Event Report 2018


Venue : ECE Seminar hall (Block 2), NIT Calicut |  Date & Time : 3rd Feb, 2018, 10 am

The event started in the presence of  Dr. Sameer S. M., IEEE Kerala Chair, Dr. Lillykutty Jacob, ComSoc Kerala Chair, Dr. A. V. Babu, Branch Chapter Advisor, Mr. Anand M. (C-DoT, Bangalore), the speaker for the day, and Ms. Poornima S., the Branch Chapter Chair. The faculty members of NIT Calicut, IEEE ComSoc student members and other IEEE student members were in attendance. The inauguration ceremony started off with a silent prayer. The audience repeated the IEEE Code of Ethics as prompted by Meljo, an IEEE student member. Dr. A. V. Babu welcomed the Chief guest Dr. Sameer S. M., the office bearers, and all IEEE student members and faculty. The IEEE ComSoc Student Branch was officially inaugurated by Dr. Sameer S. M. with a message to use this Society as a networking platform and to use the vast resources including webinars and other resources offered by IEEE. Dr. Lillykutty Jacob felicitated the event and urged the members to use this platform as an inspiration for their professional growth. Ms. Poornima S. thanked the dignitaries on the dais and the audience for gracing the occasion.


No. of IEEE participants : 24 | No of Non IEEE Participants : 35


‘How to Contribute to 5G Standardization efforts in India?’ – Mr. Anand M

Venue : ECE Seminar hall (Block 2), NIT Calicut |  Date & Time : 3rd Feb, 2018, 10:45 am


Anand M has over 8 years of experience in Wireless Communication and has authored many IEEE papers and patents in Wireless Communication domain. He received his B. Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering for NIT Calicut in the year 2009.C:\Users\SHANKAR\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCacheContent.Word\AAEAAQAAAAAAAARdAAAAJDg4NWI5Yzk2LTIzYmMtNGZiYS1hMjM5LTA5YmE5N2NjMjdjNg.jpg

He is a Senior Research Engineer at Centre for Development of Telematics, Govt of India, Bangalore. In C-DOR in 5G working Group of Telecommunications Standard Development Society, India (TSDSI). He has experience in IEEE and 3GPP Standardization process and has been involved in over three IEEE standards. His area of interest includes Wireless Communication and Wireless Optical Communication. He was the convener for 5G Workshop conducted by IEEE ComSoc Bangalore in 2014. He is a regular speaker and panellist in many IEEE events. He is the current Secretary of IEEE ComSoc Bangalore Chapter. He has received numerous awards from C-DOT as author and inventor for his papers and patents in latest technologies.


5G is kicking up a storm in the telecom domain and many industry and academia are involved in its standardisation effort across the globe.

He briefed us on the standardization process in India and abroad, and how an academician can contribute towards this effort. He mentioned about the opportunities in the different standardization bodies like IEEE, TDSI, BIS, TEC, etc. He pointed towards the leverage we can have in the standardization bodies if we produce patents for our findings followed by paper publications.  He concluded the talk with a message that networking through these platforms early in our career as student members will help us in our professional endeavours.

No. of IEEE participants : 24 | No of Non IEEE Participants : 35




Prof.Dr.-Ing Axel Sikora

Venue : ECE Seminar hall (Block 2), NIT Calicut |  Date & Time : 3rd Feb, 2018, 10:45 am


Dr. Axel Sikora is a distinguished personality with rich industrial and academic experience. His fruitful career encompasses prominent positions in telecommunication and semiconductor industries, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach and Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. Since 2016, he is also deputy member of the board and head of the “Software Solutions” division at Hahn-Schickard Association of Applied Research (Germany), one of the leading institutes around Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for Industry 4.0 applications in Germany. In 2002, he founded the Steinbeis Transfer Center Embedded Design and Networking, which was successfully spun off as STACKFORCE GmbH in 2014.


Internet of Things is a technology for the future smart cities. When all the smart devices talk to each other, there is a concern in privacy, interoperability and its scalability in terms of wide area deployment. The session embarked on the existing state of the art in the most promising and rapidly evolving application fields of Internet of Things.  It also laid focus on the potential challenges related to the field. After the talk, open discussion was held in the recent IoT product (Smart Bins) deployed in Germany, MQTT protocol and security lapses in the present IoT systems.

The speaker was thanked by IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapter Secretary, Mr. Shankar J. Finally, the speaker was presented a memento as a token of gratitude, by Dr. Sabu M Thampi, Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala (IIITM-K), Technopark Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala.

