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IEEE Connecting Experts – Goutam Chattopadhyay from NASA’s JPL: “Are We Alone?”

Robotics missions such as Voyager, which continues to go beyond our solar system, missions to Mars and other planets, exploring the stars and galaxies for astrophysics missions, exploring and answering the question, “are we alone in this universe?” has been the driving force for NASA scientists for more than six decades.

 

We are addressing The Question from the technical perspective by bringing you a webinar that will present the latest research carried out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, entitled:

“Are We Alone? NASA Technologies to Find Life Beyond Earth and Answers to Other Science Questions”,

by Prof. Goutam Chattopadhyay, PhD, a Senior Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology.

The webinar is starting on September 23 at 16:10 UTC as part of IEEE Young Professionals track at IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professional Congress 2020 and will be streamed on our Facebook page. The talk is co-organized with IEEE Microwaves Theory and Techniques Society Young Professionals.

If you wish to take an active participation in this session and the whole Congress, please register here: https://forms.gle/pj6mN3NiBwCxzvPcA – free and open. You can check the full Congress schedule at https://www.r8syp.com/vsyp-program.


Young Professionals Track at IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professionals Congress 2020

IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professionals Congress (R8 vSYP) will be held during September 14th – 26th 2020 with three hours of daily content, and in total of more than 40 hours of keynote talks, addresses from IEEE officials, workshops and awards, supported by in-person or hybrid form of local meetings and presentations in countries throughout R8, which will be broadcasted for everyone as part of the program. Some of the content are speeches of IEEE President Elect Susan “Kathy” Land, IEEE Region 8 Director Magdalena Salazar Palma, technical presentation “Are We Alone?” by Goutam Chattopadhyay, a senior scientist from NASA JPL, finals of the IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative, and many more.

 

The Congress is a virtual substitute of the regular bi-annual IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress that gathers over 400 people from whole IEEE Region 8. Following the same spirit, the R8 vSYP will involve a series of plenary sessions, workshops, competitions, social activities, and many more – through separate Student, Young Professional and Women in Engineering tracks. It follows a good practice of virtual conferences, summits, and other business events, while striving to imbue the tailored focus for our students and young professionals. This implies learning from experts, learning from each other, learning both about the technology and cultures, strong networking, getting feedback from our volunteers to steer Region 8 and the whole IEEE, and of course, doing it all while having fun along the way!

 

Detailed program can be found at the official Congress website https://www.r8syp.com/vsyp-program and registration can be made over the registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y28ounyo, for both IEEE and non-IEEE members. Registration is free but the number of attendees is limited – so hurry up and save your spot.

 

Young Professionals Track program


Hackathon “Ethical dilemmas in AI – Engineering the way out”

 

IEEE and the Association of Nordic Engineers (ANE), in collaboration with DataEthics.eu and the University of Copenhagen, are co-organizing the Hackathon “Ethical dilemmas in AI – Engineering the way out”, which will take place on-line on 3-4 September 2020 from 09:00 to 12:00. From IEEE side, the event is sponsored by the European Public Policy Committee and the Standards Association, and supported by the Vienna Office.

 

The hackathon, which will feature the participation of ca. 50 experts (25 from IEEE and 25 from ANE), will explore the gaps between existing guidelines and recommendations for addressing ethical issues with respect to AI technologies and the realities experienced by engineers in practice.

 

During the hackathon you will:

  • Work with professionals from the Nordic and other countries to collaboratively develop best practices and recommendations for engineers to navigate the application of new AI technologies,

  • Share own experiences and expertise, evaluate and discuss current challenges with respect to AI technologies,

  • Expand your network and exchange experiences with peers from the Nordic countries and beyond.

 

Find more information in the AI hackathon prospectus. Young Professionals are welcome to apply.


IEEE Connecting Experts webinars by IEEE Young Professionals – July 2020

Building on successful May and June editions, and provided feedback, we are now bringing you five webinars in July on topics of Entrepreneurship and Technology. The program has grown largely since the beginning and we are now hosting our first IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. The program is also extended by additional collaboration of several local, regional and global IEEE organizational units: Turkey and Norway affinity groups, IEEE Standards Association, IEEE Communications Society Young Professionals, IEEE Microwaves Theory and Techniques Society Young Professionals and IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative.

