Centre for Ocean Electronics (CUCENTOL)

Realising the need for initiating research activities in the area of Ocean Electronics and Explorations, which are going to be one of the major national and international issues of the current Century, the Department of Electronics of the Cochin University of Science and Technology has started research and manpower training programmes with the active support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Govt. of India), Department of Electronics (Govt. of India), Department of Ocean Development (Govt. of India), University Grants Commission, etc.

In view of the importance of this area, the UGC has approved the establishment of a Centre for Ocean Electronics during the VIII Plan period with essential staff and infrastructure. An amount of Rs.32 lakhs was sanctioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in two installments for this Centre. The UGC has also extended an additional financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 70.77 lakhs under the Special Assistance Programme at the DRS level with thrust area in Ocean Electronics. This Centre, which was established as a joint venture of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Govt. of India) and the University Grants Commission was opened in 1991, and to mark the occasion of the formal opening of the Centre for Ocean Electronics of the Cochin University of Science & Technology, the First Symposium on Ocean Electronics was organized in this Department during 18 to 20 December, 1991. The Centre for Ocean Electronics of the Department of Electronics, Cochin University of Science & Technology has successfully implemented many technology development as well as research and development projects with the active support from various Government of India Departments/Agencies.

Some of the projects/research activities going on/completed in Cochin University Centre for Ocean Electronics (CUCENTOL) include the following.
  • Sonic Characterization of Marine Species
  • Hidden Markov Model (HMM) Based Target Classifier with Improved Success Rates utilizing High performance Parallel Implementation with CUDA Architecture
  • Development of a Multipurpose Acoustic Data Buoy
  • Multiple Target Tracking using Dynamic Programming
  • Development of a Submersible Buoy Underwater Noise Recording System
  • Development of an Online Harbor Surveillance System
  • Development of Algorithms for Target Motion Analysis
  • Underwater Target Localization, Tracking and Classification
  • Implementation of an Underwater Target Classifier Using Higher Order Spectral Features
  • Development of Miniaturized Archival Tags
  • Development of Autonomous Buoy Systems for Radio-Acoustic Positioning and Tracking
  • Tuna Resources of the Indian EEZ - An Assessment of Growth and Migratory Patterns
  • Development of Techniques for Blind Source Separation
  • Implementation of an Intelligent Identifier for Ambient Noise Sources
  • Implementation of CDMA Communication System
  • Development of Algorithms for Spread Spectrum Underwater Communication Systems
  • Development of Acoustic Techniques for Fish and DSL Biomass Estimations
  • Computer Aided Design of Transducers
  • Software Development for Echo Simulation & Processing
  • Development of an Automated Array Gain Control System
  • Investigations on Low Frequency Piezopolymer Sensor Elements and Arrays for Underwater Applications