No. of IEEE participants: 2 | No of Non-IEEE Participants: 14 





Dr. Lakshmi Narasimhan T, Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Palakkad

Venue : ECE Seminar hall (Block 2), NIT Calicut |  Date & Time : 2nd Mar, 2018, 11 am


The speaker gave an insight into the index coding scheme, which is a source coding technique employed to improve the throughput of the system. He also introduced the idea of dictionary learning, to learn the subspace structure of any given data, in order to use it to solve the index coding problems. The talk was followed by interaction of students with the speaker. The speaker was thanked by the Student Chapter Chair, Ms. Poornima S. Finally, the speaker was presented a memento as a token of gratitude, by Dr. Lillykutty Jacob, IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapter Chair in the presence of Dr. A.V. Babu, Branch Chapter Advisor.



No. of IEEE participants: 24 | No of Non-IEEE Participants: 35



Mr. Shankar J, Asst Professor UKFCET, Parippally | Secretary, IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapter

Venue : Admin Block – Seminar hall 01, UKFCET, Parippally |  Date & Time : 11th Mar, 2018, 9:00 am

The workshop was on the topic “Think, Design and Make : Spiderbot”. It was aimed to provide a hands-on experience in 3D printing with robotics and discover its possibilities. The workshop session was covered in two sessions. Forenoon session was introduced with the 3D printing from scratch starting from product development lifecycle of Robot with the introduction to 123D Design and Ultimaker Cura 3.0. The students designed basic models like name placard in 123D Design and worked the way up in designing basic body of Spiderbot. After successful completion of 3D modelling basics, familiarisation of the 3D printer and its software Ultimaker Cura 3.0 was done. Afternoon session kick-started with the familiarisation of Arduino with basic programming. The session went to next level with basic interfacing with servos, Bluetooth and ended with the successful deployment of Spiderbot. Students worked with the Spiderbot and programmed it to perform different gestures. During feedback session, Students have asked to conduct more sessions like these in the field of 3D printing and robotics.

An open forum was conducted after the completion of the workshop. During this session, students have shared their ideas in the field of Robotics and how 3D printing technology can help them to convert their ideas to a product. They quoted that this workshop has enabled them to bridge the gap and would help them to complete the product prescribed in Design Project curriculum in APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Kerala.

The workshop was handled by Mr. Shankar J, Assistant Professor in the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department at UKFCET, Parippally. He also serves as the Secretary of Communication Society, IEEE Kerala Section.

Acknowledgment: Better infrastructure equipped with latest technology provided by the management of UKFCET, Parippally have helped for the smooth conduction of the workshop.

No. of IEEE participants: 02 | No of Non-IEEE Participants: 25



Webinar on

Future of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Cars

Anjana P Das

Anjana P Das

IEEE Communication Society Kerala Chapter organized a Webinar on the topic “Future of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Cars” on Thursday, 31st May 2018 from 6:00pm to 7.00 pm IST. The webinar by Ms Anjana P Das, Senior Engineer, Tata Elxsi Limited, provided an opportunity for the interested students across Kerala to interact with the speaker. A total of 126 participants registered and a total of 79 attended the live webinar session.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), among the fastest growing segments in automotive electronics, is the key to the autonomous operation of vehicles. Demand for ADAS which aids in monitoring, warning, braking, and steering is expected to increase over the next decade. This will be fueled largely by regulatory and consumer interest in safety applications that protect passengers and reduce accidents. ADAS features can greatly enhance safety and convenience thereby enabling stress-free driving under these conditions. Fully autonomous cars are being tested on roads today, and the first commercially available semi-autonomous cars could be on the road in the next 1-2 years. However, that innovation comes with risks. Turning control over to software could lead to new hacking vulnerabilities and other hazards and liability issues. Cars that allow drivers to intervene in emergencies is a more likely scenario in the near future. Thus, this webinar highlighted both ADAS features that enhance safety, convenience and hacking vulnerabilities, risks and liability issues. The webinar ended with question and answer session, and the feedback was excellent. It is decided to  have more such webinars based on the interest of members and young professionals of Communication Society.

Workshop on Women in Cybersecurity (WCR’18)

IIITM-K in association with ACM Trivandrum Professional Chapter and IEEE Communication Society Kerala Chapter organized a Workshop on Women in Cybersecurity Research (WCR’18) on May 25-26 at IIITM-K. The workshop served as a venue for women teachers, research scholars, post graduate students and corporate professionals across India to exchange their ideas and best practices in Cybersecurity. 

