Category Archives: Greece Section, Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) Student Branch Chapter

Lecture on “Software-Defined Networks”

On April 24th, 2018 Democritus University of Thrace SB IAS Chapter organized a lecture on Software-Defined Networks which was conducted by Prof. Panagiotis Papadimitriou, who is a professor at the Department of Applied Computer Science at the University of Macedonia and IEEE Senior Member. Continue reading Lecture on “Software-Defined Networks”

2018 RECRUITMENT WEEK

As every year, after the exam period and at beginning of the new semester 12-15th of March, our Student Branch Chapter organized a recruitment week in order to inform the students of Democritus University of Thrace about the existence of our society and give them the opportunity to participate in future actions. It is clear that our members are pure volunteers, so we tried to emphasize at the importance of being part of a team, train your soft skills and make new friends and future collaborates, not only at the local level but at the international, as well. Recruitment days are extremely important events as without new members we cannot exist. They help us widen our society, organize more lectures, workshops, and academic visits and make our team stronger. If we have a new member, we try to make him feel comfortable, avoid to assign him a lot of work and not make him feel under pressure. It is important that he understands himself that he wants to contribute to our actions and become a part of our team and family. After the recruitment week a number of renewal, as well as a lot of new applications to join IAS were filled, refreshing the active face of our chapter. We hope they continue as active members and loyal friends to our chapter!

by Viktoria Meskova, DUTh SBC Chair

2017 HUMANITARIAN WEEK

The Humanitarian Project Contest was initiated in 2016 with the slogan of empowering communities for better future.  Communities are facing problems related to Energy, Water, Health, Sanitation, Transport and Agriculture etc. throughout the world. The community of Xanthi, like all the others, is facing similar problems, so the members of our Chapter, as conscious citizens, decided to participate in the Project and provide some solutions. Our Chapter composed two teams and provided guidance to their members to accomplish the projects successfully.

The first team decided to deal with the Health problem. The main purpose of the project was to help people who suffer from Alzheimer, by making a device which finds someone’s location once he gets lost. So, if a person who suffers from Alzheimer wears this device and lose his memory, his relatives can find him easily by receiving an SMS from the device with the link of his location in the map.  Also, the device measures the patient’s movements with a gyroscope and an accelerometer, so if the patient falls down their relatives can find it out and send him emergency help. Finally, it reminds to the one who is wearing it, to take his pills in time with a led which starts to blink.

The second team designed a device which detects gas concentration inside a room. The idea was born because of an incident that happened in a district of Greece called Sparti, where some officers died because of the leakage of dangerous gasses in the sewer of the city. In order to avoid such incidents, our team made a device that can detect if the concentration of dangerous gasses is high inside a room and warn people about it.

We hope these teams to accomplish their projects in time as these devices could help people to avoid serious accidents and even save lives. We all hope for the best result!

By Viktoria Meskova, DUTh IAS SBC Chair

2018 KOPI TI PITA

On 26th of January 2018, we organized our traditional social event, Kopi ti Pita. During this event, we invited all our members to a friendly place and cut the traditional New Year’s pie in order to celebrate the beginning of the new year altogether. Inside the pie, there was a gold coin and just one of the members could be the lucky one to win it. The winner of the coin received a gift from our Student Branch Chapter and this year the lucky person was Aristotelis, our past webmaster, and advisor. The pie had a special decoration with the name of our Chapter on it and all the members were willing to join this social event. Moreover, during that evening we had the chance to socialize with each other, talk about future plans in the scope of IAS and refresh the relations inside our team. In our opinion, such events are very important because they help us to get closer and make better activities in the future!

by Viktoria Meskova, DUTh IAS SBC Chair

DIPLOMA: Vol.4, Issue 2

On May 2017, the eighth issue of DIPLOMA, the all-students’ magazine, was published by Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh) IAS SB Chapter. The reader is informed by the Chapter’s and Society’s latest news. We have come a long way and that progress and activities are always shared, along with engineering interests, member’s vision, and conference attendance. On the first pages, you can find our Chapter’s latest activities and our plans for the future of the society. Moreover, there is a section about our members’ engineering interests which includes student-approached articles around the topic of bio-engineering such as “Nanotechnology in Space”, “Electric Vehicles and Renewables lead the way for the future Smart Grid” etc. Of course, the information included are not limited to that, since one may find articles regarding awards, conferences reports and entries from IAS chapters all around the world. More specifically, in this issue, we have information about University of Oviedo SB IAS Chapter, University of Sheffield SB IAS Chapter, Instituto Superior Técnico SB IAS Chapter.

Take a look at our work and feel free to “get connected” with us through the Get Connected column and share what is happening in your SB Chapter.


