Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Orientation for First Years

Participants: 210
Date : 22 / 08 / 14
A much awaited event, the orientation program for freshers occurred on the 22nd of August at the EC S7 Classroom. It had a whooping turnout of over 210 students from Electronics, Electrical and Computer Science Departments. The program aimed at an informal interaction with the students to give them a sneak peek on what IEEE as an organization works towards and the  innumerable benefits it has to offer its members. The crowd was addressed by KiranRajmohan, SB chairman who introduced them to the work of IEEE in the regional, state, national and international levels. He shared his experiences about the numerous opportunities the IEEE community had to offer him and the international conferences and contests he has been a part of. He emphasized that while IEEE has much to offer, it is up to the students to utilize  the facilities properly. While IEEE by and large is a technical organization, it has much to offer for aspiring managers and business gurus of tomorrow. This was put across by AparnaSekhar, WIE Chair. She stressed on the importance of effective communication and good interpersonal skills when you are part of a team. These ideas also found an echo in the words of Pooja M, ComSoc Chair..

Spectrum Talks

It has been observed that IEEE Spectrum, the flagship magazine and website of IEEE, is often not properly utilized by student members. Keeping in mind the importance of being updated about the latest technological advancements, our SB decided to conduct Spectrum Discussions monthly. Each session would require a volunteer to prepare on a topic and present it to the rest of the student community. This initiative proved to be very informative to students and instigated many to consider pursuing research in various areas of technology after their graduation.
1) ADMX (27 / 06 / 14)
Turnout – 20 -25 students
Duration – An hour and half
Speaker – Pooja M ( S3 AE )
The Spectrum Discussion was on ADMX (Axion Dark Matter eXperiment) , which is designed to hunt for one of the leading dark matter candidates: the axion , by exposing the particles to a very strong magnetic field. This field would create a sea of “virtual photons”—packets of electromagnetic energy. As axions decay into two photons, a virtual photon could be used to trigger the conversion of an axion into another photon. The trick would be to create virtual photons with the axion’s frequency. Axions, like all other particles in quantum mechanics, are also waves and so have a corresponding wavelength and frequency.

There was a chance of this conversion using an electromagnetic cavity with a high quality factor. In such a cavity, electromagnetic radiation at a particular resonant frequency bounces back and forth with little loss, like sound waves
in an organ pipe. Thus amplitude of the the given photons and that of axions will be same and it could be detected due to resonance.The entire structure and components used in ADMX was discussed during the talk.
2) GRAVITATIONAL WAVES (27 / 06 / 14)
Turnout – 20 -25 students
Duration – An hour and half
Speaker – Gireesh( S3 EC )
The Spectrum Talk was on Gravitational waves, which are ripples in the curvature of space-time that propagate as a wave, travelling outward from the source. Predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein to exist on the basis of his theory of general relativity, gravitational waves theoretically transport energy as gravitational radiation. Although gravitational radiation has not been directly detected, there is indirect evidence for its existence. For example, the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for measurements of the Hulse–Taylor binary system that suggests gravitational waves are more than mathematical anomalies. Various gravitational wave detectors exist and on 17 March 2014, astronomers at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics claimed that they had detected and produced “the first direct image of gravitational waves across the primordial sky” within the cosmic microwave background, providing strong evidence for inflation and the Big Bang.

3) WORLD BEYOND SILICON ( 18/ 08 / 14 )
Turnout – 25 students
Duration – 40 minutes
Speaker – Gopika G Kumar ( S5 EC )

The Spectrum Discussion was on the future of the integrated circuit industry and new technologies in the domain of semiconductors and chip manufacturing. The talk touched on the topic of complications over Moore’s Law and its implications in the present times when the node name no longer owes a relation with chip dimension and density. The discussion went on to cover some of new trends in the research towards more efficient and faster processors.

The main headings include

(1) 2D FETs (atomic monolayers of graphene, molybdenum bisulphide and hBN)
(2) FinFETs (3 D circuitry)
(3) Compound Semiconductors(like indium gallium arsenide)
(4) Perovskites (new black in the field of photovoltaic)
(5) Vacuum Transistors (marriage between vacuum diodes and silicon
(6) Tunnel FETs (make use of quantum mechanical phenomenon of tunneling).

WIE Group Discussions

Week 1- GD Session (01/08/14)
Turnout – 20 -25 students
Duration -An hour and half
Moderator – Annette Ma’am

Topics Discussed:
1) The wheel is round and round
2) Reservations-Is it time for a change?
3) Do we really need classrooms?
The first session of the weekly program proposed for this academic year saw a huge turnout especially from second years. Lack of fluency in English is a problem faced by most of us. This event will serve as a platform for improving our communication skills. While there is an active Debate Club functioning in college, most students are hesitant to join these meetings as these sessions mostly deal with event like J.A.M which requires a person to be witty, spontaneous and have excellent command over the English language. Most students voted for having more abstract topics to encourage them to think outside the box.


Inauguration of IEEE Kerala Robotics and Automation Society



Inauguration IEEE Kerala Robotics and Automation Society were held on 3rd August 2014 at Trivandrum. The program begins with interaction session about future robotics in Kerala, and also shared each individual’s frustrations and dreams about Robotics Research field. Then the official inauguration ceremony was begin at 4:00PM with Welcome Speech by Srinivasan Ravindran, Chair – IEEE Kerala Section. And Inauguration was done by Mohammed Safirulla IAS, Director – Kerala State IT Mission, & Prof.Prahlad Vadakkepat, National University of Singapore. Then the ceremony was addressed by Mohammed Safirulla and Sabarinath Pillai, Secretary – IEEE Kerala Section. The road map of IEEE RAS Kerala section was elaborated by Rejin Narayanan, Chair – RAS Chapter, IEEE Kerala Section.The vote thanks was delivered by Shahim baker Secretary of IEEE RAS Kerala Section.

After the Inauguration session a lecture on robotics was taken by Prof.Prahlad Vadakkepat .Exhibition of robots from top colleges in Kerala –NIT Calicut, College of Engineering Trivandrum, TKMCE was one of the attraction of the program.




State of Art in Robotics talk by Dr. Anat Malewar



The students of College of Engineering Trivandrum had the rare opportunity to interact with the CEO of NEX Robotics Dr.Anant Malewar on January 15th  2014 at Seminar Hall of Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering College of Engineering Trivandrum

The session began by a prayer and then the Chapter Advisor of IEEE RAS student Chapter College of Engineering Trivandrum Dr. Jisha V.R delivered the welcome address.

Next was the talk on State of Art of the robotics by Dr. Anant Malewar CEO of Nex Robotics. He highlighted the need to bridge the gap with robotics and academics in India. He also mentioned about the topic Mobile Robots –Past, Present, Future, and also demonstrated the different kind of robots and their working . He added that the Nex Robotics system has a good future in INDIA and mentioned about the career in Nex Robotics. The talk was highly inspirational for all Robotics enthusiastic students in the student chapter. And the talk was concluded with the question and answering session.