Events

  • Event Information:

    • Fri
      17
      Nov
      2017

      Talk on Laser Imaging for Combustion Diagnostics by Dr. Heinrich Voges

      1430 HrsConference Room, IIT Palakkad

      Topic: Laser Imaging for Combustion Diagnostics

       

      Abstract: The speaker will provide a walkthrough on the various techniques employed in combustion diagnostics like Multi-parameter laser imaging techniques, fuel spray imaging and droplet sizing, combustion imaging, laser induced phosphorescence, 3D shadowgraphy technique etc.

       

      About the speaker: Dr. Heinrich Voges, studied physics at the University of Goettingen and got his PhD in physical chemistry (laser spectroscopy) from the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry. In 1989, he founded the company LaVision together with Prof. Peter Andersen. From 1988-91 he worked at the Laser Laboratory Goettingen (LLG) and was leading the research group, Applied Combustion Diagnostics. In 1991 he joined LaVision first as a Technical Director and since 1997 as a member of the management team. He has pver thirty years experience in the field of laser imaging and absorption measurement techniques


    • Wed
      11
      Jan
      2017
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Title. Touch the Sky With Glory:
      The Nation’s Air Power – The Weapon Systems of the IAF, its contemporary technology and our capability to secure the Nation
      Speaker.: Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman PVSM AVSM VM VSM (Rted)

    • Wed
      18
      Jan
      2017
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Title. The work of three World War Two cartoonists
      Speaker. Mr. E.P. Unny, Chief Political Cartoonist, The Indian Express.

    • Wed
      29
      Mar
      2017
      3:30 pmAuditorium

      Speaker. Mr Nakul Bhalla

      About the speaker. Mr Nakul Bhalla is a graduate in mechanical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He worked as a central planning engineer at Larsen and Toubro limited and then as a research assistant at IISc Bangalore. Starting a new chapter of his life, he joined the Dramanon Theatre Company as a creative partner and then later went on to start his own theatre company, The SparkPlug Theatre Company which is more than three and a half years old now.


    • Tue
      14
      Feb
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. K. L. Sebastian.
      Title. Surmounting barriers cooperatively

      Abstract. Many a times, long chain biological molecules have to pass through nano-sized pores.  Entering a pore is a constraint, which results in a decrease of entropy or in other words, increase in free energy.  Thus, the molecule has to cross a free energy barrier in space.  Because of these biological examples, passage of long chain molecules have been studied in vitro too.  Motivated by this  we consider the process of passage of a long chain molecule over a free energy barrier.   Interestingly, the simplest model for the process would be a chain of drunken walkers, climbing over a hill.   One can find analytical solutions for simplest possible model for such systems, known as the Rouse model.  Within this model, we find that calculating the activation energy for the process is (mathematically) equivalent to calculting the exponent in a quantum mechanical tunneling problem.  Using this, it is easy to see that for a long enough molecule,  the activation energy has to be independent of the length of the molecule.  Further, a long enough molecule will cross the barrier with a steady velocity which is determined by the “steadily moving kink” like solutions of the associated non-linear equation.  As a result, the time that it takes for the molecule to cross over the barrier is proportional to its length.  The relevance of the results to biology will be quickly outlined.

      If time permits, and if there is sufficient interest, my experiences in publishing the results too will be outlined, and it will be stressed how useful I found the arXiv.org to be.

       

    • Tue
      28
      Feb
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. Job Kurian
      Title: Laser Based Diagnostics of Thermo-Fluid Dynamic Phenomena

    • Thu
      09
      Mar
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. B. V. R. Tata.
      Title. Like likes Like: Experiments & Simulations on Charged Colloids

      Abstract. Coulomb’s law tells that like charges repel and unlike charges attract.  I will convince you by showing my own experimental and simulation results on charged colloids that like-charges attract under certain conditions viz., in the presence of   large number of counterions.  Direct measurements of pair-potential between like charged colloids have shown existence of long-range attraction in addition to the usual screened Coulomb repulsion. Though counterions are known to mediate the attraction, the exact mechanism of attraction still needs to be modelled and understood.

      The prime aim of this talk is to share with you all the excitement in establishing the “Like likes Like” through experiments using home built set-up and own simulation codes.

    • Wed
      22
      Mar
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. Pramod S. Mehta
      Title: To Breathe or Drive

      Abstract. The talk will trace the history of engines from inception to the present and bring out various challenges faced in the course of its development. The role of science and technology in sustaining mobility without further suffocation will be highlighted and future prospects discussed.

