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Technical talk on “Optimal Motion Planning of Robots” – IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Kerala Section conducted a technical talk by Mr. Jinu Krishnan (Scientist,VSSC) on the Optimal Motion Planning of Mobile Robots at College of Engineering Trivandrum on 08/03/2018. Dr. Jisha V.R, Vice-Chairman, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Kerala Section, presided at this first scheduled event in the calendar year of 2018.
The talk mainly comprised of creating hybrid algorithms by developing an optimal path planner, supervised by an intelligent path follower. Mr. Jinu Krishan also explained the concept of optimality through various examples that can be traced in our daily lives. The session was also enriched by the questions that were raised by the students and the thoughts that had to be pondered upon. The guest also expressed his love for Mathematical Modelling and inspired us students to find solutions to the mathematical problems that exist in the current world and take a break from the rote learning ways. The talk which comprised of questions and ideas lasted for about 1.5 hours and was culminated by a QnA session. The talk provided an insight into the complex motion of robots and how algorithms could be set to control them.

Report on the talk session by IEEE SPS Kerala Chapter on “Applications of Digital Signal Processing” held at CET on 19.10.17

Date : 19th October 2017 (Thursday)
Venue : CETAA Hall, College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
Time : 4:15 pm to 5:20 pm
No of attendees : 40
Guest Speaker : Shri. B Ramani, Executive Director of CDAC Trivandrum
Spot Volunteers : Vignesh S, Riya Santhosh, Athul Krishna A, Vaishnav J

This session held on October 19, 2017 had a turnout of 40 participants from various colleges. It began at 4:15 pm with the welcome address by Prof. (Dr.) K.C Raveendranathan. This was followed by Shri. B Ramani addressing the gathering. He gave a brief idea of the work currently being carried out at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing and the prospects and opportunities of getting internships there.
He continued to elaborate on the wide spectrum of applications of digital signal processing, explaining how CDAC carries out several of them. Some of the applications mentioned include Vehicle mounted acoustic mine detection systems, acoustic vector sensor systems, a recent project of CDAC-Ultrasonic Diameter Measuring Systems, MRI processing, the multi SHARC board for strategic applications, Sonic Ultrasonic NDT systems, “TARANG”-a digital programmable hearing aid ;its applications and advantages, a 3D visualization tool SRISTI, seizure prevention systems etc. to mention a few.
Afterwards, the speaker was given a memento on behalf of the SPS Chapter IEEE SB CET as a token of respect and appreciation. This greatly interactive session came to an end by 5:20pm with everyone rising and standing in attention for the national anthem. Refreshments and certificates were provided to all participants.

Session on Communication Protocols and Linux Networking Tools

A session was conducted by the Communication Society on Communication Protocols and Linux Networking Tools. It was conducted on 12th October, 2017 and saw a participation of 25 students. The session covered the various rules and syntaxes to be followed in communication. The session also covered networking using Linux. Topics covered included introduction to computer networks, concept of abstraction and implementation, network layers and its working, and linux network tools and the protocols used. Demonstration of some Linux tools were also shown. Classes were handled by Vishnu S Nair, Goutam B and Bharath Kartha A.

Session on Internet of Things

A session on Internet of Things was conducted by the Communication Society on 21st August,2017. An introductory level session, it covered the very basics of IoT and how to get started. Topics covered were introduction to IoT, introduction to NodeMCU, programming the NodeMCU and Thingspeak. There was also a demonstration of remote control using NodeMCU and Thingspeak. 85 students that attended the session were familiarised with the basics of IoT. Classes were handled by Goutam B, Vishnu S Nair, Bharath Kartha A and Parvathy S Nair.

Workshop on Robot Operating System ( ROS )

The workshop on ROS was conducted by RAS IEEE SB CET on 7th and 8th of October, 2017. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from various branches of both B.Tech and M.Tech. The workshop was handled by Aditya Vijaykumar, Engineer at ASIMOV Robotics and an alumni of CET. Gokul Krishnan, Athul Krishna, Nayana B and Ramakrishnan were the spot volunteers. By the end of the event, the participants had a basic understanding of all the major topics. They also had the opportunity to do a small project on mine detection. The sessions lasted from 9 am to 5 pm on both days and food and snacks were provided to all participants.

Swarm Robotics Series: Session 3-OpenCV

The second session on OpenCV ,as part of the ongoing Swarm Robotics Workshop series , was conducted by RAS IEEE SB CET on 9th October,2017 at EC Seminar Hall. The session lasted from 4 to 6:15pm and was attended by around 50 students from various branches. Various concepts in image processing and frequently used functions were covered. The session was handled by Athul and Adithya was the spot volunteer.