Internet of Things using Python & Raspberry Pi

Techtronix, the official society, ECE Department organized a workshop on 6th September 2019 on Internet of Things using Python & Raspberry Pi. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with Sofcon India private limited. The speaker in the workshop was Mr. Lalitesh Kumar Singh (Branch Manager), having 10 Years an Experience in Projects, Training & Management based on Automation Industries and Mr. Archit Sahu (Embedded Engineer)-Having 3 Years an Experience in Software Development, Training, Firmware, IOT, Hardware development for various applications. Around Fifty students participated in this workshop. Majority of the students were from ECE 3rd year. This workshop turned out to be very vibrant, interactive and fruitful to working with Raspberry Pi basics and its working. Speakers also talked about the abundant job opportunities available in the IOT field. In the second session, the participating students were divided into four teams and were told to make some small projects for GPIO programming. The workshop was very useful for the students to brush up their skills & to get hands on experience on Raspberry Pi .Overall it was a great learning experience. The enthusiasm shown by the students indicates that we should organize more events in future in this field.

Machine Learning Workshop

A Machine Learning Workshop was conducted on 6th September 2019 by ECE department under the aegis of IPML (Image Processing & Machine Learning) club. Google certified trainer Vikas Mittal an alumnus of DCE who has worked with American Express and other reputed companies and has the abundance experience of corporate sector training in the field of Artificial Intelligence was the main speaker in this workshop. Around seventy students participated in this workshop. Majority of the students were from ECE but a sizeable number of students from EEE, CSE and IT students also attended this workshop. This workshop turned out to be very vibrant, interactive and fruitful where fundamentals of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and their usefulness in the practical problems were discussed. Speakers also talked about the abundant job opportunities available in the AI field. After the session of the speakers the participating students were divided into five teams and were told to prepare data acquisition plans of five real world problems. After a lot of brain storming amongst teams one member of each team presented their solution. The enthusiasm shown by the students indicates that we should go ahead with more of such events in future in this field.

Faculty Development Program on VLSI Design and Modeling (Intensive Short Course)

13 May 2019

Report of FDP on VLSI Design and Modeling

By Vaibhav Nijhawan, Assistant Professor, ECE Department M.A.I.T.

Department of ECE, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (M.A.I.T) conducted a one week Faculty Development Program on “VLSI Design & Modeling (Short Intensive Course)”, which was held from 6th May. 2019 to 11th May 2019 at M.A.I.T campus.

This Faculty Development Programme (FDP) was aimed at honing the teaching and research skills of prospective, new and seasoned management teachers, researchers in the field of VLSI Design and Modeling.

The keynote speakers during the FDP were Prof. R.S.Gupta (ECE Department, MAIT), Dr. P.K. Saxena (Tech Next Lab Pvt. Ltd.), Dr. Yogesh Pratap (Delhi University) and Dr. Manoj Kumar

(Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Electrical Engg., IIT Delhi). Lab sessions were taken by Mr. Harendra Kumar (Synopsis), Mr. Ankush Singh and Mr. Mayank Singh (CoreEL), Dr. Sonam  Rewari and Mr. Nitin Trivedi (M.A.I.T.).

The program was attended by 63 faculties/Research Scholars. 20 attendees were from different academic institutions like Delhi Technological University, Delhi University, IIIT Delhi and colleges affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.


Objectives of the Programme:

In the last few years, VLSI Design Technologies have gained immense popularity in the research community. The aim of this FDP is to provide research aspects and solutions to the various problems related to the VLSI Design & Modelling.

  1. To provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamental concepts as well as latest CAD TOOLS (Mentor Graphics & Silvaco).
  2. Focus on emerging concepts of VLSI Design & Modelling.
  3. To expand the in-depth knowledge of faculties, industry delegates.
  4. To generate more open problems for research in related areas.   


Topics covered:

  1. Evolution of Electronics & VLSI Design.
  2. Very large scale integration – Monolithic and Hybrid IC.
  3. VLSI Design isolation, Oxide isolation, Diode Isolation, Building blocks, Layout of Passive element.
  4. Resistor geometry, Power dissipation, Power density, Tolerance.
  5. Design of semiconductor diffused resistors, thin film resistor and Monolithic Capacitor. Fabrication of thick oxide MOSFET and CMOS.
  6. Design of Silicon Integrated circuits, Concept of buried layer, Initial Artwork, Isolation Diffusion.
  7. Analytical modelling of MOS Devices in VLSI, Deep sub-micron modelling, Advance MOSFET Design Structure.
  8. CMOS Digital IC Design, Threshold Voltage of Digital IC, Inverter Design.