    • Wed
      05
      Apr
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Dr. Padmesh A.
      Title: Designs For Purpose: Nature is a Brilliant Designer!

      Abstract. The talk will introduce you through different molecular assemblies ( specifically the macromolecules) in living systems, their organisation and functions, giving emphasize on PROTEINS (polypeptides). To conclude, a small polypeptide is investigated to understand its structural preference.

    • Mon
      24
      Apr
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Swaroop Sahoo
      Title. Electronic Warfare during World War II
      Abstract. During World War II various countries attained varied level of technological expertise. The technological expertise or readiness covered various fields of science and technology. Some of the fields with lot of research activities, inventions, design and experiments were electronic warfare and navigational technology.
      This talk will give an introduction to various electronic warfare techniques, related hardware inventions and uses. It will also provide an insight into the war doctrines of countries and resultant uses of electronic warfare of 1935-45. This talk will also introduce the basic details of the navigational technology used by guided bombers (for bombing and landing) and first missiles (V1 and V2) of World War 2 years.

       

    • Wed
      26
      Apr
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Deepu P
      Title. Pee-dynamics
      Abstract. Dr. David Hu and his team recently showed that nearly all mammals take 21 s to empty their bladder irrespective of their body size. This discussion will reveal a conspiracy between isometry of the urinary system and hydrodynamics of urination to achieve this invariance.
      Ref:  Yang, P. J., Pham, J., Choo, J., & Hu, D. L. (2014). Duration of urination does not change with body size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(33), 11932-11937.
    • Tue
      09
      May
      2017
      3:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Anand T. N. C., IIT Madras
      Title. Studies on droplets and sprays
      Abstract. Droplets and sprays are ubiquitous in daily life and play very important roles in diverse fields of engineering. The first part of the talk, will give a brief introduction to the kind of work we are pursuing in this field.
      The main portion of the talk will deal with droplet evaporation. Droplet evaporation is at the heart of all combustion systems, and also important in varied applications such as spray drying to form powders, spray painting, ink-jet printing, 3-D printing for additive manufacturing, etc. While several studies have been performed on single evaporating droplets in literature, the phenomenon has still not been completely explained. A fundamental study was performed to explore the reasons for deviations in the experimental and calculated (diffusion driven) evaporation rates of a pendant droplet in a 'quiescent' ambient. The results of the experiments, which show interesting insights into the common assumption of a quiescent environment in the presence of evaporation, will be presented.
      The last few minutes of the talk will very briefly introduce some thoughts on the dehumidification and water extraction process which we plan to work on. Studies on this area could especially benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach from interested members of the audience.

    • Wed
      11
      Jan
      2017
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Title. Touch the Sky With Glory:
      The Nation’s Air Power – The Weapon Systems of the IAF, its contemporary technology and our capability to secure the Nation
      Speaker.: Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman PVSM AVSM VM VSM (Rted)

    • Wed
      11
      Jan
      2017
      3:00 pmAuditorium
      Inauguration: Shri Rajiv Jayaraj
                            Sub Judge & Asst. Sessions Judge,
                            Secretary District Legal Services Authority, Palakkad
      Speaker:        Shri P. Premanth
                            Asst. Public Prosecutor, Palakkad
    • Wed
      18
      Jan
      2017
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Title. The work of three World War Two cartoonists
      Speaker. Mr. E.P. Unny, Chief Political Cartoonist, The Indian Express.

    • Tue
      14
      Feb
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. K. L. Sebastian.
      Title. Surmounting barriers cooperatively

      Abstract. Many a times, long chain biological molecules have to pass through nano-sized pores.  Entering a pore is a constraint, which results in a decrease of entropy or in other words, increase in free energy.  Thus, the molecule has to cross a free energy barrier in space.  Because of these biological examples, passage of long chain molecules have been studied in vitro too.  Motivated by this  we consider the process of passage of a long chain molecule over a free energy barrier.   Interestingly, the simplest model for the process would be a chain of drunken walkers, climbing over a hill.   One can find analytical solutions for simplest possible model for such systems, known as the Rouse model.  Within this model, we find that calculating the activation energy for the process is (mathematically) equivalent to calculting the exponent in a quantum mechanical tunneling problem.  Using this, it is easy to see that for a long enough molecule,  the activation energy has to be independent of the length of the molecule.  Further, a long enough molecule will cross the barrier with a steady velocity which is determined by the “steadily moving kink” like solutions of the associated non-linear equation.  As a result, the time that it takes for the molecule to cross over the barrier is proportional to its length.  The relevance of the results to biology will be quickly outlined.

