IEEE - CAS Bangalore Chapter, India     CAS Chapter - Region 10
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Circuits and Systems Society
Goals: To conduct seminars, workshops, and other events pertaining to all aspects of electronic circuits and systems
Event Reports - 2018
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November
The Seventh Edition of PES University's Open Hackathon: #CODE 2K18
November 3-4, 2018
MRD Auditorum, PES University, Bangalore
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

code18-pes A The Seventh Edition of PES University's Open Hackathon entitled #CODE 2K18 was organized by Presented by Microsoft Innovation Lab, Sponsored by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter and Amper AXP on November 3-4, 2018 at MRD Auditorum, PES University, Bangalore.

#Code is the annual flagship event of Microsoft innovation Lab, PES University. It is a 24 hour open Hackathon where students present interesting solutions to a problem statement of their choice. #Code 2018 was the 7th iteration of the hackathon. The top 35 of 200 teams participated in the final round on the 3rd and 4th of November 2018. They represented various colleges across Bengaluru like PES University, R.V.C.E., MSRIT and Don Bosco.

The hackathon received various ideas from the domains of Android Applications, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Computer Vision. Some ideas tried to solve social problems such as navigation for the blind using a smart glove,garbage collection and disaster relief. Others had futuristic applications such as an augmented reality based travel guide.

The panel of writing consisted of esteemed personalities from academic and industrial backgrounds. They evaluated the projects based on completeness, innovation and societal impact.

The first place was bagged by Intelligent Medicine Box - "Chatur Chikitsa" which built a smart medicine box to assist the elderly in recognizing and taking their medicines on time. The second place was secured by ARray (Augmented Reality for leaRning All by Yourself) which used Augmented Reality to visualize 3D models of diagrams in a text book. The third place was secured by the team named - Synthesis Of Music To Compliment The User's Mood which built an intelligent bot that synthesized music according to the mood detected in the user's voice.

The event’s sponsors included Amper AXP by Quadwave and IEEE Circuits and Systems, Bangalore chapter.

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IEEE WINTECHCON - 2018 : Women's Technical Conference
28 September 2018 (Friday)
HOTEL ROYAL ORCHID, #1, Golf Avenue, Adjoining KGA Golf Course, HAL Airport Road, Bengaluru Karnataka India-560008

wintechon2018 IEEE WINTECHCON - 2018, the Women's Technical Conference was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter; In cooperation with IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE WiE Council, Bangalore on 28 September 2018 (Friday) at HOTEL ROYAL ORCHID, HAL Airport Road, Bangalore.

We had around 220 participants including some IEEE members.

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I N D E X   T O P September
Seminar entitled Advanced Biometric Technologies
20 September 2018
Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus, 560093
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

biometric-sep18 A Seminar entitled Advanced Biometric Technologies was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter in association with IEEE Bangalore Section and Texas Instruments on 20 September 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus, 560093.

Prof. Vincenzo Piuri of Department of Computer Science, Universiti degli Studi di Milano was the invited speaker, and started with an introduction to Biometrics that concerns with the study of automated methods for identifying an individual or recognizing an individual among many people by measuring one or more physical or behavioral features. Certain physical human features or behaviors are characteristics that are specific and can be uniquely associated to one person.
He noted that biometrics is rapidly evolving and getting more and more accurate in recognizing and identifying persons and behaviors. As a consequence, these technologies become more and more attractive and effective in critical applications, such as to create safe personal IDs, to control the access to personal information or physical areas, to recognize terrorists or criminals, to study the movements of people, to monitor the human behavior, and to create adaptive environments.
He gave an insight into the use of biometrics in real life that often requires very complex signal and image processing and scene analysis, for encompassing biometric feature extraction and identification, individual tracking, face tracking, eye tracking, liveness/anti-spoofing tests, and facial expression recognition. He reviewed the main biometric traits and analyzed the opportunities offered by biometric technologies and applications to support a broad variety of applications. The current trends in research and applications were also covered.

Prof. Piuri is a world-renowned expert in the area of biometrics and has authored several books on this topic.

