The Department offers a B. Tech. program in Electronics and Communication Engineering and a M. Tech. degree in VLSI Design. The faculty team consists of experts from the industry and academia.

The department is highly praised for its activities in the technical front, contributing highly towards the development of cutting edge technologies and professionals. While building a solid foundation of the fundamentals, the students are also exposed to emerging trends in the industry and are molded to be quality professionals of the future.

Electronics and Communication Engineering laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced software that enables the design of Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuits.

Several faculty members have received their graduate and postgraduate degrees from institutions of international repute such as Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, University of Texas at Austin and University of California, Irvine and have been working on research and development projects in firms across the globe.

Our students actively participate in organizing various events such as technical workshops through the IEEE student chapter. Several faculty members and students are actively engaged in research and regularly publish their work in international journals and conferences.

The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering offers the following programs:

The faculty team consists of experts from the industry and academia. The department is highly praised for its activities in the technical front, contributing highly towards the development of cutting edge technologies and professionals. While building a solid foundation of the fundamentals, the students are also exposed to emerging trends in the industry and are molded to be quality professionals of the future.

Classes are also delivered by experts from various partner universities around the world through the e-learning network as well as in the form of workshops and seminars.

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.

Signal 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 work on Brain Computer Interface focuses on the study of EEG signals, use of modern Signal Processing techniques and Machine Learning Algorithms for Pre-Processing, Removal of Artifacts, Segmentation, Classification and Characterization. The research will also be dealing with classification of signals generated due to normal, event evoked and pathological conditions. The functional aspects of these classified signals are then studied using various Signal Processing Algorithms and Machine Learning Techniques. The effects of external stimulus on EEG will also be studied under supervised and unsupervised condition.

Data Communication

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.

 

Currently he is working on "Mathematical modelling of population dynamics of Drosophila Melanogaster", a research project funded by the Department of Bio-technology, Govt. of India., in collaboration with IISER (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research) Pune.

Other research areas in Data Communication include Automatic Classification of Periodic, Chaotic and Random Time Series Data using Lossless Compression Algorithms, and Chaotic Computing and Logic Design using Nonlinear Maps.

VLSI

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.

"Development of a non-linearity calibration technique for a VCO-based ADC" involves development of a non-linear calibration technique to realize both higher-order noise shaping as well as high-resolution. This technique will also be demonstrated by fabricating a chip in 65-nm process.

Yet another research topic, "Development of highly linear DACs using Digital Predistortion Techniques" aims at developing a 14-bit 1Gbps linear DAC. Digital Predistortion will be done to realize high linearity. The chip will be fabricated in 65-nm process.

The department also focuses on research areas in VLSI Logic Design and VLSI Signal Processing particularly high speed algorithm for Signal Processing.

Embedded System Technology

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.

A dedicated research lab is fully functioning in the department named HuT - ( Humanitarian Technology lab) mainly focusing on Health Care, Robotics, Human Aided Devices, and Embedded Sensor Networks. The focus areas of health care include Remote Patient Monitoring System and Pre-Patal Monitoring (also named PULSS) integrated with Wireless Transmission. Both these projects are funded by IEEE Standards Education Committee, NJ, USA.

An 'Elder-health-care' project named HOPE (Wireless gadget for Home Bound Elders) mainly concentrates on providing assistance to bed-ridden patients. Without annoying the patient, a wireless Gadget is provided to them which simultaneously collect different body parameters like Pulse rate, Oxygen content in the blood, Temperature, Blood pressure and ECG measurement. The gadget also measures 'tilt' (whether the patient is out of his correct position) using Accelerometer. The gadget incorporates a bluetooth enabled module and the data is wirelessly transmitted to a smart phone core having an Android Operating system. The data acquired is transmitted to a remote patient management server where a specialist diagnoses the status of the patient.

Another project is Pre-natal monitoring – an "Assistive Technology for Pregnant Women Health Care: Rural, Mobile Ultrasound Scan System". This system diagnoses the pregnant woman's health status in their home itself by clinicians and community health workers so that the people need not to travel. The device will be conducting Ultra Sound Scanning, collect the health parameters such as Pulse rate, Oxygen content in the blood, Temperature, Blood pressure etc. The gathered information is stored on a portable device and the workers deliver this to the nearby hospital where the specialist doctors can assess the present physical condition of the patient.

The Robotics projects conducted by the department include "Intelligent Home Navigation System (IHNS) for the elderly and the physically challenged" and "Robo-Coconut Climber". Both these projects are again funded by IEEE Foundation Inc., NJ, USA. In IHNS, the wheel Chair mobility will be controlled by the gestures of a person’s palm and finger movement. A sensor unit is fixed on the hand rest of chair. The system uses image processing technology to detect the hand movements and controls the wheel chair accordingly.

Robotic Coconut Tree Climber - In Kerala coconuts are grown in large scale and collecting the coconuts is becoming an increasingly tedious task and the labour cost is high, also the coconut tree climbers are very rare these days. In this scenario, the need is a robot which will do the job. The robot climbs the tree and plucks the coconuts; the robot is under the control of a person who in a convenient place from where he can control the robot action. The system consists of Robotic Arm, Ground station, the Robo climber and a wireless camera unit, the Kinect and the Zigbee wireless Kinect controller. The ground station captures the user's gesture via kinect and controls the Robotic arm to cut the coconuts using Zigbee wireless interface.

Humanitarian and Technology Labs

The dedicated Research lab, HuT Labs - ( Humanitarian and Technology Labs) mainly focusing on Health Care, Robotics, Human Aided Devices, and Embedded Sensor Networks is headed by Prof. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, of the department, was established in 2012. Within a year of establishment, HuT Labs carried out significant research works with more than 10 research paper publications and quite national and international recognitions. Hut Labs also acknowledges the contribution of IEEE Foundation and IEEE SEC both in NJ, USA for their support to our research work... Read More

Publications

Book / Journal

  1. Rajeswari P, Devi S, Shekar G, Purushothaman A, “Geometric Programming based Power optimization and Design Automation for a Digitally Controlled Pulse Width Modulator”, Circuits, systems and Signal processing, Springer.

  2. Purushothaman A, Chetan D. Parikh,” A Low Power Low Area Capacitor Array based Digital to Analog Converter Architecture”, Microelectronics Journal, Elsevier, Volume 46, Issue 10, Page No 928–934, October 2015

  3. Purushothaman A, Chetan D. Parikh, “A New Delay Model and Geometric Programming based Design Automation for Latched Comparator”, Circuits, systems and Signal processing, Springer, Volume 34, Issue 9, Page No. 2749-276, September 2015.

  4. Karthi Balasubramanian, Silpa S Nair, Nithin Nagaraj “Classification of periodic, chaotic and random sequences using approximate entropy and Lempel-Ziv complexity measures”, Pramana - Journal of Physics, Indian Academy of Sciences, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Page No.365–372, Feb. 2015.

