Mataram University successfully rolling out the 1st International Conference on Applied Electromagnetic Technology (AEMT)
Opening new era as a world class university, Mataram University with the Helmholtz Zentrum-GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam-Germany and the University of Indonesia, rolling out a successful 1st International Conference on Applied Electromagnetic Technology (AEMT). This Conference was carried out in conjunction with inauguration of the Lombok Geomagnetic Observatory, which is research cooperation between the Mataram University with the GFZ Potsdam and the local Government of Central Lombok District. The inauguration ceremony was conducted on 11 April, with “BismiLlah” recitation, a ribbon-cutting and balloon flight into the sky by the Vice Rector of Mataram University. The event, organized in a simple manner but solemn, was attended by the officials of the local government, religious figures and local community. Also present, some invited guests from the national researchers (LIPI, LAPAN, BMKG) and international ones (Germany and USA), and alumni of German scholarship holders (DAAD) from various regions of Indonesia.
The summit of AEMT conference was held on 14 April 2014 in the Grand Legi Mataram Hotel. Misbahuddin ST.MT, as Chairman of the Committee, said in his speech that the seminar presented 47 papers in the field of geo- electromagnetic technology, new-and renewable energies, data management and information systems, as well as telecommunications. In addition to national speakers, speakers from seven other countries also participated, namely the United States, Japan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Korea and India. The event was opened with Al-Quran recitation and jazzed up with a wonderful traditional dance, making this international seminar quite unique.
Three keynote speakers presented in the 1st Panel Session are Dr. Monika Korte from the GFZ Potsdam-Germany, Prof. Wolfgang Martin Boerner from the University of Illinois at Chicago USA and Dr. Harry Arjadi from EMC Laboratory SMTP LIPI. The seminar feels different since in the 2nd Panel, Prof. Katsumi Hattoriof from Chiba University Japan and Prof. Mioara Mandea from University Paris Diderot France, presented virtually via Skype. The presence of Prof. Mandea, as the General Secretary of the IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) and the General Secretary of the EGU (European Geophysical Union), is a very exceptional support to the Lombok Geomagnetic Observatory and AEMT. Toning up the seminar, some posters from the JICA and the INSINas 2014 research team were displayed.
The Edu-geomagnetic tour was held (12-13 April 2014) through the mountain Rinjani range, with an overnight in the Sembalun Valley, a visit to the Rinjani Volcanology Station, as well as a meeting with communities in the Nurul Bayan boarding school – in the North Lombok where a geomagnetic station planned to be built. Data of this geomagnetic station will be integrated with the ones of Lombok Geomagnetic Observatory for disaster (e.g. earthquakes) mitigation purposes of the Eastern Indonesian region, particularly the Lombok Island. This educational tour was nice packaged to expose anomalous geomagnetic phenomena on the island of Lombok, who gave deep impressions and high appreciations from all participants.
As the ending of conference, two workshops and student competition were held on Tuesday 15 April 2014. The workshop of "Geomagnetic survey & observation”, was guided by Dr. Monika Korte, containing a brief training about the theoretical background of observatory and geomagnetic data retrieval techniques. The workshop of "Writing a scientific paper", was held at the Faculty of Engineering of Mataram University, guided by Prof. Riri Fitri Sari from Universitas Indonesia and Dr. Endang Lukitaningsih from Gadjah Mada University. Meanwhile, the student competition held in the Arena Budaya of Mataram University, featuring scientific papers of high school students and college students contested for the Governor's and Rector’s Cups. Prof. Wolfgang Martin Boerner and Dr. Harry Arjadi acted as jury in the competition.
This AEMT conference was the first time; expected to be the opening for the next AEMTs, which will be rolled out once every four years. All involved participants will be organized to be a scientific community that continually contribute their ideas for growing and development of geo-electromagnetism technology.
For the success, AEMT organizers would like to deliver thanks to the main sponsor of this event, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF-the Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany), the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD-the German Academic Exchange Service), the Aaronia AG-Germany and PT PLN Persero.
(Reported by: Dr. Teti Zubaidah, Electrical Engineering Dept. of Mataram University. Jl. Majapahit No. 62 Mataram–Lombok. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
GEO-ELECTROMAGNETIC SIGNAL PROCESSING
DATA MANAGEMENT & INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Center for Excellence in Science and Technology
University of Mataram
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