December 14, 2012: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram will deliver its first SaaS (Software as a Service) implementation service to the Rubber Board Kottayam for their recruitment needs. Shri. Ramani B, Executive Director, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and Shri. Viju Chacko, Finance Director, Rubber Board Kottayam signed the MoU in this regard on October 23, 2012.
The product named Online Recruitment Management System (ORMS) will handle all the activities of recruitment process for an organisation. The application will be hosted by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and made available to Rubber board as SaaS model. SaaS has become a common delivery model for many business applications and it is an on-demand computing software delivery model. The beauty of the SaaS implementation is that Service Provider will maintain the Data Base and Application Software at Service Provider’s facility and provide the services to the user as a web service on chargeable basis. The user does not have to worry about the application or its maintenance. The service provider can deliver the same service to different clients with little overheads.
MAY 02, 2012: Trivandrum centre of C-DAC organized a lecture on “Innovate and Create – for whom” on April 26, 2012, the World Intellectual Property Day. The talk was delivered by Shri V P Balagangadharan, Consultant and Advisor to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum. Shri Balagangadharan has piloted about 80 Patents and many Copyright.
The lecture traced the evolution of the present paradigm of Intellectual Property Laws and sketched an outline of the seven Intellectual Property Rights. Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks were also discussed in detail as applicable to inventions and creations. The talk also covered Copyright issues in the Digital World.
APRIL 20, 2012: Two Indian Patents, bearing Patent Nos. 250216 and 251809, have been granted to the Scientists of Strategic Electronics Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and DIT by the Patent Office, Govt. of India in accordance with the provisions of the Patent Act, 1970.
The first Patent is for the invention "A device for measuring the vibration amplitude and frequency of a vibrating body without physical contact therewith”. The first invention relates to a device for measurement of the vibration displacement and frequency of a vibrating body, without physical contact with the vibrating body, using ultrasonic waves. This finds application in the Acoustic Mine Detection System being developed by the Strategic Electronics Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram. This invention also finds application in monitoring of machinery vibrations.
The second Patent is for the invention “A method to generate earthquake early warning using MEMS based seismic sensors and System thereof”. This relates to a MEMS based Electronic Earthquake warning device that will generate a warning signal a few seconds before the arrival of destructive seismic waves at a place. These few seconds can be used to relay the information to a faraway place and to initiate shut down or power off of critical installations.
February 10, 2012:Health Informatics Section, C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram has received Administrative Sanction for a new project “Design and implementation of Mobile Tele Ophthalmology Unit for District Hospital, Palakkad”. An agreement has been signed with Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Kerala to execute this project at a cost of Rs.57.75 Lakhs, with duration of 18 months starting from January 2012.
This project is based on the commendable success of the Mobile Tele-Ophthalmology Unit developed and implemented by C-DAC (Thiruvananthapuram) at Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Thiruvananthapuram (RIOT). RIOT has conducted 45 Tele-medical camps so far and provided Medical assistance to 770 Patients in rural areas of Kerala.
Mobile Tele-Ophthalmology Unit is proved to be highly beneficial in early detection and treatment of serious eye ailments such as Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and cancers of the eye and thereby prevent loss of vision. The unit has facility for video consultation with specialists in the base hospital using high bandwidth Wi/MAX or KSWAN connectivity available in the unit or local hospital. The unit has advanced diagnostic equipments such as Fundus Camera, Slit Lamp, and indirect Ophthalmoscope etc. The unit is also equipped with Telemedicine infrastructure for creation, storage and sharing of Electronic Health Record of patients in which Medical images from slit lamp and fundus Camera are embedded.
DECEMBER 27, 2011: WingCom 2011, National Seminar and Tutorial on Next Generation Wireless Communication Technologies, was jointly organized by Broadcast and Communications Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and IEEE Communications Society, Kerala Chapter at the College of Engineering, Munnar during December 9-10, 2011. The event put the spotlight on state-of-the art and emerging advancements in the area of Wireless Communications.
The inaugural function on the of December 09, 2011 was presided over by Prof Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC. WingCom 2011 was inaugurated by Major General H S Johar, Additional Director General, Tactical Communications, Indian Army. Prof U B Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad delivered the Keynote Address on Smarter Societies: Role of Ubiquitous Communication and Computing. Rahul Choudhry, CEO, Tata Power SED launched C-DAC’s Ruggedized Portable TETRA Base Station by making a call to Major General H S Johar. The inaugural function also featured dignitaries like Dr R Sreehari Rao, Chief Controller R&D (ECS), DRDO; Commodore Kishan K Pandey, Principal Director, Naval Signals; B M Baveja, Group Coordinator, DIT, Government of India; Dr Sanjay Burman, Scientist ‘H’, CAIR, DRDO and R Ravindra Kumar, Executive Director, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram among others.
There were two tutorial Sessions on Day1. Prof R Chandramouli and Prof K P Subbalakshmi of Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA handled the tutorial on Cognitive Radio Systems & Security. Krishna Kumar S of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and R. Muralidharan of Tata Power Sed handled the tutorial on Software Defined Radio - Implementation Standards and Waveforms.
The second day witnessed 9 invited talks delivered by renowned experts from industry and academia. These included Shannon @ 64 by Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras; Security solutions for SDR by Sanjay Burman, CAIR, Bangalore; SDR for Naval communications by Cmde Kishan Pandey, PDNS, Indian Navy; Army Perspective of MANET in tactical battlefield by Col. Ajay Purohit, Director, CDNS, Indian Army; Base station co-operation in wireless networks by Rajesh Sundaresan, IISc, bangalore and LTE/LTE-Advanced by Dr S.Srikanth of Anna Univeristy. Ananthalakshmi Ammal R and K B Senthil Kumar of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram presented seminars on Autonomic Energy Aware Network Management System and Secure MANET Routing respectively.
The presentations made at WingCom 2011 which were made available to the organizers, have been uploaded in the website www.wingcom.in
NOVEMBER 18, 2011: C-DAC Trivandrum commenced operations in its prestigious new 8 floor building in Technopark Campus on the auspicious day of November 11, 2011 (11-11-11). The function was held at 10 AM, in the presence of about 200 members.
After a prayer, Executive Director C-DAC Trivandrum Shri. R. Ravindra Kumar symbolically lit a lamp along with senior members of the Centre, the architect and the builder. Shri.M.T. George, Officer on Special Duty at C-DAC Technopark, read out the report of the building activities. Smt. S. Sudhamani, Group Head, Education, Training and Health Informatics read out D.G’s message of congratulations.
Shri. R. Ravindra Kumar expressed satisfaction at having met the deadline of 11-11-11 and asserted that the new building would be quantum jump - a source of innovative ideas, projects and activities at C-DAC. Shri. B.R Ajit gave his “Architect’s Perspective”, Col.P.R.S Nair talked on “Builder’s Perspective” and Shri. J.S Aurora, our Building Consultant on “C-DAC’s Perspective”. Shri. George Arakal, Head C-DAC (Corporate HRD), Dr.Rominus Valsalam, Associate Director (CIG) and Shri.K.Rajendran, GM (Technopark) offered felicitations. Shri. Simon Zachariah, Chairman, Building Committee presented vote of thanks. Senior officials from Department of Information Technology and Executive Directors of all the Centers have sent their greetings on the occasion.
