Category: Completed Projects

IISc Smart Campus: Closing the loop from network to knowledge

This project proposes to develop an open, integrated and extensible IoT technology stack for Smart Management of campus utilities. The IoT stack brings together hybrid sensing, diverse networking, Big Data analytics and science-driven utility management, and will be validated through affordable and intelligent water resource management for a sustainable campus environment.

Study of India-appropriate technology (IoT) solutions for Smart Cities

The Indian Government has launched many national-scale ICT initiatives in the last year. Irrespective of their final mandate, these programs are ultimately driving towards a coherent plan of infrastructure development, service delivery and information transparency for the advancement and empowerment of Indian citizens. ICT will be critical for the successful execution and long-term sustainability of these projects. Among other ICT technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) can provide a seamless inter-connect between the physical entities with the cyber world with M2M communication and closed-loop control with/without human intervention. Hence, leapfrogging to adopt IoT as the ICT “technology of choice” will be the key to success.

The Kumbh Mela experiment: Measuring and understanding the dynamics of mankind’s largest crowd

Kumbh Mela is the largest religious festival in the world, and involves the pilgrimage of some 100 million Hindus to a sacred river. The next festival will take place in Ujjain in 2016. Unfortunately, many of the previous versions of this event have been marred by accidents and deaths. Human crowds are complex adaptive systems, making predicting their behaviour challenging. The Kumbh Mela Experiment combines geoinformatics and remote sensing with computational science. The project will develop sophisticated methods and algorithms to aid planners and event managers in managing such extremely large crowds.

Efficient architectures and algorithms for distributed video analytics for Smart Cities

Most of the smart city components, as articulated by the 20 candidate cities chosen for Smart City implementation by the Indian Government, can greatly benefit by the use of cameras as sensing devices. Examples include surveillance, smart parking, transit management, etc. This is not surprising as cameras are a very versatile and rich sensor and hence one can extract useful information to enable a diverse set of applications. However, the negative is the high data bandwidth required to transfer data from the cameras to the computing center. Hence it is imperative that one explore ways of analyzing the camera data at the edge so that only useful information is sent to the computing center, thus minimizing bandwidth. At the same time, the whole system needs to be flexible enough to allow programmatic control of what useful information to extract as this depends on the actual application. Hence this forms the basic premise and problem for this proposal.

Projects completed in 2013

[sta_anchor id=”Decentralized”]Decentralized low power filtration via field effect – A water bottle for desalination Principal Investigator Prof Sanjiv Sambandan (Professor, Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics) Duration 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013 Waste water management is a global problem. Technologies based on membranes and chemicals to treat waste water place immense costs to the environment. This project focused…
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Projects completed in 2014

[sta_anchor id=”AMBULET”]An interactive gateway for relaying physiological parameters and video data between mobile ambulances and hospitals (AMBULET) Principal Investigator Dr Malati Hegde (Principal Scientific Officer, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering) Duration 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 “AMBULET” is an interactive gateway for relaying physiological parameters and video data between mobile ambulances and the health practitioners/hospitals. Nearly 51% of accident–related deaths occur…
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Projects completed in 2015

Agricultural automation: Mobile phone based analysis of images of plant leaves to give decision support in agriculture Principal Investigator Prof A. G. Ramakrishnan (Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation) Duration 16 August 2012 to 15 August 2015 The ultimate goal of agricultural automation is to manage the farm on a site‐by site basis. Traditional soil and plant…
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Projects completed in 2016

A solar dashboard for India. A cooperative project between ICER & RBCCPS Principal Investigator Prof Pradip Dutta (Chairman and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering) Duration 1 December 2014 to 30 November 2016 Renewable energyis a critical component of India’s energy portfolio given the ever increasing costs and large capital investments required by fossil fuel based generation. With solar power being…
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Smart City test bed

The Indian Government has identified Smart Cities as a priority area for development in the coming years. ICT will play a key role in supporting smart city solutions and more specifically, IoT technologies will be a key enabler for providing the “smarts”. The requirements from citizens in cities is diverse and cuts across many different verticals like transportation, water management, solid waste management, smart parking etc. Typically, each vertical will be addressed by a different vendor, who will provide an end-to-end solution. However it has been recognized of late, that a better approach might be to have a horizontal approach where in sensors, and other data are made available across different silos – in order to foster new, cost effective solutions to various city related problems and citizen needs. A simple example is that of a camera sensor which can aid in not only in surveillance but also in crowd management, smart parking, transit operations management etc. applications. Hence there is a need to develop smart city ICT/IoT framework as a generic platform that will support a diverse set of applications.