Young Professionals Past Events

Speaker: Teja Gudena, Senior Vice  President, Netradyne

Date: May 28, 2021

Time: 17:00 Hrs Indian Standard Time

Organized by: Saakshi Dhanekar

Talk Title: AI and IoT

Abstract: ·  Netradyne vision and journey over last 5+ years, IoT product offering, How AI, ML and Edge Computing help to reduce accidents by creating a new safe driving standards, Revolutionizing the conventional mapping paradigm with Netradyne’s dynamic 3D HD mapping technology, Evolution towards Level 4/5 autonomous driving

Speaker: Peter Steeneken, Professor, Delft University of Technology, Former principal scientist at NXP

Date: June 30, 2021

Time: 1400 Hrs Central European Time

Organized by: Sten Vollebregt

Talk Title: Graphene for next generation nanomechanical sensors

Abstract: In this presentation recent progress on the route from MEMS toward 2D NEMS sensors was discussed [1,2]. After introducing fabrication and characterization methods for studying the static and dynamic motion of suspended ultrathin membranes, several concepts for sensing gas pressure using atomically thin membranes are demonstrated, including static, resonant and Pirani pressure sensing. Challenges to meet requirements on yield, sensitivity and lifetime are discussed and advances in optical and electronic calibration and readout methods using commercial low-cost electronics are discussed, aiming towards commercially viable graphene pressure sensor products as part of the Graphene Flagship sensors work package. Gas sensing concepts for analyzing gas composition based on permeation of gases through graphene nanopores were discussed and the feasibility of graphene gas pumps was shown.


[1] Lemme, M. C., Wagner, S., Lee, K., Fan, X., Verbiest, G. J., Wittmann, S., … & Steeneken, P. G. (2020). Nanoelectromechanical sensors based on suspended 2D materials. Research, 2020.

[2] Steeneken, P. G., Dolleman, R. J., Davidovikj, D., Alijani, F., & van der Zant, H. S. (2021). Dynamics of 2D Material Membranes. arXiv preprint arXiv:2105.07489.

Speaker: Mohsen Kaboli, Principal Scientist, BMW Group, Assistant Professor & Head-RoboTac lab, Donders Institute for Brain & Cognition, Radboud University

Date: July 28, 2021

Time: 13:00 Hrs British Standard Time

Organized by: William Navraj

Talk Title: Tactile Intelligence in Robotics and Cognitive Vehicles

Abstract: The sense of touch is a crucial capability for us to cope with physical interaction related challenges in everyday life. It enables grasping, manipulation, learning, and decision-making based on the information we get from the hundreds of mechanoreceptors distributed over our skin. This sense of touch is a capability, which robotic systems as well as smart vehicles of the future need to provide in order to be able to safely interact with humans. Tactile sensing is also essential to perform a variety of other tasks including industrial applications, consumer services, and other highly dynamic environments such as assistance and care for elderly, housekeeping, etc.  For many such applications, tactile sensation, interactive perception, and learning play a crucial role. Soft, compliant, and highly integrated systems, often also suitable for large areas (sensor skins), are becoming increasingly relevant and are considered the future of robotic and vehicle interaction. These systems provide the necessary prerequisites for ubiquitous robotics and the integration of tactile sensors into existing robotic systems. This enables safe interaction and co-existence between humans and robots including novel assistive robotic devices.

Speaker: Safal Sharma, Technology Specialist, CADFEM India.

Date: August 27, 2021

Time: 17:00 Hrs Indian Standard Time

Organized by: Mitradip Bhattacharjee

Talk Title: Fast-Tracking 5G User Equipment System through Simulation Using Ansys

Abstract: Overcome the conventional, tedious and inaccurate design process that is dependent on experience-driven knowledge to a greater extent using a better design tool with better post-processing output quantities to Quantify the performance before building the physical samples. In the next generation 5G applications, the structure constituents and unit cost requirements are steering the reduction of post-manufacturing tuning and QoS-optimization, testing the power budget, Interference, Noise and EMC Compliance using physical prototypes would be much more expensive and time-consuming. Simulation helps to stay on budget and on a tight design schedule. These new challenges uncover the peril of conventional design methods: Simulation outputs of erroneous design will produce notable production peril, thus increasing the R&D cost and product growth timeline.

