Thursday, April 22, 2010

National Renewable Energy Design Competition

We are delighted to announce the launch of the National Renewable Energy Design Competition. The Competition involves teams of 5 students; all of them must be university students at the time of the competition. Each team will design and build a vehicle that will run on any renewable or free energy. Each student interested in participating in the competition will be required to register on-line or through their university. Students will have to attach the proposal of their project providing design layouts, functions, cost details and sponsorship or funding proof. On the selection of a design for the competition, a certain amount of registration fee will be charged. Confirmation information will be e-mailed to officially registered students as well as sponsoring universities and institutions.

We will provide compete guidelines as to what rules will be followed; discussing the copyright and compliance issues, basis of judging, stating the requirements and criteria for design.To fund the event, we will contact the government department of education to support us. We will also look for organizing partners and sponsors for the event. We will also arrange for venture capitalist to fund the winner project.

Currently we are in the process of forming an Operating Team. To participate please email

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vote for ClickDiagnostics in USAID Dev Challenge

Please take a minute to vote for ClickDiagnostics in the USAID Dev Challenge. is a social enterprise co-founded by Tania Aidrus (Pakistan) and Mridul Chowdhry (Bangladesh). It is based on a very simple and unique idea. It provides a way for doctors in developed countries to diagnose ailments of people in developing countries, by analyzing photographs and other data transmitted over the internet. It brings together public health, technology and entrepreneurship and helps a lot of people in the process. More details on

Mridul was a classmate of mine in UTAustin. After graduation he went back to Bangladesh and started a non-profit. Recently he graduated from Harvard MPA program and developed this idea along with Tania Aidrus who is a MIT alumni. Mridul is currently in Africa, researching how this technology can be replicated across the developing world.

Winning the USAID Dev Challenge will give this a lot of publicity and help ClickDiagnostics become an established concept.

Steps to vote:

1. To register, go to: and populate form and create account

3. Go to the ClickDiagnostics voting webpage:

4. Click on 'Add Project to your Ballot'

5. Add AT LEAST two more projects - other projects by Harvard Kennedy School/MIT students are: "Reading Mobile", "Finding the flow", "Assured Labor"

6. Cast your ballot by going to:
Deadline is December 12th.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Ground Breaking iPhone Ap by a Pakistani Developer

For those iPhone walla's out there - check out this new Applications called Jaadu. It was developed by Jehanzed Sherwani, the first developer from Pakistan whose application has been accepted into Apple's iPhone App store!

I haven't tried it out it, but read the description at the iPhone Ap Store.

Jaadu is a groundbreaking application for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you control your computer from wherever you are in the world.

In a nutshell it is a VNC tool for iPhone. That is , it enables you to login to your Windows, Linux, or Unix based PC from your iPhone device.

It costs $25 to download. Looks compelling.

let me know if any of you get a chance to play around with it .

Jahanzeb will be presenting a demo of Jaadu on Saturday, October, 11, 2008 at The Second Floor Cafe (T2F) in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. A VoD of the event will be posted by T2F.

Cross-posting to WadiBlog

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Seminar: DNA Hybridization on Surfaces

Khwarzimic Science Society brings you....


DNA Hybridization on Surfaces

Speaker: Fouzia Bano, SISSA International School of Advanced
Studies, Trieste, Italy.

Venue: Center for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab,

Time and Date: 7/28/2008 (month/day/year)

Download announcement


The controlled arrangement of DNA molecules on surfaces represents
one challenging contribution of nanotechnology to biology and
medicine. In particular, one of the open issues in the field of DNA-
based sensors is detecting the hybridization process with high
precision in a real-life biological environment. Towards this end, we
have studied the hybridization of single stranded (ss)-DNA anchored
on a gold surface using the increase in height of the molecules upon
hybridization with a label free target which is due to the much
larger rigidity of ds- vs. ss-DNA. Nano-scale ss-DNA patches are
assembled within oligo-ethylene- glycol terminated alkylthiol self-
assembled monolayer on a gold substrate using nanografting (an atomic
force microscopy-based nanolithography technique). Differential
height measurements indicate that ss-DNA nano-patches do not show
significant increase in height upon hybridization with complementary
strands in high density regime. Moreover, the advantage of this
system for biosensors and genomics applications will be discussed
briefly in the end.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Replacement of Multi-Chip Solutions

