Dr. Yasir Ayyaz

Title: Transforming the Future with Artificial Intelligence

Affiliation: Chairman/CPD at National Center of Artificial Intelligence (NCAI)
Date and Time of Talk: Date: 20th December 2023 Time: 14:00PM – 14:45PM


With the forecasted global GDP contribution of USD 15.7 Trillion by the year 2030, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most anticipated technology sought by major technology companies of world today. Indigenously developing AI solutions with a focus on practical applications, the National Center of Artificial Intelligence of Pakistan is spread across various major cities of Pakistan with 9 national labs in 6 leading universities. It has delivered several major products for various stakeholders in Pakistan and is also working with international partners. Ranging from Safe Smart City solutions to Judiciary Automation, Media monitoring software to intelligent autonomous robots, this talk will focus on how the National Center of Artificial Intelligence of Pakistan is transforming the future landscape of technology in Pakistan with the focus on product development and practical AI solutions


Prof. Dr Yasar Ayaz (Pride of Performance) is the Chairman / Central Project Director of the 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 also a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at NUST and the founder and President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in Pakistan. He also 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 P.I. of the famous Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering (R.I.S.E.) Lab of NUST. He is the author of over 130 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. 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.

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