Centers

IIIT Hyderabad is structured around research centers and labs as opposed to schools and departments. Each research center focuses on a broad problem area and brings together experts possibly with varied background to conduct research and development on specific aspects of that problem area, constantly pushing the science to the next level. 

The current Research Centers and Laboratories are listed below based on their research focus on technologies and domains. There are also domain centers which make use of technologies in typically unusual domains in innovative ways.

Technology

Signal Processing and Communications Research Center (SPCRC)

Signal Processing and Communications Research Center (SPCRC)

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SPCRC was set up in 2003 with the goal of undertaking fundamental research in signal processing and communication engineering. Research, at theoretical and applied levels, is conducted in this center.  Funding sources have included MCIT, DST, GE Global Research, Bangalore etc.

 

Current Research Areas

  • Wireless networks (Sensor, ad hoc and cellular)
  • Neural networks
  • Cognitive radio
  • Wireless communications
  • Robust optimization
  • Optical networks/systems - transmission and access control
  • Broadband communication networks - transport
  • RF integrated circuits, antennas and integrated photonics
  • Statistical signal processing
  • Speech signal analysis - speech systems in mobile environment, emotional speech analysis
  • Image processing – medical image analysis, computer assisted diagnostics

 

Faculty
 

  • Anil Vuppala
  • Chakrapani Bommaraju  (on leave)
  • Jayanthi Sivaswamy
  • Jayashree Ratnam
  • Rama  Murthy Garimella
  • Rao P. R. K.
  • Sharma K. R.
  • Syed Azeemuddin
  • Ubaidulla P. 

Center for Data Engineering (CDE)

Center for Data Engineering (CDE)

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Center for Data Engineering conducts research, facilitates technology transfer, and builds systems in the broad area of data engineering.  The center inculcates the culture of research in students by involving them in activities such as:

Participating and getting awarded in

  • RoboCup
  • Trading Agent Competition SCM 
  • VAST challenge 
  • Data Mining Challenges 
     

Deploying and contributing to open source projects in

  • database systems 
  • multi agent systems 

Deploying IT solutions such as, e-sagu for helping farmers 

Building Robots and working on multi agent coordination

Current Projects

  • Text Analytics on Short Messages 
  • Web Mining 
  • Data Visualization for Clusters and Classes 
  • Laboratory Management Information System for Bioinformatics 
  • IT for Agriculture 
  • Multi Agent Simulation of Urban Traffic 
  • Multi Agent Robots Coordination

Current Research Areas

  • Database systems - Query Optimization, Transaction Processing, and Performance Modeling and Simulation 
  • Data Analysis and Visualization  
  • Data Dissemination and Personalization 
  • Electronic Contracts and Workflow Management Systems 
  • Multi Agent Systems and Complex Systems Simulation

Faculty

  • Kamal Karlapalem
  • Krishna Reddy P.
  • Vikram Pudi 

 

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Language Technologies Research Center (LTRC)

Language Technologies Research Center (LTRC)

 The LTRC addresses the complex problem of understanding and processing natural languages in both speech and text modes.

  • LTRC conducts research on both basic and applied aspects of language technology.
  • It is the largest academic centre of speech and language technology in India.
  • LTRC carries out its work through four labs, which work in synergy with each other.

LTRC is also a lead participant in nation-wide mission-mode consortia projects to develop deployable technology in the areas of Indian Language Machine Translation, English to Indian Language Machine Translation, and Cross Language Information Access (search engines).

NLP-MT Lab

The NLP-MT lab does fundamental work on developing grammatical as well statistical modelling of languages. Linguistic approaches are combined with machine learning techniques leading to new theories and technology development. This has resulted in higher accuracy parts-of-speech taggers, chunkers, constraint-based parsers as well as broad coverage statistical parsers, and semantic analyzers for Indian languages on the one hand, and annotated data including dependency tree banks, discourse banks, parallel corpora, etc. on the other.

Anusaaraka Lab

Anusaaraka lab is concerned with the development of machine translation systems which in addition to the usual machine translation output also allows a user to understand the source language text in a pseudo target language. For example, a reader who knows Hindi (target language) would be able to read the English source text, in a pseudo Hindi output after a small amount of training.

Search and Information Extraction Lab (SIEL)

The Lab focuses on solving research problems in the areas of Information Retrieval and Extraction using NLP techniques.

