Department of IT & Computer Science

About Department of IT & CS

Information Technology and Computer Science serve as the brain and nervous systems of our department. It is ideally designed and equipped to expose students to high-tech customized systems. Our highly qualified faculty in diverse computing fields are committed to preparing students for national and international service by raising their skills to secure placements around the globe. We plan to engage our students in and facilitate their interaction with professors of international repute.

Promising students are encouraged to take courses at partner Austrian universities after having gained basic German language proficiency. The students fulfilling requisite qualification criteria would be entitled to receive dual degrees, certified by HEC Pakistan as well as Higher Education of Austria. PAF-IAST are the pioneers to set up “Sino-Pak Center for Artificial Intelligence”, a skyline technology park” with a view to affording students a platform for business incubation and development of software houses.

Many agree that a degree in computer science best prepares a student for abstract problem solving and research on the development of computer technology, while a software engineering degree provides a student with knowledge regarding the software development process and how to apply this as an engineer.

Degree Programs Offered

We are proud to offer exciting and challenging degree programs, initially catering to only undergraduate students, followed by graduate (MS and PhD programs) in the near future.

Faculty of Electrical, Computer, IT and Design

Faculty of Electrical, Computer, IT, and Design (FECID) is engaged in preparing and equipping students to harness the benefits of advanced technology into the service of human lives. Electrical component largely involves the use of computing systems and information technology. It acquires the required design from the possible set of information and latest technology to meet the critical demands of modern society. It helps our students and faculty to work and understand the complexity of modernization and gives them the insight to develop such technologies that can alleviate human suffering by simplifying complex systems. The FECID seeks to produce well-educated and well-equipped students with sound sets of practical skills to cope with emerging technological challenges through international collaboration in areas like electrical, computing, circuits, signals, microprocessors, digital design, and communications. This eventually enables generations to become capable professionals and successful leaders in the digital era. 

Smart Classrooms
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Facilities

PAF-IAST is the only smart campus in Pakistan with blanket Wi-Fi coverage and smart classroom solutions for its classrooms and lecture theatres. These smart facilities offer the most advanced Interactive Digital Board, AI-enabled Speaker’s tracking camera, Lecture Recorder, along with other ancillary equipment.

Besides jogging tracks, two large grounds are reserved for cricket and football. Apart from the indoor game facilities at each Academic block, badminton, volleyball courts also have been made available.

Fully furnished shared accommodation is available for resident students. Boarding facilities are exclusively meant for students hailing from remote cities. Boarding facilities include comfortable rooms, fully functional dining halls, anteroom, Wi-Fi facility, indoor games, vending machines and laundry.

The campus has a high standard library, well provided with course textbooks along, reference books, and a good number of necessary research journals for each area of specialization. The library complex also comprises a few cubicles with smart boards installed for research group discussions and presentations.

PAF-IAST Campus offers ample ancillary services to ensure a conducive academic and working environment for all. These facilities include automated vending machines to readily provide students at fair price snacks, beverages, essential commodities 24/7, especially during short breaks without having them rush to the cafeteria now and then. Considering the needs of students, faculty, and staff, multiple vending machines are being installed at various places across the campus. Gradually, these machines will be made compatible for integration with Smart Campus One Card Solution which PAF-IAST plans to deploy in the days ahead to promote cashless campus culture.

Lab Facilities

The department provides a variety of facilities to students, faculty, and researchers to work in an innovation-friendly environment.

Our labs stand out in terms of the latest in hardware and software technology, thus engendering an environment conducive to the promotion of teamwork, interactive learning, and professional education of very high standards. Our instructional and experiment facilities induce students to undertake projects in lucrative industry-oriented technologies like Software Engineering, Big Data, Cloud, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Ware Housing and Mining, Networking, and application-oriented software.

Besides state-of-the-art smart classrooms, is equipped with the latest high-performance computers. More importantly, the department the department’s fiber-optic network communications offering high-speed Internet connectivity around the clock.

There are several computing labs in the Department that are available for student use. Some of these well-equipped and specialized laboratories are:

Dennis Ritchie Lab

This Lab is named after Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c. October 12, 2011), an American computer scientist. He is credited with the creation of the C programming language while developing UNIX operating system and B programming with his longtime colleague Ken Thompson.

Denis Ritchie Lab is known for its good range of computer programming facilities. Linked with highspeed Internet (Ethernet and Wi-Fi Both), this lab comprises Corei5/i7 All-in-One networked Desktop Computers running Windows as well as Linux operating systems. The additional lab features include state-of-the-art smart boards and Programming Display Units (PDUs) for 360 views of the instructor’s screen. With its ergonomically set layout, it is
furnished with modern custom-built furniture. It is ideally suited to conduct students’ workshops and software competitions. Its equipment inventory comprises:

  • Desktop/All-in-one Computers
  • Liebert UPS 650VA/ 390W PSA SOHO AVR Universal Sockets with Soft
  • VIRTUAL DESKTOP INTERFACE (VDI)
  • Smart Boards
  • Programming Display Units (PDUs)

Augusta Ada Lab

This lab commemorates an English mathematician and writer Augusta Ada Lovelace, the first-ever Software Developer (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852). She is chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She has been celebrated as the world’s first computer programmer, being the maiden developer of the world’s first software for an early computing machine.

