SICE, UITS host IEEE Central Indiana Section Engineering Conference

EnCon 2017
EnCon 2017

The eyes of engineering in Indiana are focused on Bloomington.

The Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering at the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in collaboration with UITS is hosting the 2017 IEEE Central Indiana Section Engineering Conference (EnCon) Nov. 10-11, at the Cyberinfrastructure Building and the Innovation Center, IUB.

The event, which features talks, demonstrations, and tours on the cutting edge of innovation, will draw practicing engineers, academic researchers, students, and retired engineers to the IU campus for an opportunity to network, share knowledge, and enjoy professional development.

“It’s an honor to host such a prestigious event on our campus,” said Raj Acharya, dean of SICE. “Our school was founded in the spirit of innovation, and EnCon will provide a platform for our faculty and guests to discuss the developments of tomorrow while also showcasing our new Intelligent Systems Engineering program.”

The event will begin Nov. 10 with a keynote address, “Mapping the Human Body: Splitting, Lumping, and the Rupik’s Cube Dilema” from Zorina Galis, the chief of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch of the National Institute of Health. Oscar Moralez, the founder and managing director of VisionTech Partners, will provide the keynote address Nov. 11 titled “Important Things You Need to Know to Help You Raise Capital: An Angel Investor Overview.”

“We’re excited to host IEEE EnCon in Bloomington, to engage in close collaborations with our academic peers, and to forge government and industry partnerships,” said Katy Börner, the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Engineering & Information Science.

EnCon will also host a cybersecurity panel moderated by Chris Foreman of the University of Louisville; a funders and funding panel moderated by Lisel Record, the exhibit manager for the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at IU; a visualization panel moderated by Bӧrner; a renewable energy panel moderated by Niusha Rostomkolai from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; a panel on engineering in biology, medicine, and nanotechnology moderated by Helen McNally from Purdue University; a panel on IoT and Robotics from Richard Voyles of Purdue; and more.

There also will be a poster session and tours of IU’s Data Center and $6.6 million Jetstream project.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the Intelligent Systems Engineering program to the engineering community of central Indiana,” Record said. “By partnering with IEEE, we are excited to strengthen new connections between practicing engineers, students, and cutting edge engineering research in the academic arena.”

For more information on EnCon, including a schedule of panels, visit the event’s website.

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