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“Innovation the key to the State’s Development” – First Day Report

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Trivandrum, 23 August 2013.

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The South Asia Satellite of the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC-SAS) was formally inaugurated at Technopark here today by Mr. PH Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary (IT), Government of Kerala, in the presence of over 150 delegates and participants from 4 countries.

GHTC is a global conference series of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) having the objective of bringing together multiple stakeholders ranging from engineers & technologists, development professionals, NGOs, and social activists, interested in developing sustainable solutions for problems confronting humanity, ranging from energy, agriculture, climate change, disaster management, livelihoods and health. GHTC-SAS is the first of its kind focussing South Asia.

South Asia, home to one-sixth of the world population and having a significant number of humanitarian challenges is of specific relevance to GHTC, and Kerala Section was mandated with the first-ever South Asia Satellite conference, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference – South Asia Satellite 2013 (IEEE GHTC SAS 2013), being organized at Technopark, Trivandrum on 23rd and 24th August 2013.

Mr. PH Kurian, inaugurating the GHTC-SAS, said that, technologies should serve the interests of people. Historically, India has been extremely rich in terms of innovation, but we have lost our leadership position. It is important to reclaim the role of innovation in the Indian economy. Kerala has proved successful in innovation through TBIC and similar initiatives. The Government of Kerala has created enabling frameworks to promote innovation that will doubtless serve the interests of the state in future. He said that innovation was the key to the future development of the State.

Mr. Sasi PM, Associate Director, CDAC-Trivandrum welcomed the participants at the inaugural. Prof. VK Damodaran gave an overview of the Conference, while Mr. R. Srinivas, Chair, IEEE Kerala Section presided over the meeting. Ms. Annie George offered felicitations, while Mr. Unni Sankar proposed a Vote of Thanks.

Prof. Kannan Moudgalya of IIT Bombay, who delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session, explained the concept of spoken tutorials, an electronic educational technology that was becoming very popular amongst students and the academic community. He said that Aakash, a low-cost tablet device introduced by the Government of India, coupled with Spoken Tutorials, are together “humane weapons of mass instruction” that can radically transform the educational scenario in the country.

The Community Engagement Workshop (CEW), held earlier in the day, saw participation from over 95 delegates from south India.  Mr. Stan Thekaekkara, social activist who had been working with tribals in the Western Ghats for over 30 years, delivered the keynote address at the CEW. He pointed out that technology, given its increasing role in the lives of communities, must be controlled by communities themselves, and young engineers should reflect on their values and contributions to society.

The CEW had presentations from several dignitaries including Dr. MP Parameswaran (KSSP), Dr. Usha Menon (NISTDS, Delhi), Ms Annie George (BEDROC, Nagapattinam), Prof. VK Damodaran, Mr. Saurabh Sinha (IEEE, South Africa), Ms. Lida Jacob, Mr. V.Vivekanandan, Mr. NT Nair and Mr. Satish Babu.

The Conference also had a workshop on Social Entrepreneurship, Unconvention|L, attended by over 60 delegates. The event, which was an interactive participatory brainstorming process, gave rise to numerous ideas for interventions in social entrepreneurship, which are expected to to be taken up to be connected to a local nurturing ecosystem in social entrepreneurship.

On day two of the Conference on 24 August 2013, around 81 papers being presented on different innovations, on five tracks of contemporary relevance: Distributed renewable energy generation and microgrids;  Municipal solid waste management;  Inclusive technologies for the differently-abled;  Agriculture, water, disaster management, health and education; and Emerging Technologies for Humanitarian Applications.

The GHTC-SAS Conference was supported by several agencies including IT Dept of Govt of Kerala, Kerala State IT Mission, Technopark, KSEB, KSCSTE, ICFOSS, EMC and others. Some of the sponsors from the private sector include Cisco, Juniper, UTL, 6D technologies, Indiavideo and Suntec.

GHTC-SAS, the first conference of its kind outside the US, gave a platform for different stakeholders interested in the technology-society interface to engage with the challenges of the 21st the century.

IEEE is the world’s largest fraternity of electrical and electronics engineers, with over 400,000 members spread over 160 countries. Besides encouraging research and publication, IEEE also is the world’s largest creator and maintainer of standards in emerging areas such as computing, Wifi and mobile devices.

