LUMS WINNING EXTENSIVE FOREIGN RECOGNITION

The "Shop Easy" project, designed and implemented by LUMS students, was selected for the World Finals of IEEE Computer Society's annual competition held in Washington D.C.

KHALID BUTT, Bureau Chief, Lahore
Nov 27 - Dec 03, 2006

Recognizing the high standards of research at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), foreign organizations are keen to promote research at LUMS by providing substantive research grants to students and faculty. For example, the Computer Sciences Department has received over 24 million rupees under several externally funded research and equipment grants. Recently, the Communications and Network group of LUMS received a $41,000 unrestricted grant from Cisco Systems to conduct state-of-the art research in the field of Networking. Other grants include Rs 8 million for research on video codecs, Rs 3.6 million for research in the area of Image Registration and a donation of equipment worth $30,000 for the purpose of carrying out research.

LUMS students are also making their presence felt in the international arena in the field of IT. The "Shop Easy" project, designed and implemented by students of Lahore University of Management Sciences, was selected for the World Finals of IEEE Computer Society's fourth annual International Design Competition(CSIDC 2003), held in Washington D.C. The LUMS team made it to the top 10 and received an honorable mention out of more than 170 teams from some of the best universities of the world. This year, once again, LUMS made it to the World Finals of the IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition. To reach the top 10, LUMS team competed with teams from some of the best universities in the world. The theme for this year's IEEE CSIDC 2004 was "How to make the world a safer place in a cost effective manner". The project named "SensUS" provides security solution using wireless sensor networks. The idea is to attach smart sensors to large buildings and steel structures that monitor the environment for structural integrities and advertises them in real time, keeping their inhabitants apprised of building health. This helps in structure maintenance and keeps low maintenance costs by avoiding regular building and structure inspections. It is estimated that the proposed solution cuts the maintenance cost by one third.

More than 250 teams from 144 schools participated in the CSIDC 2004 and the top 10 projects were selected on the basis of their reports by the judges panel.

As a MS Computer Science/Computer Engineering graduate you will have the option to seek jobs or pursue higher studies in Pakistan and abroad. The Career Development Office at LUMS assists graduates in making informed career choices. LUMS graduates have established themselves as highly marketable individuals with a diverse set of relevant skills. Several MS graduates have joined prominent universities for higher studies in the US and the UK. Those seeking placement normally get inducted soon after graduation at premium salaries in the leading organizations of Pakistan. These include Standard Chartered Bank, Techlogix Systems Limited, Habib Bank AG Zurich and Accelerated Technology. The objective of the LUMS post-graduate programs is to produce academicians and professionals of the highest standards, and to inculcate research culture at LUMS, in particular, and in the country, in general.

The LUMS faculty includes PhDs from some of the best universities of the world such as Stanford, Purdue and Michigan State University. The Computer Science/Computer Engineering Department comprises about 20 full-time faculty members, with eminent visiting scholars from abroad and within Pakistan diversifying and enriching the learning experience at LUMS.

The university's policy is to admit students purely on merit. A candidate's financial status or background is not a factor that comes into consideration. LUMS is committed to providing financial assistance in the form of loans and scholarships to deserving students. Applying for financial aid has no bearing on a candidate's chances of admission. Several funding opportunities are available for the students. In 2005-06 more than Rs 12.1 million in financial aid was given solely to graduate students in the Computer Science/Computer Engineering Department. Funding opportunities are both merit-based and need-based, and also include work-compensation programs like research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Students working on funded research projects enjoy full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. External scholarships are availed by many graduate students as well.

Research projects, an essential feature of the program, add significant value by giving opportunities to the students to make direct contributions to expanding the frontiers of knowledge. The Computer Science/Computer Engineering Department has recently received over 24 million rupees in several externally funded research and equipment grants.

THE LUMS DIFFERENCE:

WORLD CLASS FACULTY - 17 full-time faculty members with PhDs from top universities of the world.

International quality research output.

Publications in 2005-06:

INTERNATIONAL BOOKS: Over 25 international and local journals and conference publications.

GRANTS: Over 24 million rupees in research and equipment grants. Research laboratories: Seven graduate research laboratories in the areas of Computer Vision, Multimedia, Networking and Communications, Robotics and Intelligent Computing, Data-Mining and High Performance Computing, Embedded VLSI Systems, Software Engineering, and Emerging World Technologies.

Flexible Programs: Students can choose courses according to their interests.

STRUCTURE: The MS Program has a flexible structure and can accommodate students with varied backgrounds. The period of study for this program for a particular person depends on the individual's prior education and experience. Students holding degrees in Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CMPE) and related studies can complete the program requirements in less than two years. However, such students will need to produce course descriptions from their previous study in order to get waivers for prerequisite courses. A person with a non-CS/CMPE background may have to spend additional time in completing prerequisite courses; the duration, in this case, will depend on the nature of prior courses taken.

MS COMPUTER SCIENCE: The MS in CS program aims at developing professionals who are equipped with skills to cope with the diverse and ever changing field of Computer Science. The program provides students with a solid theoretical foundation along with knowledge of latest trends in specialized areas. The two-year MS Program provides rigorous training that not only provides a reliable understanding of systems and processes and technologies but also equips them with the ability to design new and imaginative solutions to problems. Those applicants who have a background in Computer Science can complete the program in one-year by taking the required 45 units.

MS COMPUTER ENGINEERING: The MS Computer Engineering program has been designed to produce specialized professionals who can perform cutting edge research in selected areas of the field. The aim is to train students to become technical leaders of industry possessing excellent IT management skills or to become competent teachers.

STRENGTHS OF THE MS PROGRAMS: A solid theoretical foundation is ensured through the core courses and prerequisite requirements.

-Ability to understand the theoretical basis of problem-solving.
-Concentrated knowledge about latest trends in specialized area.
-Theoretical Computer Science
-Artificial Intelligence
- Information Engineering & Management
-Networks and Distributed Systems
-Multimedia Systems and DSP
-Ability to understand and apply current research in these areas ∑
-Technical management skills
-Flexibility to focus on one area ∑

WIDE RANGE OF COURSE OFFERINGS: High quality full time faculty, active in research, opportunity to work as research assistants with the faculty, opportunity to continue into the PhD program.

Upon clearing the Qualifier Exam Curriculum students need to successfully complete 45 units to fulfill the requirements of the MS degree. All courses taken towards completion of the MS degree will be counted to a maximum of 3 units regardless of the actual number of units of the courses. There are three broad course groups:

BASIC COURSES: Students who do not have sufficient background in Computer Science will be required to take additional courses. However, credit for these basic courses will not be counted towards the MS degree requirement.

REQUIRED FOUNDATION COURSES: Courses offered in this range must be taken at LUMS before graduation if not already taken during the course of previous studies. In case credit has not been obtained for these courses at LUMS or any other institution towards a degree, the units earned for the courses included in this group will be counted to a maximum of 15 units towards the MS degree.

ADVANCED CORE COURSES AND ELECTIVES: A minimum of 30 units must be successfully completed from the courses given in this group to fulfill the 45-unit requirement for graduation.

ACTIVE RESEARCH AREAS:∑Vision, Image and Signal Processing; ∑Network and Communications; ∑Data Mining and Knowledge Management; ∑Theoretical Computer Science; ∑Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Embedded Systems; ∑Industrial Process Engineering; ∑Software Engineering.