Workshop on “Android Application Development” (1st & 2nd March 2019)

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering, MCET in association with Computer Society of India (MCET chapter) has organized a two days workshop  on “Android Application Development ” on 1st and 2nd March 2019 for the students of Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering.  40 students from various Engineering Colleges in Trivandrum district attended the workshop. The completely hands on workshop was handled by the resource persons from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and MCA of  Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology, Anad, Nedumangad, Trivandrum.

About the workshop

Most of hand-held devices today runs on the easily customizable and open source Operating System – Android. The two days Android Application Development workshop is designed to quickly get the students to speed with writing apps for Android devices. By the end of the course, students would be able to write simple GUI applications, use built-in widgets and components, work with the database to store data locally, and much more. The workshop on Android Application Development aimed to provide the participants with technical training on the concepts and programming methodologies needed to develop applications for mobile devices. Participants would learn to use different android libraries and will be able to develop their own android applications. Instruction is aided with hands on training which helped the students to grasp concepts of the complete mobile application development.

The major topics covered included- Basic Building blocks- Activities- Services- Broadcast Receivers- Content providers- UI Components- Views- Notifications – Components for communication- Intents & Intent Filters- Emulator-Android Virtual Device- Basic UI design- Basic UI design- Styles & Themes- Content Providers- SQLite Programming – Case study –Develop an App to demonstrate database usage.

Mohandas College became part of SDPK (Skill Delivery Platform, Kerala)

Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology, Anad, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram , has become part of the Government of Kerala initiated  project (SDPK) for linking Engineering Colleges in the State with IT Parks through a Tele-Presence network. This state- of-the-art technology enabled learning platform will connect 150 Hi-Tech classrooms in the Engineering colleges in the State of Kerala and shall impart skill training to around 50,000 students every year. This skill database which will have the students profile will help industries to conduct placement drive for fresh Engineering graduates. The implementation of the SDPK project of linking Engineering Colleges through Tele Presence Solutions to IT Hubs in the state was taken up by KSITIL (Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd.)

The inauguration of the SDPK in MCET along with 16 other Engineering Colleges in the state was done by Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala, on 27/02/2019, through Video Conferencing at a function held at the Office of the ICFOSS, in Greenfield stadium, Kariyavattom, Trivandrum.

Workshop on “Android Application Development” (8th & 9th Feb 2019)

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering, MCET in association with FOSSCell@MCET and ICFOSS has organized a  two days workshop  on “Android Application Development ”  on 8th & 9th February 2019 for students of Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering. The programme was sponsored by ICFOSS. 40 students from various Engineering Colleges including MCET attended the workshop. The workshop was conducted with the technical support from M/S Elementz Engineers Guild Pvt. Ltd

About the workshop

Most of hand-held devices today  runs on the easily customizable and  open source Operating System – Android. The two days Android Application Development workshop is designed to quickly get the students to speed with writing apps for Android devices. By the end of the course, students would be able to write simple GUI applications, use built-in widgets and components, work with the database to store data locally, and much more. The workshop on Android Application Development aimed to provide the participants with technical training on the concepts and programming methodologies needed to develop applications for mobile devices. Participants would learn to use different android libraries and will be able to develop their own android applications. Instruction is aided with hands on training which helped the  students to grasp concepts of the complete mobile application development.

The major topics covered included- Basic Building blocks- Activities- Services- Broadcast Receivers- Content providers- UI Components- Views- Notifications – Components for communication- Intents & Intent Filters- Emulator-Android Virtual Device- Basic UI design- Basic UI design- Styles & Themes- Content Providers- SQLite Programming – Case study –Develop an App to demonstrate database usage.

Workshop on “Python –Theory & Practice”( 9th & 11th Jan 2019)

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology, Trivandrum  as part of its Community Outreach program (CETTA) in association with Computer Society of India, MCET chapter organized a 3 days training program on ” Python – Theory & Practice” from 9th  to 11th  January 2019 for the school teachers of  11th and 12th standards. The registration fee for the training program was Rs.900/- ( Rupees Nine Hundred Only).

The programme was attended by 40 computer Science teachers from various CBSE higher secondary schools throughout Kerala. The resource  persons for the 3 days programme were drawn from the faculty of Computer Science & Engineering Department, MCET.

About the workshop

The objective of the workshop was to provide awareness and training at higher secondary school level on “Python” which has now become a general purpose programming language for industrial application in advanced areas like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics and many web related applications.