Community Engagement Workshop

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Community Engagement Workshop

Community Engagement Workshop on SIGHT, EPICS and TISP hosted by IEEE Kerala SIGHT and IEEE Kerala GOLD SIGHT with support from IEEE SIGHT is planned to share the needs of the society where the technology solutions are required to address humanitarian issues by experts and to share the experience of volunteers who have already provided solutions for demanding humanitarian issues. The event is scheduled on 23rd August at Technopark,Trivandrum. This will also serve as a platform for coveted speakers to address the “Engineers of Tomorrow” and introduce to them the areas where “Technology Demand” is required to solve  humanitarian needs.

Program Schedule

09.00 – 09.30 : Registration
09.30 – 09.35 : Welcome Address – Jayakrishnan M C
09.35 – 09.50 : Introduction to IEEE & Humanitarian Technology – Amarnath Raja
09.50 – 10.30 : Keynote Address – Stan Thekaekara
10.30 – 10.45 : Tea Break

10.45 – 12.15 : Session 1: Technology at Grassroots
Session Chair : V. K. Damodaran
10.50 – 11.20 : Speaker 1 – M P Parameswaran
11.20 – 11.50 : Speaker 2 – Usha Menon
11.50 – 12.20 : Speaker 3 – Annie George
12.20 – 12.30 : Concluding Remarks – V.K. Damodaran
12.30 – 01.30 : Lunch

01.30 – 03.30 : Session 2: IEEE & Humanitarian Technology
Session Chair : Amarnath Raja
01.30 – 02.30 : EPICS In IEEE – Saurabh Sinha & Moshe Kam
02.30 – 03.15 : IEEE Humanitarian Project Presentations
03.15 – 03.30 : Tea Break

03.30 – 04.15 : Panel Discussion
Moderator    : Satish Babu

Date:
23rd August 2013

Time:
09:00 am to 04:15 pm

Location:
Travancore Hall
Technopark
Trivandrum
Kerala, India

Hosted by:
IEEE Kerala SIGHT &
IEEE Kerala GOLD SIGHT
Support from IEEE SIGHT

Hotels Nearby

Monday, July 29th, 2013
  1. Hotel Al Saj 

    NH47 Kazhakuttom,
    Trivandrum ,
    Phone: +91 4712 416 720
    Fax: +91 4712 416 720
    Email: admin@alsajhotel.com

    Room Tarriff:

    Room Type

    Rate (INR)

    A/C Roof Top Bamboo Cottage

    1,000.00

    Single A/c Premium Suite

    1,299.00

    A/C Deluxe Cottages

    1,499.00

    Double A/c Premium Luxury suites

    1,899.00

    1. Ginger Trivandrum

    Ginger Thiruvananthapuram,

    Electronics Technology Park (Technopark)
    Technopark Campus
    Next to Technopark Club House
    Kazakuttom,Thiruvananthapuram Taluka

    Thiruvananthapuram – 695581

    Phone: +91 471 666 3333

    Fax: +91 471 666 3366

    Email: reservations.trivandrum@gingerhotels.com

    Room Tarriff:

    Room Type

    Rate (INR)

    Single A/c Premium Suite

    1,795.00

    Double A/c Premium Suite

    2199.00

     

    If you are looking for budget accommodation facility near conference venue, please contact Pradeep (pradeepbala01@gmail.com)

Sponsorship

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Our Sponsors

 

Go to www.ghtc-sas.org/sponsors.html

Sponsorship Details

 

http://www.ghtc-sas.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/GHTC-SAS-sponsorship-table.pdf

List of accepted papers

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The list of papers accepted for presentation at GHTC-SAS 2013 has been announced – Accepted papers for oral presentation

 

Please note:

Conference registration by at least one of the authors is mandatory for final acceptance of paper

  • Author registration deadline : 12th July 2013
  • Registration deadline- general : 2nd August 2013
  • Camera ready paper submission deadline : 15th July 2013

 

 

 

GHTC SAS Student photo contest

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Dear IEEE Student Members,

You are invited to participate in Student Photo Contest of GHTC South Asia Satellite Conference (GHTC-SAS). The deadline to submit photos is July 1, 2013   July 15, 2013 (Updated).

