The First IEEE ComSoc Summer School Program in Pakistan

By Kashif Bashir - IEEE ComSoc Lahore Chapter Chair and Waqar Mahmood - Principal CEET Punjab University, Pakistan

The IEEE ComSoc Lahore Section, in collaboration with IEEE UET Lahore, the Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), UET & IEEE Punjab University, organized the four-day “IEEE ComSoc Summer School Program 2016 Pakistan”. This ComSoc Summer School is the second such global event following the 2015 event in Trento, Italy.

KICS UET Lahore and Punjab University jointly launched a fourday IEEE ComSoc Summer School 2016 that was held 26–29 July, 2016. It was a very interesting and informative event targeted specifically to engineers and M.S./Ph.D. students. A total of 169 applications were received, and 30 students were chosen. The participants attending this event were from 21 notable universities in Pakistan.

Summer School group photo with VC UET, U.S. delegates and dignitaries.

The event featured invited talks delivered by the luminary speakers from universities spread across Pakistan. On the first day, the opening speeches were delivered by the Director of KICS, Prof. Dr. Waqar Mahmood; Principal CEET PU Prof. Dr. Rafique Ahmad; Director of FAST University, Prof. Dr. Amjad Hussain; and Mr. Kashif Bashir, Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Lahore Section.

Each talk at the event was well structured and delivered with gusto. The best feature of these talks was that they delivered novel ideas to inspire and ignite innovation. The talks were delivered on topics such as data center evolution, visible light communication, the Internet of things, living in the LTE Era: post-deployment emerging and practical research and development directions in LTE (4G and beyond).

A six-member delegation from the U.S. State Department also visited the IEEE ComSoc Summer School on the second day. Three members, Miss Karol Hines, Liby Parker, and Mindy Mclaughlin, delivered talks on the subjects of Leadership, Project management, and Entrepreneurship

Ms. Karol Hines, Dr Waqar Mahmood,Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Dr Rafique Ahmad and Amanda Bischoping.

An interesting ‘poster competition’ was held on the second day of the event, with the theme ‘humanitarian’. The projects were presented to the judges’ panel, which included the U.S. delegation, VC UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, and Director KICS UET Dr. Waqar Mahmood. The projects were well received and acknowledged by the judges. The Best Poster Winner was Syed Muhammad Rizwan, whose project was titled, ‘Fire Fighting Robot for Industrial Application’. Usman Munawar from KICS UET was the advisor for this project.

On the third day of the event the participants were taken to visit the Huawai UET Telecom & IT Center. The talks of the day were focused on Cloud Computing & Networking, including Development of Technology Trends in IP Networks by Huwaei officials Mr. Charles Wang and Mr. Usman Khan.

A social dinner and closing ceremony were held at the Staff Club in UET Lahore, where Dr. Naveed A. Malik, VC Virtual University, was the chief guest. A long list of other distinguished guests also attended the occasion. Vice Chancellor UET Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, in his speech, thanked the guests and expressed appreciation for the efforts of the IEEE ComSoc Lahore Section, Punjab University, and KICS UET for conducting such a great event. After Dr. Khalid’s speech, Dr. Waqar Mahmood, Director KICS, presented an overview of IEEE ComSoc Summer School 2016. The chief guest and the distinguished guests said in their speeches that these types of events should continue, as they help establish collaborations among different universities in order to promote research and development.

The distinguished guests included VC LCWU Dr. Uzma Qureshi, MD Pakistan Railways; the CEO of Siemens Enterprises; the Dean of CS & IT at Superior University; the Dean of EE at HITEC Taxila; the Director of FAST; and the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Lahore Section. The day and the closing ceremony ended with certificates and shields distributed to the participants, speakers, and organizers of the event.