On Saturday, December 23, 2017, Department of EEE, AUST in association with IEEE Power and Energy Society Bangladesh Chapter and IEEE AUST Student Branch organized an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program at the seminar room of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology. IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) is a program of IEEE that provides the platform where technical professionals and enthusiasts meet together. DLP arranges lectures worldwide to present the topics of current interest in the field of engineering and technology. Lectures are delivered by distinguished lecturers who are internationally well-known engineers and have been working on their field of interest successfully.
The title of this IEEE DLP seminar was "Role of IoT in Energy Efficiency in a Smart City Connected Community" and this time it was carried out by Professor Dr. Saifur Rahman. He is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for the years 2016 and 2017, and will be the president for 2018 and 2019. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. Dr. Rahman is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE PES and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries in all 6 continents.
The crowd was welcomed by the IEEE PES Bangladesh Chapter Secretary, Dr. Tareq Aziz where he introduced the Speaker to the audience. The presentation session started with a brief introduction to IEEE and IEEE Power and Energy Society. It also covered topics such as role of IoT in Energy Efficiency and its contribution on the safety, security and improvement of the environment. Again, how urban challenges such as pollution, energy efficiency, security, parking, traffic, transportation, and others can be solved by utilizing advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) in data gathering and communications interconnectivity via the internet- was discussed. After that, the speaker introduced the audience to an open source building energy management software called BEMOSS (Building Energy Management Open Source Software) developed by labs at Virginia Tech.
At the end of the session, Professor Dr. Abdur Rahim Mollah, Dean of Engineering Faculty presented a token of appreciation to the speaker. Professor Dr. Satyen Biswas, Head, Dept. of EEE, faculties from various departments of AUST, guests from other universities and a large number of final year students were present in the seminar and made the event successful.