Amity School of Engineering and Technology organized international conference: CONFLUENCE’17

The two day Conference was organized in academic Partnership with University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA, University of Florida, USA, Memorial University of Newfoundland- Canada, University of Cape Town-South Africa, Queen’s University Belfast-UK, University of Melbourne, Australia. Confluence is an initiative taken to nurture the talent and promote innovation as per the vision of Amity’s Founder President Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, who believes in Outcome based actions with long term sustainability and under the dynamic leadership of Chancellor Dr. Atul Chauhan. The idea of the conference was to bring the scholars, scientists, industrialists from all over the world in the IT industry to a common platform and inspire, help and provide valuable feedback to the young minds.

CONFLUENCE 2017 welcomed 40 international guests from 20+ countries including USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Netherland, Scotland and Singapore. There has been overwhelming response for research paper submissions and 539 research paper submissions were received on Cloud Computing, Data Science & Engineering from faculty members and Ph.D. scholars both at national and international level. With well designed review process, only 149 manuscripts including papers from foreign universities (Argentina, Australia, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, USA, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom), that met stringent requirements of high scientific quality and significance, originality, and priority were accepted and presented during the two days of Confluence in various technical sessions. All the papers registered and presented will be submitted to IEEE for publication in IEEE Xplore Digital Library and all published papers would be indexed in SCOPUS.

Prof. (Dr.) Ajith Abrahim, Director, Machine Intelligence Research Lab, USA; Prof. (Dr.) Jan van den Berg, Scientific Director, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; Prof. (Dr.) Simeon Simoff, Dean (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics), University of Western Sydney, Australia; Prof. (Dr.) Patrick Hanghui Then, Associate Dean Computing, Head of Advance Informatics Consultation and Research Group, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Prof. (Dr.) Haim Levkowitz, Chair, Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts, USA; Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh; Prof. (Dr.) D. K. Bandopadhyay, Chief Advisor, Founder President Office; Prof. (Dr.) Abhay Bansal- Jt. Acting Head, Amity School of Engineering & Technology & Head, Department of Computer Science & Engineering; Prof. (Dr.) M.K. Dutta, Jt. Acting Head, Addl. Dir., ADET, HOD (ECE), ASET, Amity University Uttar Pradesh; and Prof. (Dr.) K.M. Soni, Deputy Dean, Domain Engg. & Technology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh inaugurated the Conference. There were 25 distinguished international guests off the dais, also present during the inaugural function.

Welcoming the distinguished gathering, Prof. (Dr.) Abhay Bansal said that 7th International Confluence focuses on “Cloud Computing, data science and engineering” and will act as a platform to discuss and deliberate upon trends and issues pertaining to it. He called upon the students to make the most out of their interactions with the corporate leaders and world renowned Academicians, which will give them a deeper insight into the Industry.

Through a wide range of keynote speeches, tutorials, special sessions like CEO Forum and Plenary session audience witnessed new ways to deal with the challenges faced in areas of Cloud computing, data science and engineering.

During the Conference, Amity University signed 12 MoU’s namely with University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of California, USA; BNEFIT, Philippines; Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; Auckland University, New Zealand; University of Western Sydney, Australia; Machine Intelligence Research Lab, USA; Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Bacolod City, Philippines; Silliman University, Philippines; Delta Power Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; University of New Brunswick and D-Link to facilitate and enrich ties between the organizations and benefit from inter disciplinary research. The MoU Signing and collaboration Session saw the presence of very respected Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Education Group & Chairman AKC Group of Companies, Dr. Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, AUUP & President RBEF, Prof. (Dr.) Gurinder Singh, Group Vice Chancellor, Amity Universities and Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, AUUP.

First alumni meet “ASET CSE alumni connect 2017” was successfully hosted with 75 alumni’s participating and strengthening their bond with the alma mater. They rejuvenated their relations, shared knowledge and past pride, new ideas and thoughts with their fellow beings and juniors. The heritage of India was also showcased through an exceptionally well performed series of cultural events on the evening of day one.

Valedictory Session was graced by Prof. (Dr.) G.P. Li, Director, California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, USA, Prof. (Dr.) Dennis Peters, Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Prof. (Dr.) Virendra Kumar C. Bhavsar, Honorary Research Professor, University of New Brunswick, Canada, Prof. (Dr.) S. N. Singh, Professor, IIT Kanpur & IEEE R10 Conference and Technical Seminar Coordinator, India, Prof. (Dr.) Mohammad S. Obaidat, Chair Department of Computer and Information Science, Fordham University, USA, Prof. (Dr.) Parma Nand, Auckland University, New Zealand, and Prof. (Dr.) Keshav Dahal, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland. Amity Leadership Awards were presented during this session and in presence were many reputed and senior dignitaries from the Industry. These included  Sanjay Khajuria, Vice President, Nestlé India,  Anuj Agarwal, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express,  Praveen Saharya, Director, Tom Ford,  Vibhu Mahajan, Chief Operating Officer, Choko la, Mr. Ashok Sharma, Head, Products & Marketing, Escorts,  Vipin M. Sharma, Head Delhi & UPW and Mr. Rajesh Bajaj, Cluster Head, Reliance BIG TV,  Sudhir Aggarwal, Vice President, Thomson Reuters South Asia Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Raman Roy, Founder, Quatrro Global Services, Mr. Rahul Mittra, CEO, Wave Cinemas, Mr. Sameer Garg, Vice President and  Manish Kaushik, Asst. Vice President, Axis Bank, Mr. Niraj Singla, Vice President, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Mr. Sanjai Saxena, Vice President, Tech Mahindra (Digital IMEA Region),  Sushil Kumar, Development Centre Head, Infosys, on behalf of Dr. Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys,  Padmaja Ruparel & Raman Roy, Co-Founders, Indian Angel Network, Mr. Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India & Ms. Ruchi Dhawan Sharma, Head, Talent Acquisition, Max Life Insurance.

Also academic awards were conferred upon to distinguished academicians for their significant contribution in their respective fields. These included Prof. (Dr.) Haim Levkowitz, Chair, Computer Science Department, University of Massachusetts, USA; Prof. (Dr.) Simeon Simoff, Dean (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics), University of Western Sydney, Australia and Prof. John Yearwood, Head of School, Faculty of Science Engg. & Built Environment, School of Info Technology, Melbourne Burwood Campus, Deakin University.

Amity University also conferred an Honorary Professorship to great scientists Prof. (Dr). G.P. Li, Director, California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, USA; Prof. (Dr.) Jan van den Berg, Scientific Director,  Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; Prof. (Dr.) Simeon Simoff, Dean (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics), University of Western Sydney, Australia; Prof. (Dr.) Ajith Abrahim, Director, Machine Intelligence Research Lab, USA; Prof. (Dr.) Mohammad S. Obaidat, Chair Department of Computer and Information Science, Fordham University, USA during the Confluence 2017. The 2 day Conference ended on a high note with all the international guests being taken for a visit to The Taj Mahal, Agra, the beautiful historical monument, on 14th January.

Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Prof. (Dr.) Abhay Bansal, Jt. Head, ASET & HoD, CSE Dept., Prof. (Dr.) M.K.Dutta, Jt. Head, ASET & HoD, ECE Dept. and International Speakers from 20+ countries releasing the Proceedings of Confluence 2017 .

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