We had around 35 participants with 10 from the academy and 25 from the industry, that included IEEE members. The participants got an oppurtunity to interact with the speaker after the talk.

I N D E X   T O P July
Workshop entitled Using Software Development Kits and Plug-ins for Seamlessly Prototyping IOT based end applications
28 July 2018
Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus, 560093
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

sdkiot-july18 A Workshop entitled Using Software Development Kits and Plug-ins for Seamlessly Prototyping IOT based end applications was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter and Supported by IEEE Bangalore Section on 28 July 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus, 560093.

Osheen Nayak and Manoj R. of Texas Instruments India were the instructors. They spoke about the widespread interest in the space of IoT (Internet of Things) and new applications that are being announced each day, and that the development of software for an IoT application presents a number of challenges to the developers. They pointed to the fact that since IoT is interdisciplinary, it is not uncommon to see professionals from multiple disciplines such as mechanical, civil, electrical, electronics and computer engineering to work on IoT projects. Owing to this, the software development platform must be easy to use. The workshop enabled the participants to learn about using software development kits along with plug-ins to make the prototyping a seamless process.

It was projected as a platform for the participants to understand and create ready-to-use IoT-based end-applications. Students and hobbyists from electronics, mechanical or computer science background and any professional working with Internet of Things based end applications were the intended audience.

We had around 16 participants including some IEEE members.

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Seminar entitled Disciplined Entrepreneurship: The Framework for Innovation Driven Ventures
27 July 2018
Texas Instruments, Bagmane Tech Park, CV Raman Nagar, Bangalore 560093
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

ent-framework-july18 A Seminar entitled Disciplined Entrepreneurship: The Framework for Innovation Driven Ventures was organized by PragaTI (TI India Technical University) in cooperation with IEEE-CAS Bangalore Chapter on 27 July 2018 at Texas Instruments, Bagmane Tech Park, CV Raman Nagar, Bangalore 560093.

Nidhi Sharma of MIT was the invited speaker.

The speaker highlighted that entrepreneurs are not born, but are made. She spkoke on how to learn, how to identify & solve the next big problem. Popular culture as she pointed out often portrays Entrepreneurship as a messy, hit-or-miss process, driven by a charismatic founder. She spoke on Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which is a framework developed at MIT for launching innovation driven new ventures, and presents a structured approach for the same. The audience got to know of understanding & applying the framework in a learning environment.

We had around 40 participants including some IEEE members.

I N D E X   T O P June
One-day Conference entitled IDIYE 2018 - INNOVATION & DO-IT-YOURSELF ELECTRONICS
16 June 2018
Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus, Bangalore 560093
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos ... Download PROCEEDINGS (Zip 27MB Right-click/Save As)

idiye2018 A One-day Conference entitled IDIYE 2018 - INNOVATION & DO-IT-YOURSELF ELECTRONICS was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter, supported by IEEE Bangalore Section & Texas Instruments India on 16 June 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus. The conference comprised a keynote talk, a panel discussion, six paper presentation with seventeen sessions, a live project demo and a valedictory session, it was a packed event. This was the second DIY event conducted by the chapter. The first IDIYE-2017 was held in May 2017.

N. Kavitha from STEPS Knowledge Services, a woman engineer and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the field of electronics, delivered the keynote talk at the conference. She provided her interpretation of innovation and emphasized that "innovation for the sake of innovation" will not help grow our economy. "Innovation must solve real-life problems that people face. Then and only then would people will be willing to pay good money for buying a product." She recalled that during her school days, there was an event where students were supposed to set up a sale and sell at least one thing that they bring along with them. "Colleges can use this technique to inculcate in their students the spirit of entrepreneurship. A big part of successful entrepreneurship is to be able to sell your ideas."



Keynote Talk on Innovation or Illusion by N.Kavitha (STEPS Knowledge Services Pvt Ltd, Coimbatore); Prof.Dhananjay V. Gadre (CEDT, NSIT Delhi) speaking on "Is the curriculum driving students towards or away from Electronics DIY?" and Navratan Katariya (Director-Startups with the Govt. funded NASSCOM) speaking on "Are Governmental initiatives helping in expanding DIY?" during the panel discussion on "DIY Electronics – What will take us to the next level?".

