NITR's very own Si-Valley
Jan 14, 2017 | Abyakta Patra
The department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of NIT, Rourkela has yet again proved its mettle in the last semester, where students of the department made the institute proud by taking part in several conferences and the department also hosted a couple of workshops and short-term courses. The last semester was very eventful for the department and it also conducted the first GIAN workshop of the institute in the month of September.
In winter, a short term course on “Design and Implementation of Instrumentation Systems using LabVIEW (DIISL, 2016)” was organised by the Department from 19th to 23rd December, 2016. The short-term course, which had received immense response in its past few editions, yet again succeeded in drawing participants from all over the nation, with students from institutes like IIT-BHU registering for it. The course was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Umesh Chandra Pati and Prof. Sougata K. Kar and in technical association with National Instruments (NI), a leading instrumentation company of the nation.
The main objective of this short term course was to provide an opportunity to students, research scholars, faculty and industry personnel to get an exposure in the field of Instrumentation Engineering. It provided an insight into the field by discussion of necessary theoretical background followed by demonstration through simulation and hardware implementation.
On 19th December, Director(in-charge) Prof. C. R. Patra inaugurated the programme in the presence of Prof. Sukadev Meher (HOD in-charge), Prof. Umesh Chandra Pati, faculty members, participants, organising members (Sankata Bhanjan Prusty, Subhransu Padhee, Aditya Singh Biswal, Mamita Behera, Achala Pandey, Sourabh Paul), research scholars and M.Tech. students of the department. It was conducted in the Virtual and Intelligent Instrumentation Laboratory of the department.
In addition to that, Prof. Kamala Kanta Mahapatra, Head of Depatment, experts from reputed institutes like Prof. Alok Barua of IIT, Kharagpur, Scientist Santosh Kumar Behera of IMMT, Bhubaneswar, Er. Ved Vyas Mahanta and Er. Swetank Amber of National Instruments, Bangalore delivered interesting lectures during this course. The course received excellent feedback from the participants as they got to learn about the concepts of Instrumentation System, basics of LABView Programming, application development using LABView and hands-on operations with National Instrument DAQ.
It’s not only about short-term courses and workshops but the department also boasts of it’s students who take part in conferences to present their research work. Mr. Tanmaya Kumar Das, a Ph.D. scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Santanu Kumar Behera of Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering presented a research article titled “Design of a Compact Antenna for Biomedical Applications” during 15th- 17th December, 2016. He presented it in IEEE APSYM-2016 organized by Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi, India. His broad area of research was “Small Antennas for Biomedical Applications”.
The research work of Mr. Das mainly focused on design of compact wideband directional antennas which can be used in Microwave Imaging Systems. It would be helpful in detecting tumors in brain, breast, etc. Therefore, this research can contribute significantly for the development of biomedical applications.
With the recent developments, the ECE department of NIT-R has yet again proved its credibility and team MM wishes them with all the luck for their future endeavours.