Conference Tracks

SF: Sustainable Food Security

SDG's covered SF1: Societies, Sustainability, Food and Agriculture "With 10 years to go, we are not on track to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is scientific consensus that transforming food systems also offers one of the single strongest opportunities we have to change course and realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda, and to support the Secretary General’s call to “build back better” from COVID-19. The Summit will unleash bold new actions, innovative solutions, and strategies to transform our food systems and leverage these shifts to deliver progress across all of the SDGs." From UN Food Systems Summit 2021 "Inclusive agriculture, food production and off-farm economies can create jobs and eliminate hunger in rural areas, giving people a chance to feed their families and live a decent life." From UN Food and Agricultural Organization COVID19 outbreak is perhaps the most significant event in the 21st century. The special session aims to probe the nature of the societies in a post-COVID19 scenario. The sessions seek the extent of the meaning of “New normal”, “Work from home”, “hygiene” “Social distancing”. The COVID19 pandemic has been disruptive for the livelihoods, lifestyles and community living. It has stopped the social development of children who have been robbed of their chance of attending schools and making friends. Childhood friends are an important parameter for a healthy life and prosperity. The pandemic has affected the daily wage and migrant workers, factories, economy alike. This has also affected the way scientific and academic research shall be conducted. This also implies that we may see budget restructuring in the current research frontiers. The areas likely to undergo profound changes― humanities, Science, Medicine, new management strategies. Work place- Corporates are likely to switch towards long-term work from home or remote work culture. This also saves greenhouse gas emissions, which would otherwise originate from transportation and mobility alone (28.8% in 2018). Likewise, corporates save considerable amount of money and cut down emissions caused by energy spent on cooling and heating of the workplace. This session invites articles across all fields which shed light on the affects of COVID19 on various aspects of our lifestyle, learning, science, engineering practices, education, livelihood, finance, economy, commerce, trade practices, medicine, non-contact good delivery, non-contact money transactions, religious, cultural and traditional practices. Advances in E-commerce and Fintech. Security of cyber assets-commercial, domestic and strategic. Low power electric and electronic systems, green energy technologies, Advances in human machine interaction. AI based interactive software with social cues. SF2: Ecological Restoration: Land and Underwater " With its importance to food security, climate regulation, whole communities and the very future of individual states, achieving SDG 14, Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, is a major priority of the 2030 Agenda." From Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations, SGD 14. "A changing climate, a growing population, increasing demand for food and energy, expanding urban areas and many other factors pose severe threats to natural resources and biodiversity worldwide. The degradation of ecosystems can result in the potentially irreversible loss of ecosystem functions and services, with the ultimate effect of reducing human well-being. One of the biggest challenges facing humanity, therefore, is to manage natural resources in such a way that trade-offs between the increasing needs of the global population and the maintenance of ecosystem health are avoided or minimized." The session would focus on the blue growth initiatives taken by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. e.g. Boosting the enhance policy initiatives by government, quasi-judicial agencies to effectively nurture and conserve riverine and marine ecosystems; infrastructure development for global fisheries and marine products trade; enhanced natural methods of marine life form production for better food supply and reduced environmental damage during the process; creation of environment for involvement of non-government agencies and organizations for social development through marine industries. Holistic approach towards economic prosperity and conservation of ecosystems for future generations. Collaborated inter-government efforts to preserve ecosystem conservation for both Environmental health, climate change and food security. This session also focuses heavily on the sustainable management of forests for economic, social, inclusion, food security, climate change, bio-diversity and soil-water health conservation. Management policies for creation and maintenance of new bio-sphere reserves. Usage of modern technology such as Internet of Things, Big Data & Artificial intelligence for forests, biosphere reserves, glaciers, lakes, ocean would be a special focus of this session. Track Chair​ Click to Submit Abstract