ANSYS Solution helps to accelerate the simulation accuracy and minimize the erroneous design decreasing R & D cost, and reduction in the production timeline.

Speaker: Prof Ramgopal Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India.

Date: September 9, 2021

Time: 16:00 Hrs Indian Standard Time or 11:30 Hrs BST

Organized by: Mitradip Bhattacharjee

Talk Title: Connecting Academic Research to Product Innovation – a few case studies and a way forward.

Abstract: Prof. Rao talked about how academic research can be taken forward to product innovation. He explained the technology developments needed in academia and industry and also illustrated 5 key technologies for future. Further, the discussion on the ways related to academic innovation to the product development was carried out. He showed examples of how these have been implemented and encouraged the YP to translate their research work into products or useful solutions.

Speaker: Bala Pesala, CEO of Ayur.AI, CTO of Adiuvo Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.

Date: 4th October 2021

Time: 5 pm Indian Standard Time

Organized by: Saakshi Dhanekar

Talk Title: Digital health and AI: Learnings from three deep-tech start-ups

Abstract: The digital health and diagnostics space is undergoing a radical transformation especially post COVID. The conventional in-person, doctor consultations are rapidly being assisted/substituted by remote tele/video consultations and Direct to consumer care. In this context, point-of-care diagnostic solutions integrated with AI will transform the healthcare industry and will help in providing affordable health care to all. In this talk, he first briefly discussed the general trends in digital health and AI and where future opportunities lie in terms of innovations. He discussed his research efforts for the past 5+ years in the digital health space towards realizing devices for non-invasive BP, fatigue and multi-parameter monitoring. Subsequently, he shared his technical and entrepreneurial journey and learnings as a part of three deep tech biomedical start-ups as CEO, CTO and chief mentor role.

Speaker: Anamika Prasad, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, South Dakota State University, USA

Date: 8th December 2021

Time: 6 pm Indian Standard Time

Organized by: Saakshi Dhanekar

Talk Title: Bioinspired Design for Next-Generation Composites

Abstract: Plants are sessile organisms lacking physical motion and neurological control. Hence a stronger correlation between their structure and mechanical demands is anticipated. Specifically, the thick-walled water conductive xylem lacks the living parenchyma. However, it addresses varying functional needs from efficient thermal and fluid conduction to structural support through rapid structural and compositional modifications independent of the biological process of cell division. The above formed the primary hypothesis for a new research direction of my lab on plant biomechanics where we investigated microstructural and composition changes in plant stem during rapid growth using a combination of material characterization techniques. In this talk, I will provide some outcomes of Plant Biomechanics research and discuss its implications in the design of next-generation composites. I will also give an overview of my lab’s key research directions, including discussing bioinspired design for 2D Materials like MXenes of relevance for sensor design.

Speakers and Topics

Seminar 1


Dr. Martina Prendergast, University of Limerick

Proposal Writing Skills

Seminar 2


Prof. Zeynep Celik,  University of Texas

Journal Article Writing Skills

Seminar 3


Bruce Hecht, VG2PLAY

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Researchers

Seminar 4


Prof. Sandro Carrara, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL

Effective Peer Review of Articles


Date : 26th – 29th July 2021

Time: 1300-1400 Irish time (1400-1500 CET)

Organized by: Wern Kam


A young professionals development programme was hosted as a series of daily events for four consecutive days. The aim of this series is to prepare young professionals in their early career development, both in research skills and networking. This training programme is aimed at young professionals in sensing technology, from academia to industry. The goal is to prepare young researchers to develop, enhance and diversify skill sets needed for their career.


Four topics that are essential in the early-career stage of individual researchers were selected for young professionals and researchers. These include skills for writing a proposal, journal article writing skills, how to effectively review articles, and innovation and entrepreneurship for researchers. On each topic, there was a talk from invited experts, followed by an interactive discussion session. This provides a great opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers and colleagues, also to learn something new and boost their professional career.

