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Dr. Jamal Uddin, the inventor of world’s most efficient Solar Energy cells

People of Bangladesh residing worldwide bring money, fame and even contributes to the world economy and development through their innovation and discovery. Such a name of a Bangladeshi Bengali is expatriate scientist, Mr. Jamal Uddin (Bengali: ড. জামালউদ্দিন).

This invention is very crucial for the world, especially for Bangladesh. As we know, as per the data of Bangladesh Govt, 55.26% people of Bangladesh have electricity and most importantly, 42.49% people of rural areas in Bangladesh have electricity.* This shows that the huge deficit of electricity in Bangladesh. Most importantly, lack of electricity creates space for kerosene. Maximum people of the off-grid areas have to rely on using kerosene lamp at night due to unavailability of on-grid electricity.

One statistics shows that the typical expenditure on kerosene is around 1 to 2% of the monthly incomes of Bangladeshi households. With 94% of this kerosene being consumed for lighting, the resulting expenditure on kerosene for lighting is approximately USD 0.36 billion.** This is huge indeed, so as to say!

The work of Mr. Jamal Uddin is also huge! He invented the world most efficient solar cell which has 43.4% of the solar cell renewable energy production capacity. He made new world record in this case by using meta physics, Kasmol software and PC One-D. His invention will create more opportunities for solar technology even impact on the lives of the people of the third world country and developed country.

Dr. Jamal has completed his Honour’s and Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Dhaka. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Osaka, Japan.

He is currently working as an ‘Associate Professor’ at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland of United States of America. And he is the researcher in Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology. He is the resident of Hajiganj of Chandpur district. He is the son of late Abdul Jalil and Begum Fazilatunnesa.

He received Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, second year in a row. He is the recipient of the 2014 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award. Founder and director of Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology, Dr. Jamal Uddin plans to use the funds to continue supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research, especially solar research. This is redundant to say that the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents’ bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.

Publications:
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp010064b
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020169311005299

Contact:
Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216, USA
Corresponding: Tel.: +1 410 951 4118; fax: +1 410 951 4110 (Md.J. Uddin), tel.: +1 410 706 8409; fax: +1 410 706 8408 (J.R. Lakowicz).
E-mail: juddin@coppin.edu

Reference Link:
* Household income & Expenditure survey, 2010
** http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/311790804b5ca8d783fbc3bbd578891b/Lighting-Asia-offgrid-lighting-Report072512.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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Professor M. Zahid Hasan, the discoverer of mass less particle, Weyl fermion

This is the story of another proud Bangladeshi Bengali. This is about M. Zahid Hasan (Bengali: জাহিদ হাসান) who led A group of researchers of Princeton University in the United States which discovered the elusive massless quasi particle, Weyl fermion, predicted 85 years earlier. This is the unique innovation. This innovation will bring revolution in producing electronics goods for the next generation. This particle has incredible capacity to move inside the matter and anti-matter through crystal. This is noteworthy that Physicist and mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted the existence of Weyl fermions in 1929.

Zahid Hasan alias Taposh is the eldest of two sons and one daughter of Advocate Mohammad Rahman Ali and wife Nadira Ali Talukdar. Zahid has passed Secondary (SSC) from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School in 1986 and higher secondary(HSC) from Dhaka College in 1988. He stood second in the combined merit list in SSC and first in HSC.

He later studied at the University of Texas in Austin, United States of America. He has worked with physicist Professor Steven Weinberg, who had shared the Nobel Prize with Professor Mohammad Abdus Salam in 1979. He started working on experimental based physics with his interest. He had completed his masters and doctorate at Stanford University. After completing his studies at Princeton University, he joined as a ‘lecturer’ there in 2002. He became a ‘full professor’ in 2011. He is currently a professor of physics at the university.

He has another identity as a writer. Zahid published his first book on science, Aesho Dhumketur Rajjae (Bengali: এসো ধুমকেতুর রাজ্যে) which can read as ‘come to the World of Comets: An Astrophysics Primer’ at the age of just 16 in 1986.

