A BRIEF REPORT ON TENCON 98
TENCON 98, the IEEE Region 10 International Conference on Global Connectivity in Energy, Computer, Communication and Control was held in New Delhi, India (Hotel Taj Palace) from December 17 to 19, 1998. The IEEE Delhi Section in association with Region 10 and India Council organized this.
On the first day there were four full-day tutorials covering the areas such as Wireless Multimedia Systems, Applications of Antenna Arrays to Mobile Communications, Robotics Intelligence in Practice and Digital Simulation of Power System. A good number of participants from academic institutions and industries had a chance to listen to the experts of the respective fields.
On the second day prior to the starting of technical sessions the renowned Scientist Prof. Yashpal formally inaugurated the Conference. In the presence of General Chair and Technical Committee Chair of TENCON 98, Delhi Section and India Council Chairs, Immediate-Past President of IEEE Prof. Charles Alexander and a large audience, Prof. Yashpal called upon Scientists and Engineers to work for the mankind in the new environment to reach every nook and corner and pass on the benefits of science to all as appropriate to the local needs. The day had as many as ten technical sessions in various areas of Computer, Information, Control, Communication and Energy disciplines. This followed a special session on Acharya (Prof.) J.C.Bose where three speakers discussed about his works in the context of nineteenth century scientific developments. There was also an arrangement for the display of apparatus used by Bose for his pioneering works in the area of Millimeter Waves . In the late hours of the day there were industry presentations for the benefit of those attending the Conference.
The third and the last day started with a plenary session in which Prof. Vijay K. Bhargava of the University of Victoria, Canada delivered a talk on Recent Advances in Cellular Wireless Communications and Dr. Kumar Krishen of NASA Johnson Space Center, USA on Research and Technology Needs for Human Exploration and Development of Space . Following this, there were eleven more technical sessions in the various disciplines associated with the Conference theme alongwith a parallel poster session. In most of the sessions there were invited speakers to present papers on the state-of-the-art in the respective areas. The day s activity ended with an industry presentation in the Communications discipline.
On the whole TENCON 98 which was sponsored by power industries like, BHEL, NHPC, NTPC, POWERGRID, Mitsui Babcock and software and communications industries like, NETWORK PROGRAMS, HUGHES, C-DOT, SIEMENS, KLG, Sagrik was successful in delivering its message to the world in the present context about the open market, towards borderless world and overcoming the difficulty of distance of separation in transactions. Over two hundred persons attended the three-day Conference with about a quarter from abroad. There were altogether 171 papers for the various sessions of the Conference, 63 being from outside India. TENCON, being an annual feature, Scientists and Engineers in the broad discipline of Electrical Engineering would definitely be waiting for the next Conference TENCON 99, as scheduled to be held in Cheju, Korea from September 15 to 17, 1999 with the theme Multimedia Technology for Asia-Pacific Information Infrastructure
(Host of TENCON 98)New Delhi