Udupi, Nov 29: The department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, MIT, MAHE, conducted CISCON- 2021, its annual flagship conference on November 26 and 27, 2021. CISCON is a forum for researchers, industrial fraternity, and academia to deliberate on latest trends in Instrumentation, Sensors and Control Engineering, gaps, and the way forward for the greater good. The department has been organising this conference since 2004, CISCON-2021 was its eighteenth edition and was held virtually considering the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
Professor Soumyo Mukherji, the institute chair professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and professor Rajib Bandyopadhyay from Jadavpur University were the chief guests of the conference.
Organised in partnership with the International Society of Automation, Education and Research Division and Bengaluru Section, the conference was attended by eminent academicians and industrial scientists from universities such as the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and from industries such as General Electric, Mylab Discovery solutions and Honeywell. The financial aid for the event was provided by the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Govt of India, New Delhi and the Institution of Engineers, Mangaluru section.
Speaking about the event Cdr (Dr.) Anil Rana, director, Manipal Institute of Technology said, “We are extremely proud of CISCON 2021 as it brought together leading researchers, engineers and scientists from various domains like Automation, Bio medical instrumentation, Data Analytics, Robotics and many more. Every year we invite original contributions from experts to students, and this edition was no different. We received some excellent research papers and case studies which shed light on the latest developments and practices in the field of engineering, technology and innovation”
CISCON 2021 received 120 manuscripts and with acceptance rate of 25 percent, the papers were presented adhering to the guidelines of the publishing partner, Springer Nature. These papers will be published in Lecture Notes of Electrical Engineering by Springer Nature. The conference also included an intriguing panel discussion on ‘Sensors and Instrumentation Systems in the medical context: Applications, Challenges and the way ahead’ having panellists across industry, academia, and medicine.
The panel discussion included speakers like Hasmukh Rawal, managing director and founder of MyLab Discovery Solutions Ltd, a company that has pioneered the indigenous Covid testing arena in India, professor Mukherji (chief guest), Dr Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay, the director of Manipal Institute of Virology and associate dean, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and professor V S Venkatesan, professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering.
The panellists engaged in an interesting discussion on crucial topics like bottlenecks of developing diagnostics for the primary healthcare for the low- and middle-income countries. They stressed on the importance of developing marketable products, adherence to the regulatory policies and on acceptability in general. They deliberated that it was more about mindset and less about the cost and the government. India is already on a path towards betterment of the cost aspects towards greater welfare. The discussion also included topics like use of biomarkers for infectious disease diagnostics and wearable technology for routine health monitoring
The speakers concluded that simple technologies with continuous remote monitoring and tracking would be of great utility, especially to those who live alone with chronic diseases such as the epileptic and the elderly. The panel discussion ended on a high with a lot of prospects in collaborative research and product development and was the highlight of CISCON 2021.