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Technical Tutorials (on March 6, 2011 )

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Bioinspired Approaches to Optimization – Dr. Raghavendra V. Kulkarni

Dr. Raghavendra V. Kulkarni, Dept. of Wireless Networks and Applications, Amrita University, Amritapuri

Optimization intuitively refers to determining “good” values of one or more variables (such as the number of study hours and the percentage of income to save in a retirement plan). Optimization is an extremely important task in all aspects of engineering, business and life. Several deterministic approaches to engineering optimization exist. These approaches are characterized by exponential increase in computational expenses with increase in the number of optimization variables. This is referred to as the curseofdimensionality. This renders the approaches unattractive for many realtime optimization problems.

Nature tackles the problem of optimization with simple and yet wonderful approaches. Ants find the shortest and yet the safest route to their food. Birds fly in a coordinated manner as if they follow a central command. Such biological intelligence has inspired computer scientists to develop optimization algorithms that are computationally inexpensive, therefore quick. Such algorithms produce satisfactory optimization results in reasonable time frame. Read the rest of this entry »

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Student project from Amrita funded by IEEE Foundation for US $7520

We are very proud and honoured in informing you all that the project “Intelligent Home Navigation System for Elderly and Physically Challenged” by a team of Mr. Rajesh Kannan, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham IEEE BC,  Ramesh N Nair and Sai Manoj P, both students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham IEEE SB, Kollam has got a grant of US $7,520 (approx. Rs 3,45,000) from IEEE Foundation Inc., NJ, USA. This a great achievement for IEEE Student Branch of Amrita , LINK and for the IEEE Kerala Section. This is the first time in the history of IEEE Kerala Section that a student project has got a grant worth US $7520. This is also the first in our campus history that students are getting such an high amount as grants for their projects. The project will span for a duration of two years.

Project Summary:

Title: Intelligent Home Navigation System (IHNS) for the elderly and the physically challenged.

Summary: Normally the elderly people forget the way to the different rooms in the home and the physically challenged people find it tough to navigate inside without external aid. The existing systems such as joy stick control wheelchairs are not customizable to deal with different degrees of disability. This project helps the unfortunate elderly and the physically challenged people which include the quadriplegics for their locomotion inside the home with the help of a gesture based wheelchair. The system comprises of preloaded map of the home for automation, and the personal security features.

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AmritaIEEE in Malayala Manorama Yuva Mastermind 2010 contest

AmritaIEEE is very glad in informing you that, a project titled ‘Real Time, Remote, Home based, Non-Invasive, Elder Monitoring System’ of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam IEEE students (Vineeth R, Deepak Krishnan, Akhil K S and Denny C Jacob) got selected for the final round of Malayala Manorama Yuva Matermind 2010 contest. The project is guided by our IEEE SB Counselor Mr. Rajesh Kannan Of more than 700 projects submitted all over India, only 18 projects made to final round of which one is from our campus. Malaya Manorama will fund
Rs 10,000/- for the completion of our project. All the selected projects will be highlighted in Yuva/ Padipura of Malayala Manorama daily. There will be an exhibition of the chosen project to be held in January 2011. Cash prizes are awarded for the best projects selected during the exhibition by a panel of experts.