NOVEMBER 15, 2011: Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka inaugurated a new component of the Property Registration System (Karnataka Valuation and E-RegIstration – KAVERI) currently deployed at the sub-registrar offices at Bengaluru on November 05, 2011. Anywhere Registration and Anywhere EC are the two features provided by this component. The E-Governance Solutions Group of C-DAC, Pune has integrated all information into a centralized repository at the state data centre as part of the plan for providing value added services of the department online.
The former enables registration of property from any of the ten sub-registrar offices currently operational in Bengaluru Urban district and will be extended to all forty two sub-registrar offices of the district in the near future. The latter is a web portal for issuing Encumbrance Certificates from any of the forty two sub-registrar offices in Bangalore Urban district.
NOVEMBER 08, 2011:C-DAC, KP, Bangalore celebrated Kannada Rajyotsava on November 01, 2011. As part of the celebrations, Kannada Language competitions were held among the C-DAC employees.
The Kannada language version of e-Shikshak was launched by Shri C.V. Srinatha Sastry, General Secretary, Kannada Ganak Parishat also a Member of Technical Advisory Committee on Standardisation and Usage of Kannada in Computer, Govt. of Karnataka. He spoke about how IT professionals can use their regional language which is systematic, structured and unambiguous in creating products for the common man.
Shri Chidambara Kalamanji, Professor, PESIT College also a Kannada lyricist gave away the prizes for various competitions conducted on account of Kannada Rajyotsava and expressed how every individual can contribute in promoting the use of their Mother tongue, narrating his own experiences. Shri Arjuna Rao Chavala, President, Wikimedia India spoke about the importance of regional languages in the field of computer technology and also how everyone can contribute to Wikimedia in different Indian languages. Shri G.L. Ganga Prasad took the honor of thanking the guests and the members present.
The programme ended with a cultural programme bringing out the talent of the members of KP Centre.
NOVEMBER 04, 2011: Shri Sasi Pilacheri Meethal, Associate Director, C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram has been selected as the recipient of IEEE Communications Society’s award for Public service in the field of Telecommunications. Shri Sasi PM was selected for the award for his sustained contributions to low cost communication solutions for the masses and humanitarian needs. The award consists of a plaque, certificate and an honorarium of $1000. Award will be presented at a function to be organised at Houston, Texas on December 6 2011. Shri Sasi PM is the second recipient of this award from India, after Sam Pitroda, who received the award in 2007.The activities of Sasi PM in the communications area, which were considered for the award include:
2011: Initiative on development of deployable Mobile Ad Hoc Network
2011: Development of TETRA-WiMAX system
2010: Architecting wireless connectivity for Ko Lipe islands, Thailand, as a member of IEEE HTC Expert committee for Ko Lipe islands connectivity, Thailand
2008: Architecting low cost connectivity for mobile telemedicine system at Alleppey district of Kerala
2006: Design and implementation management of Kerala State Wide Area Network
2005: Design and implementation management of wireless network for Tsunami affected Nagapattinam
2004: Design and implementation management of wireless network for Akshaya in Malappuram district
2002: Design of network for Technopark
2000: Technical design of FRIENDS – the single window payment system for Kerala
General: Consultancy for connectivity solutions of Government departments.
IEEE is the World’s largest Technical Professional Association with about 400,000 members from over 150 Countries. Sasi PM is the Vice Chair of IEEE Humanitarian Challenge committee, Asia Pacific. He is a member of the E-Governance committee of BIS, member of Board of Studies of Kerala University, member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee of International Centre for FOSS (2010) and member of the Governing Body and Executive Committee of Kerala State IT Mission (2009-2010).
OCTOBER 19, 2011 :A research paper entitled, "A 3-D computational fluid dynamics model for forced air cooling of eggs placed in trays" with Dr Vikas Kumar of the HPC Group of C-DAC, Pune as the first author was published in International Journal of Food Engineering. The other co-authors are Jeyamkondan Subbiah and Harshavardhan Thippareddi.
This research was undertaken in collaboration with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The journal is published by Elsevier Publication, USA and it has an impact factor of 2.168. The paper discusses how CFD model can be applied for cooling of food products to avoid risks associated with food borne disease.
September 23, 2011::C-DAC, Mumbai Library and Bombay Science Librarians Association organized a National Conference on beyond Librarianship: Creativity, Innovation and Discovery 2011 (NCBL-2011) during September 16-17, 2011 at C-DAC, Mumbai. Shri Zia Saquib Executive Director, C-DAC, Mumbai presided over the function and delivered the presidential address to the delegates of NCBL-2011.
In his inaugural address, Dr. M Koganuramth Chairman BOSLA gave the conference highlights. Shri Shivanand Kanavi, Chief Guest at the inaugural function of NCBL-2011, delivered the theme address and spoke on the need of Libraries in the Google age.The inaugural function further saw the release of the Conference Proceedings by Shri Shivanand Kanavi, Dr. M Koganuramth and Shri Zia Saquib.
Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, Director of Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership and Shri Shrinivas Pownikar, Librarian of C-DAC Pune delivered the keynote address on day one and day two of the conference respectively. There were five technical sessions chaired by library chairpersons who gave their remarks. 17 technical papers were presented at NCBL-2011.
The conference concluded with the valedictory function on the second day. It was presided over by Dr. Maya Avasia, former TIFR Librarian.
JUNE 15, 2011: The Department of Health, Government of Kerala has awarded C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram a development contract for Computerizing the Sree Avittom Thirunal Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram (SATH), under the Trivandrum Medical College.
Based on the success of the Hospital Information System designed by the Medical Informatics Group, and already in mainstream operation at Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram (MCHT) since 2005, the new HIS will be developed as a SaaS (“pay-as-you-go”) model, based on a single native - Web Code base supporting numerous end-users in a multi-client, shared application environment.
Besides deployment of the HIS and one-year support, the project also involves technical consultancy services from C-DAC (T) for networking, hardware procurement and installation, which will be done by the client.
The project value is Rs. 21.5 Lakhs and is expected to pave the way for C-DAC’s entry into the Govt. of Kerala’s Hospital computerization programmes using an Open Source SaaS Technology model.
Dr.Ramdas Pisharody, Principal, Trivandrum Medical College and Mr.R. Ravindra Kumar, Executive Director, C-DAC (T) signed the MoA on behalf of their respective institutions.
JUNE 07, 2011: The Hardware Design Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has obtained an R&D contract from M/s.ARDEE HI-TECH PVT LTD., Visakhapatanam for the design and development of a XRT Control System for Coal Sorting Machine. The MoA was signed on May 28, 2011 by Dr. G.V. Ramana, Managing Director, ARDEE Hi-Tech, Vishakhaptanam and Shri. R. Ravindra Kumar, Sr Director, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram. The contract value is Rs. 65.30 lakhs, with a delivery schedule of twelve months.
The objective of the project is to obtain coal beneficiation at the mining site, employing the dry separation technique for sorting coal, involving less water usage and better environmental friendliness.
The new System will use X-ray Transmission (XRT) imaging with a dual energy x-ray line scan sensor, which generates images of the particles on the coal conveyor. A Master Control unit will receive the high and low energy values of the particles from the X-ray sensor at 5MB/s. Using high-speed real-time image processing techniques, the shape, density and position of the moving coal particles will be determined, and the ash content computed.
