Science melas in connection with national science campaign

An Introduction to Parallel Computing

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
21 February 1999
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore

Chaos, Complexity and Fractals

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
20/02/1999
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The focus of this presentation will be the application of Non linear sciences to practical engineering and technological problems. Traditional "linear" sciences (that we all study in universities and colleges and schools) fail to provide answers to most of our questions because God made the world Nonlinear. It has been hailed as the science of the 21st century and a revolution in scientific method. Though, till now, most of the work in nonlinear sciences has been done by theorists in laying the foundations of its different aspects, the past few years have witnessed the increasing interest of technologists and engineers in applying it to practical real life problems. Digital communications, stunning computer graphics, data compression, stock market prediction and controlling heart attacks are a very ill-represented part of a wide spectrum of applications that cover all major areas of technology. We will see the different aspects of nonlinear theory such as chaos theory, complex adaptive systems, fractal geometry and how they interpret each other. The speaker will emphasize the utililty of these new tools in understanding very complicated phenomenon; from circuits and quanta to wars and living cells. Finally he will give a brief overview of his work regarding use of chaotic dynamics to send secret messages. The scope of the presentation will be very general and i will avoid use of any equations to explain ideas. The object of this presentation would be to motivate people rather than bombarding them with equations. Any student of engineering, sciences, economics, medicine or social sciences should be able to follow. People from all disciplines are welcome.

Resource People: 
Demonstrator
Muhammad Abubakar
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Solving Real Life Problems using Software

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
15/02/1999
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

1. Applications of Interfacing Nowadays, every complex manipulation of data is accomplished on a computer. A computer can handle extraordinary amounts of data. In the industry and in labwork, there is always a large amount of data to be handled and processes. The conventional way is to note the data from devices, such as the control and instrumentation panel, enter it manually in the computer and then process it. Computer interfacing has solved the problem of data acquisition. Now, the computer not only automatically acquires the data from the external hardware but is also programmed in a special way to send data to control the same devices. These devices are controlled to fulfil the machinery and production line needs.

 

Below are a few examples where computer interfacing can be used: 1. Monitor the speed of a motor and adjust it according to the requirements. 2. To monitor environmental parameters such as temperature and pressure and to keep these parameters constant or within tolerable limits. For example, cooling fans may be turned on when the temperature exceeds a certain value. 3. To turn on a machinery for a certain period of time. 4. In instrumentation, computers can replace oscilloscopes, multimeters and any measurement instrument imaginable.

Once we make an appropriate circuit and interface it with he computer, then each action is just a mouse click away. 

Resource People: 
Speaker
Mueen Sajad
Syed-Bhais Limited

Prime Numbers

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
30/01/1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Ahmed Bilal Ashraf
Techlogix, Lahore

Deterministic Chaos

An Introduction
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
05/01/1999
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Metallurgical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

Introduction to Chaos: This introduction is a very elementary introduction to the science of chaos and gives a comprehensive, non-mathematical overview of the subject. This is an excellent starting point for the understanding of the principles of dynamical, deterministic, unpredictable systems. (Dr. Tariq Abdullah). Alse See; http://www.khwarzimic.org/activities/chaos-det.html Chaos, Complexity and Fractals: some Applications of Non-Linear Science to Technology: Presentation | Muhammad Abubakr | 27 Sep 1999 | Centre for Solid State Physics. Science of Chaos: Video Presentation | Dr. Tariq Abdullah, our expert on chaos was there to field the questions from the viewers | 13 Oct 1999 | Children Library Complex, Lahore. This wide-screen presentation was primarily meant as a stimulant and interest-arouser. The duration of the movie was approximately 50 minutes. The fascination lay in a live display of many chaotic ensembles and interviews with the pioneers such as Mandelbrot, Lorenz, Bradley, Feiganbaum etc.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Tariq Abdullah
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore

Shadow Hunt

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
15 December 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Punjab College of Business Adminsitration (PCBA), Gulberg, Lahore

The Cosmic Trilogy

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
14 December, 1998
Time: 
11 am
Venue: 
Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Date: 
15 December, 1998
Time: 
3 pm
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Abstract: 

The morphological properties of galaxies depend strongly on the star formation rates. One of the fundamental problems in astronomy is to determine the rates at which massive stars are forming in different types of galaxies in different environments. The spiral galaxies have been classified into three major categories based on the size of their bulge, the tightness of their spiral arms, and the resolution of individual star forming regions. These three types are Sa, Sb, and Sc galaxies. Earlier studies have suggested that star formation rates increase from Sa to Sc galaxies. We are conducting a large survey of Sa galaxies in order to determine various properties of these galaxies. Our preliminary results suggest that, contrary to the earlier results, star formation rates in these galaxies are comparable to the star formation rates in Sc galaxies. Furthermore, it seems that a significant fraction (15-20%) of these galaxies are going through a phase of interaction in the current epoch.

Lecture I: The Stellar Drama: The Birth, the Life and the Death of the Stars

How do stars evolve? Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized stellar astronomy by capturing stunning images of stars about to be born to the remnants of massive stars that went supernovae. We will trace the history of stars from their birth to their ultimate, possibly catastrophic, demise.

Lecture II: A Tale of a Billion Galaxies

Once called the "island universes", galaxies represent a spectacle with beauty unparalleled in the universe. What are the factors that give rise to the different shapes of these galaxies? How do the nearby galaxies relate to the galaxies at the farthest reaches of space and time? Equipped with the Hubble Space Telescope, we will try to address these questions in the second part of the cosmic trilogy.

Lecture III: The Cosmic Saga: From the Big Bang to the Ultimate Fate of the Universe

How did it all start and how will it all end? Once purely in the domain of philosophy, cosmology - the study of the universe, is fast becoming an observational science. We shall look at the Big Bang Model of the universe in the light of current observations. We shall also discuss the role of dark matter and the ultimate fate of the universe.

Resource People: 
Presenter
Salman Hameed
New Mexico University, United States

Active Materials and Molecular Technology

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
12 December 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Old Mechanical Engineering Department Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Sabih-ud-Din Khan
Metallurgical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Newer Energy Sources

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
03 December 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
New Lecture Theater, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Zarrar Hussain
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore

Trip to Koh-e-Noor energy Complex

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
30 November 1998
Time: 
11:00 am
Venue: 
Koh-e-Noor Energy Complex, Lahore
Resource People: 
Resource Person
Salman Waheed
Koh-e-Noor Energy Complex, Lahore