What is an IEEE Project ?

Disclaimer: Ensemble Tech Pvt Ltd, is not associated or affiliated with IEEE, in any way. The IEEE Projects mentioned here are mentioned in the context of student projects, whose ideas are derived from IEEE publications, and not projects of or by IEEE. IEEE is a registered trademark of  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Over the years many students have asked us this question, when they come to us for their projects and we thought a article might be for some help to all the student looking for an answer to the question – What is an IEEE project ?

We all know what IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – as of today IEEE is the foremost technical organization related to electronics, electrical, computer science and all related domains and fields. IEEE’s roles and activities are many but they can be broadly classified into three categories namely

  1. Educational Activities
  2. Standards Development
  3. Publications

Here we are interested in the Publications aspect of IEEE. IEEE organizes many conferences all over the world where the latest technology ideas are presented as papers, and are published in journals and other publications. These papers are collectively called IEEE papers. So essentially each IEEE paper speaks of a new technology innovation / idea / possibility. Since these papers are published by IEEE in its various publications more often than not these papers are of good technical standing. Almost all of these publications are also available online through IEEE Xplore, which is a digital library of IEEE publications.

Coming back to the original question as to what is a IEEE project? – Well any project that derives its core idea from an IEEE paper is generally regarded as a IEEE project. Having said that one must remember that IEEE papers are very often published after years of research and hence it is practically impossible for BE students or even ME students to exactly follow the work done in a IEEE paper for a final year project. In cases like these where the scope of the IEEE paper is beyond the purview of a BE project or a ME project, the student can take up a part of the paper and implement the same. Alternatively sometimes the scope of a single paper might be too small for a worthy final year project, in which case more than one IEEE papers can be taken as base papers.

One more thing that students are generally confused about is the difference between a IEEE base paper and an IEEE reference paper ! Both the terms are self explanatory because an IEEE base paper is a paper on which the fundamental idea of the project is based on. Whereas an reference paper is a additional paper that deals with some smaller aspect of the project. So typically a project has one base paper and possibly many reference papers. Depending on the nature of the IEEE project,  reference papers might be applicable or might not be applicable.

Having know what an IEEE project is and what IEEE base paper and Reference papers are, the next logical question is – How does one go about selecting a IEEE project and a base paper? – We’ll cover that in a separate article.

PIC Microcontrollers and Projects

When it comes to choosing microcontrollers for projects be it electronic projects or electrical projects, there are virtually hundreds of choices today. Ranging from 8 bit to 32 bits, various microcontrollers are available to suit projects and products of various complexities and cost constraints. But when we consider only student projects, be it final year projects or even mini projects only a handful of microcontrollers are suitable. We at Ensemble believe that the following are the best options for students to choose from, given various constrains like cost, complexity, availability and awareness etc.

  1. Microchip’s – PIC Microcontrollers
    PIC Projects

    A PIC18F Microcontroller

  2. Atmel’s -AT Series and AVR Series of Microcontrollers
  3. ARM Microcontrollers by Various manufacturers like Texas Instruments

Each of these options have their own advantage and disadvantage for a student project…

ARM Microcontroller : ARM Processors and Microcontrollers are high performance controllers that are among the best in terms of speed, performance etc, but at the same time for a student project in embedded systems or other related fields, these might not always be the best choice. For most student projects the speed and the performance of a ARM processor are not needed and hence at the end of the day they add no real advantage to a BE project or even a ME Project. In turn the complexity of a ARM processor can make the project unnecessarily complicated and expensive. Having said that from time to time we do come across electronic as well as electrical projects that require the performance of a ARM controller, so the students need to bear in mind that just the mere presence of a ARM controller in a project doesn’t make it better project.

ATMEL’s AT and AVR Microcontrollers : As of today these are the cheapest, simplest and most easily available microcontrollers, especially in India. ATMEL’s AT series of microcontrollers are also based on the Intel 8051 Architecture and hence is a natural choice for students projects and experimentation, because students are already familiar with the architecture. However the AT series of controllers lack many important features that are generally used for embedded projects. Most embedded systems based project require ADC, DACs, PWM, various communication standards etc, which are not always available in AT series of controllers. Hence if the project is relatively simple and doesnot require extensive interfacing and analog capabilities then decent final year projects can be accomplished with Atmel microcontrollers.

PIC Microcontrollers : PIC Microcontrollers are made by Microchip and as of today they are the worlds most popular microcontroller family. PIC Controllers are a very optimum combination of cost, complexity, features and availability. Especially for student projects they are an excellent choice, because they combine perhaps all the features that one can possibly require for a final year project. PIC Microcontrollers are a ideal choice not just for electronic projects, but also for electrical project that require features like PWM for machine control and similar applications. In terms of cost and complexity also the PIC microcontrollers make a great choice for student projects because they are neither too simple nor too complicated. Also they offer the students an opportunity to learn a totally new microcontroller architecture.

