Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) international conference on Signal Processing, Communication, Power and Embedded Systems (SCOPEs) was held at Paralakhemundi campus of the Centurion University from 3rd to 5th October 2016. The conference received a warm global response with a registration of 629 papers and presentation of 429 papers on the recent advances in the field. The conference witnessed the presence of more than 500 participants from India and abroad. The conference proceedings were released during the inaugural ceremony by the chairman of the IEEE Bhubaneswar sub-section, Prof. P.K Dash.
Opening the Conference, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Haribandhu Panda, urged the researchers to focus their energy for solving the critical challenges that millions of underprivileged people are facing because of lack of clean energy, poor quality school education, inadequate health services, unsustainable livelihood security and inappropriate governance system. Information and communication technology, with right sensors, signal processing and renewable energy solutions can improve the quality of life of people in general and excluded community in particular. Prof. Panda brought to the notice of participants about the sad state in Odisha in the form of half of rural households not having electricity, two-thirds not having clean energy for cooking and three-fourth practicing open defecation, after seven decades of independence. Citing mission of IEEE ‘to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity,’ he explained how Centurion University is pursuing similar agenda of ‘shaping lives and empowering communities’ through its technology led employability and entrepreneurship development programs in tribal dominated South Odisha.
Prof. P. K. Dash, Chairman of the IEEE, Bhubaneswar Subsection explained the role of signal processing in providing quality power to households, institutions and industries. He dwelled on futuristic DC distribution, decentralized power generation, hybrid system and smart grid for sustainable energy security.
Prof. Zainal Salam of University of Technology Malaysia spoke about the evolution of solar electricity system. He explained how continuous efficiency gain in solar photovoltaic system, large scale production by Chinese companies, and 15%-30% annual market growth in last 20 years, have made solar electricity economically more competitive than conventional fossil fuel fired power.
Prof. L M Patnaik of National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) presented about the convergence in technologies and its effect on building intelligent and smart home, smart cities and smart manufacturing.
Prof. Ganapati Panda of IIT, Bhubaneswar spoke about the recent advances in electronics and communication. He emphasized about the role that image processing can play in preserving and disseminating indigenous knowledge systems. Prof. Chandrasekhar Bhende of IIT, Bhubaneswar spoke about the process of ensuring stability in the context of large scale wind energy integration to grid and energy storage.
Dr. V. N. Mani of Centre of Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET), Hyderabad, spoke about the importance of hardware manufacturing to fulfill the Make in India dream of the Prime Minister.
Prof. Radhakant Padhi of IISc, Bangalore spoke about optimal navigation, guidance and control in ensuring successful space missions.
Prof. Subir Sarkar of Jadavpur University shared his findings of large scale power saving possibilities through adiabatic computing of very large scale integration used in computers and electronic gadgets.
Prof. Sanjeeva Witharana, IEEE Chair, Sri Lanka Section discussed about the intensive heat generation in electronic circuits and the methods being followed to transfer, without increasing the permissible temperature limit of the system. He explained how nanotechnologies are being used for cooling in case of high module heat flux.
Best paper award was given to 3 student researchers of IIT, Bhubaneswar for their work in ‘Sentiment analysis of Tweeter data for predicting stock market movements’.
The conference resulted in identification of possible areas of research including DC distribution, smart grid, solar energy, hybrid system, nanotechnology for cooling, soft computing, semi-conducting material in system design.
The effort of Prof. D. K Sahoo, Convener of the Conference, resulted in bringing together a world of researchers in emerging areas of energy, communication, information and computer technologies. The university showcased students’ projects through exhibitions.