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Technical Tutorials (on March 6, 2011 )

Tutorial 1:

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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LINK Face to Face Meet 2011- ECLECTIC ’10

Amrita IEEE is proud to announce that we have been given the opportunity to conduct this year’s LINK Face to Face event on 6th March. The event would kick-start an array of LINK events monitored by the Kerala Section of IEEE India. The Face to Face event will contain an impressive list of technical and non-technical events. The registration details are stated below:

DD should be drawn in favor of “IEEE student Chapter” payable at “Kollam”.
DD should reach on or before Feb 28th 2011.
Fee: Rs. 75 for SB Chair or Link Rep.
Rs. 100 for other IEEE student members.
Rs. 150 for non-IEEE students .
If accommodation is needed, a nominal fee will be charged at the campus.
The DD should be posted to the following address:
Mr. Rajesh Kannan
Amrita School Of Engineering
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O.
Kollam, 690 525

In parallel, IEEE SB at Amrita is also organizing a Tutorials as follows:

1) Bio-inspired  approaches to Optimization” by Dr. Raghavendra V Kulkarni, Faculty, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications.

2) An Introduction to Compressed Sensing – Dr. Nithin Nagaraj

The workshop registration fee (both workshops included) is as given below:

-Rs.150 for IEEE student members.
-Rs.200 for others .
A single DD is enough for both F2F and workshop registration fee.

Click on the following link to register now:  REGISTER

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IEEE Awareness Programme at AMRITA

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam IEEE SB conducted an IEEE awareness program for the first year Electronics and Communication Engineering student’s on 4th August 2010. The program was conducted at CIR Learning Room ‐2, at the University Main Building between 2
and 4 pm. 140 students attended the program. PowerPoint presentation included Introduction, History, Values and Benefits of IEEE. It was followed by the Student branch presentation. The presentation was prepared and presented by Ramesh N Nair, LINK Representative, IEEE SB and Vineeth Mohan, Webmaster & PRO, IEEE SB. The program was presided by Mr. Rajesh Kannan, IEEE SB Counselor. The students were explained the value and benefits of being IEEE members. IEEE pamphlets were distributed to the students, which contained information about the various benefits of IEEE membership. The sessions were made interactive by having a quiz in between the presentation. The students who answered correctly were given IEEE complements. The students were encouraged to ask their doubts about IEEE after the presentation. The overall feedback of the students was that they were given awareness to the IEEE activities, and they showed their willingness to come up and participate in the various SB and LINK events.

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Amrita IEEE students prepare for Singapore

Br. Rajesh Kannan’s students continue to be invited to present research papers at major conferences around the world.
Three groups of students will have the opportunity to travel to Singapore to present their work at the International Conference of Mechanical and Electrical Technology in September 2010.
“All three papers resulted from final-year BTech projects,” stated Br. Rajesh.
The papers are listed below.
Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Prasanth Krishna, Pratheesh Somarajan, Vishnu A. Pillai, Reswan Ul Hakkim, Extraction of License Plate Region in Automatic License Plate Recognition
Rajesh Kannan Megalingam , Gayathri Gopakumar, Jyothi K Sasidharan, Anju Ajit and Deepthi Luke, A VLSI Implementation and Analysis of Cryptographic Algorithms for Security and Privacy in Communication Networks

Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Ashwin Mohan, Shekhil Hassan Thavalengal, Tanmay Muralidhar Rao, Vivek Periye, Low Power Single Core CPU for a Dual Core Microcontroller
The papers will be listed in IEEE Xplore and indexed by both EI (Compendex) and ISI Proceedings (ISTP).
We asked one group of students to describe the work undertaken. They enthusiastically shared details of their research.
“We ran a Dual Core Microcontroller (two computers on a single chip) using a low-power Single Core CPU,” they explained. “Our main aim was to save power. Microcontrollers are used in many electronic devices such as a refrigerators, TVs and iron boxes that are regularly used in most homes.”
“When people buy an electronic device, they place more emphasis on its cost and running speed. They select devices that are cheap and those that run with a high speed. But they forget that most of these devices consume a lot of power, resulting in high electricity bills.”

