Event Report 2019

Technical Talk: ‘Automated Resource Management in Large-Scale Networked Systems’, Dr. Sangeetha A. J., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Ms. Sangeetha started with an overview of the internet data centers and its various stakeholders. She discussed about the design of automated resource management system that helps to meet the varied goals of the provider and applications in large-scale networked environments. She also discussed the key steps in closed-loop resource management including the learning of application resource needs, efficient scheduling of resources based on the estimated requirements and the adaptation to variations in real-time. She described the high-level approach in two distinct environments using Morpheus in enterprise clusters and Patronus in cellular provider networks with geo-distributed micro data centers. 

Technical Talk: ‘Space Time Adaptive Processing’, Dr. R. Rajesh, Scientist „E‟ of Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), DRDO, Bangalore: Dr. Rajesh gave an overview of the Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) which is a multi-dimensional signal processing technique for providing improved target detection in airborne Radar‟s. The talk gave an insight into the technological challenges of airborne Radars. This was the first talk on the physical layer aspects of wireless communications and is part of the IEEE ComSoc chapter‟s initiative in organizing talks on diverse topics. He also briefed on the major concerns and challenges about the deployment of airborne Radar‟s. The talk was followed by an interaction with the NITC community. 

DL Talk: ‘Coded Caching and Coded Distributed Computation‟, Dr. B. Sundar Rajan, Professor, IISc, Bangalore: Coded-caching is a technique to reduce the network congestion during peak traffic time by caching (pre-fetching) popular content into memories at the end-users when the network traffic is relatively free. This could be useful for popular entertainment video downloading. In recent years, the computing model of large data analytics has shifted towards distributed systems. Coded distributed computing helps to mitigate the disadvantage of distributed systems by tolerating stragglers, adversaries, and colluders. The talk gave an insight into the technological challenges of both coded-caching and coded distributed computation. He also briefed on the major concerns and challenges about the implementation of both these techniques and later he had an interaction with the NITC community. 

HAM RADIO workshop: It was organised in association with IEEE ComSoc UKFCET SBC and RASA (Radio Amateur Society of Ananthapuri). Some of the prominent members from RASA namely Mr. Saji K George, Mr. Sreekumar, Mr. Joseph and Mr. Vipin handled the sessions. As a part of this workshop they showed a demo by connecting a person named Krishnakumar at Wayanad through ham radio. The licensed ham users have a unique code for communication and they will not use their name while communicating to other users .The license is obtained only after passing the ASOC exam and the use of ham radio without licence is illegal. The details about the ASOC exam and its syllabus were discussed in detail by Mr. Sreekumar. The afternoon session was 

arranged in the open yard. Antenna designing and the procedure to design an antenna during disasters like flood was demonstrated there. The participants could understand how to set up antenna by this class. The trainers set up a mini receiver station by connecting the antenna to the car battery. They also had a live chat with a person in Kozhikode and mentioned about this workshop. 

Webinar on “Artificial Intelligence in Digital Image Forensics”: An enormous number of digital images are generated every day through different kinds of hand-held image capturing devices and shared via multiple online communication media. To authenticate the trustworthiness of these images, sophisticated image authentication methods are required. Image forgery detection and forgery localization are two major research domains in image forensics. Different kinds of image forgery detection and localization methods were discussed in the webinar. The main focus was on the impact of recent developments in AI techniques in image forgery detection and localization. 

Introductory ROBOTICS workshop: Mr. Shankar J ( IEEE ComSoc chapter advisor, UKFCET & Secretary, Communication Society, IEEE Kerala section), headed the morning session. The main topics of discussions were Introduction to robotics, Digital logic, Motor logic, Robot kinematic logic, Robotic Kinematics, and Arduino microcontrollers. The afternoon session consisted of introduction to simulation software(Proteus) followed by hardware implementation. Students were given a small session about how to implement an electronic circuit the hardware & software. At the end of the workshop students were able to implement a small robotic model. 

