NeuroInformatics Research Lab
Widely proclaimed as the last frontier that humans have to conquer, the research on human brain integrates many diverse techniques and methodologies ranging from molecular level to the systems level. Neuro-informatics aims to leverage the current generation of IT infrastructure to tackle the mammoth challenge of studying and understanding the brain. The research work integrates life sciences with modern computational resources and presents a challenge for high-end computing machines and clusters. Neuroscientists all around the world are exploring different brain regions and thus produce enormous amount of data, which eventually is used for building large-scale models for simulating and visualizing different regions and pathways in the brain thereby providing useful insights on the structural and functional aspects of brain.
Establishment of the Neuro-Informatics Lab at SEECS-NUST has enabled Pakistani researchers and members of the faculty to actively participate in such efforts, thereby becoming an active part of the above-mentioned experimentation, simulation, and visualization processes. The lab collaborates with the leading international institutions to develop highly skilled human resource in the related field. This lab facilitates neuroscientists and computer scientists in Pakistan to conduct their experiments and analysis on the data collected using state of the art research methodologies without investing in establishing the experimental neuroscience facilities. The key goal of this lab is to provide state of the art experimental and simulation facilities, to all beneficiaries including higher education institutes, medical researchers/practitioners, and technology industry.
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was founded in 1991 for the promotion of higher education in the field of sciences and technology, by providing an environment for higher learning and need-based research, pertinent to the national requirements. It was granted its Charter in 1993. Over the years, it has grown in scope, services and stature as a premier institution, and emerged as a leading comprehensive university in the public sector. Guided by its vision to become a research-intensive university of international standing, NUST has not only set new norms of excellence in teaching, research and innovation, but also developed a culture which is conducive to creative activities and promotes talent in all forms. In fact, creativity and innovation are imbedded as core values in all scholastic activities. All academic and extra-mural activities are directed towards shaping of dynamic professionals of a very high caliber, capable of meeting emerging challenges of the new millennium, paving fresh paths in their respective fields of endeavor. According to NUST's mission statement, "The university community will strive to create challenging educational and cultural environments for students to refine their abilities to reason and to communicate freely and clearly so as to become responsible, morally equipped, moderate and well rounded citizens of a diverse world."
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has been functioning since 1972. It is the national focal point and enabling arm of Government of Pakistan for planning, coordinating and directing efforts; to initiate and launch scientific and technological programs and projects as per national agenda for sound and sustainable S&TR base for the socio-economic development, to achieve the vision for a better Pakistan, in terms of the mandate contained in Schedule-II of the Federal Government Rules of Business 1973. From the areas of industrial development to renewable energy and rural development, the Ministry suggests technological development for higher growth-rates and to improve standards of living. Its principal focus is on building Pakistan's technological competence in the 21st century as we enter new markets, developing a larger pool of human resources to reverse brain drain, and for integrating the existing technological infrastructure for strengthening of technology institutions, effective governance of S&TR and enhancing the capacity of indigenous innovation systems.