By Amna Nasir Malik Jamal

re-printed from Cyber@Print, Jang News

He shared his thoughts and opinion - steps needed to put Pakistan on the scientific and technological map, along with India and China. In the development and advancement of high-tech business one prominent name is of Syed Jauher Zaidi, of Pakistani origin in Silicon Valley, founder and CEO of Palmchip Corporation. He has two decades of experience in system design and integration and inventor of System-on-Chip (SoC) CoreFrame Architecture. Before founding PalmChip, he was involved in the System-on-Chip initiative at Quantum Corporation, a leading hard drive manufacturer. The EE Times, a well-known industry publication, named him among the 'Top 20 Visionary CEOs.'

Palmchip Corporation is a pioneer in semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) and SoC platform technology. It offers outsourced software and hardware design services to its clients in the US, Europe and worldwide. It is also leader in the development and licensing of Market Specific Platform (MSSP) - an SoC software and hardware technology.

Responding to a question about the company's projects and design centre in Pakistan Mr. Jauher Zaidi said, "Palmchip has three divisions in Pakistan. Our IT and Software outsourcing division provides design development for Network Security and Web2.0 products. Telecom division is active to design and develop products for Pakistan's telecom companies for Fibre and New long range Wireless Standard's (WiMAX) management which includes Graphical Information System (GIS) and network management and mobile phone applications for billing and games. Third division is SoC, designs SoC design platform for mobile devices like cell phone, digital camera, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phones, Short Range Wireless Standard (WiFi) network routers, computer storage devices and DVD players. For Pakistan's market, we designed and introduced ParkSafe, a parking lot management and security system with remote data management. It is a user friendly system which can be operated by a person having average computer knowledge."

Further he explained SoC, "Single chip wireless mobility's Application Specific Standard Part (ASSP) will replace the multi-chip solutions available today for mobile phone, WiMAX and WiFi devices. Palmchip's customers will benefit from lower power consumption, lower system cost, and significant system performance improvement. These products target a growing need for inexpensive multitude of wireless mobility applications. Our extensive experience in working with Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies has given us appreciation of the importance of agility without compromising quality. Our startup clients find us in tune with their drive to reach the market quickly and benefit from our best practices for outsourced development to ensure that speed does not compromise quality."

About outsourced software and hardware design services he replied, "We offer optimal distribution of work between onshore and offshore resources to achieve top quality deliverables in a highly cost-effective manner within aggressive delivery timeframes."

US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded PalmChip a key patent for the company's technology, facilitating the easy connection of IP Blocks within a SoC design. On the question about being pioneer in SoC and this patent grant he replied, "It is a significant milestone in our company's history to get protected our intellectual property when competitors are roaming in market. The patented SoC technology enables greater integration of multiple functions on a single chip. Over 65 licensees and more than 30 consumer products use our patented IP and hardware and software technologies."

About next growth areas in the technology sector and current IT scenario he thinks there are currently many growth sectors in technology, such as digital TV, biometrics, security, Radio Frequency ID (RFID), Nano technology, storage and VoIP. He has decided to focus on storage, security and voice-over-IP. He believes that Pakistan has a long way to go before it becomes the next offshore design resource in the world, like India and China. He highlights some of the core areas that need immediate attention, including intellectual property protection laws, low-cost communication infrastructure for voice as well as video, and venture capital funding for startup companies.