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participant must be students and must be an IEEE student member or an IEEE Graduate Student Member at the time of the submission of the photo. Doctoral students cannot participate. The photos should be based on GHTC-SAS theme:

  1. Distributed Renewable Energy Generation and Microgrids
    Distributed solar generation; local and micro grids; wind energy, conventional and blade less; biomass and biogasifiers; wave energy; microhydel; submersible microhydels; solar concentrators; energy storage mechanisms; In-vehicle energy generation;

  2. Municipal Solid Waste Management
    Biodegradation; automated solid waste processing; landfill; incineration; recycling; resource recovery; e-waste management; gasification; plasma; hazardous waste management; membrane bioreactors

  3. Inclusive Technologies for the Differently-abled
    Mobility enhancement; emergency response systems; assistive systems; software-based assistive systems; prosthesis; computer accessibility

  4. Agriculture, Water, Disaster Management, Health and Education (Open Track)
    Innovations in humanitarian technologies in agriculture, water management, disaster management, health, education, financial inclusion, gender and culture and knowledge management.

  5. Emerging Technologies for Humanitarian Applications
    Innovative technologies that have potential for use in humanitarian technologies.

 

The selected photos would be displayed during the GHTC SAS 2013, being held at Trivandrum, Kerala on August 23-24th.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Students interested in participating should follow the following two steps.

  1. Mail the application forms along with photos(min 3.2 mega pixels)  to shonejose@ieee.org before the specified deadline.

  2. Subject line should be of the format: GHTC SAS Student Photo – <Photo Caption>.The selected photo for the contest would be intimated to the author after evaluation.

 

Rules regarding the contest:

  1. The photo that is submitted for the contest should not be previously published or presented at any other place that secures copyright of the photo. If any sort of plagiarism or copyright issues found for your submission, we would not be considering them.

  2. All participants must be IEEE Student Members or Graduate Student Members. Doctoral students are not allowed to participate.

  3. Each contestant can send maximum 3 photos.

  4. Photo should be in JPEG format.

  5. Photo should be of minimum 3.2 mega pixels.

  6. The judging will be based on originality of the photo.

  7. The photo may be of solutions of humanitarian problems using technology.

 

Applications must be submitted via email only. Application submitted through any other means would not be considered for evaluation.

The organizing/review committee of the Photo Contest at the GHTC SAS reserves the right to accept or reject any application without assigning any reason.

All rights of the submitted photo is reserved with GHTC-SAS and IEEE.

Deadline and Submission details:

Deadline – July 1, 2013 July 15, 2013 (Updated).

All the submissions for the Student video contest should be submitted online via email. Any queries regarding the contest or submission email to Shone Jose, Chair, and Student Photo Contest GHTC SAS – shonejose@ieee.org

 

Prizes

First Prize:        Rs. 20000 + Certificates

Second Prize:  Rs. 10000 + Certificates

 Prizes sponsored by   Indiavideo

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GHTC-SAS Student photo contest application form

Finals:

The top 6 photos selected for the finals are:

1.  From Darkness to Light, Jyothis M thomas, MES College of Engineering, Kuttipuram

2. ArVo Power Plant, Aravind Venukumar, National Institute of Technology, Calicut

3. Resource Management and Efficiency, Ravi Kiran Nishtala, Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

4. Promising Energy, Jyothis M thomas, MES College of Engineering, Kuttipuram

5. Synchronous, Aravind Venukumar, National Institute of Technology, Calicut

6. Working Together for a beautiful tomorrow, Jyothis M thomas, MES College of Engineering, Kuttipuram

Results:

Ist Prize:

Resource Management and Efficiency, Ravi Kiran Nishtala, Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

IInd Prize:

ArVo Power Plant, Aravind Venukumar, National Institute of Technology, Calicut

IIIrd Prize:

From Darkness to Light, Jyothis M thomas, MES College of Engineering, Kuttipuram

GHTC SAS Student video contest

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Dear IEEE Student Members,

You are invited to participate in Student Video Contest of GHTC South Asia Satellite Conference (GHTC-SAS). The deadline to submit videos is  July 1, 2013  August 1, 2013.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participant must be students and must be an IEEE student member or an IEEE Graduate Student Member at the time of the submission of the video. Doctoral students cannot participate. The video should be fully the original work of the student(s) and completed before they have received the engineering or science degree. The videos should be based on GHTC-SAS theme:
  1. Distributed Renewable Energy Generation and Microgrids
    Distributed solar generation; local and micro grids; wind energy, conventional and blade less; biomass and biogasifiers; wave energy; microhydel; submersible microhydels; solar concentrators; energy storage mechanisms; In-vehicle energy generation;

  2. Municipal Solid Waste Management
    Biodegradation; automated solid waste processing; landfill; incineration; recycling; resource recovery; e-waste management; gasification; plasma; hazardous waste management; membrane bioreactors

  3. Inclusive Technologies for the Differently-abled
    Mobility enhancement; emergency response systems; assistive systems; software-based assistive systems; prosthesis; computer accessibility

  4. Agriculture, Water, Disaster Management, Health and Education (Open Track)
    Innovations in humanitarian technologies in agriculture, water management, disaster management, health, education, financial inclusion, gender and culture and knowledge management.

