2nd National Workshop

Machine Learning for Signal Processing and Big Data Analytics

08-09 October, 2016

Faisalabad, Pakistan


Hurry up, Only few seats are left.


Humans, machines and sensors collectively generate an enormous amount of data on a daily basis. The fact that much of this data (in the form of images, video, audio, text, sensor measurements and business transactions) is now accessible provides an opportunity to explore, analyze and extract previously unavailable and potentially highly useful information. There is unmet demand for data scientists and machine learning experts in the western economies that opens up great possibilities in the wide range of economic sectors including retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare, security and telecommunication.

Aim of this workshop is to introduce the fundamentals and concept of machine learning and big data analytics to the participants and to equip them a basic practical experience on which they can build their applications. The workshop also includes a few practical examples to give participants a direction for further research and development.

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Dr. Tariq Mahmood

Assistant Professor at IBA, Karachi


Dr. Tariq Mahmood is the Chief Data Scientist for Big Data with NexDegree Pvt. Ltd., which has been recently ranked within the top-50 analytics companies in Asia. He is also a Professor at the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He has 10 years of professional and research experience in the domains of Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, Data Warehousing, Data Science, Big Data, and Advanced Analytics. He also has 8 years of professional and consultancy experience in these domains. He is a regular speaker, participant and panelist at local events targeting data science, predictive analytics and big data. Notably, Dr. Tariq has designed Big Data Infrastructures for the Healthcare, Telecommunication and Financial sector in Pakistan. He has conducted numerous training and workshops on Big Data, both for Government and Private Organizations. He also heads the Big Data Research Group at IBA with a multi-focus on discovering optimized infrastructures for Big Data applications, and of porting current data mining algorithms to the Big Data platform. His primary focus is to facilitate the spread of Big Data technologies in the corporate sector, both in Pakistan and across the globe.



Dr. Muhammad Usman Akram

Assistant Professor at NUST, Rawalpindi


Usman Akram is assistant professor in college of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan. He Holds a PhD degree in Computer Engineering with specialization in medical image analysis and is among the youngest PhDs in Pakistan. His research areas are image/signal processing, biometrics, medical image analysis and pattern recognition.

He is a recipient of different national and international awards such as P@SHA 2012, APICTA 2012, Travel fellowships, cash awards on journal publications, commandant’s plaque of excellence etc.  Currently he is working on implementation of a telescreening system for diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy in coordination with Shifa International Hospital and AFIO (Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology).




Dr. Muhammad Nazar Khan

Assistant Professor at PUCIT, Lahore


Nazar Khan is currently an Assistant Professor at PUCIT. He obtained a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida (UCF) under Marshall Tappen. Before UCF, he was a research associate at the Computer Vision Lab at LUMS. He completed his Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Saarland in Saarbruecken, Germany and his Bachelors in Computer Science from LUMS. His research interests are in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.




Dr. Waheed Iqbal

Assistant Professor at PUCIT, Lahore


Waheed Iqbal is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science program at PUCIT, University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. He has completed his PhD from the Asian Institute of Technology, master of engineering in computer science from the Asian Institute of Technology, and master of information technology from the Barcelona School of Informatics, Spain. His research interests are in the areas of Cloud Computing, Distributed Systems, Big Data Machine Learning and Text Mining. His technical expertise includes Private Cloud Infrastructure Management, Parallel Programing, Optimization Techniques in Programming and System Performance Evaluation.




Mr. Rehan Mushtaq

CTO @ Ingenious Zone


Technology leader with extensive 16+ years of experience in managing software development teams, developing of smart & intelligent software, and consulting. Have directly contributed to and led the development of AI based systems, enterprise software including ERPs and CRMs, web, cloud, mobile applications, and knowledge-based systems.

Educational & research background with collaborative robotics, and artificial life using deep learning techniques and implementing artificial neural networks.




Dr. Ali Hammad Akbar

Assistant Professor at UET, Lahore


Dr. Ali Hammad Akbar obtained his bachelor’s degree with distinction in telecommunications from NUST, Pakistan in 1997. As an intern, he worked at Pakistan Communications Industries, wherein he proposed and incorporated enhancements in the Norwegian telephone set, VIVO-II and its in-circuit tester. Later in 1998, he was awarded merit scholarship for MS in UNSW Australia, which concluded with his research findings in DWDM systems in optical communication systems. While in Australia, he also worked as a consultant to Eztel Corporation, a Telco that compares in service provisioning with giants like Optus and Telstra. In 1999, he joined his alma mater as a lecturer. For his academic accomplishments, he was declared as a star laureate by South Asia Publications® for the year of 2003. In 2004, he joined Ajou University for pursuing the PhD studies. He worked on the architectural issues of wireless sensor networks that define the role and mechanisms for addressing the constraints and challenges purported in these networks. After the completion of his PhD, he is currently working as an assistant professor at UET Pakistan, a premier university in engineering and technology. His topics of interest include wireless networks such as MANETs and sensor network. Dr. Ali Hammad Akbar has been conducting research in wireless networks, M2M networks and distributed systems. He has worked as a consultant at KICS for government organizations such as LTC, PTPP and RESCUE 1122. His current interests lie in telecommunations networks, especially post-spectrum auction scenario that is endogenously evolving viz a viz Pakistan as an instance of developing economies.



