Students' Reading Group
Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • Measurement Uncertainty
  • Fri
    12
    Apr

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Ali Asger Khattab (MTech-I, EE3) (NCPRE Module Lab)
    • Venue: GG 103
    • Abstract:
      Measurement is fundamental to the growth and application of science. From the cutting of stone blocks to build pyramids and the timing of eclipses to inaugurate religious ceremonies to the counting of blood cells and the determination of the shape of the earth from satellite orbits, the methods, and techniques of measurement have been extended and improved and our dependence on their reliability has increased. Hence, estimating measurement uncertainty is important. Many people are daunted by the subject of measurement uncertainty. It is a subject that is widely misunderstood, from the factory floor to the highest academic circles. It is a complicated subject and still evolving. After listening to the talk, you will be able to estimate measurement uncertainty in your experiments correctly and easily.
    • Session Coordinator: Keyur Mistry
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry
  • Caching in Information Centric Network (ICN)
  • Fri
    5
    Apr

    Time

    16:30
    • Presenter:
      R Sri Prakash (Ph.D, EE1)
    • Venue: GG 303
    • Abstract:
      Motivated by applications like Information Centric Networking (ICN) for the Internet of Things (IoT), the talk is about the characterization of the fundamental limit on the performance of caching policies for transient data and characterization of the performance of traditional caching policies like LRU, FIFO. It includes a discussion of caching policies for the setting where the data being cached is heterogeneous in nature. This heterogeneity is in two aspects, namely, the lifetime of the data and the size of the data. The speaker also proposes a caching policy which divides the cache into sub-caches, such that each sub-cache is reserved for data of a specific size and lifetime.
    • Session Coordinator: Keyur Mistry
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry
  • Overview of Benefits and Challenges in Control of Futuristic Power Grids
  • Wed
    27
    Mar

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Mr. Kaustav Dey (Ph.D., EE3)
    • Venue: EEG 103
    • Abstract:
      Conventional power systems are undergoing massive changes due to the recent emergence of (a) power electronic devices, (b) communication technologies, (c) synchronized phasor measurements. While the introduction of these devices has been intended to improve the system performance, the implementation of these control strategies provides newer challenges and insights. Can renewables provide us better control of the grid? Are there any challenges? Do larger grids provide the solution to the applicability of better control strategies? We shall discuss some interesting aspects of modern grids - benefits and challenges of operation of larger grids with renewable sources and controllable power injection devices.
    • Session Coordinator: Keyur Mistry
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry
  • The role of culture in shaping scientific concepts
  • Wed
    20
    Mar

    Time

    16:30
    • Presenter:
      Prof. K Ramasubramanian, HSS Department
    • Venue: GG Conference
    • Abstract:
      Over several millennia different "scientific" and "metaphysical" traditions have been pondering over the nature of the physical world, the purpose of its creation, the role of human being in it, the nature of ultimate reality, and so on. The scientists and philosophers belonging to these traditions have introduced a variety of concepts and theories in order to explain the phenomena observed by them. As these practitioners of science are indeed a part of society and do not study the phenomena in isolation, the various ideas, and concepts that are already prevalent in the society seem to have had a discernible influence on their thought process. This becomes evident when we look at the theories that have been put forth in the cultural background in which they emerged. This difference in approach, which seems to been substantially influenced by the culture, has a bearing not only in advancing a theory or a model but also in accepting other theories that have been advanced in order to explain the same phenomenon. By taking specific examples from different disciplines, we will try to highlight some of these aspects during our lecture.
    • Session Coordinator: Keyur Mistry
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry
  • Power in your pocket - smart-phone enabled video crowd-sourcing
  • Wed
    6
    Mar

