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Prof Challenge

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” -William A. Ward

Think you can explain the Reimann hypothesis to a fourth grader? Then Prof Challenge is cut for you. Don the role of teachers at Prof Challenge, the first of its kind in the country, and teach a complex concept to laymen. Are you an absent-minded professor? Or a cool, rocking one who also knows his stuff really well? That’s for your students to decide!

 

BIO INSPIRED COMPUTING - GENETIC ALGORITHMS

Training systems with an evolutionary approach to learning is called bio inspired computing. We are aware that the physical construction of a computer is analogous to that of a human but an interesting fact is that the functionalities of the two are also similar!!! Genetic algorithms is an area of study under bio inspired computing, which is based on the evolutionary concepts of humans. The history of evolution of genetic algorithms dates back to as early as 1954, when scientists solved a number of optimization problems based on the evolutionary strategies. These concepts are not very familiar with the non-bio students. You think you can breeze through this??? Then strike right at this topic…. Simplify the algorithms, reduce the usage of biological jargons and present an easily digestible overview of this topic before students from all disciplines of engineering!!!!

 

BOUNDARY LAYER CONCEPTS

At the outset, a boundary layer brings glee to a techie – because it’s just a layer of liquid at the boundary. Only later the trouble starts-because, just like the techie, the boundary layer refuses to go with the flow. It sticks to the surface. Then comes zero relative speed, transfer of momentum, no slip condition and, by now, Ludwig Prandtl joins the long list of scientists whom the techie curses everyday for making his life more difficult and unbearable. Now can you make his life easier by making at least Ludwig Prandtl’s theory simpler for him!!!

 

POWER LINE COMMUNICATIONS

A transmitter, receiver, modulator, demodulator, error detector… oh my god!!! Are all these required to establish communication??? Hmmm…not really!!!! Communication is now possible with a complete elimination of a separate installation of a dedicated power cabling. PLC, a system for carrying data through a conductor used for electric power transmission, provides for an increased data rate of multiple Gbps, low attenuation of RF and MW waves, and multiple frequency bands for transmission. Not many students are aware of this interesting phenomenon. We at K’10 offer you the perfect platform to express yourself, discuss with and illuminate students on this topic. Grab the opportunity!!!

 

NEGATIVE RESISTANCE

What is resistance? Something that offers an opposing force to an object is said to exhibit resistance. In the electrical domain, a resistor is a device that opposes current flow. We all know the famous Ohm’s law, which states that

I=V/R

An increase in the current entering a port results in an increased voltage across the same port. This not being the case always certain devices exhibit a negative resistance, where an increase in the current leads to a reduced voltage do exist. Then how does this happen? Rack your brains and come forward with solid proof as to how exactly such devices showcase this unique property. Are you still dubious? Well, let me tell you that there are devices which exhibit this property like the IMPATT diode, GUNN diode and the Tunnel diode, to name a few. Google these out and learn the brilliance in the negative resistance concept. Come and explain it to us at K’10….

 

ERROR CONTROL CODING

NOISE!! INTERFERENCE!! DISTORTION!! These are words that terrify any communication engineer. They always seem to prevent him from setting up any good communication link. They cause ERRORS in what is transmitted. They make him lose valuable information. There must be a way out for him!! Here it is - ERROR CONTROL CODING.  Plunge in to bring out the importance of Error Control Coding in any communication. Throw light on the various codes available and suggest the best ones to use to control errors.

 

DUALITY OF PARTICLES

The first time a poor student comes across the two impostors is in class 6 - that’s when he is taught that matter has mass and occupies volume, while a wave has neither mass nor volume but has only energy. Things go smoothly and he thinks he has mastered these concepts. When he enters class 11, they tell him matter has both particle nature and wave nature –at this point, he is totally confused. What exactly is matter? Is it made of particles or is it a wave or do waves and particles co-exist? Do you think you can help him out of this confusion?

 

TRILATERATION THEORY

‘MATHS’ - the very word makes many run away. ‘Geometry’, with all its shapes and figures is a nightmare for many. You think you are different?? Are a math lover and wanna have some fun with maths?? Then go ahead. The GPS system provides positioning, navigation, and timing services to its users all over the globe. But do you know the mathematics behind this big system?? If not, here it is - the TRILATERATION THEORY. Here is your chance to explain the funda behind it to the math-haters out there.


 

 Prelims:

  • Online submission of your ideas on any one of the topics mentioned.
  • Submission must include a PPT covering all your ideas and may include a video, not exceeding five minutes. Also send a complete description of simulations and demos, if any.
  • The video need not include the entire presentation.
  • Format your video in a way you would handle a class as a professor by conveying your ideas in an INNOVATIVE and INTERESTING manner.
  • Highlight important points and try to be creative in explaining the concepts.
  • Upload your video to youtube and mail us the link and the PPT to prof.challenge@kurukshetra.org.in
 
Finals:
  • The main event will be an on-stage event.
  • Each of the participants will be given a 15-minute session to exhibit their professing skills.
  • This will be followed by a 5-minute question and answer session.
  • The finalists should organize their lecture in the form of a PPT.
  • The lecture can be made more interesting using simulations or practical models.
  • Reduce the usage of mathematical expressions unless the concept cannot be explained otherwise.

 The participants will be judged on essential pedagogical skills, namely - 

 
  • Thorough understanding of the topic.
  • Clarity of speech.
  • Clarity in presenting the concepts.
  • Innovative approach to the concepts.
  • Time management.
  • Presentation.
Inclusions can be made in the PPT for the final event.
Extra points will be awarded for using simulations or demos for explaining concepts.

 


Email     :     prof.challenge@kurukshetra.org.in

Mobile :    

Radhika  (+91 94448 91489)
Brindha  (+91 98412 25700)
Ramya  (+91 99400 63752)

 

 

  • The last date for submission of abstracts is over. Watch this space for more updates.
  • The list of selected candidates are:
  1. Mahish ramanujam-CEG
  2. Mari selvam-Chirala engg college
  3. Mathuri siva-PB college of engg.
  4. Ram shankar-Sairam engg college
  5. Harikrishnan ramani-Chennai mathematical institute
  6. Praveen RS-College of engg trivandrum
  7. Krishna balan-Govt college of engg.
  8. Govind Paliath-SSN college of engg.
  • The candidates in the wait list are:
  1. Vinoth alagesh-RMK college of engg.
  2. Shanthini-CEG
  3. Newton kishore-PSG college of technology