Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Annual Report of COMSOC Chapter



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1. Paper titled “Intelligent Industrial Robotic Arm” by the IEEE COMSOC members of College of Engineering, Trivandrum  has been accepted for oral presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Mechanical and Electrical Technology (ICMET 2011) to be held on August 26-27, 2011, Dalian, China.

Team Members : Jery Althaf, Shafna P, Kavya V.R, Sreevas S.

Mentor : Sinith M.S

2. Two projects chosen for funding for IEEE COMSOC Chapter Kerala section Humanitarian project contest:

a. Automated Online Blood bank Database project

b. Multi-patient biotelemetry using a mobile phone

3. Vitals Monitoring System: Project submitted for IEEE Presidents Change the World contest 2011

4. 7 papers submitted for National level Robert Bosch Paper presentation contest held for 2nd and 3rd year B.Tech Students


  1. Metawing Technologies (Educational portal of Blue Nitrogen)

  2. Innobuzz Ethical Hacking



  1. Inauguration of COMSOC SB Chapter and STAC on Image Processing

    Venue: CETAA Hall

    Date: 15th January 2011

    No: of participants: 70

    The COMSOC student branch chapter of College of Engineering, Trivandrum was officially inaugurated on 15th January 2011 by Er.Pradeep Balachandran (Secretary, IEEE COMSOC chapter, Kerala Section).

    The STAC meet on Image processing and Arduino Workshop was held on 15th January 2011 at College of Engineering, Trivandrum. The event started by 10 am. Dr.JIJI.C.V (Professor, College of Engineering Trivandrum) gave a two hour talk on Image Processing which included a number of interesting videos and mention of Image processing toolboxes in Matlab. Face recognition and pattern recognition were the highlights of the talk. In the afternoon session there was a Arduino workshop conducted by members from the BegiNow firm.

    The event attracted a healthy participation of more than 70 students which included students from College of Engineering, Kottarakara , RIT, Kottayam , MBCET , College of Engineering, Barton Hill in addition to those from the host college.

  1. Technical Essay writing contest

    Venue: S5 Applied Electronics classroom

    Date: 7th June 2011

    No: of participants: 35

    This event was held with the aim of enhancing the technical interest of the members. A set of 3 topics were given to the students to write the essay on namely – Robotics, Embedded Systems and Nanotechnology. Evaluation committee was setup which decided on the top 2 places.


  1. DRUPAL Workshop

    Venue: Computer Science Department Lab

    Date: 20th August 2011

    No: of participants: 41

    IEEE COMSOC Student Chapter of CET along with IEEE SB Younus College of Engineering conducted a workshop on “Web Development with Drupal” by Zyxware Technologies, Trivandrum as part of Student Technical Awareness Conference (STAC) in Hub1.

    Drupal is a free and open source content management system and content management framework package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization. It is maintained and developed by a community of 630,000+ users and developers.

    The workshop was a huge success as the number of students participated exceeded the capacity of the lab. The online registration process had a good positive response which started on 4th August and closed a week before the event. About 50 students registered online and 41 students actually attended the workshop. Students from College of Engineering Trivandrum, Younus College of Engineering, Sree Chithira Thirunal College of Engineering, University College of Engineering Kariyavattom and Department of Computer Science, University of Kerala attended the workshop.

    It was a purely technical hands-on Workshop. The Drupal platform is being increasingly used for constructing websites and web development and there are profound opportunities for students to work on internships and projects. Having the knowledge of Drupal will help students in their projects.


  1. TED students – An open colloquium by students, on Technology, Entertainment and Design

    Venue: Electronics Seminar Hall

    Date: 16th December 2011

    No: of participants: 40

    TED-students was a meet on the lines of an unconference in which students would present a variety of ideas, their thoughts on intriguingtopics and demonstrate interesting things they have done with technology or involving the power of people or society as a whole.

    The event was held in the form of an informal gathering of technology enthusiasts, coffee-table thinkers and others, where we had intellectually stimulating short talks and subsequent discussions on issues that tag technological development, engineering paradoxes, or the beauty of certain technological discoveries

    The talks/presentations included:

  1. “Mathematics: The Science of Order”, by Vishak H Pillai

    Vishak is a hardcore mathematics lover at heart and wished to share with the audience what it was about math that made researchers and passionate students love it dearly. He cited examples of patterns found in nature, interesting series and sequences, as well as some of the major breakthroughs and the people behind them, in the ‘queen of all sciences’.

  1. “Perspective: Why the word ‘meanwhile’ is dangerous”, by Sriram Padmanabhan

    If one paused time, and zoomed in on the events happening in parallel during something as trivial as the push of a lever, it is easy to get lost in the sequence of events that are happening. Here, the example of the take-off of an aircraft was used to highlight the fact that the word ‘meanwhile’ cannot infact, be loosely used. Starting from the cockpit and ending in the laws of physics that govern the electrons that move because a level was pushed in the cockpit, all is under complete control of man, yet overwhelming in itself.

  1. “Games: Then, now and why”, by Mahadev Gopalakrishnan

    Games have evolved from the humble beginnings as Pong played on a CRO screen to multiplayer games involving scenarios from all walks of life. Mahadev took a look at the current gaming industry and market in India and ventured to tell us why something radical needs to happen.


  1. “A closer look at how we are using non-renewable energy”, by Aju Antony

    In a developing country that needs to do more than just hanker after expensive renewable sources of fuel, there are many steps that can be taken, without major infrastructure changes, to ensure that emissions go down by a large percentage. Comparative study between the position of India and China on the status of renewable energy sources was done. This clearly urged the need for India to tap into newer resources of renewable energy.



