Students' Reading Group
Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • Serving the unconnected: Self-contained Re-locatable Wireless Communication using Tethered Aerostat (SeRWiCTA)
  • Mon
    6
    Nov

    Time

    15:00
    • Presenter:
      Prof Rajkumar S. Pant, Aerospace Engineering
    • Venue: GG 002
    • Abstract:
      This talk will provide details of SeRWiCTA, a system for addressing the last-mile communication needs of remotely located and under-privileged communities.The system is envisaged to be a totally self-contained and easily re-locatable system. It will consist of broadband telecom system (data+voice) mounted below an aerodynamically shaped balloon filled with a Lighter-Than-Air gas (e.g., Helium or Hydrogen). This balloon will be anchored to a winching and mooring system using a conducting tether, so that it can be raised and lowered as and when it is to be deployed to address a particular communication requirement. To increase the mobility and permit access of SeRWiCTA to remote communities, the entire system will be mounted on the chassis of a general-purpose truck. SeRWiCTA can also be used as a system for several other possible applications such as disaster management, tele-medicine, education, e-learning and e-governance.
    • Session Coordinator: Vijay Anavangot
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  • Connecting the Unconnected : Gram Marg solution
  • Fri
    3
    Nov

    Time

    14:30
    • Presenter:
      Dr. Sarbani Banerjee Belur, Senior Project Research Scientist, Gram Marg
    • Venue: GG 101
    • Abstract:
      In the modern digital age, ‘Right to Ubiquitous Broadband Connectivity’ is a basic human right of individuals, irrespective of where they live, their socio-economic status and gender. Internet has played a major role in the connectivity revolution by enabling a bridge to the digital divide through benefits of its usage. India has a very large rural-urban digital divide. While urban India is almost completely covered both through voice and Internet, rural India still suffers from inadequate connectivity with approximately 50,000 villages which do not even have voice connectivity and 6,40,000 villages that needs Internet connectivity. Hence, there is a need for broadband penetration in rural areas overcoming the various barriers and challenges that dissuades connectivity outreach to the rural areas. Thus, for enabling broadband connectivity to rural India, some of the important issues that needs to be addressed are – technology feasibility, affordability of the technology and sustainability of the technology at the village level. Thus with the vision of enabling rural India digitally, Gram Marg was formed. Gram Marg is the brand name for the Rural Broadband project at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay. Gram Marg’s main aim is to develop solutions and digitally empower rural, remote, under-served areas in India through Internet connectivity contributing to national growth and development. Gram Marg is involved in research, development of solutions and technology innovation to reach the rural, remote areas of India.
    • Session Coordinator: Omkar Anil Gune
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  • Generalized eigenvalue problem
  • Thu
    26
    Oct

    Time

    15:45
    • Presenter:
      Chayan Bhawal, PhD student
    • Venue: GG 103
    • Abstract:
      The standard eigenvalue problem finds widespread applications in different areas of engineering e.g., structural stability analysis, spectral clustering in image processing, dimensionality reduction in machine learning, Google page rank algorithm, control theory etc. Interestingly, a generalized form of the standard eigenvalue problem also finds applications in different areas of engineering. In this talk, we embark on a journey to understand the generalized eigenvalue problem. In this journey we find analogies between the standard eigenvalue problem and the generalized eigenvalue problem. In the process, we also look into a few applications of the generalized eigenvalue problem.
    • Session Coordinator: Aditya Chaudhari
    • Session Chair: Shana Moothedath
  • An Introduction to Bitcoin
  • Thu
    12
    Oct

    Time

    14:15
    • Presenter:
      Prof. Saravanan Vijayakumaran
    • Venue: GG 101
    • Abstract:
      Blockchain hype is all around us. The cover story in this month's IEEE Spectrum is about blockchains (https://spectrum.ieee.org/magazine). The first deployment of a blockchain was in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. This talk will introduce Bitcoin and show why a blockchain is needed to build a decentralized cryptocurrency.
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  • An Introduction to PWM techniques for Multi-phase Induction Motor
  • Thu
    5
    Oct

    Time

    15:45
    • Presenter:
      Satish Belkhode, Research Scholar
    • Venue: GG 103
    • Abstract:
      Induction motor is considered as the workhorse of industry. Since the invention of three-phase ac system three-phase Induction Machine became popular everywhere. But, due to the recent development in the controllers and power electronic devices, industrial applications are not limited by the conventional system of supply. Thus, Multiphase machines are considered as a powerful choice for the applications requiring high reliability, smooth torque response and high energy density. However, the increase in number of phases increases the complexity in control. Thus, the PWM techniques for five-phase induction machine require a special attention on reducing the complexity and handle additional issues. In the talk, the review of the issues related with the implementation of PWM techniques on five-phase induction machines will be discussed with the explanation of recent PWM techniques for the same.
    • Session Coordinator: Chandrakant Jat
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  • Semi-autonomous Pedal Assist Tricycle with Leader-Follower Control
  • Fri
    22
    Sep

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Jithu Krishna, M.Tech, Control and Computing
    • Venue: GG 303
    • Abstract:
      The last three decades have seen fast advancements in the field of autonomous vehicles. For a platoon of vehicles moving in a straight line it is required to keep a safe distance between them. In this talk, we discuss how this is achieved for a semi-autonomous vehicle using adaptive cruise control. Experimental results will be shown using these laws when applied to a tricycle with provision for human pedalling. There is an added advantage of energy saving because of human pedalling which extends the battery life of the vehicle.
    • Session Coordinator: Mousumi Mukherjee
    • Session Chair: Soumya Dutta
  • FET based Sensors - Development and Application
  • Wed
    6
    Sep

