The Second Scientific Revolution
10 - 16 , 2001
The Bahria Institute of Management & Computer
Sciences, Karachi, (A constituent unit of Bahria University,
Islamabad) recently held a Seminar on Smart Machines: The Second
Scientific Revolution. The Information Technology Society of the
Institute organized the seminar. Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for
Finance, Planning & Development, Government of Sindh, was the
chief guest at the seminar.
Welcoming the guests and students at the Seminar,
Mr. Yasir Memon, the President of the IT Society traced the history of
consumer electronics which have profoundly changed our lives. He
highlighted the changes brought by the electronics revolution around
us. Quoting Peter Schwartz.
On this occasion Mr. Sameer Hoodbhoy, Managing
Director, Data Communications & Control (Pvt.) Ltd; and Dr. Abbas
Kazim, Professor, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, who were the
speakers at the Seminar delivered very interesting, informative and
thought provoking presentations.
Speaking on Advent of Artificial Intelligence and
its application; Dr. Sameer Hoodbhoy said that the intelligent
pioneering products and systems often require a mastery of first
principles of the physical sciences. He added that creativity and
innovation demands freedom to dream and fantasize. After explaining
and objectives of developing robot specially the industrial one, he
gave many examples where robots could be useful. He illustrated his
lecture with examples of CNC controls for machine tools like lathes,
milling machines, textile looms. He explained how Programmable Logic
Controller can be useful for Process Control industry. He highlighted
the significant advancement made by the Smart Machines using Signal
Processing. They are being used in non-destructive construction
material testing for civil works and mapping of underground water
pipes. Another major application of smart machines is in Bio-medical
Research. He stressed upon the development of such systems that can
solve existing as well as upcoming urban needs like Electricity loss
reduction, police and emergency data networks. Dr. Sameer in his
presentation also elaborated on factors necessary for the successful
application AI to industry. He advised the students to develop such
projects that can help the common man to boost the development of our
economy. Taking the advantage of the presence of the Finance Minister,
he also suggested that government should initiate low cost projects
especially for the benefit of the rural areas of Pakistan.
Dr. Abbas Kazim Zaidi while speaking about the
Artificial Intelligence discussed various aspects of architecture of
intelligent agents. He started his presentation by the advent of AI
and its development through different phases. He gave special emphasis
to the present scenario of AI. He shared his experience with students,
which he got during his stay in USA. He discussed in detail the
various applications of artificial Intelligence in the field of
business, industry and military science. Audience, while enjoying the
unique style of Dr. Abbas Kazim, took keen interest in the various
practical examples given by him. His best illustration was the use of
AI in Naval Science.
In his speech the Chief Guest, Dr. Abdul Hafeez
Shaikh, Minister for Finance, Planning & Development stated that
the present government is laying special emphasis on the education
field. The government has decided to offer free education up to
secondary level in the province of Sindh. A special package has also
been announced for the students who are interested to get admission in
the Cadet Colleges, but don't have necessary resources.
The Minister stressed upon the importance of
transparency in the process of hiring the schoolteachers, as they are
the cores of our education system. He said that the importance of IT
in today's hyper technological environments cannot be over emphasized.
The entire concept of communications, Commerce, Education and
Governance, stands revolutionizes with the adaptation of various
facets of IT. The world of IT is advancing at lightening speed.
Everyday a new hardware or software is being announced; thereby
reducing the degree to which students can be dependend on formal
syllabi and books, as these are being constantly revised.
He appreciated the efforts being made by the Bahria
Institute, Karachi, in providing its students with knowledge on
important subject through seminars which provide the students an
opportunity to acquire first hand knowledge of the latest concepts,
tools and techniques from the experts of the industry.
At the end the Director of the Institute Captain
Ahmed Zaheer, PN, in his vote of thanks appreciated the efforts put in
by the Head of Department Computer Science, Mr. Nazir A. Shaikh, and
faculty coordinator Mr. Mohammad Iqbal and members of IT society in
arranging the seminar.
He also thanked the Chief Guest for gracing the
occasion and all the participants, speakers and guests for making the
seminar a success. He presented the souvenirs to the Chief Guests and
speakers. In the end the Chief Guest distributed plaques and souvenirs
among the organizers of the Seminar.