The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of North South University (NSU) on Saturday organized the 24th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) 2021 for the third time this year.

This is the longest-running IEEE-sponsored peer-reviewed conference in Bangladesh, which included participants from 14 countries around the world, said a press release.

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar inaugurated the conference.

“Digital Bangladesh is one of the pillars of ‘Vision 2021′ announced by the government to fulfill the dream of becoming a middle-income country within the 50th year of independence. The various initiatives taken to establish a ‘Digital Bangladesh’ have played an important role in the current achievements of Bangladesh,” said the minister.

He lauded the conference saying: “ICCIT works as a research forum for scientists and scholars from all corners of the world. The conference will certainly provide a platform for ambitious researchers to share their ideas and research outcomes.”

ICCIT provides a forum for researchers and professionals from both the academia and industry to exchange up-to-date knowledge and experience in the field of computer and electrical engineering.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year the conference was held virtually. However, this resulted in many international researchers presenting their work and enhancing the scientific growth of the country.

This year it invited papers from all areas of computer and electrical engineering, including artificial intelligence (AI), bioinformatics, blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), human-computer interaction (HCI), digital systems, robotics, wireless and mobile communication, and so forth.

A total of 271 papers were submitted by 770 researchers around the world.

The 84 papers that were finally accepted for this conference are well balanced and report on the many ongoing efforts and recent research results in various areas of computer, communication, information technology, and related areas.

All papers submitted to ICCIT 2021 were blind-reviewed by up to four reviewers involving 93 experienced professionals from 16 countries. The accepted papers were written by researchers from 14 countries, providing ICCIT 2021 with an international flavor.

The chief patron was NSU Board of Trustees Chairman Azim Uddin Ahmed.

The organizing committee included faculty members of the ECE Department of NSU.

The technical committee mostly comprised international scholars, chaired by Dr Mohammad S Alam.

The day continued with a plenary session with four keynote speeches, followed by a panel discussion on “Towards the Realization of Digital Bangladesh – Prospects and Challenges” and then another panel discussion on “The Importance of Accreditation in Engineering Education”.

Day two of the conference is set to begin with the presentation of the accepted works in multiple sessions and a session by Robi Axiata Ltd.

Then there will be several workshops, invited sessions, and an IEEE Bangladesh Section workshop.

On Monday, it will continue with more workshops and presentation sessions. The day will end with a closing ceremony in the evening with Information and Communication Technology Division Senior Secretary NM Ziaul Alam as the chief guest. The program details can be found at https://iccit.org.bd/2021/.

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