SIEL is engaged in building technologies for personalized, customizable and highly relevant information retrieval (IR), Information Extraction (IE) and Information Access (IA) systems. Current research includes summarization, cross language information access systems and building semantic search engines by identifying entities and relations between these entities. 

Speech lab

The research focus of the speech group is to address issues in processing, analyzing, understanding and manipulation of “real” speech i.e., read, conversational, emotional as found in real-environments for the development of robust speech systems in multiple languages specifically in the context of India. The speech group is also focused on development of speech recognition, speech synthesis, prosody models, spoken audio search, phonetic engine for Indian languages, language identification, speaker recognition for biometrics, voice conversion, speech summarization and spoken dialog systems.

Faculty

  • Anil Kumar Vuppala 
  • Bhaskararao Peri
  • Dipti Misra Sharma 
  • Kishore S. Prahallad
  • Radhika Mamidi
  • Rajeev Sangal (on leave)
  • Ravindranath Chowdary J.
  • Soma Paul
  • Sriram V.  (on leave)
  • Suryakanth V. Gangashetty
  • Vasudeva Varma
  • Yegnanarayana B.

 

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Robotics Research Center (RRC)

Robotics Research Center(RRC)

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The IIIT-H Robotics Research Lab works on research problems and innovative projects that extend the state-of-the-art in robotics. The center has worked in multiple domains of robotics involving Multi-robotic systems, Mobile robot navigation and planning, Mechanism design of All Terrain Vehicles and Robot Vision. The lab is well equipped with robot platforms and advanced sensors and has been publishing in top international conferences like ICRA, IROS, ICCV, AAMAS. The center is being and has been funded by various organizations both private, public and government. These include BARC, CAIR, Renault-Nissan, CVRDE, DRDO, DST, DIT and by IIIT Seed Grants The Robotics Research Center also collaborates with well known organizations and research labs such as CAIR, Bengaluru and BARC, Mumbai. 

Resources and Infrastructure: The lab is equipped with various robot test beds that are used in the research. These include ground robots like the pioneer P3-DX, the all terrain P3-AT along with the aerial robots like the parrot and the pelican. Along with these robots it is also equipped with a wide range of cameras and sensors.

Mobile Robotics: Localization, mapping and navigation of robots in indoors and outdoor environments. 

Robot Mechanisms: Mechanical design and analysis of all-terrain vehicles. 

Multi Robots: Exploration and localization using multiple robots. 

Robotic Vision: Vision Processing algorithms for localization, mapping and classification.

Current Research Areas

Robotic Vision

  • Independent Motion Detection and Segmentation
  • Monocular SLAM in Dynamic Environments
  • Monocular Localization
  • Structure Aided Visual SLAM
  • Visual Servoing for Space Robots

Multi Robotic Systems

  • Ground-Aerial Vehicle Coordination
  • Multi Robotic Exploration
  • Multi Robotic Collision Avoidance

Mobile and Embedded Robotics

  • Semantically Navigated Wheel Chair Systems
  • Object Search and Localization
  • FPGA Architectures for Mobile Robots

Mechanism Design

  • Active and Passive Mechanisms for All Terrain Navigation
  • Quadruped and Biped Design and Fabrication
  • Gait Generation for Quadruped and Wheeled Legged Systems

Faculty

  • Madhava Krishna K.
  • Rambabu Kalla
  • Suril Vijaykumar Shah
     
 

Center for Security, Theory and Algorithms (CSTAR)

Center for Security, Theory and Algorithms (CSTAR)

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The goal of the center is to do research in information security, theory  and algorithms. It also participates in teaching various programmes of the Institute by offering various mandatory and elective courses in the areas of theoretical computer science and information security.

