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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY



 

Ph.D. Research Projects for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) :

  • Advanced Urban Public Transportation System as Principal Investigator
  • Spectral Discrimination and Separability Analysis of Crops and Weeds Using Deep Learning Techniques
  • Land-Cover Classification of Polarimetric SAR Image/Data for Agricultural and Urban Region
  • Compact Circularly Polarised Microstrip antenna for IoT Applications
  • Improving speech quality and intelligibility in digital hearing aids
  • CyberHealth-A Novel Framework for Secure Medical Cyber Physical Systems with Reduced Overhead
  • Multi-modal design of an Intelligent Transportation System

 

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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Information and communications technology (ICT) encompasses communication and information devices and their applications- radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and many other areas. In the BTech (ICT) program the students will also learn about image processing, data communication, networking, data mining, software design and testing. The Program also enables a graduate to focus on application of ICT in variety of fields like business, trade, education, health care, governance, etc.

The Program is being presented in such a way that graduate attributes would encompass professional competence, life skills and community engagement.The course structure is based on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). A student will have choice to study from the basket of courses related to Information Science, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Computer Science and Engineering, ICT Applications in the in various fields, etc.

 

Objective

Vision Statement :
To be a global center of excellence for education and research in the field of information and communication technology and to develop internationally competent engineers.

Mission Statement :

  • To inculcate new knowledge by engaging in cutting-edge research.
  • To promote academic growth by offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes with state-of-the-art curriculum.
  • To identify thrust areas to concentrate upon, based on an informed perception of Indian, regional and global needs of the industry.
  • To undertake collaborative projects from different organizations to establish long-term interaction with academia and industry.
  • To develop employable, intellectually capable and imaginatively gifted leaders who can emerge in a range of professions.

 

History

Department of Information and Communication Technology is a new program under School of Technology at PDPU which got instantiated in year 2016 with initial intake of 60 students. The department is headed by Prof. Tajinder Pal Singh. The Department is established to cater the need of teaching and research in Information and Communication Technology. The Department is crafted with hardware and software laboratories to carry out innovative research in Information and Communication Technology domain. The Department has 5 highly experienced faculty members, among them four faculties are Ph.D. holders and for one faculty doctoral defense is awaited.

 

Head of Department

Dr. T. P. Singh
Professor and Head
Dept. of Information and Communication Technology
Email: Tajinder.Singh@spt.pdpu.ac.in
Phone: +91-79-23275071 (O)

 

International Relations

The University has collaboration with universities of International repute such as University of Saskatchewan (Canada), University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, University of Houston, Ontario (Canada), American Jewish Committee, Texas A & M University (USA), Georgia Tech University, University of Regina (Canada), Georgia Tech Research Corporation.

 

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Department will collaborate with Industries for syllabus framing, training the students and faculties in various domains. In addition, students of final year can do their project work in Industries. The expert talks from eminent people of the industries will be held time-to-time to cope-up with the new technologies.

 

Contact

Department of Information and Communication Technology

School of Technology,
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Raisan, Gandhinagar-382007.
Phone No.: (+91-79) 23275071
Web: www.pdpu.ac.in

 

Flow Chart for Course


Flow Chart for UG Course

B.Tech Information and Communication Technology UG Course »

Laboratory


Department has developed a number of sector relevant engineering laboratories which are well equipped to facilitate the pedagogic and research programs. The practical classes are well integrated into the curriculum, but the school encourages even more extensive use of these facilities to nurture a research led environment. The labs are being continuously upgraded with new equipment, to strengthen the research work of the students who rely extensively on experiments to validate their work.

Computer Programming Lab

In Computer Programming Laboratory many of the subjects of the CE and ICT branch requires implementing programs in various programming languages and tools. For the hands on experience for the same one computer system for each student is provided. The lab will be used in laboratory sessions of the CE/ICT courses such as Data & File Structures, Object Oriented Concepts & Programming, Database Management Systems, etc.


Computer Network and Sensors Lab

The laboratory is equipped with a set of computers and interconnecting devices to enable hands on experiments related to the network topology setup and service configuration e.g. DHCP, DNS, FTP, etc.. For the programming of network applications, c, c++, Java, python 2.7 are installed on the Ubuntu 16.04 operating systems. In addition to these, the open source softwares likes Wireshark, TCP Dump, packet tracer, Network Simulator NS-2/3 are available for practicing fundamentals of the courses.


