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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY - TECHNOLOGY THAT CARES


The population of the world is ageing at an alarming rate. Not only has there been an increase in the number of elderly but also an increase in the number of elderly living alone, separated from family. This has led to the rise of the growing demand for specific needs that will enable the elderly to live a more content life.

Looking after people is resource-intensive. The older persons will need care services such as dressing, toileting or bathing: not only at care facilities but also in their own homes. Trying to remain jovial and unflappable whilst slowly losing the ability to look after yourself is even more challenging. But, this is a reality that more and more people are coming across every day leaving them despondent and frustrated.

It has been found that the use of robots and artificial intelligence in the care of the elderly might be a possible solution to overcome such challenges. The use of such assistive robots can make it easier for older people to remain self-sufficient and independent for an extended period of time, reducing the burden on their families or any caregivers they might have.

Assistive technology can help the elderly keep their autonomy by providing basic care and support services for example Telerobot monitors health conditions and medication, and Rehabilitation Robots and Therapy robots can be used to help older patients effectively recover from chronic strokes. Social robots have been found to improve mood and decrease stress levels of the elderly by providing them company and encouraging them to do cognitive training. They can also be used as aids in daily household chores and can also be programmed to perform basic maintenance activities around the person's lodgings.

Advancements in technology have enabled us to create numerous assistive technology that can cater to the needs and desires of the elderly. It has still been noted that the older generations are still disinclined towards their use of them in their day to day life. In other words, there is now innumerable assistive technology helping empower older people to carry out their daily routines without the need of a caretaker. It is still noticed that there is a gap between the technology available and the technology willing to be accepted by the elderly.

Whilst designing assistive technology it is important that not only the needs and desires of the elderly are met but their attitude towards technology at large should also be assessed. The opinions of the end-users, their families and their caregivers have to be taken into accordance when designing the product. For it has been noticed that though the elderly are more sceptical of the technology: their opinions can be swayed depending on their relationship with their attending physician, caregiver and family member's thoughts and beliefs.

In some cases, the assistive robots are too complex and hard to use. This will cause endless frustration and must be avoided at all costs .i.e the technology should not be too complex that the user will need extensive pre-training before using it. It also has been noticed that sometimes the technology can have excessive reliance on it and thus make the user unable to function without it. This can lead to self-isolation which is extremely bad for their mental health.

Thus, we all can come to the assertion that Assistive technology is the present and the future of the care industry. But, it leads one to wonder at what point will it reach for us to define basic human contact as a necessity and not a supplement.

Updates

LEADERSHIP TEAM AND EXECOM FORMATION

The Student Leadership Team of the year 2022 of the IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter was formed on January 23rd 2022.

The Professional Execom and The IEEE CSKS Volunteer team for Content, Design and Video was released on 17th February 2022.

A new SYP team was introduced in the IEEE Computer Society of Kerala Chapter. Active 4th-year members of IEEE Computer Society were identified through chairs and 2 Hub coordinators were selected from each hub. Thus the SYP Team was formed.

Womennovate

Womennovate was an idea pitching competition conducted as part of International Women’s Day by WiC of IEEE CS Kerala Chapter on 13th March 2022. The topic was to find a technical solution to any problem faced by women. The event had a cash prize of 1.8k INR. It was a team event where each team could have up to 3 members, consisting of at least 1 girl.

The competition was conducted via google meet and found the overall participation of 10 teams with 39 students in total. The judging panel consisted of two female senior members from the IEEE CS Kerala Chapter Execom.

At the end of the event, judges had very positive feedback about the ideas and the solutions. The participants were able to find the flaws and drawbacks within their ideas.

The winners of the event were Souparnika KS and Vasant Joseph who got first prize. Jayalekshmi Jayakumar, Meera Jayaram and Christina K James who was second and Diya Jose with third prize.

Resume Building Competition

The first task of the IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter's flagship event has officially concluded with triumph. The fraternity, realizing the impact of an excellent resume in the eyes of a recruiter and its importance hosted an online resume-building competition exclusive to the IEEE CS Members.

The event focused on the amelioration of the participants, helping them have a worthy resume in hand post the competition which could be used in their future. The event, announced on 8th March 2022 substantiated a participant count of 86 within its closing date, 12th March 2022. The resume for a project managerial role was submitted by the participants which were evaluated and provided feedback for improvisation to each candidate. Abhijith KP from Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology secured first place, and Nevin Koshy Daniel and Robin Roy from AJCE won second and third place respectively. The winners bagged a total prize of Rs 1000.

LaTeX 101

The talk session was organized to provide insight on the topic ‘Basics of LaTeX’ - the document preparation system. It was handled by Ms Shiney Thomas who is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Amal Jyothi College of Engineering. It was held on 31 March 2022 at 7 P.M. There was a total of 40 participants in the meet. A brief introduction was given to the features and possibilities of the typesetting system. To utilize the features online, the participants were acquainted with Overleaf, the collaborative cloud-based LaTeX editor and guided on report and article creation. Feedback forms were rolled out at the end of the session. The participants described the session as informative, right-paced and quite useful.

Membership Development Sessions

IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter has conducted three membership development sessions at respective colleges CUSAT, FISAT, and SJCET Palai. The chairs had reported the program to be a great success and directly impacted their membership development.

The first membership development session RESURGENCE 2022 was held on 3rd February 2022. The session was conducted by Ms Deepthi Sasidharan, Vice-chair of IEEE CS Kerala Chapter, and Mr Sandeep EP, membership development co-ordinator of IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter.

As the first membership development was a great success, the IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter had conducted an icebreaking session at CUSAT on February 20 2022, with our most enthusiastic volunteers Mr Gokul C M, Student representative of IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter, and Ms Jyothika Nithin, Women in Computing coordinator IEEE CS Kerala Chapter which was an eye-opener for the participants of the session.

