APC RAMs’ Exceptional Projects Recognized in Japan for IEEE GCCE 2018

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The rapid advancement of technology has fueled researchers, providers, and experts to bring effective changes to their respective fields that will bear an immense effect on our lives.

The 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ 7th Global Conference on Consumer Electronics (IEEE GCCE 2018) was held at Nara Royal Hotel in Nara, Japan. It lasted for three days from October 9 through October 12, 2018.

In this annual international conference, a plethora of information, data, and creations had been shared and discussed by various delegates from all over the world. 439 papers were submitted from 19 countries. Only 69.2 percent of these was acknowledged. Five of the selected papers came from the Philippines. Three of these are from Asia Pacific College. Two papers were presented while the other one was accepted as a poster paper.

Engr. Stanley Glenn Brucal, the lead author of the two papers, brought it forward in the conference. The first paper titled, Development of a 12-Lead ECG Signal Processing Algorithm Using National Instruments LabVIEW® and ELVIS®” was co-authored by Joel Vincent Aguirre T. Aguirre, Shaira D. Macatangay, Wainwright U. Rubia, and Angelo M. Zamora. The second paper titled, “A Development of a Low-Cost 12-Lead Electrocardiogram Monitoring Device Using Android- based Smartphone” was co-written by Jerome R. Guemo, Samboy Jim B. Montante, Carlos Angelo E. Ng, and Denzel Jansen C. Wong.

Wainwright Rubia Jr., editor-in-chief of The RAMpage, together with some of his groupmates, Angelo Zamora, and Shaira Macatangay, flew to Japan with their capstone project. Their thesis which was chosen during their CPEMET1 subject was then presented by their adviser, Engr. Brucal. It was an Electrocardiogram (ECG) signal smoothing algorithm using the National Instruments’ Lab- VIEW software. They had decided to work on this project because of its possible impact on the medical field. With that in mind, creating a working software version of the device would serve as a stepping stone that may allow others to design a cheaper yet effective ECG device.

Through this experience, they were exposed to several ideas and innovations that would change the way we currently live, especially in this fast-paced technological world. The participants did not only learn a lot from the authors, engineers, and other experts about practical solutions to everyday problems, but they were also motivated to follow in their footsteps.

“Who would’ve thought you that you can solve it that way? It’s inspiring and challenging because you’ll wonder how you can contribute to society by innovating solutions,” Wainwright said regarding his experience.

For next year’s conference (GCCE2019 to be held in Osaka, Japan), the IEEE organizers have appointed Engr. Stanley as the International Coordinator for the Philippines to help them promote the conference and encourage paper submissions from our country.

It is important for the students to be exposed to these kinds of gatherings that promote the essence of innovative project-based work. Asia Pacific College’s well-equipped professors continue to shape and guide their students to become top performers in their field.

Photo courtesy of Wainwright Rubia Jr.