Semantic Annotation of Digital Music
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In recent times, digital music items on the internet have been evolving in a vast information space where consumers try to find/locate the piece of music of their choice by means of search engines. The current trend of searching for music by means of music consumers’ keywords/tags is unable to provide satisfactory search results. It is argued that search and retrieval of music can be significantly improved provided end-users’ tags are associated with semantic information in terms of acoustic metadata- the latter being easy to extract automatically from digital music items. This paper presents a lightweight ontology that will enable music producers to annotate music against MPEG-7 description (with its acoustic metadata) and the generated annotation may in turn be used to deliver meaningful search results. Several potential multimedia ontologies have been explored and a music annotation ontology, named mpeg- 7Music, has been designed so that it can be used as a backbone for annotating music items.
    Dr. Jawed Siddiqui, a Professor Emeritus of Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University is coming to FAST-NU Lahore Campus to share his views on Semantic Annotation of Digital Music.

Bio Brief of Speaker: Dr. Jawed Siddiqi is Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is also the Chair of British Computer Society Formal Aspects of Computer Science and President of National Council of British University Professors. Dr. Jawed Siddiqi has been the Director of the Computing Research Center, Professor of Software Engineering, Head of the Software Engineering Division and Associate Dean of Research in the School of Computing and Management Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University and was the Professor of Software Engineering in the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science.

"Achievements of FAST-ACM at GIKI SOFTCOM 14"

We are pleased to announce that NUCES ACM took a team of participants from FAST Lahore to participate in SOFTCOM 14 held at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute ( GIKI ) and FAST Lahore was able to secure 3 positions in the competition.
The trip was very successful, the students of FAST Lahore had no problems along the way thanks to almighty ALLAH. There were over 50 participants .We are proud of our participants who cooperated with us along the way and showed GIKI as well as all the other universities present at the competition that people of FAST LAHORE are one of the most talented organized and disciplined people all around the world
*Quiz Competition : 1st position*
*Poster Design Competition : 2nd position*
*StartUp Competition : 2nd position*

First Breast Cancer Awareness seminar organized at Lahore Campus

“It’s time to wear it pink. It’s time to beat Breast Cancer.” The slogan says it all.



October is specialized as the Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time annually when the international campaign is organized by charities world over to create awareness and to help combat the disease. This year students of FAST-NU Lahore Campus also contributed to the global initiative and arranged the first of its kind Breast Cancer Awareness seminar on campus.
            The student team consisting of Hamid Ali, the Shaukat Khanum student ambassador for FAST-NU Lahore, Asad Abdullah, Mishaal Tauseef, Ans Shabbir, Fiza Saeed, Taha Zaidi and Fariha Nasir arranged the seminar on 29 October, 2013. A team from the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was invited including Dr. Shumaila Shabbir, Oncologist at Shaukat Khanum, Ms. Naila Khan, Marketing Head at Shaukat Khanum and the face of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in Pakistan, the well-known model and actress, Ms. Aamina Sheikh.
             The female students and many female teachers filled in the new auditorium in large numbers.    Dr. Shumaila Shabbir started the session by emphasizing that while breast cancer itself could be treated if detected early, what is equally life threatening is ignorance and negligence about the disease. Her presentation focused on the signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, classification, surgery and prevention practices of breast cancer. The willingness to gather information about this fatal disease could be witnessed from the enthusiasm of the audience as they engaged in the question answer session winsomely.
          Dr. Bushra Anjum, Assistant Professor from the Computer Science Department at FAST Lahore, was invited on stage who emphasized the right of every woman to know about this fatal disease and encouraged the audience to talk about this disease with their friends and families rather than considering the issue a social taboo. Then came the moment about which the audience was most excited. Ms. Aamina Sheikh took the stage and talked to the audience. She engaged the audience lightly and skillfully by first asking them about the TV dramas they watch. Slowly she shifted towards the topic at hand. Ms. Aamina Sheikh reiterated that Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia and its prevalence in the country is highest among all the cancers in the country, a staggering 38 per cent. 1 out of 9 women in the country are at risk of contracting the disease and 40,000 die of it every year. She stated wisely that Pakistan has to overcome countless barriers such as illiteracy, misconceptions, social stigma and lack of medical and infrastructure facility. She also talked about the Mobile App “YouMatter” which is designed to help raise awareness about the disease and includes reminders and a step-by-step guide on how to carry out a self-exam.
        The audience left the hall determined to join hands in fighting against the disease. The guest team left the university happy and accomplished and the host team left elated to have conducted the event successfully. More pictures of the event can be found here More information on the Mobile App YouMatter can be found here

Iqbal Day

The FAST-NU, Lahore Campus will remain closed on 9th  November, 2013 (Saturday) on account of Iqbal Day.

