Electronics studes reap recognitions in int’l confabs

Senior B.S. Electronics Engineering students Rebelyn Abillon, Christy Ann Tulod, Maureen Blanche Soliva earned 2ndrunner-up honors for their project called Improved Coastal Earth Battery Unit (i.C.E.B.U.) during the Engineering Festival for Humanity: Networking, Sharing, and Inspiring.

Christy Ann Tulod (left) and Rebelyn Abillon (right) flanking their adviser, Engr. Erwin Daculan.

The project involved composting and using washed-up seaweeds as a resource for constructing a coastal earth battery unit (C.E.B.U) to charge batteries and light up low-power light emitting diodes (LEDs) and other devices.

The festival is one of the highlights of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE R10 HTC) held in Felfest Universitas Indonesia in Depok, Indonesia last November 12-14, 2019. This conference is a premier annual cross-disciplinary meeting that brings together technologists, engineers, scientists, investors, and representatives from NGOs, governments, academia, and industry to promte discussions and development in the areas of electrical, communication, computing, security, and disaster relief. Recent advancements in technology designed to improve the lives of impoverished communities were also presented.

The team, mentored by Engr. Erwin Daculan, was also one of 35 Haquathon finalists out of a competitive pool of nearly 100 applications. Haquathon, held last June 28-30, 2019 at the Alta Cebu Resort and Convention Center in Cordova, Cebu, is a search for tech-based solutions, which is a project of Save the Philippine Seas (SPS), the U.S. Embassy in Manila, and American Spaces, supported by @enjoyglobe, Amazon Web Services, and IBM Philippines.

Meanwhile, two recent graduates of the M.S. Electronics Engineering program presented their research papers during the 2nd World Symposium on Communication Engineering 2019 (WSCE 2019) held in conjunction with the International Conference of Electronics Communication Technologies 2019 (IECET 2019) held at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan last December 20-23, 2019.

Ladlennon Banuag (2nd from right) together with the rest of the presenters under the track Computer Network and System Development with session chair Prof. Hiroshi Fujinoki (center).

Ladlennon Banuag presented his paper on “Development of a Patient Monitoring System for Hospital Wards Employing Zigbee Technology and CAN Protocol.” Co-authored by Engr. Joseph Karl G. Salva, the developed system automates the patient monitoring system of vital signs such as heart rate, oxygen saturation, and body temperature with 100% reliability of data transmission even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) condition for a distance of up to 40 meters. The final simulation tested with four volunteers successfully revealed an effective system that can work even in a multi-patients architecture. Banuag was recognized as one of the six Best Presenters at the conference (see photo above).

Dainela Yve Pilapil (2nd from right) together with the rest of the presenters under the track Wireless Communication and Data Transmission and session chair Prof. Hiroshi Fujinoki (right).

On the other hand, the paper on “Development and Implementation of a TV White Space Geolocation Database for IEEE 802.11af System using the ITU-R P.1411 Recommendation” was presented by Dainela Yve Pilapil on behalf of her co-author Engr. Alberto S. Bañacia. The study was able to provide an alternative computation for the calculation of the required keep-out distance for the protection of the Digital Television (DTV) users while a wireless local area network (WLAN) system is in operation within the vicinity of DTVs.

WSCE serves as a forum for the communication engineering community to collaborate on topics ranging from network, wireless, and systems to create new and innovative technologies.

reported by Engr. Albert S. Bañacia

Tags: Electronics Engineering

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