Computer Society Chapters Celebrate IEEE Day
IEEE Day celebrates a gathering in 1884 of individuals in the electrical professions to create what would later become IEEE. For the 8th IEEE Day, Student volunteers and young professionals built upon this year’s theme, “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow,” to conduct activities with a significant impact in their communities.
Business Intelligence, Big Data and IoT in India
The IEEE Computer Society Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science Student Branch Chapter conducted a seminar on the topic of “Business Intelligence and Its Scope.” The seminar attracted 47 attendees to build awareness of Computer Society activities in the region.
Business analyst Galil Damian from Amtex Software Solutions introduced tools for data visualization and drew parallels between business intelligence and big data analytics, explaining that big data and business intelligence have similar aims. Business intelligence analyzes specified data, whereas big data analytics looks beyond the known to find connections previously unrecognized.
The seminar also touched on the internet of things (IoT). IoT is the interconnectivity of our everyday devices, collecting data and turning information into better working products and a better understanding of how products are used.
Damian noted that the Internet of things played a significant role in business intelligence, which would increase the number of careers in the field. According to CIO Magazine, the increase in data coming from smart devices will require business intelligence specialists “with skills in sensor data analysis, data center management, predictive analytics, and programming in the leading big data platforms such as Hadoop and NoSQL….”
Aakash Arora, a student at Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, pointed out, “The session with Mr. Damian was interesting. I got to learn tools that could be used for data analytics and the lecture was pretty useful as I intend on setting up a startup in this area of work.”
COFFIEEE in Brazil
Fundacao Universidade Federal do ABC (Santo André, Brazil) Student Branch Chapter held COFFIEEE, an event in which they provided coffee and a conversation about the activities of the Student Branch Chapter. Sergio Polimante, the student who initiated the project explained that the UFABC Student Branch Chapter presented its activities, the benefits of membership, and IEEE’s support for members’ professional and personal lives. He noted, “The project has already recruited lots of members and volunteers, and we know when we are there, it we will be a relaxing and creative way to talk about IEEE and innovative ideas.”
Movie Night and Information Booths in Turkey and Croatia
J.J. Strossmayer University (Osijek, Croatia) created booths to provide students with information about IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, and short lectures to freshmen about benefits of belonging.
Istanbul Kultur Universitesi Student Branch Chapter (Istanbul, Turkey) conducted a movie night in which members gathered to watch Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, a Werner Herzog movie that examines the societal effects of the internet, what the director calls “one of the greatest revolutions that we have experienced as human beings.”
Why Celebrate IEEE Day?
These are only a few of the many events held by IEEE Computer Society Student Branch Chapters around the world. Many others have celebrated the impact of the IEEE Computer Society on their lives and communities, and you can too. IEEE day provides a place and a time for students interested in the field to reflect on their profession and themselves as a community and to support their university and local environment.
“IEEE Day has always been an event at Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science that has the ability to bring together the best and brightest of students and thinkers to cherish, debate and deliberate on frontier technologies and innovations. Here, in our student branch, we see this day as something beyond just a day of celebration—we see it as a herald of all the brilliance and talent that the students and thinkers will produce,” said Trivikram Muralidharan, Chapter Chair, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science.
Start thinking today about what your chapter will do for IEEE Day 2018.