Science and Technology are making advances at a fast pace and are undoubtedly the principal agents of progress in the modern world. The revolutionary improvements in the information and communication fields have opened great avenues of sharing scientific knowledge and experiences but still the most effective way is through conferences and through direct interactions. In this modern era, there is a realization of synchronization with the fast-growing technologies as well as the identification of allied areas. This led to the idea of holding a series of conferences, addressing the contemporary research areas – what is known as the International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences and Technology (IBCAST). This effort was not only to promote the latest trends in the research and applications but also to make them accessible to those in need for industrial and economic growth of the country.
Since 2002, the IBCAST is being held regularly in the vicinity of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Until the year 2005, four technological areas namely; Advanced Materials, Control Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Wireless Communication & Radar were covered. Later, four more research areas – Biosciences, Medical Sciences, Cyber Security & Assurance Technologies and Underwater Technologies were included. So far, more than 12000 scientists and engineers have participated from Pakistani and foreign universities as well as scientific organizations with around 2750 research papers having been presented. The proceedings of the conference are published by IEEE and catalogued in renowned international journals on yearly basis. So far, 16 conferences have been successfully organized by the CESAT, Islamabad, which is a setup of Centers of Excellence in Science and Applied Technologies of the country with the research activities being in-line with the conference theme.
To expand the horizon of this conference, IBCAST, has formed th associations with universities from China since 8 IBCAST, namely; Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Harbin Engineering University (HEU), Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS (WIV) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Apart from these universities researchers from other countries also participate in the conference. More than 40 foreigners attend the conference every year.