An array of 1024 solenoids will be activated through pneumatic cylinders within a period of 100 milliseconds to eject the rejected high-ash coal particles. The hardware will be designed as an FPGA-based embedded system integrating the IP cores developed by the Group, along with control firmware and application software.
APRIL 26, 2011: C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram Control and Instrumentation group participated in the Hannover Messe 2011 held during 4-8 April in Germany. The following products developed under ASTeC (Automation Systems Technology Centre) mission programme were demonstrated in the Hannover Messe Industrial Automation area.
• Industrial Wireless Sensor Node (iWise)
• Industrial Wireless Base Station (iWase)
• Industrial System Monitoring Autonomous Remote Terminal (iSMART)
• Industrial Controller (iCON)
• Industrial Low Power Controller (iLOC)
• Industrial Gateway (iGate)
• Industrial Range Open SCADA Software (iROSE)
• Industrial Colour Sensor System (iCoss)
• Industrial Real Time Expert System Shell (iRESS)
• Industrial Simulation Platform (iSIMP)
Hannover Messe is the world’s largest Industrial Automation exhibition. This year’s Hannover Messe, is the best in 10 years and attracted more than 2,30,000 visitors.
Mr V.Muralidharan, Associate Director and HoD CIG; Mrs Lancy Thomas Associate Direcor ; Mr KV Sathees Kumar, Joint Director and Mr Jerry Daniel Deputy Director participated in the exhibition and explained the working of the Systems to the visitors. Number of Foreign Companies has shown keen interest in our products
MARCH 25, 2011: As part of the BOSS Resource Centre activities, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and IT @ School jointly organized two workshops cum demo named “FOSS Forward with BOSS” at The Windsor castle, Kottayam and Asoka Inn Thrissur on during March 10 and 22, 2011 respectively. The workshop saw an active participation from about 185 senior officials from over 80 government departments and other agencies.
Smt. Mini Antony IAS, District Collector, Kottayam inaugurated the workshop on March 10, 2011. Shri. Anvar Sadath, Executive Director, IT @ School presided over the function and presented a case study on the FOSS implementation in Schools.
Shri. P.G.Thomas IAS, District Collector, Thrissur delivered the keynote address at Thrissur on March 22, 2011.
Smt Selina H, BOSS Resource Center Coordinator, Thiruvananthapuram spoke on the various aspects of FOSS like degrees of freedom, licensing, development models and business models and an overview of BOSS.
Shri. Vinod H, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram explained about installation and other utilities. Shri Radhakrishnan M.V, IT @ School Master Trainer, volunteered to explain about IT @ School activity and Edubuntu as per the request of audience. The workshop generated a lot of enthusiasm and the participants showed keen involvement in discussing on the deployment, training and support for BOSS. The interactions were highly active and positive.
MARCH 15, 2011: The Hardware Design Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has been awarded a development contract for ‘Advanced Unified Electronic Controller’ from Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML), Mysore.
BEML manufactures a wide range of dumper trucks of different payload capacities, ranging from 35 to 120 Tonnes.
This is based on the successful development and ToT of a Unified Electronic Controller (UEC) for BEML's 85- and 100-Tonne Dumper Trucks for off-road applications. The UEC, developed by the Group in 1999, is still being used in BEML's mainstream BH-85 and BH-100 production Dumpers, including their export models.
The objective of this project is to design and develop an Advanced Unified Electronic Controller which will control the Automatic Transmission System, On-board Weighing System, Hoist Control System, and Equipment Health Monitoring System to achieve a higher level of efficiency and performance of these trucks.
A CAN bus interface will interconnect the various Electronic Control Modules and will be compatible with the industry-standard J1939 protocol. The contract value is Rs. 1.59 crores, with delivery by May 2012. Sri.Biju C Oommen, Associate Director was responsible for securing this prestigious contract R&D order.
MARCH 09, 2011: The Medical Informatics Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has successfully designed and implemented the Mobile Tele-ophthalmology Unit, christened “SUNAYANAM”. This follows the success of the SANJEEVINI Telemedicine Van for Cancer detection and treatment implemented by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram earlier.
The van was handed over to the customer organization Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (Govt. of Kerala), Thiruvananthapuram (RIOT) on February 22, 2011; and its deployment was formally inaugurated by Smt. P.K. Sreemathy, Hon. Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Govt. of Kerala. The unit is used for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, which can cause blindness, if not detected and treated early. Using SUNAYANAM, the RIOT will conduct camps at various Primary Health Centres.
Fully funded by Govt. of Kerala under the NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) programme, SUNAYANAM is an autonomous air-conditioned vehicle built on a Tata 1613 Super Milo chassis with its own Generator, UPS, and Water tanks. Once parked at a Camp location, it can operate from the local mains power. It is equipped with the requisite Ophthalmology equipment (Slit Lamp, indirect Ophthalmoscope and Refraction unit). The highlight of the system is the Teleophthalmology Software e-NAYANA developed by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram, which manages the patient data and records and enables videoconferencing between the van and the main ophthalmic hospital at RIOT.
Using the facilities of SUNAYANAM, patients from rural areas can attend the camp, be examined by the doctors and have a teleconsultation with specialists at RIOT in real-time along with their medical records. This project has also successfully proved the viability of WiMAX technology for telemedicine applications, with 512 kbps speeds obtained.
The inauguration was followed by a working report by Dr. P.S. Girija Devi, Director, RIOT and a technical report by Smt. S. Sudhamony, Associate Director, C-DAC. The Mobile Ophthalmology Unit was entirely designed and built by a team comprising Mr. Arun Kumar K.S., Mr. Dinu D under the leadership of Mr. M.C. Kartha, Project Manager, Medical Informatics.Group, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram.
FEBRUARY 15, 2011: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram signed an MoU with Kerala Police for undertaking the Crime & Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) in the State of Kerala. C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has been selected as the State Project Management Consultant (SPMC) for this three year project sponsored by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Govt. of India and implemented through National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), New Delhi. The project will be implemented out by the Software Training & Development Centre (STDC) of C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram.
The MoU was signed by Shri Rajan.T.Joseph, Director General, C-DAC and Shri. Jacob Punnoose IPS, Director General of Police, Kerala. Shri. S.Aananthakrishnan IPS, Inspector General, State Crime Records Bureau, Sri. Simon Zachariah, Sr. Director, and Sri. Alexander G, Jt. Director, STDC, C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram were also present on the occasion.
CCTNS aims at creating an integrated System for enhancing the efficiency and enabling effective policing at all levels, down to the Police Station, through e-Governance, along with creation of a nationwide networked infrastructure for evolution of state-of-the-art tracking system for investigation of crime and detection of criminals. CCTNS will also create facilities to provide Police public services like registration of online complaints, ascertaining the status of cases registered, Police verification of individuals, etc.
JUNE 30, 2010: An Indian Patent, bearing Patent No.239258, has been granted to C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and DIT for an invention "A method for synchronizing heterogenous road traffic and the system thereof" by the Patent Office, Govt. of India in accordance with the provisions of the Patent Act, 1970.
This is for the CoSiCoSt (Composite Signal Control Strategy) technique used in the Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) developed by C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram.The patent was granted for a period of 20 years from the 8th day August 2005. The patent application was filed by the team working on ATCS in the Control & Instrumentation Group, C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram
May 04, 2010: Sanjeevani, the mobile telemedicine unit, designed and built by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated by Padma Vibhushan Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman of ISRO at Malabar Cancer Care Society, Kannur on April 25, 2010.
