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The Department has set up a few labs with state-of-the-art facilities to carry out research in the identified thrust areas. Students are actively involved in this lab where research scholars and faculty members guide them to do their research. A diverse and talented pool of faculty with enviable credentials and sound knowledge in the academic discipline mentor the students in their projects and help them to realize their innovative ideas.

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Electronics Lab

The Analog electronics lab provides the undergraduate students an exposure to the basics of solid- state electronics during the regular academic cycle and doubles up as a stage for the prototyping and validation of various undergraduate designs pertaining to low and medium power analog systems.

A host of communication systems-based experiments are also built at the analog electronics lab including various hardware based analog and digital modulation techniques like basic AM, DSBSC-AM, FM, FSK, PSK, TDM etc. for the undergraduate students to gain exposure.

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Digital Systems Lab

The lab has state of the art facilities for conducting experiments on basic digital systems based on LSI chips as well as advanced topics such as microcontroller interfacing. Along with the regular academic curriculum-based experiments, the lab facilitates a platform for the undergraduate students to develop and validate newer concept-based designs.

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DSP & Communication Lab

The DSP & Communication lab is a state-of-the-art facility that provides the undergraduate and graduate students with high end computation and simulation systems, for various high-end EDA and simulation tools including MATLAB, Ansys, CCStudio, ModelSim, LabVIEW, Python, Packet Tracer, Wireshark etc. Other equipment’s include DSP Starter Kits, VLSI Trainer Kits, Beagle Board Bundle etc.

The lab also has provision for hardware in loop co-simulation and platform emulation using Texas Instruments DSP system development kits. The DSP systems are introduced from a practical perspective where the design and development skills of the students are improved and refined to enable them to become future architects of advanced systems.

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Microprocessor & Microcontroller Lab

The Micro Processor and microcontroller lab is introduced from a practical perspective where the design and verification skills of the students are improved.

The lab is equipped with LPC2148 Development Kit, 8085 Microprocessor Kit, 8086 Microprocessor Kit, interface boards, etc. and also provides the undergraduate and graduate students with high end simulation systems, such as QuestaSim, Cadence, Proteus, Keil IDE, Sim8085 etc., The ModelSim tool enables the students to do the hardware programming using VHDL or VERILOG to enable them to become future architects for Design & Verification of advanced systems.

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VLSI Design Lab

The Department has a very strong team focusing on research-based VLSI Design. The VLSI design lab is equipped with state-of-the-art computing platforms and hardware and software tools for ASIC and FPGA development.
The VLSI design lab is equipped with a torrent of development platforms and EDA tools including latest releases of Cadence, Synopsys ASIC design Tools, Mentor Graphics toolset for HDL design and FPGA prototyping, XILINX FPGA kits and the XILINX ISE and EDK platform tools, Basys 3 Artix-7 FPGA Trainer Board, Zybo Z7 Arm/FPGA, Zedboard Z7 Arm/FPGA etc.

The lab timings are highly flexible for the MTech VLSI and research students to spend ample time validating their ideas. Also, the lab is open to undergraduate students of the ECE Department for doing their projects. The entire system is designed to seamlessly identify capable students right during their undergraduate days and train them in emerging technologies. Opportunity is also provided for bright students to work in various real-time research and development projects.

Some of the recent designs to site that rolled out from the undergraduate VLSI design team include a fully configurable FFT processor, SERDES Design, AXI Bus controllers, Design for Test modules, FPGA based Digital Mammogram analyzer, a Superscalar implementation of the MIPS processor etc.

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IoT Lab

IoT Lab offers the hardware, software and networking infrastructure required for creating IoT applications and devices. IoT Laboratory is equipped with devices such as sensors, interfaces and wireless devices for real time monitoring and transmission of data. The software tool accessible in the lab is Arduino IDE. The hardware components in IoT lab include sensors, development boards like Arduino Uno R3 SMD board with cable and Raspberry Pi-3+64-bit 5GHz Wi-Fi, and different communication modules like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee. The lab provides the students with hands-on experience with IoT technologies- smart sensing, wireless communication, virtual interfaces, app development and potential applications in healthcare, industrial and environmental

contexts. As part of the lab evaluation, students get a chance to display their innovative ideas through projects.
Some of the projects carried out as part of IoT lab:

  • Modified Traffic Light System with Enhanced Pedestrian crossing System
  • Social Distancing Alert System
  • Smart Parking Lot Management System
  • Railway gate automation
  • Earthquake detector system
  • Dual Axis Solar Tracker
  • E-Farmer for efficient crop yield

Research Labs

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Humanitarian Technology (HUT) Labs

HuT Labs is an engineering research laboratory under the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering that focuses on using robotics for social causes. The lab was established in 2012, and it is primarily dedicated to researching robotics, healthcare, human-aided devices, and embedded systems. Dr. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, heads the lab. In just one year after its establishment, the HuT Labs carried out significant research work, with over 10 research paper publications. Currently, it has more than 150 research paper publications in reputed journals, international conferences, and more than 50 national and international achievements and recognitions.

The HuT Labs of ECE department is one of the leading research labs in India that uses technology for humanitarian purposes. They have developed several robots, including Self-E, a self-driving wheelchair robot,Amaran, a robot that climbs and harvests coconut trees, Mudra, a hand gesture- based wheelchair robot, Paripreksya, a search and rescue robot for disaster management, and CHETAK, a self-governing and multi-tasking home assistance robot.

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Amrita Mind Brain Center

The Amrita Mind Brain Center under the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering conducts interdisciplinary research to understand the organization and functioning of the brain and mind. Through experimental methods, computational neuroscience, and cognitive modeling, the center investigates the effects of neurotransmitters, network dynamics, and behavior on the brain and mind in normal and disease conditions. Researchers collaborate with various schools to explore brain and mind topics.

The brain responds differently in each situation based on past experiences, and the mind is responsible for our thoughts, emotions, and decision-making processes. When the brain and mind work together, they undergo complex neuroplastic changes that involve cellular, genetic, neurochemical, and electromagnetic processes. The conscious and unconscious states of mind are embedded within the lower-level processes of brain circuits. To comprehend the relationship between brain activity and consciousness, it is essential to understand the bottom-up and top-down functions of the brain and mind, as well as their interactions.

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Photonic Devices and Systems Laboratory

Photonic Devices and Systems Laboratory is a research laboratory working in design, simulation and prototyping of advanced photonic devices with applications in the areas of communication, energy and transportation. The design tools available in the laboratory are COMSOL Multiphysics with Wave optics and Semiconductor modules, a Dell work station and access to the campus tools like Ansys HFSS, MATLAB etc. The characterization capabilities include optical table, highly sensitive detectors and lock-in amplifier with chopper for use in the C-band and visible light. The lab has recently executed a SERB Startup Research Grant project that employed a JRF and produced two journal papers and a conference paper

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