Artificial Intelligence is the future! says Wajahat M Qazi From GCU, Lahore.

by Noc Team on March 30, 2010

Interviewed by Ayesha Asghar

Did you ever realize that we Pakistanis have a brilliant and an intelligent “Scientist” amongst us? Well if you ignored his presence around you, then you missed a lot.  Let CodeWeek help you to explore the enlightened mind. We present to you a Pakistani Scholar and a Scientist working in area of Machine Consciousness, using framework of Quantum Artificial Intelligence. No doubt that he sees the future of Information Technology in his own ways like all great scholars of their time!

Wajahat M Qazi is working as a Deputy Director of Computer Science Department (DCS) in GCU, Lahore. He has established a research group named as Quantum and Bio-inspired Intelligent Cybernetics in GCU-DCS. Currently his research is focusing the areas of “Bioinformatics” and “Quantum Artificial Intelligence and Machine Consciousness”. He has more than 20 published research papers and impact factor of 17+. He is also an associate editor of Journal of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He is even a member of International Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences and IEEE.

CodeWeek: Briefly tell us about you, your family background and your education from the beginning to the last highest degree earned?

Wajahat: I was born on 18th May 1976 in Kuwait. My father is a Chemical Engineer(R) and my mother is a housewife. I am the eldest in my family and I have two younger sisters. My younger sister has completed her MA in English from Punjab University and my youngest sister has completed her MBA from Superior College. I have received my early education from International School of Pakistan, Kuwait.  I was in 9th Grade when we shifted to Lahore and then completed my matriculation from Standard School, Muslim Town Lahore and did my F. Sc Pre Engineering from Scholars College. After that I completed my BCS (Honors) degree from ILM, Hamdard University (now UMT). Then I completed my M. Phil in Computer Science (Bioinformatics/Machine Learning) from NCBA&E in 2007. Currently my Ph.D in Quantum Artificial Intelligence and Machine Consciousness is in progress under supervision of Dr. Khalil Ahmad .

CodeWeek: What attracted you to the specific field of Machine Intelligence and Consciousness?

Wajahat: My first love was Object Oriented Programming. In 1997 I joined National Engineers as Assistant Project Manager in their Software Wing. In 2000, I was one of the founding employees of a software house named as Softedge, its primary focus was Industrial Control Automation. At that time, we were having a meeting with French delegate which changed my mind and perception about the future of Software Industry. During a meeting, a French lady passed a comment, “Pakistani do create a software which is a piece of junk but it really works!”. This comment actually changed my mind and triggered me to explore more possibilities and opportunities keeping in view the International trends in Computer Science. This exploration leads me to the conclusion that the future of Software Industry may lie in hands of software artifacts based on Artificial Intelligence.

CodeWeek: How would you advice youngsters who wish to join and pursue Artificial Intelligence as a career?

Wajahat: Artificial Intelligence is the future! 95% of the ICT products which we use are somehow based on A.I. artifacts. I think that youngsters who wish to join the community of machine intelligence must start thinking of “post artificial intelligence” i.e. artificial general intelligence, machine consciousness and singularity artificial intelligence. These are the emerging areas in the field of machine intelligence. I think that this is the right time to catch the train.

CodeWeek: Please tell us about major personal achievements in your life?

Wajahat: I think that I have not yet achieved a lot as a researcher. I can share few success stories. I have proposed and published a new algorithm (MAPRes) in the area of Protein Bioinformatics. It is the first ever attempt made to study preferred rules regulating protein post translational modification. This algorithm was applied to study protein phoshorylation, glycosylation, yinoyang sites and role of BAD, BAX, BCL2 and MISTLETOELECTIN-1 in cancer. Already two versions of this algorithm are published. I have few publications on my credit they can be read on https://www.researchgate.net/publicliterature.PublicLiteratureSearch.html?query=wajahat+m+qazi

CodeWeek: What is your perception about the Computing Era community in Pakistan as it stands today?

Wajahat: Today where we are standing is just at the beginning of Computing Era. However Software Engineering is relatively mature as compare to machine intelligence and other domains in Pakistan.  I think that anyone with creative/innovative skills and ready to take challenge must take machine intelligence as career. I believe this discipline need full time Einstein and Newton.

CodeWeek: What would be your advice to the GoP regarding enhancements of the IT sector?

Wajahat: To compete with the growth of IT sector in the world, Pakistan needs to educate, train and bring its work force to the International education standards, incorporate new technologies and modern management practices into its industry and bring intense focus on building a knowledge-based economy by upgrading the technical and managerial skills of its people.

CodeWeek: What are the critical points for sound Artificial Intelligence?

Wajahat: As I have mentioned that artificial intelligence is already here. Now we are progressing towards artificial general intelligence and machine consciousness (AGI/MC). I think that to become an A.I. professional, one must start thinking in multiple directions. A.I/AGI/MC requires concepts from metaphysics, philosophy, mathematics, biology, physics and ICT.

CodeWeek: What do you think are the major responsibilities of a Project Manager heading a team?

Wajahat: Any person heading a team must be a good listener first of all! Instead of becoming a Boss, s/he should be a true leader first. S/he should be a good analyst and should handle problems psychologically and in the last but not the least s/he should be eager to learn.

CodeWeek: What are your personal professional plans for the immediate future for next 10 years?

