All things technical: the ultimate guide to workshops at Inno'19

All things technical: the ultimate guide to workshops at Inno'19

What is a tech-fest sans the technology? What is an NIT sans the technical obsession and the quintessential tech workshops? 

Innovision 2019 stood up to its tag of being a tech-fest with plenty of workshops that would delight any person who is even moderately tech-savvy. Beginning on Day 2, the workshops covered all the latest developments that had been making rounds in the technical universe. Team MM brings you a detailed summary of everything that went on in the workshops, to be cherished by those who attended and to be a booster for those who missed out this year 

                                                                     Tentative Events List 

 Here is the original schedule as per which the events were supposed to proceed

Now that we have an idea about what was “supposed” to happen, let’s see what happened. 

 1. Robotics Process Automation

In contrast to it’s mentioned timing, the workshop commenced at 10:30 AM, delayed by 1.5 hours. There were 300 registrations in total and the expected footfall was 120. The course was aimed at familiarizing the participants with the basics of Robotics and its application in the industrial sector. It was organized by Leading India and Mr. Indrajit Gupta was the trainer. 

There were a few prerequisites for the course. They were

  • Knowledge of MS Office
  • Knowledge of the Internet
  • Prior knowledge about Robotics (advisable)

The session began with familiarising the students with Uipath, the software which was to be used for the workshop. Mr. Gupta then explained about Robotics, its basics and the motives of the workshop. 

The event was coordinated by Sai Prakash and Soumyajeet Mohanty.

 2. Drone Training 

Drone training was a 2-day event organized by Dalvik Apps and WeCan Education in room no EC 138, where trainer Lijo Vharges introduced the students to the science behind drone and its application in the modern world. Scheduled to be started at 9 am, the workshop was delayed du o delay in the arrival of the train. The trainer started by explaining a few basic concepts that we use in our daily life like paper plane aerodynamics and much more.

  Since in the modern world, students are keen to explore various fields of science it is important to provide them a practical environment where they can try and learn. The workshop aimed at providing them with practical exposure as on the second day, participants were made to control a mini drone and it was for the first time the participants enjoyed applying the theory imparted to them.

 The event was coordinated by Ashish Mohapatra.

3. Internet of Things 

IoT was a 2-day long workshop organized by Dalvik Apps and WeCan Education. There were multiple discrepancies regarding the timings and the venue. Originally scheduled at 9 AM at EE simulation lab, it began at 10:30 AM in the LA Computer Center, room number 208. 

IoT is one of the hottest topics in the industry and it had a solid number of participants. The workshop was aimed at briefing students about the ongoing trends in the IoT industry. The workshop began with the basic concepts of communication and delved deeper into complex processes like data handling in the crowd. Concepts such as the NodeMCU environment(for rapidly prototyping IoT devices), basic web-server programming, serial communication, generic protocols, serial communication protocols were discussed by the trainer, Mr. Chinmay. 

In Chinmay’s words

This workshop is an overview of things neccessary to build a strong foothold in IoT. It is a short attempt to introduce the students to the ocean of oppurtunities that await them in the field of IoT. 

The workshop was coordinated by Masood Ahmed.

4.  Animation and VFX 

Animation and VFX have been a good area to explore and take up as a career option for a few years. Due to its increasing popularity, people are inclined to learn the basics of Animation and VFX. To teach students the basics of animating and how to create VFX effects, a workshop was organized by Makuta VFX. the event was scheduled to start a 9 am in the ing which, however, started at around 10;30am. Dorababu Achanta was the trainer for the workshop who explained the basics of animating and VFX in room no EE 319. It was attended by 18 participants. 

  The workshop consisted of the trainer explaining the models and basics through a projector slideshow, bu due to a technical issue the projector did not work and the trainer had to sho the slideshow in his laptop itself which was troublesome for few. 

