20th International Multi-topic Conference


November 24th - 26th

MUHAMMAD IMRAN is the Vice Dean Glasgow College UESTC and Professor of Communication Systems in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He was awarded his M.Sc. (Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London, U.K., in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He has over 18 years of combined academic and industry experience, working primarily in the research areas of cellular communication systems. He has been awarded 15 patents, has authored/co-authored over 300 journal and conference publications, and has been principal/co-principal investigator on over £6 million in sponsored research grants and contracts. He has supervised 30+ successful PhD graduates.

He has an award of excellence in recognition of his academic achievements, conferred by the President of Pakistan. He was also awarded IEEE Comsoc’s Fred Ellersick award 2014, FEPS Learning and Teaching award 2014, Sentinel of Science Award 2016. He was twice nominated for Tony Jean’s Inspirational Teaching award. He is a shortlisted finalist for The Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014, QS Stars Reimagine Education Award 2016 for innovative teaching and VC’s learning and teaching award in University of Surrey. He is a senior member of IEEE and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK.

Title: 5G Communication Networks for Distributed, Adaptive and Resilient Emergency Management Systems

The role of communication technologies in the advent of disasters and natural calamities is significant beyond any doubts. However, in the advent of any such incident the wireless communication infrastructure is also partially destroyed and there is a need to set up a wireless communication network using the principles of self-organised networking. In this seminar, we will review the role of SON for ad hoc networking and then focus on a specific use case of SON for application-aware joint RAN and backhaul optimisation.

National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC), owner and operator of the national grid, is mandated to develop demand forecast and generation expansion plan, integrate new generation into the grid, reinforce and expand bulk transmission network, operate and manage transmission assets for reliable power dispersal, despatch and control generation resources optimally for economic operation of the national grid. Power Wing of WAPDA, the then vertically integrated electric utility, was unbundled in 1998 and three of its main functions, generation, transmission and distribution are now being administered by four generation companies (GENCOs), NTDC and ten distribution companies (DISCOs) respectively. However, hydro power generation of the Power Wing remained with WAPDA.

Restructuring of the power sector in Pakistan brought new challenges and created a few conflicts of interests among various stakeholders. Energy planning, generation procurement, system operation and reliability compliance functions were grossly impacted and not being performed in a well-coordinated and professional manner. Besides, there is a huge gap in the skillsets of the existing human resources available for the currently fast growing power sector. Regulatory affairs, consulting engineering services, project execution and asset management of transmission and distribution assets are the key deficient areas.

A substantial effort is required for capacity building of the entire power and energy sectors, especially when new technologies of ± 660 kV HVDC and 765 kV transmission as well as FACTS devices are being incorporated into the national grid. In this key note speech, Dr. Fiaz Chaudhry will dwell upon his past experience with WAPDA to take us down the memory lane, share his recent experiences at NTDC about the present and then based on the experiences of his illustrious career introduce his vision of the future of the Pakistani Grid.

Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry has over 32 years of experience in Power Sector in National and International utility/consulting industry including WAPDA, SCECO-East, Acres International/Hatch Ltd and NTDC. His expertise includes; Corporate Management, Management Consulting, Power System Expansion Planning, Functional and Technical Specifications of electrical facilities, Secure Power System Operation, Project Management and HVDC/FACTS. He has profound experience in working with consultants, utility boards, government and International Funding Agencies for developing and implementing long-term power infrastructure projects. He managed projects around the globe including Canada, USA, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan. He possesses BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from UET Lahore, IIT, Chicago, IL, USA and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA respectively.

This keynote speech will provide a comprehensive overview of telecom sector in Pakistan and what are the challenges and requirements for future

Dr. S. Ismail Shah is a renowned ICT professional, with expertise and experience spanning cellular, NGN, internet and digital technologies. With an extensive background in technology implementation, ICT policy-making and regulations, Dr. Shah is serving as the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) since 2013 and has led some of the most high-profile undertakings in Pakistan's ICT sector.