Wajahat: I would like to take initiatives to strengthen the research in the areas of “Quantum Artificial Intelligence and Machine Consciousness” and Bioinformatics in Pakistan. INSHALLAH.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Ayesha March 31, 2010 at 1:46 AM

“Pakistani do create a software which is a piece of junk but it really works!”
hhhmmmmmm One should always think positively ;)

Mohsin March 31, 2010 at 3:09 AM

Thats my teacher! … I wish to be like him!

yasir March 31, 2010 at 4:11 AM

Wishing you all the very best for your professional plans in future

m rehman March 31, 2010 at 4:42 AM

that’s my teacher..i love him…..

Adnan March 31, 2010 at 4:43 AM

He is an excellent person and has the potential to do something in this field

Sajid Butt March 31, 2010 at 5:18 AM

I have learnt two or three course from this genius during my Bsc. hons at PU. In my opinion, Sir Wajahat M Qazi is really a genius and humble person who thinks less about viewers and do more for their betterment.

Muhammad Ahsan Sultan March 31, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Great job Sir! we are proud of you

Naveed Javed March 31, 2010 at 5:27 AM

Well done sir..

Imran Afzal March 31, 2010 at 6:10 AM

Mr. Wajahat is a great person not only w r to personality but also w r to spark.

Muhayyuddin Gillani March 31, 2010 at 6:19 AM

Prof. Qazi is my GURU. His work speaks more than his words…….

tamoor March 31, 2010 at 6:31 AM

his devotion and work will make the bench mark in the field machine learning and consciousness

RAO AMJAD March 31, 2010 at 6:36 AM

SIR WAJAHAT is my teacher. i like him very much. he is a great person

Shoaib Muhammad Niazi March 31, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Sir Wajahat is the person from whom i am inspired and taking interest in AI field..Really he is very great teacher and honest person…I used to study AI in 6th semester by him,,Really great Teacher..May ALLAH ive him strength to put his AI expertise in PAKISTAN (Ameen).

Taoqir Khosa March 31, 2010 at 10:26 AM

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Sir Wajahat is a great teacher.I studied Artificial intelligence and Neural Networks by him.

Azam Niaz Ch. March 31, 2010 at 10:31 AM

“Pakistani do create a software which is a piece of junk but it really works!”.
I think its true…
Sir Wajahat devotion and work will make the bench mark in the field machine learning and consciousness

Taoqir Khosa March 31, 2010 at 10:35 AM

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Sir Wajahat is a great person.I have studied Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks in 5th semester.

Faheem Khurshid March 31, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Congratulations Sir.. No words to express…..Sir Wajahat is the MAN……my supervisor and teacher. really love u sir gee…. May Allah Bless you always and in all the ways.,

Shahid_chep March 31, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Great ideas and concepts shared by him.
revolution in technology through Artificial Intelligence is the need of time,

i just say that he is a Devoted man………………..

Ali Raza March 31, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Sir Wajahat, my third LOVE…. The most impressive personality i ever met in my life….. And we will surely work as part of your team to show real PAKISTANI SKILLS

UT theGeek April 1, 2010 at 2:46 PM

” Mr Wajahat M Qazi ” The Futurologist, Computer Scientist, Researcher, Inventor, IT Guru, Geek & a Mentor. has been providing IT aid in different domains of science like in Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics etc.

He is one of the pioneer of Bioinformatics in Pakistan and contributing a lot in the field of Artificial Intelligence (20 published research papers, of impact factor 17+). He is the guy who is Competing the Age in true sense, we feel proud.

May Allah bless him many many more success……..

Rehan Hassan April 2, 2010 at 3:23 AM

Mr, Wajahat M Qazi the person that I most admire,
The person that I most would like to be.
Your friendship, like a torch, has lit a fire
Held with gratitude within my heart,
A portrait of a person good and kind.
You’re the bridge between me and my success.

“Good teacher gives their students the right direction of thinking instead of right solution”–Rehan

Azeem Rathore April 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM

we are really lucky to have a brilliant and best teacher it is really honor for us to complete our studies under his guidance

Atif Naveed April 7, 2010 at 11:55 AM

You are very ture Sir, Artificial Intelligence is the future…

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite…Sir, you got good mind but also you are very kind person!

well done is better than well said…
keep it up!

we are proud of you!
ALLAH bless you!!

HONEY April 9, 2010 at 2:06 AM

He is my teacher…… and a brillent person :)
Alots of well wishes for him :)

Muhammad Shahzad April 10, 2010 at 9:42 AM

some persons are very special in their field b/c GOD choose him for special purpose like my teacher cum

friend Wajahat M Qazi one of the great man.


GOD BLESS HIM

Mehreen April 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Sir Wajahat is really a great teacher. I have studied the course of artificial intelligence from him. He is doing a great job on his part. I liked the interview as well it reminded me of ma univ days…:)

Zakir Fayyaz May 7, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Sir Wajahat is great.

Abdul Mateen Yousaf May 10, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Sir G if i have asked to write an essay on favourit teacher, i will write an essay on
Favourite Sir Wajahat
May you live long Sir G

yasir Ghafoor May 24, 2010 at 5:39 AM

Great Sir.Pakistani kisi sa kam nahin……….;

arooj November 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM

sir wajjaht is my fav teacher .he is the best teacher that i have in my life.great person with high abilites of teaching

Iqbal Haider December 10, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Very impressive.
Pakistan needs more youngsters like him.

Unblocked Online Games December 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM

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