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Department of Mechanical Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, National University of Science and Technology organized an International Symposium on “Challenges in Fourth Industrial Revolution” on 28th April 2021 through a virtual platform (google meet). The symposium focused on challenges that are to be faced by Academia and Industries in future due to the 4th Industrial Revolution. The fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the current technological digital revolution in which the major focus is on cyber-physical and biological systems such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality etc. The impact of 4 IR is more on the education and corporate sectors compared to the previous generation’s industrial revolution. Keeping track of key technologies and challenges in adapting it was symposium them. College of Engineering invited four eminent experts from industry who presented a high-level technical talk on evolving fourth industrial technologies, their application and challenges. The objectives of the event are to understand fourth industrial revolution challenges, motivate the NU students, staff and external participants to upgrade their technical knowledge in alignment to 4IR, to understand the future requirements in the context of global scenario and to prepare our learners for the new careers that are driven by 4IR, to motivate NU students towards their participation in the future technology-driven market and to develop institutional agility for 4IR target area.<</p>

Dr. Ali Saud Al-Bimani , Vice-chancellor, National University of Science and Technology inaugurated the symposium and welcomed the guest of honour, keynote speakers and all of the participants. Dr Ali Al Bimani in his opening address gave an insight on industrial revolutions and highlighted the key facets of the 4th industrial revolution in particular.  Prof. Ahmed Al Bulushi, Dean, College of Engineering in his address spoke about the readiness of the college of engineering and its future directions to face the 4th  Industrial revolution and also elaborated on institutional agility for 4IR target area.<</p>

Guest of honour of the day Mr. Anbu G. Muppidathi , CEO and President of Qualitest group, New Jersy, USA, in his address stressed the impact of the fourth industrial revolution and its practices. Mr Anbu emphasized enhancing the Technology Business Operations model that needs to be adopted for 4IR. . Engr . Swami vangal Ramamoorthy, General Manager, Robotics and Automation from OMRON Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore delivered a keynote address on the topic of “Society 5.0 and future of factories: From Automation to Autonomy” by giving more importance to the challenges facing by Society 5.0. The keynote speaker strong>Engr. Sridharan Venkatraman, Associate vice president, GlobalLogic, India who is an expert in virtual reality and augmented reality delivered an address on the topic of “Leveraging Virtual Reality – Augmented Reality in Next Industrial Revolution”. The last session was on the topic of Challenges in Digital Transformation addressed by Mr .Kalyanasubbu Sundaravelu, Business and Technology leader, Tata Consultancy Services AMS, Champaign, Illinois, USA with the focus on the technical knowledge required due to digital transformation in the fast-growing engineering field

The online event was attended by over 75 participants mainly students and staff from Oman, India, Libya and Singapore The event was convened by.Dr. R. Amuthakkannan and Dr. Dinesh Keloth Kaithari from MIE Department also introduced the guest speakers of the event. Dr. A.M Saravanan from the MIE department and Mr. Mutasam Al Kindi, Level 4 POM Student were master of ceremonies of the event. Overall, MIE Department is very proud of organizing such a wonderful symposium to enable student/staff to understand the importance and implementation issues in the fourth industrial revolution. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering acknowledges all participants and extends sincere applications to the guest speakers for their consent to deliver this webinar for the benefit of the student community. Also, the department would like to thank the college and university management team for their encouragement and support in organizing the webinar.

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