During the panel discussion that followed, the topic of discussion centered on how India can go to the next level in the space of Electronics DIY. DIY Electronics has existed in India for several decades now, starting with projects that could be done using the 555 timer. Many things have changed in the past four decades – easier availability of literature, easier availability of hardware parts, open-source software, social media platforms for collaboration, government initiatives to encourage “Make In India.” Yet, it is doubtful if the DIY community has grown significantly in India. The question is, why? Each of the speakers will explore one aspect of this question. The panelists were N.Kavitha, Prof. Dhananjay V. Gadre (NSIT New Delhi) and Mr. Navratan Katariya (Director-Startups with the Govt. funded NASSCOM).

Prof. Gadre spoke about the new scheme called "Atal Tinkering Labs" (ATL) that the Government of India has started to encourage the spirit of innovation, DIY, and entrepreneurship among school children. "Such labs have been set up in 3000+ schools at the expense of Rs 20 lakhs per lab, of which Rs 10 lakhs are spent on equipment such as measurement equipment, 3-D printers, signal generators, etc." According to Prof. Gadre, the formation of ATL in schools will build pressure on engineering colleges to upgrade their curriculum and include project-based learning as an integral part of the curriculum. He lamented on the fact that due to changes in the engineering curriculum, some courses such as the Microprocessor Lab are beginning to loose their identity and importance. By including the Microrprocessor Lab as a part of the course on Microproessors. he felt that the students will lose out on opportunities to work on significant projects.

Mr. Navratan Katariya (Director-Startups with Government-funded NASSCOM) spoke about the efforts by the Government of India to incubate startup companies. His organization's role is to build an ecosystem that is conducive for setting up startup companies. He offered many suggestions to DIY-ers who aspire to bring out their product into the market. "It is important to partner with someone whose skill set is complementary. If you are good in hardware, you will need someone who is good in software and someone who is good in sales & marketing as a partner. You must begin to look for the right partner if you are a DIY-er who wants to be an entrepreneur. It may be easier to find a life partner, but it is hard to find a DIY-parnter!" He also felt that the ecosystem in India for startups is steadily improving and there is a much larger acceptance today for startups than ever before.

I was the moderator of the panel and was impressed to see the number of questions that the participants raised. Prof. Vadiraj Acharya raised an important question. "We are constantly told that students must not be job-seekers but job generators. What can teachers do to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship among their students?" Several students raised questions pertaining to economic aspects of DIY and entrepreneurship and received suggestions from the panelists.

Prof. Abhishek Appaji (BMS College of Engineering), Prof. Dhanjay Gadre (CEDT, NSIT), N.Kavitha (STEPS), C.P.Ravikumar (TI India) chaired the paper sessions that had seventeen presentations. The technical sessions were categorized as Fun Ideas, Automotive Electronics, Instrumentation, Assistive Technologies, Monitoring and Safety and Security.

The conference was attended by around 100 participants. 17 projects were presented at the conference in six sessions in areas such as Automotive Electronics, Assistive Technologies, Infotainment, Security and Safety, Monitoring, and Instrumentation. In the valedictory session, prizes were awarded to the "best" projects. It was hard to pick the winners, since each project was the result of much hardwork and innovation; further, all the projects were in diverse areas. We therefore decided to do away with the "Best Project" award gave away prizes to 10 excellent projects. The enthusiasm of the students in explaining their projects to the visitors was exemplary.

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Two-day workshop entitled Electronics DIY - A Hands-on Approach
June 17-18, 2018
Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus, 560093
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

ediy-june18 A Two-day workshop entitled Electronics DIY - A Hands-on Approach was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter, supported by IEEE Bangalore Section & Texas Instruments India on June 17-18, 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus.

Prof. Dhananjay V. Gadre of NSIT, New Delhi, India conducted the workshop along with his colleague Prof.Arun Kumar. The workshop was intended for those interested in Electronics DIY projects and are interested in designing products. This two-day workshop introduced the participants into the world of DIY, embedded processors, hardware, and embedded software.