In his personal life, he got married with Sarah, MIT-educated engineer, who works for Microsoft. They have two adorable children: Arik Ibrahim Hasan (13) and Sarina Maryam Hasan (11).

Contact:
Position: Professor
Title: Professor of Physics,
Princeton University,
Office: 321 Jadwin Hall,
Phone: 609-258-3044
Email: mzhasan@princeton.edu
Homepage: http://physics.princeton.edu/zahidhasangroup/

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Ayesha Arefin Tumpa, worked in a team which invented artificial lung

According to the Global Gender gap report 2015, Bangladesh ranks 64th out of 145 countries with a score of 0.704 (0.00 = inequality, 1.00=Equality)* . This is the statistics which say lot about the gender situation of a country like Bangladesh. But a girl of this country still can contribute if they get proper opportunities and support. Let it be in the field of science and technology or any other sectors. Though this county has very few female scientists, some of them are doing really a brilliant job in the field of science and technology.

Ayesha Arefin Tumpa (Bengali: আয়েশা আরেফিন টুম্পা), is the name of such Bangladeshi girl who proved this again with her invention, artificial human lungs. She has invented this using Nano-technology as a part of combined team. According to her, she is grateful to the researchers of different countries particularly Momo Vuyisich of Montenegro working in Los Alamos of United States of America.

An American researcher, Chris Detter of Alamos National Laboratory, had discovered promising geneticist Tumpa in one of his trip to Bangladesh for research related work in 2011. She got the opportunity of studying in Los Alamos National Laboratory for higher studies and research with the exclusive collaboration by Detter and his colleague, Lance Green. She had been doing her PHD in University of New Mexico on nano-science. At the same time, she had been continuing her research in Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Tumpa began her career in the bio-security section at Los Alamos National laboratory. Then, a renowned Indian researcher and toxicologist, Rashi Iyer had appointed Tumpa in the lab for optogenix related research work. This is noteworthy that optogenix is the study of manipulating genetics and engineering proteins to control neuron activity in living tissue ”for prosthetic limb and artificial tissue development.

As we know, Nanoparticles is used in different products starting from sunscreens to solar panels, are proliferating so quickly that safety testing for potential health hazards can hardly keep-up. Tumpa and other member of Iyer’™s team are developing methods to improve testing of toxins and diseases and support bioethics, including replacing prevalent animal-testing methods with trials in artificial organs.

The team is creating an artificial human lung to reveal the cellular mechanisms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,”the third most common cause of death in America and support development of therapeutics. Arefin also researches neurological diseases and strokes.

In the same time, Tumpa engaged in doing research on various neurological diseases and blood-dripping in brain. In her education life in Bangladesh, She had attended in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), where she received her undergraduate degree in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Anyone can judge her more by one of her saying, as it says, “My goal is not just to do cool things; my goal is to do something helpful for other people”

Contact:
FB: https://web.facebook.com/arefin.tumpa?fref=ts
Publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ayesha_Arefin

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*Ref: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GGGR2015/BGD.pdf

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Ataul Karim, a Bangladeshi scientist, one among the best 100 scientists of the world, invented train which will not touch the line

The conventional idea of a train is that a train requires a line to touch to move forward. Dr. Ataul Karim (Bengali: ড. আতাউল করিম), a Bangladeshi origin scientist who stood in the list of the best 100 scientists of the world, invented train which will not touch the line. Train will run forward through magnets and reach to the destination within the blink of an eye. He is one of the world’s top 100 scientists.

Mr. Ataul Karim has been working in Dominion University at norophoke of Virginia adjacent to Washington DC as Vice President (Research) Washington DC.

However, the researchers of Old Dominion University had spent lot of money behind the research to invent this type of train past 7 years. But the real success came when Mr. Karim took the leadership of the research in 2004. Within just one and a half years, he was able to succeed in his research to invent the train which waits commercial launching.