5. Model Rocketry 

The Model Rocketry workshop was conducted by Space Development Nexus (SDNx), which is a space development company and a collaborative platform. It organizes workshops and competitions in schools and colleges to encourage innovation in space science and technology. The workshop was a very interactive one with the guest lecturer putting forth questions to students. The workshop saw a turnout of about 40 students from various colleges. The guest lecturer expressed his desire of seeing NIT Rourkela competing at the next ICRC (Inter College Rocket Competition). The workshop began with an introduction to space and space missions. Then it moved on to India’s achievements in space and finally, the 2-day workshop ended with the participants returning with knowledge of the basics of rocket design. It included topics like fuel, propulsion, range, and materials among other important aspects which one should consider while designing a rocket.

6. Explore ML

It was organized by  Developers Student Club, which is an initiative by Google AI. There were a total of 463 registrations and the turnover was 129. LA 209 was jam-packed with tech enthusiasts who were very evidently excited about getting to know AI better. Abel Mathew and Shaswat Lenka, two students of the institute who are part of DSC

The basic idea of the workshop was to introduce students with the very rudimental concepts of Machine Learning. Before the workshop began, the participants were asked to fill up a pre-workshop form which assessed how thorough the participants were with programming. The syllabus of the workshop was as follows

  • Introduction to Machine Learning: Participants were briefed on what ML is all about. To understand the concepts further, they were asked to try Quick, Draw! by Google. 
  • From Idea to Implementation: This section was dedicated to explaining how ML works, how an idea in ML grows into an algorithm. Here they were taught about data collection, data preparation, choosing a model, training, evaluation, and prediction. 
  • Privacy: The trainers explained why privacy while data collection matters and how it can be ensured.
  • Neural Nets: This section dealt with neural networks. Concepts such as layering, activation function, hidden layers, learning rate were explained.

The event was coordinated by Biren Biju.  

7. CCNA

CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate, which is an IT certification from Cisco. It aims to prepare students for today’s associate-level job roles in IT technologies. The workshop was conducted at the Mechanical Seminar Hall on 2nd and 3rd November. It saw a turnout of about 30 students, which is decent considering the level of the course. Though scheduled to be held in both the halves, it could only be conducted in the first half due to the lack of a high turnout and the amount of content which was to be delivered. The course covered the basics of networking and gave the participants an insight into networking. All in all, CCNA was a helpful workshop that could not get a high turnout as it doesn’t cater to all the students who come for the fest.

8. Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement learning is an area of machine learning concerned with taking actions in an environment to maximize some notion of cumulative reward. A workshop on the same was organized at LA 208 on 3rd November by Mr. Risab Biswas and Mr. Abhishek Nandy. The workshop saw a good turnout of more than 80 students. The participants were taught the basics of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).  And introduced to some software which is considered useful in this field. These include an open-source machine learning library named PyTorch and Tensorflow, a widely-used application in ML. The participants of the workshop were also introduced to the Anaconda Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Unity, a game designing software that makes extensive use of ML. This was followed by an introduction to the application of AI and ML in solving real-life problems. An introduction to data analysis was also covered by the instructors. In the second half of the workshop, participants were given simple tasks using this software.

 

9. Active vibration system

A workshop on the Active vibration system was held at LA 217 by professor PS Balaji from the Department of Mechanical engineering, NIT Rourkela. He explained the types of Vibrations and uses and benefits of different vibrations in different situations. Videos were displayed to explain the theoretical part of the lecture by giving practical applications of such systems.

The event started at 3 pm on the 3rd day and went on till 4 pm. The turnout was lower than expected but the workshop was worth it with the professor explaining various concepts that people use in their daily life without any hint of physics behind it.

10. Cloud Computing 

This workshop on cloud computing was organized by leading India. It started around 10 am in the EC Simulation Lab by Mr. Indrajit Gupta. This workshop was mainly focused on introducing participants to cloud computing and how it has become the backbone of today's online operating systems.

The registration was over 380 but only a mere 38 participants turned up that too late which caused the workshop to start late. In the second half, participants were given assignments based on what they understood in the initial theory lecture.

A participant shares his experience as:

“The cloud computing workshop was really interactive and knowledgable to get into cloud computing environment. The instruction for assignment was really simple and detailed which made it more interesting to learn.”

By this, the technical workshops of Innovision 2019 came to an end. Overall the workshops turned out to be great for those who actually wanted to explore various aspects of engineering. The knowledge and output delivered by these workshops will surely be of great value for the participants.

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