Day 1 of FDP (Evolution of Electronics & VLSI Design)

Inauguration of the Programme was done by Prof.(Dr.) M.L. Goyal , Vice- Chairman, Academics MATES. Dr. Goyal had joined Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, as its Director in September 2008.  He superannuated in September 2008 as General Manage, from CMC Limited, a Tata Enterprise.

Prof. R.S. Gupta delivered a talk on Evolution of Electronics & VLSI Design. He delivered an illuminating and inspiring lecture on very important aspects of VLSI Technology like VLSI overview, Design, Recent trends, Device Simulation, IC fabrication, embedded applications. He also discussed on “Challenges and advances of field effect transistors (FETs) for future integrated circuit applications”. Prof. R.S. Gupta is a Professor in the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is Life Senior Member IEEE. He was Chairman in IEEE-EDS Delhi Chapter (2007-2011).

In the afternoon session Mr. Harendra Kumar, from Synopsis gave a lab session on hands on experiments for different application in VLSI field.


Day 2 of FDP (VLSI Design isolation, Oxide isolation, Diode Isolation, Building blocks, Layout of Passive element.)

An informative lecture on “MICROELECTRONICS FABRICATION” was discussed by Prof. R.S.Gupta. During the lecture participants were learned Design of semiconductor diffused resistors, thin film resistor and Monolithic Capacitor along with Fabrication of thick oxide MOSFET and CMOS.

During the lab session Mr. Mayank Singh took a interactive session. His Agenda of the session was :-

a)       7-Series Architecture Overview

b)       Basic of vivado software

c)       Demonstration on Zed Board.

He gave hand on the vivado software. Vivado Design Suite is a software suite produced by Xilinx for synthesis and analysis of HDL designs, superseding Xilinx ISE with additional features for system on a chip development and high-level synthesis.Vivado represents a ground-up rewrite and re-thinking of the entire design flow (compared to ISE), and has been described by reviewers as "well conceived, tightly integrated, blazing fast, scalable, maintainable, and intuitive”.

Mr. Mayank did advance course from CDAC Noida with specialization in VLSI. He have worked with SONY Electronics in Technical department, and Presently working in CoreEL Technologies as Application Engineer & have 2+ year experience in VLSI – (Xilinx FPGA Kits & tools)


Day 3 of FDP ( CMOS Digital IC Design )

On the 3rd day Dr. Gupta delivered a lecture on Analytical modelling of MOS Devices in VLSI, Deep sub-micron modelling and Advance MOSFET Design Structure.In this session participants were taught CMOS inverter characteristics, noise margin and also the design of complex combinational logic circuit using CMOS.In this session participants realized the significance of static and dynamic circuits and their operation with precharge and evaluation phases.

In the lab session Mr. Ankur Sangal gave hand on the HEP-1 Design tool by mentor Graphics. In Session CMOS circuit design  and Layout simulations were performed.Analog and Digitals circuits were designed using the software.


Day 4 of FDP (Semiconductor Technology)

Dr. Praveen Saxena (Founder Director, CEO,CTO TNL Pvt. Lt. ) has delivered useful lecture to provides rapid and cost effective solution for overall semiconductor technology development through innovative Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tools. He had a discussion on TNL framework is designed to innovate the semiconductor device designing. It accomodate atomistic based thin film growth simulator, full band simulator, material characterization simulator and Monte Carlo particle device simulator.

Day 5 of FDP (Low power VLSI/ULSI design applications)

Dr. Yogesh Pratap (Delhi University) delivered a presentation on the analytical modelling and simulation of Junctionless Nanowire Transistors for Low power VLSI/ULSI design applications. He also discussed  research also includes the study of various types of localised charges on novel FET structures.

In Evening session Dr. Sonam Rewari and Mr. Nitin Trivedi ,Electronics and Communication Engineering Department,Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology , has demonstrated on “SILVACO TCAD AND TANNER SPICE”. In this session participants were skilled with device simulation using Silvaco TCAD and circuit layout design using Tanner Spice with specific examples.