  5. Emerging Technologies for Humanitarian Applications
    Innovative technologies that have potential for use in humanitarian technologies.

The selected videos would be displayed during the GHTC SAS 2013, being held at Trivandrum, Kerala on August 23-24th.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Students interested in participating should follow the following two steps.

  1. Upload your video (max duration :  3mins) to YouTube

  2. Mail the application forms to venkit07@ieee.org before the specified deadline.

Subject line should be of the format: GHTC SAS Student Video – <Video Title>

The selected video for the contest would be intimated to the lead author after evaluation.

Rules regarding the contest:

  1. The idea that is submitted for the contest should not be previously published or presented at any other place that secures copyright of the idea. If any sort of plagiarism or copyright issues found for your submission, we would not be considering them.

  2. All participants must be IEEE Student Members or Graduate Student Members. Doctoral students are not allowed to participate.

  3. Contestants may be individuals or a team comprising of up to four members.

  4. Maximum duration of the video is 3 minutes. Longer videos will be disqualified.

  5. The judging will be based on originality of the idea, way of presentation and impact.

Applications must be submitted via email only. Application submitted through any other means would not be considered for evaluation.

The organizing/review committee of the Video Contest at the GHTC SAS reserves the right to accept or reject any application without assigning any reason.

All rights of the submitted video is reserved with GHTC-SAS and IEEE.

 

Deadline and Submission details:

DeadlineJuly 1, 2013  August 1, 2013 ( Updated ).

All the submissions for the Student video contest should be submitted online via email. Any queries regarding the contest or submission email to Venkiteswaran R., Chair, Student Video Contest GHTC SAS – venkit07@ieee.org.

Prizes

First Prize:        Rs. 20000 + Certificates

 Prizes sponsored by   Indiavideo

indiavideo Logo

 Click here for GHTC SAS Student video contest application form

 

Results:

First Prize: Artificial Vortex(ArVo) Power Generation,

  Aravind Venukumar, National Institute of Technology, Calicut.

GHTC SAS Student poster contest

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Dear IEEE Student Members,

You are invited to participate in Student Poster Contest of GHTC South Asia Satellite Conference (GHTC-SAS). The deadline to submit posters is July 1, 2013 July 15, 2013.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participant must be students and must be an IEEE student member or an IEEE Graduate Student Member at the time of the submission of the poster. Doctoral students cannot participate. The poster should be fully the original work of the student(s) and completed before they have received the engineering or science degree.

The students can send in ideas or designs for developing projects/products for humanitarian applications. The selected posters would be displayed during the GHTC SAS 2013, being held at Trivandrum, Kerala on August 23-24th.

The students interested to participate in the contest are supposed to submit the application form before the specified deadline to sreevas@ieee.org (with Subject GHTC SAS Student Poster – <Poster Title>). The selected posters for the contest would be intimated to the lead author after evaluation. If you have any queries, contact Sreevas Sahasranamam, Chair, Student Poster Contest, GHTC-SAS – sreevas@ieee.org .

Rules regarding the contest:

The idea that is submitted for the contest should not be previously published or presented at any other place that secures copyright of the idea. If any sort of plagiarism or copyright issues found for your submission, we would not be considering them.

All participants must be IEEE Student Members or Graduate Student Members. Doctoral students are not allowed to participate.

Contestants may be members or a team comprising of up to four members.

The organizing/review committee of the Student Poster Contest at the GHTC SAS reserves the right to accept or reject any application without assigning any reason.

Procedure for the contest:

The contest will be conducted in two stages which are described as follows.

Stage 1 (By E-mail)

a)   Submit the application form by email with Subject line “GHTC SAS Student Poster – <Poster Title>”

b)  The idea presented must be original

c) Teams selected will be intimated through the lead authors of each poster.

 

Stage 2

a) Teams selected in Stage 1 will prepare a poster with their ideas

b) The size of the posters will be a max of 80cm by 60cm

c) The posters will be displayed at the venue of the contest

d) The Team members will make a presentation on the posters

e) The Judges will evaluate the posters & presentations and declare the prize winners

 

Deadline and Submission details:

DeadlineJuly 1, 2013  July 15, 2013.