While coming to the end of our discussion I put one final question to tell about future plans he replied "Palmchip possess a tremendous breadth and depth of skills that can be brought to bear on most software development projects. Pakistani youth has potential, well-educated and hardworking. Due to latest investment in education outcome is up to the mark. Future plan is we want more energetic people in software development and telecommunication and want to expand into Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), finance, banking and modernization projects. Palmchip invested in Palmchip Pakistan to setup three design centers, two in Lahore and one in Islamabad." About entrepreneurship promotion in Pakistan he added, "In order to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistan government and educational institutions need to provide platform to learn business, setup Venture Capital (VC) to fund the companies. Entrepreneurs have very bright future in Pakistan as Telecom, Software and finance sectors are at very fast growth. With little guidance Pakistani youth could be next Bill gates. They just need to find mentors," he concluded.

Jauher Zaidi is Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Palmchip Corporation, a hardware and software design company. He is a pioneer in Channel based SoC interconnect architecture, bringing mainframe approach onto a single chip. He also pioneered the SoC Platform IP licensing business model. Jauher has over 26-year experience in executive management, mainframe processor, co-processor, fiber-optic networking design, and system integration at Unisys. He also led the System-on-chip Input/Output devices (single-chip I/O) processor for mainframe computer at Amdahl, and mass storage group at Samsung. Before founding Palmchip in 1996, he led the flash and disk controller system-on-chip (SoC) integration at Quantum Corporation. Jauher is also a Chairman and CEO of Palmchip Pakistan Private Limited, software and IT outsourcing company focused on VoIP and Telecomm. He is a board of Advisor for Savant Company, a leader in International System-on-Chip conferences. He has also founded Silicon Pakistan organization to bring SoC technologies to Pakistan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering (BSEE) and Master of Science in Electronic Engineering (MSEE) degrees from Pacific States University in Los Angeles, California, USA. He has written and presented a number of articles and papers on the IP business model, future business and technology trends. He has also participated in many system-on-chip panels, and is a recognized expert in the area of SoC and Embedded System development. He invented the CoreFrame SoC Integration Architecture. He holds several patents on SoC technology and infrastructure.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Silicon Valley Pakistani firm Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

May 2nd, 2008 marked the one year anniversary since the Silicon Valley Pakistani Semiconductor firm, Cavium Networks went public on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange [Read: Silicon Valley Pakistanis - NED to NASDAQ].

In commemoration, the Cavium Management Team has been honored with the opportunity of ringing the opening bell at the start of trading day on Monday, May 5th at 6:30 am (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

The event will be telecasted live on major U.S. and International financial networks. To watch the live broadcast visit: or
Cross-posted to ScitechWire, Siliconstani, WadiBlog, OPEN SV

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Thursday, March 20, 2008


The Pakistan Academy of Sciences has instituted Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman prize in Chemistry. The prize carries Rs.20,000/- Cash, a Gold Medal and a Certificate. Pakistani Scientists, except Fellows of the Academy and those who have not received any Medal/Prize from the Academy during past five years are eligible for the prize.

Only one nominee may be proposed. Nominations can be made only by Fellows of the Academy and Heads of institutions engaged in scientific education and research. Nominations must be accompanied by four (4) copies each of the Biodata and complete list of research papers, a brief summary highlighting outstanding achievements in the field of scientific research, gold medals and other awards already received and reprints or photocopies of the research papers published in scientific journals of international repute.

The nominations complete, in all respects, received within due dates are to be processed. The documents of the candidates will be sent to members of the relevant expert committee for assessment in order of merit.

Recommendations of the experts will be placed before the Council of the Academy for selection of the candidate for the prize.

The decision of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences shall be final and not be challengeable in a court of law or elsewhere.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Social Network for Professionals


It has been six years since PakSEF was founded. Since then we have made significant strides towards the promotion of Scientific literacy. We have initiated several projects, though it may appear like little progress has been made, however contrary to popular belief, there has been a great deal of closed door brainstorming amongst the core team.