China, Germany and Japan have discovered this type of train running over 150 miles per hour. But the average cost of the track of this train lines per mile is about $ 110 million. But the invention of Mr. Karim would cost only US$ 12 / 13 million. His design is pleasant. The main characteristic of the train is that it will not touch the line once after it is getting start.

Dr. Karim moved to United States (US) 30 years back with higher degree in Physics from the Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He had completed his MS in physics in 1978, and MS in Electrical engineering in 1979 and his PHD in 1981 in Electrical engineering from the University of Alabama. He is currently leading 5000 talented researchers-students of the World or US with his own talent and skill.

Dr. Karim is leading 6 college, at least 20 research centre, 600 faculties and more than 5000 graduate and under graduate students.

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Mohammad Ashraful Alam, a Bangladeshi descent in the United States of America invented a new ‘Electric sensor’ that can detect the living and the dead cells of bacteria within few minutes conquering the current challenge of science to detect Bacteria in hours.

This is the success story of another Bangladeshi, Mohammad Ashraful Alam (Bengali: মুহাম্মদ আশরাফুল আলম) in United States of America who invented a new ‘Electric sensor’. With his invention, living and the dead cells of bacteria can be detected within few minutes. As a result, the diagnosis of diseases will be more accurate than earlier. And protection of different types of dishes will be ensured.

Mr. Ashraful Alam teaches in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Puradu. He had studied in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET) in Bangladesh.

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medicine. Usually it takes few hours to examine bacteria samples. So, this is quite difficult to detect the disease or starting the treatment of the patients. But the sensor he made with a PHD student, Aida Ebrahimi, would take few minutes to complete the whole process. The sensor can accurately detect the difference between living and dead bacteria cells.

The research paper of Ashraful Alam and Aida Ibrahim was published in the Journal, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”. The study is important that the sensor can detect the difference between the dead and the living bacteria cells within a short time. This will help realizing how the bacteria die. The treatment of a bacteria infected patient can be started quickly now and effective drugs also can be given to cure the patient soon.

Contact: Muhammad Ashraful Alam, 765 49-45988, alam@purdue.edu
Youtube: https://youtu.be/QN019bQJCb8
Electronic Sensor SOT and B-roll
Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5pvN1C9I3pbejZ4U3p3ZHJLVFE

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Ehsan Hoque, the inventor of Mood Meter which can read the mood or smiles of human being, contributes in the field artificial intelligence

Machine can measure the smile. The man-made device can do everything. The device can even detect muscle movements, frowning or the tendency of slight lips press. If a person can smile in front of the device, it can predict the happiness of the person. This is something new and like fairytale in the field of technology considering current advancement of technology even in the developed country. But a Bangladeshi with his team mates made this possible through his historical invention.

Two youths have designed this device, ‘MIT Mood Meter’ in the media lab of MIT. One of them is a proud Bangladeshi, Mr. Ehsan Hoque (Bengali: এহসান হক).

The movement of Human face and voice analysis is of the main subject of their research to help identify the device of human emotions. However, Mr. Ehsan worked to make a first automatic robot in the laboratory of Walt Disney which could see, hear and make decisions by itself before doing this project.

MIT students, Mr. Ehsan Hoque and Mr. Xavier Hernandez began the work of the mood meter collectively. The project of Ehsan prepared a report on the level of happiness of the people of the area of MIT campus by analyzing the grimace of human face through 4 cameras placed in 4 important places of MIT Campus.

At the beginning of this study, the project faced different barriers. There was a need of sample of joy and despair. Most of the researches in the past were through the sample of acting. For example, Unsaturated people were asked to express their feeling in front of camera as if they were happy or they were disappointed.

But the data found through such acting was not found true. They needed real-time data. Computer algorithms can detect samples collected through acting. But in reality, the computer algorithm was failed totally to detect human emotions.
The computer algorithms required spontaneous expression. For this, they had to make a trap in which arrangements were made for the samples to make them laugh and disappointed.

Through this set-ups, they got the samples and they started analyze two types of samples laughter- One smile really a matter of genuine laughter, another smile even in the midst of despair. All the samples of smiling were recorded because there is less benefit in analyzing still pictures. They started analyzing the entire videos later.

