Kenya Education Network (KENET) has organized a 3-day IEEE Virtual Conference at KENET training room at the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library starting on January 12, 2016. This virtual conference was organized by the IEEE Kenya Chapter in partnership with the KENET Special Interest Group on Engineering Education and Research. Prof Meoli

Kenya Education Network (KENET) has organized a 3-day IEEE Virtual Conference at KENET training room at the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library starting on January 12, 2016. This virtual conference was organized by the IEEE Kenya Chapter in partnership with the KENET Special Interest Group on Engineering Education and Research. Prof Meoli

Kashorda the executive director of KENET welcoming the participants observed that Information technology equipments contribute up to 5 % of the green house gas emissions. Reducing their carbon footprint was therefore an important area of research. The conference comes at a time when Google and Facebook are very interested in Green Energy Data Centers as way of reducing their carbon footprints. In Kenya, Google has invested in the lake Turkana Wind Power project which is set to come online in 2017.

The actual IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications was held on November 10-12, 2015. It was attended online with each participant required to pay the high registration fees (http://www.ieee-onlinegreencomm.org/ ). The Virtual Conference by KENET was therefore an attempt to open the IEEE conference to Kenyan engineers, faculty and researchers working in the areas of green energy (or renewable energy) or in Communications who were not able to attend the conference and working in the area of renewable energy for communication systems and networks. The only requirement was that the participants must be at a physical location in Kenya.  The following groups were represented at the KENET conference.

•Faculty members in engineering or Physics departments with an interest in renewable energy research 

•Faculty members in computer science or engineering departments working in the area of cloud computing, data center infrastructures or communications engineering

•Graduate students (Masters or PhD) in the area of energy or networks or communications engineering

•Data Center Infrastructure Engineers

•Network Engineers working in either broadband radio networks or optical fiber networks

•Power Systems or Renewable Energy Engineers or Physicists (Solar, Geothermal, Wind etc)

The 2015 IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (OnlineGreenComm), the fifth edition conducted entirely online was dedicated to addressing the challenges in energy-efficient communications and communications for green technologies.

Continuing with the experience provided by the last four editions, IEEE OnlineGreenComm’15 was held virtually, to emphasize the need for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding the most polluting aspects of conferences – the use of mass transport systems for travelling. Common to all IEEE conferences, IEEE OnlineGreenComm featured a full-fledged paper submission, review, and publication process that adheres to the high standards defined by IEEE.

IEEE OnlineGreenComm covers a wide spectrum of research subjects, including green methodologies and architectures for communication technologies, communication technologies as enablers for green solutions, energy efficiency in Smart Grid communications, and energy management.

 

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