Activities of the IEEE ComSoc Nigeria Chapter in 2022

By Nasir Faruk - IEEE ComSoc Nigeria Chapter Chair

In 2022, six technical meetings and presentations were undertaken from May to November.

IEEE NIGERCON conference was held between 17th May 2022 and 19th may 2022. During the conference, we enlightened the participants the IEEE ComSoc and its benefits of joining the society. Some Souvenirs were given to the visitors of our booth. We had 23 newly recruited prospective members. ComSoc actively participated in the activities of the conference where we attended seminars, workshops and technical presentations.

For the month of June, a technical presentation on Communication Technology Careers and Membership Drive for Students and Early Graduates was undertaken, where Engr. John Agbakoba (CEO, I-Squared Consulting Limited, Lagos, Nigeria.) and Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu (Vice — President, IEEE Smart Village, Africa Working Group) were hosted.

A technical paper on Intelligent Reflecting Surface-Assisted UAV Communications Systems was presented by Prof. Samarendra Nath Sur from the Department of Electronics & Communications Engineering, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, India for the month of July.

In August, the IEEE ComSoC hosted Dr. Kennedy Chinedu Okafor (Dept of Mechatronics Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, where he delivered a technical presentation on Dumpsite Intercloud for Smart Urbanizaton in Africa.

In September, the society hosted Professor Sudhir Dixit, a co-founder, Senior Fellow and Evangelist at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway, IEEE Future Network Initiative Advisory Board Member, Docent, University of Oulu, Finland, Board Member, Wirelesss World Research Forum (WWRF) and a Life Fellow of IEEE. who was on IEEE ComSoc distinguished lecturer tour to Africa. The distinguished lecture was supported by IEEE ComSoc, IEEE Nigeria Section and IEEE Smart Village.

The distinguished lecture delivers three lectures the first entitled, “What Comes Next? Is there a Need for a New Generation,” while the second lecture entitled “What Comes Next? Is there a Need for a New Generation?” and the third lecture title was “Internet Lite: Connect the Unconnected: The Killer App for 5G and Beyond.” In his presentations, Professor Sudhir Dixit noted that the 6G is driven by societal needs rather than technology as it could be the first mobile radio generation to aim at closing the digital divide in rural and remote areas which lack proper connectivity. The evolution of a newly designed IP architecture which will offer advanced flexibility across a decentralized cloud-native mobile network where clients do not need any server or software installation but requires a fast internet connection were provided. Furthermore, the distinguished lecturer explained that everyone can get involved in connecting the unconnected most especially for people who want to pursue a career in telecommunications as there are opportunities to solve problems in the industry with experiences, students’ ideas and technical expertise. Also, the solutions and services of the 6G network that are driven by customer problems and several use cases- retail, education, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and so on. Wearable Technology such as smart glasses, smart shirt, smart rings, smart socks, smart finger, SGPS/GPRS Body Control were example of solutions in healthcare to enhance our lifestyle.

Other speakers at the event were Dr. Rislan Kanya (DVC, ITRI, Baze University) who gave the welcome address, speaking about the institution making a difference to modernize the Nigerian society through the positive impact of its services using the quintuple helix innovation model and graduate output. Engr. Azuka Ofogu, the immediate past Chair, ComSoc Nigeria spoke about IEEE ComSoc paving the way for advancement in telecommunications and noted the main vision of the IEEE ComSoc is to bring the world together in harmony through communications and networking technology, research application, education and incubation of new ideas and finally, Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu (Vice — President, IEEE Smart Village, Africa Working Group) who read the citation of the invited lecturer.

In November, IEEE ComSoc attended and co-sponsored Conference on Information Technology for Education and Development (ITED) which is going to be an IEEE collaborated Annual Conference of the Academia in Information Technology Profession (AITP). The Conference aimed to bring together students, academia, industry, researchers, and government officials to discuss how information technology can further enhance education and promote national development.

Participants with Professor Sudhir Dixit after the lecture.