  5. Wei, P.Zhang, Bibhudatta Sahoo and B. Razavi, “An 8-Bit 4-GS/s 120-mW CMOS ADCIEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits , Issue No.  99, Page No. 1-11, Impact Factor : 3.063 August  2014.

  6. Sivaramakrishnan Ramesh, Shibesh Dutta, Balakrishnan Shankar & Sundar Gopalan, “Identification of current transport mechanism in Al2O3 thin films for memory applications”, Applied Nanoscience (2014), Page No.1-9, 1st March 2014.

  7. V.Sarma and Bibhudatta Sahoo, “Error feedback based noise shaping in a double sampled ADC” Springer Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, Volume No. 78, Issue No. 2 Page No. 421-430, Feb 2014.

  8. Nithin Nagaraj, Karthi Balasubramanian, Sutirth Dey, “A new complexity measure for time series analysis and classification”,  European Physics Journal – Special Topics, 222, Page No.847-860, 2013.

  9. Nithin Nagaraj., When Information Meets Chaos:Applications of Symbolic Dynamics at Mini-Symposia on Time Series Analysis and Fractals, National Conference on Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics (NCNSD 2012), organized by IISER Pune, 14 July, 2012.

  10. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Mithun Muralidharan Nair, Rahul Srikumar, Venkat Krishnan Balasubramanian, Vineeth Sarma Venugopala Sarma, Chapter titled Novel Variance based Spatial Domain Watermarking and its Comparison with DIMA and DCT based Watermarking Counterparts, in the book, Applications of MATLAB in Science and Engineering, ISBN 978-953-307-708-6, Intech Open Access Publisher.

  11. Sahasranand K. R., Nithin Nagaraj.,Rajan S., How Not to Share a Set of Secrets, International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security (IJCSIS), Vol. 8, No.1, Page No. pp. 234‐237, April 2010.

  12. Nithin Nagaraj., Prabhakar G Vaidya., Sajini Anand P. S. A Nonlinear Generalization of Singular Value Decomposition and Its Application to Mathematical Modeling and Chaotic Cryptanalysis, 2010 Acta Applicandae Mathematicae, Volume No. 112(2), Page No.205‐221, January 2010.

  13. Shibesh Dutta., Sivaramakrishnan R., Sundar Gopalan. and Balakrishnan Shankar. Electrical Characterization and Reliability Analysis of HfO2‐TiO2‐Al MOSCAPs’, WASET, Volume 58, ISSN 2070‐3724, Article 19, pg 92‐94, Venice, October 2009.

  14. Nithin Nagaraj, Prabhakar G. Vaidya, Multiplexing of Discrete Chaotic Signals in Presence of Noise, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 19, July 2009;
    pp. 033102-1 -- 033102-9.    

  15. Nithin Nagaraj, A Dynamical Systems Proof of Kraft-McMillan Inequality and its Converse for Prefix-Free Codes, Virtual Journal of Quantum Information, April 2009, 9 (4).

  16. Rajesh Kannan M., Arjun Ashok, Nived Krishnan, Venkat Krishnan B., Single Electronics, Single Electron Transistors and Digital Logic, International Journal of Scientific Computing, 2009, pp. 151-154.

  17. Nithin Nagaraj., A Dynamical Systems Proof of Kraft‐McMillan Inequality and its Converse for Prefix‐free Codes, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, March 2009.

  18. Nithin Nagaraj., Prabhakar G Vaidya., Kishor G Bhat., Arithmetic coding as a non‐linear dynamical system, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 1013 ‐ 1020, April 2009.
     

Conferences

  1. Diego James, Abhishek K., Purushothaman A., Bibhudatta Sahoo, “Mitigating Aperture Error in Pipelined ADCs Without a Front-end Sample-and-Hold Amplifier”, 31st International conference on VLSI Design, 2018 (Best paper runner-up).
     
  2. Purushothaman A., “Analysis of Regeneration Time Constant of Dynamic Latch using Adomian Decomposition Method”, 20th International Symposium on VLSI Design and Test (VDAT), IIT Guwahati, India, May 24-27, 2016.
     
  3. A. Purushothaman, “MINLP Based Power Optimization for Pipelined ADC”, IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI(ISVLSI), Pittsburgh, USA, pp 508-511, July 2016.
     
  4. Neema C Babu; Sreedevi K Menon, “Design of a Open loop resonator based filter Antenn a for WiFi applications” 3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Integrated Networks (SPIN), pp. 236 – 239, 2016.
     
  5. Jayakrishnan K C; Bhuvana Nair S; Sreedevi K. Menon, “Analysis of Metamaterial based band pass filter” 3rdInternational Conference on Signal Processing and Integrated Networks (SPIN), pp. 232 – 235, 2016.
     
  6. Deepthy M Vijayan; Akhil M; Sreedevi K Menon, “Patch loaded CPW fed monopole antenna” 3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Integrated Networks (SPIN), pp. 246– 249, 2016.
     
  7. Sheema Joseph; Rahul Lal P; Sreedevi K Menon, “Substrate integrated waveguide based antenna with bidirectional radiation for radar applications”, International Conference on Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Networking (WiSPNET), pp. 95 – 98, 2016.
     
  8. Jayakrishnan V M; Sreedevi K Menon, “Circular patch antenna based planar crossover” 3rd International Conference on Signal Processing and Integrated Networks (SPIN), pp. 250– 254, 2016.
     
  9. Jayakrishnan V M and Sreedevi K Menon, “ Realization of Butlermatrix for Beamforming in Phased Array System” IEEE International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications 2016 (ICACC-2016), Cochin, 6 - 8, September 2016.
     
  10. Shruthi A; Bhuvana Nair S; Sreedevi K. Menon “ACPW fed onchip band stop filter for filtenna applications” 2015 IEEE Applied Electromagnetics Conference (AEMC), pp. 1 – 2, 2015.
     
  11. Karthi Balasubramanian, Nithin Nagaraj “Automatic identification of devanagari script texts using complexity based measures”, Conference on Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics (CNSD), IISER Mohali, March 13th-15th, 2015.
     
  12. B. Sahoo, “Overview of Digital Calibration Techniques for Pipelined ADCs”, IEEE 57th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), Texas, USA”, 3rd – 6th Aug 2014.
     
  13. B. Sahoo, N. A. Jacob, V. Choudhury, ”A Multi-pole Single-tap IIR Based DFE Equalizer Topology”, IEEE 12th NEWCAS, Quebec, Canada, 22nd – 25th June 2014
     
  14. B.Sahoo, C. Ravi, R. Thottathil,” Histogram Based Deterministic Digital Background Calibration for Pipelined ADCs”, Proceedings 2014 13th International Conference on Embedded Systems, 2014, Page(s):569 – 574.
     