 

 

For IEEE members who would like to actively participate in the sessions by providing text, voice or video comments and questions during discussions, you can join Webex calls. For this, please register your e-mail within the following form (you may use IEEE login as well) and you will receive tailored details for each upcoming webinar few days before. You can also find this option in the IEEE Connecting Experts Calendar that is regularly updated with Webex registration details together with events, topic and speaker descriptions.

 

After July, we are going to continue again in September in special form of tailored content for Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professionals Congress 2020 (vSYP 2020).

 

For all others who are interested, we are regularly live streaming the sessions on our Facebook page and Youtube channel so feel free to share info with all of your friends and colleagues. You can also see find the previous talk recordings there (check both added videos and live streams).

 

Remain healthy and safe,

IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals


Special meeting on Innovative startups and entrepreneurs – IEEE MELECON 2020

 

MELECON 2020 is organizing innovations pitching competition followed by a special session of discussions on the topic with emphasis on recent events and upcoming economic trends.

 

This special meeting is structured in two panels dedicated to entrepreneurship financial and institutional supports and to some examples of successful startups. The first panel will focus on entrepreneurship supports for success. Funding, organization, management, business strategies and planning, incubators, guidance, mentorship, and institutional supports will be discussed with a particular focus on the COVID-19 scenario and consequences. The second panel will present some examples of successful and innovative startups with accent on challenges at time of pandemic.

 

Live video streaming will be held on 18 June 2020. You can find the event agenda here: entrepreneurs and innovative startups-MELECON2020.


IEEE Connecting Experts webinars by IEEE Young Professionals – June 2020

Building on the successful May edition, we are now growing and bringing you 13 webinars in June on topics of Entrepreneurship, Profession and Technology, with a new category introduced this month – Space. The program is also extended by additional collaboration of several local, regional and global IEEE organizational units: Lebanon, Denmark, Turkey and Sweden affinity groups, IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering, IEEE Microwaves Theory and Techniques Society Young Professionals and IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative.

 

 

For IEEE members who would like to actively participate in the session by providing text, voice or video comments and questions during discussion, there is a possibility to participate in the Webex calls. For this, please register your e-mail within the following form (you may use IEEE login as well) and you will receive details for each upcoming webinar. You can also find this option in the IEEE Connecting Experts Calendar that will be regularly updated with Webex registration details together with events, topic and speaker descriptions.

 

For all others who are interested, we are going to live stream on our Facebook page and Youtube channel so feel free to share info with all of your friends and colleagues.

 

Keep healthy and safe,

IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals


IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative – Call for Ambassadors, by June 15, 2020

IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative, a program led by IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals and IEEE Region 8 Professional and Educational Activities, aimed at the segment of existing and potential members that habit the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We believe that IEEE encompasses a unique strength in this domain with the technical foundations of the organization and offers ability to shape an entrepreneurship endeavor innovative and impactful.

 

After we achieved a significant success in 2019 with 130 ambassadors from more than 20 countries in the region, who held 25 local events that resulted in over 35 technical innovations, finally leading to 6 finalist startups from all over our region, we are now kicking off a new edition. In 2020, we are planning a competition phase organized locally in sections, student branches and affinity groups, with local ambassadors, organizers and competition expert evaluators.

 

The role of motivating, organizing and implementing the competition in sections is the role of an IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative Ambassadors. While we are all adjusting to new ways of operation in the time of epidemics, response hackathons and datathons are already taking place around the world , with a hope that in-person events will be possible in 2nd half of the year. If you are a motivated volunteer interested in the technical innovations and shaping them to the entrepreneurship endeavor, we encourage you to fill the form – by June 15, 2020.

 

More information about the program can be found at our social media page and through the application form.

 

Check the photos of 2019 local events in the collage below.

