May 21, 2010
School of Engineering, Coimbatore
B.Tech. students of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (EIE) made a record of sorts when they submitted a total of 87 research papers based on their final year projects to various national and international research conferences.
“47 papers have been accepted for presentation at different national conferences,” informed Mr. R. Ramanathan, Assistant Professor in the ECE Department. “Another 19 have been accepted for presentation at international conferences. 15 papers will be included in the IEEE Explore digital archive and 6 will be published in international journals.”
A commendable feat indeed! “Our students ushered in their project phase with great zeal and many novel ideas. And they have emerged with splendid results. Kudos to the untiring and enthusiastic effort of the students and the support and continuous mentoring rendered by their faculty members,” stated Dr. V. P. Mohandas, Chair of the ECE Department.
The students worked on varied systems such as software defined radar, radio frequency system for unmanned aerial vehicles and soft sensors. In addition they worked on channel estimation, channel equalization for OFDM communication systems, fault detection in induction motors and spectrum sensing for cognitive radios.
“Junior students will carry forward their work,” shared Mr. Ramanathan, who guided several of the student projects. “As a result of the students’ work, we expect to develop some real-time devices and applications. These may be found useful to several organizations such as our Ministry of Defense.”
So what were some of the top projects?
“We worked on the non-destructive condition monitoring and fault detection in induction motors,” shared the student team of B. Aravindh Kumar, G. Saranya, R. Selvakumar, R. Swetha Shree and M. Saranya. Their paper written with the guidance of Dr. E. P. Sumesh, will be published in the International Journal of Signal Image Processing and Pattern Recognition.
Underwater Acoustic Communication Using OFDM, by Satish Kumar R., Shraddha Surendra, Manoj N., Arumugam K., Theertha Anbalagan and Dr. M. Jayakumar is already published in the International Journal of Advances in Communication Engineering. The students described the work undertaken.
“Due to the advancements in VLSI, Signal Processing and Communication technologies, underwater communication has become more viable in adopting various available standards. Conventional EM transmission with baseband modulation technologies such as CDMA, OFDM, etc. can be employed in order to improve the data rate.”
Our project provided an insight about transmission of data in underwater environment. The underwater channel was similar to the air medium with slight differences especially in attenuation levels. The underwater channel was studied and a model developed for the same. The network was the backbone of the underwater monitoring system and it was studied with special importance to the protocol stack.”
“We analyzed underwater Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) transmission using acoustic waves. Underwater Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) transmission using electromagnetic waves was also simulated. Each had their own advantages and the plan for using effectively in the network was suggested.”