  15. Karthi Balasubramanian, Nithin Nagaraj, “Comparative Analysis of Lempel-Ziv and ETC Complexity Measures, International Conference on Perspectives in Non-Linear Dynamics (PNLD 2013), Univ.of Hyderabad, July 15th-18th, 2013.
     
  16. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Ashish Pavan, Tom Charly, Harikrishna Menon, Anandkumar and Venu Madhav, Kinect Based Wireless Robotic Coconut Tree Climber, 3rd International Conference on Advancements in Electronics and Power Engineering (ICAEPE'2013),organized by PSRC (Planeteray scientific research centre) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ISSN 0973-4562 Vol.7 No.11 (2012), Jan 8 – 9,2013.

  17. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Athul Asokan Thulasi, Rithun Raj, Manoj Katta Venkata, Uday Dutt and Ajithesh Gupta, Thought Controlled Wheelchair using EEG Acquisition Device, 3rd International Conference on Advancements in Electronics and Power Engineering (ICAEPE'2013), organized by PSRC (Planeteray scientific research centre) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan 8 – 9, 2013.

  18. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Goutham Pocklassery, Vivek Jayakrishnan, Rocky Katoch, Pranav Sridhara Veliyara and Raghavendra, Measurement of Elder Health Parameters and the Gadget Designs for Continuous Monitoring, 3rd International Conference on Advancements in Electronics and Power Engineering(ICAEPE'2013) Organized by IEEE kochi subsection ,IEEE kerala section & IEEE india council at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan 8 – 9, 2013.

  19. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam and Ananthakrishnan Rajendran., Undergraduate Research: A Case Study at ECE Department of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, INDICON 2012,organized by IEEE kochi subsection ,IEEE kerala section & IEEE india council at Kochi, Kerala, India, Dec 7 – 9, 2012.

  20. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Vineeth Radhakrishnan, Deepak M U, Denny C Jacob, HOPE: An electronic gadget for Home-bound Patients and Elders, INDICON 2012,organized by IEEE kochi subsection ,IEEE kerala section & IEEE india council at Kochi, Kerala, India, Dec 7 – 9, 2012.

  21. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Ananthakrishnan Rajendran., Dileep, D., LARN: Implementation of Automatic Navigation in Indoor Navigation for Physically Challenged, INDICON 2012, organized by IEEE kochi subsection, IEEE kerala section & IEEE india council, at Kochi, Kerala, India, Dec 7 – 9, 2012.

  22. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Goutham Pocklassery, Vivek Jayakrishnan, Galla Mourya, Elder Health Care: Blood Pressure Measurement, INDICON 2012,organized by IEEE kochi subsection ,IEEE kerala section & IEEE india council,at Kochi, Kerala, India, Dec 7 – 9, 2012.

  23. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Ramesh Nammily Nair, Sai Manoj Prakhya,, Mithun Mohan, Gest-BOT' - A Highly Convenient Locomotive Solution for the Elderly and Physically Challenged, Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) at Seattle, Washington, USA Proceedings Published By: IEEE Xplorer, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/GHTC.2012.83, Publication Year: 2012, 21-24 October, 2012.

  24. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Lekshmi M Nair, Meera Viswanath, Shreeja Sugathan, Pedalite: Lighting up Lives in Unelectrified Villages, Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), at Seattle, Washington, USA Page No: 12 – 17 Published By: IEEE Xplorer, Digital object Identifier:10.1109/GHTC.2012.61 Publication Year: 2012, 21-24 October, 2012.

  25. Abishek Thekkeyil Kunnath AND Prasanth.M. Warrier, Channel Modelling for Ad-Hoc Communication in an Underground Sensor Network, ICCCNT 2012, organized by SNS college of enginnering Proceedings Published By:IEEE, JULY 26 - 28, 2012.

  26. Karthi Balasubramanian, Gayathri R.Prabhu, Lakshmipriya V.K., Maneesha Krishnan, Praveena R. and Nithin Nagaraj, Classification of Periodic, Chaotic and Random Sequences using NSRPS Complexity Measure, National Conference on Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics (NCNSD 2012), 12 - 15 July, 2012.
     
  27. Purushothaman A, Chetan D. Parikh, “Automating the design of Successive Approximation Register Analog to Digital Converters”, Symposium on VLSI Design and Test, Chandigarh ,India, July 2011.

  28. Purushothaman A, Chetan D. Parikh, “Design of static latch based comparator using power constrained optimization”, Symposium on VLSI Design and Test, Pune,India, July 2010.
     
  29. Megalingam, R.K.; Sarma V, V.; Krishnan B, V.; Mithun, M.; Srikumar, R. “Novel Low Power, High Speed Hardware Implementation of 1D DCT/IDCT Using Xilinx FPGA.” International Conference on Computer Technology and Development, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, November 13‐15, 2009.

  30. Megalingam, R.K.; Krishnan B, V.; Mithun, M.; Srikumar, R.; Sarma V, V. “Gating and Serializing theData Path of CPU for Low Power Consumption.” ICPPW '09. International Conference on Parallel Processing Workshops, Vienna, Austria, September 22-25, 2009.

  31. M. S. Sinith, V. Aiswarya,J. Devisree, Bincy Mathew, Neetika Singh, "Sign Language Recognition Tool Using Support Vector Machine", Proceedings of International Conference on Signal and Image Processing(ICSIP '09), Mysore, India, August 2009, pp. 345-348.

  32. Arbind B. S, Vineeth Menon, Vishnu Mohan Menon C., Ramesh Bhakthavatchalu, "Modified Density Weighted Contrast Enhancement Filter For Emphasizing Breast Masses in Digital Mammograms", International Conference on Signal and Image Processing 2009 (ICSIP2009), Mysore, India, August 8 10, 2009.

  33. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Shekhil Hassan T., Vivek P., Ashwin Mohan, Tanmay Rao M., "Power Consumption Reduction in CPU Data Path Using a Novel Clocking Scheme", ICCSIT 09, Beijing, China, August 8 11, 2009, Vol.2, pp. 524-528, IEEE Catalog Number : CFP0957E-PRT.

  34. Rajesh Kannan M., Nived Krishnan, Arjun Ashok V., Arunkumar M., "Highly Power Efficient, Uncompromised Performance Cache Design Using Dual-Edged Clock", ICCSIT 09, Beijing, China, August 8 11, 2009, Vol.2, pp. 533 537, IEEE Catalog Number : CFP0957E-PRT.

  35. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Deepu K. B., Iype P. Joseph, Vandana Vikram, "Phased Set Associative Cache Design For Reduced Power Consumption", ICCSIT 09, Beijing, China, August 8 11, 2009, Vol.2, pp. 546 550, IEEE Catalog Number : CFP0957E-PRT.