The inauguration session in the evening was preceded by a National Seminar on “Cost Effective Cancer Control”, which was inaugurated by Ms. P.K Sreemathy, Hon. Minister of Health, Govt of Kerala. Mr. Rajan T Joseph, Director General, C-DAC gave the keynote address. Dr.W.R Reddy, Secretary (Forests), Govt. of Kerala and former Collector of Kannur, Sri George Arakal, Head-Corporate HRD, C-DAC and Mr. B.S Bedi also spoke on the occasion.
Dr. Krishan Nair, Founder Director of RCC, Thiruvananthapuram, Mr. M.C Kartha, Project Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, D. Babu Mathew, Retd. Professor of Oncology, RCC, Thiruvananthapuram and Dr. Usharani, Gynec-Oncologist, RCC, Hyderabad presented papers on various aspects of Cost Effective Cancer Control.
Sri K Sudhakaran, MP of Kannur, Dr. Krishnan Nair, Founder Director of RCC, Trivandrum, Dr. Babu Mathew, Retd. Professor of Oncology, RCC, Thiruvananthapuram, Col. Davidson Kolath, Commanding Officer of Territorial Army Unit at Kannur, RDO of Kannur, Mr. BS Bedi, Advisor of C-DAC were present during the inauguration.
Dr. Madhavan Nair was highly impressed by Sanjeevani and remarked that one of his dreams has come true with the availability of such a sophisticated unit for cancer control among the rural population. Ms. Elizabeth Thomas, Jt. Director, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram spoke on the contribution of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram in cancer control and Mr. M.C. Kartha introduced Sanjeevani in the meeting.
Mr. G. Alexander, Joint Director, Mr. K.V. Johnny, Sr. Technical Officer, Mr. C.S. Suresh, Sr. Project Engineer, Mr. Dinu D, Sr. Project Engineer, Arun Kumar K.S, Project Engineer from C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram also participated in the seminar and inauguration function.
DECEMBER 17, 2009: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram organised the Indo-Swedish Workshop on “Medical Image Analysis for Early Detection of Cervical Cancer” during December 08-11, 2009.
The workshop was organized under the strategic Indo-Swedish technical collaboration agreement between the Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation System (VINNOVA).
The workshop started off with the Welcome Address by Shri. R. Ravindra Kumar, Senior Director, C-DAC (T) and was followed by an overview by Prof. Ewert Bengtsson, Head, Centre for Image Analysis, Uppsala University and a pioneer in this field. It offered an excellent opportunity to researchers from both sides to share their experiences and ideas on Medical Image Analysis and Classification Methods and to synergise the strategies for the development of CerviSCAN project.
On the 9th of December 2009, the Memorandum of Agreement was signed between C-DAC (T) and Uppsala University, Sweden formalizing the collaboration.
The workshop was attended by researchers from Uppsala University, C-DAC (T) and RCC-T and included presentations from Prof. Ewert Bengtsson and Mr. Patrik Malm from Uppsala University, Smt. Sudhamony S. and Shri. Rajesh Kumar R. from C-DAC (T) and Dr. K. Sujathan from RCC-T.
NOVEMBER 24, 2009: Honourable West Bengal Minister for Power and Non-conventional energy Shri Mrinal Banergee visited C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram on November 22, 2009.
Shri Rajan T Joseph, Director General, C-DAC and other senior members of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram received the Honorable Minister and briefed him of the various projects and activities of C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram.
Shri Mrinal Banergee had a detailed discussion with engineers of the Power Electronics Group on the project “Universal Front end for Micro-generators “, which is being developed for deployment in Moushuni Island, West Bengal. He also watched a demonstration of the same in the Power Electronics Lab.
The minister appreciated the good work being carried out in C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram and advised the team to develop indigenous technology for conversion of non-conventional energy resources with higher power ratings at the Megawatt level.
March, 2009: A paper "A Knowledge Framework to Search
Similar Disease Patterns using Data Mining", authored by Byju N
B, Alexander G, Devanand P and Ravindra Kumar R. of Medical Informatics
(MEDIF) Section of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has been published in the
Proceedings of the IEEE International Advanced Computing Conference
(IACC’09) held at Patiala, Punjab during 6th and 7th March 2009.
The paper is based on the core-funded project ‘Knowledge Management
based Smart Hospital Information System’, aimed for improving
the quality of Healthcare Services. Shri. Byju N.B, Staff Scientist,
C-DAC(T) presented the paper and explained how online Data Mining can
be used in Healthcare Industry to extract useful patterns for better
Healthcare Services. The paper drew widespread attention and interest.
Researchers from many reputed national and international institutions
participated in the prestigious conference.
14, 2009: National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) under the Department
of Health Services, Government of Kerala has approved a project proposed
by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram, for "Revitalization of Telemedicine
Centres and Scaling up Telemedicine Facilities in Kerala".
The project, worth Rs.100
lakhs, is based on the successful implementation of various Telemedicine
projects by the Medical Informatics (MEDIF) section at C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
over the last six years.
The project intends to scale
up the Kerala Telemedicine System with more centres in the primary care,
promote the usage of these centres for patient welfare, bringing all
of them under a common frame work.
The outcome of the project
will be to fully operationalise all the telemedicine centres set up
an across the state under various projects incorporating various advanced
features such as Centralized Patient Data Repository for the entire
state, Open Source Telemedicine Framework, high-end Video Conferencing
System for patient-doctor interaction, broadcasting of CME programs
to all hospitals in a multi conferencing mode, Tele-surgery in selected
project, led by Ms.S.Sudhamony, Head, and MEDIF section is of two years
17, 2008: The Department of Information Technology (DIT) has
approved the project "Development and Fabrication of ASIC - Productionisation
and Deployment of Digital Programmable Hearing Aid" to C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram,
for a total outlay of Rs.24.96 crores. The project is based on the successful
development and field trials conducted on the FPGA-based DPHA over the
last three years. The Hardware Design Group at C-DAC (T) is undertaking
this project, which will involve the design and fabrication of a million-gate
System-on-Chip (SoC) in Deep Sub-Micron technology.
outcome of the project will be a DPHA product with advanced features
and individually customisable hearing profiles. When completed, the
DPHA will effectively address the needs of the hearing impaired population,
with a low cost of ownership
13, 2008: A paper, ‘Telemedicine and Tele-Health services
for Cancer-care delivery in India’ authored by Smt. Sudhamony
S, Mr. Nandakumar K, Mr. P.J. Binu and Mr. Issac Niwas S. of the Medical
Informatics Team, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has been published in the
prestigious International Journal “IET-Communications”,
Vol.No:2, Issue No: 2, Page No; 231-236, February 2008.
paper is based on the successfully implemented telemedicine project
“ONCONET-Kerala” and the proposed national Tele oncology
network project, “ONCONET-India”.
is the abstract of the above paper:
Non-communicable diseases including cancer are emerging as major public
health problems in India. Awareness of cancer and its management are
being taken as a high priority at the national level because of the
increase in the incidence of the disease in the country. Telemedicine
provides expert-based health care to understaffed remote sites and advanced
emergency care through modern telecommunication and information technologies.
