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Talk on “Improving the Quality of Life for Humanity via Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technologies”

Participants: 50
Date : December 20, 2014
The recently introduced RAS Chapter of IEEE SB CET in association with IEEE Kerala Section RAS Chapter organized an interactive session on “Improving the Quality of Life for Humanity via Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technologies” by Dr. Raj Madhavan. Dr. Raj Madhavan is an assistant research scientist with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) and was a guest researcher with the Intelligent Systems Division of the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through June 2013.Over the last decade, he has contributed to various topics in field robotics, systems and control theory. The session started with welcome address by Mr.Unni Sankar-IEEE Kerala Section Vice Chair and then Mr. Rejin Narayanan -IEEE RAS Kerala Section chair introduced our chief speaker of the lecture. The Keynote address delivered by Dr.Raj Madhavan was really inspiring for our young robotic enthusiasts who are keen in working especially in humanitarian field. The session dealt mainly with the potential of UAVs in being used for Search and Rescue Operations and such Humanitarian Causes.He encouraged engineering student to take up more humanitarian projects and to keep oneself updated on the latest technological advancements and ground breaking research in their areas of interest. The highly motivating session lasted for about two hours. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr.Jisha V.R -IEEE RAS Chapter Advisor College of Engineering Trivandrum.

Event Volunteers: Chandykunju Alex, Aparna Sekhar.

Googly Quiz

Participants: 100
Date : 29/08/14
Googly quiz was an online quiz conducted by IEEE SB CET. It was conducted on the 29th of August, from 12 noon to 2pm, at the Computer center, MCA department, CET. The event was aimed to be continuation of the orientation of freshers to IEEE and its various sub- branches, in this case the IEEE Communication Society. The overwhelming participation of over 100 students made the event a grand success. Googly quiz , as the name suggests, involved a set of questions for which the participants could search Google for the answers. Such a format not only guaranteed active participation from students but also kindled in them an interest to learn about new topics. The questions were given in the form of slides in Google Slides. Students were asked to write the answers in a crossword puzzle which was provided beforehand. Everyone was given a time limit of 30 minutes to complete the quiz. Each question was awarded one mark and the one with maximum marks bagged the first prize of free IEEE membership worth Rs.1500. Through this event, we were able to reach out to the 1st years and give them an idea about what IEEE and its Communication Society do and how being well informed about latest technologies helps us as future engineers.

Event Volunteers: Govind, Unnikrishnan, Pooja M, Harikrishnan P.

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.