  36. Aswathy Prasad, Kamya Krishnan, Karthika, Parvathy, Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, "Low Power Lossless Compression Of Real Time MPEG-4 Video Encoding And Decoding Using VHDL And MATLAB", ICCSIT 09, Beijing, China, August 8-11, 2009, Vol.4, pp. 408 -411, IEEE Catalog Number : CFP0957E-PRT.

  37. Balasubramanian, Karthi, Arunkumar R., Jayachandran J., Jayapal, V., Chundatt, B. A., Freeman, J. D., "Object Recognition and Obstacle Avoidance Robot", Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC'09), Guilin, China , June 17-19 2009, pp. 3002 3006.

  38. Ramesh Bhakthavatchalu, Archana K. R., Aswathy Viswambharan, Deepthi K. K., Brinda B. S., "Design of Programmable Logic-BIST Structures Using Verilog for Digital VLSI Circuits", National Conference on Recent Trends in Communication and Signal Processing, (RTCSP'09), 2009.

  39. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Sandeep Radhakrishnan, Vevek Seetharaman, Nithin Sudhakaran, "A Dynamic Real Time Crypto Engine Implementation for Secure Channel Communication", Conference Proceedings of SIM 09, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, May 11-12 , 2009, pp. 95- 98.

  40. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Venkat Krishnan B., Rahul Srikumar, Vineeth Sarma, Mithun M., "Power Saving Implementation of Data Path with Serialized Input", SCDC 09, RMK Engineering College, Chennai, India, April 5-6, 2009.

  41. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Vivek P., Shekhil Hassan T., Ashwin Mohan, Tanmay Rao M., "Performance Enhancement in Instruction Level Parallelism", SCDC 09, RMK Engineering College, Chennai, India, April 5-6, 2009.

  42. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam , Aswathy Prasad, Karthika, Kamya Krishnan, Parvathy, "Simple Implementation Technique for Highly Complex Real Time MPEG-4 Video Encoding and Decoding Using VHDL and MATLAB", SCDC 09, RMK Engineering College, Chennai, India, April 5-6, 2009.
     

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

  • Two final year BTech students Ananthakrishnan Rajendran and Meera Viswanath of 2013 batch, got admission into one of the prestigious Universities offering VLSI, Univ. of Cincinnati, Ohio with 87% tuition waiver scholarship.

  • Sachin P Namboodiri, 2012 ECE gradute, got admitted into M.S. VLSI program at Villanova University, with Graduate Assistantship. Apart from tuition fee exemption, he also got Research Associate position at Villanova Biomedical Electronics (ViBE) Laboratory.

  • Ramesh N Nair (2012 batch), Sanjay S (2012 batch), Venkatkrishnan Balasubramanian (2010 batch), Mithun Muralidharan (2010 batch), are some of the students who completed MS or currently doing MS in University of Cincinnati, Ohio with 87% tuition waiver scholarship.

  • Mr. Sai Manoj of 2008 - 2012 batch is pursing PhD in Robotics in Nanyang Technological University (NTY), Singapore. Mr. Vineeth Mohan of the same batch is doing PhD in VLSI in the same University. Both of them are availing tuition waivers and fully - funded scholarship.

  • Mr. Vineeth RadhaKrishnan of 2008-2012 batch was chosen for doing MS in Biomedical Engineering in Grand Valley State University, Michigan, United States.

  • Mr. Rizwin of 2008-2012 batch is pursuing MS in Embedded systems in Malardalen University, Sweden. These students got the privilege of getting fully-funded scholarship and tuition waiver.

  • Mr. Paul Leons is doing MS in VLSI from University of Concordia, Canada with fully-funded scholarship and tuition waiver. Also Mr. Denny C Jacob is doing MS in VLSI from same University.

 

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.

Eureca

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.

Faculty Development Programs(FDP) Conducted

  • Three day Faculty Development Program on “Advanced Image Processing” delivered by   Dr. Renu M R (IIT, Mandi) during December 15-17,  2014.
  • Three day Faculty Development Program, a workshop on Electronic Circuits during August 12 - 14, 2013.
  • A faculty development program on Analog and Digital VLSI Design Using Cadence Tools during May 12 - 14, 2011.
  • A faculty development program on ASIC Design Using Design Compiler and Prime Time Synopsys Tools during September 20 - 22, 2010.
  • A faculty development program on Introduction to High speed MAC design on August 16, 2010.
  • A faculty development program on Soft‐core Processor Implementation in FPGA December 31, 2009.
  • A talk on Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) & Applications by Mr Nithin Nagaraj., on December 30, 2009.
  • A faculty development program on Hands on Session on SVD using MATLAB on December 30, 2009.
  • A faculty development program on Wavelets and its application in signal processing by Mr. Sinith M.S., on December 29, 2009.
  • A faculty development program on Introduction to Signal Processing by Mr. Nithin Nagaraj on December 28, 2009.
  • A workshop on Digital Communication during January 24 - 26, 2009.

Workshops and Seminars Conducted

  • One day workshop on “From Fourier to wavelets and beyond” on 8th August 2015. The workshop focussed on Compressed Sensing and Sparse Signal Representation ,Practical applications of the idea discussed using MATLAB. Talk was delivered by Dr. Nithin Nagraj (NIAS, IISc, Bengaluru.)
  • Fifteen days workshop on Cadence conducted during June 2015, handled by Dr. Purushothaman A of ECE Department. This workshop enabled the students to build a strong foundation on Cadence.
  • A workshop on CMOS VLSI DESIGN during June 10 - 23, 2013.
  • Two day workshop on Digital and Analog ASIC Design using CADENCE tools in association with AMRITA & Cadence during May 12 - 14, 2011. This workshop enabled the students to develop a strong foundation on ASIC design flow.
  • Analog and Digital VLSI Design supported by Cadence during May 12 - 14, 2011.
  • Workshop on PIC Microcontrollers conducted by IEEE student branch - The workshop conducted during Feb - March 2011, covered the fundamentals of the PIC microcontroller family’s architecture (specifically PIC 16F87XA) and instruction set.
  • Workshop on Digital Communication - The workshop focused on understanding the innovative side of Digital Communication, Wavelet, Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) & Applications and Soft-core processor implementation in FPGA (Jan 24 - 26, 2011).
  • With the support of IEEE Kerala section the department conducted IEEE Annual LINK F2F MEET on March 6, 2011 - By this workshop students came to know about IEEE Kerala Section and its function, how to apply for IEEE funding.
  • ASIC Design Using Design Compiler and Prime Time Synopsys Tools funded by Synopsis in September 2010.
  • IEEE STAC Workshop on Introduction to Digital Design Using HDL - The workshop was conducted in August 2010 and helped the students to lay strong basics on VLSI, HDL Design and Verilog HDL.
  • Five day workshop on Digital ASIC Design using Synopsys Tools conducted by AMRITA & D’gipro in August 2010. This workshop provided the students, a solid understanding about Digital ASIC Design flow.
  • Introduction to High speed MAC design conducted by ECE department in August 2010.
  • PICTris 2009 – an Intra School Workshop on PIC Microcontrollers, organized by the IEEE student chapter during October 19 - 23, 2009.
  • A talk on Recent Trends in Power Systems on January 16, 2009.
  • A three day seminar on Basic Electrodynamics during September 22 - 24, 2008.