The incidence of cancer can be reduced if the people are aware of cancer
and its root causes. Recently, the introduction of telemedicine in oncology
plays a vital role. Telemedicine helps in prevention, early detection,
faster cure, palliative care and rehabilitation in the management of
cancer. The status of telemedicine services for cancer care in Kerala,
India, and how telemedicine can be an effective solution of cancer care
delivery in India are explored.
paper is accessible from the link:
22, 2008: Medical Informatics Group of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
published the following papers in the Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International
Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications & Services (IEEE
HEALTHCOM-2008) held at Singapore during 7th July to 9th July 2008.
1. ‘Nationwide Tele-Oncology
network in India - A framework for implementation’. Authors: Sudhamony
S, Binu P J, Satheesh G, Issac Niwas S, Sudalaimani C, Nandakumar K,
Muralidharan V and Baljit Singh Bedi.
2. ‘Klauder wavelet based QRS Signal variability analysis in Electrocardiograms’.Authors:
Issac Niwas S, Sudhamony S and Nandakumar K
The first paper is based on ‘ONCONET-India’, the proposed
project for national implementation of tele-oncology network linking
25 Regional Cancer Centres in India with 100 Peripheral hospitals for
early detection, follow-up consultation and pain relief for cancer patients
in India. (T), Shri. B.S. Bedi, Advisor, C-DAC presented this paper
on behalf of C-DAC and explained how cancer disease is being approached
through IT in India. The second paper is the outcome of the research
work on ECG parameter extraction as a part of ‘Mobile Tele-oncology’
Shri. B.S. Bedi presented
another paper titled ‘Cancer Telemedicine Network for remote population
in India - A Successful Case Study under National Roll-out’ through
Prestigious International Telecommunication Union-Development ITU-D
SG-2 Q14 Rapporteurs Meeting held at Tokyo, Japan during July 3rd-4th,
2008. This paper is based on the telemedicine project ONCONET-Kerala
and ONCONET-Tamilnadu successfully implemented by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram.
representatives from reputed institutions and researchers from various
countries gathered in both the prestigious conferences and appreciated
the work by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram.
06, 2008: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has signed an agreement
with Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), Jaipur for the implementation
of Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) Phase II at M.I. (Mirza Ismail)
Road, Jaipur on May 31, 2008. The project value is Rs.94.60 Lakhs and
is to be implemented within a period of four months. With this second
phase implementation, the entire M.I. Road corridor covering 14 Junctions
within a stretch of 5.8 KM will be covered under the C-DAC ATCS. Seventeen
surveillance cameras will also be installed in the second phase bringing
the total to 40 under both phases. The ATCS control room is set up at
the Office of the Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Yadgar, Jaipur
from where monitoring and managing of Traffic signal controllers and
surveillance cameras on M.I. Road is done over a leased line network.
The ATCS is a traffic responsive system that uses data from vehicle
detectors at the junctions to optimize traffic signal settings for reduction
in vehicle delays and stops. Vehicle sensors deployed at every link
of a road intersection report the presence or passage of vehicles to
the traffic signal controller (Urban Traffic Control system - UTCS)
installed at the junction. Optimum green timings are generated for each
approach, based on the real time traffic demand reported by the vehicle
detectors. The timings from all the junctions in an area are made available
to the Central Control Room (CCR) online. The ATCS Application Software,
CoSiCoSt (Composite Signal Control Strategy), running at the CCR computes
the optimum signal timings for all the junctions and approaches in the
area and downloads the same to the traffic signal controllers installed
at the junctions to ensure a smooth traffic flow.
25, 2008: Smt Sudhamony S, of the Medical Informatics Group
at C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram presented a technical paper at the ATA-2008
13th Annual International meeting and exposition held at Seattle, Washington,
USA during April 6-8, 2008. The paper, titled “Onconet - An effective
cancer telemedicine network for remote population” is based on
the telemedicine project ONCONET successfully implemented at the Regional
Cancer Centre in Kerala and at Cancer Institute Adyar, Chennai. Telemedicine
infrastructure, Web based tele oncology software and telemedicine network
with VSAT and ISDN connectivity were highlighted in the presentation.
The paper was well accepted and published in the International Journal
‘Telemedicine and e-Health’.
ATA-2008, hosted by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is the
world's largest scientific meeting and tradeshow, which focuses exclusively
on telemedicine, with hundreds of presentations, posters and workshops.
Many international representatives from reputed institutions and researchers
from various countries gathered in this prestigious conference.
21, 2008: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has bagged a prestigious
order from Kerala Police worth Rs.2.20 crores for the implementation
of an Automated Dial 100 System for the cities of Thiruvananthapuram,
Kochi and Kozhikode. This major development order is based on the TETRA,
Automatic Vehicle Tracking System, GIS and PSTN gateway technologies
developed in house by the Broadcast and Communications Group (BCG) &
Control and Instrumentation Group (CIG) of C-DAC (T). Each system consists
of 20 patrolling jeep-mounted TETRA/GSM communication units, ten call-taking
systems, multiple PSTN gateways, GIS database Server and software. The
control rooms will contain "Video Walls" with elaborate large-screen
graphics display for command and control operations.
project, to be completed in a time span of 9 months is being implemented
on high priority by a team of ten members from the BCG and CIG. Based
on the success of this project, similar system solutions are being actively
considered by other State Police Departments in the country.
23, 2008: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram signed a Transfer-of-Technology
Agreement with M/s.Adtech Systems Ltd., Thiruvananthapuram on January
16, 2008 for the manufacture of Smart AccessPlus, a contact-less smart
card based system embedding Workspace Access with Attendance Monitoring.
M/s.Adtech Systems Ltd has been manufacturing and supplying electronic
security products for the past 15 years, with a wide client base.
The Agreement envisages large-scale
manufacture, marketing, deployment and after-sales service of the product.
Designed using the E-Smart (C) Engine and technology developed by the
Hardware Design Group, it can be adapted and applied to many other applications
using contact-less smart card technology, with addition of higher security
algorithms, language plug-ins, and many others. Shri M R Balasubramonian,
Managing Director and Shri R Ravindra Kumar, Sr. Director, Hardware
Design Group, C-DAC (T), signed the ToT Agreement on behalf of Adtech
and C-DAC (T) respectively.
On the occasion of the inauguration
of ELITEX-2008 at New Delhi on January 17, 2008, Dr Shakeel Ahmad, Hon'ble
Union Minister of State for Communications & IT, formally handed
over the signed ToT Agreement to Shri Rajan T Joseph, ED, C-DAC (T)
and Shri Varun Bharadwaj, Adtech representative in New Delhi for exchange.
Shri Ashok K Sharma Director, DIT formally handed over a production-ready
unit as part of the ToT deliverables. It may be noted in this connection
that SmartAttendance, the first product using E-Smart technology, has
been deployed and working successfully in C-DAC, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram
since the last two years.
15, 2008: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram participated in the Indo-Russian
Symposium on Biomedical Technology, held on January 11, 2008 at Sree
Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST),
Thiruvananthapuram. Shri Rajan T Joseph, Executive Director, C-DAC (T)
chaired a panel session. Shri R Ravindra Kumar, Head, Hardware Design
Group, C-DAC (T) presented a paper on "Embedded Systems for Biomedical
The event was organized with the intention of identifying priority areas
for collaboration between India and Russia in the various areas of Biomedical
appliances, instrumentation and IT products and systems. Dr T Ramasami,
Secretary, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India inaugurated
the symposium. Dr W Selvamurthy, Chief Controller (R&D), DRDO and
Prof Y V Gulyaev, Director, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow were
among the eminent speakers.
