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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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.


TECHTRONIX the official society of Electronics of MAIT, held its orientation for the 3rd consecutive year on 28th August, 2018. We received a good response with more than 25 people attending the workshop from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. The orientation was aimed at introducing the 1st and 2nd year students with the world of electronics , the scope of electronics and the different fields under this branch. This would help newcomers to gain an early start. Firstly, the students were introduced to the different scope under core electronics such as embedded systems and VLSI , their use in industry and the different applications that students can learn at the basic level. Further they were told about the scope of programming in the electronics field, the languages namely embedded C, C, C++, Python and Java, their use, which language to choose at an early level and confusions related to learning a programming language was discussed. A little introduction to non-technical topics such as graphic designing , use of MATLAB etc was given in the orientation.

Our members presented a power point presentation on the different projects which they have worked upon and created themselves from the very beginning of their college life, some live projects were demonstrated too. At the end the students were given a chance to interact with the members on a one to one basis where they discussed their doubts, their interests and gave their feedback about the orientation. They were immensely satisfied and we hope to conduct further similar sessions and other technical workshops for them.

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.

Workshop Conducted By E-Yantra


Ms. Vatsala Khanna Arya (Assistant Professor, ECE), Ms. Rajni (Assistant Professor, ECE), Mr. Yogesh Sharma (Assistant Professor, CSE) and Mr. Anupam Kumar (Assistant Professor, CSE) attended a two day workshop at IIT-Mumbai from 20th -21st July 2018, conducted by e-Yantra under the e-Yantra Lab Setup Initiative (eLSI) program.

e-Yantra is a project hosted by IIT Mumbai to impart education in Embedded systems and Robotics and is sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through the National Mission on Education through ICT(NMEICT).

The eLSI Program is a two phased program having

(i) A two-day workshop

(ii) A task based training

The two day workshop was an introductory workshop on robotics and embedded systems involving hands-on training using the Firebird V Robot. The workshop was based on the basic concepts of embedded systems and microcontroller and programming of AVR microcontroller.

The program was divided into different modules and each comprised of an interactive session followed by the team applying the concept to program the Firebird V Robot. Through the various sessions the participants were introduced to the basic concepts of ATMEGA 2560 based Firebird V, programming of ATMEGA 2560 and various other interfacing IC’s.

On successful completion of the first phase the team members were awarded certificates and given one robotic kit which will be used further in the second phase of task based training.

The team also completed the TBT program in record time of 2 weeks against the standard 12 week time period allocated for completion of the TBT program. The effort was appreciated by the e-yantra group and the achievement was posted on their web portal.

Link:  http://tbt.e-yantra.org/ActiveTeamsOfTBT 

AVR Robotics Workshop

A workshop on AVR Robotics in collaboration with Aptron solutions was conducted on 5th Sept, 2018 for third year students of ECE. Robotics is a vast field that deals with the design, construction, operation & use of robots.

These technologies are used to develop machines that can substitute for humans & replicate human actions.Robots can be used in any situation & for any purpose, but today many are used in dangerous environments (including bomb detection & deactivation), or where humans can't survive.

We were overwhelmed with the response of students. The workshop was very useful for the students to brush up their skills & to get hands on experience on AVR microcontroller.Overall it was a great learning experience.The workshop was attended by 63 students.


FDP on Machine Learning and Latest Optimization Techniques

A five day Faculty Development Program on Machine Learning and Latest Optimization Techniques, from 11th June 2018 to 15th June 2018 was organised by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering. The idea of the program, so organised, was to enrich the faculty members with the developing technological scenarios in the fields of Machine Learning and Optimization Techniques. The experts from various platforms and with a substantial experience in their area of expertise enlightened the participants with their knowledge and experience.

Day 1 of FDP (Evolutionary Algorithms and Swarm Algorithms)

Dr. T V Vijay Kumar delivered a talk on Evolutionary Algorithms and Swarm Algorithms. He described about various kinds of algorithms like ant colony, honey bee, annealing, cuckoo search etc. He talked about the situations in which the nature inspired algorithms should be put to use. Concepts of natural selection, tournament selection, exploration and exploitation were also widely discussed. He talked about the genetic algorithms and multi-objective optimization as well.

Dr. T V Vijay Kumar is a Professor in the School of Computer and Systems Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also Concurrent Professor in Special Centre for Disaster Research, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Additionally he is also the International Students advisor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has completed his PhD in the area of Databases from Jawaharlal Nehru University after completing his MPhil and MSc in Operational Research and BSc(Hons) in Mathematics from University of Delhi.

His research interests are Databases, Data warehousing, Nature inspired computing and Big data analytics.

Day 2 of FDP (Fuzzy Logic: Theory and Practical Implementation)

Dr. Arun Sharma delivered a talk on Fuzzy Logic. He described about soft computing and how it is different from the hard computing. He discussed about different components of soft computing in general and fuzzy logic in specific. He talked about the membership functions and implementation of Fuzzy Logic. He stressed about by the different variations of Fuzzy Logic like Neuro-Fuzzy etc. being used now a days. He gave the practical demonstration on commonly used application software as well.

