The IEEE EMBS MSRIT Chapter, IEEE EMBS Bangalore Chapter in association with M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology Bangalore, organized a “Hands on session on technical writing using Latex” on 19th February,2016 at the ESB seminar hall, MSRIT campus. The session was open to academic staff and students of all engineering disciplines from the industry.
The main objective of the session was to disseminate the importance of the know-how while writing a technical article and the advantages of making use of the IEEExplore for research purposes, for referring articles by other authors and also for publishing articles on the IEEE platform.
The session was conducted by Mr. G.S.Javed, alumni of MSRIT currently a research scholar, ARSL, at IISc. Bangalore. The speaker emphasized on the importance of knowing how to write a technical article and the ease with which one can access various articles for research or reference using the IEEExplore. He also explained why it is necessary to be aware of the various elements of a technical article such as the vocabulary used, the difference in writing for a journal and a conference and the various software tools available for organizing and displaying information in different forms (graphs, tables, figures, equations etc.) which enhance the readability of any article when used wisely.
The usage of Latex software online as well as offline was taught.
Mr. G.S. Javed gave a presentation on the various elements of a technical article. This included the type of formats to be used, font size, vocabulary etc. which enhance the overall readability of an article. He elucidated the importance of relevant figures, graphs, tables, equations etc. pertaining to the topic in an easily comprehensible format for the reader to understand/analyze the data/information being conveyed. He also addressed the issue of plagiarism and gave us advice to avoid such a situation by giving ample number of citations wherever necessary. With this, MrJaved concluded his interactive session with the audience while summarizing the presentation in a few lines and guiding everyone with the use of Latex software.
The event proved to be extremely resourceful in terms of its content as well as intent. The students and faculty benefited from the exposure to the various elements of a good technical article and the know-how of good writing .The demonstration of the IEEEXplore was also very helpful in providing the students and faculty a robust search tool for researching articles from various journals and other publications. The seminar being a success, gave the participants a good knowledge of technical articles as well as a powerful tool to help overcome the challenges faced today when writing and researching for a technical article using Latex software.