Department of Electronic Engineering MUET organized a 0.5 CPD webinar on “Android Development – An Introduction” on 15th August 2020. The resource person for the webinar was Engr. Khuhed Memon, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering. This webinar was organized in collaboration with ORIC MUET and PEC. The coordinators for the seminar were Dr. Attiya Baqai (Associate Professor, ES Dept, Engr Mansoor Teevno (Assistant Professor, ES Dept), and Engr Bharat Lal (Lecturer, ES Dept).

The webinar was started in the name of Allah. Dr. Attiya Baqai thanked the attendees for joining the webinar. She acknowledged the contribution and efforts of the resource person for his time, devotion, and hard work for the webinar on such short notice. She expressed gratitude to her team for coordinating and working hard for conceptualization of the this CPD webinar. She appreciated Engr. Mansoor that in spite he was leaving for his Ph.D., the way he supported the idea and arrangements. She specially thanked Engr. Bharat Lal for managing all the registrations and the technical aspects of the webinar. She also thanked Mr. Haq Nawaz (IT Dept.) for his volunteer services and assistance.

After the acknowledgment Engr. Khuhed Memon formally started the session. As the webinar was for the noobs so he explained the concepts from very basic to exploring the possibilities for building mobile apps and discussed different applications. The webinar covered the Introduction to Android OS, Introduction to Android Studio, Introduction to Java, Creating Pilot Project (Hello World!), Android Virtual Device Manager, Layouts & Resources for the UI, The Android Studio Debugger, Activities & Intents, Touch & input, Camera, introduction to Sensors, Importing the Mobile Ads SDK, App Deployment, Google Play, and Google Firebase. The webinar was supported by the codes and GUI implementation by the resource person on run time for the understanding purpose of the attendees.

The webinar was attended by multi-discipline and multi-organization attendees. There were 102 registrations for the webinar from which 56.3% opted for attending the free webinar whereas 43.7% opted for the paid CPD webinar with certificates. Engineers from various organizations and universities attended this webinar including Best Buy Canada Product Process, Public Health Engineering, Sukkur IBA University, China Huadian Power Plant Operation Company (CHDOC), Isra University Hyderabad, National Radio Telecommunications Corporation, Sindh University Jamshoro. A large number of students from Mehran University from First year to Final year attended the webinar. The active participation was from Electronic Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Civil Engineering departments.

In the end, there was a question & answer session and the attendees were asked to fill the feedback forms. The ratings and comments received were very encouraging and appreciating. The attendees were eager to attend more such seminars in the future too. The session was ended with the vote of thanks by the organizing members.

A free webinar workshop on “Mendeley Reference Managing Tool” was organized by the Department of Electronics Final Year Project Committee on 9th July 2020 as second online webinar from the series. The presenter for the seminar was Dr. Attiya Baqai Convener ES-FYPC & Associate Professor in Department of Electronics Engineering MUET.
The seminar started in the name of Allah. Dr. Attiya Baqai welcomed the participants while appreciating their regular participation in the webinar series arranged by FYPC of Department of Electronics Engineering. She briefed about the need and importance of reference management tools available; for research paper and thesis writing. The session was accompanied by the interactive exercise activities in which the students were first taught about the concepts using different features and utilities of the Mendeley software and then were asked to complete different tasks at run time. The activities included installing MS Word and Web importer plugins through Mendeley, searching references in Mendeley through literature search from database, through browsers & Google scholar, directly importing references from pdf files or complete folders, making watch folder. The students were also given task to cite references and later change citation styles and insert bibliography using word plugin. Last activity was to use import and export feature. The students were asked to import and export files from different reference managers like BibTex *.bib, Reference Information System *.ris, Endnote .xml or Zotero zotero.sqlite. Dr. Attiya also highlighted the role of built-in pdf viewer and its features like adding notes, annotating & highlighting text right from Mendeley software. She encouraged students to share and discuss their search or literature review section with their FYP group members through this feature.
Other features like collaboration with other researchers, creating groups, discovering statistics and recommending articles were also briefly touched during this online workshop.
The statistics of the feedback forms filled by the students were maintained high as for the first webinar and the students rated this seminar as 4.45 on average out of 5. The two hour technical session was followed by half an hour Question and Answer session and the seminar ended with vote of thanks by the resource person to all the attendees.