ICT Lab 1

ICT Lab is established to handle the laboratories related to the subjects of Analog & Digital Electronics and Communication Systems. The aim of this laboratory is to provide a series of systematic and fundamental training to ICT students so that they feel comfortable in using some of basic equipment such as DC power supply, Digital Multi-Meter, Function Generator, various types of Oscilloscopes etc. In this laboratory, several series of experiments related to Basic Electronics, Analog Circuits, Digital Circuits, Analog Communication and Digital Communication are carried out using various state of the art trainer kits. Also, the laboratory has the facility of soldering - desoldering station using which the students mount components on PCB. Also, the laboratory has the facility to test electronic components and PCB connections. The laboratory is also equipped with high end computers to do circuit simulation exercises using open source circuit simulation software. The students use these softwares to test the designed circuits before going for final fabrication using hardware. Also, all the PCs are installed with latest version of MATLAB-SIMULINK and toolboxes to carryout research in circuit simulation, communication system analysis and design, optimization of antenna performance etc.

  • Analog & Digital Electronics
    • Measuring Instruments
    • C.R.O.
    • Digital Multimeter
    • Function generator
    • Regulated DC Power supply
    • Programmable soldering- desoldering station
    • Different Boards to study different Diode, Transistor & Amplifier characteristics
    • Different Circuits boards for Filters & Multivibrators based on OPAMP
    • Bread Board
    • Digital Circuit Trainer boards
    • Sequential circuit trainer
  • Communications Engineering
    • Analog Communication System Trainer
    • Digital Communication System Trainers
    • All type of Modulation & Demodulation System Trainer
    • All type of Transmitter & Receiver Trainer
    • FDM and TDM Multiplexing and De-multiplexing Trainer
    • Companding law trainer
    • GMSK trainer

Projects/ Seminars


Report of Expert Talk on “Advanced Challenges in VLSI Technology and Design” held on 23/03/2018 by PDPU CSI-Student Branch:
The expert talk on “Advanced Challenges in VLSI Technology and Design” was organized by Computer Society of India student branch at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University on 23rd March, 2018. The Computer Engineering Sophomores got the privilege to attend the expert talk which elevated their knowledge on the course Computer Organization and Programming (COP). The student members of CSI at PDPU coordinated the entire event. A welcome speech by the Dr. Manish Chaturvedi (Assistant Professor in Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University) marked the beginning of the event. The event continued further with an articulate and rhetorical lecture by the expert Mr. Pranav Joshi, from E-Infochip, who addressed the students giving an overview of VLSI Technology and Design.

Mr Pranav Joshi started with the discussion on the decreasing size and increasing complexity of IC Chips in the last decade. Later he explained the VLSI Design Flow. The first step of VLSI Design Flow is identification of idea, followed by diving deep into the specifications and then building the design architecture. Vigorous RTL Coding takes place after the completion of design architecture. The Code is then verified and hence RTL Verification becomes the next step of VLSI Design Flow. Synthesis of IC chip takes place by sending it in Foundry after being verified successfully. An interactive questionnaire was conducted after the event to help understand the concept better. Also Mr Pranav Joshi took an extra effort to explain the current industry demand and how to prepare ourselves fit for the industry. The Expert talk concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. Jigar Shah (Assistant Professor at SOT, PDPU) and honouring of the chief guest with a token of appreciation by Dr. Ganga Prasad Pandey (Assistant Professor at SOT, PDPU and Student Coordinator CSI-PDPU). A total of 160 students and faculty members took the benefit of this event.

ACM Week held during 2-4 February 2018:
ACM Chapter organized an event called ACM Week during 2-4 Feb, 2018. The workshop on Java Programming, Android application development, .Net programming, Technical Quiz, Debate, Code war, etc. were organized during the three days. The events were able to attract students community and more than 60 participants were registered for the event.

Two days workshop on “WEB DEVELOPMENT” held during 20/01/2018 and 21/01/2018 by at PDPU in association with CSI-Ahmedabad Chapter :
On the first day, knowledge pertaining to design principles and various aspects of web development and its brief history was discussed. During the session’s second half, students were familiarized with HTML and CSS. This was followed by hands on exercise. Students were recommended to learn from “w3schools.com “. On the second day, students were introduced to JavaScript basics and a brainstorming about its application, utilities and disadvantages were under taken. A session of peer learning was initiated based on previous session exercises. It was concluded that sound foundation on data structures is mandatory for understanding and learning complex languages and Web Development. The event concluded on 21st January 2018. Participants were awarded their participation certificates at the end of the event. Around 60 students participated in the event.