Dr. Kashif Zafar

Professor & HoD at FAST NUCES, Lahore


Dr. Kashif Zafar is associated with National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences since 2004 in the Department of Computer Science. Prior to joining NUCES, he was a faculty member at GIKI in the Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering from 2002 till 2004; specializes in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in the area of machine learning, swarm intelligence, computational intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, data mining, expert systems etc. He has been involved in teaching and research at undergraduate as well as graduate levels and has supervised numerous final year projects and Thesis. Dr. Kashif has been awarded full scholarship from Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Islamabad for his postgraduate studies. He has published a number of research papers in international journals and conferences of high repute. Dr. Kashif has hands-on experience in the IT industry and has worked in different organizations in USA and has around 15 years of full time job experience.




Opening and Recitation of Holy Quran

09:30 – 09:40 am

Welcome Address

by Dr. Asif Mahmood Gilani (FAST NU)

9:40 – 09:50 am

Objective and Agenda of the workshop

by Dr. Muhammad Gufran (FAST NU)

09:50 – 10:00 am

Keynote: “The Evolution of Big Data”

by Dr. Kashif Zafar (FAST- NU Lahore)

10:00 – 10:30 am

Keynote: Working towards establishing stronger local industry-based need for Big Data

by Dr. Ali Hammad Akbar (UET, Lahore)

10:30 – 11:00 am


11:00 – 11:15 am

Keynote: Challenges and Opportunities in the field of Data Science

by Dr. Tariq Mahmood (IBA Karachi) (Via Skype)

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to machine learning concepts Regression, supervised classification cross validation (Lecture)

by Dr. Usman Akram

12:00 – 01:00 pm

Lunch/ Prayer

01:00 – 02:00 pm

Classification, Feature selection and dimensionality reduction (Lecture + Practical using Matlab)

by Dr. Usman Akram

02:00 – 3:00 pm


3:00 – 3:15 pm

Cross validation, Performance parameters, Feature space representation/plotting (Lecture + Practical using Matlab)

by Dr. Usman Akram

03:15 – 04:00 pm

Practical examples (Image/signal based applications) (Lecture + Practical using Matlab)

by Dr. Usman Akram

04:00 – 05:00 pm

Opening and Recitation of Holy Quran

09:30 – 09:40 am

Welcome and Agenda

by Dr. Muhammad Gufran (FAST NU)

09:40 – 09:45 am

Keynote: AI and Machine Learning: Present and Future Trends

by Mr. Rehan Mushtaq (CTO Ingeniouszone)

9:45 – 10:15 am

Introduction to Neural Networks (Lecture)

by Dr. Nazar Khan (Punjab University)

10:15 – 11:15 am


11:15 – 11:30 am

Introduction to Big Data (Lecture)

by Dr. Waheed Iqbal (Punjab University)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

R Programming and Machine Learning

by Dr. Muhammad Yaseen (Agriculture University)

12:30 – 01:00 pm


01:00 – 02:00 pm

Applications of Neural Networks (Lecture + Practical using Matlab)

by Dr. Nazar Khan

02:00 – 02:45 pm

Introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks (Lecture + Practical)

by Dr. Nazar Khan

02:45 – 03:30 pm


03:30 – 03:45 pm

Big Data Processing Tools and Technologies (Lecture + Practical)

by Dr. Waheed Iqbal

03:45 – 04:30 pm

PredictionIO (Lecture + Practical)

by Dr. Waheed Iqbal

04:30 – 05:15 pm

Certificate Distribution and Closing

05:15 – 05:30 pm
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend the workshop?

This event is open to students, young researchers and for those professionals who want to jump into Big Data field but they don’t know from where to start and don’t have a community around them to take any guidance.

How can i pay?

You will have to pay through Easy Paisa on given numbers mentioned on event page details.

Do you provide accommodation to outsiders?

No, we are not providing accommodation to outsiders.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled by us, in which case we will always make a full refund.




Loonaywala Stop
(9 Km from Motorway Interchange)
Faisalabad-Chiniot Road





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Phone: 03326824050



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