The center runs an M.Tech in CSIS (Computer Science & Information Security) with support from MCIT Government of India (Ministry of Communications & Information Technology) and participates in programmes of the Institute such as PhD / MS / Dual degree etc. with a specialization in algorithms, theoretical computer Science or information security.  The center aspires to be

  • A resource center for conceptualizing through fundamental insights
  • A knowledge center for effectively imparting the state-of-the-art in Theoretical computer Science and in Information Security 
  • An accessible medium for disseminating and sharing expertise towards scientific and societal impact

Current Research Areas

  • System and network security
  • Security issues in wireless sensor networks
  • Multicore and manycore computing
  • Quantam information theory
  • Quantam information processing
  • Distributed graph algorithms
  • Cryptography
  • Geometric algorithms and data structures for large scale VLSI layouts

Faculty

  • Ashok Kumar Das
  • Bagga R. K.  
  • Bezawada Bruhadeshwar
  • Indranil Chakrabarty 
  • Kannan Srinathan
  • Kishore Kothapalli 
  • Shatrunjay Rawat

 

Software Engineering Research Center (SERC)

Software Engineering Research Center (SERC)

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Software engineering is the engineering of large and complex software systems. It focuses on systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of quality software, and the study of these approaches. SERC aims to lead the software engineering research in India by addressing India-specific issues in an industry-driven environment.

The main objectives of SERC are to focus on software engineering research, research in software engineering issues in the context of Indian software industry, operate closely with the industry by establishing touch points and to be a center of excellence driven by the industry for the industry.

Some of the major funded projects are state variable approach to the model-driven development of software for reactive systems (funded by SIEMENS), virtual Labs Integration (funded by MHRD), standardization of mobile interfaces (funded by CA Technologies) and big data analytics on the cloud (funded by CA Technologies).

Current Research Areas

  • Software  architectures  and software reuse
  • Software engineering education
  • Programming languages
  • Mathematical computer science and formal methods
  • Technology for education
  • Model driven development
  • Process engineering
  • Semantic  web architectures
  • Human computer interaction

Faculty

  • Kesav V. Nori
  • Raghu Reddy Y.
  • Ramesh Loganathan
  • Vasudeva Varma
  • Venkatesh Choppella
  • Viswanath K.  
  
   

Center for Visual Information Technology (CVIT)

Center for Visual Information Technology (CVIT)

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CVIT focuses on basic and advanced research in image processing, computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning. This center deals with the generation, processing, and understanding of primarily visual data as well as with the techniques and tools required doing so efficiently. The activity of this center overlaps the traditional areas of Computer Vision, Image Processing, Computer Graphics, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning. CVIT works on both theoretical as well as practical aspects of visual information processing. Center aims to keep the right balance between the cutting edge academic research and impactful applied research.

Research projects are funded by various agencies like- Department of Science and Technology (DST), Naval Research Board (NRB), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), General Electric (GE),  Nvidia and many more.  

CVIT has around 50 students carrying out research for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The center has regular visits and talks by leading researchers in the world.

Current Research  Areas

  • Document image processing especially recognition and retrieval
  • Biomedical and retinal image processing to aid doctors in diagnosis
  • Biometrics based on palm prints, handwriting, and hand geometry
  • Content-based annotation and search of large collections of images and videos
  • Machine learning for computer vision
  • Real-time rendering and streaming of large geometry including terrains and developing general purpose applications on the graphics processor units (GPUs) including graph algorithms, computer vision, and pattern recognition

Faculty

  • Anoop Namboodiri
  • Jawahar C.  V.  
  • Jayanthi Sivaswamy
  • Narayanan P.  J.   
 

Center for VLSI and Embedded Systems Technology (CVEST)

Center for VLSI and Embedded Systems Technology (CVEST)

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TThe Center works in close collaboration with organizations such as Xilinx, Altera, Intel Corporation, DRDO etc. The center has three labs under its supervision - VLSI CAD Lab comprising of state-of-the-art VLSI CAD tools like CADENCE tools suite - Embedded Systems Lab-1 equipped with ARM Processor kits, ATMEGA8 and ATMEGA32 boards - Embedded Systems Lab-2 equipped with Altera FPGA Boards, TI Mixed Signal System Development kit, Intel Atom Processor boards. The facilities are available for all Institute staff and students who would like to participate in VLSI R&D activity.

Current Research Areas

  • Low power VLSI design 
  • VLSI architectures
  • Biomedical embedded systems
  • Analog and mixed signal design 
  • High speed communications in VLSI circuits
  • Multicore (Processor) architecture for embedded systems 
  • ME, MS and MEM TRONICS 
  • FPGA based embedded systems

Faculty

  • Govindarajulu  R.
  • Shubhajit Roy Chowdhury
  • Suresh Purini
  • Syed Azeemuddin 
  • Vijaya Sankara Rao P.
                                                                
 
 

Domains

IT for Agricultural and Rural Development (ITARD)

IT for Agricultural and Rural Development (ITARD)

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The center investigates how information technologies can improve services related to agriculture. We are building IT-based scalable systems to deliver personalized, location-specific, actionable agricultural information to poor and marginal farmers.

