EVENTS

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Android Workshop

Participants: 47
Date : 18/10/14
The workshop gave a detailed introduction to how to build an android application. This was a hands-on workshop and computers with Eclipse IDE and Android SDK preinstalled were provided to the students. The idea behind organizing the workshop was to introduce first years to the world of Android Development. At the end of the workshop, a documentary on the life and death of Aaron Swartz was screened to create awareness about creative commons, right to distribute knowledge and Free and Open Source software.

Event Volunteers: Daniel James, Kevin Joseph, Balagopal.

IEEE All Kerala Student Congress

Participants: 300
Date : 26/09/14 to 28/09/14

 

The College of Engineering, Trivandrum hosted the All Kerala Students Congress (AKSC), 2014 on the 26, 27 and 28th of September. The event coincided with the 75th year celebrations of the college. Shri B Ramani, executive director of C DAC and Dr. G Vijayaraghavan, CEO of Techno Park and a Kerala State Planning Board Member, presided over the inauguration. The 3 day event was packed with 250 plus registrations from 25 colleges in the state, more than 50 Volunteers, 7 speakers with 11 sessions and 7 workshops ranging from technical to entrepreneurial. Some of the highlights include a machine learning and data analytics session by Dr. Deepak Garg, theChairman of the IEEE Computer Society India, which dealt with the promises, possibilities and machine learning in the field of artificial intelligence. A Node JS workshop was held under the guidance of PraseedPaiwho has been working in the IT/Engg software industry for more than 2 decades.

In addition to the technical aspects of engineering, participants were taught about the mechanics of creative thinking in an intense one day workshop, ReCreate by Parameswaran E.K., Senior Vice President for Servion Global Solutions. There were discussions on the innovation required for industrial advancement and economic value creation. SijoKuruvila, Founder CEO of Start-up village, covered yet another aspect of modern day engineering with his talk on the entrepreneurship revolution.

For those looking to test their skills, coding and circuit debugging competitions were held as part of the event.

Other speakers include AnivarAravind, Technology Management Consultant who spoke on Language computing, a FOSS event, and DhanuPattanashetti, Client Services University Program Manager who took a session on IEEE Xplore. With the success of the Mangalyan mission, it seemed apt that a session be taken on the Orbiter mission. Shri S Premkumar, Group Director of Avionics Production and Parts Management Group of VSSC conducted the session.

It wasn’t all about the learning either. Every evening the students of CET entertained the crowd with cultural events like duet and solo singing, mimicry, a musical skit as well as band and Acapella performances by the Music Club of CET. As part of the Nuclear Disarmament Celebrations, Najeeb, a student of the college narrated the story of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 cranes with his live sand art demonstration. After that, the participants got together to complete the Big Picture, a huge jigsaw puzzle, which finally revealed itself to be the word ‘Peace’.

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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
transistors)
(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.

 
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B PLANNED

“ Why join the navy when you can be a pirate?” So said one of the most innovative entrepreneur the world has ever seen, the co- founder of the renowned Apple Inc., Steve Jobs.

In the past couple of years, the wave of entrepreneurship has set in many parts of the nation. More students are showing the audacity to venture out with new innovative ideas and develop them. They prefer to be Job Providers rather than Job Seekers. However, many a times, the brilliant ideas of many youth remain unvoiced owing to the lack of a platform to put forth the ideas or funds to go ahead with their idea.

Our endeavor was to reach out out to the aspiring entrepreneurs and to give them a platform to  put forth some of the brilliant thoughts in their young and vibrant minds. The aim was to provide the participants a good exposure, to hone their ideas and get advice from top notch experts.

The event, BPlanned, was an All Kerala Technical Business Plan Competition that was organised in close association with StartUp Village, a technology business incubator in Kochi that is funded by both the private and the public sector. The event , which saw an overwhelming participation from across the State, was held in two phases.

 

PHASE 1 : Abstract Submission

 

The applicants were asked to submit an abstract of their business idea in not more than 500 words. They were to give a brief write up regarding the business canvas model of their idea.

It saw an overwhelming response from students. From the 40+ responses we received, top five were chosen to proceed to the next on-site round. The selection process was done by George Paul, Vice President of StartUp Village, Kochi along with Tom Thomas,  project manager, Energy Open Innovation Zone at Startup Village.

 

Phase 2 : Idea Presentation

 

The finalist teams had to prepare a detailed polished business plan. The teams were asked to  prepare a 20 minute presentation on the business plan for their product .This was followed by a Q&A session where the expert jury and the other contestants and audience would question the various aspects of their model. The criterion the judges looked out for mainly included 1) Quality of the idea 2) Clarity and Persuasiveness of the Oral presentation 3)Practicality of idea 4) Innovation etc to mention a few.

 

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The expert jury consisted of

1)Tanish Thakker, Manager of Strategic Alliances, StartUp Village : Tanish has been a part of the Startup Village team for about 6 Months, prior to which he lived in the USA for four years and then moved to England (UK) where he graduated from the University of Northampton as a Business Studies graduate.  He is now working with Startup Village as the Manager of Strategic Alliances where he focuses on building relations with all the stakeholders involved with Startup Village.

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2)Prof. K.G. Satheesh Kumar, Dean, Academics , Asian School of Business : Prof. K.G. Satheesh Kumar has over 28 years of industry experience including as CEO of Techno park, Trivandrum (1997- 2000); the CEO, Specialized Global (India) Pvt. Ltd (2000-2001); and Management Consultant, VMA Consultants Pvt Ltd., Trivandrum (2001-2007). He has a B.Tech degree and an MBA from the University of Kerala. He is currently doing his Ph.D at Amrita University. He is a Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. He was the National Secretary (2007 and 2008), IEEE India Council

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3)Prof. Chandramohan, Director of  MBA, School of Mangement, CET:

  • Director at Cooperative Institute of Management and Technology (CIMAT), Trivandrum
  • Executive Director at MVS Software Consulting Inc
  • Director at Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel studies
  • Deputy Chief Project Coordinator at NATPAC

Winners

The winners of the event were Deepak Venkateswaran and Jimmy Jose from CET.

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