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The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, University College of Engineering, Osmania University, organised RACE-08 ( Recent Advances in Communication Engineering) – an International Conference as a part of the Department’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. This international conference took place at the PGRRCDE (Prof. G.Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education) at the Osmania University Campus, from 20th to 23rd December, 2008.

The objective of this conference was to exchange research activities between participants from the academia, industries and Research and Development Organizations. One of the most emerging fields such as communication engineering was chosen as the theme. On the 20th of December, tutorials were organised. Dr.B.Yegnanarayana, IIIT, Hyderabad talked about ‘Speech Signal Processing’; Prof.R.Gangopadhyaya, IIT Kharagpur on ‘Photonic Communication’; Talks on ‘VLSI Design’, ‘Wireless Communication’ and ‘VLSI Testing’ were also given by Dr.Srinivas Katkoori, University of South Florida, USA , Dr.Kishore Mehrotra, Mimomax Wireless Limited, New Zealand and by Dr.Nagesh Tamarapalli, AMD,Bangalore respectively.

The Inaugural function took place on the 21st of December with Dr.Avinash Chander, Director of Advanced Systems Laboratory, Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO), Hyderabad and Programme Director of ‘Agni’ as the Chief Guest. Prof. T.Tirupathi Rao ,Vice Chancellor of Osmania University and Prof. A.Venugopal Reddy, Principal of University College of Engineering, O.U.(A) were also present. The dignitaries highlighted the importance of communication engineering. Prof. Kakarla Subba Rao, Head of the Department of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and Convener of RACE-08 expressed that “Young researchers will get stimulated by the innovative ideas put forward by the academicians that can lead to product development by the industry engineers. All of us look forward to a fruitful interaction between young and old researchers that will lead to advancement in communication engineering, education and research.” The achievements of the department in the last fifty years were also highlighted. Prof. V.M.Pandharipande, Senior Professor in the department and Chairman, Technical Committee of RACE-08 said that it was a wonderful coincidence that the DRDO, the NASA and our department were celebrating 50 years of their existence this year. The first day also saw the release of the Souvenir and the Proceedings CD which contained reports on the major activities by the Department, Abstracts of the invited Lectures, Contributed papers. There was a cultural programme organised by the students of the Department at Hotel Katriya De Royal, Begumpet after the keynote address and conference sessions.

On December 22nd, there were talks by distinguished speakers such as Prof.C.Jay Kuo, Prof. Andre Kaup, Prof.Takao Nishitani, Prof.S.K.Mitra, Prof.Ramsted, apart from the participants. These were followed by a cultural program by the students of 2nd year and 4th year B.E.., consisting of classical and folk dances and also a performance by the ‘Tyrant’, which comprised of two students from the department. On Day 3,Padmashri.Dr.Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Dr.Ashit Talukder, Prof.Moncef Gabbouj, Prof.Ahmed Tewfik, Prof.K.Subbarangaiah, Dr.Suresh Reddy delivered lectures. This was followed by a Panel Discussion on “Engineering Education in India” which saw the participation of eminent speakers like Prof. Alladi Prabhakar, Prof.D.N.Reddy, Prof.Bhoopathy, Prof.Deekshitulu and Shri Krishna Vedula in the session. The audience also actively participated in the discussions.

The conference was sponsored by Electronic Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL) (Platinum sponsor), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (Silver Sponsor), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and was supported by Department of Science and Technology, Council Of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and RCI (Research Centre, Imarat).

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