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Seminar on Web of Data

After the feedback and response gained from the academia and the industry in the past quarter Faculty of Computer Science at IBA has started hosting research seminars for the students and the faculty. The first seminar was hosted on 17th September 2011 at the IBA City Campus. The details of the seminar are as follows:


Seminar Topic:

Web of Data: A Look into New Scientific Approaches for the Web

Description:

Today, we no longer live in an isolated world and instead live in a connected world created through the massive World Wide Web. The Web has evolved into a complex organism with a huge data growth rate. This Web of data gives birth to exciting challenges and innovations that can lead towards innovative startups and intriguing research problems.
The seminar was organized into three parts with each part comprising a talk of around 30 minutes. Following is the brief overview of each section:

Part One: Social Media Analytics and Mining

There are obvious research and commercial needs in understanding of the social media. Everyday millions of users are producing enormous amounts of data that describes their style of life, their movements, their preferences, and their social choices. The research community has been challenged by the prospective of studying such data. There are various ways to mine this data. This session provides an overview of these ways.

Part Two: Information Retrieval

In recent years, a principal driver of innovation has been the World Wide Web, unleashing publication at the scale of tens of millions of content creators. This explosion of published information would be useless if the information could not be found, annotated and analyzed so that each user can quickly find information that is both relevant and comprehensive for their needs. During the last decade, relentless optimization of information retrieval effectiveness has driven web search engines to new quality levels where most people are satisfied most of the time and web search has become a standard and often preferred source of information finding. This session provides an overview of this exciting field and contains a surprise announcement for the audience regarding an initiative being undertaken by members of the Web Science Lab at IBA.


Part Three: Computer Science Curricula

The session also focuses on the question "Are we teaching the right things to our students?"
and also picks up some hard questions for the Pakistani Computer Science community in an attempt to look into the reasons why Computer Science in Pakistan is still far behind as compared to the other sciences. It was centered on some controversial issues that need an effective solution in order to attain a respectable position for Pakistan within the field of Computer Science.

Profile of the Speakers:

Muhammad Atif Qureshi:
Mr. Qureshi has recently completed his Master's at one of the world's most prestigious Computer Science schools namely "Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology" under the supervision of one of most renowned Computer Scientists of the world Professor Kyu-Young Whang. He won numerous awards including Odysseus Scholarship from KAIST Computer Science Division, award of recognition in Information Retrieval field from Joint EDBT/RuSSIR Summer School 2011, the prestigious WWW 2011 Fellowship and NUI Galway College of Engineering Scholarship for PhD studies. As an author of numerous publications at a young age, Mr. Qureshi has also recently received the best paper award at the prestigious Russian Young Scientists' Conference for his work on Web Spam in Search Engines.

Arjumand Younus:
Ms. Arjumand has also completed her Master's from "Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology" under the supervision of Professor Kyu-Young Whang. She has won numerous awards from an early age including High Achievers Award in O-level Mathematics and Pure Mathematics, Odysseus Scholarship from KAIST Computer Science Division, award of recognition in Information Retrieval field from Joint EDBT/RuSSIR Summer School 2011 and the prestigious NUI Galway Hardiman Scholarship for PhD studies. As an author of numerous publications at a young age Ms. Arjumand has also recently received the best paper award at the prestigious Russian Young Scientists' Conference for her work on Subjectivity Detection on Twitter.