Achievements

  • Developed the eSagu system (an IT-based personalized agro-advisory system)   to decrease crop failures and improve crop productivity by providing   agro-expert advice in a timely manner by considering the farm as a unit
  • Developed a village-level agriculture knowledge delivery system called eKisanSaathi to provide location-specific agricultural expert advice for poor and marginal farmers in a cost-effective manner
  • The eAgromet system (an IT-enabled agro-meteorological advisory system) was developed to improve the efficiency of agromet advisory bulletin preparation and dissemination to mitigate weather related risk for better farming
  • The  eAquaSagu system was built to deliver timely expert advice to fish farmers
  • The center has designed a “Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Agriculture and Information Technology (PGDAAIT)” to impart applied agriculture skills to agriculture students
  • Floated a startup called eAgriSarathi  to delivering the advisory services

Future plans

  • Develop a decision support system in eSagu and eAgromet systems
  • Refine and scale the eAgromet prototype
  • Create crop-specific virtual labs  to enhance practical education
  • Develop system for providing crop scheduling information to farmers

Faculty

  • Krishna Reddy P.
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Center for IT in Building Science (CBS)

Center for IT in Building Science (CBS)

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Building Science is a field of study that focuses on the technical performance of buildings, building materials and building systems. This broad discipline includes elements of construction technology, material science, architecture, meteorology, sustainable building, and heat and mass transport physics. At IIIT Hyderabad, the Center for IT in Building Science (CBS) focuses on effectively using Information Technology (IT)for sustainable buildings. CBS performs the following activities to promote sustainable buildings in India:

  • Sustainable Buildings Research
  • Academic Programs
  • Training and capacity building
  • Consulting

CBS collaborates with various institutes such as IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, MNIT Jaipur, CEPT Ahmedabad and CSR Auroville in national level and International institutes such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Carnegie Millan University (CMU), University of California Berkeley, and Lighting Research Center ofRensselaer Polytechnic Institute. CBS will be hosting the 14th version of the International Building Simulation Conference of IBPSA, which will be hosted for the first time in India. The conference is expected to have a participation of over 600 Researchers and Scientist in the area of Building Performance around the world. Currently CBS has two major groups working on Building Simulation and Building Automation. State of the art labs are been planned for Fault Detection and Diagnostics, Daylight control test Bed. 

Some of the major research projects of CBS are Center for Building Energy Research and Development funded by DST and US DOE, Cool Roof Calculator funded by Climate Works Foundation, Earth Cooling System Monitoring in Pantanagar and Nanital funded by US DOE, Cool Roof Monitoring in Satyam Learning Center Hyderabad funded by US DOE, Smart Classrooms by NOKIA, and Monitoring of Distributed Transformers funded by Central Power Research Institute. 

Research areas

  • Building Energy Modelling
  • Energy Simulation
  • Life Cycle Energy Optimization
  • Early Design Tools for Buildings
  • Building Fault detection and Diagnostics
  • Cool Roofs Monitoring
  • Weathering and Aging of Cool Roof
  • Controls and Communications
  • LED fixture performance
  • Smart Luminaire Controller
  • Dynamic Windows
  • Fault Diagnostics
  • Plug Load Monitoring

Faculty

  • Vishal Garg
  • Pradeep Ramancharla
  • Venkateswarlu

 

  

Cognitive Science (CogSci)

Cognitive Science (CogSci)

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Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary approach to study mind and behaviour by embracing artificial intelligence, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, and anthropology. Cognitive science is playing an increasingly important role in many areas of engineering and technology like usability engineering, creativity-support systems, cognition and communication assistive systems, brain-computer interfaces, serious games, and so on.

We offer a PhD program in Cognitive Science. Students in the B.Tech, M.Tech, MS and PhD programs in CSE or ECE can also do a thesis in Cognitive Science. We have state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities like Tobii Eye Tracker, Emotiv EEG, physiology monitoring devices from BioNomadix and Thought Technology.

