Workshop on intent-based networking platform concludes

Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, held a three-day international workshop as part of the TEIN Asi@Connect project, “IBN@TEIN: An AI-driven Intent-based Networking Platform for Service Deployment with QoS Assurance” .

Representatives from institutions, including the University of Malaya, Malaysia; ITC Cambodia; Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), National University of Science and Technology (NUST), COMSATS, Sarhad University, FAST University, UET Taxila, UET Peshawar and Air University participated in the workshop.

HEC Executive Director, Dr. Shaista Sohail, chaired the closing session and presented certificates to the participants. HEC, under the umbrella of the Pakistan Education & Research Network (PERN), has interconnected universities and provided services for researchers to gain access to a fully integrated communication system. PERN is a member of the Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) and participates in the latest phase of TEIN, ie the Asi@Connect Project.

The TEIN network through a dedicated link helps PERN connect with NREN consortia around the world, including GÉANT (Europe), APAN (Asia-Pacific), EUMEDCONNECT (Eastern Mediterranean), RedCLARA (Latin America), CAREN (Central Asia), AfricaConnect2 (Africa), ASREN (Middle East), Internet2 (USA) and others. Asi@Connect provides dedicated high-capacity Internet connectivity for research and education communities in Asia-Pacific. It interconnects universities and research centers in 21 countries/economies in the region, including PERN. Every year, the Asi@Connect call for proposals is launched and engages researchers from the Asia Pacific region in a competitive manner to award grants to proposals on different technologies and applications.

The HEC PERN team as well as researchers from Pakistani universities also participated and competed in the call for proposals. Within the framework of the fourth call for proposals of Asi@Connect, TEIN approved the financing of the project IBN@TEIN: An AI-driven Intent-based Networking Platform for Service Deployment with QoS Assurance”. The project was led by Korea University, while HEC and universities in Pakistan, Malaysia and Cambodia were part of the project. Prof. Dr. Wang-Cheol Song, PI of the project, expressed this training workshop as a commendable event. He said, ”the experience was a great opportunity for me and it exceeded their expectations. It was a great opportunity and I look forward to more collaborations to share the dynamics of technology in the 21st century.”

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