IEEE Student Branch

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:

  • Launch Vehicle Technology and Human Space flight
  • From Fourier to wavelets and beyond
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Robotics and Interactive Computing
  • Embedded System Design using TIVATM C Series
  • Monitoring Environment using Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Introduction to IoT
  • Introducion to Python and Basics of Hacking using Python
     

ISEE 2014 workshops include:

  • Session on Embedded systems and Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Image Understanding
  • Session on Modelling Electro-Mechanical Energy-Conversion
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Bio-Inspired Computing Track
  • ·Introduction to CMOS Digital Circuit Design
  • ·Entrepreneurship workshop and seminar
     

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.

  • Seminar on USB 2.0 conducted during 15 - 22, Sep 2011.
  • PICTris 2011 - Workshop on PIC Microcontrollers during Feb 21 - 25, 2011.
  • ECLECTIC’11, IEEE Kerala Section LINK Program in March 2011.
  • Students Technical Awareness Campaign (STAC)- Introduction to Digital Design using HDL in Aug 2010.
  • IEEE PIC EXCEL’10 - National Workshop on PIC Microcontrollers during 27 - 29 March, 2010.
  • IEEE PIC EXCEL’08 - National Workshop on PIC Microcontrollers in July 2008.
  • In July 2012 Amrita IEEE Student Branch conducted IEEE Symposium on Education, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ISEE 2012).
     

IEEE has approved the formation of five student chapters under Amrita IEEE SB (Student Branch).

  • Robotics and Automation society chapter
  • Industry Application Society chapter
  • Education Society chapters
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society chapter (SPS) and
  • IEEE Industrial Electronic Society chapter (IES).
     

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.

The Department actively promotes research andprovides the faculty and students with opportunities to delve into high-quality research projects, and sponsorships projects, leading to research publications, articles and book chapters.

Honors/Awards

Award of Excellence- Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

  1. For the outstanding contributions that are made by our faculty in research and academics, they have been conferred with various recognitions as listed below:
  • Dr. Bhibhu Datta (2015):  For having received funding of Rs. 153.7 Lakhs towards research.
  • Dr. Sundar Gopal(2014) and Br. Karthi(2013)  received for Journal Publications
  • Dr. Rajesh Kannan : 2013 - 'IEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor and Advisor Award' from IEEE, NJ, USA
                                : 2011  - For having received various funded projects.
  • Br. Karthi (2011): Towards coaching students appearing for GATE.
     

Reviewer/Editor for Reputed Journals and Conferences

  1. Dr. Shaikshavali C is a reviewer for many journals and conferences such as:
    • Reviewer for Journals
      1. Signal processing,
      2. International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
    1. Reviewer for Conferences
      1. European Control Conference
      2. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
      3. American Control Conference
      4. World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control
  2. Dr. Bibhudatta Sahoo is the reviewer for some of the International Journals and conferences such as :
    • Reviewer for Journals:
      1. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - I (TCAS I),
      2. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – II (TCAS II)
    • Reviewer for Conferences:
      1. 27th International Conference on VLSI Design,IIT Mumbai, 2014,
      2. 18th National Conference on Communications (NCC), 2012, IIT Kharagpur.
    • Editor
      1. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - I (TCAS II)
  3. Dr. Purushothaman A is also a reviewer for journals such as:
    • Reviewer for Journals:
      1. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.,
      2. IEEE Transactions on VLSI
      3. Circuits, systems and Signal processing, Springer.
         

Other Category

  • Best paper award: Dr. Rajesh Kannan won the Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Soft Computing (CISC-2017) at VBIT, Hyderabad from 20th to 21st December 2017. The paper was co-authored by S5 ECE bachelor students- Souraj Vishnu, Vishnu Sasikumar and Sreekumar S.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Rajesh Kannan, IEEE Student Branch of our campus has won the international "The Darrel Chong Student Activity Award" for the year 2017 under GOLD category.
  • Best Student Chapter Award : Dr. Rajesh Kannan received the Best student chapter award in the world for IEEE IES Student Chapter of Amritapuri Campus in Yokohama city, Japan, at IEEE IECON Nov 11, 2015.
  1. In 2015, two of our faculty members, Mr. Athul Shaji and Ms. Gayathri N have received Vishwesaraya Scholarship for research offered by Department of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  2. Dr. Shaikshavali C is a member of a couple of Local organizing committee such as IEEE International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, 2013, Nice, France. IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, 2014, Antibes, France.
  3. Dr. Nithin Nagraj received the prestigious award – "Rapid Grant for Young Investigators" (RGYI), from Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Tech., Govt. of India during 2010-2013.
  4. Dr. Nithin Nagraj, has the prestigious position of Adjunct faculty (Honorary), School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore (July 2012 - current).
  5. Dr. Nithin Nagraj is also the reviewer for numerous International Journals and Transactions such as:
    • IEEE Transactions (Image Processing; Information Forensics & Security)
    • European Physics Journal
    • International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
    • Journal of Theoretical Biology, of Information Sciences (Elsevier)
    • CSIT (Computer Science and Information Technology)(Springer)
    • CHAOS (American Institute of Physics)
    • CNSNS (Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation) (Elsevier),
    • International Journal of Imaging
    • EURASIP Journal of Information Security
    • ActaApplicandae, Mathematicae (Springer)
    • Computers and Mathematics with Applications (Elsevier)
    • Mathematical Problems in Engineering (Hindawi)
    • Journal of Franklin Institute (Elsevier) and
    • Journal of Information Sciences (Elsevier)
  6. Mr. Rajesh Kannan was appointed as the reviewer of the conference GHTC (Global Humanitarian Technology Conference)-2012. He was been also awarded the "Outstanding Branch Counselor" given by IEEE Kerala Section in 2012.
  7. Dr. Sundar Gopal, Dr. Nithin Nagraj, and Bri. Remya, were awarded the "Certificate of Recognition" by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for publishing in International Journals during the academic year 2011 (July 2011 – May 2012) .
  8. IEEE Kerala Section has bestowed a "Special Recognition Award" on Mr. Rajesh Kannan in 2011. Dr. Sundar Gopal, Dr. Nithin Nagraj, Mr. Karthi B. and Mr. Ramesh Bhakthavatchalu received "Certificate of Recognition for contribution to research" in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2011.
  9. Mr. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam received the "Outstanding Contribution to Technical Projects Award" given by IEEE Kerala Section in 2009.
 