Workshop on ‘Enigmatic Drobotic’: It was a two day hands on workshop for the students and the class was handled by Mr. Vivek U S , assistant professor, UKFCET. There were gaming sections as well and prizes were distributed for the students. On the second day there was a quiz competition for the participants based on recent technologies and the winners were awarded with certificates and prizes. 

Workshop on ‘Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality’: IEEE SB, IEEE ComSoc SBC and IAS SB of UKFCET together conducted a this two day workshop as a part of Masquerade 2019, the technical fest conducted in UKF College of Engineering and Technology, Parippally. Mr. Nithin, Mr. Tony and Mr. Sachin from „Quolabs‟ handled the session. First day, the participants were able develop their own game through this workshop. They could develop a racing game through unity, a game developing software. They were so excited to develop their own game and they shared it as a wonderful experience. On the second day the participants could explore the world of augmented reality and virtual reality. In the morning session they could develop an AR app and they could install it in their mobile. They created an account in vuforia and created the app using unity. 

IEEE ComSoc GRADUATE CONGRESS: GraTE’7’:An annual national level workshop is conceptualized by IEEE ComSoc Kerala and Bangalore to recognize and award few top/best thesis work at post graduate level and PhD level in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The event is known as Graduate Congress: Graduate Thesis Evaluation in 7 minutes (GraTE‟7). In this event, it is decided to recognize 7 best theses; 4 from master and 3 from PhD and awardee institution/university should belong to either Kerala or Karnataka state. The award comprises 20,000/ INR cash prize for each PhD thesis and 15,000/- INR for each master thesis along with certificate of merit. The corresponding supervisor would also be recognized as the best supervisor for the work. The first event was organized on 30th March 2019 at Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore. 21 short listed theses after initial screening and evaluation were called for presentation for the final round. In this round, each candidate was given to present their work in 7 

minutes in front of evaluators/experts. Experts were chosen from industry and academia and also they are the executive members and office bearers of both section (Kerala and Bangalore). 

ONLINE INITIATIVES: MORSE IT: An online Morse Coding Competition named MORSEIT was launched by IEEE Communication Society Kerala Chapter on 3rdJune 2019. The aim of organizing the competition was to familiarize students with Morse code. 

INFORMANCE SERIES: This series was launched by IEEE Communication Society Kerala Chapter with the aim of introducing various technologies such as LoRa, LiFi, Cybernetics, MicroLED, etc. among the targeted audience. 

TRIAC is a technical event jointly organised by IEEE ComSoc, IEEE PES, IEEE IA/IE/PELS Jt. Kerala Chapters. Venue of the event was at Federal Institute of Science & Technology. There were 200+ participants for the four workshops. The workshops were: (i) Vitantu Sanchara – Wireless communication; (ii) Saurorja – Solar; (iii) Prathijwal – Illumination; and (iv) Yanthra- Robotics. The workshops were handled by, Dr. Gandhiraj (Vitantu Sanchara), Mr. Abhinav and Ms. Athira (Saurorja), Mr. Hari (Prathijwal), and Mr. Aneesh (Yanthra). The chief guest of the event was Dr.Usha Titus IAS , Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department. The managerial session was handled by Mr. Akash P Nambiar, YP. Workshops were conducted on the first day of the event and hackathons were conducted on the second day which help to sharpen their skills. 

Interview | ComSoc Student Leadership Team 2020: The LINK CAMP 2019 was aimed to select new student leadership team through personal interviews with the applicants. The interview panel constituted of Dr. Gopakumar (Vice Chair) and Mr. Shankar J (Secretary) of IEEE ComSoc Kerala ChaptIt was held at Department of Electronics, CUSAT, Kochi on 21st and 22nd December 2019, and the student leadership positions were the following: ComSoc Student Representative, Technical Co-ordinator, Design Volunteers, Content Writer, Electronics Communication Coordinator and WiE Coordinator. With the help of new student team, student ComSoc membership benefits can be assured with more localised event for targeted groups.