Technical writing is an important skill for college students. It is essential for students who wish to write and publish a technical paper. But it is often the case that students are unaware of the techniques and tools used to create technical documents. In consideration of the above, BMSCE IEEE organised a workshop on LaTeX and technical writing during PhaseShift 2016.
We had a total of 64 registrations for the event. All the registered participants of the workshop were students of BMSCE. The event saw good participation from students of both, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.
The workshop was instructed by Dr. Subramanian Ravi Shankar. It was held on Saturday, 24 September 2016, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. The venue of the workshop was FDC Hall, BMS College of Engineering.
The workshop started off with a session on good practices in technical writing. Dr. Ravi Shankar enlightened the students about the importance of technical writing and shared his knowledge on healthy practices to be followed while writing a paper. He also illustrated with examples some mistakes made by students in the same.
This was followed by a session on LaTeX, a handy tool that can be used to create technical documents. Dr. Ravi Shankar demonstrated the various general features of LaTeX, which can be used to compose an effective technical paper. He also demonstrated some specific features that are useful for writing technical papers, such as representing complex formulae, equation numbering, adding subscripts and superscripts, adding tables to the document, adding plots, creating contents page and other features requested by the students.
The session was interactive and the audience got all their doubts cleared. Dr. Ravi Shankar urged the audience to experience using LaTeX and to explore the tool. He also suggested a list of free, open source software that would aid writing technical papers for various tasks. The session concluded at 5:30 P.M.
The event coordinators were Srinivas S and Akhila R.