Two Young Professionals events were organized on the first day of the IEEE FLEPS 2021, 21-23st June 2021. For the first event, two invited industry experts, Prof. Deepak Gupta (from National Center for Flexible Electronics, IIT Kanpur) and Dr. Neil Chilton (Technical Director of Printed Electronics Limited (PEL)) were gave talks about the current technology trends of flexible and printable electronics in the market, and the focus and products of their company. It was a good opportunity for young researchers doing research in the sector or looking for jobs. At the end of the meeting, there was a Q&A with attendees and speakers.

The second event was a mentors & mentees interaction session. Attendees were divided into three virtual rooms based on their interest and 3 mentors from academia were giving career advice to young researchers. It was an excellent opportunity for mentees to ask their questions directly to the mentors and had a one-to-one interaction with mentors.

In all, both sessions were appreciated by the attendees, and we plan to continue these types of YP events in future FLEPS conferences.

The event was supported by IEEE Sensors Council and organized by Saakshi Dhanekar, Mitradip Bhattacharjee and Ensieh Hosseini.

Organizers: Saakshi Dhanekar and Noushin Nasiri


Young Professionals Reception

Sunday, October 31st from 1:00 – 2:00 PM UTC

“Introduce Yourself with Networking for ALL young professionals”

In this fun, one-hour session, the participants learnt a tool to introduce themselves, and meet others at the conference using this networking tool. In this facilitated session, they were guided through a template to use to introduce yourself and welcome to meet others at the conference.


Young Professionals Development Program

Wednesday, November 03rd from 10 – 11.30 hrs UTC

“This was related to Innovations, Patents, Start ups and Entrepreneurship. The speakers and panellists were experts and experienced in the field”

Time: 10-10.45 hrs

Topic: Patent landscaping and start ups

Speaker: Pooja Bhatia

She is MBA, CLP, RTTP, is Chief Manager, Innovation-Technology Transfer Office (i-TTO) of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) in New Delhi, India. Ms. Bhatia heads the i-TTO, a regional tech transfer office set up at FITT with support from National Biopharma Mission, a joint project of Government of India and World Bank, with the mandate to cater to academia, startups and incubation centres. Her work entails innovation management, technology transfer, marketing, strategic partnership, industry engagement and policy development. Ms. Bhatia serves on the CLP Exam Development and Maintenance committee.

She has over 15 years of professional experience in intellectual property, licensing, collaborations, and policy framing, and is a recipient of Global Women Leader Award 2021 and WIPF Powerful Women In IP 2021.


Time: 10.47- 11.30 hrs

Panel Discussion: Challenges, solutions and tips in starting a Start-up

Moderator: Kam Wern, University of Limerick, Ireland


Meet our Panelists: Dana Pordel, Rajul Patkar, Ravikrishnan Elangovan, Bruce Hecht
Dana Pordel is a CEO of danaXa spun off, which provides image and video annotation services to CSIRO, the Australian Institue of Sports and different companies and startups around Australia. Currently, is planning to expand beyond Australia, where it can serve the many companies in AI with large datasets of images and videos. Dana is also an investor as he invested in (AI accounting system), where the goal is to let the software manage your accounting tasks.


Rajul Patkar is the co-founder and chief executive of Proximal Soilsens Technologies. Entrepreneurship is anyways tough and particularly challenging when you are a woman starting at 50. A sheer will to inspire many other women who are in a similar boat is the key driving force for her.


Ravikrishnan Elangovan
is a faculty in Department of Biochemical Engg and Biotechnology, IIT Delhi since 2010 and co-founder of Valetude Primus Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. Ravi and his team have developed four platform technologies for infectious disease diagnosis. He is keen to develop technologies to identify pathogens and drug susceptibility with a faster turnaround time in low resource settings.


Bruce Hecht
is CEO and Chief Technology Officer, VG2PLAY, and Fellow, MIT System Design & Management, Cambridge, MA.