About fifty scientists and technologists from BARC, DRDO, SCTIMST, CMC
Vellore, and industry participated in the proceedings
27, 2007: Mr. Gopan George, Scientist, Hardware Design Group
of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram presented a technical paper titled "Design,
Simulation and Testing of Switched Capacitor Sigma Delta Analog-to-Digital
Converter" at the IP07 International Conference on Intellectual
Property-based Electronic Systems held during December 5-6, 2007 at
Grenoble, France. The paper was co-authored by M/s. Sanju Gopal, Biju
C. Oommen, and R. Ravindra Kumar from the VLSI Hardware Design Group
of C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram.
The paper is based on the research and development work being carried
out at C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram, and describes the system level design
of a 16–bit Sigma Delta ADC having a signal bandwidth of 8 kHz.
The paper delves into the methods to perform time domain behavioural
simulation and the implementation of switched-capacitor sigma delta
ADC. The IP-Core has been successfully validated and is now ready for
IP07, organised by the Design & Reuse Consortium, Europe, is a prestigious
working conference on topics related to complex ASIC design, focusing
on reusable Intellectual Property cores for ASIC-based systems, participated
by researchers, developers and specialists from all over the world.
Papers were presented on various aspects of ASIC-IP including IP Design
Methodologies, Modelling, Power Optimisation, Verification, Back-end
Design, Analog Mixed Signal Design, SoC implementations, Best Practices,
Business Models, etc. Interdisciplinary discussion sessions were also
conducted for new ideas, research, development, applications and showcasing
the latest advances in the field of VLSI design and IP reuse.
24, 2007: Shri G Jaganadh from the Language Technology Section
of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram presented a paper entitled “Linguistic
Localization Framework for OO.o” at the recently concluded FOSS.IN-2007
held at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, during December
4-8, 2007. The theme of his presentation in the OpenOffice.org Session
Track, covered the need for having a linguistic-based localization framework
for an Indian language Office Suite, the tasks involved for the same,
the resources presently available and those required, to successfully
achieve a continuously upgradeable Indian language-based software suite
for any office application. The Session was chaired by Dr. Louis Suàrez-Potts
of SUN Microsystems.
FOSS.IN is one of the world's
largest FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) events, held annually in
India. The main focus of the conference is FOSS development, dissemination
and contribution. FOSS.IN/2007 addressed various issues on Open Source
Software including Programming Languages, Compilers, Database, Embedded
Systems etc. More than three thousand delegates from India and abroad
participated in the event.
The Language Technology Section at C-DAC (T) concentrates on the development
of technology and tools for information processing in Malayalam language.
The recently started Post-Graduate Diploma in Language Technology (PGDLT)
aims to develop competent manpower in the specialized field of Language
Technology and Localization.
20, 2007: Resource Centre for Cyber Forensics, CDAC, Trivandrum
is organising Cyber Safety Week to bring in awareness regarding Cyber
Safety. This is in connection with International Computer Security Day
which is celebrated on Nov 30. This programme is jointly organised by
CDAC, Kerala State IT Mission and High Tech Crime Cell, Kerala Police.
Shri. V S Achuthanandan,
Hon’ Chief Minister of Kerala has kindly agreed to inaugurate
the function on Thursday , Nov 22, 2007.
are also organising a one day seminar on Cyber Safety on the same day
after the inauguration. The following week Nov 26 – 30 will be
celebrated as Cyber Safety Week by providing talks on different areas
of cyber safety for public with a closure ceremony on 30.11.2007.
03, 2007: The Malayalam Language Technology & Resource
Centre of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram launched its latest software product
- BRAILLE MOZHY, a Malayalam Document Editor for the Visually Handicapped.
Shri. V S Achuthanandan, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Kerala released
the software by performing the first sale to Dr. G Sankaran Nair, Director,
IT@School Programme of the Govt. of Kerala.
the occasion, he also initiated the state-wide distribution of the free
Malayalam Software Tools and Fonts CD (recently launched by Thiru Dayanidhi
Maran, Hon’ble Union Minister for Communications and IT at New
Delhi), by handing over the first CD to Shri. Jiji Thomson, Principal
Secretary, Dept. of Official Languages, and Shri. Jyotilal, Secretary
(IT) of the Govt. of Kerala. The event also coincided with C-DAC’s
launch of a new Post-Graduate Diploma in Language Technology, in association
with the University of Kerala.
Shri. E K Bharat Bhushan, JS&FA, DIT was also present on the occasion.
Shri. Rajan T Joseph, Executive Director, C-DAC (T) welcomed the gathering.
Shri. R Ravindra Kumar, Head, Language Technology Centre delivered an
overview of the centre’s activities. Smt. K G Sulochana, Dy. Head
gave a product presentation. The highlight of the event was a live demo
of Braille Mozhy by Shri Balaram, a visually impaired user, which was
keenly watched by the Chief Minister and all present.
BRAILLE MOZHY is a Document Editor using which a visually challenged
person can create and edit Malayalam text using the standard computer
keyboard, with voice prompting, and with full rendering support for
Malayalam script. Navigation of the software menus can also be done
using computer generated voice output. It can also be used as an intelligible
text reading system for electronically generated documents.
02, 2007: Sri V.S. Achuthanandan, Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala
inaugurated the Hospital Information System for Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
and Tele-Health and Medical Education Facilities in Kerala, developed
by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram at a function held at Dr.C.O.Karunakaran
Memorial Auditorium, Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram recently.
The meeting was presided
over by Smt. P.K. Sreemathi Teacher, Hon. Minister for Health and Family
Welfare, Govt. of Kerala. Dr.Vishwas Mehta IAS, Secretary to Govt.,
Department of Health and Family Welfare welcomed the gathering. Dr.
Meenu Hariharan, Director of Medical Education, Dr. T.K. Kuttamani,
Director of Health Services, Sri. K.Ramamoorthy Jt. Secretary, Ministry
of Health, Govt. of India, Sri.V. Sivankutty MLA, Sri. Surendran Pillai
MLA, Dr.B.N. Suresh, Director, VSSC and Dr.Dinesh Arora IAS spoke on
Sri. Rajan T. Joseph, Executive Director, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
in his felicitation speech briefed the various technological initiatives
undertaken by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram for the State Health sector.
The meeting was attended by various dignitaries in the health sector,
staff and students of the Medical College, media and the public. Dr.
A.V.Remadevi, Principal, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, proposed
the vote of thanks.
The Medical College Hospital,
Thiruvananthapuram is the biggest Hospital in Kerala, under the Department
of Health & Family Welfare. This is the first time an attempt was
made in the State to computerize a major Government Hospital. The Computerization
includes a campus wide network of 250 nodes with Fiber Optic backbone.
The functional areas include, OP Registration, In Patient Admission,
Ward Management, Staff Scheduling, Lab Management, Pay ward Reservation
The Telemedicine project
was initiated by C-DAC Pune, funded by the DIT, Govt. of India and implemented
by C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram. This project links four Taluk Hospitals,
Mental Health Centre and three specialty Hospitals in Kerala through
128 Kbps ISDN and provides tele consultation services to the rural people.
06, 2007: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram celebrated the National
Science Day (NSD 2007) on February 28, 2007. This year’s theme
was “More Crop Per Drop”. Mr. John Mathai, Scientist, Geo
Science Division, Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram
and Dr. Kuruvila Varughese, Head, Cropping Systems Research Centre were
the key speakers of the day. Shri R. Ravindra Kumar, Senior Director,
C-DAC (T) chaired the function. The Welcome Address was delivered by
Shri P.M. Sasi, Additional Director, C-DAC (T). This was followed by
the Presidential Address by Shri. R. Ravindra Kumar. Dr. John Mathai
formally inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional lamp.
