The 4th IEEE International Women in Engineering (WIE) Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, or IEEE WIECON-ECE 2018, took place in Pattaya, Thailand from the 14th – 16th of December 2018.
The 4th IEEE-WIECON-ECE 2018 was jointly organized by the Electrical Engineering Department of Kasetsart University, and the IEEE Bangladesh and IEEE Thailand Sections. It offered five keynote speeches, two technical tutorial sessions, ten parallel oral technical sessions, a Service Program Workshop Training, and a Humanitarian Project Competition.
The following nine projects were chosen to be presented in the WIECON-ECE 2018 conference:
- AUTOCRAD – Automated Cradle
- Shongket – Bengali Sign Language Alphabet Interpreter for the Deaf Community in Bangladesh
- SpaceZ – Remote Controlled Floating Water Waste Removing Robot with Advanced Control Features To Ensure Clean Water for Everybody
- BUET LUMEN – Shosti: Child Care Assistance for Working Mother
- Dusit – Dog Tracking and Vaccination Monitoring System
- BUET MATS – A wrist band for children to prevent the incident of drowning
- The Green Squad – Cooking fuel solution for the Bhashanchar Rohingya rehabilitation project
- Pollob – Detection of Plant Diseases and its Remedy with Convolutional Neural Network in Mobile Application
- Iridescent – Design of Gyroscope Based Intent Recognition System for Automatic Switching of Prosthetic Leg between Locomotion Modes
Humanitarian Activities and Opportunities
Along with the project presentations, there were keynote talks and a panel discussion about Humanitarian Activities, networking with IEEE experts in the humanitarian field, humanitarian technology brainstorming, a live demonstration session, and awards recognition.
Humanitarian Project Competition
As part of the conference, the Humanitarian Project Competition promoted potential IEEE humanitarian activities to the participants, and generated a high level of engagement. The competition focused on recognizing the most feasible solutions of social challenges and local problems (e.g. women’s safety and security, health issues, poverty, illiteracy) through the application of humanitarian technology.
Since the HPC event was hosted in Thailand for the first time, the event raised awareness of creating social impact using technology at hand. The event inspired participants and the conference organizing team to initiate collaboration through humanitarian activities to improve lives.