Prepared by: M Chisti, Secretary of Vizag Bay Subsection.
IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection has organized several events, conferences, and workshops for the benefit of professionals, student members & research scholars, as also given paramount importance towards technological development. These events have witnessed active participation and opportunities for volunteers to gain knowledge. 40 events were organized in 2019 and 42 events in 2018 that included conferences (ICISGT 2019, MiniPOCO 2018), technical events, professional talks, workshops, hands-on training programs for student members, and administrative activities. IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection includes more than 1,500 professional and student members, and 25 active Student Branches. IEEE services and benefits are provided to 15 universities with 200 + engineering institutions and 250+ IT and related companies. IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection volunteers also received funding of US$1000 for SIGHT program from IEEE.
Some of the major milestones include Subsection Student Congress 2020 with the theme, ‘Sustainable Employment with Industry 4.0’ on 25th January 2020. 154 students from 16 colleges across the state of Andhra Pradesh participated in the congress. Project expo, Student Branch exhibits, and entrepreneurship talks were organized. In the project presentation session, students presented their innovative models which included a gesture control laptop using an ultrasonic sensor & IoT based smart irrigation system for farmers. Branch counselors meet was organized to train the branch counselors in managing their Student Branches, improving membership retention and support provided by the Subsection to organize events at their institutions.
Teacher In-Service Program was organized on 30th November 2019 at Government High School, Payakaraopeta, Near Tuni, Andhra Pradesh, India. 39 science teachers from 19 Government High Schools of Visakhapatnam District participated in this event. Mr. M.G.P.L. Narayana, Past Chair of IEEE Hyderabad Section was the Chief Guest for the program. Mr. K. V. Sriram, Chair for IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection mentioned that school teachers need to develop a curiosity in learning science amongst children. Dr. Abraham spoke on recent scientific developments. Dr. Lakshminarayana Sadasivuni spoke on “Research in social networks and how traditional science helped the modern age”. Mrs. Ili Abraham, another resource person spoke on “Teaching science in modern age”.
A major milestone of the Subsection was the International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Green Technology held on 29th and 30th June 2019 at Y.V.S. Murty Auditorium in Visakhapatnam, India. The conference received 110 paper submissions of which 27 papers were accepted for presentation in compliance with IEEE standards. Activities planned in the future include INDISCON-2020, scheduled in July 2020 and the second edition of ICISGT in November 2021.
The Subsection aims to spread knowledge on the latest technological trends by organizing various workshops. A 2-Day Workshop on Hyperspectral data analysis techniques was successfully conducted in training government faculty, researchers and students on the application potential of resources evaluation and management, climate change and environmental ramifications, water resources and their improvement, sea-level rise and coastal inundation. This workshop was organized by IEEE CIS/GRSS Hyderabad Joint Chapter, in collaboration with IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection and Department of Geo-Engineering, Andhra University. A one-day workshop on Digital Signal Processing using Python (via Raspberry Pi) was organized on 16th July 2019 by IEEE Communications and Signal Processing Societies Joint Chapter in collaboration with IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection & GITAM (Deemed to be University) with the objective of skilling professionals and students in DSP using open-source software (Python) and Raspberry Pi hardware. IEEE Computer Society Hyderabad Chapter in collaboration with IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection also organized a workshop on robotics and digital reality at PSCMR, Vijayawada on 20th July 2019. Along with IEEE ComSoc/SPS joint society, the Subsection organized a one-day workshop on Channel Coding in 5G at MVGR College of Engineering on 24th August 2019.
Apart from these, IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection also organized several IEEEXtreme promotional events in different colleges in the month of September 2019. IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection petition to become a full-fledged Section has been approval by IEEE R10 in February 2020. With this elevation, IEEE Vizag Bay Section looks forward to foster the advancement in technology for the benefit of humanity.