He delivered the key note speech on ‘Ground water recharge –
the need of the hour’. Dr. Kuruvila Varghese spoke on ‘Improving
water productivity in agriculture’. Prizes were distributed to
the students and staff who emerged as winners in the various competitions
held in connection with the National Science Day. This year, the National
Science Day committee had organized an online quiz competition for students
in rural schools as well as for the public, an essay competition for
college students and a presentation competition for the employees of
C-DAC. The function came to an end with the NSD Convener Ms. Meera Joseph
delivering the vote of thanks.
The highlight of the Science
Day competitions held this year was the Online Quiz conducted for students
in the rural schools. The quiz was conducted in six UP schools in Karakulam,
Azhicode, Attukal, Perayam, Ednila and Nedumangad. A six-member team
from C-DAC (T) visited these schools to conduct the quiz program at
the school itself. An initial screening was performed by the school
authorities to select 10 participants from the upper primary level in
each school. Two toppers from among the participants were given cash
awards and all the participants were given certificates. Also the top
5 students were given gifts along with the certificates. At the final
level, two toppers from all the schools were awarded bumper cash awards.
21, 2007: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram was honored by the Naval
Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam with an Industry
Appreciation Award and a Citation in appreciation of C-DAC’s support
to the R&D programmes of the NSTL. Padmashri Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai,
Chief Controller (R&D), gave the award away in a function held at
the NSTL. Shri.R Mohanachandran, Head, Strategic Electronics Group received
the award on behalf of C–DAC (T).
has executed two important projects namely, DUAL DSP Boards for Torpedo
Signal Processing, and Underwater Ranges at Goa for the NSTL.
03, 2005: The second meeting of
the National Steering Committee for the National Mission on Power Electronics
Technology (NaMPET) was convened at C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram under
the chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Aatre, former Scientific Advisor to the
Defense Minister, Government of India on July 26, 2005. C-DAC (T) is
the nodal centre of NaMPET, a five-year programme funded by the DIT,
to make India a global player in Power Electronics Technology.
from organizations like VSSC, NSTL, CAT, CPRI, BEL, SAIL, IEC, Railways,
IITs, IISc and DIT officials participated in the meeting. The Committee
reviewed the progress of various activities, and considered new proposals
committee cleared a proposal submitted jointly by the IITs and IISc
on the development of a Full Spectrum Simulator for a total outlay of
Rs.2.76 crores. The project aims at developing a simulator to serve
as a platform for the design and real time simulation of circuits and
systems in Power Electronics / Power Systems, and enable hardware-in-loop
testing. The committee also expressed their overall satisfaction with
the progress of NaMPET.
22, 2005: C-DAC, Thiruvanthapuram’s ERDCI Institute of
Technology (ERDCI-IT) has registred a 95% pass percentage. Of the 59
students who took the final exams, 31 obtained a distinction, with Mr
.Koshy Mathew obtaining the second rank in the University. A few of
the top ten ranks have also been bagged by the ERDCI - IT students.
Last year, students of ERDCI - IT had secured the first three ranks
of Kerala University.
to the prestigious Cochin University of Science and Technology this
year, ERDCI-IT's 3-year MCA course is in high demand, with real-life
project assignments and an assured job placement for almost every student.
The fully self-financing course has produced 120 post-graduates till
date. Ms V S Roshni is the Principal of the ERDCI– IT, C-DAC (T).
30, 2005: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram is organizing the national
launch of a Cyber Forensics course at the centre, today. Mr.Oommen Chandy,
Hon’ble Chief Minister will be the chief guest at the event and
will also launch the course. The event will be presided by Mr S Ramakrishnan,
Director General, C-DAC.
function will also witness the felicitation of Mr K Mohankumar,MLA, Mr
B Vijayakumar, MLA, Mr Rajan K Medhekar, IPS, ADGP, Kerala Police, Mr
Ramavatar Yadav, Director, NCRB, New Delhi and Mr M SRao, Director, DFSL,
24, 2005: C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram has implemented a Power Consumption
Monitoring System for Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) recently. The system was
inaugurated by Mr.R Ramaraju Executive Director (Projects) at the MSDA-I
Control room of the Power System Department (PSD) of the BSP on May 18,
Control and Insrumentation Group of C-DAC (T), led by Mr V Muralidharan,
Additional Director. Implemented the project. The BSP has reported that
they have been able to save Rs 84.76 lakhs in maximum demand charges since
September 2004 against the project cost of Rs 82.27 lakhs, for the Energy
Management System implemented earlier by the Group.
1, 2004: A technical paper on "Speech Processing: Current
Technology and Status" was presented by Mr Biju C. Oommen, Jt. Director,
Hardware Design Group, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram at the National Workshop
on Speech Processing, organized by the All India Institute of Speech and
Hearing, Mysore, recently. The paper was co-authored by Mr Shaji N.M and
Mr Sanju Gopal of the Hardware Design Group, C-DAC (T).
Dr K S Chari, Senior Director
& Head, Microelectronics Process Technology Division, DIT inaugurated
the workshop. The features of the Digital Programmable Hearing Aid (DPHA)
being developed at C-DAC (T) were presented and subjected to peer review
during the panel discussion of the workshop with highly positive results.
and engineers from various prestigious institutions like IISc Bangalore,
IIT Chennai, AIISH Mysore and companies like Siemens participated in the
16, 2004 : A proposal titled “National
Mission on Power Electronics Technology (NaMPET)” submitted by C-DAC,
Thiruvananthapuram has been accorded approval by the DIT. The proposal
aims at launching a National level effort in strengthening Power Electronics
Technology, to make India a dominant global player in this area in the
next five years.
programme will facilitate research, development, deployment and commercialisation
of Power Electronics Technology, by ensuring participation of academics,
R&D and industry and by taking up futuristic technology development
projects and user specified sponsored projects. Premier academic institutes
like IISc, IITs, Anna University, Bengal Engineering College and so on,
and user / manufacturing industries of PE systems in the country will
be networked to realise the mission. The projects will be implemented
by one or more participating agencies, and will be coordinated by the
Nodal Centre at C-DAC (T).
total outlay of the proposal is Rs.24.70 crores for the time span of five
09, 2004 : The Kannur nodal center
of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Thiruvananthapuram was launched by
Mr Oommen Chandy, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala, at a function held
at Kannur, recently. The project is being implemented by C-DAC (Thiruvananthapuram).
Mr Rajan T Joseph, Executive Director, C-DAC (T) delivered the keynote
address and Mr. N Krishnan, Addl Director, C-DAC (T) provided a briefing
on the project.
ONCONET project worth Rs.235 lakhs and jointly funded by the DIT, ISRO,
RCC and C-DAC (T) aims at establishing a telemedicine linkup between the
RCC, Thiruvananthapuram and its five nodal centers at Kannur, Kozhenchery,
Pathanamthitta, Palakkad and Kochi. In addition, ONCONET also caters to
a Web Based Hospital Information system and an Oncology Resource Centre
for the RCC's activities. The Medical Informatics Section of C-DAC (T)
is implementing the ONCONET project.
