National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Thirteenth National Frontiers of Engineering (13NatFoE) Symposium

The Thirteenth National Frontiers of Engineering (13NatFoE) Symposium was organized by INAE jointly with IIT Bhubaneswar from May 31, 2019 to June 1, 2019 at IIT Bhubaneswar. The Inaugural Session of the two-day 13NatFoE Symposium was held on 31st May 2019 at IIT Bhubaneswar. Dr. Sanak Mishra, President, INAE was the Chief Guest and Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar was the Guest of Honour. Prof. Indranil Manna, Vice -President, INAE and former Director, IIT Kanpur was also present at the Symposium. Prof Swarup Kumar Mahapatra, Dean- Continuing Education, Alumni Affairs and International Relations and Prof. S R Samantaray, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Sciences (SES) were the Coordinators of 13NatFoE Symposium.

The aim of the symposium was to bring together young and outstanding engineering professionals (aged~30-45 years) from the 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 were provided 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 at distinctive scientific levels through presentations and discussions in the following four thematic areas: – Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality; Smart Grid; Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Technology and Next Generation Transportation Systems.

The speakers in their inaugural talks brought out very interesting points in their respective topics for meeting the pressing needs of the society. Prof. R.V. Rajakumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar during his Address emphasized the need for cross-disciplinary research and development to fulfil the needs of Industry. He touched upon the grand Science and Technology challenges facing the nation and the world at large and talked about the importance of the thematic areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Grid, Next-Gen Grid, Micro & Additive Manufacturing, IOT and 5G Communication for serving the needs of the modern society. He then gave a brief overview of the research activities taking place in IIT Bhubaneswar in these areas. He advised the young engineers to come up with energy efficient systems, which will help in reducing the carbon footprint and pave the way for environment restoration and energy saving. He also informed the audience about the initiative of IIT Bhubaneswar in accurately estimating the pressure and wind-speed in collaboration with IMD before the arrival of the extremely severe cyclone, “FANI”. He also thanked INAE for choosing IIT Bhubaneswar as the host of the 13thNatFoE Symposium. He complimented the Institute for hosting the event despite significant damage to the infrastructure caused by the cyclone, “FANI”.

In the Inaugural Session, Dr. Sanak Mishra, President, INAE delivered an interesting Address with emphasis on Research & Development and the role of INAE in nation building; which was very well received by the audience. He appreciated the choice of the themes, as they were in line with NITI Aayog’s current projection of areas of national interest. The speakers in their technical presentations brought out very interesting points in their respective topics for meeting the pressing needs of the society.

Dignitaries at the Inaugural Session

About 60 professionals from various institutes and R&D labs, industries & start-ups attended the event and shared their contributions. A large number of research scholars and faculty members of IIT Bhubaneswar 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 needs of the society and also gave them an overview of research work happening in various parts of India.

Prof RV Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar presenting a Memento to Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE

 

The programme of the Symposium included 21 presentations by domain experts in the thematic areas and Plenary Talks by eminent speakers such as Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, FNAE, Institute Professor, IIT Madras; Dr. Manish Gupta, FNAE, Co-founder and CEO, VideoKen; Shri. R.N, Nayak, FNAE, Former Chairman and Managing Director, Power Grid Corporation of India; Prof. Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, FNAE, IIT Kharagpur; Prof. S.A. Soman, FNAE, IIT Bombay; Prof. Rudra Pratap, FNAE, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Prof. M. Parida, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee. The Symposium provided an excellent opportunity for sharing of novel ideas and for catalysing the start of collaborative research partnerships between brilliant young engineers and researchers from different sectors of the engineering profession.

Twelfth National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (NatFOE-12)

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. The objective of the Symposium is the convening of 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:

Remote Sensing and Image Processing
Cyber Security
Additive Manufacturing
Medical diagnostics and therapeutics

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 was held 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 needs 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