Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

IEEE UPD Student Council hosts three seminars 2014

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UP Diliman Branch Student Council held three seminars last 2014.


IEEE AP-S DLS 2014 held

To give better understanding of today’s application of radio frequency (RF) and microwave propagation, the IEEE UP Diliman Student Council hosted the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, on EEEI Building, UP Diliman, October 22, 2014.

The distinguished lecturers of the said event are Dr. Tapan Sarkar of Syracuse University in New York, and Dr. Monai Krairiksh of the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Sarkar, who is also the IEEE AP-S president, discussed about “The Physics and Mathematics of Mobile Wireless Communication.” His talk gave insights on the advances in the so-called “physical layer” which results high speed and high quality connectivity, such as antenna optimization and signal processing techniques. He also gave light to these advances by “discussing the foundations of mobile wireless communications, focusing on the mathematics and physics of RF propagation and associated techniques.”

Dr. Krairiksh, on one hand, shared another technique to determine in situ the ripening of fruits and other real time applications in his talk entitled, “Remote Sensing of the Physical Qualities of Fruits.” He introduced a microwave-based technique in determining the physical properties of fruits, which, according to him, is non-destructive, cheaper, and highly accurate.

A total of 100 attendees, mostly students from UP Diliman, University of Sto. Tomas (UST), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and other schools participated in the lecture.

The IEEE AP-S DLS 2014 was co-organized by IEEE AP-S Philippines Section and UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI).

IEEE UPD SC conducts IEEE ComSoc DLS 2014

The IEEE UPD Student Council conducted the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, on EEEI Building, UP Diliman, November 15, 2014.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Ray served as the distinguished lecturer of the said event. Dr. Kumar Ray, who is also the director of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on eHealth, Asia-Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Center (APuHC), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary approach. In his talk entitled “Cooperative Service Management in Healthcare Sector: Emerging Trends and Challenges,” he emphasized how effective it is to combine management and technology to better health care.

A total of 58 attendees, mostly students from Bulacan State University (BulSU) and other schools, and some researchers from UP Manila, participated in the lecture.

The IEEE ComSoc DLS 2014 was co-organized by IEEE ComSoc, IEEE Computer and Communications Society Philippines Joint Chapter, UP-EEEI, and Asia eHealth Information Network.

The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE) Distinguished Lecturer Program is a program where experts from around the world travel to various technical and regional groups, such as Society and Technical Council Chapters to lecture at events. This enables engineering professionals from around the world to lead in their field of interest and to help other IEEE members and enthusiasts towards technical developments that shape the global community.


‘Differentiate,’ says speakers on IEEE TechTalks 2014

Speakers encourage students to “differentiate” themselves from other “technologists” for them to have a more significant impact in the country, during the IEEE TechTalks, on ASTEC Multimedia Lecture Hall, EEEI Building, UP Diliman, November 10, 2014.

The six speakers from several industries shared their experiences and talked about the latest technologies and its implications to the country. Afterwhich, they emphasized the need for students to differentiate themselves from other technologists in the near future so as to address the concerns of the changing times.

The speakers of the said event are Engr. Melvin Acosta, PECE (head of Transmitter Operations, Transmission Specialists, Inc.); Engr. Benjz Gerard Sevilla, RECE (board member of Internet Society—Philippine Chapter); Dr. Eryk Dutkiewicz (Director of WiMed Research Center, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia, and a member of IEEE); Engr. Earl Martin Valencia (President and Co-Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.); Engr. Rafael Nestor Mantaring (Head of Design and Development—Asia, IMI, and Senior Member of IEEE); and Dr. Lawrence Gan Lim (Chairperson of IEEE Republic of the Philippines Section).

In his talk, “PHOpenIX and the Status of the Internet in the Philippines,” Engr. Sevilla described the status of the country’s Internet connection and introduced the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute’s (DOST-ASTI) initiative to address the matter. On one hand, Prof. Dutkiewicz discussed about new devices that could monitor health in his talk entitled “Engineering Challenges for Wireless Technologies in Next Generation Medical Implant Devices.” Engr. Valencia also shared his experiences in starting ventures out of new ideas and some tips toward immediate monetization of start-ups, in his talk entitled, “Technopreneurship for Technologists: The Socio-economic Impact of Start-up Culture in the Philippines.” Engr. Mantaring also talked about “The ASEAN Integration and its Impact on the Technology Industry in the Philippines.” By the end of the event, Dr. Gan Lim encouraged the participants to be part of the IEEE by sharing the perks of being a member.

Organized by the IEEE UP Diliman Student Council, the event catered to a total of 30 attendees, mostly students from UP Diliman and ADMU.

The IEEE Techtalks was co-organized by UP-EEEI, UPD- Department of Computer Science; and sponsored by Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., and IEEE Philippines Section.


When asked for future plans, IEEE UPD Student Council Chairperson Neriah Ato noted that they are ready to organize more seminars whenever there will be another IEEE Distinguished Lecturer to come over.

“As of now, we will focus on increasing IEEE membership in UP, helping them register online for their membership by opening a bank account. We will also contact current and future corporate sponsors for organizing company talks and other endeavours that would benefit their company and the Institute in general,” he added.

IEEE UP Diliman Student Branch Council is an alliance of student organizations in UP Diliman that aims to promote IEEE in the university.

IEEE is an international association of electronics and electrical engineering professionals who are dedicated in “advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”