Sunday, November 30, 2008, Islamabad: The two-day second ‘International Conference on Advances in Space Technologies’ (ICAST 2008) was organised here Saturday by the National University of Science & Technology’s (NUST) Institute of Geographical Information Systems and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Islamabad Section at the NUST Campus on November 29-30, says a press release.
The theme of the ICAST 2008 is ‘Space in the Service of Mankind’ with the basic objectives of promoting the efforts of different institutions in the field of space sciences and inducing a harmonious and information sharing environment amongst all, opening dialogue on application areas in different government, social and private sectors, and convene the mother institutions to support and encourage the students performing research and analysis in space related disciplines by presenting their papers.
The theme of ICAST 2008 was chosen after deliberating upon the status of Pakistan in Space Technology vis-a-vis international aerospace advancements.
Dignitaries honouring the conference include Dr Ishfaq Ahmad of Planning Commission of Pakistan (Hilal-e-Imtiaz);
Dr Syed Azhar Hassan, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation;
Dr Zafar Taqvi, VP Automation & Technology Department, ISAS, USA; and Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani, Vice Chancellor NWFP University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar.
ICAST 2008 is focused on the advancements of space technology, its applications and synergy with GIS. An overwhelming response was received in respect of the keynote speakers and research paper presenters.
The target audiences for ICAST 2008 are engineers, town planners, academicians, space company managers, educators, students and government officials.
Participants from space energies, persons working on techniques, technologies and projects of earth observation, navigation, communicational and propulsion have been welcomed.