The course was designed based on the new syllabus of computer Science for the Plus1 and Plus 2 classes covering Programming and Computational Thinking – part I & II and is completely hands-on programming practice oriented.

The following are the major topics being discussed include:

Strings, Lists, Tuples and Dictionaries – Concepts in Object Oriented Programming

Classes in Python – Inheritance- Stacks and Queues-Linear List manipulation – data file handling – Exception handling and generate function etc.

Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on“Embedded System Design For IoT and VR Applications – Theory & Practice” (10th to 14th December 2018) ( 5 Days)

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering, MCET  organized a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Embedded System Design for IoT and VR Applications –Theory & Practice” from 10th to 14th  December 2018. The programme was sponsored by APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University.

The FDP was mainly intended for faculty members of Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology and Electronics & Communication Engineering departments of AICTE approved institutions affiliated to KTU.

There was no course fee for the programme. The number of participants was limited 30. The programme was well attended by 34 faculty members from various Engineering Colleges in Kerala, affiliated to the Kerala Technological University.

About the FDP

This programme helped the participants to learn the principles associated with the design and building IoT and VR projects with  hands on experience in embedded system design for IoT and VR applications and facilitates the integration and interaction with heterogeneous components, including physical, mobile and virtual ones. The faculty members were drawn from Amritha University, Coimbatore and Government Engineering College, idukki with technical support from, Amritha IoT Research Lab, JRM Technologies , Coimbatore  and Riyasaa Labs, Nagarcoil. The daywise programme schedule was as follows

Day1 : Internet of Things – Introduction and IoT Use Cases.

Embedded System Design for IoT Node /Edge Hardware devices.

Hardware Platform: Arduino based IoT Node including NodeMCU

Software: Embedded C using Arduino Platform

Connectivity: Wired and Wireless Ethernet, BlueTooth Smart

Day 2: Protocols for IoT

Protocols for loT – Infrastructure protocol (IPV4/V6|RPL), Identification (URLs), Transport (Wi-Fi, BLE), Service Discovery, Data Protocols, Device Management Protocols.

Hands-On -A Case Study with MQTT/CoAP/Web Sockets usage.

Day 3: Embedded System Design for IoT Nodes and Gateways

Hands-On: Hardware Platform: Raspberry Pi Based Hardware Design

Software: Python, Node-RED

Use Case : Smart Energy / Smart Water

Demo: IoT application deployment using LoRa( Non-Cellular Wireless technology) and NB-IoT ( Cellular Wireless technology).

Day4 :Integration of IoTdevices with Web Server and Cloud withData Analytics

Local Intranet Server / Public Web Server and Cloud Integration

Software: Embedded C and Python, Node RED

Protocols : MQTT, CoAP, Web Sockets

Real Time Monitoring and Control along with Data Analytics.

Day 5 : Introduction to VR-  VR components and Architecture –  Sample VR application.

AR vs. VR – AR components and Architecture – Sample AR application.

Case Study –  Smart Transport /  Smart Waste / Smart Health Management

FOSS CELL@MCET (Free and Open Source Software MCET Chapter)

The MCET chapter of FOSS Cell is formed with Prof. Prathibha S Nair as the Faculty Co-ordinator and Mr. Jithin Mohan (S6 CSE) as the Student Co-ordinator with the  supported by ICFOSS with the aim to provide promotional services of FOSS in our institution following the guidelines in carrying out the vision of ICFOSS, to encourage and promote the use of Free and Open Source Software and related areas such as Open Hardware amongst the students and teachers of this institution for every possible kind of use.

The FOSS CELL@MCET shall carry this out through associating with ICFOSS and it’s programmes, as well as with other FOSS community, industry and research organizations, and taking up programmes including training and capacity building, student projects, lectures & seminars, conferences and exhibitions, by participating at the institutional level as well as inter-institutional, state, national and international levels. The student ambassadors will support this mission.

Community Outreach Programme of MCET

About the Programme

Community Outreach programme organised by the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology aims at empowering the community especially rural community with the latest developments in technologies especially ICT by ensuring their partnership with Technical Institutions like MCET, benefiting the community as whole and enabling the teachers to serve the community in a better way as commitment to the society as well as the institution to satisfy the requirements as part of the it’s Corporate Social Responsibility. Being an Educational Institution we concentrate on empowering the teachers at the high School and Higher Secondary levels by imparting quality training on IT related areas and prepare them to handle the subjects in a way to imbibe ICT skills in students which has become the need of the hour. The programme is extended to the student community as well.

