IEEE RAICS 2020 is the fifth edition International Conference on Recent Advances in Intelligent Computational Systems organized by IEEE Kerala Section. This was for the first time that IEEE RAICS was hosted in a completely virtual mode, spanning from 3rd December 2020 to 5th December 2020. This conference is the flagship event of the IEEE Kerala Section and it has been always successful in catering to the frontier areas of intelligent computation and its diversified applications in various fields of technology.
The theme for RAICS this year was “Computational Technologies for a Healthy Humankind”. This theme and the tracks of the conference have been chosen considering the areas of interest of various IEEE societies, the recent trends in the industry, and the state of art in different areas of intelligent computational systems. IEEE RAICS 2020 had eight technical tracks based on which the paper presentations were conducted and in addition to that, four different virtual keynote addresses were delivered by reputed speakers and panel sessions to facilitate interaction among young researchers, students, academicians and engineers.
The Inaugural session was attended by various dignitaries, participants and fellow members of the IEEE community. This session commenced on the 3rd December 2020 wherein Mr. Satish Babu, Conference Chair, IEEE RAICS 2020 delivered the welcome address. This was followed by a brief overview of the conference which was given by Dr. Bijuna K, Technical Program Committee Chair of IEEE RAICS 2020.
The inaugural address was delivered by the very eminent Dr. Michael R. Lightner, IEEE Past President, and someone who is very close to the IEEE Kerala Section and has visited our section twice in the past. He enlightened the attendees on how health is more than just the physical well being or the goals that we come across on google or magazines, and its deep connection with other factors such as mental state, homelessness and so on. His session was an epitome of what the theme of this conference truly stands for. The proceedings of the conference too were released by him.
The inaugural address was followed by the conference keynote address which was delivered by Dr. Brij N Singh, who is a John Deere Technical Fellow in recognition of his significant contribution in Power Electrical Engineering. He is also a Senior Staff Engineer at Advanced Technology Deere & Company, USA and the Manager External Relationships in IEEE Region 4. He provided us with a cross-dimensional perspective on the multi-faceted topic that is wide bandgap power electronics for heavy-duty vehicles. A special message from Ms. Lelia De Floriani, President, IEEE Computer Society on IEEE RAICS 2020, was shared with the audience. The Inaugural session was further concluded by Dr. Boby Philip, Conference Convener, IEEE RAICS 2020 with the vote of thanks.
The three sessions of paper presentations were spread over the duration of the next two days, that is, the 4th and 5th of December 2020. There was an aggregate of eight Tracks for the paper presentation, all of which had their themes chosen in accordance with the main theme of the conference.
- Track 1 which was based on the theme – Signal Processing, had a total of 10 papers and they were reviewed by the track chairs Dr. Rajesh M. V., Dr. Suresh K., and Dr. Shaji Mohan B.
- Track 2 which was based on the theme – Healthcare: Devices, Systems and Technology, had a total of six paper presentations which were monitored by the track chairs Dr. A. Sukeshkumar and Dr. Jayasree M. J.
- Track 4 which was based on the theme – Robotics Automation and Control, had an aggregate of five papers which were reviewed by the track chairs Prof. Kurien Issac and Dr. Abhilash T. Vijayan.
- Track 3 was based on the theme – Data Analytics and Machine Learning. There were 11 paper presentations based on this domain and they were reviewed by the track Chairs Dr. Asharaf S. and Dr. Anjana P. Das.
- Track 8 was based on the theme – Technologies for Societal Applications, and it had four paper presentations based on the theme mentioned. This track was headed by the track chairs Mr. Jayakrishnan M. C. and Dr. Sabeena Beevi K.
- Track 5,6,7 were based on the themes Energy Systems, Internet of Things, Advanced Computation for Engineering Applications, respectively. There was one paper presentation based on each one of the domains stated and they were reviewed by the track chairs by Dr. Jaison Mathew, Dr. Biju K., Dr. Rijil Ramchand and Dr. Meenakshi K.
The paper presentations from Track 1, Track 2 and Track 3 were conducted in parallel during the first set of paper presentations which were held on 4th December 2020 and the continuation papers from Track 1, along with Track 2 and Track 8 were conducted in parallel during the second set of paper presentations on 5th December 2020. The final set of paper presentations were a continuation of Track 2 along with Track 5,6,7 which was held in parallel on 5th December 2020.