Some of the activities outlined for 2008 are as follows:

  • Re-launch of the Science and Technology Review Journal (STReJP). In past years the support for the journal was phenomenal. And recently we have been getting inquiries about the next Journal issue.
  • Continuing our efforts towards incubating promising research proposals - such as the VLSI center for excellence, encryption project, etc. You will hear more on these initiatives in the coming days.
  • Development of our Web infrastructure - enabling greater collaboration between members from the Pakistani S&T diaspora.

With that I would like to invite you to join us on PakSEF-Global - The Social Network for Professionals. This site will transform the Virtual S&T Think Tank (VSTTT) from being a mere email exchange forum, to a fully loaded and functional community of professional engineers, investigators, and students. Here you will have the opportunity to share ideas, videos, blog posts - or feel free to join one of the kindred groups created here. More over it will enable members to associate an email ID to a face...enabling greater global to local collaboration.

Also, I would like to extend a special invitation to members from kindred groups, such as IOPWE, UETian's, and NEDians - highlighting our common vision to support the Pakistani Science and Technology diaspora.


Abdulrahman Rafiq
founder/President, PakSEF

Our Web infrastructure:
http://paksef. org
http://groups. group/paksef/

Other Executive Board Members:
Asif Jan - Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Khurram Pirzada - Location: Lahore, Pakistan (Formerly Germany)
Moazzam Chaudry - Location: Silicon Valley, U.SA.
Rahim Ali - Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Sabahat Ashraf - Location: Silicon Valley, U.S.A,

Interested in participating in PakSEF? Email

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sindhi SMS & Multilingual Online Dictionary unveiled

Cross-posting from Tech Lahore

The University of Sindh at Hyderabad recently unveiled a number of interesting projects developed by its faculty and students. The projects were showcased at an exhibition inaugurated by Dr. Rabia Sheikh, the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University. Three of our favourites were:

1) A multilingual software dictionary that includes English, Urdu and Sindhi translations; this is a good addition to online tools that are relevant for millions of Pakistanis. We need more of them. We talked about street maps in a recent post, well, we need them all. Multilingual email, better Pakistan-centric VoIP services, multilingual dictionaries… bring ‘em on!!

2) Sindhi language SMS applications for mobile phones; this one is particularly important now that the mobile phone penetration has reached over 55 million users in Pakistan. Local language support will greatly enhance the usability and usefulness of technology.

3) Digital display boards with embedded GSM/GPRS control modules; this again shows how inexpensive technology can be used to solve what were previously pretty substantial problems. You can plop one of these billboards anywhere in the city and remotely manage the content it displays… without laying any physical wires or bothering to connect the system up to a copper phone line. [More...]

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Pakistan Blocks/Bans YouTube!

There's an old (from our youth :p) Bollywood song that goes "Main ro'oon ya hansoon; karoon mai kyaa karoon?!" or "Should I cry or laugh; To do, what do I do?"

Users subscribing to the Internet though the PTCL (Pakistan Telecom Corporation Limited, the semi- or formerly-government-owned corporation), in particular, have been getting the following message today if they tried to access YouTube:

Dear Internet Users

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ( directed all ISPs of the country to block access
to web site for containing blasphemous web content/movies.

The site would remain blocked till further orders from PTA. Meanwhile, Internet users can write to to remove the objectionable web content/movies because this removal would enable
the authorities to order un-blocking of this web site.

Best Regards

Technical Assistance Center
Micronet Broadband Pvt. Ltd.

For background, see:

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Member of the Month: Nasa Scientists from Pakistan

By M. Khalid Rahman, DAWN Staff Reporter

IT is not every day that you come across a Pakistani scientist who has worked for the United States space agency Nasa. A noted physicist who has taught and trained thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians, Dr Bashir A. Syed was here in Pakistan recently.

Now in his late sixties, he is as alert and active as he was in his younger years. He travels the world over to give lectures and make presentations on harnessing renewable energy resources and designing solar, wind and water energy projects.