Current Research Areas

Usability: for crowdsourcing, web navigation, for monitoring high-volume manufacturing

Assistive Systems: for children with autism and dyslexia and for visually challenged people; brain-computer interfaces

Creativity: modeling and designing creativity support systems; visual metaphors

Affective Computing: generating multimodal affective feedback

Music and Cognition: role of gestures

Language and Cognition: perception and use of color terms across cultures

Current Collaborations

  • Care for Autism, Hyderabad
  • Xerox Research Center, India
  • Samsung Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Intel India Pvt. Ltd. , India
  • Kyungpook National University, South Korea
  • Tilburg University, Netherlands
  • University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Faculty

  • Bipin Indurkhya 
  • Priyanka Srivastava
 

Computational Linguistics (CL)

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Comuptational linguistics Lab is a part of Language Technology Research Center.Please visit Center's Homepage for more details.
 

Center for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics (CCNSB)

Center for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics (CCNSB)

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Ever increasing computational power and recent advances in computer science, in fields of distributed computing, networking and database management, have inspired the center to explore the application of these newer technologies and methods to understand the functioning of complex physical, chemical and biological systems. 

The center has 12 faculty (8 full time and 4 adjunct faculty), about 25 research students and about 50 undergraduate students associated with it.

Current Research Areas

  • Bioinformatics
  • Nano-bio systems
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Protein/ Nucleic acid simulation
  • Polymer simulation
  • Computer aided drug design
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Physics of quantum computing
  • Molecular modeling
  • Chemical dynamics
  • Metabolomics
  • Biological network analysis
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Faculty

  • Abhijit Mitra
  • Chandrasekher Mukku
  • Deva Priyakumar U.
  • Harjinder Singh
  • Marimuthu Krishnan
  • Nita Parekh
  • Prabhakar Bhimalapuram
  • Tapan Kumar Sau

Adjunct Faculty

  • Rameshwar A.
  • Goplalkrishnan B.
  • Chanchal Mitra
  • Naveena Yanamala
 

Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC)

Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC)

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Several earthquakes in the last two decades caused enormous loss of life and damage to property. These events are ravaging nations leaving behind countless victims. Pre-disaster planning i.e., mitigation and preparedness can have a good impact on minimizing the post-disaster response i.e., emergency, rescue and rehabilitation. The vision of this center is to become a national center for research in Earthquake Engineering. The aim is to give technical solutions for design of new structures and retrofit existing structures.

Major Areas of Focus

  • Seismo-tectnonic modeling of Indian plate
  • Fault motion analysis & wave propagation
  • Site Amplication & Microzonation studies
  • Nonlinear behavior of structures
  • Seismic assessment of buildings and heritage structures
  • Post earthquake studies

In addition to these, EERC has been working towards earthquake awareness and preparedness of schools and communities, and capacity building of technical personnel in government and private organizations. This is done through lectures for administrators and school children, short-term courses for practicing architects, engineers and faculty members on regular basis.

On-going Projects

Currently the center is running 9 projects. Total funding from these projects is around Rs.450 lakhs. Funding is from JICA, DST, MoES, GSDMA, AICTE, MHRD and Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra; organized 5 National level workshops and 10 seminars; published over 100 research papers in last 5 years; organized 30 short-courses of 3-5 days duration and trained till now around 600 engineers on earthquake resistant design of structures; Center has state-of-the-art vibrations sensors.

Faculty

  • Chenna Rajaram
  • Dilip Kumar P. V.
  • Kaul C. N.
  • Neelima Satyam D.
  • Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla
  • Rajan K. S.
  • Ramchandra Prasad
  • Venkateswarlu
  • Vishal Garg
 

Center for IT in Education (CITE)

Center for IT in Education (CITE)

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The Center for IT in education aims to create IT-based tools for formal education and informa  learning suited to Indian context. The center focuses on:

  • Tools for Science and Mathematics education 
  • Assistive systems for children with autism and learning difficulties 
  • Higher education finance, governance, policy, and assessment

 

Milestones 

Virtual Physics Labs for school education

  • Library of 40 interactive physics experiments in English and Telugu covering Mechanics, Optics and Hydrostatics 
  • Mechanics experiments currently deployed at Birla Science Museum, Hyderabad 
  • Authoring tool to create mechanics experiments on the fly

Content Development 

  • Story based interactive multimedia content in Telugu for literacy development 

Teacher Training Workshops 

  • School teachers were trained on open source content development tools like Open Office and SQUEAK
     

Current Projects 


Virtual labs for Engineering and Science Education

  • Part of a twelve member consortium project is being funded by MHRD and Government of India. More than thirty-five labs in four disciplines are being supported.