Our Outreach activities also promote the digital awareness among common man by contributing towards “Digital Empowerment of Citizens”. We support educating citizens on functional Digital Literacy, Cyber Security, Cyber Hygiene and ensure better utilization of Digital Infrastructure in a better and non-profitable way so that people get benefit out of the latest development in Information Communication Technology (ICT).

We started the programme in the year 2016 and are continuing with the mission, because of the resounding success and positive feedback that we have received. As part of community Outreach programme we have already conducted more than five workshops for the students from reputed schools in Thiruvananthapuram.

CETTA (Community Empowerment Through Technological Advancement)

CETTA (Community Empowerment Through Technological Advancement), a non profit community outreach programme of MCET is a new venture started by the department in the year 2016. CETTA aims at empowering the community, especially the rural community with the latest developments in technologies by ensuring their partnership with MCET. This benefits the community as a whole, enabling the institution and the teachers of MCET to serve the community in a better way as a commitment  to the society and as part of it’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

AS part of CETTA the department has already organized many programs to the teachers and students of High schools and Higher Secondary schools. The programmes are mainly on imparting high quality training on IT related areas to equip the teachers with advanced ICT skills and promote digital awareness among common man by contributing towards “ Digital Empowerment of Citizens”.

National Conferences

National Conferences on advanced areas of Computer Science & Information Technology are organized periodically (every year) by the department for bringing together academicians, researchers, and industry personals to share their research findings and innovations. This will help the teachers and students in acquiring knowledge  in the latest developments in specified areas of their research interest. RACEIT’16, TECHSYNOD’16and PRABANDH’17  are the three National Conferences organized and conducted by the CS department during 2016-17.

PRABANDH’17 –CONFERENCE REPORT

PRABANDH’17,

The National conference on Recent Advances in Computer science and Engineering, Applied Electronics and PowerEngineering was held for 2 days from 19thto 20th  April 2017, organized by Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology Anad, Trivandrum. There were keynote lectures of distinguished personalities from various fields of Computer Science & Engineering. Delegates from educational institutions and industries in and around Kerala participated in the conference and also for the Pre-conference workshop.

DAY 1: 19-12-2017

The day began with the interesting session on Cloud Computing byProf Chandrashekaran K, from NIT Suratkal, in the forenoon session. Sir looked in to the details of the first wave and second wave of Cloud Computing. The first wave provided the computing services to the end users and the second wave was powered by an expansion of analytics, such as real-time insights and the Internet of Things and Big Data.The talk was very much informative and interactive for all the participants.

Afternoon session was on Data analytics handled by DrJaison Paul from Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Kochi. He has done his Masters in Information Systems from RMIT University, Melbourne,Australia and received PhD in Super computing from Australian National University, Canberra. The workshop gave an insight in to the data problem that we are facing at the moment, its solutions and potentials. It also shed light in to the algorithms that are used to identify patterns from Big Data.

DAY 2: 20-12-2017

The first day of the National Conference, ‘Techsynod’16’, began with the inaugural function, inaugurated bySri.Ramani, Executive Director, CDAC, Trivandrum. In the afternoon session we had a keynote address of Dr. John Jose from IIT, Guwahatti. The lecture was on ‘Role of Interconnection Networks in Large Multicore Systems’. Sir, joined as a member of the faculty communityin CSE Dept, IIT Guwahati in July 2015. His research interest is in computer architecture with a special focus to performance optimization related to on-chip memory and communication aspects of multi/many core processors. He did his doctoral research from IIT Madras under the supervision of Prof. MadhuMutyam. His talk covered the basics of on-chip interconnection networks and then gave an overview of application aware input selection based on the amount of time the packets can be delayed at the source application without increasing the processing time.

For the conference, a total of 24 papers were received from various parts of the state out of which selected 17 papers were presented in the afternoon session on 20-12-16. The main areas were Structural, Geotechnical and Transportation and Environmental and Water Resource Engineering. The chairs for the different sessions were Dr. Sreelekshmi, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering department, College of Engineering,Trivandrumand Prof. Balu John, Information Technology Department, Barton Hill Engineering College, Trivandrum.

Day 3: 21-12-2017

The second keynote address was on ‘Internet of Things’ by Prof. V. Anantha Narayanan from IOT Research Lab, Coimbatore Campus, Amrita University. The workshop covered the basics of IoT, its architectures and protocols, various open source hardware and software platforms, use cases of IoT in industrial and home automation etc.

