The IEEE Balikesir University student branch hosted the 17th IEEE Turkey Students and Young Professionals Congress (17.IEEE Turkey SYPC) in Balikesir,Turkey, between 23-27 August, 2019.
The 17th IEEE Turkey Students and Young Professionals Congress (SYPC) is the IEEE Turkey Section’s Annual Meeting and an international event organized once a year. More than 300 engineering students from 97 different universities in Turkey and worldwide, as well as young professionals, gather together to learn further details about the IEEE technical, professional and education benefits and to discuss the future global engineering challenges.
The IEEE Balıkesir University Student Branch was established in 2013 and is one of the most active student clubs in our school with more than 800+ members. We formed a team of 47 volunteer students for the event and worked hard before and during the congress to ensure that everyone on our team, participants, and guests would have a good time.
Guest speakers included one of the World’s Most Influential Scientists in 2017, Dr. Dervis Karaboga, who has worked at NATO and IBM Eray Altili; IEEE Turkey Section Treasurer and Board Member, Asst. Prof. Tuncer Baykas; IEEE Turkey Section Student Activities Committee Chair, Asst. Prof. Göktürk Poyrazoglu; EMBS V.P. Elect Technical Activities, Colin Brenan, PhD; Bulut Makine Inc. Chairman, Ahmet Sabit Bulut; IEEE Young Professionals Turkey Chairman, Ayhan Epik; Young TESİD (Turkish Electronic Industrialists Association) Executive Board Chairman, Tugay Aktas; uniKuni CEO/Founder, Irem Tuzunalper, and Co-Founder, Levent Eryigit; EkoRE CEO, H. Serhan Suzer and Marketing Director, Simay Akar; IoT Turkey Founder, Can Guleren; and the writer, Canan Duman.
On the second day of the Congress, the IEEE Turkey Graduation Project Exhibition and Competition took place in the foyer. Last year, undergraduate students participated in the competition, which resulted in a jury vote of lecturers. The awards were presented to the winners with an award ceremony held on the third day of the Congress.
On the fourth day, technical workshops were held simultaneously. The workshops involved four different fields. One revolved around the Arduino Uno microcontroller card, which is frequently used in robotics and in many similar fields, in which we developed our own design possibilities with soldering and circuit diagram reading capabilities. Another area was the pulse sensor (IR pulse sensor), used in many health fields, where the goal was understanding the logic of operation and recognizing the electronic circuit by our own means. Nowadays, the use of renewable energy sources is increasing rapidly, and we built a vehicle with the help of solar panels that can convert solar energy into electricity. The final workshop was focused on the Cloud and artificial intelligence. This workshop was held under the guidance of Eray Altılı, the electrical and electronic engineer working at NATO, and gains were achieved on cloud and artificial intelligence. The products of the workshops were presented to the other student branches on the last day of the Congress to share information and to create meaningful memories.
We would like to thank Asst. Prof. Sabri Bicakci, the advisor of our student branch, who has supported us from the imagination stage until the last moment of the Congress, the team of 47 people, and the co-coordinators of the event. We would like to thank Laura Wolf and Colin Brenan and EMBS officers who were interested in us during the IEEE EMBS Student Branch Chapter establishment and we would also like to thank Colin Brenan for taking the time to attend the Congress.