NS: Natural Science and Mathematics

SDGs Covers NS1: Physics “Environmental physics is defined as the branch of physics concerned with the measurement and analysis of interactions between organisms and their environment. Most commonly, the organisms are plants and animals, and the environment is the atmospheric or soil environment in which they are surrounded.” Michael H. Unsworth, Environmental Science, Oxford bibliographies, 2019. Theoretical and experimental aspects of applied physics. The topics would include but not limited to ― soil health, radiation, microclimates, exchange of heat, mass, and momentum between organisms and their environment, plasmonics, Raman spectroscopy, semiconductor materials, solar cells, surfaces, photonic bandgap crystals, thermodynamics, many-body systems, physics with engineering applications, astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, computational physics, nanodevices, graphene FET, graphene synthesis, solar cells, high energy, molecular, nuclear structure, condensed matter physics, superconductivity, ternary semiconductors - spin polarised calculations - optical, magnetic and thermoelectric properties - density functional theory studies, acoustics. NS2: Chemistry “Green chemistry is the utilisation of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products” P.T. Anastas, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998. The scientific topics of the conference shall focus on both theoretical and experimental aspects chemistry and electrochemistry. The topics would include but not limited to― design, reagents, physical chemistry, nano-gels, processes, polymer-gels, micro nanogels, super capacitors, renewable energy generation, energy storage, petroleum, particulate solids/solids processing, sensors-chemical, biosensors etc. NS3: Mathematics & Statistics “Mathematics problems involving basic computations, percents, ratios, tables, circle charts and graphs are used to illustrate environmental issues such as population growth, wastefulness, resource scarcity, air and water pollution, and electrical energy demand” Richard H. Schwartz, Relating Mathematics to Environmental Issues, 2010. The scientific topics of the conference shall focus on both abstract and applied mathematics. The topics would include but not limited to- differential equations, applied numerical methods, boolean, fuzzy sets and logic, neural networks, graph theory, fractal theory, image processing, control theory, fixed point theory, optimization techniques and coding theory.

SE: Sensors & Wearable Devices

SDG's covered SE1: Sensors "A device that responds to a physical input of interest with a recordable, functionally related output that is usually electrical or optical." Jones, Deric P., Biomedical Sensors, 1st ed. New York: Momentum Press, 2010. Session accepts all topics that are related to sensors. Ranging across all aspects of physical, chemical and biosensors; Flexible and printed, sensors systems for health monitoring of the elderly, sensors for biomedical applications, sensors for industries, sensors for drug manufacturing, food industry and agro- industries, sensors for IoT based farming, quantum sensing, bio-reabsorbing or bio-degradable sensors for implantable medical applications, next generation smart sensors (defined by IEEE standard 1451), lab-on-chip, optoelectronic and optomechanical sensors, Human computer interaction applications, 3-D sensing, image sensors & computer vision, wearable devices, wireless sensors, WSN, ubiquitous sensors materials for sensors, chemometrics, arrays, remote sensors, touch and tactile sensors. SE2:Wearable Electronics As electronic and information systems on the human body, the role of wearable embedded systems is to collect relevant physiological information, and to interface between humans and local and/or global information systems. Bonfiglio et al, Wearable Monitoring Systems, 2010. Session accepts topics related but not limited to ― wireless body area networks (WBAN), signal processing in WBANS, signal losses, scalability, gesture control, smart eyewear, exosuits, exoskeletons, walking and gait assist systems, bionic eye, bionic skin, digital bio-markers, biomechanical signals with smart data, android development and integration, functional wearables, flexible displays, fashion and wearable technology. Click to submit Abstract

SED: Energy Conversion & Storage

SDG's covered "The storage of energy as heat, in phase transitions and reversible chemical reactions, and in organic fuels and hydrogen, an important energy carrier... This includes both traditional battery systems and recent developments, with special attention given to the very important, and rapidly evolving, lithium batteries". Robert Huggins, Energy Storage, 2016. In addition to the above citation, the energy produced which can be stored in to a device in order to supply in the times of deficit or remote operations, is one of the several accepted definitions and purpose of Energy storage systems. The energy storage mechanism is also defined as reversible as per the IEEE definition (PE/ESSB - energy storage & stationary battery committee; April 2020). The session’s focus shall cover all aspects of energy storage― lead-acid, carbon materials, traditional batteries, lithium ion, metal-air, battery charge equalization methods and circuits, power management systems, energy harvesting, advanced materials for energy storage, airbridge cells, photovoltaic cells, bio-inspired energy storage systems, supercapacitors, high-capacity negative electrode materials, thermo-electric, scaling of energy storage systems, solar, wind, thermal systems. Track Chair Click to submit Abstract

