IEEE IAS DAIICT Student Branch Chapter organized Tachyon ’19- All India Industry Applications Society Students Conclave a 3-day mega event which witnessed an extraordinary conglomeration of a majority of in-vogue topics of a faster, newer world like 5G, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning.
The Conclave, a one of its kind in Gujarat held during 29th- 31st March 2019, was filled with enriching expert talks, an industrial visit and a lot of fun activities with around 85 enthusiastic participants including faculties and students from all over the nation. Along with that, we were extremely honored to have Dr. Peter Magyar, the IEEE IAS Director of Chapter Development as our Distinguished Speaker with us. We also had our Director and various faculties present for the Inaugural Ceremony. Held in Mini Auditorium(CEP 102), the Conclave was conducted in six sessions including the Industrial Visit, each dealing with talks on different technologies spread throughout the three days.
Day 1: Inaugural Ceremony, Keynote Speech
The Conclave commenced with the distribution of registration kits to all the participants who were very excited and eager to witness how the Conclave would unfold. The Inaugural Ceremony began at 5.00 pm with the Lightening of the Lamp by all the dignitaries present and a welcome speech by Ms. Raksha Rank the current Chairperson of IEEE IAS DAIICT Student Branch Chapter who welcomed the participants, faculties and the guests of honor and also discussed the events conducted throughout the year.
Ms. Neelanshi Varia, ex-chairperson of IEEE IAS DAIICT Student Branch Chapter gave the inaugural speech sharing here experiences being the Chair and her memories with IEEE IAS.
Then we had a welcome speech by Prof. Manik Lal Das, Chair of IEEE Gujarat Section. After this, we had a Welcome Talk by our Director, Dr. K. S. Dasgupta where he spoke about the functioning of IEEE Student Branch and welcomed the dignitaries present.
Next was a talk by our Chief Guest and Distinguished Speaker Dr. Peter Magyar who spoke about IEEE and IAS, its history, current projects and plans for the upcoming year. He introduced the IAS Society in detail. He encouraged the students to write research papers and attend conferences taking the maximum benefits of the Student Travel Grant Programs. He also showed the IAS Chapter Distribution all over the world. He also briefed about the various IAS Chapter awards which are awarded annually. He also encouraged the students to apply for various contests like Robotics, Humanitarian and Design. He finally concluded his talk thanking the IEEE IAS Student Branch for inviting him.
This was followed by the Keynote Speech by Mr. Sunil Parekh, who is an advisor to Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd Group. Mr. Parekh has featured in the ‘Top 100 Eminent people of Gujarat’ list and has closely worked with Zydus Group and Jubilant group also being an active board member of CIIE at IIM-A-Seed Fund Committee.
The topic of the talk was Creating Value through Synthesis of Emerging Technologies. He gave a birds eye view to all the emerging technologies and how they were going to affect the near future. Being an exclusive orator, Mr. Parekh captivated the attention of all the participants.
He talked about the technical and economic prosperity of India, importance of research, inventions and innovations including a general view of the technologies like robotics, energy storage, cloud computing, 3D Printing, IoT sensors.
He also gave a broad view on how technology is connected to the economy which is quite important these days also focusing on the technology of the next decades. The main idea which was conveyed by him was to converge different current technologies and to expand emerging technologies. With such a great talk of his, the next agenda of the Conclave was the Welcome Reception/ Gala Dinner.
Day 2: Talk on Blockchain, Industrial Visit to Punsari Village and Cultural Eve
The second day of the Conclave began with full force at 8.30 am with the talk of Dr. Krishnaprasad Shastry head of Advance Development Center, HP Enterprises, Bangalore. He is responsible for advance development in emerging Blockchain technologies. In his 15 years with HPE, Prasad has led several activities in the areas of Big data, Software Accelerators, in-storage computing and memory-driven computing.
Starting the day with a talk on the new world technology Blockchain, he elaborated on what is exactly blockchain and why is it so important in today’s world. He discussed about the benefits and its immense requirement in the fields of banking and insurance for security and tracking. He then discussed about the models and blockchain and their uses and specialities. The whole talk was very interactive. He managed to grip the audience even in the early morning sleepiness that most youngsters suffer through. His talk had a continuous streams of questions from interested participants.
