December 2020 OES Beacon

Chapter News (2020)

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Malaysia Chapter 

Photo session with the school teachers.


Reported by Abdul Kadir & Khalid Is

On July 15, 2020, IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter organized a CSR program with FKEE UTHM at Hidayah Islamic School to assist the school in conjunction with the opening of the school. Volunteers act as Frontliners to educate students on the new norms of the school environment, such as temperature screening and symptom check. Help the student understand the one-way movement plan guide. Clean the classrooms before the school session begins and after the end of the school session. Hope the Teaching and Learning atmosphere takes place in a cheerful & safe atmosphere and comply with the SOP that has been set.  Hand sanitizer, masks and  Sazer wipes were also donated to the school.

COVID-19 CSR Program Phase 2

Volunteers from FKEE UTHM

Reported by Abdul Kadir & Nor Hafizah binti Ngajikin

The COVID Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Phase 2 Program was organized by IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter together with FKEE UTHM on July 21, 2020.  A volunteer team was formed to serve the community at Hidayah Islamic Primary School located at Jalan Olak Batu, Ayer Hitam, Johor.

In addition to acting as a frontline (Frontliner) in helping teachers educate students on the new norms of the school environment, the team has also successfully developed an Offline Attendance System named ‘sayaHadir’. The system sayaHadir is beneficial to facilitate school or any organization to record attendance either in online or offline mode using QR-code technology.

sayaHadir is an offline attendance recording App with QR code recognition, designed to be an attendance recording solution during the COVID-19 outbreaks. With an objective to serve a large number of end-user, internet connectivity can’t be a limitation for this digital Apps. Thus, sayaHadir developed to manage attendance record by detecting QR code in the attendees’ ID card. It processes the data by producing attendance and absent lists for data analysis and reporting. This offline features also offers various benefits such as secure, manageable and economical since it does not require a web server for its operation. The use of this Offline Attendance System has been welcomed by the school and received positive feedback from the teachers.

Hopefully, the expertise can continue to be utilized to the local community. The donation also has been made to the school in terms of Face shields, Thermometers and  Student tag Id for Attendance System.

 COVID-19 CSR Program Phase 3, 4 & 5

Reported by Abdul Kadir

COVID-19 CSR Program Phase 3
COVID-19 CSR Program Phase 4 & 5

On July 22, 2020, IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter organized a CSR program COVID Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Program Phase 3 with FKEE, UTHM. The 3rd Phase of the COVID CSR FKEE program in conjunction with the opening of the second level school involving Year 1, 2, 3 & 4 students at Sekolah Rendah  Hidayah, Johor. The process of arrival & compliance with new norms is running smoothly with the help of FKEE volunteers.

The COVID CSR  Phase 4 & 5  program has involved 3 schools. On 23 July 2020, a phase 4  CSR program was held at Sekolah Islam Hidayah (SIH) & today a Phase 5 CSR Program was held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Timbul and Sekolah Agama Seri Timbul, Senggarang, Johor.

This program is organized by IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter with Advanced Mechatronics Research Group (ADMIRE), FKEE UTHM in collaboration with IEEE Malaysia Section AP / MTT / EMC Joint Chapter.

 Virtual Distinguished Lecture Program (DLP)

Reported by Khalid Isa & Mohd Rizal Arshad

On September 1, 2020, IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter has organized a Virtual Distinguished Lecture Program (VDLP) via the Google Meet platform. The VDLP topic entitled Bioinspired Marine Robotics and Sensors, has been presented by Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad. This VDLP was attended by 45 attendees, which include academicians, students, and industrial people. The DLP has been held for an hour, starting from 11.00 am until 12.00 pm.

VDLP session via Google Meet
DLP presentation by Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad
Setting up a venue for a hybrid meeting

 Japan Chapter

The 4th Underwater Technology ForumZERO – Online 

Reported by Harumi Sugimatsu, OES-J Vice Chair

The 4th Underwater Technology Domestic Forum・ZERO was held as a hybrid (face to face and virtual)  meeting from 13:00 to 17:00 on 16 October 2020, on the U-Tokyo Kashiwa  Campus under a state of emergency due to the spread of  the Covid-19 infection.

Most of the audience and speakers attended online, however, some speakers and audience attended from the venue to liven up the meeting.  As a result, there were more than 260 participants including the speakers from South Korea and Okinawa.

A benefits of online meetings is that, if there is no time difference, people living far from the venue can participate/lecture.  On the other hand, a disadvantage is that it is a bit difficult to hold deeper discussions among the participants and to meet new friends.

For all of us, it is important to understand the current situation and to carry out the research activities in the best possible way.

We would like to organize this kind of hybrid conferences (half day) in collaboration with Asian countries with no time difference!

Online lecture on the birth ecology of whale shark form Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Lecture from the venue. The topic is “A study on climate change and recent heavy rains based on earth satellite observations”.