GM:  Materials, Micro & Nanosystems

SDG's covered GM1- Materials "Materials for sustainable goals is broadly defined as minimizing environmental impacts across all life cycle phases of manufacturing processes of consumer and industrial commodities." "Current metal protection schemes, exploring the development of ‘green’ inhibitors and ‘self-healing’ paint films that have inbuilt capacity to maintain functionality. Inorganic and organic materials science has undergone rapid development in recent decades" Anthony. E. Hughes et al NPG Asia Mater. 2(4) 143–151 (2010)). The topics would include but not limited to ― polymer composites, coating, surface coating, self-healing coatings, anti-corrosion, graphene, molybdenum electrodes, fuel cells, density function theory, corrosion, metal, crystals, Graphene transistors, self-repair nanosensors, bio-mass to electronics and energy storage, biopolymers and hierarchical porous carbons, anodes for high energy batteries, biomass derived nanostructured materials for rechargeable batteries, graphene coating for battery applications, acoustic properties green materials, phenolic foam, functionalized graphene aerogels, 1-D and 2-D crystals, biomaterials and tissue engineering, advanced materials and devices, energy materials, metal alloys, 3D printing with biomaterials, 3D printed batteries, building materials. cryogenic materials, thin film, cellular manufacturing. Additive manufacturing materials, 4D printed materials. GM2- Microsystems & Nanotechnology "Micro- and nanosystems include micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). MEMS refers to microscopic devices that have a characteristic length of less than 1 mm but more than 100 nm and that combine electrical and mechanical components. NEMS refers to nanoscopic devices that have a characteristic length of less than 100 nm and that combine electrical and mechanical components. In mesoscale devices, if the functional components are on the microor nanoscale, they may be referred to as MEMS or NEMS, respectively" Bharat Bhushan, Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology, 2003. Micro and nanosystems for sustainable society can be utilized in a number of ways for example, environment sensors can be used to detect harmful pollutants in fresh water sources or monitor greenhouse gas emissions levels. Miniaturised energy recovery systems that minimize energy wastage will also play an important role in enhancing energy efficiency (defined by S. Ben Mabrouk et al, IEEE International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA). The topics would include but not limited to ― MEMS, sensors, actuators, and other micro/nanosystems, information storage systems, wearable electronics, optical and other recording systems, high speed printers, nanogels, nanomaterials, synthesis of low-dimensional and 2D materials, nanomaterials of environment, nanoscale modelling and applications, nanocatalysts, computational materials, methods and numerical techniques, nanocomposites, green paper, nanostructured solar cells and thermo-electrics, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), electronic skin, spoof surface plasmon structures. Track Chair Click to submit Abstract

