Lahore and Cern: What Binds them Together (Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan)

The laser is just 50 years old but it is shaping our lives in diverse manners. One key area is precision of measurement. A small Pakistani innovation to the design of the system which makes up the massive detectors in the Large Hadron Collidor at CERN in Geneva is discussed. This is placed in the context of mankind’s greater quest over the centuries for precision, whether these relate to his position on earth or in space, or timekeeping.  The principal features of the laser programme in Pakistan is presented briefly.

Laser-generated Pulsed X-ray Sources (Dr. Fida Khattak)

I would be presenting the basic principles of x-ray generation via different schemes using high power laser pulses for the non-specialized. I would be also presenting some experimental results for the audience having research interest in the field.

Fundamentals of Fiber-optic Communications (Dr. Mumtaz Sheikh)

Ever since the advent of the internet, fiber optic communication systems play an important role in our everyday lives. This talk would  focus on how do these systems work, what is so special about them compared to traditional electrical communication systems, what kind of
lasers are suitable for such systems, what are some of the issues and tradeoffs that a designer has to consider while designing such systems and where is the technology headed in the future.

Light: Its Applications in Interferometery, Polarimetry and Photodynamic Therapy (Dr. Masroor Ikram)

Light is one of the oldest subject but its true nature has yet to be fully discovered. For more than hundred years its dual nature is well accepted. Optics and Laser Group in PIEAS has worked on some of its applications. Michelson interferometer was reported in the late nineteenth century but its use for precise measurement of angle and axis of rotation is reported very recently. Polarization imaging can produce very high contrast and the technique is useful for material characterization. Photodynamic therapy is an emerging technique to cure the cancers with high selectivity. In the technique, two individually non-toxic components brought together to cause harmful effects on cells and tissues in the presence of oxygen.

Resource People: 
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan
Executive Director SORPEST
Speaker
Dr. Fida Khattak
Professor, Kohat University
Speaker
Dr. Masroor Ikram
Proessor and Chairman of Physics, PIEAS, Islamabad
Speaker
Dr. Mumtaz Sheikh
Assistant Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, LUMS, School of Science and Engineering

Science and the Muslim Civilization

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Engro Chemicals Pakistan and individual sponsorships.

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
04 November 2007
Time: 
3 pm
Venue: 
Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex, off Egerton Road, Lahore
Abstract: 

Islam and the Transformation of Greek Science
(Dr. George A. Saliba)

This illustrated talk examines the often repeated characterization of the role of Islamic science as preserving the Greek scientific legacy. It will demonstrate with concrete examples the extent to which Greek science had to be transformed in order to respond to ritual and cultural requirements of Islam, thus critiquing that science and eventually replacing it with a science that was more scientifically consistent. It was this transformed Islamic science that inspired later on the Renaissance scientists.


Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance
(Dr. George A. Saliba)

This illustrated talk will examine the scientific ideas that were first developed in the Islamic world, especially those dealing with planetary theories, and later used in the Latin sources that were produced during the European Renaissance, and in particular in the works of Copernicus. All the evidence for these ideas comes from pages of original Arabic and Latin manuscripts.


Double Incoherence and Double Jeopardy:
Retelling the Story of Attitudes to Science in Islamic Societies

(Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq) 

Living as we do in the twilight of the Enlightenment, a simple ready-made myth about the career of science in Islamic societies still lurks about. This myth has two pseudo-historical elements that fit nicely into a comforting ideological framework. These two elements can be described as reductionism and double-marginalism. The first has it that any achievement made by scientists in the classical Islamic world is reducible to a linear growth of Greek science; the second that those who engaged in genuine science in the Islamic culture were marginal to their society’s mainstream, and that science itself is marginal to Islam. It is an inevitable expression of this alien nature of science in relation to the Arabo-Islamic milieu, so the pseudo-history announces, that Ghazali wrote his Incoherence of the Philophers, an attack that was refuted by Ibn Rushd’s Incoherence of the Incoherence: but Ibn Rushd was fighting a losing battle, and science came to a grinding halt after Ghazali in the early 12th century. My lecture promises to revisit this story and to demonstrate (1) that it is historically absurd and that (2) it stands on the ideological ground that science—that rational, naturalistic study of nature which is doing wonders for us—is essentially a Western phenomenon.