To ensure that all the students get some refreshment and can soak in all they learned, there was a High Tea organised. All the participants feasted and networked amongst each other, interacting with the speakers and other attendees alike. Mr. Peter Maygar always had a bunch of interested students surrounding him asking him various questions.
After this, everyone left for the Industrial Visit to Punsari village.
We returned from Punsari around 5.30 pm. The participants having been tired due to the travelling and the scorching heat, got refreshed in the cafe till 6.00 pm when the Cultural Eve was scheduled to start. The Cultural Eve was organized in the Open Air Theatre(OAT) of DA-IICT. It commenced with a prayer performance by the Music Club of DAIICT.
The next performance was by Shivam Pandita which was a Bollywood Medley. The participants enjoyed the soulful voice of his and were enjoying fully. The next performance was the Gujarati folk dance called Garba which was specially planned for Peter Sir and the participants from parts of India other than Gujarat. The performance was done by the Khelaiya Club of DAIICT. Peter Sir as well as the other participants enjoyed the new dance form and appreciated the performers. Also some of the participants gave impromptu singing performances.
The last performance was by Aditya Pandit, who is an expert of Indian Classical Music from our college who sang some Raagas along with the beat of a Tabla, which is an Indian Musical Instrument.
Finally, with this the Cultural Eve as well as the second day of Tachyon ‘19 ended.
Day 3: Talk on 5G, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and IAS Meetup
Enriched in mind and spirit after the industrial visit as well as the fun-filled cultural evening on the previous day, the day began with a lecture by the distinguished Prof S L Maskara(Retd), IIT Kharagpur at 9 AM, researching in Wireless and Mobile Communications, Spread Spectrum Techniques, Code Division Multiple Access, Error Control Coding and Telecommunication Networks. He spoke at length about 5G technology, the major buzzword in Communication Technology these days.
Prof. Maskara deliberated on the delay of mobile communication, due to unavailability of EM spectrum. Every new technology arriving in the market that is an improvement of previously used versions is called a generation. There was further discussion on how 3G, whilst being functional was slowly getting obsolete for the fast world and the impending need to transit to 5G. “Tech pushes itself”, was one of the principal ideas of the session.
This session was found to be among the liveliest of all the sessions conducted so far, with the students actively asking doubts and the speaker replying with the same spirit. This enriching session was followed by High Tea, refreshing as the day before.
Next was the talk on Machine Learning, one of the most anticipated and awaited topics of Tachyon ’19, by Dr. Nitendra Rajput, Executive Vice President and Head of Data Science at Info Edge, leading the data science work for various Info Edge businesses such as Naukri, Jeevansathi, 99acres. The speaker started off with a correlation between human psychology and deep learning. He further explained that the human brain had two systems:
- System 1: effortless,data-driven,probabilistic,spontaneous( main system)
- System 2: lazy, method-driven, deterministic, needs a trigger
AI refers to the ability of the machine to learn on its own. In technical terms, when the machine can determine the optimal way to look at data provided, it becomes intelligent. The primary method to initiate Artificial Intelligence is to feed large amounts of data to the machine and observe the decisions the machine takes, and train it accordingly.
According to Mr. Rajput, AI is fueled by ML and ML by deep learning. The challenge is now, to encapsulate human emotion in inanimate websites.
This enriching talk, ending at 1:15, was followed by a session of lunch at the DA-IICT cafeteria, where the participants interacted among themselves and with the speakers. Post lunch was the IAS Meetup.
The final session was taken by Prof. Sourish Dasgupta, co-founder of Raxter.io, on Artificial Intelligence, its challenges, and implications. There was a discussion on the concepts of consciousness and rationality- a journey of how a piece of code becomes intelligent. The session also ended with a lot of questions and discussion on projects undertaken by the participants and the future of AI.
To freshen up the participants after the talks, there was organized a GK based fun quiz by the Organising Committee which was hosted on the online platform Kahoot, by Anurag Fichadiya, Treasurer, IEEE IAS SB DA-IICT. This was a very enjoyable session to stretch the brain synapses. The winners of this quiz were given IEEE t-shirts.
The Organizing Committee had also prepared some amazing props and a Wall of Thought for the precious feedback of the participants at the Photo Booth where the participants clicked photographs to take back with them a memory of Tachyon ’19.
The three-day fun and knowledge filled fest was concluded with the closing ceremony, involving certificate distribution and group pictures. The organizing committee was commended for its efforts by the participants and the speakers alike.