A term of Computer Science is ‘machine learning. For this, there is a need of mathematical equations solving. There was no difference found between smiles of still photographs in the equations. However, the progress of two types of smiles had different developments. Spontaneous smile slowly grew and reached to intensified level, and the smile in the frustration created quickly and vanished away quite quickly.

With deep thoughts, they had created algorithm on machine learning. They have found that computer can identify two types of smiles 90% correctly. When they opened their device to public, they were surprised to see that their device can realize the smile of people more than the people do by themselves. The glorified part of this study that the device is able to understand the feelings of human being. This invention would add different dimensions in the field of artificial intelligence.

The inventor of such tehcnology, Mr. Ehsan Hoque completed his Secondary School (SSC) from Udayan School of Dhaka, Higher Secondary (HSC) from Dhaka College. He moved to United States of American for higher studies. He graduated in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, PA, USA in 2004 and completed Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Memphis, TN, USA in 2007. He completed his PHD in Media Arts and Sciences (Media Lab) in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.in 2013.

He is now working in University of Rochester, NY as an Assistance Professor in Computer Science Department, Assistant Director for Research Outreach of Goergen Institute for Data Science. He is now researching on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for developing computational approaches to generate new insights and theories about human behavior that are “written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all.”

Learn more about Mood Meter: http://hoques.com/Publications/2012/12-siggraph_Mood%20Meter_Hoque_2012.pdf
Details of Mood Meter: http://affect.media.mit.edu/pdfs/12.Hoque-etal-Frustrated-Smiles-TAC.pdf

Award and Honors:
•National Awards:
•MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) Award 2016
•Google Faculty Award, 2016, 2014
•NSF CRII Award 2015
•Microsoft Azure Award 2014, 2016

Paper and Publication Awards:
•Nomination for the Most Influential Articles in IEEE transactions for Affective Computing Journal
•Best paper Award (Top 5 in 392 Submission), ACM Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2013
•Best paper nomination (Top 5 in 245 submissions), IEEE Automated Face and Gesture Recognition 2011
•Best paper Nomination (Top 5 in 125 submissions), Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA2006)

Thesis Awards:
•Nomination from the MIT Media Lab for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

Other Honors:
•University Research Awards (Previously known as Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award)-2015
•Excellence in reviewing Award at ICMI 2014
•IEEE Gold Humanitarian Fellowship for Innovative Use of Assitive Technology-2010
•Best Senior Design Award, Penn State University-2004

Contact:
710 Computer Studies Building, Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: 1-408-634-6783
mehoque AT {cs dot rochester dot edu}
Twitter: @ehsan_hoque
Website: http://hoques.com
Youtube: https://youtu.be/UeTgYxjT3Ns
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mehoque/sets/72157627577377388/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mehoque/
Photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mehoque/sets/72157627577377388/
Blog in Bengali: http://choturmatrik.com/blogs/এহসান-হক
Play: https://youtu.be/V6xDbpWSeUE
Play: https://youtu.be/EQCBfRsumB0

List of Publications: http://hoques.com/Publications.htm

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Dr. Rasel Das, an idol of Bangladesh, awarded with ‘Elsevier Atlas Award’ for his research on purifying the sea water

Dr. Rasel Das (Bengali: রাসেল দাস), is an idol of Bangladesh, awarded along with his team mates for his research work on purifying the sea water. He was awarded with ‘Elsevier Atlas Award 2015’ in 2015. He has done his research on Carbon nanotube membranes for water Purification as part of completing his PHD degree.

This award is awarded in each year in every trades of science (including Physics, Chemistry, Health) by selecting the best research paper from research papers published in journals worldwide.

According to elsevier.com, ‘With over 2,500 journals publishing articles from across science, technology and health, our mission is to share some of the stories that matter. Each month Atlas showcases research that could significantly impact people’s lives around the world or has already done so. We hope that bringing wider attention to this research will go some way to ensuring its successful implementation.

