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QUARTER I : 2020


Geographic Information System (GIS)

Geographic Information System is nothing but a computer application which captures, stores and displays the various physical and manmade features on the Earth. Starting from mountains to buildings, GIS can map everything and storing it in a Database. White House defines GIS as “the technology, policies, standards, human resources, and related activities necessary to acquire, process, distribute, use, maintain, and preserve spatial data.” GIS is an integrated system, which utilises more than one feature at a time.

How does it work?

GIS being a Database System can store an enormous amount of data. This includes longitude, latitude, zip code, address for a given location. In addition to those, it can also have the name of the place, population, landscape, types of buildings localities etc. GIS data can be stored either as Cartographic data like maps or as Spreadsheets like MS Excel or even Photographic data. It is the job of Database engineers to fill the GIS with appropriate data.
The cartographic data are basically maps. They can be directly entered into the systems. Photographic data requires ariel surveys or ariel photo shoots to be entered carefully. Digital data can be basically more detailed on land use, population, factories etc.
Geoprocessing is the operation known for manipulating GIS data. The input is processed by the system and presented as a useful application for everyone to use. Spatial analysis uses Space-Time of the location and maps it to digital data using a key.
Remote Sensing is a science which is closely aligned with GIS. Remote sensing is the science of collecting data from various sources without any physical contact of the object. A remote sensing satellite is the primary way of capturing data from various locations. Remote sensing is utilised in GIS for obtaining data to be fed to the system. INSAT is India’s first remote sensing satellite.

History of GIS

GIS was born when Dr Roger Tomlinson, who is also known as the father of GIS, and a Geographer himself, wanted to make Urban and Rural Planning easier. Spatial analysis is considered to be the major principle behind GIS technology. Later on Wars, Epidemic prompted technology to be used for various aspects like Nuclear Weapon Research. The first model of GIS was called Canada GIS designed by Dr Roger Tomnilson in 1960. Canada used it for mapping and utilising the resources of Rural Canada ie Soil, agriculture, forests etc at a scale of 1:50,000. With the rise of WWW, GIS became more prominent in many developed countries and now in developing countries.

Difference between GPS and GIS

We often tend to mix up both these terms or may take it as the same. That’s not true. GPS stands for Global Positioning System, which gives the live position of an object on Earth. On the other hand, GIS Software can use the data from GPS and presents you with useful information which you can comprehend and understand. GPS is fully controlled by the Dept of Defence of the United States. It uses the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for locating your position, especially when you are in a car.
A popular example which we all will be familiar is Google maps, which utilises GPS data processed using GIS and gives 2D/3D maps which are geographic presentation which we can understand (than longitude, and latitude).


  • Digitalising- In this era, where information is overflowing, we can’t rely upon hard data like book and files. Even the need and requirements for information across the globe is high, so we need a system which stores data and process which everyone can access. It also reduces space and ensures speedy access to data.

  • Mapping- To present maps of cities, villages, mountains, factories, buildings etc. This can be used in the time of emergencies like epidemics, wars, natural disasters etc for locating and rescuing people. Urban planning can be effective with help of GIS.

  • Borders- For getting an accurate drawing of borders between two countries and establishing border checkpoints and security.

  • Ecology and environment- Forests, deforestation, migratory birds, endangered species, etc can easily be observed and tracked by Organisations and Governments.

  • Geology and Astronomy- Nothing in science and technology is confined to the Earth, so GIS can be ultimately used in any celestial object like the Moon, Mars, Venus or Sun. NASA uses image processing technology for the same.

  • Military- Militaries across the globe, can use GIS for mapping their bases, warships, aircraft stations, enemy bases, border controls, anti-terrorism, 3D modelling, rescuing civilians, etc.

Updates From IEEE Computer Society Kerala Chapter

Capture the Flag online contest

Capture the Flag online contest was hosted by the IEEE Computer Society Kerala in association with RedTeam Hacker Academy from 25th March 2020 to 29th March 2020 exclusively for girls as part of our International women's day celebration.

The online contest witnessed a total of 30 participants from various student branches across the section who were wholeheartedly immersed in the competitive environment throughout the event. The online event came to a close with:

Tinu Sam of St. Joseph's College of Engineering and Technology, Palai as the Winner
Fathima Swaliha of TKM College of Engineering, Kollam as First Runner-Up and
Aparna Kiran A S , College of Engineering, Trivandrum as Second Runner-Up

They were offered a 10-day on-site internship at RedTeam Hacker Academy, Kochi.

Student Branch Events

Web Development Workshop NSSCE

The workshop took place on 21/02/2020 from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm at Kelvin Shinsky Hall of NSS College of Engineering.The workshop was mainly based on web development. The speaker Akarsh Ashok had profound knowledge in the subject to be handled upon. A total of 17 participants were there.The three hour session covered the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the end of which the delegates created a portfolio webpage.. In the second half, the details on other methods of web development were discussed.

Godher Hackathon NSSCE

Godher was a workshop cum hackathon conducted by IEEE CS SB NSSCE.The hackathon was organized from 21/02/2020 01:00 pm to 22/02/2020 01:00 pm. there were 17 participants divided into four groups. The topic of the hackathon was women empowerment. The delegates were instructed to do develop a concept which would make the world a better place for women. The time from 22/02/2020 01:00 pm was allotted for idea presentation.The hackathon concluded by 03:00 pm on 22/02/2020 after the idea presentations.

App Development Online Workshop CET

Computer Society of IEEE SB CET conducted an online App Development Workshop for beginners to get started with React Native.The main focus of the workshop was to help beginners grasp the basics of React Native App Development.Resources were provided to help participants learn the basics of App Development step by step and tasks were set for each day. The workshop was handled by Jacob Abraham of S4 CSE and Vishnu Prakash of S4 CSE. Participants who completed 80% of the required taskswere issued IEEE certificates.Submissions were made via GitHub and 10 participants qualified.

Web Development Workshop CET

Computer Society of IEEE SB CET organized an MLH Localhost work-shop on Web Development in association with GirlScript and FOSS Cell CET. The session began with the resource person introducing the structure and syntax of basic HTML and CSS and then went on to cover how to deploy the website. The materials for the event were provided by MLH Localhost and the session was handled by Mohammed Rabeeh of S4 CSE.

.hack(); 24-hrs hackathon MACE

.hack (); was a two-day open hackathon for everyone conducted from 1st February 2020 to 2nd February at Integrated Start-up Complex Kalamassery. There were a total of 105 participants paired up into 27 teams. There were 5 mentors to guide the students during the hackathon and an entire panel of elite judges to review the projects. The top 3 teams, Hack Overflow, Team Alpha and Deadlock were given a cash price. Kutty Coders, a team of school students made the event more special. And they got special mention price.

Code Colosseum Edition-1 RIT

Code Colosseum Edition - 1 was a 24-hour online coding competition conducted by the IEEE Computer Society on 20th March 2020 10:00 AM to 21st March 10:00 AM for the students of RIT to develop their coding skills. The contest was hosted on HackerRank and there were 31 participants. The Edition - 1 of Code Colosseum had three questions and Sidarth Ajithkumar of 1st year CSE secured the first position, runner up Bivin Varkey Varghese of 3rd year CSE followed by Irene Anna Kurien of 1st year CSE.


Annual Chairs Meet 2020

The Annual Chairs Meet is a meeting conducted every annum, for briefing the newly elected Computer Society Chapter Chairs of Student Branches across Kerala about their responsibilities, announcing the newly elected section volunteers for 2020, present reports and to felicitate those volunteers who have displayed exemplary skills in volunteering.