Coordinator/ Invited Speaker

  1. Dr. Purushothaman A was the co-ordinator for the workshop on “ CMOS Mixed Circuit RF VLSI Design” at IIT, Kharagpur during 19-25 September.
  2. Dr. Purushothaman A was also an invited speaker for the FDP on “VLSI Design Fundamentals and Advanced” at College of Engineering, Perumon during July 20-25.
  3. Dr. Ramesh B was an invited speaker for the FDP on “VLSI Design Fundamentals and Advanced” at College of Engineering, Perumon during July 20-25. He delivered a talk on “ VLSI Tesing”.  

Funded Projects

  1. "Bandpass Delta-Sigma - ADC for Multi-standard Wireless Application", funded by Analog Devices India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India with project grand of Rs. 8 Lakhs, PI : Dr. Bibu Dutta Sahoo .
  2. "Development of a high resolution Hybrid Superconductor and Semiconductor ADC", funded by HypresInc, New York, USA, with an assistance of Rs. 43 lakhs, PI : Dr. Bibu Dutta Sahoo .
  3. "Mathematical modeling of population dynamics of Drosophila Melanogaster", funded by Department of Bio-technology, Govt. of India. The project is being carried out by Dr. Nithin Nagraj (in collaboration with IISER Pune) with a funding amount of Rs. 6.38 Lakhs, PI : Dr. Nithin Nagraj.

  4. IEEE Standards Education Committee, NJ, USA funded prjects, PI : Mr. Rajesh Kannan
    • Comparative Study and Implementation of JPEG & JPEG2000 Standards for Satellite Meteorological Imaging Controller in HDL.

    • Wireless Gadget for Home-bound Patients (using IEEE standard1073 for Medical Device Communications).

    • Intelligent Home Navigation System (IHNS) for the elderly and the physically challenged (with a grant US $7520).

    • Assistive Technology for Pregnant Women Health Care: Rural, Mobile Ultrasound Scan System ($800).
  5. Along with this Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has funded a project named "Robo Coconut Tree Climber".

Patents

  1. "Graph extraction labelling and visualization", US PAT# 7, 719, 533, issued on May 18, 2010, Lead-inventor: Dr. Nithin Nagraj.
  2. "Method and apparatus for segmenting structure in CT Angiography" , US PAT# 7, 676, 257, issued on March 9, 2010, Co-Inventor: Dr. Nithin Nagraj.

Best Paper Awards

  • Research Paper tiltled "Heal-Well: Health and Wellness Monitoring gadget for Home Bound Elders" won the second prize at student paper contest held as a part of Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2013, San Jose, USA. Goutham P, Vivek J, Mourya G and Ajithesh Gupta, all are 2014 B.Tech ECE graduated students
  • Ajithesh Gupta, Uday Dutt and Hithin Sushruth of 2014 pass out batch won third prize for the project “Robotic Arm” in 2013 GHTC student poster contest held at San Jose, USA, on October 20-23, 2013.
  • These students have also won the Second Runner up prize of USD 150 in the IEEE R10 UG Student Paper Contest 2013, titled "Prosthetic Arm Control for Quadriplegics and Arm Amputees". The award was given at the IEEE Region10 (R10) Student Congress held at Hyderabad

AMS Best M. Tech Project Award

AMS Best M. Tech Project Award 2016

  • Austria Microsystems (A VLSI company in Hyderabad) awarded Rs 10,000 along with a “Best Project Award” each for three final year students of M.Tech VLSI 2016 pass out batch: Anjali Gopinath for the project titled “Design of Low Noise Wide Swing Highly Linear Instrumentation Amplifier”, Ashwini Babu C P for the project titled, “JASPER Connectivity Verification for Memories and IO Pads” and Neema C Babu for the project titled,” Enhancement of Planar Passives using Open Loop Resonator”.
  • As part of their internship our 2016 passout M.Tech and PhD students taped out a Multi bit sigma delta modulator using AMS 350 nm technology in AMS, Hyderabad.

AMS Best M. Tech Project Award 2015

Students with developed chip at AMS

  • Austria Microsystems (A VLSI company in Hyderabad) awarded Rs 10,000 along with a “Best Project Award” each for two final year students of M.Tech VLSI: Saranya Kannan for the project titled “Design of secure logic BIST blocks for SOC testing”, and Prasanth Krishna for the project titled “ Design of OpAmps in FinFETs”. The name of the award is “Dr Martin Schrems Award"
  • The company also awarded a one year internship for three first year M.Tech VLSI students: Harini K, K V Manoj, Anjali Gopinath. The students are currently in AMS completing their internship and M.Tech final year project and they were offered job in the same company.

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Richard E Marvin Scholarship

  • Over the past years several of our students have been honoured with the prestigious Richard E. Marvin scholarship from the IEEE Computer Society in recognition of exemplary involvement in student chapter activities and academic excellence.
  • Tom Charly, Goutham P and Athul Balan of 2014 B.Tech pass out batch have won the coveted Richard E. Merwin Scholarship Award from IEEE Computer Society, Washington D.C., USA. They received an amount of USD 1150 each. Tom Charly was also chosen as Student Ambassador of IEEE CS
  • Ramesh N Nair of 2012 B.Tech ECE graduated batch received Richard E Marvin scholarship of USD 1500 from the IEEE Computer Society. Also, he was chosen as Student Ambassador of IEEE CS to Region 2 MGAB (Region 2 includes 8 states of Eastern USA).

Mars Rover Challenge

  • A team The Rover Phoenix, comprising of students from both mechanical and ECE won the 4th position out of 40 teams short listed for the United Kingdom’s University Rover Challenge( UKURC), as a part of European city of science 2016 held in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, United Kingdom on July 23-24, 2016. Also this is the only team selected from India.
  • A team comprising of students from both mechanical an ECE of B.Tech ECE students were selected for participation in the 9th International University Rover Challenge 2015 held at the Mars Desert Research Center, Hanksville, Utah, USA during May 26-30, 2015. They also received a funding amount of Rs 6.2 Lakh by Protocase USA (a MNC) for the project Mars Rover Project.
  • The University Rover Challenge (URC) is the world's premier robotics competition for college students held annually in the desert of southern Utah in the United States. The challenge is to design and build the next generation of Mars Rover that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field. The selection procedure was based on a Critical Design Review (CDR) which involves a video presentation of the built design and hardware realization of Mars Rover.
  • Twenty three teams from various countries were selected for the final round presentation and out of which five teams were from India. The students for this project were guided by Arjun B, a 2014 B. Tech ECE passout, who was that time working as a Research Assistant in Mechatronics and Intelligent System Research Lab(MISRL), Amritapuri Campus. ECE students who were eligible for the final round are: Arjun B Krishnan, Unnikrishnan V J, Deepu Prasad Mathew, Chinmaya Krishna Tilak, Ragesh Ramachandran , Amal Suresh, and Aswath Suresh.

