Setting new Benchmarks: Prof Manish Okade at ICORT-2019

Setting new Benchmarks: Prof Manish Okade at ICORT-2019

Maneesh Rout | Mar 18, 2019

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NIT Rourkela bagged the Best Paper Award at the recently held International Conference on Range Technology (ICORT-2019), Integrated Test Range, DRDO, Chandipur, India. Dr Manish Okade, Assistant Professor from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, was awarded the best paper award for presenting his PhD student Sandula Payan’s research work in the area of Video Analytics.
The research work titled “Camera zoom detection in the compressed domain” deals with understanding the role of motion of a moving surveillance camera. This research is being sponsored by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India through their Early Career Research Award Scheme which Dr Manish Okade is a recipient of in the year 2016. The budget of the project is 23 lakhs, while the duration of the project is three years.
Team MM interviewed Sandula Pavan as well as his mentor Dr. Manish Okade. Below are excerpts from the interview.

Dr. Manish Okade

Monday Morning: Can you highlight something about the conference?

Dr. Okade: International Conference on Range Technology, (ICORT-2019) which is a prestigious conference in the area of Signal Processing and Communications was held at Integrated Test Range, DRDO, Chandipur, India. Range Technology refers to the instrumentation, communication and data processing for sale and reliable test and evaluation of air-borne weapon system. The range instrumentation includes tracking radars, electro-optical tracking system, telemetry systems and flight termination system. The conference was held from 15th to 17th Feb.2019 and had papers from foreign delegates, Indian Institutes like IITs, IISc, NITs and many Central and State Universities. Senior academicians and distinguished scientists attended the conference for exchange of ideas as well as networking to make India self-reliant in defense technology.

MM: Walk us through the selection procedure and presentation of the paper at the conference.
Dr. Okade: Generally, the best paper award selection starts as early as when the paper is submitted. Reviewers rate the technical quality of all submitted papers and also indicate if there are papers of very high technical quality. Since DRDO conducted the conference, their panel of reviewers is drawn from both academia, i.e., IITs, NITs, as well as research labs like DRDO, ISRO, BRNS, CSIR, etc. This panel consists of senior people in their respective domains. The paper submission process is double blind meaning the reviewers are unaware of the author names as well as their affiliations which brings credibility to the conference. During the presentation session where the actual paper is being presented by one of the authors, the quality and style of presentation also have some weight for selecting the best paper. So when I presented it, there were judges who were marking the quality of my presentation. All in all, it’s always a good feeling that your research group’s work is being recognised in such forums


MM: Who do you owe your success to?
Dr. Okade: The success of the project work is mainly due to the efforts put by the student as well as the funding received from the sponsor SERB, Govt of India which has helped me to procure the necessary hardware like cameras, video processing boards. My student Pavan has put a lot of effort in understanding the concepts of video analytics and carried out the work in a disciplined manner which has fetched him this award since I feel the student is the one who should get all the credit for this achievement.

Sandula Pavan

Monday Morning: What are your aims as a researcher?
Sandula Pavan: My aim as a researcher is to achieve my research goals which should benefit society and be useful to ordinary people, i.e., have societal impact.

MM: How has your journey been preparing your research for presentation?
Sandula Pavan:I am very thankful to the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering as well as my supervisor Dr Manish Okade for having given me all the facilities to carry out my research work. I have learnt a lot of technical things during the execution of the project especially the intricacies of the camera and its dynamics. While professor Manish Okade said,”A lot of research paper reading from IEEE journals like the Transactions has helped me formulate my problem statement which inturn has led to good results being obtained. Additionally our research group of Dr Okade supports open and reproducible research which is one of the best things since anybody can use our code and dataset freely by just downloading from my guide’s google sites.”

MM: Any suggestions you would like to give to the young research enthusiasts of NITR
Sandula Pavan:

You must have a good relationship with your supervisor. The interaction between the supervisor and student is essential. More the interaction, more the students gain from their guides.

Team MM congratulates Dr. Okade and Sandula Pavan for their accolade and wishes them luck for their future.

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