Dr. Arun Sharma works as Associate Professor and Head of the Department - IT at Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW), Delhi. He is also having the additional responsibilities as Managing Director - IGDTUW Anveshan Foundation, an Incubation Centre at IGDTUW. He has handled the responsibility as Dy. Dean (Examination Affairs) successfully for three years from 2015 to 2018 at IGDTUW. Also he is the Convener of Board of Studies for Faculty of Engineering and Technology, IGDTUW. He has been the Chairman of CSI - Ghaziabad Chapter (2015-16) and Members of IEEE Delhi Section Standing Committee on Technical & Professional Activities (Conferences) for 2016-17 and 2017-18. He has organized six International Conferences and delivered Key Note Addresses in various Conferences and others in India and abroad. He has been nominated for World’s Who’s Who by Marquis, USA in 2013. He has also been awarded by Computer Society of India in 2017 for his significant contribution for it.

His areas of interests include Software Engineering, Soft Computing and Big Data. Under his guidance, 5 students have completed their PhD degree. He has published more than 60 papers in international SCI/SCIE/SCOPUS and other journals and conferences. He is a Senior Member-IEEE and Life Member- CSI.

Day 3 of FDP (Neural Networks and Deep Learning)

Dr. R. K. Aggarwal gave a lecture on Neural Networks and Deep Learning. He differentiated between supervised and unsupervised learning by giving pertinent examples. He drew parallels between human intelligence and machine intelligence and how the machines could be made to learn just like humans but in a much lesser time. He talked about nearest neighbor algorithm, decision boundary approach, error equation and gradient descent method for minimizing the error. He discussed in detail about the Single Layer Perceptron and Multi Layer Perceptron. With the help of examples he made the audience understand about the concepts of Confusion Matrix and Accuracy in the context of Neural Networks. He differentiated between deep learning and machine learning. Gradient diminishing effect and Auto encoder scheme were also discussed by him. Over all was very informative and useful talk for the people aspiring to work in these highly coveted areas.

Dr. R. K. Aggarwal is Dean & Professor, School of Engineering and Professor, School of Computer & Systems Sciences, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi. He has teaching experience of approximately twenty five years. He is the member of various boards and committees as follows-Advisor to Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi; Member, UGC Expert Committee; Coordinator, Expert Committee, CBSE; Member, Project Review and Steering Group (PRSG) for the project CDAC Mohali; Member, Expert Member, DST, Delhi; Expert Member, DRDO, Delhi; Expert Member, Selection Committee, Jammu University; Member, Advisory Committee, Department of Computer Science, University of Delhi; Jury member, INSPIRE AWARD- National Level Exhibition and Project Competition; Academic Committee Member, Central University of Rajasthan; Academic Committee Member, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Member, BOS, NIT Uttrakhand, Member, BOS, Doon University, Member, BOS, Gautam Buddha University, Member, BOS, IGNOU.

His research areas include Data Mining, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition and Medical Imaging. Under his guidance, 14 students have completed their PhD degree and 8 are currently doing their research work under his supervision. He has published 63 papers in international SCI/SCIE/SCOPUS and other refereed journals and 41 papers in the conferences. He is a Senior Member-IEEE and ACM. He has been reviewer of the journals of IEEE, Elseveir and Springer.

Day 4 of FDP (Identification of Human Activity using Machine Learned Models)

Dr. Dinesh K.Vishwakarma delivered his talk on the human activity identification by incorporating machine learning models. He described about the benefits of human activity identification which can promptly bring to notice any kind of aberration from the normal routine. This could be used in the surveillance and security, elderly people healthcare, Intrusion detection system and automated movie analysis etc. He also described about the various challenges coming in the way of automated human activity identification. He explained with example how the machine learning models could be used in the computer vision applications.

Dr. Dinesh K.Vishwakarma is an Associate Professor in Delhi Technological University, Delhi. He is Officer In-charge (Genral Administration) and I/C, Examination (Secrecy Delhi Technological University.He received the B.Tech. degree from Dr. RML Awadh University, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, in 2002, the M.Tech. degree from the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Vision from Delhi Technological University, New Delhi, India, in 2016.

His current research interests include human action and activity recognition, hand gesture recognition, gait analysis, and machine learning.

Day 5 of FDP (Use of LabView software in Communication Engineering and Signal Processing)

Mr. Kuldeep Sharma delivered a presentation on the usage of LabView in various electronics engineering disciplines especially in Communication Engineering, Signal & Systems and Digital Signal Processing. He compared LabView with MATLAB and Scilab and discussed about the pros and cons of working with these softwares. He demonstrated the usefulness of LabView by performing the lab curriculum experiments.

Mr. Kuldeep Sharma is Application Engineer with Trident Techlabs, Delhi. He has nine years of experience working with LabView and other softwares.

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