A Seminar on "Civil Engineering Experience around the world"



 "On 19th November 2014, ICE-NUCES organized a seminar on the topic 'Civil Engineering Experience Around the World' which consisted of a lecture by an experienced and world renowned expert in engineering Mr. Abdul Salam.
The event was scheduled to start at 2 pm. The venue was half filled before 2 pm with young faces waiting for the experiences of lifetime to be shared with them which would provide them with valuable information and the guidance to achieve their future goals. All the faculty members were also present at the venue. The event started exactly on time, with recitation of some verses from the Holy Quran. Mr. Abdul Salam was invited on the stage after the recitation to deliver his lecture to the audience. The lecture in his own words was going to be "Edutaining" by which he meant "educating and entertaining''
He started his speech by sharing some of his experiences in different regions of the world especially in the Midddle Eastern, Gulf and African countries. As a Geo-technical engineer his work is exceptional. Dams and the structures he worked on were truly wonderful. He also told the audience about some of the buildings and structures of the countries he had visited. Apart from his work he also talked about the food and the culture of the countries he had visited. The current projects on which he is working in Pakistan are of great value. Most of his work consists of dams, spill ways and flood management systems.
Mr Salam also shared his experiences in very remote areas of the country where he had to go by a helicopter. All of these experiences reveal his devotion to his field. At the end of his interesting speech he invited the audience for the questioning session. In the answer of a question he said that Pakistani engineers are of great potential and are much better than many others round the world". He answered another question by saying "It is a great feeling when you see the structure taking shape which you initially designed on a paper."
Afer this 'Edutaing' lecture the Head of the Civil Engineering Department Dr Syed Iftikhar came on stage to pay his regards to the honourable chief guest. This seminar was yet another success of ICE-NUCES after their maiden event 2013 and the recent wooden scale bridge competition. The society is looking forward to have more educating events in the future."

Collaborative Project on Automated Farming in Pakistan Collaboration between FAST-NU, Lahore campus, Pakistan and Research Group on Robotic Systems, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Funded by DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service, Germany.

 Last year, the German Academic Exchange Agency (DAAD) invited applications to give grants. I, Dr. Yasir Niaz Khan, as PI and Dr. Umar Suleman as Co-PI applied for this grant (both Assistant Professors at FAST-NU Lahore Campus). DAAD has approved a grant to us to conduct research to automate agriculture in Pakistan. The project duration is of 2 years, extendendable to a third year. Automatic detection of crop health and weed density will be done both from a flying robot and a tractor. Image processing and pattern recognition algorithms will be applied, along with machine learning techniques. The project also involves data collection and testing on real crops. Aim of the project is to automate farming in Pakistan.

 The grant includes funding for the following:

  • Visit of 4 students for two months and the Co-PI for one month from FAST-NU Lahore Campus to Germany in 2014. Visit of 4 students for two months and the PI for one month to Germany in 2015.
  • Visit of a German professor and his researchers to FAST-NU Lahore Campus in 2014 and in 2015.
  • Buying of robotics equipment from Germany and transfer to FAST-NU Lahore Campus.
  • Arrangment of an International Robotics workshop in June 2014 and June 2015 at University of Kaiserslautern Germany.
  • Arrangment of an International Robotics Conference in October 2014 at FAST-NU Lahore campus. Full funding comes from DAAD Germany. If any additional funds are required, local funding agencies will be contacted for it.
  • They might also fund two Research Assistants, who will be MS/PhD students and will do their theses in this field.
  • No enumeration for the faculty members is required.

 The total amount of funding for the whole duration of the project is 78,920 Euros for both the Pakistani and the German partner, including 5,000 Euros for hardware every year. This funding will be divided between for the Pakistani and the German partner universities.
No money will be required from FAST-NU. Students will do their FYPs and MS Theses to complete this project. We shall share our research results with the German partner at the end of the project.
The German university has previously conducted such projects with LUMS and they have experience of conducting research with Pakistani universities.

World Space Week 2014, organized by SUPARCO

A final year project from the EE Department of FAST-NU Lahore, has achieved the First Prize in the Engineering Project Competition at World Space Week 2014, organized by SUPARCO.
We aim to design and implement low-cost wearable interfaces to assist the visually impaired (blind & deaf-blind) people in the areas of education, communciation/social interaction, information transmission, navigation and mobility guidance. The interfaces use the concept of vibro-tactile haptics effectively integrated with Braille-code to accomplish the above mentioned tasks.

 


It is also worth mentioning here that the above mentioned project group is associated with Government Degree College of Special Education, Johar Town, Lahore. The liaison helps optimizing the performance of the product interfaces. These interfaces are tested in real-time on students/instructors and are improved according to their suggestions, experiences and feedback.
Members:
Urwa Arshad
M. Hassan Ahmed
Jawaria Ansari
Advisor:
Omer Saleem Bhatti


WOODEN BRIDGE DESIGN COMPETITON by ICE-NUCES Student Chapter

On the 1ST of November ICE NUCES inaugurated yet another successful event; the much awaited and acclaimed ‘Wooden Bridge Design Competition’. The purpose of the event was highlighted in its very objective ‘To Foster and Promote the Art of Civil Engineering’. This is in accordance with the very motto of ICE NUCES ‘Promote and Develop’. The event succeeded to introduce to the young and budding scholars of the recent batch of civil engineering, the basics of civil engineering and the creativity which it yields. The feedback was overwhelming and teams from other than the civil engineering department registered as well. The event consisted of making a wooden bridge by the material provided of ice-cream sticks, glue, cutter and scale. All in all ICE NUCES student chapter yet again succeeded in initiating a successful event and in establishing the fact that with responsible leadership and creativity wonders can be worked. Moreover the event was visited by MR. SOHAIL KIBRIA (GM GEO TECH DIVISION NESPAK). He appreciation was glorious in regard for ICE-NUCES Student Chapter. 