GE: Sustainable Engineering

SDG's covered GE1- Electronics "Green” electronics represents not only a novel scientific term but also an emerging area of research aimed at identifying compounds of natural origin and establishing economically efficient routes for the production of synthetic materials that have applicability in environmentally safe (biodegradable) and/or biocompatible devices" M.I. Vladu “Green” electronics: biodegradable and biocompatible materials and devices for sustainable future, Chemical Society Reviews,43, 588-610, 2014. The concept of green engineering practices can be applied to both during production and operational phases. Production practices which reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption fall under this category. Low power electrical and electronic devices fall under this category. Device modelling, device physics, CMOS logic, circuit topologies, signal integrity, ultra-thin body transistors, high performance CMOS platforms, CNT & nanowire devices, advanced technologies for Ge MOSFETs, thin film transistors, FPGA, reconfigurable hardware, memory circuits, resistive memories, advanced clock, RF power amplifiers, RF circuits, RF optimization, artificial intelligence circuits & systems, Internet of Things circuits & systems, analog circuits, analog IC design, signal processing, VLSI implementation and physical design. GE2- Electrical "In modern times, a great variety of other phenomena have been observed, and have been found to be related to these phenomena of attraction. They have been classed under the name of Electric phenomena" "Other bodies, particularly the loadstone, and pieces of iron and steel which have been subjected to certain processes, have also been long known to exhibit phenomena of action at a distance, defined as magnetism." "In the following Treatise I propose to describe most important of these phenomena, to shew how they may be subjected to measurement, and to trace the mathematical connexions of the quantities measured." James Clark Maxwell, A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, 1873 "Energy, Frequency and Vibration" Nikola Tesla Focused but not limited to Circuits, Power generation, distribution, fault detection and protection, SCADA & HMI, microgrids, power electronic circuits, cycloconverters, inverters, zero voltage switching (ZVS) inverters, zero current switching (ZCS) inverters, application of ZVS and ZCS for resonant inductive power, wireless power transfer, wave-based power transmission systems, buoyant energy systems, low-head vortex turbine generators, electrical machine design, FEM simulations, FDTD and other numerical methods. GE3- Computers & Information Technology "Babbage's Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer, was inspired by and modeled on a new social organization of work: the large-scale division of labor, as evidenced in the English machine-tool industry and in the French government's manufacturing of logarithmic and trigonometric tables for the new decimal system in the 1790s." G. Gigerenzer, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2001 "Turing introduced Turing machines in the context of research into the foundations of mathematics. More particularly, he used these abstract devices to prove that there is no effective general method or procedure to solve, calculate or compute every instance of the following problem: Entscheidungsproblem The problem to decide for every statement in first-order logic (the so-called restricted functional calculus, see the entry on classical logic for an introduction) whether or not it is derivable in that logic" Stanford definitions, 2018. Algorithms, bioinformatics, big data, block chain, computer architecture and real time systems, database and data Mining, deep learning, dependable, reliable and autonomic computing, distributed and parallel systems & algorithms, DSP/Image processing/pattern recognition/multimedia, embedded system and software, game and software engineering, geographical information systems/ global navigation satellite systems (GIS/GNSS), grid and scalable computing, Internet of Things, intelligent information & database systems, IT policy and business management, knowledge graphs , mobile and ubiquitous computing, modeling and simulation, multimedia systems and services, machine learning & applications, NLP, networking and communications, parallel and distributed systems, robotics , security and information assurance, soft computing (AI, neural networks, fuzzy systems, etc.),software engineering, web and internet computing. GE4- Mechanical Engineering "Newtonian mechanics sanctioned the idea of organized complexity, like that found in biological systems, as, in principle, reducible to the interaction of its physical parts." From: Encyclopedia of Social Measurement, 2005 Advances in aero-space technology, artificial intelligence and expert systems, CAD/CAM, automation & robotics, design tools, cutting tool material and coatings, energy conservation, renewable energy techniques, fluid dynamics, bio-fuels, fuel cells, logistics and supply chain management, machinability of materials, composite materials, non-traditional machining processes, operations management, recent trends and advances, reliability and maintenance engineering, total quality management and quality engineering, transportation systems tribology, advances in transportation engineering, marine vessels and propulsions, optimization, green manufacturing practices. GE5- Industrial and System Engineering Manufacturing system, quality engineering and management, maintenance management, facility design and layout, production planning and scheduling, logistics and supply, chain management, demand management, inventory planning and control, warehouse management, transportation management, distribution management, sustainable production and logistics, operation research, operation management, optimization and metaheuristics, data mining, human factor engineering, human factor in service industry, macro-ergonomics, customer relation management, occupational health and safety, business process engineering, performance management, organization issues in product and service innovation, risk management, information management and technology, knowledge management, technology management, multi criteria decision making, financial engineering, industrial development, industrial/business evaluation, value engineering, concurrent engineering, product design and commercialization, product service systems, service design and management, human capital management. GE6- Smart Industries Digitalization, decentralized monitoring and control of production and logistics systems; modelling, simulation and optimization of production and logistics systems; operations management and decision-making in industry and logistics; lifecycle management, product-service systems; human-machine interaction and social factors in the production systems; advanced reliability, maintenance and safety engineering and technologies; data intelligence and prescriptive analytics in smart production systems; artificial intelligence & machine learning in industry and logistics; new advances in robotics and autonomous systems; sustainable production and circular economy; new trends in enterprise modelling and information systems, cloud-based architectures and cyber security; additive manufacturing and novel industrial production technologies. GE7: Additive Manufacturing: 3D & 4D printing + Robotics Hidemistu Furukawa on several occasions noted that it takes about 30 years for a novel material to get commercialized. Therefore he formed the Yawaraka 3D consortium which has provided a platform to researchers to shorten the time frame from 30 years to 3 months. They have incoporated Monozukuri ( Japanese term for manufacturing or production of things- which has revolutionized the production and technical know-how. It has become the symbol and spirit of Japanese industrial proweress) The session's focus would be around the premise, but not limited to the following broad topics: 3D printed metal alloys, 3D printing with biomaterials, 3D printed batteries, building materials. Cryogenic materials, thin film, cellular manufacturing. Additive manufacturing materials, 4D printed materials. Hydroreactive polymer/hydrogels, cellulose composites,3D printing technology impact on manufacturing industry, digital shape memory polymers, nano 3D printing, flexible 3D printing, applications for biomaterials, printed tissues and organs, stress relaxation, thermo-photo reactive polymers, bio printing, printing industries, challenge of printing in radiation oncology, design for 3D printing, printing technology & market, 3D Printing in ceramics 3D Craft & home applications, 3D Printing for healthcare, life sciences & medicines, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, forthcoming technologies and planning in 3D printing, 3D printing in space, G-code, impact & assessment on environment using 3D Printing. 4D printed metamaterials, self healing, soft robotic applications. Food, medicine, gel (rubber, elastomer), mobility, robotics.
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SM: Sustainability Management& Humanities