Here you can find the link to the digital version: 
http://iasxanthi.eng.duth.gr/gallery.html#diploma

by Viktoria Meskova, DUTh SBC Chair

 

DIPLOMA: Vol.4, Issue 1

On May 2016, the seventh issue of DIPLOMA, the all-students’ magazine, was published by Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh) IAS SB Chapter. The reader is informed of the Chapter’s and Society’s latest news. We have come a long way and that progress and activities are always shared, along with engineering interests, member’s vision, and conference attendance. On the first pages, you can find our Chapter’s latest activities and our plans for the future of the society. Moreover, there is a section about our members’ engineering interests which includes student-approached articles around the topic of bio-engineering such as “Artificial Skin”, “The Engineer’s Language”, “Renewable Wave-Energy” etc. Turning the pages you can find information about a graduate from our university, Dimosthenis Peftitsis who gave us an interview about his current state of career and his plans for the future. Of course, the information included are not limited to that, since one may find articles regarding awards, conferences reports and entries from IAS chapters all around the world.

What are we waiting for you? Take a look at our work and feel free to “get connected” with us through the Get Connected column and share what is happening in your SB Chapter. Can’t wait for your feedback!


Here you can find the link to the digital version: http://iasxanthi.eng.duth.gr/gallery.html#diploma

by Viktoria Meskova, DUTh SBC Chair

IAS Annual Meeting 2017

Annual Meeting is an Industry Applications Society conference, which happens takes place every autumn for 53 years now and is kind of tradition for a lot of us. It is a successful conference in terms of attendees, technical sessions, student program, as well as committees meetings and social functions. The main purpose of this conference is the networking between the Student Branch Chapter and the designation of their accomplishments during the past year.

The meeting’s schedule includes various technical sessions about the Industry and its applications, the award ceremony for the winners of contests such as Humanitarian Contest, Robotics Contest, Committee Meetings, Executive Board Meetings and more. Students, Ph.D. candidates, professors, experts and everyone who is an IEEE IAS member can participate at the meeting.

During IAS Meeting 2017, which held in Cincinnati, OH, USA our chapter’s members (Viktoria Meskova, Diamantis Bampoulas, Christina Malliou, Aristotelis Farmakis, Loukas Kotas and Professor Athanasios Karlis) that were supported by the Annual Meeting Travel Grant Program had the chance to attend the outstanding conference, including its interesting technical sessions and cultural events. As always the trip to Cincinnati was long and exhausting but at the end, it was worth it.

This year, was the first year when Annual Meeting took place at the same time with another IEEE conference, the Energy Conversion Congress, and Exposition. ECCE with at least 1300 attendees each year is quite notable and was conducted at the conference center across the street, so the participants of Annual Meeting had the opportunity to attend both conferences and attend lecture according to their scientific interests.

The first day was dedicated to the CMD Workshop. During this workshop, the CMD Officers presented their last year’s work and informed the audience about the endless possibilities within the scope of IAS. In addition to this, the Area Chairs, the Chapters Chairs, and some Student Branch Chapter Chairs presented past and upcoming activities of the area they represented.

In the afternoon, Poster Sessions of ECCE took place, where our member, Mr. Diamantis Bampoulas presented his poster titled “A Novel Dynamic Demand Control of an Electric Vehicle integrated into a Solar Nanogrid with Energy” under the scope of Electric Vehicle Energy Management.

At the end of the day, a common Welcome Reception for both conferences gave us the opportunity to meet new people and exchange ideas.

Of course, we attended the CMD Dinner, where Ms. Megha Tak,  YP Committee chair presented the chapter awards. Our Student Branch Chapter received a great number of awards, including “Chapter Web Contest 2st Prize Award” and “Continued Outstanding Performance Student Branch Chapter Award”. Our treasurer and CMD Chapter and Member Promotion and Support Committee Chair, Ms. Christina Panagiota Malliou received the “IEEE IAS Outstanding Young Member Service Award” for her contribution during this year along with Mr. Aristotelis Farmakis who was awarded for serving as “CMD PR and Sponsorship Committee Chair”.

We were very excited to watch the cultural performance of the other Chapters and participate in it with a traditional Greek dance.

During the second day, Student Poster Session took place along with the “Guide to IAS” and “Myron Zucker Student Luncheon” programs. All poster representatives shared their work with the participants and received feedback for future improvements and changes. Those who made a poster presentation received certifications and people’s appreciation for their effort to accomplish a project.

In the afternoon, the first part of Student Technical Session was fulfilled, where the participants made oral presentations and answered questions about their technical papers. After that, we attended ECCE Expo opening where various companies promoted their products and their services to the participants of both conferences.

On the third day, we attended some other very interesting presentations on the second part of Student Technical Sessions. Simultaneously, at the Poster Sessions of ECCE, Prof. Athanasios Karlis presented a poster about “Comparative Study on the Crowbar Protection Topologies for a DFIG Wind Turbine” which was published with the contribution of Andreas Giannakis and Efthymios Koroniotis, active members of our Chapter.