    Time

    16:30
    • Presenter:
      Vishnuram Abhinav, Research Scholar
    • Venue: GG 101
    • Abstract:
      The increasing demand of electronic sensors encourages the possibilities of IC technology to develop FET based sensors. This technology become continuously cheaper with improved characteristics (four S's). ISFET (Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistor) is one of the most widely used and explored. In my talk, I will present the journey of ISFET development along with the faced challenges.
    • Session Coordinator: Susmi T S
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  • An On-Line Radio Access Technology Selection Algorithm in a LTE-WiFi Network
  • Wed
    30
    Aug

    Time

    15:30
    • Presenter:
      Arghyadip Roy, Research Scholar, Infonet lab
    • Venue: GG 302
    • Abstract:
      In a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) comprising of multiple Radio Access Technologies (RATs), a user can be associated with a particular RAT and can be steered to other RATs in a seamless manner. To handle the rapid growth of data traffic, offloading of mobile data to Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) has been proposed in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) based HetNet. We consider an optimal RAT selection problem in an offload-capable LTE-WiFi system with an objective of maximizing the total system throughput subject to a constraint on the voice user blocking probability. An on-line algorithm for optimal RAT selection is proposed based on a Relative Value Iteration Algorithm (RVIA) centric Q-learning approach. The proposed algorithm can be implemented without any explicit knowledge of arrival processes of voice and data users.
    • Session Coordinator: Sadaf ul Zuhra
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  • Mathematical Essentials for Quantum Computation
  • Wed
    23
    Aug

    Time

    15:30
    • Presenter:
      Kapil K. Sharma, Post-doctoral fellow
    • Venue: GG 103
    • Abstract:
      Quantum computation is an emerging discipline which has it’s lucid applications in varieties of branches of science and engineering. To perform realistic applications for the same we need physical systems. These physical systems demand their mathematical representations. The state of a simplest physical system (ie. Spin- 12 particle) can be assumed as Qubit, which is the basic building block to process quantum information. This presentation is for beginners which will cover Pauli spin operators, representation of a qubit on Bloch sphere and a detailed mathematical procedure to write two qubits parametrized entangled density matrix. Further the illumination will be given to Pure Vs. Mixed states and mathematical tools for detection and quantification of entanglement.
    • Session Coordinator: Vijay Anavangot
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  • Application of fuzzy logic in DC micro grid
  • Fri
    18
    Aug

    Time

    15:30
    • Presenter:
      Ramchandra Bhosale, PhD
    • Venue: GG 103
    • Abstract:
      Fuzzy Logic based non linear controllers are being used in wide number home appliances. It provides the control actions which are similar to human reasoning. The Fuzzy logic control fundamentally uses the linguistic variables which are vague and imprecise but these are the building blocks of the fuzzy logic controller. These controllers are robust and do not demand the knowledge of the plant mathematical model of the controlled system. This controllers are designed based on the knowledge of the operation of the overall system. Such controllers are also incorporated in the micro grid applications in the power management, charging algorithms, converter control etc. This presentation includes the application of Fuzzy logic controller in control of the storage system in the DC micro grid.
    • Session Coordinator: Rupali Vinayak
    • Session Chair: Nawaz Hussain
  • Weather Radars - Application of radar principles to analysing weather
  • Fri
    11
    Aug

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Rajarshi Biswas, MTech (Communication Engineering)
    • Venue: GG 303
    • Abstract:
      Weather radars today are an invaluable tool in understanding a variety of weather phenomenon. They aid the modern meteorologist by peering into the internal structures of clouds, precipitation, thunderstorms or even cyclones. The data they provide, goes a long way in analysis and forecast of moderate to severe weather phenomenon which ensures safety of many lives. This presentation will explore what a weather radar primarily observes, and the characteristics it must have to do so from a radar perspective.
    • Session Coordinator: Neha Yadav
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  • SageMath - An open-source Python based mathematical software system
  • Fri
    4
    Aug

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Ayan Sengupta, M.Tech, Control and Computing
    • Venue: GG 303
    • Abstract:
      With the high cost of licensed software, and a strong initiative to avoid piracy, isn't this a high time we switch to free alternatives? But choosing from a wide variety of open source software can be tricky. Welcome to SageMath. It brings numerous free and open-source mathematics software under one platform. With its technical prowess and elegant ease of use, Sage has crossed many boundaries to become a pioneer in open source mathematical software system. We will look into a small part of this bigger picture and find out how Sage can be integrated with our daily studies, research and teachings.
    • Session Coordinator: Soumya Dutta
    • Session Chair: Chayan Bhawal
  • Identifying the "unseen": Zero shot learning
  • Wed
    26
    Jul

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Omkar Gune, Vision and Image Processing Lab
    • Venue: GG 103
    • Abstract:
      In the field of computer vision, deep networks have been successful in the supervised learning framework. But do they match human learning ability? Have you ever wondered how human is able to recognize new object categories? Is it just human visual system that plays a significant role or anything else? All of you can recognize cat, dog and rat. Can you recognize okapi, hirola or angonoka? Zero shot learning will do the job!
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    • Session Chair: Amit More
  • Expressing the Meaning – Prosodic Evaluation of Children Reading
  • Fri
    21
    Jul

    Time

    15:30
    • Presenter:
      Kamini Sabu, PhD (DAP Lab)
    • Venue: GG 303
    • Abstract:
      Prosody helps in conveying the proper meaning of speech along with the emotions. It is well-agreed that students' reading should not be mere pronunciation correctness, but should also involve reading fluency in the form of prosody. Pitch, duration, and intensity are known to be the good indicators of prosody. We use these features to predict reading fluency of children and to evaluate their reading capabilities.
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