 “Our research was conducted to investigate how microcontrollers could run on low power and consume less electricity, and at the same time, ensure the performance/efficiency of the system at a comparable speed and affordable prices.”
How was the reduction in power consumption obtained?
“By various methods. We gated clock signals for a period of time, when components such as registers and flip-flops did not need to work. Due to this, components could be disabled without affecting the working of the circuit and a lot of power was saved.”
“We also tested devices at various voltage levels to check for the minimum voltage required at which the system could function. This voltage scaling can also help reduce power consumption.”
“Finally, we also tried serialization of the data bus. Serialisation refers to the transfer of one bit of data at a time.”

This group of students was preceded by several other students groups who also studied the problem of enabling CPU function on low power. Earlier student groups have presented their research at the International Conference of Computer Science and Information Technology (August 2009, Beijing, China), International Conference of Parallel Processing (September 2009, Vienna, Austria) and International Conference and Workshop on Emerging Trends in Technology (March 2010, Mumbai).

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Amrita SB students sweep HTC 2010

We are extremely happy to inform that, by Amma’s grace, IEEE student members of our institution have brought laurels to our institution by bagging the top two prizes at the “Humanitarian Technology Challenge Student Poster Competition”, conducted by IEEE GOLD KERALA SECTION & R10 as part of “International Conference on Humanitarian Technology Challenges of the 21st Century” which was held during 20th and 21st February, 2010 at Trivandrum.
There were 83 entries in total from all over Kerala from different student branches. 17 entries were shortlisted and was sent to the judges for final evaluation. 10 entries were selected for the final round.
Among the eminent personalities were Dr. Richard J Gowen, President, IEEE Foundation, Dr. John Vig, 2009 IEEE President, Dr. Janina Mazierska, IEEE Region 10, Ms. Helene Hoi-Ying Fung – IEEE R10 GOLD.
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Our students shine at Brahma 2010

A group of talented students from our campus rocked the paper presentation contest -‘the Navapravarthana’, that marked the commencement of technical events at Brahma 2010, the Annual culturo-tech fest at Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kalady. Venkat Krishnan, Vineeth Sarma, Mithun M and Rahul Srikumar, all IEEE student members, made the IEEE student branch proud by winning top honours at Navapravarthana in variuous categories. 

The event is sub-divided into 3 categories: each for electrical science,computer science and mechanical science. The team of Venkat Krishnan and Vineeth Sarma bagged first prize in Electrical science category. They presented a paper on their research topic ‘Hardware Implementation of Low Power, High Speed DCT/IDCT Based Digital Image Watermarking’. ( Prize Money :Rs 5000/- )

The team of Mithun and Rahul won the second prize in the same category. They presented their paper based on ‘Performance Comparison of Novel, Robust Spatial Domain Digital Image Watermarking with the Conventional Frequency Domain Watermarking Techniques’.( Prize Money :Rs 3000/- )

Venkat Krishnan and Mithun teamed up together to present their paper on ‘Gating and Serializing the Data Path of CPU for Low Power Consumption’ that won them the 1st prize in the Computer Science category. ( Prize Money :Rs 5000/- )

Congratulations to the winners for their marvellous effort.

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PICex’el 2010

IEEE Students Branch of Amrita is conducting a 2 day National Workshop on PIC Microcontrollers on Mar 27th and 28th, 2010.

This hands-on PIC Workshop covers the fundamentals of the PIC microcontroller family’s architecture (specifically PIC 16F87XA) and instruction set. Basic concepts are reinforced through the writing of simple assembly language programs. The knowledge gained from this class forms a solid base from which the attendee can explore more advanced concepts with the PIC microcontrollers. This Workshop also covers the basics of getting started with Microchip development tools. Hands-on exercises are conducted using the MPLAB® IDE. Attendees go through a step-by-step creation of a project, editing and compiling a program, running a program and using the MPLAB IDE. Also they learn step-by-step process of programming the PIC, debugging and verifying their assembly code in real time.

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