Women of Wisdom (WOW) – Webinar Series

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Women of Wisdom (WOW) is an International Tech-Talk Webinar Series jointly organised by IEEE PES WiP Kerala Section and IEEE WiE Kerala Section, in association with IEEE R10 PES WiP and hosted by IEEE SB TKM College of Engineering, Kollam.

 

 

The objective of this program is to open an international gateway for the audience to interact with eminent women leaders from different parts of the world and discuss about the rapidly emerging technologies. We are aiming to encourage inter disciplinary researches in cutting edge technologies, to encourage research collaboration, to empower women to take a leadership position and to enhance the POWER of women through POWERFUL WOMEN TALKS.  

The WOW Tech Talk Series has began on 25th June 2020 and has hence been enlivened with vibrant and charismatic women who joined the forum to discuss the rapidly emerging technologies. We have conducted 10 such sessions in the year 2020 and have many more to come in this webinar series. The world has witnessed several successful women who seized every opportunity to prove that if a woman is educated, the entire generation is educated; and Kerala WiP opened an international gateway for them. The event is open to all professionals and students including IEEE members.

Talk 1: “Enhancing Member Engagement of Women in IEEE PES WiP and WiE to foster Research and Innovation”

The inaugural session of Women of Wisdom (WOW) was conducted on 25th June 2020, Thursday. The meeting was conducted in the virtual platform Cisco WebEx. The session was handled by Dr Celia Shahnaz, who is the founder and coordinator of FLASH, a special interest group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), Bangladesh section. She is also a candidate for the prestigious 21-22 IEEE R10 Director-Elect position. She is currently working as a professor in BUET University, Bangladesh. She has published more than 150 international journal/conference papers. She is a recipient of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship/Fellowship and Bangladesh Academy of Science Gold Medal for her contribution in Science and Technology. Recently, her papers have received best paper awards in Biomedical Engineering tracks at TENCON 2017 and at IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016, in Humanitarian Challenge track at R10 HTC 2017.

Talk 2: “Gender Inequality in Electricity Consumption”

The second talk of the webinar series, Women of Wisdom (WOW), was held on 16 July 2020 with Dr Zuhaina Zakaria as the prime speaker.

The event began at 7pm, and participants were welcomed by Dr Meenakshi, Vice Chair of IEEE WiE, Kerala Section. Prof Sunitha Beevi, PES WiP Coordinator, Kerala Section, introduced the speaker and it was followed by the keynote address.

The talk by Dr Zuhaina Zakaria, Director of the Centre for Academic Leadership Development at the Institute of Leadership & Development, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, gave an insight on the gender inequality in electricity consumption. As an active volunteer in IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), we could not have opted for a more apt speaker. She started of the session by talking about her journey with IEEE and the benefits of being an IEEE volunteer followed by the statistics of electricity consumption in Malaysia over a time period of 20 years and various measures taken to conserve energy. The talk provided a new perspective in terms of how gender plays a huge role in terms of consumption of power and how electricity can be supplied accordingly to ensure efficient usage of power. The unparalleled talk had about 50 symposiasts and it concluded with a gratifying Q&A session.

Talk 3: “Assistive Technology: The Path to Meaningful Engineering”

As part of WOW, the third technical talk on the webinar series ‘Assistive Technology: The Path to Meaningful Engineering’ was delivered on August 13, 2020 by the most eminent personality Dr Ramalatha Marimuthu. The session was conducted through the Google Meet platform from 07:00 to 08:00 in the evening.

Dr Ramalatha Marimuthu is a senior member of IEEE and founder chair of Madras IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity group (2007). She launched an exclusive project “Sangamam” for the transfer of technology to rural areas. Based on her work, she has received various accolades including the “WIE Inspiring Member of the Year Award 2016” from IEEE Women in Engineering Committee. As part of her strife to make a difference, she was invited to the Google Headquarters, Mountainview, California to deliver a speech on her research in assistive technology for people with special needs.

Talk 4: “Classifications of Covid-19 infected lung with the help of chest radiography images”

Yet another informative session was conducted as the 4th talk of the series on the topic ‘Classifications of Covid-19 infected lung with the help of chest Radiography Images’.

Dr Norliza Mohd, the head of the Electrophysiology Research Group, was the speaker for the webinar. Researching on image processing and analysis, her current work concentrates on medical image analysis for lung diseases using techniques like deep learning, calcification detection using IVUS images and handwriting recognition. She is a senior member of IEEE (since 2008) and is also a candidate for the prestigious IEEE R10 Director-Elect position. She has held important positions in IEEE in Malaysia as well as in the regional level.