Invited Talk on  “ Big Data Analytics ” by Dr. Madhu Kumar S D NIT, Calicuit

TECHSYNOD’16 –CONFERENCE REPORT

The 3rd National conference on Recent trends in Computer science and Engineering and Sustainability in Civil Engineering was held for 3 days from 19thto 21st December 2016, organized by Mohandas college of Engineering & Technology Anad, Trivandrum. There were keynote lectures of distinguished personalities from various fields of Computer Science & Engineering. Delegates from educational institutions and industries in and around Kerala participated in the conference and also for the Pre-conference workshop.

DAY 1: 19-12-2016

The day began with the interesting session on Cloud Computing byProf Chandrashekaran K, from NIT Suratkal, in the forenoon session. Sir looked in to the details of the first wave and second wave of Cloud Computing. The first wave provided the computing services to the end users and the second wave was powered by an expansion of analytics, such as real-time insights and the Internet of Things and Big Data.The talk was very much informative and interactive for all the participants.

Afternoon session was on Data analytics handled by DrJaison Paul from Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Kochi. He has done his Masters in Information Systems from RMIT University, Melbourne,Australia and received PhD in Super computing from Australian National University, Canberra. The workshop gave an insight in to the data problem that we are facing at the moment, its solutions and potentials. It also shed light in to the algorithms that are used to identify patterns from Big Data.

DAY 2: 20-12-2016

The first day of the National Conference, ‘Techsynod’16’, began with the inaugural function, inaugurated bySri.Ramani, Executive Director, CDAC, Trivandrum. In the afternoon session we had a keynote address of Dr. John Jose from IIT, Guwahatti. The lecture was on ‘Role of Interconnection Networks in Large Multicore Systems’. Sir, joined as a member of the faculty communityin CSE Dept, IIT Guwahati in July 2015. His research interest is in computer architecture with a special focus to performance optimization related to on-chip memory and communication aspects of multi/many core processors. He did his doctoral research from IIT Madras under the supervision of Prof. MadhuMutyam. His talk covered the basics of on-chip interconnection networks and then gave an overview of application aware input selection based on the amount of time the packets can be delayed at the source application without increasing the processing time.

For the conference, a total of 24 papers were received from various parts of the state out of which selected 17 papers were presented in the afternoon session on 20-12-16. The main areas were Structural, Geotechnical and Transportation and Environmental and Water Resource Engineering. The chairs for the different sessions were Dr. Sreelekshmi, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering department, College of Engineering,Trivandrumand Prof. Balu John, Information Technology Department, Barton Hill Engineering College, Trivandrum.

Day 3: 21-12-2016

The second keynote address was on ‘Internet of Things’ by Prof. V. Anantha Narayanan from IOT Research Lab, Coimbatore Campus, Amrita University. The workshop covered the basics of IoT, its architectures and protocols, various open source hardware and software platforms, use cases of IoT in industrial and home automation etc.

ED Cell Activities

Official inauguration of the company   “Hello Infinity Business Solutions” ( a start up incubated in the ED cell of Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology, TVM) on 08/04/2018 at Austin, Texas, USA. The guests seen are Dr. Kevin Nowka, Head, IBM Research, Texas State Senior Executive and Mrs. Mereena, Senior Official, Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas, USA.

FACULTY  DEVELOPMENT  PROGRAMMES

“PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF PARALLEL COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE”
Organized by Department of Computer Science & Engineering
(7th July to 9th July 2016)
Course Overview

The primary objective of the programme was to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of the architecture and design of unicore as well as multicore  processors.. The advancements in computer architectures in detail starting from pipeline architecture , super scalar processors to the latest multicore  andGPU processors were discussed. The latest  NoC architecture for multicore design  was introduced and the research potential in the emerging NoC architecture and compiler and hardware scheduling algorithms were also discussed. A couple open source computer architecture simulators like EduMIPS64 (MIPS64 pipeline simulator) for pipeline architecture and Booksim2 for NoC architecture were introduced and a hands on session was given for both in the laboratory.

Participation in the FDP

The course was intended to faculty members of Computer Science, IT and ECE branches of AICTE approved Engineering Colleges.

