The Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman, and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) hosted the 8th ASEAN University Network-Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network
(AUN/SEED-Net) Regional Conference on Electrical and Electronics Engineering (RCEEE) 2015, co-located with the 11th Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Conference on Semiconductor and Electronics, Information and Communications Technology and Energy, held at Acacia Hotel, Filinivest City, Alabang, Metro Manila, 16 to 17 November.
The conference featured five distinguished keynote speakers who discussed topics related to the theme “Envision, Enable, and Empower Smarter and Resilient Societies.” On the first day, Dr. Yukinori Kobayashi of Hokkaido University talked about “Robot Technologies for Smart Agriculture;” Dr. Tomoaki Ohtsuki of Keio University on “Self Organization in Wireless Communications;” and Dr. Delfin Jay Sabido IX of IBM Systems on “Analytics Solutions for Philippine Challenges in Disaster Preparedness, Agriculture and Healthcare.” On one hand, Dr. Costas Spanos of University California, Berkeley shared a talk entitled “In the Interest of Society - collaborative research models and their application towards developing sustainable infrastructure in the tropics;” and Dr. Junichi Takada of Tokyo Institute of Technology on “TV White Space for Rural Connectivity” on the second day of the conference. Apart from the keynote speakers, the said conferences were also graced by the presence of the Acting Executive Director and Chief Advisor of AUN/SEED-net, Dr. Ueda Tamon; Director of Science Education Institute of the National Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI), Dr. Josette Biyo; and Dean of the UP College of Engineering and Program Leader of ERDT, Dr. Aura Matias; and Director of UP EEEI, Dr. John Richard Hizon, who delivered the opening messages on the first day.
Out of 89 papers presentations, the conferences gave out nine Best Paper Awards, with three coming from the UP EEEI. The outstanding papers from the UP EEEI are as follows:
- Investigation of Class J-Tuned Doherty Amplifier, by Brian Edward Esteves and Miguel Carlo Purisima
- Study of Hybrid Methods for Melody Extraction of Polyphonic Signals for Philippine Indigenous Music, by Jason Disuanco, Vanessa Tan, and Franz de Leon
- A Novel Power-Efficient HD3 Cancellation for High Linearity, Pseudo-Differential OTA, by Mark Daniel Alea, John Richard Hizon, and Louis Alarcon
The conference was participated in by more than a hundred of participants from different AUN/SEED-Net member institutions and ERDT scholars in the Philippines.
The Regional Conferences, which are supported by the AUN/SEED-Net program, are annual conventions of engineers and enthusiasts from different ASEAN member institutions. It aims “to advance engineering education and research in the ASEAN region through collaboration and solidarity.”