October 21-22, Islamabad, Pakistan

Dr. Sohail Khan
Senior Faculty, Sino-Pak Center
for Artificial Intelligence (SPCAI)
Short Bio
Sohail Khan received the BS Electronics Engineering and MS Electrical Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He obtained PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 2016. He worked as Scientist at Austrian Institute of Technology from 2013 to 2021. There, he obtained 8 years of experience of working on European and international projects while working at Austrian institute of technology, Vienna, Austria, Sohail Khan excels in providing analytical solutions to power system planning and operational challenges, particularly towards integration of renewable energy sources in the grid. Sohail Khan also has 5 years of teaching experience while working at various universities in Pakistan including currently at Sino-Pak Center for Artificial Intelligence (SPCAI), Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology.
He is currently having a central role in establishing the SPCAI with the support of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan and in collaboration with Austrian and Chinese universities. He is in process of establishing 10 research labs at SPCAI, supervising graduate programs and R&D activities at the Center. He is leading Intelligent Energy Infrastructure group at SPCAI, Central energy lab at PAF-IAST and supervision of High-Performance Computing cluster. He is professional member of IEEE and reviewer of multiple high impact journals.
Mr Muhammad Hammad
Director Cloud Platform and
Technology - Oracle
Short Bio
Although his first job (Techlogix 2005) was behind the desk like most of IT graduates, he knew this was not for him, so he made a move to Sales role very quickly. He loved the dynamism of being a Salesperson and this has been an amazing ride so far with full of exciting opportunities. Starting from barcode equipment evolved into software selling including ERPs, Bespoke applications, Integration, process automation solutions and leading to his current passion Cloud. He joined Oracle in 2010 as Middleware Sales, arguably toughest product portfolio any salesperson can ask for.
He has managed Middleware business for Sage West countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan). In 2017, he started managing Technology and Cloud platform team for North and Central Pakistan and since then have managed to achieve double digit YoY License growth and exponential growth on Cloud consumption.
He is an enthusiast about Sales and Technology but growing from an individual contributor to a manager, he realized (in 17+ years of my career) his true desire is to:
- help build careers
- help staying motivated
- help develop problem solving skills
- help achieving goals
Dr Yasar Ayaz
Founder and President of IEEE
Robotics and Automation Society in
Founding Head of Department of
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at
Short Bio
Prof. Dr Yasar Ayaz is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at NUST. He is also the Chairman / Central Project Director of National Center of Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) which is Government of Pakistan's top technology initiative in Artificial Intelligence with a funding of more than Rs. 1 Billion. He is the founder and President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in Pakistan and bears the honorary title of Specially-Appointed Professor at Tohoku University, Japan.
As the Founding Head of Department of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at NUST, Prof Yasar designed and launched Pakistan's first MS & PhD programs in the field of Robotics and Intelligent Machine Engineering in 2011. He is the author of over 140 international publications and has 3 product design patents registered in his name with several more in review process. Particularly, his research on Motion Planning and Humanoid Robotics has been cited by Top Universities of more than 13 countries including USA, Japan, France, Germany, South Korea, Hungary, Canada, China, Iran, Croatia, Singapore etc. He has won Best Paper awards for his work in Human-Computer Interaction in London in 2018; and in Soft Robotic Grasping in Sydney in 2013. As recognized by Pakistan Book of Records, Prof Yasar holds two national records for supervising undergraduate research with maximum overall international publications as well as maximum Impact Factor journal publications in any field of engineering in Pakistan.
In May 2014, Prof Yasar was conferred with President's Gold Medal by President of Pakistan for being the Overall Best Teacher of NUST which is the highest performance award of NUST that is given on the basis of overall teaching performance. Prof Yasar has been featured in Who's Who in the World, Berkeley, USA as a leading International Researcher and Academician since 2013 to present. He has also been named among the top 100 Educators of the World by the International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK. In March 2017 the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan has also named Prof Yasar as one of the Top 20 Most Eminent Scientists of Pakistan. In recognition of his services to Pakistan in the field of Robotics & AI, President of Pakistan has conferred Prof Dr Yasar Ayaz with the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance on 14 August 2021.
Mrs Komal Yousaf
Senior Businesses Consultant, IBM
Islamabad, Pakistan
Short Bio
Mrs Komal Yousaf has over 16 years of Experience Consulting services pertaining to Quality Assurance, Test Management and Project Management. Have had an opportunity to work on various Local, Regional and Global projects in cross industrial domains: Tele Communication, Healthcare, Auto-mobile, FMCG and IBM US internal projects. I have experience of working on several Application Development/Management Services and Core consulting projects, ensuring organisation's mission statement and core values are adhered upon in order to attain satisfactory results and gaining client's trust.
A Keen Advocate of brining Quality in practice in the course of project delivery lifecycle in-order to ensure quality delivery and satisfactory costumer experience, by defining Quality narrative with key stakeholders. Practicing and enabling the CMMI initiative at CIC Pakistan along side CSE Regional team. Certified CMMI® Associate and equip with knowledge on IBM PM&T Standards focused on deriving Quality Delivery. Helping the PMO teams on various accounts in streamlining process improvement on various projects to evaluate the process, quality of deliverables and assets to help teams understand the significance of aligning with CSE practices for a productive, efficient culture that decreases risks in software, product and service development.
Have had an opportunity to set up IBM Pakistan's Testing and Quality practice and bringing in quality and good professional under the wing since with varying skillsets and expertise in cross industrial domains following industry best practices.