International Conference on Ergonomics -Conferences are supposed to produce cutting edge research: Prof Arvind
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
The inaugural session of an international conference lived up to the promise as one the hand it underlined the role of the newly emerging domain of Ergonomics and on the other hand built an argument about collaboration of universities in BRICS countries. The 20th International Conference on Humanizing Work and Work Environment started in Punjabi University with Dignitaries of national and international associations attending the inaugural session in the Science auditorium. In the inaugural address José Orlando Gomes, President of International Ergonomics Association (IEA) underlined the role of search conferences to build domain knowledge as well as the role of universities of BRICS countries.
Jose Orlando, a Professor in Federal University of Rio De Janerio revisited his association with India as President of IEA and appreciated the Punjabi University for organizing the conference which will give chance to scholars to interact with each other.
Prof AK Ganguly of The Indian Society of Ergonomics and Prof Dev Kumar Chakrabarti of The Asian Council on Ergonomics and Design (ACED) shared the stage in the inaugural session.
The three day conference has been supported by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Science and Engineering Research Board (SCRB).
In his welcome address Prof Arvind, Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University elaborated upon the role of such International conferences to produce cutting edge research. He said that touching the limits of known and unknown is cutting edge research otherwise collection and Analysis of data is everyday life of the researchers. While talking about the domain of ergonomics Prof. Arvind stated that the knowledge about the human body is limited despite advances in research which means the potential of Ergonomics is immense.
In her welcome address Prof. Ajitha, Chair of the conference and head of the department of Sports Sciences in Punjabi University Patiala introduced the university to the delegates from other states and abroad. The conference has received more than 400 papers from scholars and researchers. More than 250 delegates have got themselves registered for the conference. On the first day 70 research papers were presented in nine parallel sessions. Delegates from four countries and almost all the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) are participating in the conference.