Venue: Electronics Seminar Hall

Date: 9th December 2011

No: of participants: 70

The Annual General Body Meeting of ComSoc Chapter, IEEE student branch CET was conducted on 9th December 2011 in the Electronics Dept. seminar hall from 12 P.M to 2 P.M. The Chief Guest of the meeting was Dr. V. Gopakumar, Principal, CET. The event was meticulously anchored by Miss Alka Isac, Vice-Chairperson, WIE SB CET. It was heartening to see that the participation from freshers was immense. Mr Ebin Mathews, the present Chair, SB CET started off the event with an introductory presentation on IEEE for the freshers, explaining the various benefits of IEEE.

Dr. V. Gopakumar (Principal, CET) addressed the gathering. Gopakumar Sir, who has been related to CET for more than 25 years, talked about the history of IEEE in CET. He remembered that IEEE SB was first setup in the campus in the year 1987 and that the students of those days were very much technically inclined. They used to subscribe and read many technical journals and IEEE magazines. Dr. Suresh, Branch Councelor SB CET also addressed the gathering. He talked about how student members can leverage IEEE to their full advantage. He listed out the benefits of IEEE membership for both faculty and staff. He also briefly commented on the previous year’s IEEE SB activities.


Sreevas S., IEEE SB ComSoc Chair, addressed the gathering afterwards. He too inspired the prospective student members about the possibilities made available by IEEE. But he was quick to remind everyone that IEEE was a platform and simply being a member doesn’t necessarily give a person all those benefits. He rightly told that it was upto the students to seize the opportunities provided by IEEE and make the best out of them. He also declared Mr. Rahul R (S4, CSE, CET) as the next IEEE SB ComSoc chairman.

The meeting was officially adjourned with the vote of thanks by Miss Alka Isac. Afterwords an informal ice breaker session was conducted for the first years by second and third year student members.


Report By

Sreevas S.

Chairman, IEEE COMSOC Chapter SB CET



An Evening with 2012 IEEE President Elect Dr.Peter Staecker


Venue: College of Engineering, Trivandrum

Date: 14th Dec 2011

No of Participants: 90+


The students of IEEE LINK had the rare opportunity to spend an evening with IEEE President Elect 2012 Peter Staeckaer at College of Engineering, Trivandrum on 14th Dec 2011.


The session began by delivering the IEEE Code of Ethics. Er. Sasi P.M., Chair, IEEE Communication Society, Kerala Chapter and Past Chair of IEEE Kerala Section proposed the welcome address by greeting Dr. Peter Staecker and the other delegates to the event.


Er. Satish Babu, Chair Kerala Section gave the audience a brief insight into the IEEE Kerala Section and its activities. He focussed mainly on Humanitarian Technology, an area of wide relevance today. Citing examples like the Tsunami disaster of 2004 where the maps prepared by the Government were in fact unavailable during the evacuation and disaster management stage, he highlighted the need to bridge the gap with technology and humanitarian needs. In situations like this, technology, though advanced, fail to serve the humanity. He was however delighted to note that IEEE could make a huge difference in India in comparison to other nations. He felt the need for technology to reach millions and thereby be of value to everyone. He threw light on how Student Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) projects are being funded by IEEE.


Next were the humanitarian project presentations by students where two important projects that have won various accolades were showcased. First, Ramesh N Nair, Technical Coordinator, IEEE LINK, Amrita College of Engineering, Kollam presented his project on Intelligent Home Navigation System (IHNS) for the Elderly and Physically Challenged. The second one was by Sreevas S., LINK Technical Wing, College of Engineering, Trivandrum on LINK HTC Project where numerous volunteers of LINK took up the initiative and electrified a village in Kollam hitherto living under darkness.


Er. Amarnath Raja, Chair IEEE Humanitarian Technology Committee stressed on Humanitarian Challenges as the core area engineers should be focussing on. The key elements, according to him, while taking up such a challenge are supporting the needy with appropriate technology, sustaining it and enlightening all the engineers that ‘Your work is this!’ Such an endeavour would require a tie up with NGOs and funding agencies. The activities of Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), C-DAC all focus on this.

The Guest of Honour, Dr Peter Staecker, began the address by recalling the close bond he shared with his fellow competitor late Roger Pollard. He plans to do more of listening than talking during his initial part of tenure, he stated. With regard to his connection with IEEE, he said that the technical benefits of being an IEEEian made him continue in the organisation from the time he was a sophomore in 1963 to this day. The greatest experience he gained from the organisation is the opportunity to share the same platform with like-minded people from various cultural backgrounds. Throwing light on the research sector, he wondered if research should be restricted to a 9 to 5 job. He wanted every one of us to join hands in serving humanity for there is a massive increase in the people who need our service. He was delighted to answer queries from the participants.


Dr. Peter Staecker, then gave away the R10 awards to the winners. The web team of College of Engineering, Trivandrum received the 1st prize in the R10 Student Branch website contest. Mr. Ramesh Nair and team received the 2nd prize for the R10 paper contest.


Dr. Gopakumar, Principal, College of Engineering, Trivandrum addressed the gathering. He expressed his pride on being a member of the IEEE family and conveyed his interest in bringing more faculty members to this organisation. He also spoke on how keen the students were to take up humanitarian projects, which is indeed a positive trend. Dr. Suresh, Branch Counsellor, CET proposed the vote of thanks.


The day was no ordinary for the participants for it was an evening with the President of that large organisation that promises to the world an innovative scientific tomorrow.


A Report By

Harsha S


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