The Augusta Ada Lab specifically caters to a host of Software Engineering activities and provides facilities for courses such as Software Engineering, Language, and Compilation Techniques. It aids students a great deal through high-speed Internet (both Ethernet and Wi-Fi) and computing nodes. Its equipment inventory consists of VIRTUAL DESKTOP INTERFACE (VDI): thin-client machines, networked machines running Windows as well as Linux operating systems. In addition, it is fitted with state-of-the-art smart boards and Programming Linux operating systems. In addition, it is fitted with state-of-the-art smart boards and Programming Display Units (PDUs) for 360 views of the instructor’s screen. Laid out ergonomically, it is furnished with modern furniture and fixtures. The Augusta Ada Lab is also available for students’ workshops and software competitions. Its equipment inventory chiefly comprises:

  • VIRTUAL DESKTOP INTERFACE (VDI)
  • Smart Boards
  • Programming Display Units (PDUs)

Alan Turing Lab

This lab is named as such in recognition of revolutionary contributions made by Alan Mathison Turing, a British mathematician, and logician (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), in the fields of mathematics, cryptanalysis, logic, philosophy, and mathematical biology, as well as the subsequent new areas like computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and artificial life.

Alan Turing Lab is a state-of-the-art- facility for students studying databases, Artificial Intelligence, and Operating Systems. Equipped with high-speed Internet (Ethernet and Wi-Fi Both) and computing nodes, it comprises VIRTUAL DESKTOP INTERFACE (VDI): thin-client machines, networked machines running Windows as well as Linux operating systems. The lab is fitted with Smart Boards and Programming Display Units (PDUs) for 360 views of the instructor’s screen. It is ergonomically laid out with appropriate modern furniture. The lab has the provisions to conduct students’ workshops and software competitions. Its main equipment inventory comprises:

  • VIRTUAL DESKTOP INTERFACE (VDI)
  • Smart Boards
  • Programming Display Units (PDUs)

Arfa Karim Lab

Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa (2 February 1995 – 14 January 2012), a Pakistani computer prodigy surprised the world by becoming the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in 2004. Her Achievement is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. This lab commemorates her world fame in the realm of computational sciences. Arfa Karim Lab is a state-of-the-art lab where students can work with ease, peace, and full concentration. Ergonomically designed, the lab prides itself on its all-in-one PCs (Corei5/i7) and comfortable focused seating area for laptop users. Students have ready access to high-speed Internet (Ethernet and Wi-Fi Both) and computing nodes. The lab is equipped with:

  • Desktop/ All-in-One Computers
  • Liebert UPS 650VA/ 390W PSA SOHO AVR Universal Sockets with Soft
  • Tabletop Sliding Smart Switches with HDMI, USB, POWER Sockets, and Wireless charger

SKYNET LAB

The SKYNET Lab has ample state-of-the-art networking equipment to prepare students to cope with the current and future demands of the IT industry besides affording them adequate hands-on networking experience with real equipment. Housed in a 30 x 42 square feet area, the lab is managed by the Department of IT & CS.

Al-Khwarizmi Lab

This lab is named after Muḥammad ibn Mūsā alKhwārizmī (780-850), Arabized as al-Khwarizmi, (formerly Latinized as Algorithmi). Al-Khwarizmi was a Persian polymath who is credited with producing vastly influential works in mathematics, astronomy, and geography. He also developed the concept of the algorithm in mathematics which brought him fame as the grandfather of computer science. The lab is a tribute to his pioneering contributions in the
the domain of computational sciences.
Al-Khwarizmi Lab is mainly dedicated to the Final Year Projects and research activities. It also caters to general-purpose computer usage. It is a great resource for students needing high-speed Internet
(Ethernet and Wi-Fi both) and computing nodes. It features VDI machines for computational processes, state-of-the-art Smart Boards, and Programming Display Units (PDUs) for 360 views of the instructor’s screen. It is furnished with high-quality furniture in an ergonomically built setting. The Lab is also a venue for students’ workshops and software competitions. Its equipment inventory comprises:

  • VIRTUAL DESKTOP INTERFACE (VDI)
  • Smart Boards
  • Programming Display Units (PDUs)

Why Study at PAF-IAST?

Location and Ambience

PAF-IAST is nestled in natural mountains that flank its campus from all sides, offering one even the ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. To its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. The ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity and aesthetic sensibilities of the human eye is a serene island of its own kind, far from the chaos, congestion, and cacophony of metropolitan culture. The major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila, and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.

Technology Advancement and Foreign Partnership

This institute is an emerging center of excellences, with its own technology park. All faculty members hold PhD degrees in appropriate disciplines. By virtue of its wide array of facilities and the facilitation for its students to learn and benefit both from classroom teaching and faculty trained at premier Austrian universities/institutions, the institution is ideally cut out for imparting state-of–the-art engineering and allied education in Pakistan. The institute enjoys close linkages with top ranking universities in Austria and China. We have already concluded with them formal agreements regarding student and faculty exchange programs, provision of dual degrees in certain areas, and the training support from foreign faculty. cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.

Academia-Industry Relationship

There is a strong synergetic relationship between academia and industry which paves the way for job opportunities for students even in the midst of their studies. PAF-IAST will serve as a welcome platform for the industry to share their requirements for a skilled workforce. This will enable the institute to incorporate their valuable inputs in practical vocational training and expose the students to industrial perspectives

On-Spot Industry Internship

It will be a mandatory requirement for every student to do an internship every semester in an appropriate industry. This will garner them practical experience related to their respective degree programs. To crown it all, Technology Park will afford them rare opportunities to apply themselves innovatively and become promising entrepreneurs.

Need and Merit-based Scholarships

Different types of local and foreign scholarship opportunities are available on need and merit base.

IT&CS Faculty Members

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