konnect Issue-date: 30th December 2019.

Report on The International Conference on Instrumentation and Control Engineering ICECON

The International Conference on Instrumentation and Control Engineering (ICECON-2019) was organised by Instrumentation and Control Engineering department, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, in association with ISA Bangalore section during 19th to 21st of December 2020.

This Conference aims to bring various industry professionals, researchers, scientists, academicians and professionals on an ideal platform to share the knowledge of their relevant fields. The conference had invited eminent academicians as keynote speakers. The researchers can have direct interactions with renowned academicians / researchers / industrial experts in their respective fields. ICECON-2019 also aims at emphasizing the need for channelizing the research efforts from various streams like sensors and actuators, robotics, biomedical instrumentation, process control, artificial intelligence, etc. for bringing technological advancements, addressing and providing solutions to key engineering issues.

Papers were submitted out of which almost 50 were selected for review by the committee. With a wide array of themes available for discussion, a large number of experts were able to contribute their research and findings. The objective of ICECON-2019 was to bring together the best papers across various industries.

Talks conducted during Conference:

Furthermore, four content intensive talks were given in upcoming fields, in order to drive interest for further research. Three acclaimed speakers were to give respective talks on fields ranging from Agriculture, Nuclear Energy to Artificial Intelligence. The details of the talks are shown below:

Pre- Conference Workshops Organised:

Three Workshops were organised on 19th December 2019 during Conference:

  1. Introduction to Deep earning-with application to Engineering systems
  2. ICA/IIOT- Cybersecurity
  3. Bio-Signal Processing

  1. Machine learning techniques are implemented in tandem with numerous technology these days. The major advantage to be gained by using artificial techniques is enhanced pattern recognition.

    Techniques like GAN, LSTM, reinforcement learning are just some examples of algorithms are being improved everyday. To dive deeper into the inner workings of deep learning algorithms, the department of ICE engineering of NIT Trichy was proud to invite Dr. Prof. P. S. V. Nataraj.

    Dr. Paluri.S.V.Nataraj is mainly known for his work in the field of robotics and stability control, however in recent years he has extensively contributed to control using deep learning. Given his strong foundation in control systems, in his workshop, he was able to undertone major engineering applications of machine learning algorithms. By the aid of a compact, computerized DC motor (with inner mechanical workings), the esteemed professor demonstrated prediction of RPM using simple regression as well as other complex techniques. Hence, this course benefited both novice machine learning and engineering enthusiast in the audience.

  2. ISA Bangalore was responsible for organizing Cyber security workshop conducted by Prashanth A. C. (Lab Manager and Principal Technical Expert for Global Cybersecurity Schneider Electric). The challenge of cyber security has surpassed the days of just encryption and protection of data. Since data exists in critical and efficient operation of large power systems and country wide infrastructure, cybersecurity must act on multiple if not all these levels. Due to the absence of standards and subsequent literature, exploits are inevitable and, in many cases, have led to disastrous results for industry use.

    This workshop played a significant part in highlighting some of the exploitable aspects present in current protocols. Moreover, the second half of the day will be covered with live demo of hacks on PLC. The practical demonstration included deep dive into some of the concepts of ICS.

    Key topics from this course were as such:
    • Introduction to OT cybersecurity
    • Introduction to IT-OT convergence
    • Evolution of ICS protocols and ICS devices
    • Introduction of ISA/ IEC 62443 * Case Studies - Insecure protocols/ devices/ infamous hacks * Practical demonstration of ICS hacking

  3. Bio-Signal Processing

    With the advancement in advanced signal processing methods, the high time -resolution signal Electroencephalogram(EEG) has gained much importance in various applications of brain-machine interface. However, a good mathematical understanding of advanced signal processing is required to apply suitable methods of signal processing for a given application.

    Dr.Deepak Joshi, a faculty at Centre for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi and joint Faculty at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

    The session covered Introduction to EEG, genesis, acquisition of EEG signals. Live MATLAB coding demonstration was given by the Professor.

    Signal Processing , choosing appropriate sampling frequency , applying Fourier Transformation on signals, STFT, Wavelets application on signals and its importance, PCA and ICA Techniques, difference between them and Various statistical analysis on signals were demonstrated in LIVE using MATLAB platform.

    Also, LIVE demonstration of EEG acquisition system and its associated Instruments were given by his Research Scholars from their IIT Delhi Research laboratory.

    Overall, the session went on well giving the participants a lot of insight into signal processing algorithms.

Some Photos of Conference