Written by Saifullah Baloch, Sectional Student Representative for IEEE Karachi Section

IEEE Karachi Section Computer Chapter organized the 2nd International Conference on Information Science and Communication Technology (ICISCT) on 8th – 9th February 2020 with more than 400 participants. There were 35 volunteers involved in making this event successful. 202 papers were submitted, in which 48 papers were accepted. The acceptance rate was 23%.

Leila De Floriani, IEEE Computer Society President send a video message in which she congratulated the organizing team (https://www.facebook.com/DCS.UOK.ICISCT/videos/720286991834983/). The Chairman of Prime Minister’s National Task Force on Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, was the Chief Guest and he shared the importance of the 12 disruptive technologies. He informed the audience that the Pakistani Government would spend around Rs 50 billion in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Big Data etc. The guest of honor, member of the National Assembly, Dr. Syeda Shahida Rehmani remarked that IT is changing the world. Acting VC of KU, Prof. Dr.  Khalid Mahmood Iraqi emphasized on shaping the future of sustainable development in the area of ICT.

Prof. Khalid Iraqi said that unprecedented advancements in IT and communications had their strong impact on social, economic, political and all other fields of life. Chairman for DSC, Prof. Dr.  Muhammad Sadiq Ali Khan shared the areas of the conference, with the Conference Co-Chair, Prof. Dr.  B.S. Chowdhry, appreciated the broad platform offered by ICISCT. Prof. Dr.  Jonathan Andrew Ware from the University of South Wales, United Kingdom presented keynote address and shared the health and safety issues of construction workers. Dr. Jim Buckley from the University of Limerick, Ireland focused on helping software developers to undertake the complex tasks. Dr. Raziq Yaqub from the Alabama A&M University, US delivered his keynote address on Cyber Secure Electric Areal Vehicles (Drones), while Mohammad Helmy Abd Wahab from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, enlightened the audience on Internet of things: Moving Forward to IR4.0. Last but not least, Dr. D.M. Akbar Hussain from the Department of Energy Technology Section for Power Electronics Systems presented his keynote address on ‘Bayesian Framework to Determine Strengths and Weaknesses of Nodes in Social Networks’.