Bashir Syed is vice-president, R&D, EnerTech Enterprises based in Houston, USA. He is a well-known physicist who has worked for Nasa and other research organizations for decades.

An alumnus of the DJ Sindh Government Science College, he taught there when Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was a student.

In the United States he attended some of the most prestigious universities. He has been a Fulbright scholar, and a Nasa scholar. His first job was with the Rockwell International Science Centre where he worked on Support US-EPA Contract for Air Pollution Monitoring through Remote Sites.

He also worked for Control Data Corporation where he trained engineers in mainframes/miniframes and digital computer design. Then he joined General Electric where he was involved in microelectronics (design and fabrication of CMOS-SOS ICs, Ga-As monololithic), microwave ICs (MMICs), EW systems, phased array antenna design, optronics, and formulation of a military standard (MIL-Perf-38535) for procurement of ICs, SPICE Commitee and NSRE Commitee.

Bashir Syed has also worked for Nasa support corporations such as Ford Aerospace, Loral Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Science Applications International Corporation. All of them support International Space Station, the space shuttle, manned space programme for Mars, Deep Space Probes, etc.

During his stay in Karachi, Dawn Sci-tech World talked to him. When asked how he got involved in the Nasa work, Mr Syed said that “in 1989 General Electric where I worked decided that they no longer wanted to be in military business, and laid off scientist and technicians engaged in that field. One day, I received a call from a Nasa contractor and was offered a job. It was to support the building of International Space Station.”

Mr Syed played a major role in the project from the design phase till the construction phase. He also participated in the Space Shuttle Modification Programme “since the shuttle had developed some faults and the system had become very old.”

An interesting project Mr Syed worked on was development of the space probes. Since he is a specialist on cosmic radiation, he was in charge of space radiation effects on the space ship and its components.

“As you can understand, the equipment sent out in the space is badly damaged because of the radiatin to which it is exposed. Thsi readiation comes from the sun as well as cosmic rays. My job was to teach the negineers how to mitigate these effects so that this problem does not occur and if it does, how to rectify it.”

Mr Syed was also a member of the radiation safety committe which not only took care of the instruments and gadgets exposed to radiation but also effects of radiation on engineers and technicians who handled them.

He got retired in September 2002 but before his retirement did some research in recently emerging microtechnology, especially the carbon nanotubes.

“The carbon nanotubes are much stronger than Kapton, the material used in bulletproof vests.

Equipped with the knowledge that he gained from his job with the space programmes, he launched a business with three colleagues. His company provides ways to harness solar and wind energies. It is engaged in designing solar energy panels and working on projects related to solar heating as well as cooling systems.

“Right now we are involved in two major projects: one is on a small island off the coast of Tanzania where there is no electricity. They have asked us to prepare feasibility study that would eventually help in setting up a wind farmin order to provide electricity to a stadium.

“We are also working on another island in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia. Over there too we have been asked to set up a wind farm.”

He believes that wind farms and solar energy are the right solutions to meet the power needs in Pakistan.

“There are two reasons for that. One is that by relying on fossil fuels we are increasing atmospheric pollution globally. As a result, earth warming is taking place. This is no fiction any more but a reality. In order to minimize that effect Pakistan has been given at least 20 million dollars from the United Nations Environmental Fund under the Kyoto Protocol.

“In addition, the Asian Development Bank has given funds to Pakistan to interdict renewable energy technologies. Moreover, fossil fuels are depleting and becoming more and more expensive.

“On the other hand, we have natural energy sources that are recyclable all the year round. For instance, the sun is always there five to eight hours a day. Of course at some places the sun is more suitable while at others the wind is the right choice.

“We are preparing feasibility studies in coastal areas such as Karachi and Gwadar where there is a lot of wind. At these places, big windmills can be set up successfully. At others, where the wind velocity is low, small wind mills should be set up to meet specific needs. A big windmill can generate three to four megawatts of energy.”

