The 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies was held successfully in December 2013
14-15 December 2013, Karachi, Pakistan
The 5th International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies (ICICT) was successfully held on 4th-15th of December, 2013 at IBA Karachi. The theme of conference was:
'Using Technology to Create a Better World '.
About IBA & Faculty of Computer Science (FCS)
The IBA Faculty of Computer Science (FCS) was established in 1983 with the collaboration of IBM (Pakistan). The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) is the oldest graduate business school outside North America and was established in April 1955 in collaboration with the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. Later, it was associated with the University of Southern California. In 1994 IBA's status was elevated to degree awarding Institute.
The year 2013 is expected to be a transformational year for the Faculty of Computer Science at IBA, as we witness the completion of the expansion of the FCS building. A new Hardware Lab and a Networking Lab have already been commissioned in spring 2013. Additionally an expanded Robotics/AI Lab along with a Wireless Sensor Lab and Web Sciences Lab will be part of the expanded 3rd floor. With a completely new facade, expanded faculty and PhD scholars' offices and a host of research labs, this new infrastructure is expected to be a milestone in the journey of the FCS in becoming one of the best such programs in the region.
During the last couple of years the FCS had a number of commendable achievements. For the first time in the history of IBA, Convocation 2011 witnessed the graduation of the first PhD in the field of Computer Science. Dr. Quratulain Rajput was awarded the degree under the supervision of Dr. Sajjad Haider, with her research interests in Semantic Web Technologies, Information Extraction and Semantic Annotation. It is hoped that the award of this degree will mark the coming of age of the PhD program at the FCS, and that the existing 20 PhD students will continue to prove their mettle on a yearly basis in the future convocations.
Karachi Koalas, the joint RoboCup Soccer team (3D Simulation League) of Institute of Business Administration and University of Technology, Sydney, continued to achieve remarkable progress in the World RoboCup competitions. In 2012 Karachi Koalas and reached the Top 10 stage of the competition, up 6 ranks from 2011. The competition was held in Mexico City during June 2012. During this exciting journey, Karachi Koalas defeated a number of teams from China and Japan and drew against teams from UK, Germany and Turkey. Subsequently, the IBA AI Lab is also expected to receive the second state-of-the-art humanoid Nao robot, which will prove invaluable for future research.
On the research front, the FCS contributed significantly towards top quality journal research papers indexed by ISI Thompson. The FCS also saw the first formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with an International university - the Multimedia University (MMU) in Malaysia. This collaboration is expected to facilitate joint research programs such as partnering in research, conferences and exchanges of students, faculty and other related academic staff for research and study between the two universities. In addition, a Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) Lab was also established to enable state of the art research in various areas of wireless sensor network technologies.
Finally, we expect that the changes taking place will continue to drive the Faculty during 2013 and beyond. During the last two years the student intake of BS (Computer Science) program continued its meteoric rise and more than doubled as compared to the previous two years. The BS (Economics and Mathematics) was also launched in 2011 which was a joint effort between the Faculty of Business Administration and the FCS. Additionally the size of the BS program is planned to further increase with on-going preparations for launching a new BS program in Information Systems. This new program is expected to cater to the needs of the IT industry which has clearly indicated a demand for consultants and IT specialists with soft skills.
The last ICICT conference in 2011 was a major success and continued to attract local as well as international visitors with keynote speakers from a number of countries including UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. That was the 4th time since 2005 that IBA organized this broad-based, multi-topic, fully reviewed International conference on ICT. With our theme for ICICT 2013 of using technology to create a better world, we are confident that ICICT 2013 will be an even bigger success. As such we encourage you to submit your original and quality papers to the conference whose proceedings will form part of the IEEE database and hope to welcome you to the IBA this December.