ONCONET project is a result of C-DAC (T)’s preliminary success in
Telemedicine for RCC's CancerNet project.
15, 2004: KG Information Systems
Private Ltd (KGISL) has entered into an agreement with C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
to integrate the online payroll and human resources management portal
for the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Kerala.
agreement envisages a five-year integrated plan to automate and network
directorates and all district headquarters of the State, linking all locations
to a centralized network and automating the current manual payroll and
HR activities. C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram will be involved in setting up
the network infrastructure and KGISL would build the portal.
amount of Rs 50 Crores has been allocated by the state of Kerala for the
5 year project plan.
24, 2004 : Mr S Lakshminarayan, Addl Secretary, DIT, MCIT, Govt of India inaugurated
a one day ‘Workshop on Cyber Forensics-Challenges, Trends and Solutions’
organized by C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram at Hotel Residency Towers, Thiruvananthapuram
on February 19, 2004. He also released the Cyber Forensics Tools &
the Manual for Investigation during the inauguration. Dr K Viswanathan,
Secretary, Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice, Govt of
India presided over the function. The workshop had three sessions covering
topics like ‘Cyber Crime Investigation Challenges’, Indigenous Solution
to Cyber Forensics’ and ‘Road Ahead: Technology Trends & Future’.
Eminent speakers from the field like Mr U Sarathacharan, Addl District
and Sessions Court, Thiruvananthapuram, Mr K S Pendalaya, Computer Crime
Analysis Unit, GEQD, Hyderabad, Mr A Dohare, SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Dr G Athithan, DRDO, Bangalore and many others addressed
the participants during the key sessions.
objective of the workshop was to discuss the role and use of the Manual for
Investigation and Cyber Forensics Tool for cyber crime analysis.
21, 2003: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has launched its latest product
SANDESAM™- a web mail solution for Malayalam E-mail service developed
by its TDIL Language Technology Resource Centre for Malayalam at a function
organized at the C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram Amphitheatre on November 20,
product was released by Shri M M Hassan, Hon’ble Minister for Information
and Parliamentary affairs, Govt. of Kerala, and a copy was handed over
to Sri K R Rajasekharan, IAS, Secretary and Director, Public Relations,
Govt. of Kerala, for deploying in the Dept. The web mail solution runs
on Linux servers and can also be deployed on Windows servers with additional
support. The software will also assist in facilitating Kerala’s
E-governance activities in the official language.
the occasion, Shri Hassan also opened the sale of NAYANA™, the Malayalam
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software package, developed by C-DAC,
Thiruvananthapuram by handing over a copy of the software to a representative
of Malayalam Manorama, India’s largest circulated regional language
newspaper. NAYANA is the first Indian language OCR to be made commercially
14, 2003: Dr Gautham Poddar of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has
been conferred the ‘INAE Young Engineer Award 2003’ by the
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). Dr Poddar is one of the
12 engineers selected on a national level by the INAE committee comprising
of distinguished engineers and technologists after a thorough screening
process. The INAE award recognizes excellence in design and technology
transfer, innovative development and engineering research work. The Awards
ceremony will be held during the annual function of the INAE at Chennai
on December 13, 2003.
27, 2003: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has signed an agreement with
the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), an Institution
under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of Kerala for providing its consultancy
services in the area of Malayalam language Computing on October 22, 2003.
Under the agreement, C-DIT will also get a marketing license for the language
technology products developed by C-DAC (T).
21, 2003 : C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
has been sanctioned a fund of Rs 235 Lakhs by the DIT for the second phase
of the CANCERNET Telemedicine project. The project will broaden the diagnostic
evaluation and consultation services for cancer patients across the state
project will have telemedicine centres at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kollam,
Kannur, Palakkad and Kozhencherry and is scheduled for completion in two
years. The project will be implemented by the Telemedicine Group of C-DAC,
Thiruvananthapuram at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), with ISRO providing
the high bandwidth V-SAT facility at the six centres. The facility will
enable patients in availing registration, consultation, clearing of doubts
and follow-up treatment at the RCC from any of the five nodal Telemedicine
10, 2003 :
C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has signed a MoA with Emerson
Network Power (India), manufacturers of the world-renowned Emerson UPS
Systems for the Transfer of Technology (ToT) of the Front-End Converter
software for Unity Power Factor (UPF) Rectifiers. The scope of the
MoA covers porting of the control software and algorithms developed by
its Power Electronics Group in the Advanced Static Var Compensation
(ASVC) project, appropriately adapted to drive a UPF-input, Front-End
Converter, into Emerson's DSP-based Inverter electronics. The ToT
will enable Emerson to develop their new generation UPS systems with UPF
September 5, 2003 : C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
felicitated Shri K P P Nambiar, Founder Chairman of the erstwhile ER&DCI at
an event organized to commemorate his 75th Birthday on September
4, 2003. Shri Rajan T Joseph, Executive Director, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
delivered the welcome speech on the occasion and hailed Shri Nambiar’s
contributions to erstwhile ER&DCI.
and his wife Smt. Uma Nambiar also participated in the annual Onam lunch
celebration, and distributed prizes to the winners of the Athappookkalam
contest. He was conducted around the various labs of C-DAC,
Thiruvananthapuram for an update of the developments at the centre.
28, 2003: A paper titled "Sensorless Variable Speed Controller
for Existing Fixed Speed Wind Power Generator with Unity Power Factor
Operation" by Shri. A. K. Unnikrishnan, Jt. Director, Power Electronics
Group and his colleagues from C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has been published
in the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (latest
issue - Oct 2003). The paper presents a Variable Speed Controller based
on a sensorless direct torque control algorithm derived from direct active
and reactive power control.
27, 2003: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has successfully completed
the 9 weeks training programme, conducted by its Software Training and
Development Centre (STDC) on the IBM Mainframe for its 58th batch of students.
A large number of successful candidates have been recruited by leading
software majors like CGI, Bangalore, Patni Computer Systems Ltd, Mumbai,
Kanbay Software, Pune, Tata Infotech, Pune, iGate Global Solutions, Bangalore,
Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore and HCL Technologies, Chennai
through campus placements conducted at the end of the course.
Meanwhile, the 59th batch for
the training programme on the IBM Mainframe at C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
has also commenced with a total strength of 120 students.
17, 2003: C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has signed a MoA with Semiconductor
Complex Ltd (SCL), Chandigarh at DIT, New Delhi on July 7, 2003 for the
transfer-of-technology to develop Bluetooth enabled energy meters. The
adaptation of the Bluetooth technology into energy meters will enable
remote reading of meters and discourage meter tampering, thus preventing
revenue loss due to malpractices.
Broadcast and Communications Group (BCG) of C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram
has recently completed a DIT sponsored project on the “Development
of products based on Bluetooth technology” under which a number
of Bluetooth enabled products were developed like the Bluetooth MP3 Player,
Bluetooth RS232 Module, Bluetooth USB Dongle, Bluetooth Headset, Bluetooth
Cell Phone SIM card reader, Bluetooth Remote Control and so on. With the
required software and hardware expertise to develop any Bluetooth product/
application, C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram has received numerous proposals
from various industries to implement the Bluetooth technology to cater
to their different applications.