Prof. Dhananjay Gadre is a well-known DIY-er and an experienced teacher who has trained a large number of DIY-ers guided through the process of an electronics project. The instructors guided the participants about some best practices, recognizing some false starts, and differentiate between good and bad ideas. The participants also learned on how to get started with a microcontroller-based project with a low-cost product called the MSP430 LunchBox, a DIY project that was conceived and developed under the mentorship of Prof. Gadre which enables in creating more than 50 experiments and small projects when used with the Mini Voyager-1 system, which is also a product from Prof. Gadre's lab. More information on LunchBox and Mini-Voyager-1 is available through A DIY Ecosystem for Learning.

We had 16 participants including IEEE members. Each participant received an MSP430 LunchBox and a Mini-Launcher-1 kit.

I N D E X   T O P May
Seminar entitled Variable speed drives
31 May 2018
Dept of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

varspdrv-may18 A Seminar entitled Variable speed drives was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter and IEEE Bangalore Section on 31 May 2018 at Dept of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore.

Navaneeth Kumar N of Texas Instruments Incorporated (MGTS, Systems manager - Motor drives) was the invited speaker.

The talk's main intent was to provide a better perspective to the students on how OEM's design and what factors influence the architecture. According to the speaker, Variable speed drives have been in the market for long and has been undergoing constant changes to meet up with the market requirements, IEC standards and technological advancements in power, computational devices, diagnostics and communication interfaces. The talk hence focused on Market trends, different power stage architecture (Current sensing, Gate driver and Isolation) used in drive, functional safety in drives, EMC standards and application of WBG devices in drives.

We had around 32 participants including some IEEE members.

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Hands-on Introduction entitled Design and Verification through Verilog and System Verilog
22 April 2018
Canara Engineering College, Mangalore
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

verilog-22 april 2018 A Hands-on Introduction to Design and Verification through Verilog and System Verilog was jointly organized by IEEE Student Branch, CEC Mangalore and IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter on 22 April 2018 at Canara Engineering College, Mangalore.

Dr. C.P. Ravikumar of Texas Instruments India was the invited speaker. Focusing on verification of the design which being one of the most resource and time-intensive steps in the SoC Design Flow, the hands-on workshop gave an introduction to the topic of digital design verification. Verilog and System Verilog in particular were discussed and RTL coding and development of test benches were provided. Being an advanced subject, the participants were required to have taken a class on Digital Design and being familiar with combinational and sequential logic design, with prior exposure to VLSI Design and VHDL or Verilog coming in handy.

We had 29 participants comprising students, 2 faculty members and 9 IEEE members. The event evoked positive responses, and the participants found the practical sessions interesting with theory & practical aspects balanced neatly, and liked the workshop for being interactive that made the concepts clear. Many opined on getting to know the basics of design flow which would help during placements. They praised the instructor for being very knowledgeable and down to earth with the industry expectations explained where the overview of System Verilog and the approach to be taken were provided with clear cut ideas on digital design flow and digital design, specially the difference between Verilog and System Verilog and how industry uses it.

The instructor had arranged a quiz competition at the end of the session with exercises on Verilog for better practical knowledge which everyone enjoyed. Prizes were distributed for the winners. There were requests for a similar in-depth event with longer duration in the future.

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IEEE Bangalore Section holds a workshop to help members aspiring for Senior Grade Elevation
9 June 2018
Texas Instruments India, Bagmane Techpark, C.V.Raman Nagar Bangalore Campus, 560093
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos ... Download Talk by Puneet Mishra (Vice Chair, IEEE Bangalore Section) (PDF)

ieee-smep-june18 On June 9, IEEE Bangalore Section held a workshop for about 70+ members who are aspiring to get elevated to senior grade membership. IEEE offers memberships of different types, starting with student membership, moving on to professional membership, senior membership, fellow membership, and life membership. Senior membership is offered to a very small number of members who have done noteworthy work in their chosen fields.