    Time

    17:00
    • Presenter:
      Amit More, Research Scholar, Vision & Image Processing Lab
    • Venue: GG conference
    • Abstract:
      Have you ever wondered why your phone is called a smart-phone? It's the array of different sensors in your phone, like GPS, compass, gyroscope and many others, that makes your phone a smart-phone. In this talk, I'll discuss how can you use the data from these sensors in the smart-phones to process crowd-sourced videos in a totally different way.
    • Session Coordinator: Vijay
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry
  • Aerostats for Last Mile Communication in a post-disaster scenario
  • Wed
    23
    Jan

    Time

    14:30
    • Presenter:
      Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant (Aerospace Engineering Department)
    • Venue: GG-303
    • Abstract:
      The first thing that breaks down in a natural disaster situation (such as earthquake, cyclone, or tsunami) is the communication system based on towers or other terrestrial assets. It takes a lot of time to re-establish this communication network, which seriously hampers the post-disaster rescue operations. Many solutions have been proposed for providing communications in such a scenario, such as satellite phones, but they are very expensive, and not so easy to deploy. Once such a solution being proposed is to set up a relocatable height adjustable network using a tethered aerostat system. An Aerostat is an aerodynamically shaped tethered balloon which can act as a long endurance aerial platform to mount a variety of payloads. This talk will describe the results of a recently completed project involving design, fabrication and field testing of a proof-of-concept of an aerostat-based system for providing last-mile communication in a post-disaster scenario. Short video clips of two field trials carried out recently to establish the efficacy of this system will be shown, and the results of the communications trials will be shared.
    • Session Coordinator: Kevin Gajjar
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry
  • Knowing the air you breath - The Signal Processing way
  • Fri
    9
    Nov

    Time

    15:00
    • Presenter:
      Vijay A., Reserch Scholar, WiNet Lab
    • Venue: GG-302
    • Abstract:
      Did you know that air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is the fifth largest killer in India. About 91% of the world's population lives in places where the air quality exceeds WHO limits. Is there an engineering solution that will save the world? In this talk, I will speak about signal processing approaches to analyze air pollution using data collected from IoT sensors. In particular, the talk will emphasize on emerging topics such graph signal processing, mobile sampling and model/data driven quantization.
    • Session Coordinator: Irina Merin
    • Session Chair: Irina Merin
    • Presentation Slides
  • A small step towards sustainable future: Journey of Team Shunya from Institute to Solar Decathlon China-2018
  • Fri
    5
    Oct

    Time

    17:00
    • Presenter:
      Chinmay R. Bhat [M.Tech EE3], Sandeep Sahu [M.Tech EE3]
    • Venue: GG-101, Girish Gaitnde Building, Electrical Engineering
    • Abstract:
      There were Engineering designs. There were extensive plannings. There was hands on hard work. There were managerial decisions. There were fun, excitement, and frustrations. And finally there was a prize. Please come join for an experience sharing session from the members of India’s only team to participate in Solar Decathlon China – 2018. We will talk about electrical planning, design, and execution that took to build an 1800 sqft. fully equipped smart home which takes its juice from solar to be a net-positive energy supply house, built only by IITb-students. We will also talk about various state of art technologies we came across during this journey.
    • Session Coordinator: Kamal
    • Session Chair: Kamal
  • Impact Ionization based SOI Neuron
  • Wed
    26
    Sep

    Time

    17:00
    • Presenter:
      Tanmay Chavan, Neuromorphic Computing Group
    • Venue: GG-Conference Room
    • Abstract:
      The human brain is one of the most complex systems known to man. Brain-inspired computing promises an extremely energy and area efficient solution to complex cognitive tasks like learning and recognition. Neurons and synapses are integral components of the brain thus, designing compact energy efficient electronic analogs to neurons and synapses are critical. To this end, our group has experimentally demonstrated a compact conventional 3-terminal partially depleted (PD) SOI-MOSFET based Leaky-Integrate & Fire neuron. Impact ionization induced floating body effect in SOI-MOSFET is used to achieve excellent improvement in area and power compared to conventional analog circuit implementations. Overall, conventional PD-SOI-CMOS technology enables very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) which is essential for biology scale (~ 10^11 neuron based) large neural networks.
    • Session Coordinator: Swetha
    • Session Chair: Swetha
  • Bearing-only formation control over directed cycle graphs
  • Wed
    5
    Sep

