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Dr. Imran Naseem invited to give a talk at CISIR-UTP Malaysia – March 2017: 

Dr. Imran Naseem was invited to give a talk at Center for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research (CISIR), at University of Technology Petronas (UTP) Malaysia on 14th March, 2017. Title of the talk was “Localized Feature Extraction for Biomedical and Biometric Applications”. The talk was attended by faculty members and graduate students.  

 

EDCAS topped in IC Design Global Competition – Feb 2017: 

Electronic Devices, Circuits and Systems (EDCAS) Research group from PAFKIET, Karachi topped a global and highly competitive IC design competition organized by XFAB, one of the main IC manufacturers located in Germany. 
 
XFAB is among the top-10 global IC manufacturing facilities, working in collaboration with eFabless to provide cloud-based IC design services and to develop an entirely new type of online Integrated Circuit design ecosystem. Their business model strongly focuses on locating distributed IC design expertise and utilizing them remotely for the development of IPs with a proper intellectual property right sharing.
 
In their latest competition, 88 participants from all over the world contributed. The designed IP is that of an ultra-low-power Bandgap Reference Circuit. The design had to qualify almost 500 specifications including six-sigma manufacturing tolerances. Therefore, it necessitated for a high performance and robust design. It is a matter of pride for us that a Pakistani research group design qualified strongly when compared to other designs.
 
This is the second global IP design competition that EDCAS, KIET (http://edcas.gsse.pafkiet.edu.pk) has won in last 3 years, the previous one was with King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology, KSA in 2014. The design team of this project consisted of PhD faculty members, research associates and graduate students from PAFKIET. It highlights the fact that with proper research support from academic institutes and following an adequate model of HR development fully respecting the design-cycle and the recommended timelines, state-of-the-art research and development targets can be achieved from Pakistani academic institutes.
 
 
1. Delegation from South East University, China comprising Prof. Dr. Ing. Wang Zhi-Gong, Director of the Institute and Prof. Zhiqun Li, Vice Dean personally visited the Main Campus of PAF-KIET on 17 th and 18 th November, 2016 and delivered talks on the topics “IC Design for RF, Optic-Fiber and Neural Communications” and “40 GHz mm-wave receiver front-end design” respectively in a seminar namely “Integrated Circuits, Micro-Systems and Supporting Technologies”, organized by PAF-KIET in this context. Academias from all engineering universities were invited to attend this seminar and a live web-telecast was also arranged. 
 
2. Institute of Radio Frequency & Opto-electronics Integrated Circuits Design (IROI) of Southeast University China is a world renowned institute, directly funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The institute has been given the status of a National Key Laboratory and is headed by Prof. Dr. Ing. Wang Zhi-Gong. Research group of PAF-KIET, Electronic Devices, Circuits & Systems (EDCAS) has signed in a research collaboration agreement with the IROI of Southeast University China.
 
3. PAF-KIET and South East University, China signed a MoU to bolster the Research collaboration that will enhance research capabilities considerably with IROI, along with the access to state-of- the-art circuit and system design technologies. This collaboration is expected to play a vital role in research and also to serve as a basis for the conduct of joint Masters/ PhD programs, as well as open a venue for the exchange/dual-degree programs at a later stage.
 
4. Air Vice Marshal (R) Tubrez Asif, President PAF-KIET in his address thanked the learned professors for their valuable visit and was hopeful that both sides would greatly benefit from the mutual agreement to collaborate in research activities.
 
ISI Indexed Journal Published by GSSE Student – Nov 2016: Muhammad Umar Farooq has published a paper in Journal Wireless Personal Communications by Springer US, having impact factor of 0.701. 
 
