The outreach efforts of IDRACK include appearance at science festivals and school drives.
In both of these, the primary aim is to expose public to the computational side of research and at IDRACK we believe that an early start can make all the difference.
Exposure of students below the age of 13 to scientific questions and research practices can trigger their interests in the area.
Our last public appearance (due to constraints in time and other resources, we were unable to follow this up in 2018) was at the Lahore Science Mela, 2017.
Our interaction with young minds was an amazing experience. No words are enough to state our experience but we will be uploading some pictures soon to highlight key moment.
Last year IDRACK conducted a number of scientific workshops in Pakistan.
- Lahore (Lahore University of Management Sciences, LUMS)
- Islamabad (COMSATS)
- Peshawar (University of Peshawar)
These workshops were targeted at both faculty and students, and saw both of them attend these events. The purpose of these workshops forms the second-tier of IDRACK’s foundation i.e. training of the students and faculty to raise research standards in Pakistan.
At present, at IDRACK, we are working on two research projects:
- Morbus Opus is a health care project. At the heart of this project is the development of a database of various diseases prevalent in Pakistan, along with data useful to researchers in the area of public health. These statistics would then feed into mathematical models which would provide out break predictions and assist in appropriate usage of public health resources.
- Modern day research questions require computational resources which do not always come cheap. Super computing facilities around the world are being used to tackle modern problems. These facilities cannot be readily setup in a country like Pakistan. At IDRACK, we are looking at making super-computing feasible for researchers on a low budget, thus improving their research output significantly bringing them at par with the rest of the world.
More to come.