February 19, 2019

A FIVE-DAY FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (FDP) ON “ADVANCED RESEARCH TRENDS IN SPEECH AND IMAGE PROCESSING”

By MVJCE

This workshop focused on Research procedures. As a researcher, it is mandatory for one to know the basics of research, in order to satisfy the purpose of research and establish an acceptable conclusion. The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, MVJCE, conducted a five-day Faculty Development Program (FDP) on ‘Advanced Research Trends in Speech and Image Processing’, from 21.01.2019 to 25.01.2019.

Creation and dissemination of knowledge through research is one of the core functions of higher education institutions. Apart from generating new knowledge, engineering and technology institutions have the responsibility of developing technologies useful for mankind. Speech and Image Processing is a scientific discipline as well as technology frontier, with immense applications.

The objective of this Faculty Development Program was to introduce the participants to the world of Speech and Image processing, and give an insight into how and where it can be used. This FDP proved to be an eye-opening session for beginner and middle level researchers, and also aimed at imparting the skills required to handle different tools and technologies that are useful during the entire process of research and scholarly communications. This FDP intended to orient participants towards developing their own research plans, paying due attention to every stage of research.

The sessions were handled by Professors and Industry personnel from reputed Institutions and Industry. The FDP was attended by 43 participants – faculty members from ECE, EEE, CSE, IT, ML and Mathematics departments, research scholars and PG students from inside and outside Karnataka.

Here is a detailed report about the FDP:

Date: 21st January 2019 (First Day – Monday):

Day 1:  INAUGURAL SESSION

The program was inaugurated in the morning (9.30 am) at Seminar Hall 4, on 21st January 2019, with the lighting of the lamp by the Resource Person Dr. S Mohamad Mansoor Roomi, Professor, Dept. of ECE, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, along with our Principal and Vice Principal. The Event Coordinators Dr. I Hameem Shanavas (HOD-ECE), Dr. C Kamalanathan and Dr. Lakshminarayana, welcomed Mrs. M Brindha – Vice-Principal, Dr. Nagaraj Sitaram – Principal, and the Chief Guest Dr. S Mohamed Mansoor Roomi.

Session 1:
The Speaker gave a brief introduction about Human Visual Systems in Image Processing techniques.

Session 2:
The Speaker explained about the various Differential Transforms applications in Image Processing.

Session 3:
The Speaker outlined the fundamental applications of Image Processing.

Day 2 & Day 3:

Speakers: Dr. S Ananthi, Professor, Department of ECE, MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore & Dr. D K Ravish, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Electronics, Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

Session 1:
Dr. S Ananthi explained about the Speech Processing techniques with real time applications.

Session 2:
Dr. D K Ravish threw light on ECG, Epilepsy and Seizure, in Biomedical Signal Processing.

Session 3:
Dr. D K Ravish gave MATLAB hands-on training for the participants in Bio-Signal Processing applications.

Day 4:

Speakers: Dr. R Harikumar, Professor, Department of ECE, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam & Mr. Ramachandra Hebbar, Scientist/Engineer, Regional Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO, Bangalore.

Session 1:
Dr. R Harikumar given a brief explanation about the research thrust areas of Medical Image Processing, Wavelet transform applications with respect to image on Biomedical signal processing.

Session 2:
Dr. R Harikumar discussed about the importance of Support Vector Machine in Image and Speech processing applications.

Session 3:
Mr. Ramachandra Hebbar (ISRO) gave an overview of Geographical Information Systems.

Day  5:

Speaker: Dr. Mohanraj V, Data Scientist, CoE, HCL Technologies, Chennai.

Session 1:
The Speaker enlightened the participants about feature extraction by deep learning.

Session 2:
The Speaker explained the Deep Learning algorithm with real time applications.

Session 3:
The Resource person gave hands-on training to the participants on Machine and Deep learning.

Valedictory Session:

Receiving an overwhelming response from participants, the five-day FDP on ‘Advanced Research Trends in Speech and Image Processing’ came to an end with the Valedictory Session, graced by Hon’ble Principal, Dr. Nagaraj Sitaram. On 25/01/2019 (the last day), post-lunch, certificates were distributed to the participants. Dr. Mohanraj V and Dr. Nagaraj Sitaram honored the participants with the certificates. Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. Sivakannan S. As a fitting finale, the participants were asked to come on to the dais and share their experience and learning from the program. The program concluded on this happy note. 

Outcome of the Event:

All the sessions were very informative. The discussed areas are of great benefit to the participants as the topics match with the academic curriculum. Participants were educated on the most widely used advance strategies in Multimedia Communication areas like image processing, speech processing, video processing etc. The participants gained fundamental knowledge of speech and image processing techniques. This FDP was immensely useful for the beginner level and middle level research scholars. The research scholars can get technical inputs for their research work from the Resource Persons. This in turn will help in motivating participants as well as students, and accentuate the placement opportunities of students.

The following Feedback was received from the participants:

  • 86% of the participants felt that the delivery and presentation of the Resource Persons were good.
  • 90% of the participants were of the opinion that the FDP brought practical knowledge of the subject to them.
  • 90% of the participants opined that the FDP was coordinated very well.
  • Participants endorsed the fact that such FDPs should be arranged regularly.