Discussing IoT, VCDPA and NextGen TVs at the JCOTS

This October, I was invited to discuss and share Cybersecurity related Policy suggestions at the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), a permanent legislative agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I should mention that I was hosted by the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), Commonwealth of Virginia to work as a Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering and Science - COVES Policy Fellow from May to August 2022.

Amit Seal Ami Discussing IoT, VCDPA and NextGen TVs at the JCOTS via Zoom, a virtual meeting platform
Discussing IoT, VCDPA and NextGen TVs at the JCOTS

I discussed the Cybersecurity issues JCOTS needs to focus on, specifically related to the Internet of Things and NextGen Televisions. Furthermore, I stressed that Policymakers and Researchers need to collaborate more to create better policies for the greater public interest.

The JCOTS Chairman agreed and stressed that JCOTS needs to consider not only public policy creation but also enforcement as I mentioned.

Finally, the JCOTS Chairman on behalf of the Commission thanked me for my contributions.

Personally, I am happy and humbled as the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (VASEM) chose me as a COVES Policy Fellow, and JCOTS for hosting me.


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A Surprise Gift from VASEM with Historical Ties

Today I received a gift that relates to Southern American history and culture.

Engraved on the cup was this: Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (VASEM), COVES 2022 on the other side.

COVES Fellow 2022 Julep Cup
COVES Fellow 2022 Julep Cup

Of course, I am one of the Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering & Science (COVES) Policy Fellows for year 2022!

But why a cup? Of this rather peculiar shape?

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Reviewing Papers: Adding a note Page after each page in PDF programmatically

I had this brilliant idea of adding a cornell style note page after every single page of a paper I am reviewing. Because why not, right? Everyone loves tinkering around the reviewing process instead of actually reviewing, so … there.

Turns out that it is fairly simple to do this programmatically using python these days. You need a PyPi packaged called pypdf2 package before, and a template style cornell page that you can generate from here.

An image with two PDF thumbnail images side by side. The first image shows the PDF version of this website, with an arrow stretching from it to the second image. The second image is of cornel style note page.

You are golden at this point. Here are the steps:

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9 Years of Brightness Controller - Experience, Gratitude and Lessons Learned

It has been (a little over) nine years since I first started working on Brightness Controller for Linux. My goals were simple when making this,

a) learn Python as a programming language and

b) solve a pain point for me.

Turns out that my pain point is also a pain point for other people!

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Submitting to IEEE/ACM conferences - Lessons Learned

Recently I faced a few problems for a paper written using ACM conference template. The problems were related to Bibliography, IEEE PDF eXpress and Bookmarks! Here are the details and how I solved them with the help of different materials available across the Internet.

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