SmartCity Lab

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Muhammad Khurram
Department of Computer & Information Systems Engineering
NED University of Engineering & Technology
University Road, Karachi

Phone: +92-21-99261261, Email: mkhurrum@neduet.edu.pk

 

CO-Principal Investigators:

Dr. Najeed Ahmed Khan

Department of Computer Science

NED University of Engineering & Technology
University Road, Karachi

Phone: +92-21-99261261, Email: najeed@neduet.edu.pk

Dr. Shabbar Ali

Faculty of Civil Engineering & Architecture

NED University of Engineering & Technology
University Road, Karachi

Phone: +92-21-99261261, Email: mshabbar@neduet.edu.pk

 

Goal: Application of AI to realize smart city concept in metropolitan city of Pakistan

Scientific Objectives:

  • Implementing computer vision techniques for smart traffic management and control
  • Smart visualization through augmented visio

Description of Lab:

A core application of Smart cities is to use the immense learning and decision making power of artificial intelligence to direct traffic in a populated city, control road lighting and ensure safety and security of the masses. Just like other populated and advanced cities like Hangzhou, Barcelona, Dubai and Singapore; Karachi, being the largest city and the industrial hub of Pakistan attracts middle and upper middle class population. Due to immense growth in local residents and higher buying power, tendency of keeping personal transportation in the form of motor bikes and cars is common. This raises the need of advanced methods to manage traffic and people movement.  The backbone of Smart-City will understandably be the collection of huge data related to the movement of the masses and vehicles. The subprojects that will be taken at hand will allow the realtime data collection and analysis to aid the govt. and management agencies.

The emergence of mobile devices with sophisticated sensors and cameras has placed augmented reality and vision applications within the reach of a common citizen. How the user experience of people living and visiting a futuristic smart city can be enhanced using this technology is the main challenge. As the whole world is moving in this direction and emergence of comparatively affordable technology, Pakistan and its largest city Karachi also needs to adopt this technology with a touch of AI.

 Applications Domains:

    • Smart traffic monitoring
    • Intelligent vehicles
    • Crowd analysis
    • Augmented Reality