The courses are practice oriented and encourage the students to undertake real-time projects and actively participate in worldwide technical conferences and workshops and present their work in many of them.
A large number of resident faculty members in the campus and a good student-teacher relationship empower the students to have frequent discussions and brainstorming sessions on innovative ideas for projects and research work.
The curriculum is organized such that it enables students to get a strong foundation on various aspects of Electronics and Communication Engineering such as Digital Systems Design, Electromagnetic Theory, Digital Signal Processing, Microprocessors and Microcontrollers, Electronic Circuits, VLSI Design, Digital Communication, Analog Communication, Control Engineering, and Microwave Engineering.
The graduate and undergraduate curriculum offers a wide variety of electives focusing on various aspects of VLSI design for students to choose from. Some of the electives include Integrated Circuit Fabrication Technology, CMOS IC Design, Advanced Digital Design and HDLs, USB System Architecture and Design and Superscalar Processor Architecture.
The students are also provided an opportunity to choose specialization electives to focus on their identified areas of interest such as Embedded Systems, Wireless Communication, Satellite Communication, Biomedical Signal Processing, VLSI fabrication technology, Speech Processing, Optical Communication. The curriculum and syllabus are on par with IITs and leading international universities and are frequently updated to reflect the latest trends in the field.
The Department consists of eminent faculty with a healthy mixture of Industrial Experience, Academics, and Research. Several faculty members have received their graduate and post-graduate degrees from institutions of international repute such as University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Irvine, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science etc., and/or have been working on research and development projects in firms across the globe. Several faculty members have been exposed to cutting edge research both in India and abroad. In addition, some of the faculty have several years of industrial experience in reputed companies in the US such as Broadcom Corp, Synopsis Inc., Cirrus Logic etc.
The department upholds its research work by maintaining National and International research networks. The department itself has more than 5 funded projects. Various research and projects carried out in the Department in core areas give the students an opportunity to explore engineering on a large scale. The Research area extends over diverse disciplines such as VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Design, Digital and Analog Electronics, Data Communication, Wireless Communication, Signal Processing and Image Processing.
The students and researchers working on various research areas are privileged to receive the mentorship of Dr. Jayachandran Nair, Distinguished Professor who has hands-on experience in various fields such as Computational Seismology, Communication, Biomedical Engineering, Wireless Sensor Networks and Signal Processing. The research areas of PhD scholars focus on areas such as Biomedical Signal Processing , Speech Signal Processing and Brain Computer Interface.
Research in Biomedical Signal Processing involves EEG (Electroencephalograph) signal analysis of patients using modern Signal Processing methods. The work currently in progress is Epileptic EEG analysis for Classification, Modelling and Estimation of Brain states in Ictal, Pre-ictal and Inter-ictal periods.
The research work on Speech Signal Processing is focussed on Speech Recognition, Feature Extraction & Classification of languages particularly- Malayalam phonemes and recognition of Malayalam speech. Even though the primary focus is on Malayalam, the work is intended to be extended to other languages also in future.
The research ongoing in this area includes Information and Coding Theory, Nonlinear Dynamics/Chaos Theory and its Applications to Communications, Wavelets, Compressed Sensing, Time Series Analysis and Classification. Dr. Nithin Nagraj, has been carrying out extensive work in this area and holds two patents – one for Graph extraction labelling and visualization and the other for Method and apparatus for segmenting structure in CT angiography.
The Department currently executes wide range of research projects under the guidance of Dr. Bibhu Dutta Sahoo, Associate Professor in the dept. of ECE. The research topic "Development of Algorithms and Circuits for High-Speed Serial Links" aims at developing algorithms and circuits to enable 28 Gbps or 40 Gbps serial links. The circuits will be developed using 65-nm CMOS process. Fabrication will be done at UMC followed by testing to show a prototype as a proof-of-concept.
Most of the research work in this area in spearheaded by Mr. Rajesh Kannan, an Asst. Professor of the Department of ECE. The ongoing research in this area includes Embedded Control and Navigation, Robotics, Health Care, Real Time Systems, Wireless and Embedded Network Sensing Systems which includes various interdisciplinary areas associated with embedded systems.
