The conference is being held under flagship of IEEE and NUST. The ICRAI is the first of its series, and this conference will be held biennially. This conference covers latest and emerging trends in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence including intelligent mechatronics and robotics, haptics, tele and medical robotics, unmanned vehicles, prosthetics, micro and nano robotics, artificial intelligence, neuro and fuzzy control, human machine interface and automation.
The chief guest Dr Javaid R Laghari, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), remarked that conferences like that are not only a platform for great minds to meet but also a venue for research collaboration. He said everyone should make the most of this opportunity and socialise and discuss latest topics of research. He hoped that the first of its kind conference would grow over the years into one of the prestigious conferences in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Maj Gen Obaid Bin Zakria, Commandant College of E&ME, welcoming the participants and guests said, “NUST College of E&ME has been a home to novel, state-of-the-art projects and the research work being done here is no less than the work done internationally. Our students are technically sound, very talented and extremely competent and the work presented in this conference is a proof of that.”
Dr Mahmood Anwar Khan, the Conference Chair, informed that more than 110 research papers had been submitted to the conference and after a thorough review, 20 were accepted for oral presentation and 13 for poster. He also mentioned that the conference has been graced by four International keynote speakers from USA, UK and Korea.
Dr. Francisco Sepulveda from University of Essex, UK gave an interesting keynote talk on “Brain Computer Interface Systems”. At the end of his talk, he praised the level of research being done in Pakistan.
Dr. Lynn E Parker from University of Tennessee, USA said in her recorded message that “The conduct of such an event in Pakistan shows the research maturity of the academic institutions”. She further assured to attend the conference next time. Dr Younus Javed, Dean NUST College of E&ME and Dr. Javaid Iqbal, Head of Mechatronics Engineering Department also spoke on the event.