Amudhan S.M.

Kumaraguru College of Technology - BE Computer Science

Short Bio:

Amudhan was a very enthusiastic student who was always interested in things related to innovation, computer science and technology. He always wanted to work on those aspects that kindled his aspiration and made him go the distance in regard to projects that he was involved in. At the Grade 8 and Grade 9 level he with his friend came took time off in school and made a drone all by themselves. They also created a website named Evo lab which is now a registered company. He thus is a young CEO who takes up projects with various clients and does it with perfection. The SIMUN – South Indian Model United Nations – Website was completely designed by him and he also handles the tech support with all new angle.
His CAS project was also towards sustainable development, wherein he had made a “Plant Waterer” which he explains it here :- The plant waterer initially began quite honestly, as a project of laziness. It was in the early days when the eco club had just hatched into the world. I was already finding it quite a chore to water my plants every day. Someone suggested it during a club meeting, and the idea stuck. Strange things create an interest in me and that is probably why I developed an interest in electronics early on as a kid. However, I took this idea with a grain of salt, as I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to work on this between the intense rigour that is the Diploma Programme. However, I simply was not able to stop thinking about it. I often found myself sitting during classes, sidetracked, and envisioning a self-sustaining garden. Unable to resist, I began charting the plans in my head, thinking of what I would need an how it would work. Initially, a basic microcontroller, offline device was designed on the Arduino platform. But then, halfway into design, another thought crept into my mind – The Internet of Things (IoT). The internet of things is a vast network of everyday objects connected to the internet, enabling them to share and process data to and from virtually anywhere. The prospect of being able to view and control this device over the internet was very appealing and I scrapped my initial design and began building upon a Linux platform, using the Raspberry Pi (a small credit card sized computer made by the Raspberry Pi foundation specifically for projects like these. Little did I know at the time that this would eventually enable the possibility of watering the plants, unmonitored, over the summer. However, I faced several problems. A custom version of linux had to be compiled from Arch Linux (a lightweight version of linux) as the programs were using too much memory. This solved the bulk of my other little problems, and the project progressed smoothly. Testing went well and I was able to get it working faster than I had anticipated. One other problem I faced, however, was the corrosion of the probes due to the high salt content in the water. This was resolved by using sticks of graphite as electrodes instead of metals. All was done and the system was fully functional. A little bit of research revealed an open source cloud based API (application programming interface) that would enable the system to be managed using a few simple, easy to use icons. The program was modified to send, receive and process data using this cloud interface instead of the computer, effectively making it a true IoT device. Final stages of testing ensued, and finally, I surprised the team with the device by just walking in with it on a fine morning. It was very well received. Everyone loved the idea, and it all went well.

College Info:

Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Coimbatore is an Engineering College started in 1984 under the auspices of Ramanandha Adigalar Foundation, a charitable educational trust of Sakthi Group. It is situated in a sprawling campus of 150 acres in the IT corridor of Coimbatore which in many ways was a front runner in the eco system. Currently the college, as an autonomous institution affiliated to the Anna University, offers 13 under-graduate (B.E., B.Tech.) and 14 post-graduate (M.E., M.Tech., MCA, MBA) programs of study. All the above courses have the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and all the eligible UG programs have also been accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). In addition, KCT has also been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission (UGC). 9 of the 15 academic departments have been recognized as research centers permitting research leading to Ph.D. degree by Anna University. The value of the education and training imparted by the college is highlighted by the interest shown by leading companies for on-campus recruitments. Our alumni have done us proud by proving their worth in their chosen field of work.

Course Info:

The department was established in the year 1987 with a UG programme in CSE. Since its inception, the department has progressed with a vision and a strong commitment to developing competent programmers with uncompromising standard of excellence in the training, both class room sessions and hands on sessions, given to students. The department has well equipped computing laboratories and a rich repository of software covering a wide spectrum of applications. It now offers PG and PhD programmes also. Computer Science and Engineering department is committed to bring out career oriented graduates who are industry ready through innovative practices of teaching-learning process. To cultivate professional approach, strong ethical values and team spirit along with leadership qualities among the graduates by organizing workshops, seminars and conferences periodically. Association with professional bodies and invitation to external experts should help this. To contribute towards techno-economic and social development of the nation through quality human resource and encouraging entrepreneurship among the young graduates.