SDG's covered SMH1: Management Sustainability policies directly affect the status of our environment, resources, food security, water table, flora and fauna. These policies are complex, sometimes marred with disputes which lead to wars-displacement; loss of living and habitat. The consequences of these factors are categorized as social issues and are addressed by social policies. Often, the management science overlaps with social science in this area. Likewise applied linguistics helps the people in improving their lifestyle, sustenance of community transformation, and address social problems through investigation of issues relating to how languages are used in daily events as well as in academic and workplace frameworks at the micro- and meso-levels. It’s also important to look at how vernacular can convey different degrees of gravity/meanings about the same word and public policy. Languages are critical for learning and education. Achieving sustainable societies need awareness and education. Symposium focus includes but not limited to-urban and rural entrepreneurship, business education, finance and accounting, strategy and organization, green environmental policy, economics, and legal issues, operations and E-commerce, eco-tourism and hospitality, business communication, information technology for management sciences, operations research for optimization and supply chain. SMH2- Humanities The session aims to unravel the important role humanities, social sciences and arts play in the realization of the SDG's. The focus topics are around all aspects of humanities, social sciences and arts (but not limited to)- Anthropology, behavioural sciences, law, media, political sciences, peace, justice,psychology, social welfare, sociology, geography, cognitive science, archaelogy, history,corporate governance, ethics, information science, philosophy, philology, library science,population studies, paralegal, performing arts, religious studies, women studies, public administration, cultural & cross cultural studies, international relations, geopolitics,education research, demographics.Finance, production and operations management, financial markets and institutions, investment analysis and portfolio management, strategic management, derivatives structuring, technology-enabled business model innovation sustainable cities, climate change agreements, green house gas emissions, carbon footprint, good governance, land resources, agriculture, encroachment, health for all, biodiversity, forest conservation, taxation & fiscal policy issues, financial policies, stock market, tribal communities, sustainability of energy systems, energy, environment and developing countries, demand response tools, natural resources policy for energy extractive industries, eco-mobility and mobility, infrastructure regulation policy, linguistics, bilingualism/multilingualism and communities, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), vernacular, learning English for academic purposes, teaching of languages, “language, policy and planning”, teacher identity, learner identity, technologies and learning tools. AI and language learning, AI and linguistics, Computer literacy of liberal arts and humanities major. AI & Humanities for a sustainable society. Human mind perception & computing, AI self-experience & effectiveness, action & assessment of AI as social actor, AI algorithm’s self-learning and human psychology, AI political ideology. Track Chair Click to submit Abstract

