The 5th Nirma University International Conference on Engineering NUiCONE 2015 was inaugurated on 26th November 2015. The conference has been organized in collaboration with prominent technical and publication giants IEEE and CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group, and also in association with Institute of Engineers (India), ISA, American Society of Civil Engineers, Automatic Control and Dynamic Optimization Society, BISAG, GESIA and ASHRAE.
During his inaugural address, Chief Guest of the function Padmashri Padmabhushan Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India's national initiative in supercomputing and also National President of Vijnana Bharati initiated his talk by expressing of being extremely pleased, delighted and proud of the most ancient and constantly thriving Indian civilization. He said that one of the most important attributes of Indian Society is being continuous knowledge seekers. He admired Dr Karsanbhai Patel, founder creator of Nirma University for thinking of setting and evolving such state of the art next generation university. He also emphasized that future economics and nation development will strongly depend upon the pillars of higher education. He made a profound statement that any institution or university will survive or progress in a state of academic and economic autonomy. One of the highlights of his inaugural address was about the dissolution of boundaries in knowledge and developing a multidisciplinary holistic knowledge picture with an objective of creating a prosperous society leading to a more integrated way of living and discovering reality and truth. In the concluding remarks, Dr Bhatkar pressed upon that research is going to drive the future of the society and fundamental quest for more and more element of “newness”.
Dr P.N.Tekwani, Director-IT NU in welcome address said that this is a huge platform for amalgamation of all engineering disciplines to generate new and innovative ideas through sharing of their valuable research contribution.
The inaugural function was also graced by Shri Hiren Karsanbhai Patel -Managing Director of Nirma Ltd. and member of Managing Committee of Nirma Education & Research Foundation (NERF) and Padmashri Dr. Avinash Chander - Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Director General and former Secretary, DRDO who delivered a keynote address at the inaugural function. During his keynote address, Dr Chander talked about unmanned vehicles and allied developments. He added that DRDO in India has been tried to develop a few of these with major applications for security purpose used by Indian army for all three wings like land, air and water. He also emphasized on the stages of development of these vehicles and various challenges related to the same like knowledge requirement in area of image processing, computations and control with India needing to draft a clear policy for these.
Dr Madhuri Bhavsar, Chair of the conference, shared complete glimpses of grant success of the conference during Inaugural ceremony. Dr Bharat Modi, CoChair of the conference presented vote of thanks during Inaugural address. Prof A R Dasupta, represented IEEE Gujarat section and shared a dais during Inaugural function.
The conference encompasses 20 themes related to all the disciplines of Engineering & Technology, such as; Robotics, Automation, Autonomic Computing, Networking Technologies, VLSI Design and Embedded System, Infrastructure Project Planning and Management, Green Technology, Energy Conservation etc. More than 570 papers were submitted to the conference out of that only 133 high quality papers have been selected for the presentation and discussion. There are about 700 patricians witnessed the conference. Also during the conference more than 30 plenary talks from eminent speakers like Directors, Managers and Professors from reputed organizations like GACL, UPL, ABB, IBM, NVIDIA Corporations, Mitsubishi Electrical, IISc Bangalore, Linde India and so on have been scheduled.