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WIE STAR’12 REPORT

 

‘EMPOWER’-WIE STAR

A vast majority of school students step into undergraduate courses with a vague idea,clearly in oblivion of what quite lies ahead of them. The course of engineering has been able to penetrate down to the masses, especially because of the hype surrounding it, but its purpose still remains unresolved, with students taking it up primarily, and perhaps solely due to compulsion from parents and society. We, as students are obliged to take initiative steps in wiping out this ambiguity and mould a better student society rich in knowledge as well as the passion for the profession. Our venture was to reach out to these high school students and give them a glimpse of what lay ahead of them in the world of engineering and its importance as a prospective career. The STAR programme was one such attempt,held at various schools across Trivandrum with the aim of empowering, inspiring and encouraging girls in the field of engineering.As a part of this noble move, the STAR team received a warm welcome from the faculty and student community of Holy Angels School for girls, Trivandrum.

The programme saw an overwhelming participation of 60 plus students.

Talk Session

A very detailed class was about about the different disciplines of engineering, their scope in our lives and an engineer’s role in the society. Special emphasis was given in displaying the importance of women in engineering and encouraging them to come forward and take part in our noble aim to make this world a better place to live in.

Interactive Session
The session started with a fun oriented introduction among participants and the hosts.The session aimed at unveiling the talents of the students and to make them aware of the importance of networking and socialising in building up confidence to face a similar gathering in their future. The session also saw a tremendous response from the students seeking answers to their innovative questions.

Activity session
Activity session was held to develop certain skills like:
→Observation skill
→Communication skill
→Analysing skill
→Time management skill
In the nutshell, this session helped them in understanding the fact that engineering isn’t confined mere to our academic world but rather it is about analysing the real life situations,observing it from every possible angle and the importance of applying spatial intelligence whenever the situation calls for.
Conclusion and Feedback

The class was concluded with a feedback session between our representatives and the students. The overwhelming feedback about the session taken from the students reflected our sincere efforts taken for inspiring a bunch of rising women.
-Daliya V T

 

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BEST FRESHER 2012

 

As a part of IEEE SBCET endeavour, a program for 1st year students ,”BEST FRESHER”, was conducted here at College of Engineering,Trivandrum , which saw an overwhelming participation of around 70+ blooming engineers. The 7 days event kicked off from 3rd of January ’12 to 11th of January’12.The event was inaugurated by our former chairperson Ebin Mathews and present chairperson Alka Isac followed by a jovial cake cutting deed involving all present there. The program under the coordination of ever enthusiastic IEEE SBCET 2nd year volunteers, mainly aimed at opening up a small window to the wide world of IEEE and to enhance a friendly relation thereby.

Former chairperson : Ebin Mathews and present chairperson: Alka Isac addressing the gathering.

DAY 1 : 3rd Jan ‘12

After an awesome beginning of inaugural ceremony, a brief introduction about the event as a whole was given by the 2nd year volunteers, viz, Eldo, Sreenath S Das and Amal Balachandran. The EC seminar hall witnessed an active participation of 60+ students for the day’s event – CODING PRELIMS .

 

Apart from the coding skill, the event also aimed at checking the basic programming skills of candidates in terms of analysing and error debugging. C++, being one of the popular programming languages was selected for the same reason. The one hour written-type event was concluded by announcing a handful of winners for the final round.

DAY 2: 4th Jan’12

Day 2 began with an informative QUIZ event in its prelims stage hosted by Arathy Anil, a quiz whizz herself. An impressive array of 20 questions were presented before a bunch of 50 plus participants. The questions covered equal areas of technical context as well as general issues connecting science with humanity. The quiz event usually considered monotonous to behold now had a different definition to offer, as the event was equally enjoyed by the audiences who were given one special question, each after 5 prelim question session, which let them also put their thinking hats on and win prizes on the spot. The prelims concluded naming 10 winners for the finals.

Participants at Coding finals.

The venue now changed from Comp Science seminar hall to Computer lab for the day’s second event , CODING FINALS. A pile of breakthrough program codes awaited the prelim winners . The complexity of event level made it even more challenging. At the end of the day, Kiran Rajmohan, EC dept., and Amrutha, Comp.Science dept., were declared as the winners.

DAY 3: 5th Jan’12

The day aimed at giving our upcoming techies a platform to discuss and share their views and opinions on various topics through a Group Discussion event. The event under the guidance of Amal Balachandran , observed an active participation of 3 teams of 10.

 

Participants engaged in discussion.

The event mainly aimed at imparting awareness to the upcoming engineers that their obligations are not confined to the technical world but as well as how technology can be effectively used for humanitarian aspects. They were made to ponder for a moment whether technology and science could be a boon or bane to the society. The panel of judges, Mark D’Souza and Privender, announced the 8 winners on the basis of factors like individual performance ,team corporation, defensive skill and how they justify their points and reasons.

DAY 4: 6th Jan’12

Here goes the saying, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. After days of usual chaos, it was a moment for everyone to let their hair down and have fun at its peak .

The day’s event was “TREASURE HUNT”, a most popular and jovial event . As the name suggests, the point is simple as it is, hunt for fun. After knowing the rules from volunteers Sreenath and Jeff, the participants were divided according to their respective departments. The rules were simple, all they had to do was to hunt for the hidden clues which lead them to the next one and so on in a chain manner, till they get the ultimate one and whichever team comes first wins. Everyone started off the race from the college front. At every endpoint they were supposed to carry out fun and exciting tasks put forward by the respective volunteer in charge to reveal the next clue.