Performance (Term GPA) based scholarship for MS/PhD students – Nov 2016: MS and PhD are the prestigious programs of PAF-KIET and to maintain the standards in imparting quality education, students need to be motivated to fully devote themselves to academics. Award of scholarship in each semester based on the academic performance of previous semester, i.e. Term GPA is approved by President PAF-KIET. Details are delineated below
  • Students securing term GPA between 3.00 – 3.49 will be awarded scholarship of 30% relaxation in next semester fee, whereas students securing term GPA of 3.5 or above shall be given a relaxation of 50% in next semester fee.
  • Award of scholarship in first semester will be decided on the basis of GSSE Entrance Test Performance. Students securing a score between 70% to 79.9%, and 80% or above shall be awarded scholarship of 30% and 50% relaxation in first semester fee respectively.
  • List of eligible students with the requisite details will be forwarded to Finance department at the beginning of each semester. 
 
Research Collaboration between iTrust and PAF-KIET – Oct 2016: iTrust, Centre for Research in Cyber Security, at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Design) has agreed to collaborate with PAF-Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (PAF-KIET).

iTrust hosted in SUTD is the leading research center in the region for research in securing cyber physical system. SUTD was setup as research and academic collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and serves as MIT's most active and vibrant collaboration in the Asia.

Under this collaboration, the two institutes would foster a friendly relationship through mutual cooperation in following areas of interest, subject to mutual agreement:

a) Joint research activities

b) Participation in seminars and academic meetings

c) Exchange of academic materials and other information; and

d) Student exchange for research.

The understanding came into effect after signing a letter of intent by Director iTrust, Professor Aditya Mathur, and Dean Academics, PAF-KIET, Dr. Muzzaffar Mahmood. Dr. Jonathan Goh, and Dr. Khurram Nazir Junejo will be the two corresponding persons from iTrust and PAF-KIET, respectively.

 
ISI Indexed Journal Published by EDCAS Research Group – Oct 2016: The research article by EDCAS (Electronic Devices, Circuits and Systems), research group of GSSE, has been accepted in an ISI Indexed Journal having impact factor of 1.5. The paper titled "A Configurable 2Gbps LVDS Transceiver in 150nm CMOS with Pre-Emphasis, Equalization and Slew-Rate-Control" has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications.

 

ISI Indexed Journal Published by EDCAS Research Group – Oct 2016: The research article by EDCAS (Electronic Devices, Circuits and Systems), research group of GSSE, has been accepted in an ISI Indexed Journal having impact factor of 0.25. The paper titled "60 GHz-Band Low Noise Amplifier" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers. The manuscript will be published in JCSC Vol. 26, No.5 (May 2017).

 

International Conference publications by IMR Research Group – Oct 2016: The following research articles by IMR (Intelligent Mobile Robotics), research group of GSSE, have been accepted for publication in ICSPC 2016 to be held in Melaka, Malaysia in December 2016.

  1. A Simulation Framework for Decentralized Formation Control of Non-holonomic Differential Drive Robots

  2. Sensor Fusion of INS, Odometer and GPS for Robot Localization

 

First time a conference paper from a Pakistani University accepted at ICFPT – September 2016: It is for the first time that a conference paper from a Pakistani University has been accepted at International Conference on Field Programmable Technology. ICFPT (along with FPL, FCCM and ACM-FPGA) is one of the best conferences related to the domain of Reconfigurable Computing. The conference paper titled “Exploring Shared SRAM Tables Among NPN Equivalent Large LUTs in SRAM-Based FPGAs”, has been accepted for publication by Embedded Systems Research group at GSSE, KIET.

 

ISI Indexed Journal Published by Dr. Khurram Junejo – August 2016: The research article titled "Terms-based Discriminative Information Space for Robust Text Classification" by Dr. Khurram Junejo has been accepted for publication in Journal of Information Sciences having impact factor of 4.03.

 

ISI Indexed Journal Published by Signal Processing Research Group – August 2016: The research article by EDCAS Signal Processing research group of GSSE, has been accepted in an ISI Indexed Journal having impact factor of 1.178. The paper titled " A Novel Adaptive Kernel for the RBF Neural Networks" has been accepted for publication in “Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing” by Springer.