With Friends Like These Who Needs Enemies:
The Irrationality of Supporting Science by Attacking Religion

(Dr. Basit B. Koshul)

A number of recently published books claiming to support and defend science in the face of mounting threats from the dark forces of religion have made it to different best-selling lists. Almost invariably their support and defense of science is premised on (or requires) an attack on religion. The line of reasoning adopted in these books is based on the claim that science equals rationality and religion equals irrationality. Looking at this argument from the perspective of Max Weber's study of the historical development of rationality it is clear that this argument is held together by an insidious sleight of hand—changing the definition of "rationality" in the middle of the argument and then changing it again just before the conclusion. Weber's thoroughly researched findings at the beginning of the 20th century shed light on the current discussion in two ways: a) his research lays bare the intellectual chicanery of those whose support of science necessitates an attack on religion, b) his insights demonstrate that this irrational and unethical attack on religion is actually a frontal assault on the integrity of science. In short, Weber's work helps us to see that science has very little to fear from (some of) its enemies in comparison to threat that it faces from (many of) its friends.

Resource People: 
Keynote speaker
Professor Dr. George Saliba
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Columbia University, New York, United States.
Speaker
Professor Dr. Noman-ul-Haque
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore.
Speaker
Professor Dr. Basit Bilal Koshul
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore.
Session Chair
Dr. Khalid Hameed Sheikh
WWF, Pakistan
Speaker
Suheyl Umer
Director, Iqbal Academy Pakistan
Moderator
Dr. Sabieh Anwar
Joint Secretary, Khwarizmi Science Society
Qari
Hafiz Ahmad Hashmi
Quran Academy

The Cosmic Trilogy

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
14 December, 1998
Time: 
11 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Date: 
15 December, 1998
Time: 
3 pm
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

The morphological properties of galaxies depend strongly on the star formation rates. One of the fundamental problems in astronomy is to determine the rates at which massive stars are forming in different types of galaxies in different environments. The spiral galaxies have been classified into three major categories based on the size of their bulge, the tightness of their spiral arms, and the resolution of individual star forming regions. These three types are Sa, Sb, and Sc galaxies. Earlier studies have suggested that star formation rates increase from Sa to Sc galaxies. We are conducting a large survey of Sa galaxies in order to determine various properties of these galaxies. Our preliminary results suggest that, contrary to the earlier results, star formation rates in these galaxies are comparable to the star formation rates in Sc galaxies. Furthermore, it seems that a significant fraction (15-20%) of these galaxies are going through a phase of interaction in the current epoch.

Lecture I: The Stellar Drama: The Birth, the Life and the Death of the Stars

How do stars evolve? Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized stellar astronomy by capturing stunning images of stars about to be born to the remnants of massive stars that went supernovae. We will trace the history of stars from their birth to their ultimate, possibly catastrophic, demise.

Lecture II: A Tale of a Billion Galaxies

Once called the "island universes", galaxies represent a spectacle with beauty unparalleled in the universe. What are the factors that give rise to the different shapes of these galaxies? How do the nearby galaxies relate to the galaxies at the farthest reaches of space and time? Equipped with the Hubble Space Telescope, we will try to address these questions in the second part of the cosmic trilogy.

Lecture III: The Cosmic Saga: From the Big Bang to the Ultimate Fate of the Universe

How did it all start and how will it all end? Once purely in the domain of philosophy, cosmology - the study of the universe, is fast becoming an observational science. We shall look at the Big Bang Model of the universe in the light of current observations. We shall also discuss the role of dark matter and the ultimate fate of the universe.

Resource People: 
Presenter
Salman Hameed
New Mexico University, United States

A Shadow Apart - Symposium on Biomedical Imaging

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
12 November 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Faisal Habib
Agha Khan University Karachi
Speaker
Rushdia Zareen
Agha Khan University Karachi
Speaker
Muhammad Abu Bakar
Agha Khan University Karachi
Speaker
Ahmed Bilal Ashraf
Agha Khan University Karachi
Speaker
Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Speaker
Naeema Halim
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore