ICTAK Conclave: ICSET -2021

(Leading the New Normal)

ICSET 2021 at a Glance

The Fourth Edition of ICT Academy of Kerala’s International Conclave on Skills, Engineering & Technology- (ICSET) is aimed at bringing closer the Academia, Industry, Government and connected stakeholders at large, to discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas about Skills, Engineering & Technology areas. The conclave stands out as a platform to explore the multiple facets of emerging technologies and recent trends. ICSET comprises panel discussions, speaker sessions and paper presentations on various subjects under a common theme. The programme will be useful for researchers, academicians, Industrialists and practitioners across the globe and pave ways to explore the subject areas in a collaborative environment Covid-19 has shone a light on the need to hold our own truths lightly, as well as revealing the importance of finding truths in others’ experiences. It demonstrates that none of us are alone in this. I know that many others are feeling a similar way to me: just trying to make sense of the world, latching onto anything relatable or understandable, and finding themselves delighted by surreal moments of humour. But was the future really meant to be like this? The Conference  will try to answer the following questions/ How do we lead in the new normal? Both in the same way we always have, and also in a completely different and unique way. Right now we need to lead with compassion, empathy, fellowship, trust and humanity. Our top tip is to tune into what you are noticing, what you are feeling, what you are sensing, and what are you witnessing. Do this for yourself, for others, for your teams, for your organization, and for the world. The conference will provide immense opportunities for Faculty Members & Research Scholars of Engineering & Management discipline in showcasing their research work to Industry and academic experts. In the era of fast developing world of technology, there is something which put you one step ahead, is generation of ideas. ICSET 2021 comprises various virtual Technical Discussions, Hands-on-sessions including Mobile App Development, Bot Creation, Panel Discussions, Techathlon and Paper Presentations which uplifts the competence and skill of the individuals.

Objectives of the Conference

  • To understand the speed of change happening in Engineering technology, Lifestyle, innovation & Entrepreneurship and also in Business in New Normal.
  • To understand the new Normal Challenges and Opportunities in various domains.
  • To understand the changes happening in the filed of work, education, lifestyle and business.
  • To present a holistic picture about “the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance” in New Normal.
  • To groom professional and technocrats in tune with the New Normal Opportunities and prospects.

The conference will be held on 15th, 16th March 2021

About the theme: “Leading the New Normal”

How many times have you heard the phrase “the new normal” over the past few months? It has become a cliché, but it is truly undeniable that the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has greatly impacted our daily lives. For leaders, the challenge of thoughtfully, purposefully, and effectively leading during a time of crisis is all-encompassing. With so much changed about the way leaders manage teams, tackle dilemmas, and prioritize, how can we seek clarity to help us survive—and potentially thrive—during this critical time? Leaders must understand the new trends and brand-new conditions that have arisen from an unprecedented pandemic. And, although factors and our environment continue to change, some universal truths are becoming clear. According to new research from LeanIn, women are more than twice as likely as men to be experiencing physical symptoms of severe anxiety. This stress has a real impact on quality of life: According to the same survey, more than half (52%) of women are having sleep issues, compared to about a third (32%) of men, and women are reporting feeling over-burdened with “more than they can possibly handle” as they juggle housework, childcare, eldercare, and professional responsibilities.

Remote workforces and working from home? Another important part of “the new normal.” The COVID-19 pandemic has increased an existing trend: In 2012, Gallup reported that 39% of the US workforce was working off-site at least some of the time. In 2016, that number increased to 43%. And data from the first half of April finds that 63% of US workers have worked from home because of concern about the pandemic or due to restrictions from statewide lockdowns. And, there’s no sign that remote workforces or working from home will end as COVID-19 relents. Tech companies like Twitter and Facebook, among the first to enact work-from-home policies at the start of the pandemic, are now announcing they may shift permanently to more remote work.

Technology like videoconferencing, which many employees had had access to for years but didn’t regularly use, are now vital. The environmental needs of employees changed overnight, and in most instances, employees are equipped with the technology to pull off remote work—but they may lack the skills to make the most of working from home. Here’s an important point to consider: Employees aren’t just dealing with using new technology or adjusting to being at home—they’re working full time during a global health crisis and trying to adapt their entire working style to meet new restrictions. For leaders, managing remotely brings its own challenges, including a new expectation to equip and empower their teams to perform at their highest levels, during a time of increased stress—all from home.

But, as we shift to more permanent remote workforces, leaders will have new questions to answer: How can we keep employees engaged who have never worked together in person? How can we continue to offer virtual training and deliveries of all kinds, in a way that keeps our attention in a rapidly expanding virtual world? And, how can we anticipate the challenges tomorrow’s virtual world will bring and preemptively act to mitigate future risk?

The direct correlation between diversity and business performance is well documented, and according to new research from McKinsey, more-diverse companies are now more likely than ever to outperform less-diverse peers on profitability. In fact, the relationship between diversity on executive teams and the likelihood of financial outperformance has strengthened over time: Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile—up from 21% in 2017 and 15% in 2014. While the data in the McKinsey report was prepared before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the findings become even more important when we consider the new demands on organizations to rise to an unprecedented crisis.

In a time dramatically impacted by COVID-19, organizations that have already built up diverse leadership ranks are better positioned to navigate uncertain waters. And, the most successful organizations take their work around diversity one step further, focusing on creating the cultures of inclusion necessary to empower employees of all backgrounds to perform at the highest level. The best leaders understand and make the business case for diversity and inclusion, and in a world changed by COVID-19, they will double down on their commitment to leading and living inclusively and raising up each member of their team.

Sub Themes

I. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the New Normal

We see a bevvy of highly charged start-up enthusiasts whose ambitions have been particularly triggered after the government’s rising emphasis on start-ups and entrepreneurship. Some start-ups reflect a high growth potential, whereas some perish on account of their inability to compete. However, the point here is that both the sets of entrepreneurs begin with the same mojo, but down the line, one fails to find scalable ways to capture the market while the other manoeuvers with a solid knowledge base, thus benefitting from various start-up schemes that help tide over the difficulties. The good news here is that some start-ups that nosedive in their first attempt draw learning lessons and bounce back with a stronger pledge to make it big.

COVID-19 has unleashed a wave of innovation as well as new innovation challenges. The evidence base and experimentation of science, coupled with the agility and risk-taking of entrepreneurs, are major elements of this wave and essential to ending the crisis and building a post-COVID-19 world. The agility of such science-based entrepreneurial companies to leverage their networks and repurpose their expertise and equipment shows how ingenuity and resources can be combined to help create a safer and more certain future. So to all the new entrepreneurs, I would urge to think from the point of NEW NORMAL and move ahead. Opportunities always show up.

II.Knowledge Economy - The New Normal Career Opportunities

Remote work is here to stay, accelerating the arrival of a long-anticipated trend: the delinking of talent from place. Companies will recruit talent globally, convening the best teams for projects rather than maintaining standing headcount. New talent metrics and rewards will be needed—from onboarding to succession planning—with emphasis on empathy and soft skills. Since maintaining corporate culture becomes even harder with a remove workforce, companies may need to appoint chief culture officers. Covid-19 also accelerated two trends driving change in business models: digital transformation and the corporate shift to long-term value. With virtual and digital replacing physical, adoption of automation, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality/virtual reality will surge. Effectively deploying computing power, bandwidth, cloud, and cybersecurity will define winners. The pandemic has also put human welfare and sustainability front and center. Consumers will prioritize businesses demonstrating a long-term value agenda in culture, purpose, and actions.

III. Lifestyle in New Normal

One thing that is certain, we know that adjusting to change can be challenging. Be it planned or unplanned, gradual or sudden, change is inevitable and very much part of being human. Over the past few months, we’ve experienced an unprecedented shift in our way of life due to COVID-19. Pre-pandemic, who would’ve thought that toilet paper could become as precious as gold! And now, a trip to do a weekly grocery shop seems like an adventure of its own! Before we know it, we’ve (reluctantly) let go of our old normal and now settling into what seems to be our new normal. Even when society starts up again, there will still be restrictions and we are facing fundamental shifts to our way of life. So, what does a New Normal look like? Here are some thoughts (and realities) below; with tips on how to adjust to the New Normal to follow. Give yourself the space and time to grieve, to celebrate, and to feel every emotion in between, during this challenging time. We are living in a situation that never happened before (at least in our lifetime), and it is impacting each and every one of us in a unique way.

IV. Technology Impact to Business in New Normal

At some point, an effective coronavirus vaccine could fully reopen the world’s schools, workplaces, cultural sites, and public places. But one thing won’t change back. The pandemic has permanently changed the nature and landscape of work, and both employees and employers are already adjusting to this new reality.

Technology plays a central role in this new normal, which will change definitions of the workplace, both remotely and on the job site. Today, more people work remotely than ever before, and the majority of them want to continue in a hybrid model of remote and in-person work. And employers’ new strategies are in alignment with the new expectations of the workforce. To prepare for the new normal, companies have redirected investments from bigger office spaces and on-site support to new technological solutions to allow for resilient, safe, and productive work environments. And government agencies, too, have to adjust their focus. Over 55 percent of federal employees surveyed this August said that they are working remotely. However, among those still work on-site, 73 percent stated that they did not believe that a federal agency was taking sufficient precautions to protect them from COVID-19 exposure. The ultimate question for the public and private sectors alike is how to bring people back to work and restart the economy in an effective way. Public officials should not only be aware of new trends and solutions that companies deploy, but also consider ways in which some of these might change the nature of work in the public sector and whether some might, too, raise issues of invasion of privacy in the name of safety.

Important dates for Paper Presentation

Paper Submission Open
15th February 2021
Last Date for Paper Submission
25th  February 2021
Acceptance Notification to Author
28th February 2020
Registration date
05th March 2021
Camera Ready Paper
05th March 2021
Conference date
15th & 16th March 2021

Paper Presentations & Publications

We invite papers from faculty members and research scholars on the above theme which has been divided into further sub-themes. The paper presentation will be conducted based on the theme of the Conference “Leading in New Normal”. The papers will be peer reviewed by an expert committee and selected papers will be given an opportunity to present during the conference and those papers will be published in respective journal. The selected and presented papers will be published in the ICTAK International Journal Convergence (ISSN: 2454-5848) Only online submission is allowed. All papers should be submitted through Conference Management Tool.

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Previous year details - ICSET-2020

Theme: International Conference on Skills, Engineering & Technology

ICT Academy of Kerala’s International Conclave on Skills, Engineering & Technology- (ICSET) is aimed at bringing closer the Academy Industry, Government and connected stakeholders at large, to discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas about Skills, Engineering & Technology areas.  ICSET 2020 encompasses various technical discussions, group deliberations on the theme: “IR 4.0 in Action”

DAY-1 (06-Mar-2020) Venue: Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur

DAY-2 (07-Mar-2020) Venue: Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur

SPEAKERS

Breakout Sessions

Workshop on Oracle Cloud Program

Workshop on Mobile App building using Sales force platform

Make a BOT in 3hrs

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Techathlon

ICTAK Techathlon is a National Level Technical Fest organized by ICT Academy of Kerala every year. Techathlon is a unique technical contest designed in line with employability skills assessments conducted by Global Organizations. This is an event open to all the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students across the country where the participants can exhibit and depict their creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication and prototyping skills. The participants will have to identify a real-life problem from their surroundings/locality and submit a proposal that clearly define the problem and describe the probable solution for the problem. There will be contests that test various skills of the participants.

 

The contests will be evaluated and assessed by industry experts drawn from various and multiple technology domains.  The event offers a unique opportunity for the participants to interact with the industry experts during the evaluation process, which will help them to augment their skills and knowledge on their respective areas. The contest is open to students from various institutions and Universities across India coming from general and professionals streams and also from all levels which includes undergraduates, graduates, and post graduates.

Objectives of the Conference

ICT Academy of Kerala’s International Conclave on Skills, Engineering & Technology- (ICSET) is aimed at bringing closer the Academia, Industry, Government and connected stakeholders at large, to discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas about Skills, Engineering & Technology areas.  ICSET 2020 encompasses various technical discussions, group deliberations on the theme: “IR 4.0 in Action”

  • To make people aware about the 4 IR in action.
  • To understand the speed of change in Engineering and Technology with respect to 4IR.
  • To understand the fusion of technologies straddling the physical, digital and biological worlds.
  • To understand new phase rather than a prolongation of the current revolution — velocity, scope, and systems impact.
  • To present a holistic picture about “the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance”.
  • To discuss, deliberate and understand the opportunities and challenges of fourth industrial revolution.
  • To groom professional and technocrats in tune with the fourth industrial revolution by giving them a feel through hands-on-sessions.
Paper Presentations & Publications

We invite papers from faculty members and research scholars on the above theme which has been divided into further sub-themes. The paper presentation will be conducted based on the latest Technology (IR 4.0) domains of your interest. The papers will be peer reviewed by an expert committee and selected papers will be given an opportunity to present during the conference and those papers will be published in respective journal. The selected and presented papers will be published in the ICTAK International Journal Convergence (ISSN: 2454-5848) Only online submission is allowed. All papers should be submitted through Conference Management Tool. Please click the link: www.cmt3.research.microsoft.com for submitting the papers.

Important dates for Paper Presentation

Paper Submission Open

01st Nov 2019

Last Date for Paper Submission

15th Dec 2019

Acceptance Notification to Author

05th Jan 2020

Registration date

15th Jan 2020

Camera Ready Paper

15th Jan 2020

Conference date

7th & 8th Feb 2020

About the theme: “Fourth Industrial Revolution in Action”

The Fourth Industrial Revolution heralds a series of social, political, cultural, and economic upheavals that will unfold over the 21st century. Building on the widespread availability of digital technologies that were the result of the Third Industrial, or Digital, Revolution, The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be driven largely by the convergence of digital, biological, and physical innovations.

Like the First Industrial Revolution’s steam-powered factories, the Second Industrial Revolution’s application of science to mass production and manufacturing, and the Third Industrial Revolution’s start into digitization, the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s technologies, such as artificial intelligence, genome editing, augmented reality, robotics, and 3-D printing, are rapidly changing the way humans create, exchange, and distribute value. As occurred in the previous revolutions, this will profoundly transform institutions, industries, and individuals. More importantly, this revolution will be guided by the choices that people make today: the world in 50 to 100 years from now will owe a lot of its character to how we think about, invest in, and deploy these powerful new technologies now.

It’s important to appreciate that the Fourth Industrial Revolution involves a systemic change across many sectors and aspects of human life: the crosscutting impacts of emerging technologies are even more important than the exciting capabilities they represent. Our ability to edit the building blocks of life has recently been massively expanded by low-cost gene sequencing and techniques such as CRISPR; artificial intelligence is augmenting processes and skill in every industry; neurotechnology is making unprecedented strides in how we can use and influence the brain as the last frontier of human biology; automation is disrupting century-old transport and manufacturing paradigms; and technologies such as blockchain and smart materials are redefining and blurring the boundary between the digital and physical worlds.

The result of all this is societal transformation at a global scale. By affecting the incentives, rules, and norms of economic life, it transforms how we communicate, learn, entertain ourselves, and relate to one another and how we understand ourselves as human beings. Furthermore, the sense that new technologies are being developed and implemented at an increasingly rapid pace has an impact on human identities, communities, and political structures. As a result, our responsibilities to one another, our opportunities for self-realization, and our ability to positively impact the world are intricately tied to and shaped by how we engage with the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This revolution is not just happening to us—we are not its victims—but rather we have the opportunity and even responsibility to give it structure and purpose.

This conference will provide the participants an opportunity to discuss and deliberate on the various developments in the IR 4.0 and also the speed of change in Engineering and Technology with respect to 4IR. The conference will also give the participants an opportunity to groom them with respect to Fourth Industrial Revolution through hands-on-sessions.

ICSET 2018 at a Glance

The Fourth Edition of ICT Academy of Kerala’s International Conclave on Skills, Engineering & Technology- (ICSET) is aimed at bringing closer the Academia, Industry, Government and connected stakeholders at large, to discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas about Skills, Engineering & Technology areas. The conclave stands out as a platform to explore the multiple facets of emerging technologies and recent trends. ICSET comprises panel discussions, speaker sessions and paper presentations on various subjects under a common theme. The programme will be useful for researchers, academicians, Industrialists and practitioners across the globe and pave ways to explore the subject areas in a collaborative environment

The advancements in the field of interoperability between physical and virtual world has resulted in the experts commenting about the arrival for Fourth Industrial revolution! The confluence will deliberate on the opportunities our country has in this unique moment of rapid changes in Technology.