 

International Conference and Workshop publications by Dr. Khurram Junejo – August 2016: The following research articles by Dr. Khurram Junejo have been accepted for publication in International Conferences and Workshops.

  1. “Data Driven Physical Modelling for Intrusion Detection in Cyber Physical Systems”, Singapore Cybersecurity Conference 2016, Singapore

  2. “Behavior-Based Attack Detection and Classification in Cyber Physical Systems Using Machine Learning”, ACM Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop, (ASIACCS) 2016, China. A* in CORE ranking.

  3. “A Dataset to Support Research in the Design of Secure Water Treatment Systems”, (CRITIS), 2016, France.

  4. “Predicting Daily Mean Solar Power Using Machine Learning Regression Techniques”, INTECH, 2016, Ireland/Pakistan

  5. “Dynamic Gesture Recognition using Machine Learning Techniques and Factors Affecting its Accuracy”, (INTECH) 2016, Ireland/Pakistan.

  6. “Grade Prediction Using Supervised Machine Learning”, 4th Global Summit on Education, 2016, Malaysia.

International Conference publications by Signal Processing Research Group – August 2016: Two research papers from the SP research group have also been accepted in the 6th International Conference on Intelligent & Advance System (ICIAS 2016), Malaysia.   These are mainly contributed by our PhD student Mr Arif as a part of his PhD research.  The titles of the papers are the following:

  1. Design of Optimum Error Nonlinearity for Channel Estimation in the Presence of Class-A Impulsive Noise.

  2. The q-Normalized Least Mean Square Algorithm.

International Conference publications by IMR Research Group – August 2016: The following research articles by IMR (Intelligent Mobile Robotics), research group of GSSE, have been accepted for publication in INTECH 2016 to be held in Islamabad in September, 2016..

  1. Fuzzy based tuning of a Sensor Fusion based Low Cost Attitude Estimator

  2. Machine Speed Control Using Fuzzy PID for Hydro Power Plant

  3. Inverse Fuzzy Modeling for the Cancellation of Nonlinearity in Unknown Hammerstein Model

 
ISI Indexed Journal Published by the SP Research Group – July 2016:  The SP research group has published an ISI indexed journal paper titled “Iris Recognition using Class-Specific Dictionaries”.  The paper proposes a novel approach for the robust recognition of the iris biometrics.  The publication is the result of research carried out by the PhD student Affan Aleem in collaboration with the University of Western Australia.  Further details can be found at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045790615004486

 

Prestigious International PhD Scholarship for a Graduate of the SP Research Group – July 2016:   Shujaat Khan of the SP research group has secured a prestigious fully funded PhD scholarship in the Brain Bio-Engineering Department of the Korean Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).  The department is known for its esteemed research activities and is ranked 26th in the international ranking for the engineering discipline (2015).  Shujaat won this competent scholarship on the basis of his excellent MS thesis with the SP research group resulting in three high quality ISI indexed publications. 

Congratulations Shujaat! 

 

Conference Publications by the SP Research Group – July 2016: Two research papers from the SP research group have been accepted in the 6th International Conference on Intelligent & Advance System (ICIAS 2016), Malaysia.   These are mainly contributed by our PhD student Mr Arif as a part of his PhD research.  The titles of the papers are the following:

1.   Design of Optimum Error Nonlinearity for Channel Estimation in  the Presence of Class-A Impulsive Noise.
2.   The q-Normalized Least Mean Square Algorithm.

Further details can be found at the conference website: http://usite.utp.edu.my/icias2016/
 

ISI Indexed Journal Published by Data Mining and Visual Analytics Group – June 2016:  The research article titled " Health informatics to optimize complex laboratory developed test configurations" by Dr. Tariq Mahmood has been accepted for publication in Journal of Technology and Healthcare having impact factor of 0.678.
 
