B.Abhinav Ramana’s boy next door image hardly subdues his lively spirit. He speaks with a glow and enthusiasm which indicate deep passion for his work. The Physics Association Coordinator has some fond memories of APOGEE 2011, and this year he has introduced some new ideas of his own to make it even better.
There are 5 events from the Physics Association this APOGEE. These include-
- “Phytactoe” an online event involving a heady mix of Physics and the age old game of tic-tac-toe.
- Physics Of The Impossible, which in Abhinav’s words is “a new event full of paradoxical puzzles.”
- A few quizzes vis-a-vis “Lab Quiz” and “Physics Challenge”.
The prime attraction this Apogee however is expected to be the workshop on Cryptography which would deal with the field of “Chaotic Cryptography” and usage of “Non-linear dynamics”. The association has invited Prof Donald Costello, Head of “British Computing Society” for the 2 day workshop and all this comes at a nominal charge making it affordable to most.
“We are pitching our hopes on Crypto this APOGEE. It’s our major event and we are earning revenue from it also. Besides, Cryptography is an emerging field involving a dynamic blend of mathematics and computing sciences. We aim to give participants a rich exposure to the field. The workshop is evaluative too with a three hour test at the end of it to initiate participants into the thrilling field of code breaking.”, he explains.
Indeed, the workshops this year are expected to help overcome the dearth of funds.”More than the funds, we have time and scheduling constraints which prevented us from hosting new events”, he remarks pensively.
The Assoc. is also planning pre- APOGEE events in the “Science Week “ from 23rd to 28th
February to generate publicity for its events. There are workshops on adaptive technology and basic sciences among the numerous events scheduled in end February. The quizzes witness a huge turnover each year and thus there are pre-Apogee quizzes too. The association is also hosting “Sciensation” jointly with the other 9 associations as part of its publicity campaign. In addition there are treasure hunts too to keep the mystery lovers interested.
The expectations are high from this year’s APOGEE too. There’s a lot more twists and turns to this year’s events to test some of the brightest minds of the country expected in attendance.
Already the registrations are showing encouraging participation. The coordinator has his fingers crossed and his hands full.”We hope to get lots of interest in the crypto workshop and for the quizzes too. There are no major hindrances as such. We hope to have a successful APOGEE”, he signs off.