You should submit your applications online
The selection is a twostage process for each thematic area of research. For the sake of convenience, we use some short keywords to identify each of these areas listed below
Thematic Area Name  Short Keyword 

COMMUNICATION AND SIGNAL PROCESSING  EE1 
POWER ENGINEERING  EE2 
MICRO ELECTRONICS & MEMs  EE3 
INSTRUMENTATION  EE4 
OPTICS & PHOTONICS  EE5 
INTEGRATED CIRCUITS & SYSTEMS  EE6 
CONTROL & OPTIMIZATION  EE7 
You should indicate your preferences while applying for the program. If you are unsure about your interests, you could choose multiple research themes without any fear. While the above themes are just indicative of our research work, we usually cross several themes ourselves. So, it may not be uncommon to work on the interface of two research themes.
You first need to write a 1 or 2 hours test that will probe your fundamentals in different themes as per your application. If you are successful in the written test, you will be called to interview with us on the same day. We make our final offers of admission based on both the written test and interview.
Research Theme  Syllabus 

EE1 – COMMUNICATION AND SIGNAL PROCESSING 
Solving all example problems and exercises from the above books is strongly recommended as preparation for the entrance exam. Sample questions from the written exams in the previous years can be found here Suggested video lectures: 
EE2 – POWER ENGINEERING 
Power Electronics: Operation of buck, boost and buck boost converters, power semiconductor devices and characteristics, operation of inverters – 180 degree mode and SPWM operation – single phase and three phase, bridge converters – single and three phase.
Electrical Machines: Theory and operation of single and three phase transformers, dc machines – separately excited, series and compound machines, induction machines – squirrel cage and wound rotor, cylindrical rotor synchronous machines. Methods of speed control of dc and induction machines.
Power Systems: Transmission lines, Series and shunt compensation, Per‐unit quantities, Bus admittance matrix, GaussSeidel and NewtonRaphson load flow methods, Voltage and Frequency control, Power factor correction, Symmetrical components, Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis, Principles of over‐current, differential and distance protection; Circuit breakers, System stability concepts, Equal area criterion
Control Systems: Transfer function of a dynamic system, positive and negative feedback, transient and steady state response, RouthHurwitz and Nyquist criteria, Bode plots, Root loci, Stability analysis, lead, lag and leadlag compensation, P, PI and PID controllers, State space model, State transition matrix, eigen values. High Voltage: Generation and Measurement of High voltages, Insulation Failure mechanisms Instrumentation: Instrument transformers, Protective CTs/PTs, measurement of power and energy, types of energy meters and their operation, telemetering, remote terminal units, Data Acquisition systems, trivector meters and event/disturbance recorders. Books: Cooper Helfrick, “Electrical Instrumentation and Measuring Techniques”, Prentice Hall India, 1986 The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Some sample questions may be found here 
EE3 – MICRO ELECTRONICS & MEMs  Course Content : Solid state devices – Crystals and Electronic grade materials; Formation of energy bands in solids; Concept of hole, Density of states and Fermi level; Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors; Equilibrium Carrier concentration; Direct and indirect semiconductors; Recombination and Generation of carriers, Carrier transport; Drift and Diffusion; Equations of state; Continuity and Poisson equation; pn junction; energy band diagram, derivation of dc and ac characteristics; Bipolar junction transistors; physics and characteristics MOS capacitor; MOSFET physics, characteristics and modeling; Other devices: LEDs, Solar cells, metalsemiconductor junctions, solid state memoriesBooks : [1] Robert Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Pearson Education, 2006 [2] B. G. Streetman and S. K. Banerjee, Solid State Electronic Devices, Prentice Hall India, 2014 [3] M. S. Tyagi, Introduction to Semiconductor Materials and Devices, John Wiley, 2004 [4] Robert Pierret, Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals, Pearson, 2003 [5] C.T. Sah, Fundamentals of Solid State Electronics, World Scientific Publishing, 1991 [6] Amitava DasGupta and Nandita DasGupta, Semiconductor Devices: Modelling And Technology, Prentice Hall India, 2004 [7] S. Karmalkar, Solid state devices, NPTEL video lectures available on youtube; transcripts available here Solving all example problems and exercises from the above reference books is *strongly* recommended as preparation for the entrance exam. Sample questions from the written exams in the previous years on Solid State Devices area can be found here. Please note that the written test will contain a part on basic engineering mathematics. 
EE4 – INSTRUMENTATION 
The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the EE4 group. Shortlisted students will accordingly be called for the interviews. Measurements and Instrumentation stream topics
References:
The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Sample questions can be viewed here Sample 1 
EE5 – OPTICS & PHOTONICS 
Suggested books – Engineering Electromagnetics by Hayt and Buck, Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert Boylestead, Solid State Electronic Devices by Streetman and Banerjee, and Louis Nashelsky, and Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Willsky. We also advise you to view the NPTEL lectures on electromagnetics http://nptel.iitm.ac.in, networks and systems http://nptel.iitm.ac.in, solid state devices and analog circuits.
The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Sample questions can be viewed here