Dr. Najam of EDCAS signs MoU for collaborative research – June 2016: Dr. Najam of Electronic Devices, Circuits & Systems (EDCAS) research group of PAF-KIET signs MoU for collaborative research with Institute of Radio Frequency and Opto-Electronics Integrated Circuit Design (IROI) division of Southeast China University.

IROI is a world renowned institute, directly funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The institute has been given the status of a National Key Laboratory and is headed by Prof. Dr. Ing. Wang ZhiGong. Research collaboration with IROI will enhance research capabilities considerably along with access to state-of-the-art circuit and system design technologies. 

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Dr. Najam’s visit to China as part of ongoing collaboration – May 2016: Dr. Najam of EDCAS Group is visiting Microelectronics Division of South East University, China as part of the on-going collaboration between EDCAS and ME-SEU group on RF front-end design for 5G technologies.
 

ISI Indexed Journal Paper acceptance by EDCAS – May 2016: EDCAS paper on Customized IO Design for Through-Silicon-Interposer 2.5D Integration Topology in 28nm accepted in Wiley's Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications.

 

ISI Indexed Journal Paper acceptance by DM & VA – April 2016: GSSE’s Data Mining and Visual Analystics group’s journal paper focusing on a literature review of intelligent software product lines has been accepted for publication in Elsevier Computer Standards and Interfaces, having impact factor of 0.9.

 

Successful filing of two patents to the US Patent Office by EDCAS – April 2016: GSSE EDCAS (Electronic Devices, Circuits and Systems) research group successfully filed two patents to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These patents are based on EDCAS's collaboration with KACST-KSA, which is being going on for last two years. Titles of the disclosed inventions are PRECISION CURRENT REFERENCE GENERATOR CIRCUIT and LOW-POWER HIGH-SPEED LVDS TRANSCEIVER. 

 

ISI Indexed Journal Paper acceptance by SP – March 2016: Signal Processing group’s journal paper concerning Complex Hadamard Transforms has been accepted for publication in IET Electronics Letters, having impact factor of 0.93.

 

ISI Indexed Journal Paper acceptance by ES student – March 2016: Embedded Systems PhD student, Muhammad Mazhar Iqbal’s paper has been accepted in Journal of Circuits Systems and Computers (JCSC), having impact factor of 0.25.

 

EDCAS students’ recognition at national conference – March 2016: EDCAS student's project on Multi-Spectral Imaging Readout IC awarded recognition and cash-reward in a National Conference on Emerging Trends and Innovation in Computing and Technology at Bahria University, Karachi.

 

EDCAS students’ recognition at IEEEP Student Seminar – February 2016: Four of EDCAS student projects accepted and rated among top-10 in IEEEP Student Seminar held at PNEC, Karachi.

 

Sponsorship for EDCAS students – January 2016: EDCAS student project on Obstacle Detection for Blind recognized by the Pakistan Blind Association for a sponsorship.

 

Research associate position for EDCAS student – January 2016: EDCAS Masters Student Yasir Siddiqi qualified as a research associate for a project of Standard-Cell Library Development in deep submicron processes at United Arab Emirates University.

 

ISI Indexed Journal Paper acceptance by SP – December 2015: Signal Processing group’s members, Shujaat Khan and Imran Naseem’s journal paper has been accepted for publication in Current Bioinformatics journal, having impact factor of 0.921. The research was conducted in collaboration with University of Western Australia.

 
Award of ICTR&D funds to develop intelligent Mobile Robots for disaster mitigation and firefighting - December 2015 - National ICT R&D Fund has approved research grant worth Rs 14.6 million for the project titled “Design and development of Intelligent Mobile Robots (IMRs) for disaster mitigation and firefighting” proposed by Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Bilal Kadri of College of Engineering, PAF-KIET. Air Vice Marshal (R) Tubrez Asif, President PAF-KIET attended the MoU Signing ceremony held on 9 Dec, 2015 at National ICT R&D head office, Islamabad.
 

