By Engr. Arnold Santos, IEEE Oman Secretary
MUSCAT. The four-day IEEE GCC Conference and Exhibition organized by IEEE section and hosted by Sultan Qaboos University under the patronage of HE Dr. Ahmed Al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications successfully concluded on 4th February 2015. Over 300 participants attended the conference, representing over 150 authors. Apart from the domestic participants, the event was warmly attended by overseas delegates from over 30 countries.
It was the first time for Oman to hold and host this international conference, which distinguished itself by an unprecedented scale, a record number of papers received for review and approved for presentation and the introduction of the mobile app to facilitate the activities.
The four-day event deeply impressed participants with the Omani hospitality and the excellent conference settings and organizations. Pre-conference tutorials, keynote speeches, industry presentations and exhibitions and student poster competition were part of the activities held to deal with the aspects and developments in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering in resonance with the theme “Towards Smart Sustainable Solutions.”
In addition to the technical activities, a grand gala dinner was held on the 3rd day at the SQU open grounds to allow participants to socialize and interact among others. After the closing ceremonies, the participants were guided to a tour of Rustaq, a culture-enriched Wilayat of Oman. This concluding activity added value to the list of memorable and unforgettable firsts that the participants will reminisce about the 8th IEEE GCC conference in Oman.
Photo from the 8th IEEE GCC Opening Ceremonies