One day seminar on “Fundamentals of IoT” on 28th October 2017 at PDPU in association with CSI-AC :
IoT seminar was arranged and Mr. Bharat Patel, Mr. Niraj Shah (Co-founder of Arihant Satiate and Treasurer of CSI), which made this event very informative and interesting. Theory session along with amazing videos related to IoT were shown, which helped in understanding the topic in depth. Various concepts beginning from basics of IoT to increasing demand of IoT and possible future applications were covered during his talk. Seminar concluded with the discussion on various mini projects which could be taken up by students under the guidance of Mentor for tinkering lab. Doubt solving session was arranged at the end. The seminar ended with an vote of thanks by Dr. Ganga Prasad Pandey, Assistant Professor, ICT and Student Branch Coordinator, CSI Student Branch PDPU. Total 100 participants took the advantage of this event.

One Day Workshop on Cyber Security, 27th April 2017:
Computer Engineering and ICT Department organized an event on Cyber Security, Mr. Viral Parmar(Founder and CEO of ComExpo Cyber Security) He, discussed the increasing threat to the data stored online and the increasing demand of Cyber Security. Various Cyber Laws related to Cyber Crime, introduction on Ethical Hacking and various scopes in it. Awareness of various methods for Website Hacking, were taught in the session. Later discussion on Reverse Engineering was done. Introduced the concept of Dark Web, Deep Web and Martial Web. How to hide your IP address using Tor Browser and the concept behind it were also discussed. Total 98 participants took the benefit of this event.

One day workshop on Sensors and Actuators for IoT (Internet of Things) Applications held on 24 March 2017:
Mr. Nishant Singh from ARK TECHNOSYS (ROBOKART WORKSHOPS), Mumbai has conducted this hands-on workshop. In this workshop the concepts related to working of sensors and actuators were explained. Also, interfacing of sensors and actuators to microcontroller board and its basic programming in embedded C were also conveyed to students by hands on experiments. This workshop was arranged to have awareness among 2nd Semester students regarding IoT and role of sensors and actuators in IoT Applications. It was an enriching experience for the students to have hands on exposure to basics of sensors, actuators, interfacing and IoT Applications. 56 students of second semester ICT, CE and Electrical Engg. had participated in this workshop.

 

 

Research Focus

In the digital era of 21st century, where updating of knowledge is of utmost importance, in academia, it requires to keep oneself updated with latest trends and innovations.

Department will make its continuous efforts to align the R&D focus within domains not limited to Communication Technologies, Information Coding, Antenna, VLSI, Information Security etc. Department will also cater the need of research based on the well-equipped laboratories.

 

Research Projects

Project Name: Advanced Urban Public Transportation System

Investigator: Dr Manish Chaturvedi

Abstract: The project aims to design an ICT based solution to supplement the public transportation facility in urban areas. The proposed location tracker would be able to track all the buses (including GPS-less buses) in real time. The trip planning module will use this information to compute and suggest optimal trip plan for the querying commuters. The commuters will interact with the system using a mobile application. The other modes of interactions, e.g. through web interface, public announcement radios, and USSD based interface for basic phones would be feasible. The historical data of bus occupancy and mobility traces will be processed to suggest bus schedule and provision to the bus service operators. Finally, the project aims to compute the road network parameters such as presence of traffic lights at junctions, average movement speed and road quality (presence of potholes), using the collected mobility traces of the buses.

Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India

Duration: 3 Years (2017-2020)

Cost: Rs 21 Lakhs Approx.


Project Name: Spectral Discrimination and Separability Analysis of Crops and Weeds Using Deep Learning Techniques

Investigator :Dr. Samir B. Patel (Co-PI)

Abstract: Classification of hyperspectral data is very challenging and mapping of land cover is one of its applications. The state of art implementation includes various land cover classification techniques, but still, uncertainty exists in labeling various clusters to their own classes without using any a priori information. Hence, we propose the development of Hyperspectral image/data classification techniques which can serve as a valuable tool in agriculture and urban development. The application of herbicide to weeds at an early stage plays a vital role in the management of field crops, both monetarily and ecologically. We propose the use of hierarchical inference over deep learning models to encode multiple levels of abstraction for classification of AVIRIS hyperspectral data for discrimination of crops and weeds in the field. The goal is to improve the classification accuracy to guide in the process of selective application of herbicide to weeds.