The process for senior membership elevation involves (a) nomination (b) referral and (c) selection by a committee constituted by IEEE. A member may nominate himself/herself, or may be nominated by another member. There are some basic requirements such as being a member of IEEE for at least 5 years and being in the profession for at least 10 years. This professional experience also includes the student days (3 years if the member is an undergraduate degree holder, 4 if the member has a postgraduage degree, and 5 if the member has a Ph.D.) At least 3 referees must fill out an online referral form. They must recognize the quality of work carried out by the nominated member. A committee of experts nominated by IEEE will consider the referrals and finally shortlist members who are selected for elevation.

Puneet Mishra, Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore Section, welcomed the participants to the meeting. Keshav Bapat, Chair-Elect for IEEE Bangalore Section, spoke about the benefits of being an IEEE Member. He also spoke about the process for applying for senior membership elevation and offered clarifications for questions raised by members. Several members of IEEE Bangalore Execom, including Sudeendra Koushik (Chair), offered their viewpoints during the discussions. Deepa, a faculty member from Amrita University, who was elevated to senior membership in the previous year, spoke about her experience. She thanked IEEE Bangalore Section, for the initiative of conducting such workshops to help members.

Two technical talks were included as part of the program: Dr Chetan Thakur, professor of Electonic Systems Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, gave an interesting talk about neuromorphic computing and talked about the work being done by his own group. This was followed by a talk by Manav Mediratta (Texas Instruments, India), who spoke about the work being done by TI in the space of IoT. In particular, he explained the work in that TI is doing the space of "end point devices" that are used in an IoT.

I had the pleasure to coordinate this event with Divya M, also a member of IEEE Bangalore Execom.

I N D E X   T O P March
Hands-on Introduction to Design and Verification through Verilog and System Verilog
24 March 2018
Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus, Bagmane Techpark, CV Raman Nagar
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

verilog-mar18 A Hands-on Introduction entitled Design and Verification through Verilog and System Verilog was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter with support by Texas Instruments, India and IEEE Bangalore Section on 24 March 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus, Bagmane Techpark, CV Raman Nagar.

Dr. C.P. Ravikumar of Texas Instruments India was the instructor for the one-day program that was targeted at students and faculty with prior knowledge on Digital Design and were required to be familiar with combinational and sequential logic design. Prior exposure to VLSI Design and VHDL or Verilog were also mentioned to be a requirement to understand the advanced topics. The tutorial began wth an introduction to the topic of digital design verification. Verilog and System Verilog were discussed and provided examples of RTL coding and development of testbenches.

The participants were excited to learn about VLSI design, Verilog, System Verilog and industrial design practices. The tutorial was hands-on, with simulation exercises. The participants made use of public-domain tools. Starting from a simple combinational logic design, several concepts of Verilog HDL were unfolded. The basic example was refined successively to illustrate further concepts. The next exercise was about synchronous sequential logic design. It started with an example that was small and grew it to include more advanced concepts.The example of a built-in self-test system was looked into. Finally, the tutorial focused on System-Verilog, the motivation for SV, and the new language constructs that SV includes to simplify the task of a verification engineer.

IEEE Bangalore Section supported the event, with Mr.Suraj helping in publicizing the event. Divya M (member of Execom, IEEE Bangalore Section) explained the benefits of membership to the participants during the valedictory function.

The audience was a mix of students, teachers from engineering colleges, and a few professionals. About 30% of the 28 participants were members of IEEE. There was an online test that the participants took at the end of the tutorial. The average score was 78%. The top three scorers also received prizes! There was a positive feedback with expectations of a similar workshop with longer duration exclusively for research scholars. Many opined on getting an insight into industrial practices that take place in the semiconductor industry, and on having obtained a lot more than expected from the program.

A summation of this event by the instructor on IEEE Blog entitled A full-day tutorial on VLSI Design Verification is available.

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Panel Discussion during Cyberia'18 (26 February to 4 March 2018)
Topic: How to effectively embed skill development into Educational Program so that the graduates are rendered industry ready?
3 March 2018
SJCE, Mysuru
Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

cyberia18-sjce A Panel Discusssion entitled How to effectively embed skill development into Educational Program so that the graduates are rendered industry ready? was conducted on 3 March 2018 as a part of Cyberia'18 an IEEE Student conference (26 February to 4 March 2018). The event was organized by IEEE-SJCE, Mysuru at Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysuru - 570 006.