ISI Indexed Journal Paper acceptance by ES – November 2015: Embedded Systems members, Ali Asghar and Husain Parvez have published a paper is International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing (IJRC), having impact factor of 0.28.

 
EDCAS group invited at KACST, PSATRI Saudia Arabia for research collaboration - June 2015 - Researchers from the EDCAS group are at Saudia Arabia on an invited visit to Center for Electronics,Communications and Photonics of King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology for collaborative research. EDCAS group is involved in design and layout refinements in a 110nm CMOS Process at KACST. This involvement is very likely to shape up as an institute-level collaboration between KACST and KIET, strengthening integrated circuits research and development at KIET. (2nd June, 2015)
 
Meeting of EDCAS group members with Prince Sultant Advance Technological Research Group (PSATRI) at King Saud University to collaboratively work on opto-electrical sensor readout. This collaboration will open doorways for KIET to the CAD tools, lab equipments and clean-rooms. (9th June, 2015)
 
ISI Indexed Journal Publications by GSSE Students - May 2015 - Muhammad Arif has published a paper in Journal of Signal Processing, having impact factor of 2.321. Saba Javaid has published a paper in Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems, having impact factor of 0.94. Khalid Khan has published a paper in International Arab Journal of Information Technology, having impact factor of 0.37. 
 
Dr. Kashif Ishaque invited as researcher at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for 2 weeks- September 2014 - Dr. Kashif Ishaque is invited by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as an Invited Researcher for the duration of two weeks, from 21 Sep to 03 Oct. His task is to conduct workshops regarding modeling and MPPT area of PV system and to assist the research students to use the hardware facility at UTM.
 
 
Collaborative research project with King Abul Aziz UniversityAugust 2014 - Dr. Kashif Ishaque is involved as a Co-PI in a collaborative research project with King Abdul Aziz University. The project title is "A direct control based maximum power point tracking method for photovoltaic system under partial shading conditions using differential evolution algorithm". This project is of 9 months duration starting from February 2014. An ISI journal is the legitimate deliverable for this research project, which has already been submitted. 
 
 
WaferCAT IC Fabrication Award for EDCAS Group July 2014 - The EDCAS group's design of an LVDS transceiver operating at 2Gbps in 250nm CMOS technology has been selected as the top project in the WaferCAT post-grad University projects design contest organized by KACST, KSA. The EDCAS group will have free-fabrication of their design sponsored by WaferCAT. For more details visit here 
 
 
Honorary appointment of Dr. Imran Naseem at the University of Western Australia: July 2013 - Dr Imran Naseem has been working with the signal processing and computer vision research groups at the University of Western Australia (UWA) for last two years.  In acknowledgement of his research contributions, the university has conferred on him the honorary title of Adjunct Research Fellow.  He will hold this position for a tenure of three years (July 2013 – June 2016) within the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering and the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering.  He has access to the UWA programs and resources to help him in his research.  This includes strategic research funding, research grants, travel awards and fellowships.  His current focus of research is on face recognition, iris recognition and microarray gene selection for cancer classification.  He is also co-supervising a PhD student at the UWA in the area of scene understanding.  We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.
 
 
Highly Accessed Publication of Dr. Imran Naseem- June 2013 - Dr. Imran Naseem's publication has been designated as "Highly Accessed" by EURASIP WCN editorial team; it was downloaded more than 700 times within 4 months of the publication.
 
 
Award of ICTRnD Funds to Develop Face Recognition System - April 2013 - Signal Processing and Embedded Systems research group at KIET have been awarded research funds by ICTR&D to develop a face-recognition system. For more details visit the following link
 
 
Award of ICTRnD Funds to Explore alternate FPGA architectures - June 2012 - Embedded Systems Research group at KIET has been awarded research funds by ICTR&D to explore alternative FPGA architectures. For more details visit the following link