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Prof. Dwaipayan Mukherjee
    • Venue: GG-303
    • Abstract:
      This talk will discuss a bearing-only formation control problem for a group of single integrator agents over a directed cycle sensing topology. In two-dimensional space, a necessary and sufficient condition for the feasibility of a set of desired bearing vectors will be presented. Then we shall look at a proposed bearing-only control law for every agent and prove that the formation asymptotically converges to a desired one, specified by a set of feasible desired bearing vectors. Subsequently, analyses of the equilibrium formations in a plane, for a three-agent system as well as an n (>3)-agent system, will follow. Finally, the theoretical analysis on a directed triangle in a plane will be extended to the three-dimensional space and the talk will conclude with some simulations that validate the theoretical results.
    • Session Coordinator: keyur
    • Session Chair: keyur
  • Using Linux at a low level
  • Fri
    10
    Aug

    Time

    16:00
    • Presenter:
      Prof. Mukul Chandorkar
    • Venue: GG-Conference Room
    • Abstract:
      In this presentation we will cover three aspects of the use of Linux at a low level. First, we shall look at using the command shell to work with utilities such as the awk filter, pipes, grep and sort. Second, we shall look at using utilities such as the data recovery tools testdisk and ddrescue, and working with binary filesystem images using dd and mount. Third, we shall look at programming to access the computer's hardware associated with the UART and USB ports.
    • Session Coordinator: Kamal
    • Session Chair: Kamal
  • An Overview of Real-time Simulators for Power Electronics and Power System Applications
  • Wed
    8
    Aug

    Time

    17:00
    • Presenter:
      Santosh
    • Venue: GG-Conference Room
    • Abstract:
      What are real-time systems? If your answer is: systems with really fast computations, then think again. This session will touch upon some of the aspects of real-time systems in power electronics and power systems perspective, which can easily be extended for general settings. This session will discuss about some specific detailing of the evolution, classification and various components (major chunk of discussion) of the real-time systems. Towards the conclusion, a detailed description of realizing signal level solar photovoltaics emulator with MPPT controller, modularized on a single FPGA board will be taken-up. This task aims for classroom teaching of certain concepts and facilitating prototyping of various MPPT techniques.
    • Session Coordinator: Kamal
    • Session Chair: Kamal
  • Free Space Visible Light Communications and it's Applications
  • Wed
    1
    Aug

    Time

    17:00
    • Presenter:
      Akhilesh Patil
    • Venue: GG-101
    • Abstract:
      Due to high demand for data rate and spectrum, implementing new ways of communications is becoming necessary. In this session we will discuss development of new era of visible light communication with the trending term LiFi (Light Fidelity). We will discuss some of the applications of free space optical communication giving emphasis on inter-satellite optical communication. We will look at some of the design challenges in inter satellite VLC link. Finally a simple VLC serial link's practical implementation between two Laptops will be discussed . This session will give abstract glance on current and future developments in VLC technology.
    • Session Coordinator: Irina
    • Session Chair: Irina
    • Presentation Slides
  • A historical perspective on MEMS and micro-machining
  • Wed
    25
    Jul

    Time

    17:00
    • Presenter:
      Prof. Siddharth Tallur
    • Venue: GG Conference Room
    • Abstract:
      In this talk I will provide a condensed history of the evolution of the field of MEMS, and how the CMOS industry forces have historically shaped and influenced advances in MEMS. Along the way, I will also introduce the several commercial success stories that have resulted from this field, which will provide students a brief introduction to the field, as a whole. Lastly, I will touch upon my own personal experience in MEMS and my thoughts on how this field may evolve in future.
    • Session Coordinator: Keyur Mistry
    • Session Chair: Keyur Mistry