A free online seminar on “Research Paper Writing” was organized by the Department of Electronics Final Year Project Committee on 2nd July 2020. The presenters for the seminar were Dr. Attiya Baqai (Convener ES-FYPC) & Engr. Khuhed Memon (Member ES-FYPC) and the coordinator was Engr. Mansoor Teevno (Secretary ES-FYPC).

A large number of students from the final year (F16ES) attended the seminar with keen interest. Engr. Mansoor Teevno started the session while Dr. Attiya Baqai briefed about the need for the online seminars during this prevalent situation and the committee’s will to facilitate students. Before organizing this seminar she conducted a survey to know the willingness of the students to attend such seminars in their free slots that came out to be more than 90% and that became evident with the attendance in the seminar too. She thanked Engr. Mansoor for the arrangements and support; she also thanked Engr Khuhed Memon who voluntarily stepped forward to conduct the first online seminar along with her by taking up a section for him. She further thanked the Chairperson Department of Electronics Prof. Dr. Arbab Nighat for approving her initiative and all the FYPC members Prof. Dr. Wajiha Shah, Dr. Farzana Rauf Abro, Dr. Farida Memon and Dr. Shoaib Rehman Soomro for supporting her and giving their consent to conduct their respective allocated seminars online in near future.

The seminar was divided into three sections.

Part-1 was delivered by Dr. Attiya Baqai in which she gave an introduction to Research paper, its various types, and ways to check about the authenticity of a journal, research journal and paper quality metrics, submission possibilities for students where they can submit their research work and the timeline along with different phases from submitting an article to publishing.

The second part was for “Research Article Writing “delivered by Engr. Khuhed Memon whereas the 3rd Part was on “Writing a Review Paper” delivered by Dr. Attiya Baqai. The sub-sessions continued for two hours whereas the seminar concluded with half an hour Question and Answer session. At the end of the seminar, a feedback form about the seminar was also asked to be filled by the students whose statistics demonstrate the success and effectiveness of the seminar. This feedback also demonstrates the students’ and organizers’ dedication towards learning and educating in this pandemic situation as well. The seminar ended with a vote of thanks to all the attendees.

 

DICE-IET 2020 is a joint initiative of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Pakistan and DICE Foundation, USA, held on 6th – 7th March 2020 at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Lahore Campus. DICE-IET is an annual event on information technology. For the first time in 13 years of DICE, Silicon Valley has partnered up and played a significant role in introducing new Speakers and Sponsors of Pakistani descent Engineers, Thought leaders & Entrepreneurs. This year’s theme was “Future of Innovation: A Smart World” focused on Design Thinking and innovation. A Smart World Event was a knowledge-sharing event on how cutting edge concepts like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Security, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Biotech can create a better future. The two-day event consisted of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtable discussions and visits of top companies who have adopted the human-centric approach, where one could meet the teams behind their latest research and innovation.

The event motivated academia, industry, government, entrepreneurs, and expatriates to gather at a platform for sharing their innovations in technologies. It aimed to encourage ambitious and talented professionals from around the world towards knowledge exchange and collaboration for products’ innovation targeting economic development of the country which also provided them an opportunity to exchange intellectual discourse with senior academicians and industry players. Punjab Provincial minister for Energy Dr. Akhtar Malik inaugurated the event. Well-known dignitaries like Haseena Moin, Misbah Ishaque, Syed Noor and Usman Pirzada attended this two-day event as guests of honor. Ms. Uzma Almakky was the chief guest as a DICE representative. She has her own company in Silicon Valley California and also running no of incubators there.