Funding Agency: ISRO

Duration: 2 years

Cost: 10 Lakhs


Project Name: Land-Cover Classification of Polarimetric SAR Image/Data for Agricultural and Urban Region

Investigator :Dr. Samir B. Patel (PI)

Abstract: Thematic mapping and more specifically PolSAR image/data classification are one of the most common applications of remote sensing. Precise classification of the PolSAR images/data is a challenging task. This has been an active research area for the last three decades. Land cover maps obtained from the classification of remote sensing data are frequently used to express economic, demographic and environmental issues at different levels. Mapping land-cover of the agriculture-urban fringe in a timely and accurate manner is thus of great importance. Hence, we propose the development of SAR image/data classification techniques which can serve as a valuable tool in agriculture and urban development.

Funding Agency:ISRO

Duration: 2 years

Cost: 14 Lakhs


Project Name: SESAU An improved approach of secure smart university

Investigator :Dr. Nishant Doshi

Abstract: Every industry in the world is going to equip with smart devices. Healthcare industry enhanced their services by equipped with various wearable devices. Transport industry going to developed customer satisfaction and security with the intelligent transport system. Agriculture industry equipped with smart farming sensors and gateways to improve irrigation system and farm monitoring sensors. But very few researchers have focused to develop the smart university in the country which will surely help a student to create interest in technology. Learn the latest equipment, study protocols and prepare prototypes. In this project, we are going to do the research on various modules for the smart university, available microcontrollers, communication protocols, and Mobile application development. As an outcome of this project, we expect to design and implement robust architecture for the smart university. For the initial setup, we will focus on the smart classroom.

Funding Agency: PDPU ORSP

Duration: 1 year

Cost: 1.4 Lakhs

 

Faculty

 

 

Staff


Mr. Nilesh Pande
Laboratory Assistant

 

Chapters


CSI (Computer Society of India)

PDPU CSI-Student Branch got inaugurated on 02/09/2017 under the umbrella of CSI-Ahmedabad Chapter and Dr. Ganga Prasad Pandey, Assistant Professor, ICT Department is designated to be First Student Branch Coordinator (SBC). CSI-Ahmedabad Chapter started functioning during 1969 and today it has grown in the area of research and innovation by organizing seminars, conferences, public talks on different subjects, student awareness programs and many more.

CSI Ahmedabad Chapter has received “Best Chapter Award” under region III consecutively since the last seven years, The chapter has constantly tries to improve its performance by organizing various technical and social activities. Today, the Ahmedabad Chapter has more than 500 life members, institutional members and 20 Student Branches with more than 1500 student members Computer Society of India is the recognized Association for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals, attracting a large and active membership from all levels of the industry. A member of the Computer Society of India is the public voice of the ICT profession and the guardian of the professional ethics and standards in the ICT industry. We also work closely with other Industry associations, government bodies and academia to ensure that the benefits of IT advancement ultimately percolate down to every citizen of India.

The mission of the CSI is to facilitate research, knowledge sharing, learning and career enhancement for all categories of IT professionals, while simultaneously inspiring and nurturing new entrants into the industry and helping them to integrate into the IT community. The CSI is also working closely with other industry associations, government bodies and academia to ensure that the benefits of IT advancement ultimately percolate down to every single citizen of India.


ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) :
  • ACM PDPU Student Chapter provide unique opportunities for networking, mentoring and bonding over common interests in the domain of Computer Science. They provide support both within the student community and to local communities outside the institution. The ACM student members are eligible for the following set of member benefits:
    • Complimentary Subscription to Communications - Chapter Members are eligible for a three-month complimentary electronic subscription to ACM’s flagship publication Communications of the ACM.
    • receipt of ACM’s Popular E-Newsletters – TechNews, the latest news in computing, 3x weekly; CareerNews, the latest career and industry news, bi-monthly; and MemberNet, all about ACM people and events monthly.
    • A full-year electronic subscription to XRDS, ACM's Student Magazine
    • ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) a quarterly email newsletter with each issue highlighting ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.
  • More details are available at the ACM.ORG

Events


Date Event Name
23/03/2018 Advanced Challenges in VLSI Technology and Design
2-4/02/2018 ACM Week
20-21/01/2018 Two Days workshop on Web Development
28/10/2017 One Day Seminar on Fundamentals of IoT
02/09/2017 One Day Workshop on Cyber Security
24/03/2017 Sensors and Actuators for IoT (Internet of Things) Applications