Report of 2016 IEEE mini POCO
(Panel of conference organizers)
Held on
28th February 2016, at Hotel Deccan Plaza, Chennai

DATED: 29/2/2016

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Corp Inc., USA, the world largest professional association for advancement of technology, with more than 4,30,000 members across 160 countries, represented by the IEEE Madras Section in Chennai, organized a one day 2016 IEEE Mini POCO (Panel of Conference Organizers) meet, on 28th February 2016  at Hotel Deccan Plaza, Chennai, Tamilnadu, INDIA,  jointly sponsored by IEEE Madras section and IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific Region).

In this mini POCO over 100 attendees from different parts of India had opportunity to acquire knowledge, network and exchange ideas among them. The event attendees were mixture of IEEE members, Non-Members, Members of other professional organizations, faculties and researchers representing various engineering and technology institutions across the country.

Dr.R.Hariprakash , the Organizing Chairman of this event -2016 IEEE Mini POCO, delivered the opening and welcome address.

Prof.Dr.R.Hariprakash in his opening address insisted the need of such conference organizers meet and the importance of creating awareness about the quality and global standards to be followed by conference organizing institutions. He expressed that, if an International Conferences governed by standards are conducted then good quality research papers will be published; this can make our country to be ahead of our neighboring countries on Quality research contributions. He thanked all the participants for the interest shown and the speakers, members of IEEE Madras section and R 10 for their support for the success of this event.

Shri.K.Ramakrishna, IEEE R10 (Asia Pacific region) Director, formally inaugurated mini POCO by lighting the Kuthuvillaku and he was joined by other dignitaries.

Later, Shri.K.Ramakrishna, in his inaugural address stressed the importance of IEEE and the future projects of IEEE. He also briefed the superiority of the IEEE over other professional organizations. He appreciated the organizers for the standards followed in organizing this mini POCO and wished if Madras section is able to architect such quality and standard mini POCO, then India can host IEEE POCO in the years to come.

Dr.M.A.Atmanand Chairman IEEE Madras section in his address emphasized on the importance of quality of the research papers and appreciated the efforts taken by the organizing committee. He also shared his views on the interest shown by the participants and the plan to have one more Mini POCO by Madras section in months to come. Mr.H.R.Mohan, Vice Chair IEEE madras section in his felicitation address stated that Conferences are the best platform for exchange of ideas and for networking. There is great expectations from our community to know the various avenues available for sponsorships etc for organizing a conference. Dr. P.Sakthivel, Treasurer offered formal vote of thanks, which concluded the Inaugural function of miniPOCO 2016.

Next the technical sessions followed with first session by Dr.T.Thyagarajan, Director, Center for Industry Institute collaboration, Anna University delivered a presentation on “Strategic Planning and Quality aspects for a good conference”. He emphasized the needs for conference event planning, timeline management, implementation and execution, the importance of team work for a successful conference with high quality.

After a tea break the second session was on “Challenges in Peer Review and Scholarly Publications” by Dr.M.A.Atmanand, Scientist-G, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. He highlighted on Impact factor, H- Index, Citation Index (CI), Eigen Factor (EF) and the system to be developed for peer review process.

The next session on “Plagiarism screening with cross check – Innovative tools” was presented by Shri.T.S. Rangarajan, Principal Consultant ,Tata Consultancy Services. He presented the insight view of Plagiarism- cross check tool and the after effects of detecting plagiarism publications. He advised the researches to leverage the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) team and staff of IEEE for assistance.

The attendees after the lunch break had a presentation on “How to write a good Journal Paper “ by Prof.V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.  Prof.VJK in his, presentation briefed the concepts and characters of good paper, literature survey, research survey, journal selection etc.; He shared his experience on the expectations of a Technical Program Committees for selection/acceptance of journal papers.

Prof.R.Hariprakash, Dean (E & T) Meenakshi Group of Institutions and organizing chairman of this event MiniPOCO, presented on “IEEE Conferences Best Practices in Key Areas”. In his presentation he insisted the importance of best practices to be followed for a quality and standard conference. The best practices to be followed in key areas namely the conference formation, finance management; Technical program committee, Sponsorship and Approval process, Publications and marketing were presented. The availability of webinar series, e-learning modules and the IEEE MCE leadership of excellence and its operations were highlighted by him.

Mr.Harsih, Director IEEE India Operations presented on the “Formats, Funding procedures for IEEE Conferences”. Mr.Harish, presented the steps involved in preparation of application and submission of proposals for funding from IEEE. He informed the attendees the initiatives taken by IEEE for development of materials by IEEE MCE, and requested one and all to utilize the services of his office for any assistance.

The 2016 IEEE mini POCO concluded with formal vote of thanks by the Dr.R.Hariprakash, Organising Chair, mini POCO in the presence of Mr.H.R.Mohan, Vice Chair IEEE madras section, Dr. P.Sakthivel, Treasurer,  Shri.Sasi, the veteran of IEEE Madras section, Mr.Harsih, Director, IEEE India Operations, Prof.V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. Dr.R.Hariprakash expressed his sincere gratitude to one and all for their contributions for the success of this event. He also thanked the IEEE Madras section and R10 office bearers & members.

The attendees represented by Prof.Aaditya Lohana, Director of Universal Education, Mumbai conveyed thanks for the organizers for meticulously organizing this event, the speakers for the event and wished more such programs are conducted for the betterment of teaching community. There was unanimous opinion and desire among the participants to have many such miniPOCOs and appreciation were lauded to the organizers for this initiative to organize this event.

More than 100 participants from various educational institutions from Uttrakhand, Kerela, Punjab, Karnataka, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Tamilnadu attended this 2016 IEEE mini POCO.

Report by Prof.Dr.R.Hariprakash
Organizing Chair- 2016 IEEEminiPOCO, Chennai
Membership No: 80237533