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Technical Competitions

  • IEEE Richard E Merwin Scholarship: Vamsy Vivek of final year B. Tech ECE has won the IEEE Richard E Merwin Scholarship from IEEE NJ, USA in 2017. The scholarship consists of USD 1000 and 2 year free IEEE Membership and IEEE CS Membership. In 2016, Final year B. Tech student Gokul M received Richard E Marvin scholarship from the IEEE Computer Society as an appreciation for their activities in IEEE for the past three years.
  • Two of our B. Tech ECE 2017 Pass out students, Virajith V and Vishnu Vardhan got funded admission for MS in Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.


National Level

  • Purnima G of current M.Tech VLSI 2017 pass out batch, has won the best ANSYS Electronics/Electrical/ Instumentation Project award for the project titled “Design of Planar Crossover for maintaining High SNR ”conducted at Saintgits College of Engineering, Kottayam on 13-14 February 2017.
  • Shabina Mol of current M.Tech VLSI 2017 passout batch, has won the best poster award for “Investigation on electromagnetically coupled hairpin resonators” in the National Symposium on Telecommunication System 2017 sponsored by TEQIP II during February 20-22, 2017 at College of Engineering, Perumon, Kollam.


One Moment of Robot Glory (OMRG) Asia 2016, Robotics Contest, Singapore.

  • ECE students from Amritapuri campus won the largest numbers of prizes in Open Category (four prizes) and one prize in 'Under 18' category at the OMRG 2016 Robotics Contest held in Singapore on Feb 21,2016. There were a total of twenty one teams selected for the final round from different countries.
  • The robotic coconut tree climber named ‘Amaran’ won the Best Mechanical Design Award – “Amaran”. All students involved in this were third year B. Tech ECE students from Amritapuri campus: Sarath Kumar , G Sriharsha, Vignesh S, SuryaTeja, Vishnu R, S Venkatraj and Sai Kumar.
  • ClePa”, a staircase cleaning robot was adjudged the  Best Marketable Design Award .  All students involved in this were first year B. Tech ECE students from Amritapuri campus: Abhijeet prem, Aditya J, Aravind Hari, Bharath S and Arjun P.
  • An autonomous room cleaning robot named ‘Swachak’, won the second prize in the under-18 category. All students involved in this were first year B. Tech ECE students from Amritapuri campus: Aniketh Das, Pavanth Kumar, Aswin S, and P N V K Naveen.
    Other  prizes won in the open category include:
  • Second Prize – “Gesture based Navigational Platform” (Third year B. Tech ECE students from Amritapuri campus: Arsha V, Aparna P T A, Parvathy Gopal and G Akhil).
  •  Fifth Prize – “Hand Orthosis Robot for stroke patients”  (Third year B. Tech ECE students from Amritapuri campus: B Likhith, G Rajesh, Nirmal Elamon, Vinu S and N Vignesh)

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Mentor Graphics University Design Contest

  • For the three consecutive years 2013,2012 and 2011 our B.Tech ECE students have won prize in Mentor Graphics University Design Contest from the renowned Mentor Graphics CAD tool company

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  • First Prize: 2013 for the project “ Image Comparison and Matching using FPGA”. Students involved in this were: Goutham P, Vivek J, Moury G, Athul Balan and Athul A T, all are B.Tech ECE students graduated in 2014. They received a cash prize of Rs. 1,50000
  • Second Prize: 2011 for the project “Satellite Image Transceiver for Natural Disaster Alert” Rizwin Shooja, Ajay Mohan, Vineeth Mohan, Paul leons: 2012 B.Tech ECE graduated batch
  • Third Prize: 2012 for the project “FPGA based Security System” Ananthakrishnan P R and Deepak Dileep : 2013 B.Tech ECE graduated batch

Texas Instrument Innovation Challenge 2015 (Semi Finals)

  • A team of final year B. Tech ECE students (graduated in 2015), Nihil Sahoo, Chinmaya Krishnan Tilak, Jeevan NR and Aswath S were qualified for the semi final round of “Texas Instrument Innovation Challenge 2014” for the project “An Intelligent Brain Controlled Humanoid Robot”.

IEEE Student Enterprise Award

2012 – 2013 Recipients
  • Vivek J, Mourya G, Athul A T of 2014 B.Tech pass out batch received IEEE Student Enterprise Award 2013 under Region10, for the project titled “PULSS: Portable Ultrasound Scan System for Low Resource Settings”.
    2011 – 2012 Recipients
  • Goutham P, Vivek J, Mourya G, Athul AT of 2014 B.Tech pass out batch received this for the project titled “"HOPE: Wireless gadget for Home Bound Elders” with a cash prize of USD-1500
    2010–2011 Recipients
  • Vineeth R, Deepak Krishnan, Denny C Jacob, Akhil K S of 2012 B.Tech pass out batch received this for the Project titled “"HOPE: Wireless gadget for Home Bound Elders” with a cash prize of USD-1500.

Mars Habitat Design Contest

  • Tom Charly, Anandkumar Mahadev, Ashis Pavan and Sanjay S of 2014 B. Tech ECE pass out secured Third place in All Kerala ‘Mars Habitat Design contest’ conducted by ISRO,VSSC and ISSU held in connection with World Space Week 2011 at VSSC, Trivandrum- Kerala.

