The evolution of technology is taking place at an extraordinarily rapid pace in the current century. Concepts, processes, and devices are getting outdated every day and new and better ones are taking their place. This progress is being made possible by the new developments and research taking place in various fields, especially in the field of computer science. In order to keep a track of this progress and in order to acknowledge and honour the ones who are contributing towards it, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad, has been organising the IEEE International Conference on Recent Advances in Information Technology (RAIT) since 2007.
The fourth iteration of the RAIT conference was organized by the CSE department at IIT(ISM) Dhanbad from 15th to 17th March 2018. The General Chair of the conference was Prof. P K Jana, the former HOD of the CSE department of IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. Dr. Sachin Tripathi was the Program Chair and Dr. Arup Kumar Pal was the Program Co-Chair. The conference was approved by the Kolkata Chapter of the IEEE Communication Society, which contributed a lot in making it an event of international stature.
Throughout the conference, several technical sessions, keynote addresses, invited talks and tutorial sessions were conducted. Technical sessions involved research paper presentations wherein the participants from various different institutions presented their findings and ideas in front of a panel, which judged them to decide whether their research would be published. The keynote addresses were given by the Chief Guest, Prof. Bimal Kumar Roy on the topic “Some Problems in Cryptology” and the Guest of Honour, Mr. Feng Xue on the topic of supply chain quality transformation, advanced manufacturing and cognitive solutions. The invited talks and tutorial sessions had experts talking about various new concepts and cutting edge technologies. Within the course of three days, several instances of the events mentioned above were conducted, each of which led to the churning of knowledge and ideas in the field of research.
The first day of the conference commenced with the inaugural session which was graced by Prof. G. Singh, the Acting Director of IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. The Chief Guest for the event was Padma Shri Prof. Bimal Roy from ISI Kolkata and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Feng Xue from IBM Singapore. The inaugural session was followed by two keynote addresses, two invited talks and several technical sessions.
The first invited talk was delivered by Prof. Subramaniam Ganesan from Oakland University, through Skype. He delivered a lecture on several interesting topics such as IoT embedded system lifecycle, soft and hard real-time system characteristics, the definition of validation and verification, modeling embedded system hardware and software along with the case study of embedded IoT system. In the second talk, Dr. Piyush Harsh from Zurich University of Applied Science, Switzerland presented the outcome of a research project undertaken by him in the area of cloud computing. Before concluding, he also mentioned the process by which Indian academic institutions, researchers, and students can participate in future research cells from the European Commission.
During the course of the day, several technical sessions were conducted on topics ranging from IoT and cloud computing to Software engineering and Information retrieval. Sessions were also conducted for presenting research from various other miscellaneous backgrounds. The first day of the conference concluded with a cultural night programme in which students from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad presented their performances to the participants, guests, and the faculty.
The second day started with a tutorial session on Information Security which was sponsored by ISEA Project Phase-II. The session was conducted by Prof. G.P. Biswas of IIT(ISM) Dhanbad and Prof. Sukumar Nandi from IIT Guwahati. In today’s world information is the new currency and hence, the session was conducted in order to raise awareness of Information Security among students, academicians, and industry professionals. In the course of the session, Prof G.P. Biswas talked about elliptic curve cryptosystems and their security under hard assumptions and Prof Nandi talked about the vehicular networks security challenges and their possible solutions. This session was followed by an invited talk by Prof. ITI Saha Misra from Jadavpur University in which he talked about some prospective applications of cognitive radio for 5G communication and IoT services. While these events took place, technical sessions on various topics such as track cryptography and network security, machine learning, etc were conducted simultaneously throughout the day. The second day of RAIT-2018 culminated with a cultural evening in which the awe-inspiring performances presented by various artists didn’t fail to mesmerize the audience.
On the final day of the conference, two invited talk sessions along with several other technical sessions were conducted. The first invited talk was presented by Prof. Jayanta Mukhopadhyay from IIT Kharagpur. He talked about the approaches and principal behind image processing algorithms in the block DCT domain with illustrations. In the next talk, Prof. P.K. Jana presented a survey on the machine learning algorithms which had been developed to solve various issues of WSN, followed by a detailed presentation of energy efficient routing and clustering of information in WSN along with future research direction. The technical sessions conducted on the third day focused on soft computing, image and video processing, wireless communication, etc. After all these events, the Valedictory session, which marked the conclusion of RAIT-2018 was conducted. The session was graced by Prof. D.C.Panigrahi, the former Director of IIT(ISM) Dhanbad and the chief guest of the session was Prof. Anupam Basu, the Director of NIT Durgapur.
Dr. Amit Chaudhuri from C-DAC Kolkata was the Guest of Honour. The session was also chaired by Prof. P K Jana, Dr. Sachin Tripathi, and Dr. Arup Kumar Pal. All of them shared their thoughts and ideas about RAIT-18 and with that, the threeday conference finally came to a successful end after the vote of thanks by Dr. Arup Kumar Pal.
During the course of three days, a total of 279 papers were received. After being judged by international and national reviewers, 129 papers were accepted and 128 were presented in all of the 18 technical sessions. The conference aimed at promoting research and information technology and the sessions and events that were conducted during it successfully led to doing so. With the successful conclusion of RAIT 2018, next iteration of the conference will certainly be awaited with great anticipation.