Git and Github Session

IEEE IAS DA-IICT Student Branch Chapter organized a technical hands-on session on Git and Github on 4th April, 2018 in CEP 110, DA-IICT. The speaker of the session was Mr. Khushil Mistry, a third year B.Tech student of DA-IICT. He is a full stack web and app developer having expertise in languages like HTML5, CSS, Bootstrap, Particle JS, JQuery React, Redux, SCSS, Vue.JS and many more. He was very excited to take the session and elated to help the student community of DA-IICT.

The session began at 7 pm with a welcome speech for the speaker and the students. The session witnessed nearly 120 students who displayed great enthusiasm and keenness the whole time.

Being a hands-on session, the students were asked to install Git software on their laptops beforehand. The speaker ensured everyone had it working on their laptops before proceeding with the technical details. Mr. Khushil Mistry began by giving an introduction to Git and explained its need in the world of collaborative development and research. He emphasized that nearly all multinational companies use this software for effective code development and maintenance. According to him, knowing Git is one of the most sought-after industrial skills in the recent times.

Mr. Khushil explained that Git is a version control system used for keeping track of changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. Before moving on to the hands-on part, he defined the basic terminology of Git like “commits”, “logs”, “branches” and so on. He introduced students to some of the very basic commands like creating a directory and adding files in it, making commits and listing out all the previous commits. He explained the commands used to save different versions of a file, to revert back to previous versions and to move to a specific version of a file. The students also learned the code to find the difference between versions and to merge various versions. This can be useful when two developers working on the same software want to merge their code into one file.

Towards the end of the learning session, Mr. Khushil Mistry explained the basics of GitHub and taught the students to push their working directory in Git on GitHub. “Github is an online copy of git”, said he. Mr.Khushil Mistry presented his contents in an inimitable manner by unfolding many facts and semantics about the software. The interactive session was a testimony to it. His knowledge regarding the subject matter is really profound.

Speaker and Execom members assisting students

Throughout the session, IEEE IAS DA-IICT Student Branch Chapter executive committee constantly volunteered in helping the students with their doubts to make sure everyone was on the same page as the speaker. This ensured that the session ran smoothly. All the participants were very enthusiastic to learn, asked doubts during the entire course of the session and made careful observations.

Left to right: Mr.Khushil Mistry, Ms.Neelanshi Varia

The session ended on a successful note with Ms. Neelanshi Varia, Chairperson of IEEE IAS DA-IICT Student Branch Chapter, presenting Mr.Khushil Mistry with a memento and thanking him for devoting his invaluable time for the student community. It was a proud moment for IEEE IAS DA-IICT Student Branch Chapter to see the students with contentful smiles at the end of the session.

IEEE IAS Execomm with the speaker Mr.Khushil Mistry


In-Vehicle Networking for Electric Vehicle Technology

11th April 2018 3:00 PM

A Seminar talk on “In-vehicle networking for EV technology” was organized by IEEE Industry Application Society Student branch chapter-Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (I.I.S.T) at 3.00 p.m on 11th April 2018 at Science block (D2), I.I.S.T campus. The seminar talk was given by Mr. Sigi C. Joseph, Principal Engineer, Power Electronics group, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Trivandrum. IEEE I.I.S.T Student branch chairman Pranav Kumar Singh welcomed the participants to the program. The program was chaired by Dr. Sudharshan Kaarthik, IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) student branch chapter Advisor and Assistant Professor of Avionics Department I.I.S.T.

Dr. Sudharshan Kaarthik introduced the speaker to the audience. The speaker started the seminar talk by giving a brief introduction about the organization C-DAC and its current research activities in the field of power electronics. Then the main content of the talk – In-Vehicle Networking for EV and EV Charging based on SAE J1772 standard was covered. The program also included an interactive session after the talk, during which the participants cleared their doubts regarding the topic covered in the talk. The interactive session was followed by a vote of thanks. IEEE IAS Student branch chair Prasoon Chandran Mavila delivered the vote of thanks. He also mentioned about the importance of IAS briefly and welcomed the interested participants to become a part of IAS SB IIST. Dr. Sudharshan Kaarthik presented a memento to the speaker on behalf of IEEE Student branch IIST and the program was disclosed at 5.00 p.m. Total 45 participants including students and professors attended the program. Participation Certificates were distributed after the program.

