IEEE Pune Section Activities

Meghna Das, Newsletter Team Lead for IEEE Pune Section

IEEE Education Society Pune Section had organized a webinar on “Making learning interesting through Educational Games”. Dr. Sandeep Athavale was the guest speaker and it was attended by 80 participants. Dr. Sandeep holds a Ph.D. in Educational Game Design from IIT Bombay. He is a visiting faculty at NID, IDC IIT Bombay, an advisor to PMI, and conducts FDPs under the Atal program of GOI. The event was held on 13th March 2021 where the speaker explained how the games can be made interesting and discussed the aspects which make them worth playing and worth learning. This type of experiential, addictive learning improves decision-making skills and increases the processing speed and spatial skills of the brain.

IEEE Pune Section’s Special Interest Group on Healthcare, in association with IEEE Computer Society, had organized “Expert Talk Sessions” on 31st March 2021 via WebEx. The event was hosted by Mr. Dinanath Kholkar, Chair, Industry Relations, and Membership Development, IEEE Pune Section. The session was organized by Dr. Amar Buchade, Chair of SIG Healthcare and Treasurer, IEEE Pune Section, and Dr. Neha Sharma, Secretary, IEEE Pune Section. In the first talk session, Mr. Vinay Kulkarni, Distinguished Chief Scientist at TCS Research, Pune spoke about the “Digital Twins for evidence-based decision making in the face of uncertainty”. The second talk was by Dr. Shirish Darak, Senior Research Fellow at Prayas who spoke on “Health beyond Healthcare”. Following this, there was a panel discussion which was moderated by Dr. Rajesh Ingle, Chair of Computer Society at IEEE Pune Section. The event attendance was 90.

IEEE Pune Section had organized a Blog Writing Competition, ” Blogathon 1.0″ on 5th April 2021. This competition was broadly divided into two parts i.e. technical and non-technical. For each part four topics were given. The Student Activities Committee had received 100 entries and the results were announced later. A total of six blogs, three each from technical and non-technical were selected for publication in the IEEE Pune Section Newsletter. As rightly said by Edward Bulwer-Lytton “The pen is mightier than the sword”. It was indeed a fun event where the tech geeks and other young writers penned down their thoughts and expressed their colorful and vibrant imaginations.

IEEE Education Society Pune Section had organized a webinar session on ‘Nuances of Scientific Publishing’ on 8th April 2021. Mr. Aninda Bose was the speaker at this event which was attended by 100 participants. He is a senior publishing editor, global team lead for the scientific content. The event included what publishing is, why it is used and how, the ethical issues involved during publishing, the types of books used for publishing, author services, and publishing tools involved in this process. The speaker stated the importance of the title, self-plagiarism checking, permission asking for reprints, discussion, and mentioned references. The session later concluded with a Q&A session with the attendees.