Can you estimate how big a windfarm would be needed to meet the power needs of a city the size of Karachi?

“Karachi’s electric supply cannot be entirely met with wind energy. The city already has fossil fuel power plants as well a nuclear power plant. The Alternate Energy Board in Islamabad has estimated that almost ten per cent of Karachi’s electrical energy needs can be met with renewable energy sources.”

Is it viable to use wave energy or geothermal energy for electric power supply?

“The wind energy and geothermal energy can be harnessed with very advanced technologies which are available only in developed countries.

“As for solar energy, it would be astounding to know that the Earth receives as much energy from the sun in one day which would suffice the needs for all the inhabitants of the planet for seven days.

“Solar cell technology is changing so rapidly that silicon solar cells which are most expensive to produce are being replaced by copper cells whose technology is being developed in France. Although the solar cells produced from copper only have a ten-year life, the difference in cost is considerable.’

About the ongoing debate on whether Pakistan needs big or small dams, Mr Syed said: “You don’t have to build huge dams and can rely on small dams wherever there are waterfalls. The technology is called micro-hydroelectric technology. This type of dams have been built successfully in China.”

Reprinted from
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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Pakistani S&T Expats on VoA

Recently the Voice of America broadcasted, in Urdu a round table session with select Pakistani Science and Technology expat professionals, and students in the United States.

On the show, five personalities were portrayed, all of whom provided anecdotes about studying and working in the United States. While at the same time offering valuable advice to prospective foreign students aspiring to pursue higher-studies.

Dr. Deen Aslam (Professor, Michigan State University, EE Dept)
Syed Raghib Hussain (co-founder/VP, Cavium Networks)
Owais Mughal (Editor,
Saad Kaisar (PhD Canditate, Michigan State University)
Sabahat Ashraf (Sr. Technical Writer, Cavium Networks, also blogs at

Click to listen to the VoA Program

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Effects of Fibre Outage through Mediterranean

A recent study at Stanford was conducting regarding the recent Internet outage in much of the Middle East, and India.

Interestingly, Pakistan to the most part wasn’t affected as much as other countries in the region. This is also mentioned in study as a tribute to Pakistan , quoted below.

It is interesting that some countries such as Pakistan were mainly unaffected, despite the impact on neighboring countries such as India . This contrasts dramatically to the situation Picture (Device Independent Bitmap)in June - July 2005, when due to a fibre cut of SEAMEWE3 off Karachi , Pakistan lost all terrestrial Internet connectivity which resulted, in many cases, in a complete 12 day outage of services. This is a tribute to the increased redundancy of international fibre connectivity installed for Pakistan in the last few years. [More...]

Click for Stanford Study

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Analysis of Mealybug attack using Agri Decision Support System (ADSS)

Dear colleagues and friends:

The emergence of Mealy bug as a cotton pest in Pakistan has taken many by surprise. However, there are not many studies using recent field data that can identify the varieties at risk, most effective pesticide groups, effect of weather etc.

The Agriculture Decision Support System (ADSS) developed at the FAST National University Islamabad and funded by the National ICT R&D Fund is geared to answer these questions; and more. The ADSS research report on Mealybug is freely available online, and can be
downloaded by visiting

The following media sources can shed a brighter light upon this issue.


Daily DAWN

Daily Business Recorder

Best regards

Ahsan Abdullah

The Author initially posted this to the PakSEF Virtual S&T Think Tank (VSTTT).

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

UET Alumni Mixer, Nov 3rd, 12pm

The UET Alumni Association of the Silicon Valley invites all UETians, and family of UETians to an informal mixer event on November 3rd. This is an opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and friends who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. A delicious buffet lunch will be provided.

Host: UET Alumni Association of the Silicon Valley

Time: November 3rd, 2007 at 12pm

Venue: Chandni Restaurant
5748 Mowry School Road, Newark, Ca. 94560 [map it]

Registration: $15
[Click to register online]

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