Research Domains

We research on a wide range of domains supporting our Center.

The fourth industrial revolution will be marked by the fusion of digital, physical, and biological worlds, ranging from wearables for health monitoring, AR/VR based virtual classrooms, remote surgery over 5G cellular networks, massive sensing for mission-critical applications with IoTs, and the use of custom deep learning models across a wide range of applications. This fusion will be enabled by technologies such as AR/VR, IoTs, 5G, and robotics and AI, all of which require a highly available distributed cloud infrastructure for delivering ultra-low latency and high bandwidth to users. If Pakistan wants to keep up with the ever-growing global industry of IT and telecommunication and secure a comparative advantage early on, it needs to pace up it progress in the information technology domain. In order to achieve this goal, emphasis on Research and Development is cardinal.

The role of predictive analytics in health sector cannot be overemphasised in a post-COVID world. Data enables decision making is key to making insightful policy decisions and effective operations of public health entities. It is fundamental to assess the trends in variables of health sector, helping the policy makers and on-field health practitioners to prepare early and respond precisely.

NCBC has been working diligently in this regard. We have developed district health analytics and prediction tools for various entities. These are being successefully deployed by Government and Hostpitals to bring the best of cutting-edge for improvement in their service delivery and policy insights.

NCBC’s strategic goal is to keep producing cutting-edge, locally developed big data solutions for the emerging challenges of ofenergy and power sector in Pakistan. SEIL at NCBC is the leading lab in this domain. In addition to keeping the generation capacity alive, there is need for innovation in demand side management of power sector, which requires advanced forecasting. SEIL is helping develop high-precison forecasting models and tools for the power sector. We have worked with various entities of power sector such as CPPA, NTDC and DISCOS.

Energy, however is not limited to the power sector. Major revamps in buildings and expanding electric vehicles infiltration in the transport sector will transform the energy landscape. We are on track and working on developing effective strategies for adapting EVs and renewable resources.

Security has rapidly moved from physical to digital landscape. Harnessing the power of big data and computing, the process and technologies to assist law enforcement agencies in preventing and predicting crime is becoming ever more sophisticated.

At various labs in NCBC, we have developed crime reporting applications, child recovery applications and much more to help make LEAs more effective and efficient. The tools developed and deployed are in various stages of completion. Some examples include Child Recovery App, Mukhbir- the crime reporting app and Video Surveillance and Theft Detection Systems.

Modern day farming is fast becoming smart and precision agriculture. In the modern agriculture, historical and real-time data is gathered in unstructured and structured data sets. The unstructured form of data that is collected from fields through various methods such as remote sensing, aerial surveillance etc, is used to find any useful information from them. The priority of modern agriculture is to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing the initial farm input costs. Big data supports different forms of precision agriculture functions by discovering intelligence and insights from the collected data in order to solve farming problems and inform farming decisions. ICT continues to play this vital role – improving productivity and eradicating hunger and unwanted agricultural investments.

Big data can influence urban planning by improving public engagement, simplify communication between planners and dwellers and speeding up responses to issues reported by citizens.

Technological advancements also create the opportunity to provide precise data and enable accurate forecasting. Big data also allows urban planners to gather information in real-time and this allows for planning from an informed perspective.

Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the way companies manufacture, improve and distribute their products. Manufacturers are integrating new technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and analytics, and AI and machine learning,into their production facilities and throughout their operations.

These smart factories are equipped with advanced sensors, embedded software and robotics that collect and analyze data and allow for better decision making. Even higher value is created when data from production operations is combined with operational data from ERP, supply chain, customer service and other enterprise systems to create whole new levels of visibility and insight from previously siloed information.

At various labs in NCBC, we have worked to develop an indigenous research culture around the theme, training indigenous human resource, developing local capacity in smart manufacturing and more.