Library Portal on Internet

It gives me immense pleasure to share with all of you that with the help of Allah SWT, we converted our data into free and open source, demanding, Integrated Library System, Koha. PakLAG Koha is web based multilingual Integrated Library system to cater automation needs of medium to large libraries. It is customized version of open source software Koha. According to a survey there were approximately 140 Libraries around the world using Koha as of early 2007, including 30 in North America. PakLAG Koha satisfies all the functional requirements of a library management system. It is full-featured MARC based integrated library system customized to cater the needs of Pakistani Libraries. The user friendly interface of PakLAG Koha provides ease of use with great flexibility.

Through this facility users will be able to search our catalog on Internet. We have uploaded our catalog on it whereas working on its other modules is still going on. You may access the catalog by typing the URL librarylhr.nu.edu.pk  in internet browser. I am really thankful to
Moqueet Afzaal
(Assistant Librarian)
M.Shoaib Bhatti (IT Manager)
Amer Irshad (System Officer) &
Ibrahim Iqbal (Web Developer

for their fully co-operation in the implementation of this project.Hope this service will be a good addition to the Library Services.

Regards,
Ms. Naila Siddiqui
Acting Librarian.

Eid-ul-Azha 2013 Holidays

The University will remain closed from Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to Friday, October 18, 2013 on account of Eid- ul-Azha. The classes will resume from Saturday, October19, 2013.

This is issued with the approval of the competent authority.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal has assumed the charge of Director, Lahore campus

Dr. Zafar Iqbal  is a profound name in the domain of Management Sciences. His countless achievements and incompatible services made him unique and bless with other well-known teachers and scholars. Dr. Zafar Iqbal worked for several years in the field of Investment Management in some of the top financial institutions in the Middle East and Australia. His last professional assignment was with the South Australian Government Financing Authority. His doctoral thesis is on Islamic Perspective on Public Finance. His expertise and areas of research interest lie in Portfolio Management, Asset and Liability Management, Islamic Finance, Distributive Justice and Public Finance, and Financial Markets. His publications have appeared in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Review of Islamic Economics and the International Journal of Islamic Financial Services. He also is the author of Justice: Islamic and Western Perspectives, Islamic Foundation, Leicester, 2007 and joint author (with Professor Mervyn K. Lewis) of An Islamic Perspective on Governance, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, (forthcoming).

It’s an honor and gratitude for the faculty of FAST-NUCES to have Dr. Zafar Iqbal as Director.

Dr. Bushra Anjum invited to attend the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Germany

Dr. Bushra Anjum, FAST Lahore Campus, is selected as one of the 200 qualified young researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer sciences who were chosen by the Scientific Committee to attend the 1stHeidelberg Laureate Forum, which will take place from September 22 until 27, 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Until February 15, 2013 young researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer science were given the chance to apply online for the first Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Roughly 600 young researchers answered the call for applications. The Scientific Committee of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum selected the 200 most talented applicants and notified the successful applicants in May, 2013.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum offers the extraordinary opportunity to meet some of the pre-eminent scientists in mathematics and computer science to a select group of young researchers. During the week-long event, they will be able to get to know recipients of the most prestigious prizes for mathematics (Fields Medal and Abel Prize) and computer science (Turing Award).The Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 22 until 27, 2013 for the first time and will be held annually thereafter. Lectures and workshops offer plenty of opportunity for scientific exchange, while a rich variety of social events encourages the young researchers to engage in casual conversations with their scientific role models.

The Forum has been initiated by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). It will be organized in collaboration with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM; Turing Award), the International Mathematical Union (IMU; Fields Medal) and the Norwegian Academy for Science and Letters (DNVA; Abel Prize).

Forum's website:
http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/

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Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33
D-69118 Heidelberg, Germany

Eid- ul-Fitr holidays

The FAST National University, Lahore Campus will remain closed from 8th to 10th August, 2013 (Thursday to Saturday) on account of Eid-ul-Fitr as per announcement of the Federal Government of Pakistan.