EE6 – INTEGRATED CIRCUITS & SYSTEMS 

EE7 – CONTROL & OPTIMIZATION  Topics for written exam
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S.No  

EE1  COMMUNICATION AND SIGNAL PROCESSING  
1  Andrew Thangaraj  Error Control coding, Information and Theoretic Aspects of Cryptography 
2  Aravind R  Voice and Video Coding, Telecom Application of Signal Processing. 
3  Arun Pachai Kannu  Information theory, Estimation theory, Wireless communications. 
4  Avhishek Chatterjee  Mathematics of stochastic networks: analysis, design, and inference. Application areas: communication (wireless) and social networks, crowdsourcing, and noisy computing 
5  Bharadwaj Satchidanandan  
6  Bhaskar Ramamurthi  Modulation and coding for Mobile Communications, Wireless Communication Networks, Design and implementation of wireless local loop systems 
7  David Koilpillai R  Communication & Digital Signal Processing 
8  Devendra Jalihal  
9  Gaurav Raina  Performance modeling of communication networks, Control theory and nonlinear systems, Mobile payments 
10  Giridhar K  Adaptive estimation and detection and their applications to broadband wireless transceiver algorithms,custom airinterface designs and hardware testbeds for strategic and secure communications 
11  Kaushik Mitra  Computational Photography, Computer Vision, Machine Learning 
12  Krishna Jagannathan  Stochastic modeling and analysis of communication networks, Transportation networks, Network control, and Queuing theory. 
13  Lakshmi Narasimhan Theagarajan  Communications and Signal Processing 
14  Manivasakan R  Statistical Modelling in Telecommunications networks, Broadband teletrafic Modelling, Design of parallel scheduling algorithms for high speed switches 
15  Pradeep Kiran Sarvepalli  Quantum errorcorrecting codes, Coding theory, Quantum cryptography, Quantum algorithms, Distributed storage,Coded caching 
16  Radhakrishna Ganti  Communication 
17  Rahul Harishchandra Meshram  
18  Rajagopalan AN  Image Processing, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Machine Learning 
19  Ramalingam CS  Signal Processing, Speech Coding, Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis 
20  Sheetal Kalyani  Estimation theory, Special Functions, Robust statistics, Decision Theory, Extreme value theory, Statistical Signal Processing 
21  Srikrishna Bhashyam  Communication & Digital Signal Processing 
22  Umesh S  Speech Signal Processing 
23  Venkatesh R  Communication Networks 
24  Venkatesh TG  MoStochastic delling, Computer Networks, Multimedia applications using the Java Media Framework Computer Architecture 
EE2  POWER ENGINEERING  
1  Arun Karuppaswamy B  GridConnected inverters, SMPC and Power electronics 
2  Kalyan Kumar B  Power system modeling, Power system dynamics, Wind generation system, Power quality, Flexible AC transmission devices (FACTS). 
3  Kamalesh Hatua  Power electronics and motor drives 
4  Krishna S  Power Systems, Power Electronics & High Voltage 
5  Krishna Vasudevan  Power Electronics, Drives and Applications to Renewables 
6  Lakshminarasamma N  Power Electronics and drives, Switched Mode Power converters and Resonant converters 
7  Mahesh Kumar  Power Systems, Power Electronics & High Voltage 
8  Sarathi R  High Voltage and Insulation Engineering 
9  Shanti Swarup K  Power Systems, Energy Management Systems / SCADA, Automation/Protection, Deregulation / Restructuring, Smart Grid â€“ Dynamic Demand Response and Control 
10  Srirama Srinivas  Power Systems, Power Electronics & High Voltage 
EE3  MICRO ELECTRONICS & MEMs  
1  Amitava DasGupta  Semiconductor Device Modelling, MEMS 
