FDP on MATLAB - The Power Behind the L-shaped Membrane

The faculty development program on "MATLAB - The Power Behind the L-shaped Membrane" was planned with an objective of giving an intensive hands-on training to faculty members and technical staff Engineering/Science Colleges in Kerala, on MATLAB - the language for technical computing. The course content was outlined with a focus on the systematic building of the programming ability in MATLAB, including Simulink. Hence the hands-on training started with the fundamentals and towards the end, it extended to the advanced topics of interfacing with DSP kits and Arduino boards. This five days' training was organized by the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering during 9 - 13 January 2017 and was funded by the TEQIP-II Project. The coordinators of the program were Dr. A. Ranjith Ram and Prof. U. Sajesh Kumar, Assistant Professors at the Department of ECE, GCE Kannur.

The official inauguration of the FDP was carried out by Dr. K. C. Raveendranathan, our former Principal who currently works as the Professor at the Department of ECE, College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram, at 10:30 AM on 9th January 2017 at ECE Seminar Hall. The inaugural function was presided over by Dr. K. A. Navas, the Head of the Department of ECE in which Dr. T. D. John delivered the Principal's address. The key-note speech was by Dr. K. C. Raveendranathan on the topic "MATLAB - The Power Behind the L-shaped Membrane". Then the event was shifted to the Advanced Communication & Signal Processing Laboratory (ACSP Lab) in which all the hands-on training was held till the end of the program. In the afternoon of the first day, Dr. K. C. Raveendranathan headed a hands-on session on Digital Image Processing using MATLAB, followed by a session by Fundamentals of MATLAB by Dr. A. Ranjith Ram.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dr. Ranjith Ram dealt with Computing with MATLAB, Signal Processing, Image Processing, Control Systems, and Simulink. On Thursday, Mr. Mohamed Aslam, Consultant from PACE Electronic Lab, Cochin was the resource person who dealt with connecting DSP boards with MATLAB. On Friday, Mr. Pramod Kumar Naik and Chandrasekhar Ghale, Application Engineers from CoreEL Technologies Bengaluru had sessions on HDL Coder and interfacing with Arduino. The main attraction of the training classes was the motivational gifts occasionally given to participants which were actually supplied by MathWorks Bengaluru, as promotional goodies. The training program was so intensive that the course content selected from the scope of MATLAB was tightly packed in the available five days of the program. There was forty participants in which twenty two members were external. The program was very effective and successful, as observed in terms of participation as well as the feedback conducted in the end.


FDP on Modeling & Simulation Tools

The FDP was planned with an objective of giving an intensive hands-on training to faculty members and technical staff of Engineering Colleges, on the three simulation tools - PSpice, Matlab, and VHDL. The course content was outlined with a focus on the subject ECE233 - Electronic Design & Automation Laboratory of APJ Abdul Kalam Techological University (KTU). This five days' training was organized by the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering during 21 - 25 November 2016 and was funded by the TEQIP-II Project. The official inauguration of the FDP was carried out by Dr. T. D. John, the Principal in a function presided over by Dr. K. A. Navas, the Head of the Departmet of ECE at 10:30 AM on 21 November 2016 at ECE Seminar Hall. The key-note speech was by Dr. K. A. Navas, on the topic "The art of Experimentation in Electrical & Electronics Engineering Laboratories". Then the event was shifted to the Advanced Communication & Signal Processing Laboratory (ACSP Lab) in which all the hands-on training was held till the end of the program.

The resource persons of the FDP were Dr. A. Ranjith Ram and Prof. U. Sajesh Kumar, both are Assistant Professors at the Department of ECE, GCE Kannur who also handled the role of coordinators of the program. Dr. Ranjith handled four sessions on Matlab and Prof. Sajesh dealt with PSpice and VHDL in five sessions. The training was so intensive that the course content selected from the three software tools was tightly packed in the available five days of the program. There was forty three participants in which eleven members were external. The program was very effective and successful, as observed in terms of participation as well as the feedback.


FDP on RF Systems and Simulation Tools

Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering conducted a short term training program on RF Systems and Simulation Tools of one week duration, in November 2016. It was sponsored by the Directorate of Technical Education and was held during 17 th to 22 nd November 2014. This STTP was intended for the faculty members belonging to the Engineering disciplines - Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Electrical and Electronics and Applied Electronics and Instrumentation of Government, aided and self financing Engineering colleges and polytechnic colleges, statewide.

The training program focused on RF Engineering and the related simulation and design tools. The sessions included (1) Introduction to RF Engineering, (2) Electromagnetic Simulation and Computation (3) ANSYS High Frequency Simulation Software (HFSS), (4) Antenna Design Basics, (5) Antenna Fabrication using PCB Prototyping Machine - AutoLab, (6) CEM Solutions for new wireless challenges, (7) CMOS RF Systems, and (8) RF and Wireless Systems. The sessions were handled by eminent academicians as well as industrial experts. The industrial collaboration of the STTP is with Agilent Technologies, NI Logic Systems, and Entuple Technologies.