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Message from the Associate Dean
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The Faculty of Computer Science at IBA is one of two Faculties at the IBA and comprises of the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Each of these departments offer several degree programs at undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels. The departments are chaired by Chairpersons who ensure that the curriculum is kept up to date and taught by some of the finest faculty available in the country. Each of the departments also have Program Directors who take care of the day to day operational issues faced by the program office and ensure that the students continue to have a fulfilling experience while at IBA.

The Faculty of Computer Science is highly excited about the tremendous changes coming to the IBA and in particular to our faculty. The changes are most visible in the transformed physical infrastructure; however the academic changes are expected to be just as impactful.

The City Campus landscape is expected to continue to change. Along with that the FCS building was also transformed in to an expanded and renovated structure that now provides space for all its faculty and PhD students to be located in the same facility. The Robotics/AI Lab along with an expanded Hardware & Networking Lab and a Computing Lab is now part of the expanded 3rd floor. With these new facilities we hope that our immediate needs catering to both the research and teaching interests of all our faculty members and students are now be fully satisfied.

During the last few years the FCS had a number of commendable achievements. For the first time in the history of IBA, we 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. Subsequently several other PhDs have now been awarded by the department. It is hoped that the award of these degrees will mark the coming of age of the PhD program at the FCS, and that the existing PhD students will continue to prove their mettle on a yearly basis in the future convocations.

The international collaboration with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in the area of Artificial Intelligence/Robotics has also borne fruit, when the IBA team, the Karachi Koalas competed with some of the best teams internationally and achieved 5th position in the International RoboCup simulation league. Subsequently, the IBA AI Lab also received state-of-the-art humanoid Nao robots, which will prove invaluable for future research.

The International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies (ICICT) has continued to attract local as well as international visitors with keynote speakers from a number of countries worldwide. The conference has continued its unbroken record of being organized once every two years since 2005, and has now established its place as one of the reputable conferences in the country.

On the research front, the FCS has continued to contribute significantly towards top quality journal research papers indexed by ISI Thompson. The FCS has also signed a number of Memorandum of Understanding with Universities in Europe and Asia. These collaborations are 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 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 the coming years. During past years the student intake of BS (Computer Science) program continued its significant rise. Along with establishment of the BS (Economics and Mathematics), a joint effort between the Faculty of Business Administration and the FCS, and the launch of the MS and PhD programs in the department of Mathematics, the FCS looks forward to a bright future.

Dr. Sayeed Ghani
Associate Dean, FCS

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