With so many worthy articles published the tough job of selecting a single article to be awarded “The Atlas” each month comes down to an Advisory Board. The winning research is presented alongside interviews, expert opinions, multimedia and much more on the Atlas website’.

According to one of the press releases of elsevier.com, ‘About 400 million people are using desalinated water and it has been projected that 14 % of the global population will be forced to use sea water by 2025. Desalination plants already provide much of the water used by people in many parts of the world, especially in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. Climate change is only increasing the demand for desalinated water as greater evaporation and rising seas further limit freshwater supplies for a growing world population. But current methods to desalinate water come at a very high cost in terms of energy, which means more greenhouse gases and more global warming. Existing desalination plants rely on reverse osmosis, vacuum distillation, or a combination of the two. But those methods are energy intensive and costly. Carbon nanotubes are tiny hexagonal tubes, made by rolling sheets of graphene, said Rasel Das, first author of the paper. They require little energy and can be designed to specifically reject or remove not only salt, but also common pollutants’.

Mr. Das was born on 17th June, 1987. He had completed his graduation in 2009 and Post-graduation in 2011 from Chittagong Science and Technology University with first class grading in Bio-technology. Later he had joined in Chittagong Science and Technology University as Lecturer in Biotechnology department in 2012. He admitted later in PHD in Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 where he contributes to the research along with his team-mates Md. Eaqub Ali, Sharifah Bee Abd Hamid, Seeram Ramakrishna, Zaira Zaman Chowdhury.

Research Title: Carbon nanotube membranes for water purification: A bright future in water desalination
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0011916413006127
PDF: http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0011916413006127/1-s2.0-S0011916413006127-main.pdf?_tid=13bc4bf4-6697-11e6-be60-00000aab0f6c&acdnat=1471671153_3123051ae044f514811c63ab8d23c65f

Reference link: https://www.elsevier.com/atlas/about

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Shahriar Nirjon , a Bangladeshi born engineer invented the musical heart which can play music based on heart beat of different situation of user

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This is Shahriar Nirjon (Bengali: শাহরিয়ার নির্জন), a Bangladeshi born engineer who invented the ‘musical heart’ which can play music based on heart beat of different situation of user.
Musical Heart is created with the combination of Hardware and Software. An earphone is used as hardware in which sensor was included which can count the heart beat. His technology will mix with the heartbeat to play song by choosing songs from the play list.
This technology can understand what the user is doing (sleeping, running, standing or walking) through the earphone. This information can sent to Smartphone through audio jack in which the app was installed. The work of the app is to play the right music from the playlist based on the situation of the user. Even this app can play a music which helps to increase heartbeat if the user feels to increase his / her heart beat. But this depends on the regular use of the user. This innovation was presented in the 10th Comuting Machinary Conference on Embeded Networked Sensor System in November, 2012 in Toronto of Canada.
Shahriar Nirjon had completed his studies from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and moved to University of Verginia of United States in 2008. He had researched in Sensing and Embedded Network System of Smartphone. As part of this, he had created an application called, ‘Musical Heart’.
He had received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, under the supervision of Jack Stankovic in August, 2014. In his career also, he was successful. He had worked as ‘researcher’ in the Networking and Mobility Lab at the HP Labs (2014-2015). Later he had joined in the UNC Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor (2015).

Learn more about Musical Heart:
MusicalHeart: A Hearty Way of Listening to Music
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/musicalheart-sensys2012.pdf

Awards and Grants
•National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) Data Fellows Award, April 2016
•NSF EAGER Award #1619967, March 2016
•IBM/RJ Reynolds Junior Faculty Development Award, UNC Chapel Hill, January 2016
•Best Paper Award, The 12th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MOBISYS ’14), June 2014
•Best Paper Award, The 18th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS ’12), April 2012