Eventhough the number of participants were limited to 30, the organizers were forced to admit 45 participants from various Engineering colleges through out the state. Faculty members from engineering colleges like Govt. Engineering College, Wayanad, LBS Engineering College , Kasargode,  College of Engineering, Pathanapuram, Muslim Association Engineering College, Venjaramoodu, Mar Baselios College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, Marian Engineering College,  Thiruvananthapuram, John Memorial CSI Institute, VKC College of Engineering, Parippally,  PRS College of Engineering, Paliode, Thiruvananthapuram, LourdeMatha College of Engineering, Kuttichal, Thiruvananthapuram were participated along with the faculty members from  Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology.

All the faculty members attended the programme have been given course material. Participation certificates were also issued to all participants who completed the programme.

Workshop on “Blender”

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering in association with FOSSCELL@MCET and ICFOSS (International Committee on Free and Open Source Software) is organizing a 3 days workshop on “Blender” from 9th – 11th August 2017 at Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology.

The objective of the workshop was to impart a hands on training on “Blender” which is a professional Free and Open Source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. Blender’s features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, video editing and compositing. It further features an integrated game engine

The audience targeted were students/Faculty members of CSE, CE & ME streams from AICTE approved Engineering Colleges and practicing Engineers from industries.

Workshop on IOT and Embedded systems –Projects (for S5CSE & ECE Students (KTU) for Academic year 2017-2018)

Computer Science & Engineering department of Mohandas College of Engineering &Technology in association with Computer Society of India MCET Chapter  has conducted a days workshop and hands on training on “IOT and Embedded Systems-Projects” from 04th August 2017 to 06th August 2017 ( 3 Days – Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for the fifth semester Computer Science& Engineering  and Electronics & Communication Engineering students. The objective of this workshop is to equip the students with latest trends in technology and use them in designing and developing projects as part of their fifth semester curriculum. Sessions were handled by eminent experts from industry/Research institutions in the respective areas.

The programme covered the following topics:

  1. Embedded systems
  2. Exploration of ARDUINO Architecture
  3. Embedded O.S Concepts
  4. Embedded C Programming Tips
  5. IOT Basics and threats
  6. IOT sample demos and Case studies

Advanced Computer Training Programme for Teachers of High Schools &  Higher Secondary Schools

The objective of this programme is to groom teachers with the right skills capable of teaching the ICT courses in all streams at high school and Higher Secondary levels so that the students learning these courses as part of their curriculum acquire an extended/additional skill in ICT. We do this by equipping the teachers with a strong foundation on the computer hardware, Computer Network basics with an exposure to the free world of Open Source Software with Linux Operating System along with commonly used applications software like office packages, open office database applications, Graphics and image editing, sound recording, video editing and animation packages with necessary programming IDE’s to learn programming languages like Python, C++ and JAVA.

The programme covers imparting deep knowledge in to various scripting languages like HTML, XML, JSP, PHP including web design with hands on sessions and a live project on JSP at the end. Teachers will also be given awareness and exposure to the usage and application of Internet Technologies for e-learning, e-teaching and for all common purposes as part of “Digital Empowerment of Citizens”

Computer Fundamentals and application – Awareness Programme

This programme is intended for selected students of plus one class especially studying non computer Science subjects like, biology, commerce, humanities etc.

Objective:

To provide complete awareness about the hardware and basic electronic components of different types of computers like desk top, lap top, iPad and smart phones.

To provide complete awareness about the different types of operating systems commonly used in different types of computers and the popularly used application software for day to day applications like word processing, spreadsheets and presentation with hands on practical session.

To provide complete awareness about the usage and application of Internet Technology.

Workshop on “Drupal”

Inauguration of 2days Workshop on “Drupal”was conducted in the CGPC Hall of Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology on 03rd of August 2018. It was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Dr. Sheela S (Principal, MCET) followed by an inaugural address. Dr. P. Jayaprakash (HOD, Department of Computer science and Engineering, MCET) welcomed the Chief Guests and the audience. He also gave a brief idea about FOSSCEL@MCET, its objectives and about the need and benefits of using free software like “Drupal”. A felicitation speech was given by Dr B Sivasubramonian, HOD – ME Department. Mr. JithinMohan (Student Coordinator, Fosscell@mcet, Dept. of CSE, MCET) extended the vote of thanks.

Workshop on “Drupal” was for 2 days on the 3rd and 4th August , 2018.The workshop was conducted as hands on training at the network lab of CSE department. We were too lucky to get Mr. Abhiram and Mr. Kiran, two well experienced persons from AVS technologies as the trainers for the workshop. The 32 participants were all engineering students from different semesters and branches of engineering.They gave a very positive feedback about the programme.