J. C. BOSE CREATIVITY CENTRE

The Institute offers this unique centre for cultivating innovative ideas in students and helping them carry out research in frontier areas under the guidance of an internationally acclaimed scientist and educationalist Professor B. N. Biswas, whom the Institute boasts to have amidst its students and teachers round the clock as Emeritus Professor of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, on one hand, and as the Chairman of the Education Division of SKFGI, and, above all, as the overall Mentor of SKFGI, on the other. The research carried out jointly by the students and teachers of the Institute have earned recognition through publications in journals, presentation at conferences, and students’ paper and innovative design contests.

During the span of only a couple of years of its existence, the Centre has to its credit a very large number of research papers published in peer-reviewed reputed journals. Recently, the Centre has sponsored the visit of four final year students to CSIR-CEERI for collaborative linkage in the area of vacuum and plasma electron devices (microwave and millimetre-wave tubes), nanotechnology, and electronic instrumentation; they were also trained in electromagnetic, thermal and structural simulations. The first ever national level technology exhibition TechCraze-2013 originated from this Centre and has been successfully followed by the subsequent years.

CENTRE FOR MACHINE LEARNING AND INTELLIGENCE

There are similarities between brain and digital computer: they both operate on electrical signals, both are a composition of a large number of simple elements; and both perform functions that are computational. Based on these fundamentals, the Centre aims at learning new theoretical developments and techniques in the field of Intelligent Computing. Hence, the Centre, which has been newly created at the Institute, focuses on understanding and developing the principle of natural computations and investigating into how these principles could be adopted or modified to extend and enrich the relevant algorithms, techniques and theories and subsequently apply them to a wide range of complex problems. The scope of the study and research would encompass the emerging areas like Image Processing: Pattern-Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Soft Computing, Web and Data Mining and Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Grid Computing, Intelligence Tutoring System (ITS), Signal Processing, etc. Further, the Centre will introduce research in the frontier areas like Optical Computing.

CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND NON-CONVENTIONAL ENERGY STUDIES AND RESEARCH

Non-conventional and renewable energy has a great role in recent time’s energy development. With the increasing cost and the ever increasing energy demands, coal, oil and uranium would lose their importance in the near future. The use of conventional sources of energy has polluted the environment with its by-product like acid rain and global warming which has been countered by the effectiveness and clean nature of the non-conventional energy resources. The abundance and easy availability of energies such as solar, wind and tidal has made engineers and scientists give it a thought on the possibilities of harnessing these energy sources. To cater to the need of energy in the days to come, more and more alternative sources of energy need to be explored and make them consumable for the end users. The main objective of the Centre is to provide an intensified support in higher engineering education with a continuous emphasis on research and development in the field of renewable and non-conventional energy sources. It has aimed at training young engineers and supporting budding researchers to work in the areas of renewable energy, energy conservation, and sustainable energy systems. The Centre has targeted to put a tireless effort for enhancing the prospect of alternative energy sources.

In the recent past, one of our faculty members along with a PG student in Electrical Engineering Department has done a modification design of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) and battery units for supplying electrical energy for two pumps, one Reverse Osmosis filter and a battery charger along with lighting loads to function as non-conventional energy source in rural areas. The job was done in collaboration with NB Institute for Rural Technologies, Kolkata.

FINITE-ELEMENT ANALYSIS AND DESIGN CENTRE

The finite element analysis (FEA), also known as the finite element method (FEM), is a numerical method for the solution of a complex system of partial differential equations subject to prescribed boundary conditions. The method uses the concept of piecewise polynomial interpolation. The FEM is capable of handling more complex problem geometries than could be done by the finite difference method (FDM) since, unlike in FDM, it has the ability to find the values at any point inside the solution region rather than at any discrete grid point. By the early 70's, FEM found extensive use in aeronautics, automotive, defence and nuclear industries. With the phenomenal increase in the computing power, FEM became a tool of incredible precision. Present day supercomputers are now able to produce accurate results using FEM for all kinds of parameters. Both 2-D and 3-D types of modelling of a complex system are used for FEM. The software for FEM provides a wide range of simulation options for controlling the complexity of both modelling and analysis of a system. Similarly, the desired level of accuracy required and associated computational time requirements can be managed simultaneously to address most engineering applications. FEM allows the entire design to be constructed, refined, and optimized before the design is translated to a product. Several modern FEM packages like ANSYS Multiphysics include specific components such as thermal, electrostatic, electromagnetic, fluid, and structural analysis.

The Finite-Element Analysis and Design Centre of SKFGI is aimed at

  • Exploiting the strong knowledge base in FEM available at Applied Science Department of SKFGI
  • Carrying out original research in FEM that can be used to make the existing software more friendly, less time consuming, and more accurate
  • Involving undergraduate and postgraduate students in taking up projects of practical relevance
  • Carrying out research programmes in liaison with Centre for Renewable and Non-Conventional Energy Studies and Research and Sir J. C. Bose Creativity Centre of SKFGI
  • Collaborating with CSIR-CEERI, Pilani under the existing MoU
  • Collaborating with NB Institute for Rural Technology, Kolkata under the existing MoU
  • Interacting with DRDO-MTRDC, Bangalore in the area of microwave tubes and carrying out sponsored projects in the area of the design and analysis of devices and systems of practical relevance

SKFGI has signed a MoU to establish a Teaching Laboratory facility in the area of Texas Instruments C2000 with an active participation from Trident Techlabs Pvt. Ltd who is the University Program Partner of Texas Instruments, India. Department of Electrical Engineering has introduced a laboratory-based course using Texas Instruments C2000 Platform in their undergraduate programme. Faculty development program in the area of C2000 Platforms are also carried out to explore other ways of introducing such technologies in the curriculum.