2  Anbarasu Manivannan  Nonvolatile memory, Phase change memory, novel selector devices, Chalcogenidebased phase change materials for electrical, optical and optoelectronic applications. 
3  Anjan Chakravorty  Compact modeling of SiGe HBTs, LDMOS Devices, Spiral onchip Inductors, Computational modeling of Nano Devices. 
4  Bhaswar Chakrabarti  Microelectronics, emerging materials and nanoscale devices for information processing and storage 
5  Debdutta Ray  Emerging electronic devices for nonvolatile memory applications and neuromorphic computation Ultralow power transistors with novel materials Neuromorphic circuits for biomedical applications Photonic devices for neuromorphic computing 
6  Deleep R Nair  Semiconductor Devices:Device Design, Fabrication, Characterization and Numerical modeling RF MEMS switches and resonators:Design, Fabrication, Characterization and Numerical modeling 
7  Enakshi Bhattacharya  MEMS processing and sensors,Biosensors and MEMS,Micro/Nano cantilever based sensors,Silicon nanoporous membranes for dialysis,Material and devices made of different forms of silicon  amorphous, porous, polycrystalline. 
8  Nandita DasGupta  Microelectronics, VLSI, MEMS 
9  Sayak Dutta Gupta  
10  Soumya Dutta  Microlectronics, Organic Electronics 
EE4  INSTRUMENTATION  
1  Balaji Srinivasan  Thermal stability of fiber, High power fiber amplifiers, Brillouin scattering. 
2  Boby George  Capacitive sensors, Direct digital converters for sensors, Proximity sensors, Sensors for Automotive and Transportation Applications, Biomedical Instrumentation. 
3  Jayaraj Joseph  Medical devices, Instrumentation, Imagefree ultrasound 
4  Mohanasankar  Control and Instrumentation 
5  Shivananju BN  Twodimensional Materials Applications, Optogenetics, Polaritons and NanoFTIR, Optical Biochemical Sensors 
EE5  RF & PHOTONICS  
1  Ananth Krishnan  Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Microscopy, Nanophotonics 
2  Anil Prabhakar  Quantum optics, Magnonics, Assistive technologies. 
3  Bijoy Krishna Das  Silicon Photonics & Nanoscale Devices 
4  Deepa Venkitesh  
5  Harishankar R  Nonlinear Problems in RF and Optics, Plasma Physics, Computational E&M, Optical Communication 
6  Shanti Bhattacharya  Optical MEMS, Diffractive Optics and Fibre Interferometry 
7  Sudharsanan Srinivasan  Silicon, Photonics 
8  Uday Khankhoje  Computational Electromagnetics, Signal Processing in Electromagnetics, Inverse problems, Remote Sensing 
EE6  INTEGRATED CIRCUITS & SYSTEMS  
1  Aniruddhan S  Analog and RF IC design 
2  Janakiraman  Machine Learning Algorithms on Hardware, Statistical Analysis in VLSI 
3  Mathiazhagan C  Microelectronics, VLSI 
4  Nagendra Krishnapura  Microelectronics, VLSI, MEMS 
5  Nitin Chandrachoodan  Microelectronics, VLSI, MEMS 
6  Qadeer Ahmad  Power Management Circuits and Systems for VLSI, Switching and Linear DCDC Converters, Energy Harvesting for IoT, Battery Chargers, LED Drivers, Motor Drivers 
7  Ramprasath S  
8  Saurabh Saxena  
9  Shanthi Pavan  Microelectronics, VLSI, MEMS 
10  Vinita Vasudevan  Approximate computing, statistical and noise analysis of systems, model order reduction and design optimization 
EE7  CONTROL & OPTIMIZATION  
1  Arun D. Mahindrakar  Nonlinear Control with application to Robotics 
2  Bharath Bhikkaji  System identification, Modelling and Control of resonant systems, Vibration control of active structures, Actuation of Mechatronic Systems. 
3  Puduru Viswanadha Reddy  Control theory, Game theory, Multiagent systems 
4  Rachel Kalpana Kalaimani  Systems theory and control, Energy systems 
5  Ramkrishna Pasumarthy  EE4 â€“ Control and Instrumentation 
6  Sridharan K  Robotics, FPGAbased Design, Nanoelectronics 