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Young Professionals Industry Networking Evening in Collaboration with Northumbria University Student Branch

Young Professionals

This public meet up focuses on the role that the IEEE UK and Ireland Section can play in supporting and preparing students and young professionals for facing the emerging challenges in work and employment opportunities.

Talks by invited experts from academia and industry sectors.
Successful professionals to share their advice and experiences.
This is an excellent opportunity to network and share experiences with other IEEE volunteers and like-minded people.

Open to all Students, Graduate Students and Young Professionals Members and Non-Members


3:00pm  Invited Talk-1, “Get it Published in a Quality Journal”, by Dr. Khalid Hashim – Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University.

Abstract: This lecture focus on how to write a quality technical paper and where to publish it, especially within IEEE. This lecture helps to enhance the ability of engineers, faculty, researchers, authors, and industry professionals to develop high-quality scholarly research papers. Additionally, it helps authors to select the best outlet for their research by choosing the right quality journal in their field.

In this lecture, the presenter will highlight the following topics:

  • Publishing choices
  • Choose an Audience
  • Paper Structure
  • Ethics
  • Where to Publish

3:45pm  Invited Talk-2, “Designing Electronics for an Energy-Smart Future” by Dr. Rishad Shafik – Assistant Professor, Newcastle University.

Abstract: Sensors and electronic computing systems are proliferating fast; we are soon entering an age of trillions of these systems, pervading everywhere. This has been possible by years of low-power design research that made traditional electronic systems smaller, energy-efficient and faster than ever before. So far we have achieved marvels in crunching data with superhuman performance at real-time.

Unfortunately, the above proliferation has also meant that we cannot continue to depend on the traditional battery technologies persistently, as they add maintenance and weight provisions in the design, and most importantly consume the rare earth metals as well. New generation of energy harvesters are now coming up fast, using renewable energy sources like solar and vibration. As the typical energy scavenged in these systems is limited and highly variable over time, electronic systems designers are faced with two daunting challenges. Can we ensure compute functionality under extremely low and variable energy supplies? Can we design these systems to be smart and energy aware?

My group is at the forefront of addressing these key questions. We are designing new hardware and system software using deeply embedded low-cost machine learning routines. During my talk, I will briefly outline these developments and highlight challenges and opportunities in this exciting new age of computing.

4:30pm Onwards Wrap up over a Networking session with drinks and refreshments

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Khalid Hashim (PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA) – Dr. Hashim is a lecturer in advanced water treatment technologies at the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, at Liverpool John Moores University, and at the Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Babylon. He has extensive research interests covering a wide variety of interdisciplinary perspectives concerning the theory and practice of advanced hybrid technologies in water and wastewater treatment. He has published well over 30 peer reviewed scientific publications, 1 book, and 2 book chapters, in multidisciplinary research areas including: waste management, water treatment, wastewater treatment, air pollution, soil pollution, treatment reactors, pollution of construction materials, design and modelling of electrochemical reactors, concrete additives, and soil additives. But his current research passion is the development of new piping materials that resists bacterial growth and the applications of advanced sensors in water treatment industry.

Khalid has been actively involved as a member of editorial board and review committee for a number peer reviewed international journals, and is on program committee or as a chair for a number of ranked international conferences. He has been awarded various, national and international, research grants. Additionally, Khalid won different national and international academic awards such as the medal of excellence that awarded by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Iraq. Khalid has a large number of international contacts and is leading or participating member in several international committees of his research fields. Dr Khalid is also a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Dr Rishad Shafik (Member IET, Senior Member IEEE, AFHEA) – Dr Shafik is an internationally recognised expert in hardware/software co-design, currently an Assistant Professor of Electronics Systems within Newcastle University. He also leads a team working in Adaptive Electronic Systems Design: www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/rishad.shafik, currently consisting of eight researchers. The team has been leading research works on energy-smart hardware/software co-design and runtime development as part of several EPSRC, Royal Society and EU FP7 funded projects. These works have led to 90+ publications in major avenues with 3 best paper award nominations, several invited articles, book chapters and one Springer book (“Energy-efficient Fault-Tolerant Systems”). Dr Rishad is actively involved in many top-tier international conference and journal editorial committees; most recently he was the General Co-Chair of DFT’17 (www.dfts.org), and a TPC member of DATE’19 (www.date-conference.com).

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