In the evening, we had the chance to explore the city of Cincinnati, had a short walk alongside the river and enjoy the peaceful lifestyle of its citizens.

On the fourth day, there were some more oral and poster sessions from IAS and ECCE representatives, about power converters, electric drivers, hybrid energy systems, power electronics etc.,  so we could learn more details about interesting issues being intrigued by other people’s work!

In the afternoon, we attended the formal dinner of IAS & ECCE which offered us a combination of networking with distinguished speakers and enjoying delicious dishes and live music played by an orchestra, especially for that occasion.

The last day was full of sadness for all of us because we had to leave and say goodbye to our new friends and the hospitable city of Cincinnati. Of course, the memories we made and the photos we took would remain us those beautiful days and, hopefully, we could stay in contact with our new friends through the wide variety of social media. It is nice to have the opportunity to learn something new, widen your network and at the same time have some fun in Blue Grass Country – Cincinnati. Hope to see you at the next Annual Meeting!!

the report was written by Meskova Viktoria, DUTh SB IAS Chapter Chair

HELLENIC STUDENT AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CONGRESS 2017

The HSYP ( Hellenic Student and Young Professionals) Congress is the meeting of all IEEE Student Branches of Greece and Cyprus and one of the most important initiatives of the IEEE Greece Section. During the Congress, which took place in Athens on 3, 4 and 5th November 2017, all the Greek Student Branches present their activities. The presentation about IEEE Student Branch of our University, included information about the activities of IAS DUTh Student Branch Chapter so the participants could be informed about our society in general, what kind of actions do we organize and the perspectives it offers to its active members. As our Chapter is the only one in Greece, it is important to spread the advantages of IAS in order to inspire students to get involved with it and open local Chapters in their regions. Also, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with Mr. Marios Antoniou, IEEE Region 8 Action for Industry Chair and arrange future actions relative to industry and internships for students.

Moreover, we had the opportunity to participate in some interesting workshops. The first one was about cloud technologies and the lecturer provide as instructions to build a remote server. The second one was about iBeacon technology, which allows Mobile Apps to understand their position on a micro-local scale, and deliver hyper-contextual content to users based on location. The underlying communication technology is Bluetooth Low Energy. The lecturer explained how we can program such devices and gave us a taste its applications inside the industry.

During the congress, the participants met each other, shared innovative ideas and gathered experience and memories. It is true that such congresses have an important impact on the Student Branches’ further development.

the report was written by Meskova Viktoria, DUTh SB IAS Chapter Chair

Lecture on “Condition Monitoring, Fault Detection, Diagnosis and Remaining Life Time of Electrical Machines”

On September 4th, 2017, Democritus University of Thrace SB IAS Chapter organized a presentation, in which several definitions were given in term of condition monitoring, fault detection, diagnosis and prognosis related to electrical machines operating in industrial environments. The lecturer was Dr.Gérard-André Capolino who is specialized in Control systems and Electrical Machines.

First of all, Dr.Gérard-André Capolino mentioned that electrical machines are key components in electromechanical energy conversion while in industry, three-phase AC electrical machines are supposed to be symmetrical in term of design and manufacturing when they are connected to the grid via a power converter or directly to it. Moreover, he referred not only to the differences among condition monitoring, fault detection, diagnosis, and prognosis but also to the relationships among them. In addition, he explained each one of them separately in order to clarify the reasons that their knowledge is really important.

Finally, one of the most significant parts of this presentation was the examples that were selected from different applications such as high-speed electrical traction, cranes and decentralized power generation, as they help the audience understand the significance of this presentation in practice.

The report was written by Maria Vasileiou, DUTh SBC Secretary

 

Webinar on “From University to the Automotive Industry- Motor Modelling and Design”

On July 27th, 2017, Democritus University of Thrace SB IAS Chapter organized a Webinar through WebEx about modeling and design of electric motors, which was conducted by Konstantinos Bourchas. Konstantinos was born in Athens in 1989, get his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from National Technical University of Athens and continued with MSc studies on electrical power systems at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. From September 2015 his is working as engine design engineer at Tesla Motors in California. His research interests include losses on electric motors and modeling and design of electrical motors. Tesla Motors is an American automotive industry, which designs, produces and sells electric cars and is located in California, USA.

At the beginning of the lecture, the specialist on electric motors presented a short bio, spoke about his interest in electrical motors and automotive applications during university and how he started to work on the field of electric motor design. Later, during the lecture he spoke about the motors in general, the process Tesla follows to complete its products production and his contribution to this process. Moreover, Konstantinos mentioned the perspectives that someone has after getting the degree in Electrical Engineering and what kind of qualifications someone needs to claim a job at a multinational and recognized company like Tesla. Some of that demands are hard work, perseverance, and passion for your object of interest. In the end, he answered our questions about his career and anything was incomprehensible.

The report was written by Meskova Victoria, DUTh SB IAS Chapter Chair.