We at Ensemble Technologies have over the years used dozens of different microcontrollers based on different architectures. In our opinion as of today PIC Microcontrollers are a the most optimum choice of microcontrollers for student applications. Particularly the PIC 18 family of controllers, which are in our opinion the best 8 bit microcontroller family available today. Irrespective of it being a final year project of a mini project, and also irrespective of it being a ece project or a eee project – a PIC microcontroller should be a very good first choice.

Download Project topics list for the year 2014-15 based on IEEE 2014 papers for final year projects in ECE, EEE, E&I Projects List
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IEEE Projects List

Disclaimer: Ensemble Tech Pvt Ltd, is not associated or affiliated with IEEE, in any way. The IEEE Projects mentioned here are mentioned in the context of student projects, whose ideas are derived from IEEE publications, and not projects of or by IEEE. IEEE is a registered trademark of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Our updated projects list based on IEEE 2014 papers is available on our site now. This projects list is mean for IEEE and Non IEEE projects in various domains related to different departments like BE ECE, BE EEE, BE E&I and other associated departments. The project list also includes project ideas for ME students also. For the convenience of students the projects list is separated category wise, depending on the main technologies involved in the project idea. The primary categories that are available are as follows.

Under these primary categories the projects are listed down technology wise. The students can visit our projects list downloads section to get the complete project lists for this academic year. Please note that these lists are updated on a regular basis almost every week and hence the students might want to visit the project list downloads section from time to time to check on the new additions that are made to the lists.

As mentioned the downloads page contains project ideas of varying complexity and cost. There are relatively simple projects that are also generally low cost projects, at the same time there are also more challenging projects based on IEEE papers, which are technically very good. All in all the lists are a attempt to cater to the diverse needs of the students of various colleges.

Download our Project List for this year based on the IEEE 2014-15 papers for final year projects in ECE, EEE and E&I Download Here

TechKnow 2 – Virtual Instrumentation

The next TechKnow workshop will be on Virtual Instrumentation and how to use Virtual Instrumentation with projects like Embedded Projects. This event is open for registrations till 5th Oct 2011. To register for the same Click Here.To read our article on Virtual Instrumentation with respect to project work Click Here.The Event will be held at IIT M Research Park, Taramani, Chennai. For more details about the venue and timings visit the event page for TechKnow.

In this edition of TechKnow we will be looking at

  • What is Virtual Instrumentation
  • What are the Software available for Virtual Instrumentation
  • What are different technologies that can be used with VI
  • How VI can be used for projects in various departments
  • Demonstrations of VIs
  • Simple project demonstrations

So if you are intrested in VI do join us for this TechKnow. You are also welcome to bring in your project ideas and share the same with us if you want our opinion on them.


TechKnow – 1 Event Report


IITM RP Auditorium

Final Year Students

Students During the Session

The first ever TechKnow workshop held on 25th September 2011 at IITM Research Park Auditoriumwas a tremendous success. In spite of it being a Sunday and this being the first ever such event, it was encouraging to see nearly 100 students turn up for the event. Whats more, the students weren’t all from Chennai, they had traveled from various parts of Tamil Nadu, from as far off as Kanyakumari! We thank the participating students for the tremendous response.

Deepak Gupta

Mr.Deepak Gupta

The sessions started at approximately 11.00AM, instead of the scheduled 10.30AM because some minor issues with the PA system in the auditorium. But thereafter it was smooth sailing and the students participation was heartening. The first session was on Embedded Systems in general and lasted till 12.00PM, when we took a short break. The second session was on technologies associated with embedded systems. With particular emphasis on technologies for final year projects in Embedded Systems.

Lunch was at 1.45PM and we continued after lunch at 2.45PM. The post lunch session was for demonstrations of some of the technologies that were discussed in the first two sessions. Technologies like Zigbee, GSM, MEMS etc were demonstrated, with real time models. A simple demonstration of a Embedded C program development on MPLAB IDE was also presented, to show the difference between the procedure followed by students in their colleges and the real world development procedure.

The event came to a close with the students giving us their feedback on the workshop. In all we tremendously enjoyed doing the workshop and if the feedback from the students is any indication to go by, the students found the sessions useful too. So all in all it was a Sunday well spent at the IITM RP. On our part we shall continue on this endeavor to spread awareness about various technologies, through future TechKnow workshops. We at Ensemble thank the students for their active participation and look forward to seeing them in future events.