Around 370 projects were submitted for DICE- IET 2020 exhibition. Among these 80 projects were selected to display in the exhibition on the basis of innovation and idea novelty. Some of these projects were awarded appreciation award of 10,000/Rs each. In addition to these; the top three projects among 80+ were awarded 1 Lac Rs, 60,000/ Rs and 40,000/ Rs along with DICE shields respectively for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. Moreover, 10 projects, having business potential were selected for the DICE SHARK session. These projects were selected on the basis of submitted reports Initial Evaluation, Potential impact of the project on local industry and economy, Readiness for commercialization (prototype, business plan), Demo/Presentation. A panel consisting of local investors comprising Mr. Muhammad Maaz Khan, Mr. Saad Bin Saulat (Entrepreneur), Mr. Dawood Shahid (ONSETS), Mr. Farhan Shahid (Senior Engineer at  Public Sector Organization), Mr. Atif Javed (Softpers Interactive (PVT.) LTD and Mr. Safi Ahmad, Country Head, Customer Services, General Electric) were present. COMSATS had sourced investors from the local industry as well as Silicon Valley USA who attended the pitch presentations online by live-stream in order to bring these ideas to commercialization.

A team from the Department of Electronics Engineering, of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro along with Dr. Attiya Baqai participated in this two-day event of DICE-IET 2020. The selected two project details from Mehran University are as follows.

  • Ash Braille (Private) Limited (startup, SSBC-Cohort-2-IEC)
    Electronic Engineering Department.
    Supervisor: Dr. Attiya Baqai

Team Members: Muhammad Ahmed Malik, Hassan Ahmed Shaikh, Sidra Memon

  • Digital Range of Motion (ROM) Measurement System
  • NGIRI-2019 IGNITE FYP funded
  • DICE-SHARK winner DUHS-DICE Health Innovation Exhibition

Electronic Engineering Department.
Supervisor: Dr. Attiya Baqai

Team Members: Anzalna Narejo, Neha Sikandar, Absar Ali

Both projects gained attention at the exhibition and the visitors highly appreciated the efforts of the Mehran University students. Among these projects “ASH Braille”, was awarded 2nd prize of Rs. 60,000 in Project competition category along with shield of appreciation.

The project “ASH Braille” – a startup at IEC- MUET, under the supervision of Dr. Attiya Baqai, was also selected for the DICE SHARK session. Out of 10 projects only two got succeeded in grabbing funding from the investors. Smart Wheelchair from Government Postgraduate College For Women Rahim Yar Khan secured funding of Rs. 3 Lac whereas ASH Braille from Mehran University secured a total of 6 Lac funding in which Mr. Amer Haider from the USA invested 5 Lacs for 20% stake in the company while Dr. Usman Shehzad, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, CUI Lahore invested 1 Lac Rs for needy on a nonprofit basis in his mother’s name

The “ASH Braille” team has developed an advanced Braille framework for visually impaired people at a very minimal cost. It is a network for a classroom in which several devices can be connected to the teacher’s PC and would act as an input media for visually impaired students. The dedicated software is running on the teacher’s PC through which the teacher can monitor every student’s performance on runtime, maintains a database of every student and automatically evaluates the writing scores and their writing speed.

The participants and their advisor Dr. Attiya Baqai are very thankful to the University especially worthy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili, Prof Emeritus Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry and DEAN FEECE Prof. Dr. Mukhtiar Ali Unar for their cooperation, encouragement, and financial support. The team said it was their trust in the team and facilitation that the team could participate resulting in this success.

Muhammad Owais Raza and Ms Nazia Pathan M.E students of department of software engineering got 2nd Runners Up Position in Microsoft Imagine Cup 2020 for their project easy monitor. They were sponsored by Microsoft to be part of National finals held at Pak China Friendship center Islamabad on 18 Feb 2020. Microsoft Imagine cup is a yearly event hosted and sponsored by Microsoft which brings student developers around the world to showcase their solution to world eminent problems.

An Interactive Session on “Importance of Patent in the National Economy” was delivered by Dr. Mohammad Mohsin Siraj working as a patent attorney in Philips lighting (known as Signify) Organised by Department of Electronic Engineering MUET, Jamshoro. Dr. Mohsin talked about the Importance of Artificial Intelligence in all areas especially Biology, Psychology, Agriculture and all other aspects of life. Pro. Dr. Tayab Din Memon Chairman department of Electronic Engineering opened the session and shed some light on importance of machine learning and patents importance in economy of any country, while Prof. Dr. Mukhtiar Ali Unar dean faculty of Electrical, Electronic & Computer System Engineering as a chief guest welcomed the guest speaker for coming all the way from Holland. Dr. Mohsin Siraj is an alumnus of MUET, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Electronic Engineering, MUET.

 

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