Physics on the Go 

  • Interactive physics experiments for mobile phones and tablets
  • Authoring tools to speed up content development on mobile devices 

Assistive Systems 

  • Understand cognitive processes of children with communication and learning difficulties and develop assistive systems 
  • Augmentative and alternative communication systems for children with autism on mobile devices. 

Ethnomathematics 

  • Developing tools to teach mathematics using concepts and structured embodied in one's own culture

Faculty

  • Bipin Indurkhya
  • Jayanthi Sivaswamy
  • Kavita Vemuri 

 

 
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Center for Exact Humanities (CEH)

Center for Exact Humanities (CEH)

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The center is primarily devoted to fundamental research in Humanities and aims to conduct de-novo research in understanding human elements and human society. 

Such research would engage in inter-disciplinary inquiry spanning varied domains of human knowledge and imagination. 

Looking beyond contemporary boundaries of knowledge, we seek to draw insights from the Indian analytical traditions as well as from modern theoretical activities. Further, our research environment is in close proximity with research activities in computer science and ICT.

Research Areas

  • Construction, Evaluations and Critique of Fundamental Theories in Humanities
  • Advanced Study of Indian Analytic Traditions
  • Investigations on Dispositions, Society and Development
  • Explorations on Arts, Aesthetics and Culture

Faculty 

  • Acharya Nand Kishore
  • Navjyoti Singh
  • Rajeev Sangal
  • Rao P. R. K.
 

Center for Education Technology and Learning Science (CETLS)

Center for Education Technology and Learning Science (CETLS)

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The center is actively involved in the research and development of Learning by Doing education methodology, content and faculty training programs for the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, 21st Century Gurukulam, MSIT programme and EnhanceEdu. 

EnhanceEdu, a division of IIIT, works towards empowering individuals and communities by enhancing the quality of education. To realize  this goal we have come up with a framework which involves training faculty members of engineering colleges though our Teacher Training Program (TTP), training students at engineering colleges through Certificate in Information Technology (CIT) course and conducting workshops on current and needed topics. 

EnhanceEdu is also involved in developing content using Learning by Doing (LBD) methodology, building tools and frameworks for improved productivity and efficiency, providing technological services to engineering colleges, government organizations and industry through collaborations with their faculty and employees. 

Current Research Areas

  • Enhancing the learning experience through personalization and customization of content
  • Designing rubrics for learning and assessments
  • Research in education technology and learning sciences
  • Connecting mathematics, computer science and software engineering education

 

Faculty

  • Sandhya Kode
  • Venkateswarlu M.
     

Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI)

Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI)

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AThe science that deals with the study of how location in space and time characterize or influence an object, event or phenomena is referred to as Spatial or Geospatial Sciences. It is a multi-disciplinary field that encompasses a wide range of disciplines ranging from geography to business intelligence, natural resource management to global environmental change. The suite of technologies that encompass this rapidly growing discipline of knowledge include data collection (GPS based field surveys, satellite imagery, etc.), data storage and management (GeoDB, spatial data mining), processing and manipulation (satellite image processing), mapping and visualization, data analysis (Geospatial Information Systems), simulation and modelling.

At LSI, research is carried out mainly in four broad areas:

  • Remote Sensing (RS) - Satellite Image Processing and Spatial Data Generation
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Algorithms for spatial data storage, visualization and analysis including computational geometry; System development based on Open Source philosophy
  • Application of GIS techniques and RS data in a wide range of areas like agriculture, forestry, urban studies, others
  • Integrated simulation and modelling of Land use/Land Cover, and further related to Global Environmental Change

This is the only centre/group of its kind in India promoting GeoSpatial Research efforts at both system and applied levels since 2006 (and has gained recognition for the same in India and outside). The lab is unique in providing a right platform for students from a range of disciplines - computer science, civil engineering, environmental science, agriculture, ecology and other domain areas to interact and work on problems that need a multi-disciplinary approach.

The centre has led about 20 technology development and application projects funded by Government and Industry, and been active in curricular/academic matters of other Universities and Institutes in the country. Some of the major achievements of the Lab in addition to the research outputs are the development of VRGeo.in, a collaborative mapping platform on CDAC's cloud; LSIViewer, an open source tool for enterprise and online geo-service to visualize geospatial data; mentoring of Institute team to win First and third places at the international CANSAT 2010 and 2011 competitions; and successful conduct of the first FOSS4G-INDIA in 2012.