General Session: Technologies For Smart Connected Societies

SDG's covered ​​​​​​​ "A human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space." Society 5.0, the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan. "..another objective is to contribute to the progress of the country and develop the foundations for a better world, in which no individual can be excluded from the technological advances of our current society, to achieve this goal, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been developed. SDGs seek to assess the methods of use of modern technology and thus find the best strategies and tools to use it in a way that guarantees sustainability within the framework of a new society that demands constant renovations." Narvaez Rojas, C.; Alomia Peñafiel, G.A.; Loaiza Buitrago, D.F.; Tavera Romero, C.A. Society 5.0: A Japanese Concept for a Superintelligent Society. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6567. . Society 5.0 research agenda, challenges and opportunities, human-centered society, transforming factors, skillset. business strategies, smart monitoring systems for tracking ecosystems, forests, wildlife and marine lifeform. Technologies and materials research to restore coral reefs, reversal of desertification, cleansing plastic from ecosystems, technology driven education systems for remote human settlments in the vicinity of the biosphere reserves. Scientific methods to remove industrial toxins from soil and water table. Democratization in technological development, business continuity management, whistleblowing, construction & architecture, eco friendly builing materials, highways. Track Chair Click to submit Abstract

NB: Biology

SDG's covered "Biology and Life science has experienced a fundamental revolution from traditional in vivo discovery methods (understanding genes, metabolic pathways, and cellular mechanisms) to electronic scientific discovery consisting in collecting measurement data through a variety of technologies and annotating and exploring the resulting electronic data sets." Zoé Lacroix, Issues to Address While Designing a Biological Information System, Bioinformatics, 2003. All branches of science involving scientific study of life, focused around but not limited to - biology, zoology, pharmacy, bioinformatics, health & food technology is also accepted under this track. Biotechnology, astrobiology, bacteriology, virology, biolinguistics, evolutionary studies, microbiology, immunology, medicine. Interdisciplinary areas such as biochemistry, biophysics, biodiversity, genetics, physiology, botany, toxicology, ecology, biosphere reserves, marine biology. Focused around but not limted to: Taxonomy, Ecology, Food Safety Morphology, Evolution, Physiology, Anatomy, Genetics, Plant Physiology, Histology, Immunology, Radiobiology, Cytology, Marine Biology, Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Theoretical Biology, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Virology, Biotechnology, Mycology, Zoology, Botany, Parasitology, Genetic Counsellors. Cell Biology, Photobiology, Epidemiology, Embryology, Cryobiology, Paleontology, Bioinformatics, QA / QC, Astrobiology, Actinobiology, Anthology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Agronomy, Sericulture, Enzymology, Horticulture, Paleozoology, Pisciculture, Pathology & Agroforestry, Ethology & Toxicology.

ES: Environmental Sciences

SDG's covered . Focused around but not limited to Agriculture and Food, Biodiversity and conservation, Biogeochemical cycles, Climate and ecology, Energy, Environmental chemistry, Environmental health, Environmental risk assessment, Environmental engineering, sustainability, and green technology, Infrastructure and Sustainability, Natural resources, Policy, socioeconomics, and law, Pollution, Water and hydrology, Atmospheric science and meteorology, Climatology and paleoclimatology, Geochemistry, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Glaciology, Mineralogy and petrology, Oceanography, Paleontology, Soil Science, Volcanology.