Some of his publications:
TypingRing: A Wearable Ring Platform for Text Input
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/typingring-mobisys2015.pdf
COIN-GPS: Indoor Localization from Direct GPS Receiving
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/coingps-mobisys2014.pdf
MultiNets: A System for Real-Time Switching between Multiple Network Interfaces on Mobile Devices
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/multinets-tecs14.pdf
MOBI-COG: A Mobile Application for Instant Screening of Dementia Using the Mini-Cog Test
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/mobicog-wh2014.pdf
COIN-GPS: Indoor Localization from Direct GPS Receiving
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/coingps-mobisys2014.pdf
Kintense: A Robust, Accurate, Real-Time and Evolving System for Detecting Aggressive Actions from Streaming 3D Skeleton Data
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/kintense-percom2014.pdf
KinSpace: Passive Obstacle Detection via Kinect
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/kinspace-ewsn2014.pdf
Auditeur: A Mobile-Cloud Service Platform for Acoustic Event Detection on Smartphones
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/auditeur-mobisys2013.pdf
sMFCC : Exploiting Sparseness in Speech for Fast Acoustic Feature Extraction on Mobile Devices – a Feasibility Study
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/smfcc-hotmobile2013.pdf
MusicalHeart: A Hearty Way of Listening to Music
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/musicalheart-sensys2012.pdf
Kinsight: Localizing and Tracking Household Objects using Depth-Camera Sensors
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/kinsight-dcoss2012.pdf
MultiNets: Policy Oriented Real-Time Switching of Wireless Interfaces on Mobile Devices
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/multinets-rtas2012.pdf
IAA: Interference Aware Anticipatory Algorithm for Scheduling and Routing Periodic Real-time Streams in Wireless Sensor Networks
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/iaa-inss2010.pdf
Addressing Burstiness for Reliable Communication and Latency Bound Generation in Wireless Sensor Networks
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/burstiness-ipsn2010.pdf
Bagging and Boosting Negatively Correlated Neural Networks
Link: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/paper/baggboost-smc.pdf

Project List: http://cs.unc.edu/~nirjon/research.html
Youtube: https://youtu.be/hiswnUbS9k4
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FB: https://web.facebook.com/shahriar.nirjon

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Nusrat Ishtiaque Jahan Mim, an architect cum lecturer of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has been awarded for her innovative project on low-cost housing model design

Housing is a global need. Bangladesh as a country of home of 166,280,712 (July 2014 est.) people within just a land area of  143,998 Square KM., the need of housing remains immense challenge here. The reality is realized here in an invention of Nusrat Ishtiaque Jahan Mim, an architect cum lecturer of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Her brainchild, a project titled, ‘Adaptable Portable: Modular housing for urban poor, Dhaka, Bangladesh’ has won global recognition. She has been awarded for USD 15,000 for her innovative project which ranked 2nd in the Holcim -“Next Generation”, 2014 competition organized by Holcim International. The Holcim Awards competition in which ideas were sought for tomorrow in the “Next Generation” category for participants up to 30 years of age from Asia pacific countries. This is the first time when a Bangladeshi contestant was awarded in the category of Next Generation in International Holcim awards for sustainable construction competition, 2014.

The project, invented by Nusrat Jahan (Bengali: নুসরাত জাহান), is summarized as the following by the jury of the competition-
“…Taking on the challenge of how to house the urban poor, the project proposes a modular system of dwelling units for marginalized neighborhoods in the rapidly-growing city of Dhaka. The dwellings can easily adapt to the changing needs of their inhabitants and either grow or reduce according to the size of the family at a certain point in time. Moreover, the units can be dismantled when slum dwellers are evicted and reassembled in a new location. Made of bamboo and recycled materials, the dwelling’s modular components and panels are sufficiently light to be easily transported…”

About the project:
At the time of the research on housing in slum, Nusrat Jahan felt that the residents of slum should have houses of new type that will be built with some modules so that the modules can be transferred to somewhere if there is some kind of eviction anytime anywhere. The module of her project is designed in such a way that the user of the house can fix the south window in the east. The unit of the house can be extended by joining side-by–side (horizontally) or by joining in top and bottom (vertically) in the case of need for a family with many members. Emphasize has been given on common kitchen, bath house and toilet. Thus a community can be built gradually by arranging modules after modules. The full module has been developed with local indigenous materials like bamboo, wood etc. The full model should cost between BDT 19500 and BDT 23000.