      If time permits, and if there is sufficient interest, my experiences in publishing the results too will be outlined, and it will be stressed how useful I found the arXiv.org to be.

       

    • Tue
      28
      Feb
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. Job Kurian
      Title: Laser Based Diagnostics of Thermo-Fluid Dynamic Phenomena

    • Wed
      01
      Mar
      2017
      11:00 amAuditorium

      Talk by Dr. Albert Sunny from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
      Wireless and Social Networks: Some Challenges and Insights

      Dr. Albert Sunny from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is going to present his work on wireless and social networks on 1-March-2017 at 11 am.
      Venue: Auditorium

      Abstract

      In sensor networks, the absence of infrastructure mandates the use of ad-hoc network architectures. In these architectures, nodes are required to route data to gateway nodes over a multi-hop network. In the first half of the talk, Dr. Sunny will present a unified framework that can be used to compare different deployment scenarios, and provide a means to design efficient large-scale energy harvesting multi-hop wireless sensor networks. In spite of the presence of voluminous reservoirs of information such as digital libraries and the Internet, asking around still remains a popular means of seeking information. In scenarios where the person is interested in communal, or location-specific information, such kind of retrieval may yield better results than a global search. Hence, wireless networks should be designed, analyzed and controlled by taking into account theevolution of the underlying social networks. This alliance between social network analysis and ad-hoc network architectures can greatly advance the design of network protocols, especially in environments with opportunistic communications. Therefore, in the second half of the talk, I will present a model that captures the temporal evolution of information in social networks with memory.

      About the speaker

      Dr. Albert Sunny completed his B.Tech. in Electrical and Electronics engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India and M.Sc.(Engg.) from Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He went on to complete his Ph.D. at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. His research interests are in modelling, analysisand control of wireless and social networks.

    • Thu
      09
      Mar
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. B. V. R. Tata.
      Title. Like likes Like: Experiments & Simulations on Charged Colloids

      Abstract. Coulomb’s law tells that like charges repel and unlike charges attract.  I will convince you by showing my own experimental and simulation results on charged colloids that like-charges attract under certain conditions viz., in the presence of   large number of counterions.  Direct measurements of pair-potential between like charged colloids have shown existence of long-range attraction in addition to the usual screened Coulomb repulsion. Though counterions are known to mediate the attraction, the exact mechanism of attraction still needs to be modelled and understood.

      The prime aim of this talk is to share with you all the excitement in establishing the “Like likes Like” through experiments using home built set-up and own simulation codes.

    • Wed
      22
      Mar
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Prof. Pramod S. Mehta
      Title: To Breathe or Drive

      Abstract. The talk will trace the history of engines from inception to the present and bring out various challenges faced in the course of its development. The role of science and technology in sustaining mobility without further suffocation will be highlighted and future prospects discussed.

    • Mon
      27
      Mar
      2017
      5:30 pmAuditorium

      Speaker: Dr. Narayanan N
      Department of Mathematics, IIT Madras

      Abstract. We all 'know' that among all closed geometric plane figures with a fixed perimeter, the circle has the maximum area. What about proving this? An interesting idea was by Jacob Steiner. But his proof had one issue. He could prove that it cannot be anything other than circle. But does circle has this property? That he could not prove.

      We fill this gap using the infinite avatar of Pigeonhole principle. We use it to first prove the famous Bolzano-Weierstrass theorem from Analysis and its generalisations. It can then be used to fill the gap in the proof of Steiner.

    • Wed
      29
      Mar
      2017
      3:30 pmAuditorium

      Speaker. Mr Nakul Bhalla

      About the speaker. Mr Nakul Bhalla is a graduate in mechanical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He worked as a central planning engineer at Larsen and Toubro limited and then as a research assistant at IISc Bangalore. Starting a new chapter of his life, he joined the Dramanon Theatre Company as a creative partner and then later went on to start his own theatre company, The SparkPlug Theatre Company which is more than three and a half years old now.

