On 14th May, 2016, IEEE Bangladesh Section organized the 2016 IEEE mini POCO Bangladesh (miniPOCO BDS) at the Zurich Conference Hall in Hotel Swiss Garden, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The event had been sanctioned by the IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) and subsequently assigned the IEEE Conference Record #39721. Envisioning alongside POCO (Panel of Conference Organizers), the event targeted to provide a world class learning experience and discussion, from which participants could gather sufficient knowledge regarding the entire process of organizing a successful conference.
Initiating with a brief introduction from each delegate, the event was inaugurated with an opening speech from the Chair and Vice-Chair of IEEE Bangladesh Section. This was then followed by the first keynote session led by Dr. Mohammad S. Alam, IEEE Fellow and Professor, Dept. of ECE, University of South Alabama (USA) focusing on the ethics and professional integrity required in research and scholarship activities. Furthermore, he talked about the different softwares and methods used to detect plagiarism and the corresponding actions that are to be taken, after doing so.
The keynote was followed by a series of technical sessions, led by esteemed speakers each of whom dissected the entire working principle of a conference and also elaborated upon the different committees, review processes, and the guidelines to follow and adopt while hosting a successful conference.
Next came a series of organizing sessions, led by several distinguished speakers which included discussions focused on the organizing aspects to be considered for a conference – such as the financial and sponsorship management, registration procedure, venue selection, the travel grants and rebates distribution.
Following this, was the second keynote session led by Dr. Muhammad H. Rashid, IEEE Fellow and Professor, Dept. of ECE, University of West Florida (UWF) sharing his experience with the delegates, shedding light on crucial topics such as monitoring, reviewing, and other non-technical issues.
The final session of the event were two interactive hands-on demonstrations where the delegates were shown how to open an IEEE Cross Check account, evaluate articles for plagiarism in real-time and also produce a corresponding report for the evaluations. The final portion of this session focused on how to develop a website for conferences.
Concluding the event, IEEE Bangladesh Section then presented the keynote speakers with tokens of appreciations and thanked the delegates for their active participation.