Several faculty of the department have gained significant international experience and hence the students are exposed to state of the art research and product development. The students can utilize this opportunity to broaden their knowledge and also to gain an insight into the future scope and possible areas of research and for pursuing higher study abroad. For strengthening research in diverse Engineering areas, the department has extended partnerships and collaboration with foreign Universities. This has facilitated the offering of dual degrees and many of the students have sought study opportunities abroad with scholarships over the past years. Many of the students have got admission at prestigious Universities in United States and U K and have enrolled in doctorate and M S programs.
Students Pursuing Higher Studies Abroad
Student Exchange Program upon Bilateral Agreement
Two B. Tech. students Ms. Panchami Krishnan (2013) and Mr. Akhil K. S. (2012 ) were selected for doing final semester of B. Tech. in KTH (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, as a part of Student Exchange Program. Students selected for this programme must satisfy the requirement of completing the B. Tech. final project there along with course work.
Amrita UT-Austin Project Co-operation
As part of the Indo-US collaborative effort to improve quality education, the Department participates in combined undergraduate projects with various leading universities in the United States of America. Selected students at the department get a chance to work with student teams at the partner universities in research and development projects.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham infrastructure provides technological support to the students enabling them to use video conferencing and other online white board resources to have a seamless interaction with the team across the globe. This also provides exposure to the students to the current day global R&D platforms.
The latest project of this genre was collaboration with the Electrical Sciences Department at the University of Texas, Austin where four students from the 2005-09 ECE undergraduate batch developed a "USB based Bio-Medical Kit for the OLPC XO platform" that would be an excellent learning tool for the OLPC target community. A paper based on this work was published in an International Journal of Telemedicine and e-health in 2011. The students completed this work under the guidance of Dr. Sundar Gopalan. The students involved in this project are Mr. Nevin Alex Jacob, Mr. Vysakh P., Mr. Sandeep Nair and Mr. Prithviraj.
Three students of the 2008-09 batch were selected for the EURECA project. These students were getting scholarship of 1000 euros per month for 6 months. All other expenses such as travel, food and accommodation were also met as a part of this project. They spent 6 months at the university completing their final project with fully-funded scholarship
Mr. Ashwin Menon S. was chosen to join the Antennas and Propagating Systems Division of The Royal Technological University (KTH) of Sweden.
Mr. Saneep Kottath and Mr. Navneet Menon were selected to join the Robotics Department of Malardalen University, Sweden.
Since 2009 Amrita has entered into a tie up with IIT-B. Students from Amrita were selected for doing projects in IIT-B as part of INUP, under CEN (Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics), a collaborative project between IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore. The students were completely sponsored for the project including travel, accommodation and research facilitie
The Department has taken initiative for conducting interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, training programs etc. for members of the faculty and students. The department strengthens its academic excellence by establishing collaborative relations with national, international and private research institutions.
In order to enhance the technical expertise of students and facilitate further technical growth, an IEEE Student Branch (SB) was formed and has been actively functioning in the Institute since 2008. The student branch conducts various workshops and seminars. Its aim is to develop an acquaintance with recent technology and current industry trends and to develop professional skills.
Since 2012, IEEE student branch has been conducting Symposium on Education, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ISEE). It aims at bringing various academic disciplines under a single forum. It consists of various science and technology based lectures and workshops. Workshops at ISEE aims to educate students with knowledge other than subjects in their curriculum through these workshops.
In 2015 ISEE conducted a wide variety of workshops such as:
ISEE 2014 workshops include:
In 2013 also, ISEE conducted various workshops and/or seminars by prominent personalities all over the world on Industrial Electronics, Robotics, Networking, Signal processing, Cloud Computing and Entrepreneurships. »»
IEEE Student Branch, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham conducted 6 workshops during 2008 - 2011.
IEEE has approved the formation of five student chapters under Amrita IEEE SB (Student Branch).
With this the number of society chapters under the SB has gone upto five. This Institution is the only Student Branch in Kerala with five student society chapters.
Award of Excellence- Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Reviewer/Editor for Reputed Journals and Conferences
Best Paper Awards
AMS Best M. Tech Project Award
Richard E Marvin Scholarship
Mars Rover Challenge
One Moment of Robot Glory (OMRG) Asia 2016, Robotics Contest, Singapore.
Mentor Graphics University Design Contest
Texas Instrument Innovation Challenge 2015 (Semi Finals)
IEEE Student Enterprise Award2012 – 2013 Recipients
Mars Habitat Design Contest