Talk 5: “Overview of Brain Computer Interfaces and it’s Clinical Applications”

As part of WoW, the fifth technical talk on the webinar series ‘Overview of Brain Computer Interfaces and its Clinical Applications’ was delivered on September 10, 2020 by the most eminent personality Dr R Subasree. The session was conducted through the Google Meet platform from 07:00 to 08:00 in the evening

The welcome note for the session was given by Dr Suheir A.K,Chair of IEEE PES, Kerala Section.Prof. Sunitha Beevi. K, PES WiP Coordinator of Kerala Section had given the introduction of the speaker. This was followed by the keynote address.

 

Dr R Subasree is an Additional Professor in the Dept of Neurology at NIMHANS, Bangalore. She is a Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow, University of Houston, and has several National and International Publications to her name.

Talk 6: “Women Empowering the Greener Future with the impact of Sustainable Development.”

As part of WoW, the sixth technical talk on the topic ‘Women Empowering the Greener Future with the impact of Sustainable Development’ was delivered on 24th September 2020.

The talk was given by Simay Akar, who is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at Innoses -Ruiyi (Shanghai) Renewable Energy Technology Co., Ltd. in the field of Energy Storage for Renewable Energy and Electric vehicles. She has been volunteering in several leadership positions in IEEE and she is also the recipient of several awards from IEEE and other organisations.

Simay talked about sustainable development and its role in providing a greener future for the world. She then moved onto how the involvement of women in the same can help to accelerate the growth of sustainable development-based projects and provided examples for the same her own life and her line of work.

Talk 7: “Ventilator – A Supporting system for human life.”

Yet another informative session was conducted as the 7th talk of the series on the topic “Ventilator – A Supporting system for human life”. This program is also associated with IEEE WiE, NSW, Australia. 

The talk was given by Dr Smitha V, MBBS, MD, DM. She has worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical Care, NIMHANS, Bangalore and is currently working as Associate Professor in the division of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care, Dept of Anesthesiology in SCTIMST.  The welcome note for the session was given by Er Ajith Gopi,Vice Chair of PES, Kerala Section. Prof. Sunitha Beevi. K, PES WiP Coordinator of Kerala Section gave the introduction of the speaker.

Talk 8: “Automation, Artificial Intelligence in Banking.”

Women of Wisdom (WOW), an international tech talk series jointly organized by IEEE PES WiP Kerala, IEEE PES Kerala and IEEE WiE Kerala Section in association with IEEE R10 PES WiP and IEEE NSW WiE, Australia and hosted by IEEE SB TKMCE conducted a webinar on “Automation, Artificial Intelligence in Banking.”. It was the 8th talk of the webinar series.

Er.Dhanya Sivasankaran, a TKMCE Alumnus in Electrical and Electronics Engineering handled the talk. Her incredible career took its turn with Infosys technologies, then the Finacle core banking system where for over a decade, she worked to implement banking solutions in various leading banks. Currently, she holds the position of a Test Manager for BNP Paribas, Singapore.

Talk 9: “Black Start Planning Considering Impact of Renewable Energy.

The 9th talk in the WOW series was on the topic “Black Start Planning Considering Impact of Renewable Energy.” 

The talk was given by Dr. Tina Chou, Ph.D. holder in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 2012. Currently, Dr. Chou is the principal consultant in InterGrid, building smart grid solutions to facilitate green energy integration and system stability. She has actively contributed to various IEEE Societies. 

The welcome note for the session was given by Dr. Sabeena Beevi K, Counsellor, IEEE SB TKMCE. Section. Prof. Sunitha Beevi. K, PES WiP Coordinator of Kerala Section gave the introduction of the speaker. 

Dr Tina started the session explaining about Black Start capability and its importance in our unpredictable world. She talked about black start units, optimization problems in engineering, increasing generation of renewable energy, black start planning model and the prediction model and machine learning algorithms as well as it’s simulation results. She went on to demonstrate how black start planning can be achieved using renewable energy, as more and more countries are starting to depend on renewable energy sources for their energy needs. Later she explained about the ongoing research in the field of black start planning, including early detection methods and other topics.

 

Talk 10: “Seizing Opportunities for Your Future.”

Women of Wisdom (WOW), an international tech talk series jointly organized by IEEE PES WiP Kerala, IEEE PES Kerala and IEEE WiE Kerala Section in association with IEEE R10 PES WiP and hosted by IEEE SB TKMCE held the 10th talk of the series on the topic “Seizing Opportunities for Your Future.”

The session was handled by Dr. Ruomei Li, a senior member of our IEEE family. She is currently the WIP (Women in Power) Chair of IEEE PES and an honorary member of CIGRE. She received her PhD from University of Bath, UK in 2000 and she is the initiator of women activities in the field of electrical engineering in CSEE and CIGRE. 

The welcome note for the session was given by Dr. Mini Ullanat, Chair, IEEE WIE Kerala Section. The speaker was introduced by Prof. Sunitha Beevi. K, PES WiP Coordinator of Kerala.

 

A total of 56 people attended the webinar. The session ended with the vote of thanks by Dr.Bijuna Kunju , Staff in Charge, IEEE PES SB TKMCE.

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