IEEE SIGHTHumanitarian Technology Activity Track and Humanitarian Project Competition in IEEE WIECON2016

The 2016 IEEE International Women in Engineering (WIE) Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (WIECON-ECE 2016) was jointly organized by IEEE Bangladesh section and IEEE Pune section along with their respective WIE Affinity groups during Dec 19-21, 2016 at AISSMSIOIT, Pune, India. During IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016, Special Humanitarian Technology Activity (HTA) Track and Humanitarian Project Competition was arranged and sponsored by IEEE Humanitarian Activity Committee (HAC).

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HTA Special track

Under HTA Special track, four technical papers were accepted and these three papers were presented:

Paper ID: 2081: Placement of Stewards for Egress

Paper ID: 2107: HearMe: A Smart Mobile Application for Mitigating Women Harassment

Paper ID: 2295: Impact of Service learning and Social Immersion on education and career building of young Indian Engineering Graduates: A case study

Apart from regular papers, there were Keynote Talks and Invited Talks provided by these experts in SIGHT activities:

Mr. Amarnath Raja, Founding Chair, IEEE SIGHT, CEO and co-founder of InApp, and Winner of 2015 IEEE MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award

Dr. Ramalatha Marimuthu, 2016 Chair, Chapter Coordinator, IEEE SSIT and IEEE WIE Chair 2011-12, and Professor, KCT, India

Dr. Linawati, Former head of ICT & Director of GDLN of Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia

Dr. S. Fattah, 2016 Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section, Member, SIGHT FLASH Bangladesh, & Professor, BUET, Bangladesh

Mr. Yu Zheng Chong, 2016 Chair, IEEE-MySIGHT4Rehab & Faculty Member, UTAR, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Chanakya Kumar Jha, Fellow of IET, 2016 Chair, IEEE SIGHT, Bombay Section & Vice-Principal, SVCET, Pune, India

During the Track, the distinguished delegates were:

Dr. Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IFAC, Professor, University of Kansas , USA and IEEE WIE Chair 2017-18

Dr. Celia Shahnaz, Professor, BUET, Bangladesh, Founding Coordinator, SIGHT FLASH Bangladesh & 2016 IEEE Region 10 WIE Coordinator

Dr. Norliza M. Noor, Assoc. Prof., UTM, KL, Malaysia and IEEE R10 IBS Coordinator 2015-16

HTA Project Competition

HTA track received 29 projects. Each project was evaluated and comments were provided to the students. Some project descriptions were excellent and some projects were at very early stage. Finally 16 projects were presented in IEEE WIECON-ECE HTA Project Competition. Several awards and travel grants were given. Award categories were Best Technical, Best Innovation, Best Humanitarian, Honorable Mentions.

At the end of the track, publicity posters of  IEEE Region 10 HTC 2017 to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh were displayed by the organizers, delegates and speakers.

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