General Awareness about C-DAC

C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) is a Multi-Activity R&D organization. It is involved in the design, development, and deployment of electronics and advanced Information Technology products and solutions and works in the fields of power electronics, control, and communication, strategic electronics etc. The Power electronics group of CDAC works on multilevel inverters, Distributed generation, UPS Drivers, EV/HEV, PQ solutions and SMPS. The projects also come under the National Mission on Power Electronics Technology (NaMPET) sponsored by Ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) of Govt. of India.

EV Projects undertaken by C-DAC

CDAC has been working in the field of HEVs since 1999. The series hybrid EV project; consisting of design and development of a hybrid EV from 1999 to 2004. During 2004-2007 CDAC had worked in the development of three wheeler series hybrid electric vehicles. The other major projects include hybrid on-board battery charger for Renault Nissan technology business center, Vehicle control unit and Train communication network for Indian railways.

In-Vehicle Networking

The main content of the talk was started with a discussion on the block diagrams of series HEV and distributed control in HEV. The various electrical systems inside the EVs (for Eg. Propulsion motor controller, Battery charge controller etc.) Require real-time communication of various parameters for its effective working. So it necessitates the requirement for efficient data transfer systems inside the vehicle. The data transfer includes parametric data exchange such as voltage/current levels of the converter systems, speed – torque details, acceleration pedal readings etc. and logical data exchange such as the status of controllers,  start-stop commands of systems, emergency commands etc. C-DAC has used controller area networking (CAN) for its EV implementations which efficiently supports distributed real-time control applications. The CAN system in the OSI network model and CANopen application protocol was discussed. The overview of CAN Data transfer and controller architecture for PE was also mentioned.

EV charging-J1772

The availability of Chargers- Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) is one of the key factors contributing to the market penetration of EV. SAE surface vehicle recommended practice J1772 standard constitutes a definition of how a charging station connects with, communicates with and charges the EV. It can be thought as a smart outlet that communicates with the vehicle to “handshake” and ensure safe charging. It also deals with general physical requirements, electrical specifications and performance requirements. The charging levels were discussed. The J1772 pilot signal enables the communication of EV and EVSE. The communication happens through the modulation of voltage levels of the signal as well as the duty ratio. The talk also covered the details of GFCI-ground fault circuit interrupter and stuck relay detection.

Interactive session with the audience

The talk was followed by an interactive session for the participants. The main challenges in bringing EVs to Indian transportation market were discussed. Participants asked about the existence of several standards and protocols instead of a single standard protocol in the EV communication systems. The challenges that will be faced by the electrical grid due to the proliferation of EVs and EV charging stations are the main concern that needs to be taken care of. Participants also asked about the ability of in-vehicle communication systems in indicating and avoiding the possible faults inside the EVs.

IEEE SB IIST Chair Pranav Kumar Singh welcoming the participants and delegates

IEEE IAS SB chapter Advisor Dr. Sudharshan Kaarthik delivering the Keynote address

Mr. Sigi C. Joseph (Principal Engineer- PE division C-DAC) giving the expert talk

The audience of the talk

Interactive session after the talk

IEEE IAS SB chapter Advisor Dr. Sudharshan Kaarthik presenting a memento to the speaker

Event poster

-Report prepared by Mr. Prasoon Mavila, Chairman, IIST-IEEE IAS SB Chapter, Kerala.


The inauguration of student chapters of IAS and PES was conducted by Dr. K.P. Mohandas (Chairman, Conference Activity Board, IEEE Kerala Section) , Dr. Muhammed Kasim (Chairman, IAS/IES/PELS Joint Chapter, IEEE Kerala Section), Prof. Biju K (Secretary, IAS/IES/PELS Joint Chapter, IEEE Kerala Section) and Er. Shine Sebastian (Assistant Engineer, KSEB Thrissur) on 27th March 2018. Inaugural Ceremony was followed by a technical session on Power Generation and Distribution by Er. Shine Sebastian.

