TI India Educators' Conference - 2013
C.P. Ravikumar, Texas Instruments
The churning of the ocean
In the Hindu mythology, there is a story of the churning of the ocean. The Gods and the Demons knew about the nectar of life that lay hidden deep in the ocean. Anyone who consumed a drop of the nectar would be rendered immortal. To extract the nectar out of the depths of the ocean, however, the ocean needed to be churned.
Discussions and debates are a lot like the churning of the ocean. There is much discussion about the gap between industrial practices and academic teaching. With progression of time, the “what,” “how,” and “why” change continually. In the electronics industry, these changes have been far more rapid. What electronic devices should be taught in an introductory class in electronics? What courses in the curriculum should be considered “core” subjects and which ones should be optional? Should transistor-level design of analog circuits be at all taught in an undergraduate class? Does it make sense to teach logic optimization through Karnaugh maps? Should one not be discussing low-power design and energy harvesting? Should we not be teaching system-level design to undergraduate students? Is the college curriculum relevant to modern industrial practices? …
Each one of these questions can be a trigger point for heated debates and discussions when educators get together. When I refer to educators, I not only mean college teachers but also professionals from the industry who volunteer to offer help in bridging the industry-academia gap.
Announcing the TI India Educators’ Conference!
Texas Instruments India will hold its first “Educators’ Conference” during April 4-6, 2013. The conference is being held in cooperation with IEEE Bangalore section and the Bangalore chapter of IEEE Circuits and Systems society. The purpose of the conference is to bring academicians and industry professionals together on one platform to facilitate exchange of ideas. You will find a “Call for Participation” displayed prominently on the TI India Univeristy Program website (www.ti.com/univ-in).
The program of the conference will include technical papers related to applications of TI technology – embedded processors and analog – to solve problems in the society. If you are a researcher who uses TI semiconductors in applications such as renewable energy, healthcare, infotainment or security, here is an opportunity to present your work! You will have a vibrant audience to share your results with. Proceedings of the conference will be available in the CD-ROM format. Selected papers will be included in a hard-copy proceedings that will be published post facto. We expect that the papers will be archived on IEEE Explorer.
We also plan to invite several experts – from India and abroad – to showcase their work at the conference. The conference will also feature opportunities for learning. Selected student teams who are taking part in TI India Analog Design Contest (2012-2013) will showcase their projects. A glittering award ceremony will be held to recognize the winners of the TI India Analog Design Contest (2012-2013). We expect several invited dignitaries and senior leaders of Texas Instruments to take part in this event.
Participants will also be able to visit booths of industry partners to know the latest trends in the applications of semiconductors. A number of tutorials on hot topics are planned as part of the conference. A panel discussion on the topic of electronic system design and manufacturing will set you thinking. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to network with academicians and professionals who share the same interests as yours!
There is an ocean of knowledge in embedded processing and analog. Here is an opportunity to churn the ocean! If you have any ideas to make this an even better experience, do let us know!
Its a great opportunity in India for Embedded geeks who work with TI devices..
looking forward with this program...
I really appreciate TI efforts for driving Institutions (electronics ) in the right direction. Its difficult to accommodate all developments happening in electronics industries. Teaching community is in state of confusion what is to be included as basics or core subjects and depth of it . Hope your initiative and efforts will give guidelines if framing syllabus and structure and specialization in domain.
The technical program of TI India Educators' Conference is now available at www.tiiec.in
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