The panel was moderated by B. Ramkumar (former Tektronix) and the panelists included Varun Shastri, Working at Applied Materials, Dr. Narasimha Kaulgad, Professor NIE, Mysuru, Dr. Bindu Thomas, Professor VVIET, Arun Pradeep, CEO of Neutrinos Solutions, Ramesh Agrahar, Vice President Kaynes, Srikantaswamy Bisilavaadi, Robert Bosch, and C.P. Ravikumar, Director of Technical talent development, TI India.

ieee-sjce"How to effectively embed skill development into Educational Program so that the graduates are rendered industry ready?" This was the topic of a panel discussion organized at the inauguration of Cyberia 2018, an annual student technical festival organized by SJCE Mysuru. I had the privilege to be the Chief Guest at the inauguration as well as a panelist. My thanks are due to Prof. Sudharshan Patil, faculty counsellor of the IEEE SJCE branch, for this invitation. I understand that this is the second time I have had this honor. Several years ago, Prof. C.R. Venugopal, who was then the branch counsellor of the branch, had extended a similar invitation to me.

This year, my co-panelists were Mr. Srikantaswamy Bisilavaadi from Robert  Bosch, Mr.Ramesh Agrahar, Vice President of Kaynes, Mr. Arun Pradeep, CEO of Neutrinos Solutions, Dr. Narasimha Kaulgad, Professor NIE, Mysuru, Dr. Bindu Thomas, Professor  at VVIET, Mysuru, and Varun Shastri ,employee of Applied Materials. The panel was moderated by B. Ramkumar (former Tektronix). Several faculty members of SJCE as well as students attended the panel discussion and raised interesting questions.

Let me summarize some of the important points that came up during discussion. I want to emphasize that in a panel discussion, there are no conclusions. It is a discussion where ideas are tossed across to make people think.

  • Project-based learning
  • Some of the panelists from the industry felt that students must focus on "project-based learning." In today’s competitive world, industry is looking for students who have the ability to solve practical problems and have a higher level of awareness of the trends. One panelist made the following remark. "When I interview candidates, I ask them what they can do. Unfortunately, I am unable to get a clear answer. Professionals such as carpenters or chefs will be able to give a clear answer to such a question, but engineers are unable to do so." This is food for thought for everyone. Should engineers have a specific answer for such a question? Are they expected to do one thing and only one thing when they graduate? What is the aim of engineering education?

  • Softskills
  • Some panelists felt that it is important for students to pick up soft skills such as good communication skills. Both written and oral communication skills are important for an engineer. Be warned, however, that softskills are necessary but not sufficient to land a job. Remember, you will have to do well on exams to be shortlisted, get good scores on written tests and excel in technical interviews.

  • Role of Industry and Academia
  • There was a discussion on what industry’s role is in this process. Of course, industry professionals can provide inputs to the committees that design curricula. Companies typically invest in one or more colleges from where they tend to recruit. They may send engineers to teach courses. They may provide internship opportunities to students. They may provide free licenses to software or free IC samples, etc. During the Q&A, there was a discussion on whether the viewpoints of students must be given consideration in framing the curriculum. There was a also discussion on what academia can do towards imparting skills. In this connection, there was a discussion on upgrading the curricula. It was mentioned that VTU is planning to reduce the number of course credits in undergraduate programs, which would reduce the burden of classes and allow students to focus on project-based learning.

    The panel discussion was lively and generated good interest among the participants. Of course, as is always the case, a panel discussion generates more questions than answers. I have had the privilege to attend, moderate, organize, and participate in several panel discussions at IEEE conferences such as VDAT, VLSI Design Conference, VTS, and ITC to name a few. I congratulate the organizing committee of Cyberia-2017 for having organized yet another interesting panel discussion.

    A number of faculty and students from Mysuru were present at the inauguration of Cyberia-2018.