The inaugural function commenced with seeking blessings from Almighty. Ms. Athira M (Chairperson IAS Student Chapter) delivered the IEEE code of ethics to the gathering.Dr. Leesha Paul, IEEE SB Counsellor, welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries on and off the dais.Dr.Devi V, Principal in charge delivered the presidential address.Dr. K.P. Mohandas, Dr. Muhammed Kasim, Prof. Biju Kand Er.Shine Sebastian inaugurated the activities of PES and IAS student chapters-BIRTH OF THE TWINS’, by switching on a Bluetooth automated curtain raiser which was developed by the IEEE Student Branch of NSSCE. Followed by the inauguration, Dr. K P Mohandas and Dr. Muhammed Kasim addressed the gathering on ‘various activities of IEEE student branch’ and ‘importance of IEEE student membership’ respectively.

In this auspicious occasion, the official logo release and IEEE SB NSSCE website launch were done by Prof. Biju K in the presence of all other dignitaries and student branch volunteers. Following this, Prof. Biju K expressed his views on the ethical conduct of IEEE Student Chapter.

Technical Inauguration by Automated Curtain raiser

Dr.Vasanthi V conveyed her thoughts on future activities of IEEE NSSCE SB.The official meeting was concluded at 2 pm with the Vote of thanks delivered by Mr. Abhinav R (Chairman PES Student Chapter).

Following the official inaugural ceremony, the technical session was conducted by Er. Shine Sebastian (Assistant Engineer, KSEB Thrissur) on the topic ‘Power Generation and Distribution’. Resource person started the session by introducing Hydro Electric Power Generation and briefed the working generator, turbine and transformer used in generation and distribution withICT enabled lectures. The technical session was concluded at 4 pm followed by high tea.

Photo Session with Dr. Muhammed Kasim and Er. Shine Sebastian

The inaugural and technical session witnessed an overwhelming participation of 6 dignitaries, 24 volunteers and about 120 students from various departments. The meeting was officially dispersed at 4:15 pm.

Electric distribution systems using busways

The activity was a lecture delivered by a professional engineer from Eaton industries in Colombia. The lecture was about different ways for designing busways depending on the final application. Some of the topics addressed were:

  • Security and reliability of different busway systems.
  • Electric efficiency of different busway systems.

The activity was held at the University of the Andes in a classroom, accessible to previously inscribed people. Five people including students of the University of the Andes and the National University of Colombia attended the activity. The activity started at 4:00 P.M and finished at 5:00 P.M.
The activity was organized by the University of the Andes IAS student branch chapter and the Colombian IAS professional chapter.

Electric vehicle integration in distribution systems

The activity was a lecture delivered by Kalle Rauma, a researcher from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. The lecture was about some experiences of electric vehicle integration in Europe, with emphasis on the work currently developed in the Technical University of Dortmund. Some of the topics addressed during the talk were:

  • Controlled charging
  • Mobility-as-a-service
  • Shared vehicle services
  • Tendencies and drawbacks of current technology

The activity was held at the University of the Andes in a classroom, accessible to previously inscribed people. Fifty-five people including students, professors and professionals of the University of the Andes, National University of Colombia, Universidad de la Salle, Escuela de Ingeniería Julio Garavito, Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano attended the activity. The activity started at 6:00 P.M and finished at 7:45 P.M.

The activity was organized by the University of the Andes IAS student branch chapter and the Colombian IAS professional chapter.

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Electric home activity

The electric home consists of a module in which some electrical and electronics engineering applications are demonstrated. The purpose is to bring some industrial applications of electrical and electronics engineering to involve the students in his career. Some of the applications that were presented are:

  • Medium voltage distribution cell
  • Motor control center
  • Smart control system for illumination
  • Energy storage system

The activity was held at the University of the Andes in a public space, accessible to all students. More than one hundred and fifty people including students, professors, and employees of the University of the Andes and other universities of Bogotá attended the activity. The activity started at 9:00 A.M and finished at 5:00 P.M.
The activity was organized by the University of the Andes IAS student branch chapter and the Colombian IAS professional chapter.

