Technical Paper Writing

                              Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Report on Technical Paper Writing Seminar

 

 

Expert: Prof. V. Venkataramanan

Date of the event: 15th January, 2020

Number of participants: 45

Objectives of the activity:

  • To help understand the relevance of technical paper writing in Engineering
  • To enhance paper presenting skills of students
  • To enlighten students about various aspects of a technical paper

Content:

The seminar on Technical Paper Writing took place on 15th January. It was conducted by Professor V. Venkataramanan, a senior faculty of the department of Electronics and Telecommunication with the main motive of educating students about the various guidelines that lead to the drafting of a good technical paper. The seminar commenced with him explaining the relevance of technical paper writing. He explained as to why technical paper writing is of utmost importance to an engineering student.

There are two methods that can be adopted to try and gather the information to start working on publishing the paper – the engineering approach and the scientific approach. Firstly, the need of the project must be defined, then a certain amount of background research should be done while keeping a record of the references. The requirements must be specified and the target user and customer must be defined. 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 elaborate explanation was provided on the concept of iteration which was important in both methods.

He then summarized the entire procedure and process of identification of keywords in a given problem statement. After the general overview, the professor moved onto the actual format of a technical paper and explained each section in detail.

Abstract is the first thing that must be worked upon. This must be only three hundred words at most. It must illustrate the purpose and design of the project, the materials required and concepts used for the same. The target audience must be kept in mind while drafting. An abstract sample was provided with an introduction, methods used and result; followed by a brief interactive session to highlight the common mistakes students tend to make while writing the abstract.

The next section is the Introduction. The topic of the project must be clearly mentioned and defined with the help of some background information on the topic. Keywords must be referred to while writing the introduction and a review of literature must be provided. The scope of the project must be presented and the current situation revolving around the topic must be outlined. Overall, the motivation behind choosing the said topic must be made evident.

An emphasis was laid on including only those points that are relevant to the discussion and not too basic and repetitive. The length of the introduction must not exceed 900 words.

The introduction is followed by the Review of Literature. Citations must be provided wherever been referred to. Previously published papers on similar topics must be scanned through and at least three such papers must be cited as examples. The theory must be illustrated with a block diagram and a few examples were provided to explain the format and the expected content. The working principle and algorithms for software-based projects are to be documented after the block diagram.

For the result, the outcome of the study must be reported without bias or manipulative interpretation and arranged in a logical sequence. Graphs and tables should be preferred to represent the data. In the conclusion, all the points covered before must be summarized and the topic must be restated with the evidence provided. The Future Scope of the project must be provided explaining the aspects of the project that can be potentially expanded.

Lastly, all the references employed in the entire project should be carefully enumerated in the order in which they were cited.

The session concluded with Prof. V. Venkataramanan talking about how a student can achieve an edge above other students if he or she has attempted to write at least two to three technical papers. According to him, writing a technical paper can prove to be a great learning experience for someone who’s just starting out in a technical field. One needs to just start writing and then over time with constant revision, one can finally master the art of writing a good technical paper.

Outcomes:

  • Students learnt the dos and don’ts of technical paper writing
  • They were made to realize how technical paper writing is as imperative as the technical project
  • They understood the impact of constant content improvisation and formatting during technical writing

Photographs:

Students taking note of the important aspects of technical paper writing

Prof. V. Venkataramanan sharing the key to a good technical paper.

Prof. Anuja Odhekar                                                                          Dr. Amit A. Deshmukh

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