The team of Civil department dug out the final treasure to become the winners of the day with Computer Science people right behind them. Their feedback revealed the fact that they realized how challenging and exciting it is to work as a team. The response was so awesome that they were ready for more. A special mention of all the IEEE SBCET volunteers off and on the screen who made the event not only a grant success but also a cherishable one.

DAY 5: 9th Jan’12

The finale of group discussion event started off with a tech topic related to green technology and humanitarian technology followed by yet another two topics from entirely different context, one being a fun related topic on a certain personality who recently showed up in the show biz just to end up as a laughing stock in the market with his so-called “sense of humour”. The second topic for the discussion was a recent social issue. –Fukushima disaster, an appalling truth. When the entire world condemned this nuclear disaster, it was a matter of disappointment as well as growing concern among community all over the globe, a worth topic to ponder on. The topics brought a keen interest among all, urging them to perform to their best .

 

Participants engaged in Group Discussion.

The winner Kevin Martin of Comp. Science Dept. , along with two others,viz.Akhil and Arjun Sreedhar of Electronics and Communication were selected for the BEST FRESHER finale.

DAY 6: 10th Jan’12

The final round of QUIZ event ,held at PG seminar hall ,welcomed the 10 finalists to show their real talent under the guidance of quizmaster, Arathy Anil. All the 5 teams had to face a hard session of 20 questions, including a rapid fire round in between. A Rapid fire session was thrown to audience as well, which added more energy to the event.

The winners declared for the day were Aswathy .R.Menon of Applied Electronics and Meghna of Electronics and communication followed by Kiran and Harikrishnan of Mech. Dept. as runners up. These four finalists were selected to show their real bliss at the finale.

DAY 7: 10th Jan’12

The closing day witnessed the same zealous as that of the beginning. The event was made even more special with all the previous BEST FRESHER partakers ready to watch their fellow ones perform under the guidance of in chargers of the day, viz,Osheen .P and Eldo Jacob . The day was not an easy one to seize, with stress-interview, self intro and group activities like “adzap”, live reporting, etc. in the schedule. A hard time indeed, but on the brighter side a better one to bring out the best in them .Though the day was challenging , participants were equally jubilant in giving witty responses every time a tricky and bizarre question was put forward to them. With a great round of applause, Kevin Martin of Comp.Science Dept. , walked out with the title of “BEST FRESHER”. An 8GB Transcend pen drive was given as prize to the winner.

To sum up with, our former chairperson Ebin Mathews accompanied our present chairperson Alka Isac in offering a happy adieu to the “BEST-FRESHER” and also a warm welcome to the freshers into our SBCET IEEE family, and thereafter, a tea party and informal interaction among all . IEEE SBCET takes immense pride in saying, a great culmination to a humble beginning indeed.

 

 

 

 

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Annual Report of COMSOC Chapter

 

IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY

Founded in 1952 with the formation of IRE’s (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS), IEEE Communications Society has evolved into a diverse group of global industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies. The IEEE Communications Society is a professional society of the IEEE focused on the science of, and education about, communications engineering. The IEEE Communications Society is community comprised of a diverse group of industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies.

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

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

INDUSTRIAL COLLABORATIONS:

  1. Metawing Technologies (Educational portal of Blue Nitrogen)

  2. Innobuzz Ethical Hacking

 

EVENTS:

  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.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING:

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

 

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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

IEEE SBCET

LINK Volunteer Pool (Documentation)

 

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Web Development with Drupal

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.

 

Morning session

The session began at 9.30am. After the registration the participants were allotted a computer. An introductory session on Drupal was held by by Nikhil Nambiar, Software Engineer from Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employement (SPACE). The participants were taught how to install Drupal in a local server. They were familiarized with different elements of Drupal like Modules, Contents, Site Building etc.

 

Afternoon session

In the afternoon session, participants explored Drupal in detail and dealt with site configuration and site management. The participants were given an assignment to create a website. The way everyone completed the work, proved how useful the workshop was. By the end of the afternoon session the participants were in a position to create and manage a website.

 

Evening session

The evening session was enlightened by Anoop John,CTO of Zyxware technologies with a brief introduction to Drupal development and programming with PHP. He is an Alumni of College of Engineering Trivandrum. He explained the Drupal internal architecture, fundamental concepts and workflows implemented in Drupal. He talked about the paths available for a student willing to work in Drupal development and gave useful tips. The session was very interactive and thought provoking. An interaction with someone like him who is so much familiar with development needs turned out to be very fruitful and motivating for the participants.

The workshop got over by 5 pm. The participants had a discussion on forming groups to work on Drupal and on future programs related to Drupal.

 

Hands behind the scene

The program was jointly organized by IEEE COMSOC student chapter CET and IEEE Student Branch of Younus College of Engineering with the support of Students of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CET .

 

Report by:

Nafseer K
Technical Coordinator
IEEE Student Branch
College of Engineering Trivandrum.

Group Discussion

IEEE Student branch CET conducted a group discussion on 17th March 2011. This programme was aimed at defining and clarifying the concepts of group discussion and interviews,explaining precisely their components so that the participants/members have a real perception of it. There were 42 participants for the programme including 1st,2nd and 3rd year students.The moderator of the GD was JERY ALTHAF(S8 AE),Ex- chairman of IEEESBCET.He has got placement offers from 3 companies, and is well aware of the concepts and methodologies of GD and Interview.The Program was coordinated by S4 students of Computer Science Nafseer,Arif,Gokul and Akhil Sasidharan.

 

A number of model GDs were held.The evaluation of performance of each of the participants were done.The participants really benefitted from the programme.They were able to gather many tips and clear many doubts.They were able to understand their strong and weak points.The winners were given attractive prizes.

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