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    Tutorial entitled Introduction to VLSI Design - An Industry Perspective
    3 March 2018
    GSSS Institute Of Engineering And Technology For Women, Mysore
    Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

    vlsi-mar18 The Departments of Telecom and Electronics & Communication at the GSSS Institute of Technology for Women, Mysuru, organized a tutorial on Introduction to VLSI Design - An Industry Perspective in cooperation with IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter. The tutorial was delivered by Dr C.P. Ravikumar of Texas Instruments.

    The event began with a brief inaugural ceremony where Dr. Parameshachari, Head of the Department of Telecom, Dr. Satyanarayana, Head of the Department of E&C, and Dr. M.K. Shivakumar, Principal of GSSITW were present. The tutorial was attended by the third-year undergraduate students of Telecommunication and Electronics-& Communication. About 200 students were present in the audience. In addition, several faculty members attended the event. A special guest included Dr Sukumar, a senior professor, former Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at SJCE, Mysuru.

    Dr Ravikumar had planned the tutorial as a "quiz" to keep the audience engaged. He asked a series of questions to the audience on a range of topics related to SoC design and design flow. There were even prizes for those who participated in the discussion. Prof. Parameshachari offered the vote of thanks.

    I N D E X   T O P February
    Two Seminars were held on 20 February 2018 with the speakers from IIT Roorkee serving as senior faculty members.
    1. Seminar entitled Accurate Cell Characterization in the era of Variability
    20 February 2018 (10.30 AM to 11.30 AM)
    TI India, Bangalore Campus, Bagmane Techpark, CV Raman Nagar
    Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

    cellchar-feb18 A Seminar entitled Accurate Cell Characterization in the era of Variability was organized by PragaTI (TI India Technical University) in association with IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter and IEEE Bangalore Section on 20 February 2018 (10.30 AM to 11.30 AM) at TI India, Bangalore Campus, Bagmane Techpark, CV Raman Nagar.

    Bulusu Anand of (Dept of ECE, IIT Roorkee) was the invited speaker. The talk began with the need for VLSI circuits design methodologies to consider device level phenomena/effects at a higher level of abstraction owing to technology scaling and the consequent performance variability. Especially since the drive for a near threshold voltage operation creates an additional requirement of predicting the possibility of soft errors during the circuit/layout design phase, particularly for storage elements. The speaker noted that to address these issues, device-circuit linkages, which can be used in circuit/layout design and in standard cell characterization are very useful.

    He spoke about IIT Roorkee developing models which link device parameters to circuit level performance of inverters, buffers, inverter followed by transmission gate, multiplexers and important latches/flip-flops. And also about the institute developing physics-based logic gate/latch delay/timing and soft error models in terms of device threshold voltage, carrier mobilities, and supply voltage. He explained how they then use these models to develop circuit/layout design methodologies in nominal/near-threshold voltage domains and also to improve standard cell characterization methodologies. In these methodologies we consider systematic variations due to layout dependent effects (LDEs), changes in supply voltage and temperature. The team as he explained develops these methods for planar CMOS and multi-gate technologies.

    We had around 16 participants including some IEEE members. The event was also available as a webinar via the TI WebEx portal and was attended by 5 participants remotely.

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    2. Seminar entitled Recent Research in Semiconductor Area at IIT Roorkee
    20 February 2018 (11.30 AM to 12.00 PM)
    TI India, Bangalore Campus, Bagmane Techpark, CV Raman Nagar
    Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

    iitr-feb18 A Seminar entitled Recent Research in Semiconductor Area at IIT Roorkee was organized by PragaTI (TI India Technical University) in association with IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter and IEEE Bangalore Section on 20 February 2018 (11.30 AM to 12.00 PM) at TI India, Bangalore Campus, Bagmane Techpark, CV Raman Nagar.

    Sudeb Dasgupta of (Dept of ECE, IIT Roorkee) was the invited speaker. His talk focused on the research activities carried out by their group at IIT Roorkee. Primarily it dealt with device circuit co-design issues for devices such as bulk MOSFET, FinFETs, Tunnel FETs as well as reconfigurable FETs. He explained on how they start with the device physics and extend it to extract the output characteristics followed by its circuit application in both Analog and Digital domain. The team does a device-level optimisation in order to achieve performance enhancement in various circuits such as memory etc.

