07/14/2021 | 12/31/2021 / 8:00 AM

CEGS held its first virtual research summit for graduating students

The College of Engineering and Geosciences (CEGS) successfully conducted the Engineering and Geosciences Annual Research Summit 2021 dubbed as EGeARS 2021 last July 14, 2021, via Cisco Webex, with the theme “Unleashing the Research Capabilities of Future Engineers and Geoscientists in Response to the SDGs and Industry 4.0 in the New Normal.” The event was mainly organized by the CEGS faculty and staff with the utmost participation of graduating students from the different programs of the college. Due to the current situation, the online platform Webex was used where breakout sessions were utilized to cater the presentations per thematic area. After the program preliminaries, the different research centers of the college namely, CCGeo, CREATE, CRAFT, and MinRES, presented their research highlights and projects during the “Lightning Talks/Research Center Presentations”. The college, upholding its excellence not only in instruction but also in the field of research, endeavors to continually develop the students' knowledge as they showcase their thesis in the virtual platform through oral or poster presentations. A total of eighty-two (82)  studies were submitted for presentations and were categorized into four (4) Thematic Areas namely, (1) Methods and Systems Development in Engineering; (2) Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources; (3) Automation, Innovation, and Mechanization; and (4) Governance and Disaster Management. Faculty and researchers from different universities were invited as panelists whose tasks include rating the students' presentation and critiquing through the Q&A session. During the afternoon session, Dr. Engellie Mae Paguican—the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Engineering and Geosciences (AEG) Journal—delivered a thorough presentation about their publication and shared relevant tips and advice on how to write a publishable research paper to invite critics and future collaborators.


After the Best Presenter per thematic area was selected in the morning sessions, they proceeded to compete for the Best Thesis award in the Main Session. Dr. Jeark A. Principe (Assistant Prof., DGE, UP Diliman), Dr. Miraluna L. Herrera (Faculty, CED/Director, OCID-CSU), and Dr. Elizabeth P. Parac (Dean, CAA-CSU) were the panel guests for the Best Thesis Oral Presentation Session. Out of the fifty-four (54) research papers submitted under oral presentation, the paper entitled, “A Web-Application for Detecting Rice Plant Diseases in Butuan City using Convolutional Neural Network (CNN)” by Mr. Idem Coquilla of the Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering Program was hailed as the Best Thesis for this year’s EGeARS. 


Overall, the event was attended by 402 participants wherein 55% used the Webex Platform and 45% were Facebook Live users via the College of Engineering and Geosciences Facebook Page. The special award winners, together with their advisers, were given cash incentives and load cards as a reward. Tokens and certificates of appreciation were also sent to the panel guests. Despite the limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was successfully conducted.