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.

Digital Accounting for Executives (DAE)

FAST School of Management will launch an executive training program, Digital Accounting for Executives (DAE), from Saturday, 9th August, 2014.

DAE will equip participants with key computerized accounting skills and develop overall approach to handle most types of accounting software used for small and medium size organizations.

This training program is comprised of two accounting software:

  • QuickBooks
  • Sage Line 50

The taught modules cover detail software learning and a comprehensive one year real accounting job practice on software. The course will include company set up, chart of accounts, day books, ledgers, account receivables, account payables, trial balance, creating bank accounts, maintaining employees record, bank reconciliation statements, aged debtors' report, aged creditors' report and all related financial reports including financial statements.

After completion of the course participants will be able to produce final accounts on both cash and accrual based accounting and all required financial reports.

 is an intensive 8-days, Saturdays only, executive training program. The key objective of the program is to train people in computerized accounting according to industry requirement and to help them obtain jobs in local and international markets.

Course registration will start from 10th July, 2014. There are only 15 seats available, and candidates will be accommodated on first come first serve basis.

Certificate from FAST School of Management will be awarded on completion of the course.


VOICE Debating Society: Achievements 2013-14

Representation of FAST National University Lahore at 34th World Universities Debating Championship 2014 held at Chennai, India

Team Members: Muhammad Wasee and Ameer Hamza
Achievements in Urdu Parliamentary Debates: Speakers: Muhammad Wasee, Hasan Rafique, Ibrahim Younis, Umer Arsalan, Raza Gillani, Syed Ammar Bukhari, Nouman Shafqat, Noor Hayat Ranjha, Mir Rawtah and Mian Salman Ayub.

1)      Runner Up (Team A) and Quarter Finalist (Team B) at Lahore Grammar School Johar Town Campus for Boys (Best Speaker: Raza Gillani)
2)      Quarter Finalist at Kinnaird College
3)      Semi Finalist at Lahore Grammar School 55-Main Gulberg Campus
4)      Quarter Finalist at Lahore Grammar School Defense Campus
5)      Quarter Finalist at UCL Shahjiwana 2014. Hasan Rafique was speaking in a private team called Carry on Jutta and was the Winner and Best Speaker of the tournament. Syed Ammar Bukhari and Ibrahim Younis were speaking in a private team called Debating Friends and were the Runner Up of the tournament. Raza Gillani was the Best Adjudicator at the tournament.
6)      Quarter Finalist at FC College University
7)      Runner Up at UET Lahore
8)      Winner at Daira 2014: FAST-NU Faisalabad (Best Speaker: Raza Gillani)
9)      Semi Finalist (Team B) and Quarter Finalist (Team A) at LUMS I.V
10)   Runner Up (Team A) and Semi Finalist (Team B and Team C) at Government College University Lahore (Best Speaker: Raza Gillani)
11)   Runner Up at King Edward Medical University (Best Speaker: Raza Gillani)
12)   Winner (Team A) and Runner Up (Team B) at Lahore School of Economics British Parliamentary Debates. Raza Gillani was speaking in a private team called Hawaili Lakhan Degree College and was the Semi Finalist of the tournament (Best Speaker: Hasan Rafique and 4th Best Speaker: Noor Hayat Ranjha)
13)   Semi Finalist at University of Lahore
14)   Winner at Allama Iqbal Medical College (Best Speaker: Muhammad Wasee)

Achievements in English Parliamentary Debates: 

Speakers: Muhammad Wasee, Saad Nadeem Sr, Nouman Shafqat, Saad Nadeem Jr, Eisha Tahir, Hasan Rafique, Hafsa Jamil, Maleeqa Saqlain, Maleeqa Saqlain, Mir Rawtah and Noor Hayat Ranjha

1) Runner Up at University of Management and Technology 2013
2) Semi Finalist at Kinnaird College
3) Quarter Finalist at UCL Shahjiwana 2014
4) Quarter Finalist at UET Lahore
5) Runner Up at Daira 2014: FAST Faisalabad
6) Semi Finalist at LUMS I.V
7) Runner Up at University of Management and Technology 2014(Best Speaker: Hasan Rafique)
8) Semi Finalist (Team A and Team B) at CMH Lahore
9) Semi Finalist at Allama Iqbal Medical College

Achievements in Bilingual Declamations:
Speakers: Ubair Khan, Saad Nadeem Sr, Saad Nadeem Jr, Usama Lodhi and Mir Rawtah

1)      1st Position at Beaconhouse A-Level Gulberg Campus (English category)
2)      2nd Position (Urdu category), 3rd Position (English category) and Team Trophy at Hajvery University

Achievements in Model United Nations:
1)      Best Delegate (Saad Nadeem Jr) at FORMUN 2014
2)      Honorable Mention (Waleed Noman) at FORMUN 2014

ACM Student Chapter Excellence Award for "Outstanding Activities 2013-14"


FAST NUCES ACM Lahore Chapter has recently won the ACM Excellence Award 2013-14 in the category of “OUTSTANDING CHAPTER ACTIVITIES” by ACM International.

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is a U.S.-based international learned society for computing. It was founded in 1947 and is the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific and educational computing society. There are currently over 750 ACM student chapters all over the world. Chapters are the “local neighborhoods” of ACM. Their Professional and Student chapters worldwide serve as nodes of activity for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, lectures, and the opportunity to meet peers and experts in many fields of interest.

ACM International headquarters staff and judges were reportedly impressed by the work NUCES chapter has put forth, and the effort they have made this year. Award was chosen based on the creativity, insight and how well the objectives were fulfilled, as well as for the chapter’s overall commitment to computing. It’s a great to see a Pakistani university’s name along some of the most prestigious institutions in the world like Purdue University, Imperial College London, Lehigh University and many others.

It is important to mention here that FAST NUCES was the first to obtain permission to organize ACM ICPC Regional in Pakistan. The chapter also organized a successful Geek Week earlier this year which included events like Asian Programming Competition (APC) that was held simultaneously in six countries, DevFest which was an app development competition with a time-frame of 24 hours and a gaming competition in which some enthusiastic gamers from around the country went head to head.


Training on New Applied Technology of Solar Energy in Kun Ming, China

International Training on New Applied Technology of Solar Energy Adapted to Tropic and  Sub-tropic Regions, 20 July – 09 August 2014, in Kun Ming, China.
Last Date to Apply : 30 May 2014. 

The main content of this training including:

       (1) Basic knowledge: the introduction of new applied technology of solar energy, including the systematic theory and engineering design on solar hot water heater, solar refrigeration (air conditioner or ice refrigerator), solar drying system, PV water pump etc.

       (2) Practical skill: quality examination of solar hot water heater, the installation and demonstration of solar hot water system, solar refrigeration system, solar drying system which adapted to agricultural product process and PV water pump system etc. on the ground. 

       (3) Visit and study: visits of several large scale solar energy application systems, and case study of technologies that can integrate solar energy equipment into buildings. 

         • Solar Drying
         • Building integrated with solar energy
         • The National Testing Center of Water Heaters
         • Solar solid adsorption refrigerator

YNNU has helped many countries to build their own national laboratories, renewable energy projects and demonstrations.

         • Photovoltaic Pump

Application Requirements:

           1. Be fluent in English, for that all the courses in the Training Workshop will be in English.
           2. Applicants should engage in the work related to new energy and renewable energy in the government, enterprises, NGO, or other organization. 3. Participants are obliged to obey the relevant laws & regulations in China during the Training.