 


IEEE Connecting Experts webinars by IEEE Young Professionals – May 2020

Dear IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals,
we hope you are all in good standing, healthy and safe in these difficult times.

 

Since the lock-down unfortunately cancelled or postponed plenty of our events, we are all turning to digital and online versions. With this, our IEEE Connecting Experts program of bringing speakers to industry is now also transferring to the online version, open for participation and streamed through our social media.

 

The program is consisted of series of webinars that are bringing a technical topic by an expert in a given field in form of a conference keynote style presentation of 30-45 minutes duration followed by Q&A, to the wide audience of young professionals, including MSc and PhD students, young industry professionals and young tech-entrepreneurs from Region 8. The online version is kicked-off as a response to the current pandemic confinement with a goal to provide education and engagement to the electrical engineering young professionals.

 

For IEEE members who would like to actively participate in the session by providing text, voice or video comments and questions during discussion, there is a possibility to participate in the Webex calls. For this, please register your e-mail within the following form (you may use IEEE login as well) and you will receive details for each upcoming webinar. You can also find this option in the IEEE Connecting Experts Calendar that will be regularly updated with Webex registration details together with events, topic and speaker descriptions.

 

The program will continue beyond May 2020 and we will send you regular monthly schedule over IEEE eNotice system.

 

For all others who are interested, we are going to live stream on our Facebook page and Youtube channel so feel free to share info with all of your friends and colleagues.

 

In cooperation with IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering and IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, we are bringing you few events in May on the following topics:

 

 

Keep healthy and safe,

IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals


R8 YP Team at Tunisian Student and Young Professionals Congress 2019

The Tunisian Students and Young Professionals congress is the annual congress for the IEEE student and young professionals in Tunisia. The congress attracts over 1000 IEEE members from different cities in Tunisia as well some other participants from neighbor countries. The congress is the unique event which brings more than 30 IEEE student branches to interact, collaborate, and increase effective networking. Furthermore, student branches compete to organize the next year congress.

 

IEEE Region 8 Young professionals committee was honored to participate in the 7th edition of the congress organized by IEEE ENIT Student Branch, from 15th December to the 17th December 2019 and held a YP introduction workshop that gathered more than 200 attendees.

 

During this workshop IEEE Members in Tunisia had the change to discover the Young professionals by asking questions to the YP committee. They also had fun by dancing Macarena with the Subcommittee Team.

 

by Seif El Hajjem

 

 


IEC and YP sponsored “Harnessing Indigenous Talents for Sustainable development” Panel discussion at Power Africa

The 2019 IEEE PES/IAS Power Africa conference was held at the beautiful city of Abuja, Nigeria between the 20th to 24th August. Power experts, students, young professionals, government agencies, researchers and industry leaders assembled in the capital city of Nigeria during the conference. The first Panel sessions on day 1 of the Power Africa Conference was jointly sponsored by the Industry Engagement Committee and IEEE young professionals. It was attended by over 200 plus conference Attendees and also it was open to over 60+ non-conference Attendees. The panel session was the last activity of day 1 after which a cocktail Welcome party for power Africa was held.

 

The event commenced around 5:30pm (UTC+1) after the Tutorial sessions at the Auditorium. The title was “Harnessing Indigenous Talents for Sustainable Development”. The session was moderated by Engr. John Funso Adebayo providing the brief about the topic and further invite the panellist to the stage for the discussions. The Panelist are Mr. Aliyu Folorunsho (MD/CEO of Telnet), Dr Joyce Wigwe ( General Electric Africa) providing legal and regulatory perspective, Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe (Africa Area Chair) providing the academia angel and bridging the gap with the industry and  Philippa Ngaju Makobore (UIRI) providing research and development perspective.

 

Each Panellist was provided with 5-7 mins to express his or her view on the topic and moderator further engage them with questions on topic. Audience were provided with opportunity to contribute. Amongst many contributors is Co-Founder of ISV Robin Podmore and Energy Expert Bai Blyden. Participants were satisfied with the take home from and session with the zeal to apply lesson learnt for their day to day activities.

 

by Abdullateef Aliyu