The two-day workshop showcased insightful sessions by eminent speakers from renowned institutions in and outside India including Dr. Indrakshi Ray, Professor, Computer Science Department, Colorado State University, USA, Dr. Krishnasree Achuthan, Director, TBI, Amrita Viswavidyapeetam, Ms. Shweta Chawla, SC Cyber Solutions, Pune, Dr. Aninditha Banerjee, QuNu Labs, Bangalore, Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT-Delhi, Dr. Sudip Misra, IIT-Kharagpur, Mr. Adarsh S V, Sr. Security Analyst, UST Global, Trivandrum, Ms. Jancy Jose Managing Director, Strava Technologies and Mr. Manoj Kumar R from Tata Elxsi, Trivandrum who shared their experience in the field of security and sparked the passion in the audience to make a move towards new ventures aimed at women empowerment. The participants were also enlightened by the short talks and discussions by research scholars on various research works published in top venues which threw lights on recent developments in diverse areas including secure localization in wireless sensor networks, image forensics, LOADng IoT, video surveillance and distributed access control mechanisms.

The two day workshop concluded  with a panel discussion on the topic “ Why women expertise remain unutilized in cyber security domain?” moderated by Dr. Ciza Thomas, Professor, College of Engineering Trivandrum. The essence of the panel discussion motivated women candidates to tread the arduous paths to attain success in the area of cyber security. The workshop was marked by the immense participation of women delegates across the country and received a wide response from the participants. It proved to be an effective platform that offered awareness and insights into the latest technologies and advancements in cybersecurity research. 





Venue: ECE Seminar hall (Block 2), NIT Calicut, Kerala

Date & Time : 25th July, 2018, 5 pm – 6.30 pm

The distinguished lecture titled “Data Center Networking” was handled by Dr. Suresh Subramaniam, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University. A total of 64 members (with 43 IEEE members) have attended the programme including Dr. Lillykutty Jacob (IEEE ComSoc Chapter Chair, Kerala Section), Dr. A. V. Babu (IEEE ComSoc Student Branch Advisor), Execom members of the Student Branch, faculty and student IEEE members. A live streaming of the whole programme was also arranged at https://comsoc.ieeekerala.org/dlpjuly18/ by Shijon Joy & Dharanee Dharan of IEEE NITC SB with the support of Sridev Syam and Shankar Jayaraj of IEEE Kerala Section, for viewers outside NITC.

The lecture was mainly focused on data center networking. The speaker started the lecture with an overview of Data centers and their requirements followed by a detailed presentation of several data center network architectures and their relative merits. Subsequently, the speaker discussed several recent proposals on incorporating optical switching in the data center network. Finally, the talk concluded with a discussion of protocol and performance issues, and some emerging topics. The talk was followed by an interaction with the audience.

The speaker was thanked by Ms. Poornima S. (IEEE ComSoc Student Chapter Chair) and as a token of gratitude, a memento was presented to the speaker by Dr. Lillykutty Jacob, IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapter Chair in the presence of Dr. A.V. Babu, Branch Chapter Advisor. The Talk is now available at https://youtu.be/Kh2hqbYDOmQ


LiFi Workshop

Venue : TocH Institute of Science and Technology, Arakkunnam

Date: 20-22 July, 2018

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. The IEEE Kochi Hub Meet 2018 was a program organized at TocH Institute of Science and Technology, Arakkunnam from 20-22 July, 2018 with an emphasis on the technological advancement of students enrolled in various Engineering courses across the state. 4 prominent workshops in various disciplines were arranged as part of the same. The team behind the event took care in introducing the students to a new technology in the hands-on Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) workshop at this edition of KHM.

The workshop was taken by Mr. Thomas Sabu from Neo Green Labs, a member of the IEEE Kerala Section’s Young Professional Community. Mr. Thomas began the workshop at around 10 AM at Chanakya Hall, TIST with an introduction to the LiFi technology and explained about it’s applications and scope. This was followed by a hands-on training in the same. The workshop was attended by 48 delegates from various institutes across the state. The workshop was interactive and engaging. It came to a close at 5 PM with a feedback session from the students and the organizers thanking Mr. Thomas for his services.

Aravind Kumar, member of IEEE ComSoc addressed the participants and has mentioned about the society to the attendees. Three ComSoc members were given free entry for the workshop. The workshop had a very good feedback from the participants.