7th International Workshop on Field and Assistive Robotics (WFAR-7)

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An International workshop on field and assistive robotics was held on Oct 17-18, 2014 at FAST-NU Faculty of Computer Science in Lahore. The main focus was to initiate new and exciting areas of research in field and off-road robotics. This workshop was part of a series of similar events regularly being held since 2011. In this conference there were several speakers who were invited from difference famous universities from Pakistan and Germany. Speakers presented their research work related to planning algorithm, biometric robotics, agricultural robotics, robotics in society and other issues that are related to the autonomous robots. Rector of FAST-NU gave an opening speech and then Dr. Yasir Niaz Khan welcomed all faculty members and participants. Prof. Dr. KarstenBernsfrom University of Kaiserslautern presented his research work which was about Robotics in Agriculture. 

The workshop poster sessions were held during tea breaks where all researchers pasted their posters related to their research work and described to the participants. All the participants take part to learn the things from researchers. There were also Robot Demonstrations arranged by Dr. Umar Suleman in which different Universities take part into that. There were eight groups from FAST-NU Lahore, COMSATS University Lahore, LUMS and UET Lahore who gave demonstrations of Robots. With cooperation of Dr. Yasir Niaz Khan from FAST-NU Lahore and Prof. Dr. KarstenBerns this conference was great achievement of FAST-NU Lahore. There were 250 participants who registered and came to attend the conference on two days of the workshop. City42 news channel covers the whole conference.

Dr. Syed Atif Mehdi from University of Kaiserslautern Germany presented a framework for Aerial Coverage for flying Robots. M. Mudassir Khan from LUMS presented coverage and path planning of unknown Grid Environments. Dr. Ali Raza from UET Lahore presented Immuno-Inspired Robotic Applications. Dr. Junaid Haroon from LUMS presented Verification of Robotics and Automation of Platform. Dr. Muhammad Awais from LUMS presented Recognition and Tracking of kitchen Activities for Assistive Robotics. Dr. Haider Ali from Germany talked about 3D Rage sensing modules in Robotics. Dr. Abubakar Muhammad from LUMS described about Profiling Canals and Rivers by aerial Robots. Muhammad Tanveer Iqbal, who presented Software In-Loop simulation of Autopilots for Study Level Flight of UAV’s, Dr. YasarAyaz from NUST presented his research work which is about Enhanced RRT for Motion Planning in Complex Environments. Dr. Suleman Mazhar from GIKI University who described about Indigenous solutions for indigenous problems and at the end Dr. Masroor Hussain from GIKI University presented High Performance Computing for Robotics.

For further details  http://lhr.nu.edu.pk/wfar7

Ashura Holidays

The FAST-NU, Lahore Campus will remain closed on 3rd & 4th November, 2014 (Monday & Tuesday) on account of Ashura.

ICE-NUCES Student chapter Opens at FAST-NUCES Lahore

Institution of Civil Engineering United Kingdom gave the international image to the NUCES Department of Civil Engineering by opening a student chapter at FAST-NUCES Lahore campus. It was an achievement for the Civil Engineering Department that a student chapter is approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers United Kingdom for FAST-NUCES. The quest for such instinct began with enlightenment from the Dr. Yasir Alam and then some bunch of the students started up their work for the running cause. About one year after the struggle the team from Civil Engineering Department fulfilled the enigma and opened up the Student Chapter in December 2013. The name of the student chapter is ICE-NUCES, and it’s the 5th Student Chapter recognized body from ICE.UK.

Soon after the registering in the University, the work began and it was the ICE-NUCES MAIDEN EVENT 2K14 which was held at FAST-NUCES Lahore on 3rd and 4th April 2014. The first ever event at FAST-NUCES Department of Civil Engineering. The event consisted of IQ Test, Centre the apparatus, CadWar (AutoCAD) programming and first ever Scale Bridge Design Competition. The two day event was cherished with a Workshop on Matlab by Dr Fawad Muzafar and a seminar on “WHAT A FRESH ENGINEER LACKS” by Mr. Sohail Kibria (GM NESPAK, GEO TECH DIVISION). The event had fun within it, as the ceremonies were held at Old and New Auditorium accommodated with a Theme dinner and Theme ishayia. The winners of the events were given cash prizes , it was a well stood effort from all of the team members including the faculty present at FAST-NUCES Civil Engineering Department Lahore. 

Eid Ul Azha Holidays 2014

The FAST-NU, Lahore Campus will remain closed from 6th  to 8th October, 2014 (Monday to Wednesday) on account of Eid-ul-Azha.

Lahore Campus would remain closed on Wednesday August 13,2014 and Thrusday August 14,2014 for staff, faculty and students. Kindly check NU website on August 14,2014 night for further updates.

Lahore Campus is Closed on Saturday August 9,2014

Due to on going political crisis in the vicinity of Lahore Campus, the Management has decided to close the campus on Saturday August 9,2014. Students are advised to check their email and NU website on Sunday evening i.e. August 10,2014 for further updates.