Code.Play() Programming Competition

By Baqar Naqvi (class of 2018)

(Student, School of  Science & Engineering, Habib University)


The IEEE Habib University Student Branch embarked its journey on September 20, 2016. Just after a month later, on October 22nd, 2016, the branch led by its students hosted the biggest annual IEEE XTreme 24-hour programming competition for the IEEE Karachi section. With the great potential possessed by the HU Lions, a couple of months later, the Habib University IEEE student chapter alongside the ACM chapter, which is another student led body at Habib, organized the Code.Play() programming competition.

Figure 1 Participants busy in solving programming problems.
Figure 1 Participants busy in solving programming problems.





By Anusha  Aijaz

(Student, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Habib University)

Dr. Saleha Raza completed her Ph.D. from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi. She was an enthusiastic member of the Artificial Intelligence Lab in IBA. Currently she is the assistant professor of Computer Science at Habib University.

During the lecture of School of Science and Engineering, she shared the story of Karachi Koalas, a team of simulated robots, which was programmed by her team to play soccer. Karachi Koalas is a robot soccer team that was established in fall 2010, under the supervision of Dr. Sajjad Haider (IBA), as a joint venture between University of Technology, Sydney and IBA, Karachi.



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Staring into the cosmos: Glimpse of a Universe unseen !

By Shahbaz Ahmed Alvi

Mankind is celebrating another milestone in its struggles to understand the nature of the Cosmos around us. Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) recently announced that they have, for the first time, seen signs of gravitational waves passing through their detector. But what are these things they call gravitational wave? Before talking about that, we need to look into the meaning of space-time and information.



Getting practical with digital- Dr. Oliver Faust

By Anusha  Aijaz

(Student, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Habib University)

Dr. Oliver Faust has been engaged in science, research and higher education since 2001. He has served in numerous academic and private institutes. By contributing innovative solutions to physical problems in science, he improved the academic standards of the institutes. Most recently, he became part of Habib University after spending four years at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.

Dr. Faust gave a talk which addressed the challenge of a working problem solution. He initiated his talk by framing the problem of SSE faculty of Habib University : How to teach, design and implement modern electronic systems? Then he elaborated that generally the students do not have adequate will to carry through modern electronic projects. They do not possess sufficient knowledge about it. Students struggle hard due to unsatisfactory supervision, and end up having unclear goals and weakly defined outcomes. The lack of ample funding to achieve key components is also part of the problem.



Scienticians and the Great Flood: Theories That Don’t Hold Any Water – Dr. Aaron Mulvany

By Anusha  Aijaz

(Student, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Habib University)

Dr. Aaron Mulvany holds Ph.D. in South Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His interests include music, anthropology, folklore, and history. He is the assistant professor of Social Development and Policy.

Dr. Aaron gave a lecture on water-related disasters, which is the field he holds great expertise in. He gave the whirlwind tour of the scientific (and pseudo-scientific) discourses on the Great Flood. The Great Flood, or Toofan-e-Nooh (literally: the Storm of Noah) as it is known in Islamic cosmology, was a supposedly universal disaster in which all of humankind, except for a few divinely selected individuals, was destroyed.


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Game programming for everyone by Dr. Umair Azfar Khan

By Anusha  Aijaz

(Student, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Habib University)

Dr. Umair Khan has always been passionate about computer games. His enthusiasm made him explore the domain of computer science and programming which led to his eventual PhD in the field of Planning Graphs and Artificial Intelligence. His PhD thesis was about using planning graphs to help NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) in making decision in a self-contained environment of a Role Playing Game (RPG).

His recent paper, ‘Genetic Algorithm (GA)-Based NPC Making’ included in the Springer’s Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games. This paper explained how games can produce large populations of non-playable characters (NPCs, the ‘extras’ of video games) based on social, ethnic and cultural considerations.


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Modeling reality with mathematics- Syed Shahzad Raza

Syed Shahzad Raza is currently a lecturer of Mathematics at Habib University. Mr. Raza gave a talk which covered important aspects of modeling our perception of reality. In the talk, Mr. Raza explained how basic mathematics can be used to model and solve problems in natural and social sciences. A brief lecture video of Mr. Raza’s talk is also available on Habib University official Vimeo channel.

 By Syed Shahzad Raza

“It is not the reality that we see, but the perception of reality that we recognize as real.”

Mathematics, along with its abstract nature, has enormous applications in social and natural sciences. Be it the area of artificial intelligence, biology, economics, chemistry, engineering or physics; the queen of all sciences, i.e. mathematics, dominates these domains with glory and pride. Knowing such significance of mathematics in all areas of sciences, it becomes imperative for every researcher to explore this kingdom for answers to her/his problems. This leads to modeling of reality; with mathematics providing the right tools, techniques and solutions. (more…)

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Successful Innovation: Prototyping for Entrepreneurship

Habib University School of Science and Engineering (HU-SSE) kicked-off its Fall 2015 SSE Public Seminar Series with a lecture and discussion by Mr. Raja Sabri Khan.

Mr. Khan is an aerospace design engineer from MIT University and a resident of Karachi. He is the founder and owner of Integrated Dynamics, which is considered pioneers in design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft and robotic systems for civilian and scientific applications in Pakistan.

The talk focused on an often overlooked aspect of successful innovation – the ability to prototype the entire entrepreneurship model from conception to finished products. A brief lecture was followed by a robust interactive session between the students and Mr. Khan.



Wind Mill @ Numaish Karachi, April 2015

The Hawai Chakki Project

Frere Hall, Karachi

Numaish Karachi was an exhibition of over two dozen installations which aimed to open up public spaces for cultural production. It was organized by the social awareness campaign, ‘I Am Karachi’ to promote science education and cultural activities. The first of four public exhibitions was held at Frere Hall in April, 2015.

Habib University‘s School of Science & Engineering’s faculty and students were responsible for a few of the installations at the exhibition. Among them was the ‘Hawaii Chakki’, or windmill, which harnesses wind energy to produce electrical energy.



Seminar on ” National Instruments (NI) Solutions in Teaching Engineering Electronics”

National Instruments (NI) held a workshop in Habib University on “NI instruments Solutions in Teaching Engineering Electronics” in August 2015. Habib University lab staff and faculty members participated in that seminar.  This workshop was about the control engineering where control systems were interfaced with LabVIEW software , along with its simulation and interfacing.  During this workshop NI ELVIS Board with other sub boards, peripherals and systems were used for control engineering.

NI representative during the seminar session