So its only 2 weeks away to annual conference. Its beefing-up to be a solid conference, with some stellar speakers. Really excited about it!
Ini kegiatan tahunan dari Mahasiswa Elektro UI: NEST. Kepanjangannya canggung nian: National Electrical Seminar & Technology :). Beberapa minggu lalu, ketua penyelenggara kegiatan ini, Sdr Hegar Mada, dan sekretaris kegiatan, Sdr Isyana Paramitha, bergantian menghubungi IEEE Indonesia Section untuk endorsement kegiatan ini. Tentu, kegiatan akademis dan profesional semacam ini kita dukung. Komunikasi sempat terhenti sepanjang Ramadhan :). Tapi selesai APCC, Hegar berkontak lagi. Dua hari sebelum Hari-H, Hegar datang ke kantor Kebon Sirih. Ia menyampaikan undangan sebagai Keynote Speaker. Penandatangannya Dr Muhamad Asvial, salah satu pendukung kuat kegiatan-kegiatan IEEE di Indonesia. Jadi aku tidak bisa menolak. (Hey, ini H-2)
NEST berlangsung 12-13 September 2013 di Gedung Perpustakaan Pusat Universitas Indonesia, Depok. Tema NEST adalah “A step foward to the green information and communication technology sustainability.” Keynote speech berlangsung di hari pertama, disusul seminar, workshop, dan pameran.
(Coffee break bersama Prof. Riri, Prof Mulli, dan Pak Charles)
NEST dibuka Dr Muhamad Asvial, Kepala Departemen Teknik Elektro, Fakultas Teknik UI. Keynote speech pertama dari Prof. Dr-Ing. Kalamullah Ramli, atau akrab dipanggil Pak Mulli, Staf Ahli Menkominfo bidang Teknologi. Pertama kali aku mengenal nama beliau waktu masih di pengajian Isnet beberapa tahun lalu. Syukur sempat ketemu beliau akhirnya :). Keynote kedua dari aku, mewakili IEEE Indonesia Section. Prof Riri Fitri Sari (CIO UI) sempat hadir juga di tengah speech-ku.
Presentasiku berjudul “Green-Aware Networks” :). Sebelumnya aku sempat mengintip daftar program. Workshop dan seminar akan membahas hal-hal semacam smart grid, cloud computing, dan beberapa materi menarik lain. Jadi aku fokuskan presentasi pada hal yang belum dibahas pada workshop dan seminar, yaitu pada cognitive radio yang memiliki awareness pada reservasi energi dan kelestarian alam. Materi cognitive radio ini memang pernah aku presentasikan, namun penekanan pada konteks kehijauan memberikan pesan baru pada diskusi ini.
(Presentasi “Green-Aware Networks”)
Selesai presentasi, ada sesi break dengan kopi dan lemper yang sedap. Aku meluangkan beberapa menit ke lokasi pameran. Wow, robotika! Kebetulan aku sedang mendadak agak sedikit tertarik urusan robotika, sensor, dll. jadi aku menyibukkan diri berbincang-bincang dengan peserta pameran, dari UGM, Unitel, dan lain-lain. Plus dipameri hal-hal menarik.
Kembali ke ruang seminar, Pak Charles sedang memaparkan aspek openness dan security pada ICT projects. Ini hal yang penting untuk green ICT. Reusable engineering (hardware/software) memiliki peran penting buat ICT yang ramah lingkungan.
Jam 12:00 aku pamit balik ke kantor Kebon Sirih. Mitha mengawalku ke luar gedung perpustakaan. Sebenernya sih, mau bikin foto dulu di danau. Tapi aku ditunggu kegiatan lain di kantor sih. Syukur masih sempat foto di pintu perpustakaan.
NEST UI dikemas sederhana, namun menunjukkan komitmen yang kuat, dari sisi akademis dan profesional, dari para engineer muda di UI dan kampus-kampus lain yang bertekad meningkatkan kekuatan negeri ini melalui teknologi tinggi, tanpa mengabaikan lingkungan, dan justru dengan tekad memperbaiki kembali lingkungan hidup yang hijau. Bravo, Universitas Indonesia. Teruskan dan tingkatkan aktivitas yang keren dan menginspirasi semacam ini.
