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).
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.