Awards:
She has been awarded for her academic and professional achievement throughout her career and studies. The awards of her achievement are as the following-

  • ARCASIA Architectural Students’ Design Competition 2010- awarded 3rd prize among 14 entries of different countries of Asia.
  • Berger Best Portfolio Award 2010
  • Honorable mention in Design Charrette , national competition held at BRAC University  in 2009
  • 6th position on Idea category of Holcim Green Built Bangladesh Contest. (it was a group submission with  Prof . Shamim Ara Hasan (BUET) and Sajal Chowdhury (lecturer CUET).
  • “Girl In Excellence” award in 2006 given by Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Science Club
  • Award given by BSB foundation in 2006 for outstanding performance (GPA-5) in HSC examination -2006
  • Award given by Viqarunnisa Noon School and College for excellence in Academic result in HSC examination- 2006
  • “All-round Performance Award -2003” given by Viqarunnisa Noon School
  • Award given for outstanding performance (Golden GPA- 5) in SSC examination -2004 by Viqarunnisa Noon School
  • Award given by Rafiqul Islam Foundation for Golden GPA-5 in SSC
  • Academic Awards in different classes for securing merit positions.

The project:
1. http://www.holcimfoundation.org/Videos/Search
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ETVqu0nqvY8
3. http://www.holcimfoundation.org/Projects/adaptable-portable
4. http://src.holcimfoundation.org/dnl/3886ee58-0c87-470a-ac0f-637e2f9ae2eb/A14APng2BD_A4.pdf

Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/nusrat.jahan.961

Email:
nusrat.mim@gmail.com
otolantic20@yahoo.com

Reference:
1. www.holcimfoundation.org
2. http://www.banglasquare.com/Tamplate/news.php?news=JCk6N4ZX4l1z&&ac=science
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Dr Hasan Shaheed, a Bangladeshi renowned scientist led a team which invents the first solar helicopter of the world and engaged with his next big thing, controllable capsule robot project

This is Dr. Hasan Shaheed (Bengali: ড.হাসান শহীদ), a Bangladeshi renowned scientist led a team along with Prof. Ante Munjiza which invents the first solar helicopter of the world and engaged with his next big thing, controllable capsule robot project.

The team was consisted of 7 students of Queen Marry university of England. Dr Hasan Shaheed is the Assistant professors of Queen marry university’s school of engineering. Another Bangladeshi, Sakir ahmed, was also in the team.

An Iraqi student, Ali abdai, was started research on solar helicopter in 2011 under Mr. Hasan. The model of the solar helicopter can fly without any problem, the speed too can be controlled; but this helicopter can not run with solar energy, required battery to run.  The team started working on this joined to overcome this problem.  The project of solar helicopter extended to continue in masters level. Another 6 students joined with him in the team and Professor Antonio Munjia also joined with them as assistance coordinator. The focus of the team was to run the helicopter with solar energy with three goals as light, durable, and energy-efficient. The solar run helicopter, named as solar-copter came into existence with a wight of just 1 kilogram. A solar simulator with the combination of halogen lamp was made to determine the flying capacity of the solar-copter. The four wings of the copter started moving after the operation was started with remote control. The solar copter fled up giving surprise to everyone. This is the story of the invention of the first solar copter in the world.

The outer look of solar copter is not our familiar appearance of helicopter. The familiar helicopter has two propeller-one of the top and one the tail or two in the top. But the solar-copter has 4 propellers in 4 corners in equal distance from the center which is known as quad rotor or quad-copter for getting the most solar energy from sun. The news of the solar copter circulated in technology based famous magazine of the world like Gijmag, design book. The world famous TV channel, Discovery, was telecast a report on solar-copter in their daily planet show.

