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Distinguished Lecture Series: Applying Big Data & AI in Biomedicine by Dr. Hammad Naveed

Dr. Hammad Naveed delivered an insightful talk on “Applying Big Data & AI in Biomedicine” at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) as part of the ongoing BNU Talks: Distinguished Lecture Series, organized by SCIT.

Hammad Naveed is currently leading the AI Labs at Soliton Technologies. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Computational Biology Research Lab at the National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (NUCES-FAST), Islamabad Pakistan. He was also the Director of the Lahore campus of NUCES-FAST from 2021-2023. He received his PhD in Bioinformatics from University of Illinois at Chicago (2012). He was a Research Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, University of Chicago from 2014-2017. He received his postdoctoral trainings at the CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai China (2012-2013) and at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia (2013-2014). He has published 50+ research papers in leading journals and conferences. He has co-founded 'Tib.ai' and 'AMAL Intelligent Medical Solutions' for converting research into products for the betterment of the society. During his recent address at the Distinguished Lecture Series organized by the School of Computer & IT (SCIT) on February 28, 2024, Dr. Hammad led an interactive discussion with the attending students, leading to an exchange of ideas. He emphasized on growth mindset and how computer scientists cannot absolve themselves from constantly learning and evolving. He also emphasized how students must take help from the abundant resources available to them and use these as mentors to guide their learning journey.

Dr. Hammad also explained the workings of the field of Bioinformatics, and how the mindset of constant adaptability, learning new skills and applying them to various problems can give Computer Science students an edge in this technological wave of Artificial Intelligence and Large Language Models. He also mentioned a few of his ongoing research projects, most of which have been published in highly esteemed journals and presented at conferences around the world.

The presentation also included how AlphaFold (DeepMind) has solved the 35+ year old challenge of predicting 3D structures of proteins. For some, this breakthrough meant job redundancy for bioinformaticians, but Dr. Hammad argued that this can leave bioinformaticians free to spend time on problems which takes those solved structures as input to solve higher level problems such as drug design.

The session ended with a Q&A session, where students shared their viewpoints and concern over employability in such a tough job market. Dr. Hammad reassured the students that such technological waves have been common, and the only solution is to have a radical paradigm change by open heartedly embracing change and a mindset to learn.

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