The conference will provide immense opportunities for Faculty Members & Research Scholars of Engineering & Management discipline in showcasing their research work to Industry and academic experts. In the era of fast developing world of technology, there is something which put you one step ahead, is generation of ideas. ICSET 2020 comprises various Technical Discussions, Hands-on-sessions including Mobile App Development, Bot Creation, Panel Discussions, Techathlon and Paper Presentations which uplifts the competence and skill of the individuals.

ICSET-2020

ICT Academy of Kerala’s International Conclave on Skills, Engineering & Technology- (ICSET) is aimed at bringing closer the Academia, Industry, Government and connected stakeholders at large, to discuss, deliberate and exchange ideas about Skills, Engineering & Technology areas.  ICSET 2020 encompasses various technical discussions, group deliberations on the theme: “IR 4.0 in Action”

Invitation to Submit Papers

ICSET is a premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Skills, Engineering & Technology. The conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the globe. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Affordable Technology to reach at remote place
  • Applications of Computer Science in Modeling.
  • Artificial intelligence and its applications including intelligent tutoring systems and computer assisted language learning
  • Bio-informatics
  • Cloud Based Learning
  • Cloud Computing for Education Delivery Services
  • Computer and Intelligent Communication
  • Computer integrated manufacture
  • Computer Vision and Image Analysis
  • Computer-Based Learning and Courseware Technologies
  • Data & Web Mining and Cloud Computing
  • Data and Information Systems.
  • Digital Image and Video Processing
  • Digital Systems
  • Educational Games and Simulations
  • Educational Laboratories
  • E-Learning and E-Governance.
  • Embedded Systems
  • Embedded Wireless Systems
  • Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence Techniques
  • Expert, Agents, Diagnostic and Decision Supporting Systems
  • Geo-informative Systems
  • Graphics and Imaging
  • Grid Computing
  • Hypertext and hypermedia
  • Infrastructure and Technology for Engineering Education
  • Infrastructure and Technology for K-12 Education
  • Intelligent Tutoring and Mentoring
  • Internet and Distributed Computer Systems.
  • Management of technological change on campus and in local education
  • Machine Learning
  • Mobile and Optical Communication
  • Mobile and Optical Networks
  • Mobile Learning
  • Natural Language Processing Research for Promoting native languages
  • Network Security
  • Online Study Tools
  • Robotics and Micro-Robotics
  • Semantic Web Technologies and Social Semantic Web
  • Signal Processing
  • Social Network Mining
  • Software Life-cycle Management
  • Software Testing
  • Systems and Institutions to build Skilled and Digital India
  • Use of Localization in Digitization
  • User interfaces to learning systems
  • Uses of advanced technology information systems, networks
  • Video On Demand
  • Virtual Experiments
  • Virtual reality in an educational context
  • Visualization and Multimedia.
  • Web Based Learning
  • Wireless Communication
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

Publication

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala (ConVergence ISSN 2454-5848) is a multidisciplinary journal attempts to cover the research findings and developments, state-of-the-art research and fundamental advances in all aspects of Skills, Engineering and Technology. It covers outstanding research achievements in a broader area with respect to the latest advancements taking place in the above fields. The international and multidisciplinary nature of this Journal also bears the mission of being the window to many Academicians, Professionals, Scholars to showcase their innovative research and development activities. The subject areas will wrap into varies branches of Information and Communication Technology as well as latest advancements in Engineering and Technology covering theoretical and empirical research as well as technological developments.

Submission of Papers

This journal publishes high-quality empirical research articles, Original Contributions, Review Papers, Case Studies, Articles of Professional Interests as well as Brief Communications. Papers will be accepted only if it is presented in confirmation with the journals accepted style. There will be double blind review of each paper to find its suitability, credibility and authenticity before acceptance and publication.

The paper should be submitted in the IEEE format. Papers reviewed should be free from plagiarism and have not been submitted to any other publications at the same time (double submission), and strictly adhering to the copyright rules.

Authors are welcome to submit their papers at:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icset2020

Stages of Paper Submission

 

Important Dates

 Due date for paper submission: 15, December 2019
 Notification of acceptance: 5, January 2020
 Camera ready paper submission & Conference Registration: 15, January 2020