Any queries regarding the contest or submission, email to Sreevas Sahasranamam, Chair, Student Poster Contest GHTC SAS – sreevas@ieee.org.

Prizes

First Prize: Rs. 20000 + Certificates

Second Prize: Rs. 10000 + Certificates

 Prizes sponsored by   Indiavideo

indiavideo Logo

Click here for the GHTC SAS Student Poster contest Application form

Finals:

The top 6 abstracts selected for the on-site finals are:

1. Cost Effective Vegetable Chiller for Rural Small Farmers

 By Vishnu Padmanaban

Amrita  Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University),  Coimbatore, India

2. Sound localization and visualization device

By Chandykunju Alex, Arun Joseph and Kevin Martin Jose

College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, India

3. E-space (Enable-space)

By Ceeyus Vareed

I.E.S. College of Engineering Chittilapilly, India

4. Vein imaging and Vascular doppler system

By Manam Mansoor, Sravani S.N and Sumbul .Z.N

M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology , Bangalore , India

5. Deployment of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) for Mine Worker Safety

By Kartic Bhargav K.R and Niranjan VK

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Pilani Campus. India

6. PHCATM

By Priyabrata Sundaray

SRM University, Chennai, India

Results:

Ist Prize:

Deployment of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) for Mine Worker Safety

By Kartic Bhargav K.R and Niranjan VK

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Pilani Campus. India.

IInd Prize:

 Vein imaging and Vascular doppler system

By Manam Mansoor, Sravani S.N and Sumbul .Z.N

M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology , Bangalore , India.

IIIrd prize:

PHCATM

By Priyabrata Sundaray

SRM University, Chennai, India.

Deadline for Paper submissions extended – March 29th 2013

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The deadline for paper submissions have been extended from March 8th to March 29th 2013.

 

Call for Papers

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Recognising the potential for humanitarian works in South Asia region, IEEE GHTC and IEEE Kerala Section will jointly host the GHTC South Asia Satellite Conference (GHTC-SAS) during 23-24 August 2013 at Trivandrum, Kerala India. This satellite conference will focus on addressing pressing humanitarian challenges and issues in South Asia. Consistent with the GHTC objectives the South Asia Satellite Conference, invites submissions under the following four tracks:

  1. Distributed Renewable Energy Generation and Microgrids
    Distributed solar generation; local and micro grids; wind energy, conventional and blade less; biomass and biogasifiers; wave energy; microhydel; submersible microhydels; solar concentrators; energy storage mechanisms; In-vehicle energy generation;
  2. Municipal Solid Waste Management
    Biodegradation; automated solid waste processing; landfill; incineration; recycling; resource recovery; e-waste management; gasification; plasma; hazardous waste management; membrane bioreactors
  3. Inclusive Technologies for the Differently-abled
    Mobility enhancement; emergency response systems; assistive systems; software-based assistive systems; prosthesis; computer accessibility
  4. Agriculture, Water, Disaster Management, Health and Education (Open Track)
    Innovations in humanitarian technologies in agriculture, water management, disaster management, health, education, financial inclusion, gender and culture and knowledge management.
  5. Emerging Technologies for Humanitarian Applications
    Innovative technologies that have potential for use in humanitarian technologies.

Accepted papers that are presented at the GHTC-SAS Conference will be published along with the GHTC 2013 proceeding in October 2013. All papers that meet the IEEE Conference Publication Program requirements of an IEEE quality review will be included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. IEEE reserves the right to not publish any proceedings that are not meeting the standards. Electronic media containing all accepted GHTC 2013 submissions would be distributed to registered attendees. One author of the best paper in each of the tracks will be invited and funded to present the paper at the GHTC 2013 in October 20-23, 2013 in Silicon Valley, California USA.

Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 08th, 2013 March 29th,2013

  • All submissions must be done online. Submit at https://ieee-ghtc-sas.myreviewroom.com.
  • Submissions must be written in English, must not be longer than 6 pages, minimum font is 10 point, single-spaced, and may include figures, illustrations, and graphs.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email only, and posted on the website. Authors of unaccepted submissions will be notified by email.
  • Authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to revise their submissions for inclusion in the electronic media until June 1st, 2013.

Past GHTC Papers

IEEE Paper Format 

Paper Submission

For more, www.ghtc-sas.org/cfp.html

GHTC-SAS 2013 CFP

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