Faculty

  • Rajan K. S. 
  • Rama Chandra Prasad P. 
 
 

Development Centers

Engineering Technology and Innovation Center (ENTICE)

Engineering Technology and Innovation Center (ENTICE)

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Established in December 2006, the center provides a place where inventors of all kinds including those from rural areas can bring their ideas and prototypes work them to perfection, and make them available to the masses. 

We also envision channeling young students' energy and enthusiasm towards innovation, and motivating them to come up with creative products and engineering solutions to problems related to energy savings and eco-friendly technology development.

Ongoing Projects

  • Energy efficient laundry with water recycling system that can work with electricity or solar energy 
  • High speed handloom that can be operated by solar power or by human power through bicycle paddle. 
  • Wet and dry grinders 
  • Room air- coolers based on water percolating technology 
  • Solar Power Crop Harvesting Robot

The Center is open to receiving proposals from institutions and also by individuals who would like to develop technology for mass benefit. 

The Center also provides advice on patenting and commercialization as well as helping in establishing contacts with industry and communities to promote technology transfer.

Future Projects

  • Solar energy based farming machines
  • Personal transport vehicles 
  • Tree/Pole climbing robot
  • Solar Power Stone Cutting / Polishing quarry unit

Faculty

  • Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla 
  • David T.  J.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
 

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

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The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) facilitates IP management and entrepreneurship development at the institute.

IP Management & Technology Commercialization

With cutting-edge research being conducted at the institute’s 24 centres, there is an increasing need for exposure of these technologies to the market for creating social impact. Such technologies are commercialized through both technology licensing as well as technology transfers.

The CIE plays a role along the entire process from identifying technologies, packaging them and supporting the beneficiaries in customer development. Beneficiaries vary from large industry players to sole entrepreneurs, and engagement models include equity participation, royalty and upfront payments.

Additionally, the centre manages the institute’s IP portfolio, continually identifying and managing patents, copyrights and other Intellectual Property belonging to the institute.

Entrepreneurship Development

The CIE conducts courses such as the Technology Entrepreneurship (TE) elective for students with an entrepreneurial bent of mind. The objective of such courses is to drive IP-based technology companies and build towards a knowledge economy. The TE is an increasingly popular course where students learn and understand the broader context of building products beyond research and engineering aspects. The centre also facilitates student projects and internships with startups to help them get a real-world experience of the exhilarating pace and action that goes with working at a startup.

Events are regularly organized for the student community to draw inspiration from successful alums as well as external entrepreneurs. The format varies from startup crawls, to guest talks and weekend hackathons.

Team

  • Kavita Vemuri 
  • Prashanth Meka 
  • Srijan
  • Srinivas Kollipara 
  • Varun 
  • Vasudeva Varma 
     

Center for Open Software (COS)

Center for Open Software (COS)

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The open-software development model (using collaborative versioning and issue tracking software) has resulted in high-quality software all over the world. 

This model can be used profitably within the Institute for all kinds of projects ranging from research projects to large programming assignments. 

Moreover, each research center in the Institute produces software both as final deliverables and also for its internal use in order to support its research. 

If packaged properly as open software these can be used by end-users and other research labs all over the world. 

The center motivates and supports students for contests such as the Google Summer of Code and ACM ICPC. IIIT-H teams have been consistently qualifying for the ACM ICPC World Finals every year. The center also organizes and helps host FOSS events, seminars and workshops to promote awareness in open software.

Involvement in FOSS Events

  • NCAR-2010
  • FOSS4G-India 2012
  • Drupal Workshop @IIIT-H
  • Talk by Richard M Stallman (2012 Feb)

The center is involved in several FOSS related activities, which include:

  • Hosting the Open Source Geospatial Foundation of India (OSGeo-India), a National NPO for FOSS and GIS.
  • Review of Open Technology Center (OTC) of NIC for DeITy, Govt. of India.
  • Release of LSI Viewer on GitHub

Faculty

  • Dipti Misra Sharma
  • Rajan K . S. 
  • Shatrunjay Rawat
  • Venkatesh Choppella
  • Vikram  Pudi

  

 

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