Day 6 of FDP Day 5 of FDP (Analytical Model)

Dr. Manoj Kumar on the day discussed the analytical modeling along with sizing and scaling concept. He explained the Double Gate  and Multigate Structures and their digital application during the session. Dr. Manoj Kumar is currently Post Doctoral Fellow at IIT Delhi.

VALEDICTORY SESSION: The honorable personalities present in this occasion were Prof.(Dr.) M. L. Goyal and Prof(Dr.) R.S. Gupta.  The Head of the Department of ECE, Dr. Sunil Kumar summarized the program. Certificate were Distributed to all the participants attended the programme.    All the personalities appreciated the department for organizing the FDP. The program was ended with vote of thanks by Dr. P.K. Sinha Co-Convener of the FDP.


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Recent Trends in VLSI and Microelectronics

Date: Sep 6,2019

Venue: Room No. 422/423, Block 4, MAIT

Duration: 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (4 hours)

A workshop was organised by the VLSI CLUB on Sep 6,2019. The topic of the workshop was Recent Trends in VLSI and Microelectronics. The main goals of this seminar cum workshop was to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and industrial standards. Another motive of this workshop was to gather the students interested in jobs in technical domain after their bachelors and answer their question on the topic of their careers in Analog, Digital, VLSI and microelectronics Domain. The keynote speakers of the workshop were Sashwat Kaushik who holds the position of Sr. Design Engineer in STMicroelectronics Private Limited.

The program started when PK Sinha Sir entered with Sashwat Kaushik in the lab, room number 422, 4th block. After some basic introduction PK Sinha Sir took the initiative and introduced the whole gathering to Sashwat Kaushik, our keynote speaker of the afternoon. PK Sinha Sir’s introduction not only prepared us but also motivated us to listen to Sashwat with utmost focus as Sir introduced him as an alumnus of our college from batch 2014.

After the introduction by PK Sinha Sir a welcome ceremony was held to respect our esteemed speaker by congratulating him on his career and thanking him for taking out the time and working on this workshop to better prepare and guide the students and answer their questions about their careers in technical domain. This was all done by and in presence of PK Sinha Sir and HOD Sir(ECE department).

As the welcoming party moved outside the lab, Sashwat Sir took on the central position and introduced himself to the students present there in such a way that it created an environment of comfort and learning. Sashwat Sir discussed the two parts of the workshop, firstly the introduction and explanation to the technical domain and secondly a hands-on project on T-spice.

Sashwat Sir came prepared with a PPT to help him to give an introduction and explain:

•             What is VLSI Design?

o             To this he explained the basics of Semiconductors, MOSFETS, transistors and CMOS.

•             What kind of applications this technology can have?

o             He explained this by giving an example of a mobile phone’s motherboard and introduced the students to basic structure and designing of microchips.

•             Where is this technology currently used?

o             He tried to explained varied possibilities of microelectronics in cars and self-automated robots such as self-driving cars.

•             What are all the sectors in which this technology is being used?

o             He helped students to foresee the applied technological concepts and how these applications can help to transform the world into a self-automated and efficient system connected with advanced and complex network of billions of electronic devices that are interconnected via IOT.

•             What is the future prospect of this technology and in which type of jobs you can find yourself working?

o             By answering this question, he clarified on the types of different jobs available on different levels of development of the above-mentioned electronics, all from planning, designing, manufacturing to the final testing and packaging.

Within the boundaries of the above topics Sashant Sir also explained various benefits of certain skills to have in our arsenal which makes us better prepared for the jobs. He elaborated on coding skills and communication skills to name the few. Before the break Sashwat Sir was just finished explaining the whole structure and process of making of a microchip and how different jobs and selected part of the process are integrated together.

After some refreshments during the break, as was expected the students were standing surrounding Sashwat Sir asking varied questions on just explained concepts and how to prepare for the jobs described in the session. Sashwat Sir worked tirelessly with the students helping them and explaining them the answers and even some questions to full degree.

The session resumed in the adjacent lab, room 423, this time as the air conditioner of the room 422 was not supporting the heavy crowd. As second session started Sahawat Sir answered the students question on how to prepare and what to prepare for the job in technical domain. He touched on the basics of varied subjects and explained their significance on how they help the students to understand electronics.

As the workshop approached the end of the explanatory part, Sashwat Sir shared the sayings and quotes of some of the most famous engineers from various domains. He also shared his experience in the field and also shared various links and resources which can help the students to understand and relate the concept in practical life.

