12th National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (12NatFoE) at IIT Guwahati
The Twelfth National Frontiers of Engineering (12NatFoE) Symposium was held from September 17-18, 2018 at IIT Guwahati. Prof Gautam Biswas, FNAE, Director, IIT Guwahati had kindly consented to host the 12NatFoE Symposium at IIT Guwahati. Prof Sukumar Nandi, FNAE was the Convenor of 12NatFoE Symposium. The aim of the symposium was to bring together young and outstanding engineering professionals (aged ~30-45 years) from industry, universities, and research organizations to deliberate upon emerging and leading-edge research and development work in the domain of engineering and technology. Convening engineering professionals and technologists from various fields and providing a platform for brainstorming the contemporary and futuristic issues related to frontiers areas cross-disciplinary translational research and innovation. The overall purpose of the symposium was to interact and achieve synergy among Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering & Information Technology, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering disciplines at distinctive scientific levels through presentations and discussions in the following four thematic areas:
Prof Gautam Biswas, FNAE, Director IIT Guwahati Delivering Welcome Address
Forty professionals from various institutes and R&D labs, industries & start-ups attended the event and share their contributions. They discussed in respect to these themes for generation of useful new ideas that could culminate in technologies of new generation. Sixteen distinguished scholars presented very stimulating talks and closely interacted in four thematic sessions in two days. Prof. Gautam Biswas, FNAE, Director, IIT Guwahati in his Inaugural Address pointed out the need of cross-disciplinary Research and Development to fulfil the needs of Industry 4.0. A Panel Discussion with four overview talks, moderated by Padma Shri Prof. Sankar Pal, FNAE, Distinguish Scientist and Former Director of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. The topic of the Panel Discussion was “Technology as the Bridge Between Science and Society” and the Panel Members chosen were those who have created technology for societal uses and who have successfully created their start-ups to help the society. The response of the audience to the Panel Discussion was very encouraging. Specifically, summarizing of the deliberations by the moderator was well conducted.
The two Pre-Dinner talks were delivered by distinguished personalities, Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India and Shri V. P. Pathak, Director General Railway Stores, Ministry of Railways, Government of India. The speakers in their talks brought out very interesting points in their respective fields for meeting the pressing need of the society. Prof. Sankar K. Pal delivered an exceptional Valedictory Speech with emphasis on the need for R&D in India and role of INAE in the nation building; which was very well received by the audience. He also ascertained that themes of the Symposium were well chosen as they are in line with NITI Aayog’s current projection of areas of national interest.
A large number of Research Scholars and Faculty Members of IIT Guwahati also attended the Symposium and contributed in the organization of the symposium. The cross-functional interactions and networking between the participants from various domains of engineering in the Symposium allowed a larger perspective to the participants, and exposed them to some of the immediate need of the society and also gave them an overview of research work happening in various parts of India.
Prof Sankar Pal, FNAE, Distinguish Scientist, Former Director ISI and Shri V P Pathak, Director General Railway Stores, Ministry of Railways with participants