TECHNICAL PAPER WRITING

Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Report of Technical Paper Writing Seminar-IETE FORTNIGHT 2019

Activity: Seminar

Title: Technical Paper Writing Seminar

Date: 5th February 2019

Number of students participated: 50-60

Year: F.E., S.E. & T.E.

Details:

The seminar on Technical Paper Writing held on 5th February, was conducted by Professor Venketramanan, a senior faculty of the department of Electronics and Telecommunication. He started the workshop by explaining to the students as to why publishing a paper at this point in their academic life is so important. There are two methods that can be used to try and gather the information to start working on publishing the paper. The first is the engineering approach and the second is the scientific approach. The common structure that both of these methods employ are as follows, firstly we must define the need of the project, then a certain amount of background research should be done along with keeping a record of the bibliography. Specify the requirements and define the target user and the customer. This is the most important part of the research. Similar projects that have been submitted in the past must be looked up and research must be done to establish required criteria. He then explained both methods in detail giving examples for both. An important concept in both the methods was iteration. An elaborate explanation was then provided on iteration as well.

He then summarized the entire procedure in short and how to identify the keywords in the given problem statement. This was just the general overview to how one must approach paper writing. After the general overview the professor then moved onto the actual format of a technical paper and explained each section in detail.

Abstract is the first thing that we must work upon. This must be only three hundred words at the most. It must include purpose and design of project, the materials required and concepts used for the project must be included in the abstract. Most importantly we must consider the target audience for the project. An abstract sample was provided with an introduction, methods used, result and a general discussion on the common mistakes students tend to make while writing the abstract. This generally tends to occur in the length or missing information.

Introduction follows Abstract. We must announce the topic in the introduction and give some background on the project. Keywords must be referred to while writing the introduction and a review of literature must also be provided along with the scope of the topic, the outline of the current situation revolving around the topic and advantages and disadvantages we might face on having the project implemented. This must be around 900 words long.

The common mistakes made while writing the introduction could be that it’s too bland, sweeping, and all-too-obvious statements are made. We must be careful and ensure the focus doesn’t change. The length of the introduction must not exceed 900 words.

Next comes the Review of Literature. Citations must be provided while writing this. Scan through papers written on similar topics before and write about at least three papers that have made projects on similar concepts. Block diagram must come next. A few examples were given as to how a block diagram must be formatted and what information must be provided. The working principle and algorithms for software based projects are to be put in after the block diagram.

For the result, we must include the finding of the study without bias or interpretation and arranged in a logical sequence. Preferably graphs and tables should be used to represent the data. In the conclusion, a summary of all the points covered before must be provided the topic must be restated with a statement based upon evidence provided. Lastly the Future Scope and References must be covered.

Thus the session covered the important all the important aspects of technical paper writing in detail with plenty examples. The appropriate format and font size that should be used were also provided along with the Dos and Don’ts for a quick review.

The session ended with Professor Venketramanan stressing the importance of having a published technical paper and how it provides a boost in the career of a student. This was a truly motivating and enlightening seminar.

 

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