The recent membership development session was conducted at IEEE SB SJCET on 27th February 2022. The session was handled by our prominent volunteer Ms Bhadra Jayakumar, the Former student representative of the IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter.

All the sessions were a great success that motivated all the participants to take part in Computer activities and become great volunteers.

Achievements

REM SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FALL 2021

IEEE Computer Society Richard E.Merwin scholarship winners' fall 2021 results were published on 23 February 2021. We were proud to have the dedicated volunteers, Ms Parvathi J. Nair and Ms Amal Abdul Azeez honoured by the Richard E. Merwin Scholarship.

UPSILON PI EPSILON HONOR SOCIETY AWARD WINNER

The Upsilon PI Epsilon Honor award was released on February 23rd 2022. We were honoured to have Ms Lavanya E V as the winner.

IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter TEAM’22 ACHIEVEMENTS

Mr Karthik K, joint Secretary-Industry, IEEE CSKS made us proud by getting selected as the Student Branch Coordinator of IEEE R10 Student Activities Committee.

Ms Bhadra Jayakumar, Former SR and Malabar Hub coordinator-SYP Team'22 made us proud by getting recognised as the outstanding student volunteer in 2021 and getting into IEEE R10 Student Activities Committee as Outreach Coordinator for the year 2022.

Mr Gokul C M, Student representative, IEEE CSKS made us so proud and got selected as the Vice-chair of the IEEE India Council Student Leadership team, 2022.

Mr Akarsh Ashok, joint secretary YP, IEEE CSKS got selected as the Webmaster at IEEE India Council Student Leadership Team 2022.

Notifications

Notification regarding Grace Hopper Celebrations Scholarship 2022 was released on February 26th, 2022.

Notification regarding IEEE Computer Society Richard E.Merwin scholarship Spring Cycle 2022 was released on 13th March 2022.

IEEEXtreme, the most awaited programming competition of the year, released a call for Ambassadors for IEEEXtreme 16.0. The notification regarding the call was published on 13 March and the team made sure at least one from each college has applied for ambassador in Kerala Section.

Hub Events

Kochi Hub

RSET IEEE Computer Society organized ‘EXPLEO’ as a part of IEEE RSET SB's event series ‘Celestia’.It was a reverse coding competition held on Tuesday, 15th March 2022 at 6 PM. It was an individual event held online on the HackerRank coding platform.

The participants were given a series of output questions and their corresponding partial code. They were then asked to fill in the missing code that would produce the given outputs. The top 3 participants with the highest score on the HackerRank platform were declared winners. The winners were Siddhartha Gautaman, Joel Manuel and Jowin George who got 1rst, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The competition was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants.

IEEE Computer Society Student Branch Chapter College of Engineering Chengannur organised Bootcamp.py, a peer-to-peer learning programme for students with little or no coding experience. It was conducted online using HackerRank and Google Meet from 2nd February 2022 to 27th February 2022. The goal of the programme was to assist students to learn python, which would give them a head start in the world of programming. There were 110 students from the First, Second and Third Year with 13 mentors to guide them. With the systematic orientation of the programme, Bootcamp.py turned out to be a great success.

Travancore Hub

IEEE Computer Society SBC GEC Barton Hill, Trivandrum conducted Cognitionis 2.0 #2 was an online quiz based on the theme “Integrated Approach in Science & Technology for a Sustainable Future” as part of the yearlong quiz series Cognitionis 2.0 organised by IEEE Student Branch GEC Barton Hill, Trivandrum. The event was conducted exclusively for IEEE Members on 9th March 2022 from 7:30 pm to 7:45 pm IST via Quizizz. It was conducted in association with the National Science week.

There were 70 participants from different institutes who participated in the quiz which lasted for fifteen minutes. It received a lot of positive feedback from the participants.

IEEE CS SBC LBSITW in association with IEEE Kerala Young Professionals organised a YP Talk on Mobile app development using Thunkable. The session was handled by Mr. Jacob Thomas Puthukeril, System Analyst at Weatherford International. It was conducted in online mode via google meet on 13th March 2022 from 5.00 pm- 6.30 pm. There were a total of 104 participants with 53 IEEE members and 51 non-IEEE members.

The session was handled very well and the participants were engaged throughout the session. Overall the session was very informative and interesting and the feedback received from the participants was positive in nature.

Malabar Hub

Computer Society IEEE SB GCEK conducted SIMILIS, a 24 hours web development competition to bring out the creative web designer in members. It was conducted on 30th April 2022. There were 7 participants in total. The participants were provided with a screenshot of a website and the challenge presented to them was to rebuild the website with maximum similarity. The competition was conducted exclusively for the IEEE members of GCEK. In the end, Thejus M Manoj of S4 CSE bagged first place while Jeffrey Shijo of S4 CSE bagged second place.

The participants were given a series of output questions and their corresponding partial code. They were then asked to fill in the missing code that would produce the given outputs. The top 3 participants with the highest score on the HackerRank platform were declared winners. The winners were Siddhartha Gautaman, Joel Manuel and Jowin George who got 1rst, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The competition was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants.

IEEE Computer Society Student Branch Chapter College of Engineering Chengannur organised Bootcamp.py, a peer-to-peer learning programme for students with little or no coding experience. It was conducted online using HackerRank and Google Meet from 2nd February 2022 to 27th February 2022. The goal of the programme was to assist students to learn python, which would give them a head start in the world of programming. There were 110 students from the First, Second and Third Year with 13 mentors to guide them. With the systematic orientation of the programme, Bootcamp.py turned out to be a great success.