The hands-on project of this workshop was to make and study the R C Oscillator. The software used for this project was T-spice. As Sashwat Sir explained the working of the software on the projector screen, students followed his guidelines and started making the project parallelly with him. There was some requirement of personal help to few students but many of the students succeeded in simulating the project. At last Sashwat Sir helped everyone to make sense of the result and how to better operate the simulation for desired output. At this point the workshop ended and an Q&A session followed.

 This workshop was attended by 55 students from 2nd, 3rd and 4th year from ECE stream. The workshop started at around 1:30 PM and ended at about 5:15 PM with an 15 min break from 3:20 PM to 3:35 PM. After the session I talked to the students in the lab and discussed about their review of the workshop and what they expect from VLSI CLUB. Some of my conclusion are:

•             The Workshop was a success and all the students appreciated the non-biased and practical experience of the technical world.

•             Many of the students have a keen interest in the technical domain and want to expand further on it.

•             All the students want a society in which they could input their creative technical ideas with supported guidance from mentors and teachers. Every one wants to not only think but also to practically apply that concepts in projects that they could do in their spare time.

•             Everyone wants to have a society, an environment in which they could prepare for the technical interviews for varied companies.

At the end the workshop ended at 5:35 PM on Sep 6, 2019.


Faculty Development Programme On Wireless Propagation

A one week faculty development programme on ‘Wireless Propagation’ was successfully organized by Electronics and Communication Engineering Department Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology from 25th Feb. 2019 to 1st March 2019 and was conducted by Electronics and Communication Engineering Department NITTTR Chandigarh (through ICT).

The objective of this course was to train and upgrade the knowledge of faculty in the area of wireless Propagation. Wireless Propagation concept is related to transmission in indoor and outdoor environment. Theoretical and Practical aspects of propagation were discussed.

The main focus of the program was on Multipath Channel Concepts, Multipath Channel characterization, Channel Models, System-Specific Propagation Channels-Indoor, Outdoor, indoor to Outdoor channels, MIMO Channels, Research Areas in wireless propagations.

Dr. Nitin Sharma, Assistant Professor, ECE Department, was the course coordinator for this program. He conducted this course with the help of Prof. Neelam Sharma, Director MAIT, Prof. Sunil Kumar, HOD, ECE Department MAIT and Dr. Garima Saini, Coordinator, NITTTR Chandigarh.

The FDP received an overwhelming response with 70 participants from faculty members of ECE, CSE, IT and EEE department.

ECE students won second place in University Major Project Competition

Every year an Inter-College Major Project Competition is organized by GGSIP University and this year "AI powered Surveillance Drone" developed by students of ECE department, Sparsh Wadhwa and Tushar Gusain under the guidance of Mr. Hemant Tulsani won second place in this competition.

The competition was hosted by HMR Institute of Technology & Management, Delhi on 4th of June and more than 30 teams participated in this competition from different colleges.

First position was secured by Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta Institute of Technology & Management and third by HMR Institute of Technology & Management

Some Details About Project

Students have developed an A.I. Powered HexaCopter aimed at helping Delhi Police for surveillance purpose. The drone is equipped with all the necessary sensors to provide easy communication and location updates to the nearby police station. The drone is equipped with a Camera which can record and stream 1080p HD Live videos to the operator’s computer in the range of 3 Kms. Operator can operate the drone with in the range of 1.5 Kms. It is easily deployable and maneuverable. It can be easily operated in the night time as well.

Further we have designed a Deep Learning model for Human Activity Recognition , which can detect any unlawful/criminal activity in the streamed video in Real-Time and hence will notify the nearest police station about the same. Our Deep Learning model has achieved an accuracy of 76% , which means it is correct 76% of the time in detecting human activities. Notifications are sent via Google Cloud , which offers Real-Time updates. The nearest police police station will get updated within microseconds.

Industrial Visit to SSPL (DRDO)

An Industrial visit was organized to SSPL (Defence Research and Development Organization), Timarpur, Delhi for third year students of ECE & EEE Department. A Total of 35 students and 2 faculty members visited the laboratory which is equipped with advanced facilities. Students were briefed on latest Sensor technology, warfare situations & solutions, optoelectronics & advanced material technology & the future scopes of semiconductor devices. It was a great learning experience for the students.

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