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Solutions for mitigating electric arc talk

The activity was a lecture delivered by a professional engineer from Eaton industries in Colombia. The lecture was about mitigating electric arc in industrial equipment according to IEC and ANSI standards in low and medium voltage equipment.
Some of the topics addressed were:

  • Standard comparison
  • Electric arc causes
  • Electric arc reduction
  • Protective devices alternatives and advantages
  • Applications in medium voltage cells

The activity was held at the University of the Andes in a classroom, accessible to previously inscribed people. Five people including students of the University of the Andes and the National University of Colombia attended the activity. The activity started at 3:00 P.M and finished at 4:00 P.M.

The activity was organized by the University of the Andes IAS student branch chapter and the Colombian IAS professional chapter.

Technical talk and IAS SB Chapter inauguration at NSSCE Palakkad

The IAS student branch chapter of NSS College of Engineering Palakkad under IEEE Kerala section was inaugurated on 27th March 2018. PES SB chapter was also inaugurated on the same day. The inaugural function started at 1 p.m. The IAS SB chapter was inaugurated by Prof.Muhammed Kasim, Chair, IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala section. PES SB Chapter was inaugurated by Dr.K.P.Mohandas, Chairman, Conference activity board, IEEE Kerala section. Dr.Devi, Principal, NSSCE, presided over the function. Dr.Leesha Paul, IEEE SB Counselor, welcomed the gathering.  Mr.Biju K, Secretary, IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala section offered his felicitations. Ms.Athira R, Chair, IAS SB Chapter, read out the code of ethics. Dr.Vasanthi V, Advisor, IAS SB Chapter briefed about the plan of activities for 2018. Mr.Abhinav R, Chair, PES SB Chapter, proposed vote of thanks. The inaugural function concluded at 2 p.m. A technical talk on ‘Power system operation and generation’ was delivered by Er.Shine Sebastian, Assistant Engineer, KSEB. The programme was over by 4 p.m.

Number of attendees- 118
IEEE members- 32
Non IEEE members- 86

F2F & Execom meeting on 25th March 2018 at Kollam

Face to Face meeting and Execom meeting of IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala section was conducted on 25th March 2018 at Kollam. The meeting was conducted in a houseboat. The meeting started at 10 AM with a silent prayer. It was followed by a self-introduction of the participants. Chair, IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala section, Prof.Muhammed Kasim welcomed the gathering. It was followed by a tea break. Secretary, IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala section, Mr.Biju K, presented the activity report for the year 2017& 2018 to date. The chairs/ advisors of the IAS SB chapters presented their activity report and plan of activities. After that, a discussion on ‘Vision plan 2018’ for IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala was conducted. A lot of ideas were turned up in the discussions, and ideas were formulated into action plans. It was followed by a lunch break at 1.30 PM. Execom meeting of the chapter was conducted after the lunch break. The Execom discussed the various activities to be conducted in the year 2018 in the light of the deliberations on ‘Vision plan 2018’ and finalized a few activities to be conducted in the year 2018. The highlight of the discussions was to organize a biennial International conference in the area of Power electronics and related renewable energy. The time for the conduct of the conference is tentatively decided as of December 2019. Dr.Jaison Mathew, Chair Conference activities, IA/IE/PELS Jt.Chapter Kerala was entrusted to prepare a proposal to be submitted to IEEE Kerala section and IEEE Industry Applications Society for technical sponsorship. After the execom meeting, officer training for SB chapter office bearers was conducted. The session emphasized the need for events scheduling and reporting through the vtools event reporting system. Tea was also served in the middle. The meeting concluded at 4.30 PM and a group photo was taken at the end.

Number of members attended the meeting: 24

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