INDICON is the flagship Annual International Conference of the IEEE India Council. It has its origins in the Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) of the Council, which transformed into the INDICON in 2004, being conducted at IIT Kharagpur. Each of the IEEE Sections have been conducting INDICON in turns, with the last (2017) being organized by the UP Section at IIT Roorkee.
With the theme of “Harnessing Technology for Humanity”, the 15th IEEE India Council International Conference (INDICON 2018), being organized by the IEEE Madras Section during December 15-18, 2018, at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, with technical support from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, promises to be bigger and better than before. With plenary sessions, keynote addresses by reputed academicians, tutorials, workshops, Student Paper contests, industry exhibits and stalls and most importantly, high quality presentations from the best of the researchers in India, no effort is being spared to make INDICON 2018, the best so far. More details are available elsewhere in these pages.
We welcome prospective authors to submit their original work to INDICON 2018 and get ready for an all-immersive experience of inspiring talks, stimulating discussions and interactions and building life-long professional relationships.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) was born on January 1, 1963, with the merger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. If the initial membership of the IEEE was largely comprised of Americans, today the IEEE is spread over 160 countries with more than 350,000 members, spanning a wide spectrum of professional activities, allied to and complementing its original areas of electrical and electronics engineering. With its vision to be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, the IEEE is engaged in the task of fostering technological innovation and excellence. The reach of IEEE is such that today, there is perhaps no area of human activity, which remains unaffected by it. The IEEE, having grown into the largest technical professional organization in the world, serves its members through a number of platforms like societies, journals, transactions, magazines, conferences and industry standards.
The IEEE India Council, established in 1973, is one of the five councils in Region 10 (Asia – Pacific) of the IEEE. It coordinates the activities of the IEEE in India, carried out through the various sections and chapters. With a membership of about 48,500, the IEEE India Council is one of the most active in Region 10, with the top five positions being occupied by India Council Sections. The IEEE India Council has been very successful in motivating the student community to take part in IEEE activities, as is evident with the large number of student members.
One of the largest of the IEEE India Council, the IEEE Madras Section, received the 2017 IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Large Section Award. The Section has 24 Technical Society Chapters and 3 Affinity Groups attached to it. Formally recognized as a Section in 1978, the IEEE Madras Section is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. The Madras section organized the second INDICON in 2005, at IIT Madras. It is perhaps befitting that the section is celebrating its 40th anniversary, by organising the 15th INDICON, at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. The Section chaired by Dr. P. A. Manoharan, is looking to increase the strength of the membership as well as to energise the existing members to contribute to section activities.
The 15th IEEE India Council International Conference (INDICON 2018) is being hosted by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, during December 16 – 18, 2018. Nestled in a verdant green campus of approximately 400 acres, in the foothills of the Boluvampatti range of the Western Ghats, Amrita has been steadily and quickly climbing the ladder of academic excellence, being ranked as the best private University in India and eighth overall (NIRF 2018). From its humble beginnings as a School of Engineering in 1994, with 130 students, Amrita is today spread over five campuses, with over 12000 students and 1500 faculty members, covering the entire gamut of educational disciplines, with more than 120 programs offered at different levels. The Coimbatore campus is home to the administrative headquarters of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham with around 6000 students and 600 faculty members. The lush greenery on the sprawling campus is due to the massive tree-planting and forestation activities as well as water conservation and other eco-friendly measures implemented on the campus.
Amrita actively encourages research especially of the multi-disciplinary type, through various programmes and Centres. It has tieups and MoUs with a large number of internationally renowned Universities, facilitating interactions across various specialisations. Amrita faculty members and researchers have authored more than 150 books and 300 book chapters and published more than 3000 papers in reputed National and International Journals. Amrita has filed applications for more than 50 patents based on the work carried out by its faculty and researchers.