The IET Chennai Local Network hosted the fourth edition of Sustainable Energy and Intelligent Systems Conference (SEISCON) in December 2013. The three-day conference was held at KCG College of Technology, Chennai and featured international paper presentation sessions and panel discussions.
Mr Ashok K Baweja (Head, QuEST Global Defense Engineering Services and Former Chairman, HAL, Bangalore) was the Chief Guest. He talked about the growing need for engineers to be socially sensible and responsible. Guest of Honour Mr S Gomathinayagam (Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Govt. of India) spoke about the upcoming technologies in renewable energy space with special focus on wind energy and turbines.
Nearly 60 papers were presented at this international conference. The participants represented premier international educational and research organisations including University of Amsterdam, Curtin University, University Sains Malaysia, National Institute of Technology, Jadavpur University, Ford Technology Solutions, Panchabuta Renewable Energy and Cleantech, HCL Technologies, and Polaris Financial Technology Ltd.
‘Implementation and Control of High Voltage DC-DC Boost Converter’, authored by Dr Sanjeevi Kumar, National Institute of Technology, Pondicherry, won the Excellent Research Paper Award.
A panel comprising of members from academia and industry discussed various aspects of sustainable energy and intelligent systems in the Transport, Information & Communications and Energy sectors.
The discussion focused on ways to render current research more ‘intelligent’. Considering the current research scenario in the transport sector, the panel stressed on the need for a shift from simulation based to real time approaches.
For the Information & Communications segment, the discussion focused on the increased need for layers of security in social networks, progresses in gesture recognition and machine learning and clustering in knowledge computing.
The discussion on Energy sector brought out the need to bridge existing gaps in renewable energy capture and storage mechanisms. Artificial Intelligence based controllers to enhance the reliability of renewable energy systems was also suggested by the panel.
Mr Thothathri Visvanathan, Vice President, Infosys, Chennai was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function.
Nearly 1,000 people attended SEISCON 2013. Dr T Rengaraja, Principal, KCG College of Technology, Mr Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India, Mr G Pandian, Chairman, IET Chennai LN, Prof S Cloudin, Treasurer, IET Chennai LN, Dr Jothiswaroopan, Secretary, IET Chennai LN and senior volunteers of the IET Chennai LN attended the event.
IET Mumbai LN and Academic Affiliates of Western region organised activities as a part of National Science Day celebrations (February 28, 2014).
K J Somaiya College of Engineering held activities and competitions on Tech vs. Tech-Health.
The Electrical Engineering Department of K K Wagh Institute of Engineering held technical essay competition and group discussions on various topics of scientific interest.