Alhamdulillah, we have finished APCC 2013. Just like TALE 2013 was somehow related to CYBERNETICSCOM 2012; then APCC 2013 was like a continuation of COMNETSAT 2012, when Prof. Byeong Gi Lee suggested the IEEE Comsoc Indonesia Chapter to host the APCC. This suggestion brought us to attend APCC 2012 in Jeju Island, where we won the bid to host the 2013 APCC. It was followed by a series of activities, including event organising and paper management. The IEEE Comsoc Indonesia Chapter appointed Dr. Wiseto Agung, an avid scientist an researcher from Telkom Indonesia, as the General Chair of the conference. Another strategic step taken is to arrange a partnership with ITTelkom (now the University of Telkom) as a co-organiser on both the technical issue and event organising. Originally, the number of submitted papers raised very-very slowly. A bit stressed, indeed. But a few days before the deadline, hundreds of paper came through the EDAS. From all over the world, those most educated human beings still chose to wait until the final second before submitting their papers. We collected a total of 309 papers. The Technical Program Committee was chaired by Dr Arifin Nugroho, with some vice chairs. The most active TPC vice chair was Dr. Rina Puji Astuti. Meanwhile I held the position of Chair at IEEE Indonesia Section, so I must share my resources (time etc) with many other IEEE activities. The Comsoc Chapter Chair (Satriyo Dharmanto) and the Past Chairs (Muhammad Ary Murti, Arief Hamdani) continued the struggle to succeed APCC 2013. With strict selection process, APCC 2013 passed only 163 papers (53 % of total incoming paper).
APCC, Asia – Pacific Conference on Communications, is a very prestigious regional conference in Asia Pacific, which is the region with the highest growth in the world of ICT technology. APCC is supported by the IEEE Communications Society, the KICS in Korea, the IEICE Communications Society in Japan, and the CIC in China. The names of the APCC Steering Committee members are also thrilling: the great figures who pioneered the world of ICT. APCC was first held in 1993 in Taejon, Korea. This year, the 19th APCC was held at the Bali Dynasty Resort in Kuta Beach, 29 to 31 August 2013. I had been in Bali since August 26 to attend TALE 2013. The other APCC organisers, from the IEEE Comsoc Indonesia Chapter, University of Telkom, and University of Udayana, has started preparing the event on 28 August.
Thursday, 29 August, the APCC 2013 was opened. With a lot of technical sponsors, some representatives had to deliver short speeches at that opening ceremony. But each one took only about 5 minutes. Opening speeches were delivered by Dr. Wiseto Agung (GC APCC 2013), Satriyo Dharmanto (Chair , IEEE Indonesia Comsoc Chapter), Dr. Ali Muayyadi (Telkom University representative), Prof. Zhen Yang (Chair of APCC Steering Committee; Chair of the CIC), Dr. Yoshihiro Ishikawa (Chair, IEICE Communications Society), Prof. You- Ze Cho (Vice Chair , KICS), and yours truly (Chair, IEEE Indonesia Section). IEEE Indonesia Section itself represented the IEEE as the technical activity endorser.
My speech just simply mentioned that Asia Pacific has great significance in the development of ICT. Besides the fact that this area is the center of the most competitive ICT industry, the residents are also among the most adaptive in embracing digital lifestyle in the new culture. Our cultural richness has supported the development of communication technologies, with the ability to understand and support the highly contextual interaction and communications. But the social problems in the region is also alarming. We open access to information technology, but we encourage consumerism. We facilitate the preservation of nature, but we also increase pollution. We help creating new jobs, but we also accelerate urbanisation. The engineers need to design and develop technologies that will address the various issues of humanity and the life of human being. And it was in this social context, that we chose this theme for APCC 2013: Smart Communications to Enhance the Quality of Life .
Keynote speeches were delivered successively by Prof. Byeong Gi Lee (Past President, IEEE Communications Society; Past President, KICS), Prof. Adnan Al-Anbuky (Director of Sensor Network and Smart Environment (SENSE) Research Lab, School of Engineering Auckland University of Technology, Auckland New Zealand), Mr. Indra Utoyo (CISP, Telkom Indonesia; Chairman, MIKTI), and Mr. Ichiro Inoue (Network Systems Planning & Innovation Project, NTT).
The next activities were typical for any international technical conference. Special speech sessions, tutorial sessions, parallel presentation sessions, poster sessions, etc. In the tutorial session, I chose to avoid mainstream discussions of mobile network etc, and chose instead the sensor network as one of the elements for the Internet of Things (IoT). The tutors happened to be a pair of professors from Coventry University. This is a modern university (compared to classical universities) that gained a lot of appreciation and awards everywhere this year. Another regular event was the Gala Dinner, with its semi-formal atmosphere, but also with its permission for a laugh-out-loud sessions. Here the Paper Awards were also presented by the APCC Steering Committee .
The last day, I spent my time to visit the poster sessions. Out of curiosity, I seriously talked to all presenters about the posters presented. It was a way to learn new things while expanding networks. Conversations in the poster session could be deeper and more interesting than the presentation session where time is very limited.
I recognised that it was a hard work for the organisers. In the review session on Saturday afternoon, I said that even though the organisers in any events always feel that there are a lot of unforgivable shortcomings, but the APCC Steering Committee and the participants, had personally conveyed their appreciations and positive feedbacks. Good job! The IEEE, Unitel, Udayana University, and all. Great job! This year there will be many other events of the IEEE Indonesia Section. Hopefully all will provide supports as it was for the APCC . Thanks, all.