In addition to the paper presentation, there were four keynote addresses, delivered by exemplary personalities, a Special IoT session, and a Valedictory Session. The first Keynote Address was delivered by Dr. Asokan T, who is the Head of Department, Engineering Design at IIT Madras on 4th December 2020. He gave the audience a clear brief of the Design and Control of Autonomous Robots for Field and Service Applications along with the challenges and issues faced in the course of developing the same.
The second, third and fourth keynote session commenced on the 5th of December, 2020. The second keynote address was delivered by Dr. Shiju S. S, who is an Architect – AI & Automation in Litmus7 Systems Consulting Ltd., Cochin. He familiarised the attendees with the Deep Learning Techniques for Time Series Forecasting which was very much intriguing. This session was followed by the third keynote address by Mr. Paras Loomba and Mr. Jaideep Bansal, who is the Founder and COO of the Global Himalayan Expedition, respectively. This session was truly inspiring as it dealt with how they were trying to render energy access and holistic development to the remote communities especially those living in the mountain areas of India.
The fourth keynote address was delivered by Dr. Jayaraj J Joseph, who is an Asst. Professor in Dept. of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras. He shared his insights on how to transform your research into a field-deployable technology solution or a commercial product and the powerful impact that can be caused by this.
The keynote sessions were followed by the Special Iot Session wherein we had some of the most brilliant minds in technology address the various dimensions of the topic – Internet of Things. The first speaker was Mr. Heinrich Sttutgen, Chair of IEEE initiatives activities Board who spoke about the IEEE Iot Initiative and what is in it for each one of us. It was followed by a session on Unlicensed LPWANS, a path to Ubiquitous Connectivity which was headed by Prof. Venkatesh Prasad from the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. To familiarise the attendees with the computing for Iot, IEEE RAICS 2020 was indeed obliged to have Mr. Dejan Milojicic, a distinguished technologist from the Hewlett Packard Labs. The following session which was on Iot Verticals and Fit for Purpose Computing was led by Mr. Adam Drobot, Chairman of OpenTechWorks Inc. USA. and the concluding session which dealt with Impact of IEEE SA Standards on the Internet of Things was delivered by Mr. Srikanth Chandrasekaran, Practice Lead Foundational Technologies, IEEE SA, USA.
IEEE RAICS 2020 was concluded with the Valedictory Session, during which the chief guest Dr. K. R. Suresh Nair, who is the Chair of IEEE India Council delivered the valedictory address. The vote of thanks for this session was delivered by Prof. Nandan S., Finance Chair, IEEE RAICS 2020 and Student Activities Chair, IEEE Kerala Section. This prestigious conference was closed by Mr. Satish Babu, Conference Chair, IEEE RAICS 2020 whose spirited efforts have been profoundly reflected in the success of IEEE RAICS 2020.
IEEE RAICS 2020 was a very new experience to one and all and needless to say that it was indeed a true success despite it being hosted in a virtual model. It would not have been possible if not for the cooperation of all the 35 authors and co-authors of the papers presented, esteemed speakers, session chairs, execom members, other dignitaries, and the dynamic efforts of the steering committee, technical team and other volunteers who helped organize and ensure the smooth conduct of this event. IEEE Kerala Section hopes to be back with the sixth edition of IEEE RAICS in 2022 and work tirelessly to take it to yet another level.
TIPS FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
From the experience of conducting IEEE RAICS 2020, we’d like to propose a few points to be taken note of during a virtual conference organization in the future:
- All the delegates should be identified by a unique id consisting of name and paper id.
- Any person without this specific id should not be permitted to enter the meeting.
- All public meetings or keynotes can be live streamed on Youtube.
- Breakout Rooms can be assigned for the specific delegates as per their track.
- The main meeting room should have volunteers to direct the delegates.
- There should be a backup plan for every role in the meeting.
- Pre-recorded videos of the paper presentations done in ZOOM platform reduces the size of the file.
- The pre-recorded files are advised to be downloaded prior to the corresponding session.
- The technical support team and the session chairs should work in unison.