TIDE Awards

  • A group of 2014 B.Tech pass out students Athira S, Ushma Unnikrishnan, Sreeja K, Neha, Goutham P,Vivek J, Mourya G, Rocky Katoch, Pranav S V, Raghavendra M, Rithun Raj K and K Raviteja got 2013 Bright Idea Award (worth Rs. 3000) and 2013 Innovation Seed Grant (Rs. 25000) for the project titled PULSS: Prenatal Ultrasound Scan for Low resource Settings as part of Amrita TIDE Awards, TBI, Amritapuri
  •   Mr. Rajesh Kannan, Mr.Deepu K. B., Mr. Iype J. P., Mr. Parthasarathy R., Mr. Gautham P., "Power consumption analysis of direct, set associative and phased set associative cache organizations in alpha AXP 21064 processor", 2010 Communications in Computer and Information Science, 70, 114 - 119 (Book Chapter).
  • Mr. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Mr. Mithun Muralidharan Nair, Mr. Rahul Srikumar, Mr. Venkat Krishnan Balasubramanian, Mr. Vineeth Sarma and Mr. Venugopala Sarma, "Novel Variance based Spatial Domain Watermarking and its Comparison with DIMA and DCT based Watermarking Counterpart", Book: Matlab, ISBN 979-953-307-124-3, INTECH Open Access Publishers, University Campus, STePRi, Croatia, 2011 (Book Chapter).
  • Mr. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam, Mr. Manoj Prakhya, Mr. Ramesh Nammily Nair, and Mr. Mithun Mohan, "Intelligent Home Navigation System for the Elderly and Physically Challenged", Book: Autonomous Robots: Control, Sensing and Perception, Editors: Edgar A. Martinez-Garcia and Luz Abril Torres-Mendez, Cuvillier-Verlag, Cuvillier Verlag Oct 2011, ISBN: 978-3-86955-866-0 Germany 2011 (Book Chapter).
  • Mr. Ramesh N Nair of 2012 batch of ECE graduates, has won the coveted Richard E. Merwin Scholarship Award from IEEE Computer Society, Washington D. C., USA, for his exemplary involvement in IEEE student chapter activities and his excellent academic achievement. Also, he was chosen as Student Ambassador of IEEE CS to Region 2 MGAB (Region 2 includes 8 states of Eastern USA).
  • The students won the coveted prize from Mentor Graphics University Design contest 2012 of US $1000, on Dec 14th, 2012 during the International Mentor Graphics user conference User2User India 2012, at Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore. In 2011 a team from Amritapuri Campus had won a prize in this contest.
  • Mr. Ramesh N. Nair, Mr. Sai Manoj P. and Mr. Mithun Mohan of 2008-2012 batch won Second prize in the regional IEEE R10 Paper Presentation Contest 2011 for their paper titled "Gesture Based Wheel Chair Control for the Physically Challenged." They won US $200 as their prize.
  • Mr. Ajay, Mr. Paul Leons, Mr. Rizwin and Mr. Vineeth received Accenture Tech Vision Special Winner Award in Yahoo Accenture Innovation Jockeys contest in April 2012.
  • Mr. Mithun, Mr. Ramesh and Mr. Sai Manoj bagged First Prize under the Home Category in Yahoo Accenture Innovation Jockeys contest in April 2012.
  • Mr. Ramesh N Nair of our 2012 ECE passed out batch, Chaired the student poster presentation session at GHTC and he received sponsorship from GHTC to attend the same.
  • Amrita IEEE Student Branch has won the prestigious IEEE Student Enterprise Award for the project "HOPE: Wireless gadget for Home Bound Elders" for the year 2011 - 2012.
  • As a recognition to the extensive work rendering to IEEE, Mr. Ramesh Nair has been awarded the IEEE Kerala Section SAC Excellence Award in 2011.
  • The students received the "Best Demo Award" for the project "Intelligent Home Navigation System (IHNS) for the elderly and the physically challenged" in the International Conference on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief (ACWR2011).
  • Ms. Athira, Ms. Sreeja, Ms. Neha, Ms. Ushma of ECE won the 3rd prize in "International IBM/IEEE Smarter Planet Challenge Contest" in 2011.
  • Best New-Comer Award, Infosys, Preetha Sampath of 2011 ECE Graduate was awarded as the best fresher recruit in her work for Infosys (Client: Juniper Networks) in Pune.
  • Jayashree Muralidharan of 2011 ECE graduate received Award for outstanding performance in Infosys, also nominated for INSTA unit level award at Infosys.
  • IEEE student members won the first and second prizes at the "Humanitarian Technology Challenge Student Poster Competition," conducted as part of International Conference on Humanitarian Technology Challenges of the 21st Century, held in Feb 2010.
  • Mr. Hareesh S., Mr. Navneeth K., Mr. Akash P. and Mr. Vivek Vijayan won the first prize that included a cash award of Rs. 5000/‐ and a certificate of appreciation. The student's poster depicted a Robotic Coconut Tree Climber.
  • Mr. Ramesh N. Nair and Mr. Sai P. Manoj were awarded the second prize, a cash award of Rs. 3000/‐ and a certificate of appreciation, for their Wireless Vehicular Accident Detection and Reporting System.
  • Mr. Venkat Krishnan and Mr. Vineeth Sharma of 2006 - 2010 batch won the first prize in a contest to determine the Best Hardware Engineer, beating nearly 30 ‐ 40 other student teams that competed in a tech fest conducted by SCMS Engineering College, Kochi, in Feb 2010.
  • Mr. Nikhil Krishnan of 2006 - 2010 batch secured fourth rank at the All India level in the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam for admission to M. Tech. programs.
  • Amrita’s Chakshuyaan, (vehicle‐with‐eyes), was adjudged the Best Project at "TechTop 2009, A National Contest for Engineering Students" conducted by Techno park, Trivandrum in 2009. Over 200 teams participated from all over India. Mr. Shibesh Dutta and Ms. Vandana Vikram won the first Prize in the contest. The team carried home a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh.
  • Mr. Shibesh Dutta and Ms. Vandana Vikram won 2nd prize in the program "Young Innovators" category in a National Innovation Fair, "India Innovation Initiative, (I3)" conduced by IIT Delhi in Oct 2009.
  • Ms. Sowmya Narayan, alumini, (2004 - 2008 batch) was awarded the Wipro Prodigy Award for excellence at work. Only two or three new hires are given this award of the thousands of the people Wipro recruits annually. The only requirement is that they should have made some extraordinary contribution, while working on a project. Soumya was part of the VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits) Team at Wipro that was working on a client project for NEC Global, one of the world’s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions.

The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering has set up a few labs in order to carry out research in the identified thrust areas. These labs have facilities to conduct research at all levels. Students from Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs are actively involved in this lab to do research. Also research scholars and faculty members guide these students to do research in these labs. 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.

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, DSP kits from Texas Instruments etc.

The lab timings are highly flexible for the students to spend ample time validating their ideas. 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, FPGA based Digital Mammogram analyzer, a Superscalar implementation of the MIPS processor etc.

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 and embedded computing using 8 to 32 bit microcontrollers. 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.

A low power implementation of wireless remote controlled display system, that was selected for presentation at the CMENS 2009 (Dec.) conference at Dubai is one of the project designed at the Digital systems Lab. A detailed list of publications is available at the research page.

Analog 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, BSBSC-AM, FM, TDM etc for the undergraduate students to gain exposure.

Microwave and Optical Communication Lab

The Microwave and Optical Communication lab is setup to introduce advanced concepts of transmission lines, radiating systems and high speed communication links to the students. The lab provides the students to try out various experiments on radiating systems and analyze the complex concepts introduced in the class.

DSP, Communnication and Simulation Lab

The DSP, Communication and Simulation 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 PSPICE, MATLAB, ModelSim, RouterSim etc. The lab also has provision for hardware in loop co-simulation and platform emulation using XILINX SPARTAN family FPGAs and Texas Instruments DSP system development kits. The DSP systems are introduced in a practical perspective where the design and development skills of the students are honed and refined to enable them to become future architects of advanced systems.

 
 

Chairperson, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Vice Chairperson, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Associate Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Distinguished Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Associate Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Lecturer, Electronics and Communication, School of Engineering, Amritapuri