    The speaker also discussed the low power design techniques used for the conventional SRAM cell, and about the design and development of radiation hardened techniques for low earth orbiting satellites (LEOS).

    We had around 16 participants including some IEEE members. The event was also available as a webinar via the TI WebEx portal and was attended by 5 participants remotely.

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    January
    Seminar entitled GaN Power Devices: Characteristics, Design Considerations and Applications
    18 January 2018
    IISc, Bangalore, Department of Electrical Engineering
    Report by C.P.Ravikumar ... Photos

    gan-jan18 A Seminar entitled GaN Power Devices: Characteristics, Design Considerations and Applications was jointly organized by IEEE PELS (Power Electronics Society) and IEEE CAS, Bangalore Chapter on 18 January 2018 at IISc, Bangalore, Department of Electrical Engineering.

    Salil Chellappan (Systems Manager – Power Delivery, Industrial Systems) of Texas Instruments was the invited speaker. The presentation covered the characteristics, design considerations and a typical application of GaN power devices in two parts. The first half focused on the application related characteristics of GaN power devices. A comparative study of available device architectures (like enhancement and depletion mode), specifications and packaging vis-a-vis power conversion applications were presented.

    The second half focused more on a practical implementation using GaN devices – a "Zero Voltage Switched Interleaved Critical Conduction Mode Totem pole Bridgeless PFC", that extends the switching frequency range to the MHz region. The background, implementation aspects and results were also presented.

    We had around 36 participants including some IEEE members.

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    IEEE-CAS Society Bangalore Chapter had arranged two seminars back-to-back on 10 January 2018.

    1. Seminar entitled BIST for High-Quality and Low-Cost Testing
    10 January 2018 (10 to 11 AM)
    Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus
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    bist-jan18 A Seminar entitled BIST for High-Quality and Low-Cost Testing was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter, in cooperation with Texas Instruments and IEEE Bangalore Section on 10 January 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus.

    Sule Ozev, an Associate Professor at Arizona State University was the invited speaker. She highlighted the main aspect of the topic, on Built-in self-test (BIST) potentially reducing the overall cost of production test and calibration by allowing access to embedded components at low cost. She presented an overview for analog/RF BIST along with an emphasis on BIST approaches for static and dynamic testing of power converters. For static test, a small footprint zoom-ADC was presented, and for dynamic test, transfer function characterization through PRBS stimulation was covered. The measurement results in both were discussed.

    We had around 20 participants including some IEEE members. The event was also available as a webinar via the TI WebEx portal and was attended by 15 participants remotely.

    2. Seminar entitled Assertions for Analog and Mixed-Signal Verification
    10 January 2018 (11.15 to 12.15 PM)
    Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus
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    analog-msv-jan18 A Seminar entitled Assertions for Analog and Mixed-Signal Verification was organized by IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter, in cooperation with Texas Instruments (India) and IEEE Bangalore Section on 10 January 2018 at Texas Instruments India, Bangalore Campus.

    Dr.Pallab Dasgupta of the Dept of CSE, IIT Kharagpur was the invited speaker. He pointed about Assertions having transformed the landscape of verification technology, leading to nearly ubiquitous adoption of industry standards such as SystemVerilog Assertions (SVA) and Property Specification Language (PSL). And in view of the increasing volume of analog components in mixed-signal SOCs, he felt there is a growing need for enabling assertion based verification of AMS circuits. The talk outlined the emerging nuances of AMS assertions, focusing on a wide variety of questions. He raised the questions on if AMS assertions are semantically different from their digital counterparts, and if we need fundamentally different CAD algorithms for checking AMS assertions? The other pointers were if AMS assertion checking adversely affect the analog simulator's performance, and if AMS assertions can be used for coverage analysis? He also queried if AMS assertions are rich enough to express most things that an AMS designer intends to validate.

    We had around 20 participants including some IEEE members. The event was also available as a webinar via the TI WebEx portal and was attended by 20 participants remotely.

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