The team members of the solar copter had worked on different aspects-Sakir Ahmed researched on the present condition of solar energy and the potentiality of solar cell to be used for solar copter. Kazimierz Wojewoda researched on size and structure. Jibs Ahmed researched on the materials to be used for solar copter; Aly Abidali worked on the creation of solar panel and other challenges.

Dr Hasan Shaheed was born at Hanua village of Bakerganj sub-district of Barisal district. He had completed secondary and higher secondary school certificate certification from Barisal Cadet College. Later he had completed his graduation as first class first from Dhaka University in applied physics from Electronic and communication engineering department. He had gone to Sheffield university of UK with commonwealth scholarship in September 1997. He researched on the controlling of the hand of robot. Later he completed his PHD degree from Sheffield university of United Kingdom (UK). He had joined in the Queen marry university as professor after completing his PHD in 2001. He is now researching in robotics and control in school of engineering and material science department as a senior professor. He was included in the list of top 100 most influential Bangladeshi (British Bangladeshi power and inspiration) residing in UK. His wife, Ms Mohsina Mahmuda Ferdous, is researching in genetic engineering in PHD level in Bronel University. The couple has as 5 years old daughter Nuyaima.

In 2007, a book, named as Alien: somvabona and Sondhan (Bengali: এলিয়েন: সম্ভাবনা ও সন্ধান) and in 2008, another book, named as, Mohabisser mohakash (Bengali: মহাবিস্ময়ের মহাকাশ) was published from samay prokason (Bengali: সময় প্রকাশন) in Bangladesh. Another book, Parallel Computing for Real-time Signal Processing and Control was published from Springer publisher of England as co-author along with another two authors, M Osman Tokhi, M. Alamgir Hossain. He is now busy with his next big thing, controllable capsule robot project which is already selected for innovation award of Queen’s marry university.

List of his publication: http://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/staff/publications/pdf/?m.h.shaheed
Link of Mohabisser mohakash (মহাবিস্ময়ের মহাকাশ):
http://www.rokomari.com/book/3980
Link of Alien: somvabona and Sondhan (এলিয়েন: সম্ভাবনা ও সন্ধান)
http://www.rokomari.com/book/7643
Link of England publisher (Parallel Computing for Real-time Signal Processing and Control):
http://www.springer.com/engineering/signals/book/978-1-85233-599-1
http://books.google.com.bd/books?id=Cy6niFwQgRUC&pg=PR7&lpg=PR7&dq=Dr+m+Hasan+Shaheed

Awards:

  • Received ‘Drapers’ Prize for Developments in Teaching and
  • Learning, 2010-’11,’ Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Shortlisted for ‘Drapers’ Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • ’10,’ Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Nominated for Drapers’ ‘Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • ’09, 2009-’10 and 2010-’11,’ Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Postal address:
School of Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Email: m.h.shaheed@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: (0)20 – 7882 – 3774, fax: +44 (0)20 7882 3390

The members of the team:
P J Fani:
https://www.facebook.com/suramu
KG Eorge:
https://www.facebook.com/gkwofie?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
Irmantas Burba: 
https://www.facebook.com/irmantas.burba.5?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
Kazimierz Wojewoda:
https://www.facebook.com/kazimierz.wojewoda?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
Jibs Ahmed:
https://www.facebook.com/jibran.ahmed.904?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
Aly Abidali: 
https://www.facebook.com/aly.abidali?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
Shakir Ahmed : 
https://www.facebook.com/datboyshak?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser

The team:
https://www.facebook.com/SolarCopter
Email: solarcopterengineering@gmail.com
Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y7xxlrNkcM

Reference link:
http://bbpower-inspiration.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/bbpi2014.pdf
http://mist.ac.bd/apanel/admin/fckdata/HasanShaheed.pdf
http://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/staff/?m.h.shaheed
http://igenn.blogspot.com/2013/07/solarcopter-first-helicopter-powered-by.html
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2Y7xxlrNkcM&h=yAQEMR-TR
Queen Mary University of London  on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/QMLnews
Queen Mary University:
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/QMLnews/posts/10152093956943283

 

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