    • Tue
      04
      Apr
      2017
      4:00 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Dr. Ramakrishnan Natesan,
      Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

      Abstract. A biological cell is a complex soft matter system in which the various physical and chemical processes span multiple spatial and temporal scales. The various theoretical and computational tools developed in the context of soft matter physics and statistical physics may be utilized to build highly quantitative models to understand these processes. In this talk, I will first present a brief overview of multiscale modelling techniques and show how information can be transferred from one scale to the other in a self-consistent manner. In the next part, I will present an atomic to thermodynamic model to study the problem of how proteins interact with the cell membrane and how does the collective interactions of these proteins lead to large scale changes in the morphology of the cell membrane.

    • Wed
      05
      Apr
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room

      Speaker. Dr. Padmesh A.
      Title: Designs For Purpose: Nature is a Brilliant Designer!

      Abstract. The talk will introduce you through different molecular assemblies ( specifically the macromolecules) in living systems, their organisation and functions, giving emphasize on PROTEINS (polypeptides). To conclude, a small polypeptide is investigated to understand its structural preference.

    • Thu
      13
      Apr
      2017
      11:00 amConference Room

      Abstract:

      Computer simulations based on first principles calculations play a central role in helping us understand, predict, and engineer physical, chemical, and electronic properties of technologically relevant materials. This can solve many problems towards building faster, smaller and cheaper devices for processing and storing information as well as for saving energy. Many of these processes involve electron excitations and strong local magnetic fluctuation that the ‘standard model’ of electronic structure, Density Functional Theory (DFT), can’t capture properly. In this context, I will highlight two popular approaches that go beyond the standard DFT. First, I will discuss how Dynamical Mean Field Theory (DMFT) in combination with DFT has recently been successful for detailed modeling of the electronic structure of many complex materials with strong electron correlation. To give an example, I will show the iron-based superconductors on both bulk and monolayer phases and their anomalous properties, which have their origin in strong Hund's coupling and give rise to the rich physics of Hund's metals. Next, I will discuss my collaborative effort toward developing a high scalable, open-source GW software to compute electronic excited states more efficiently for petascale architectures using the Charm++ parallel framework. At the end, I will briefly discuss topological crystalline insulators, which are a new class of topological materials where electronic surface states are topologically protected along certain crystallographic directions by crystal symmetry. I will show that, without any external perturbation, both massless Dirac fermions protected by the crystal symmetry and massive Dirac fermions with crystal symmetry breaking can coexist on a single surface.
    • Mon
      24
      Apr
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Swaroop Sahoo
      Title. Electronic Warfare during World War II
      Abstract. During World War II various countries attained varied level of technological expertise. The technological expertise or readiness covered various fields of science and technology. Some of the fields with lot of research activities, inventions, design and experiments were electronic warfare and navigational technology.
      This talk will give an introduction to various electronic warfare techniques, related hardware inventions and uses. It will also provide an insight into the war doctrines of countries and resultant uses of electronic warfare of 1935-45. This talk will also introduce the basic details of the navigational technology used by guided bombers (for bombing and landing) and first missiles (V1 and V2) of World War 2 years.

       

    • Wed
      26
      Apr
      2017
      1430 Hrs to 1530 HrsConference Room
      Abstract: Dr. K.P. Naveen will introduce infrastructure-based wireless network that comprises two types of nodes, namely, relays and sinks. The relay nodes are used to extend the network coverage by providing multi-hop paths to the sink nodes (that are connected to a wireline infrastructure). Restricting to the one-dimensional case, we aim to characterize the fraction of covered region for given densities of sink and relay nodes. We first compare and contrast our infrastructure-based model with the traditional setting, where a point is said to be covered if it simply lies within the range of some node. Then, drawing an analogy between the connected components of the network and the busy periods of an M/D/\infty queue, and using renewal theoretic arguments we obtain an explicit expression for the average vacancy (which is the complement of coverage). We also compute an upper bound for vacancy by introducing the notion of left-coverage (i.e., coverage by a node from the left). We prove a lower bound by coupling our model with an independent-disk model, where the sinks' coverage regions are independent and identically distributed. Through numerical work, we study the problem of minimizing network deployment cost subject to a constraint on the average vacancy. If time permits I will discuss about the generalization of the above model to a hop-count constrained model; I will also mention about our on-going work on the 2-dimensional setting.

      Bio: Dr. K.P. Naveen received the B.E. degree in ECE from the Visveswaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum (2005), and Ph.D degree from the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2013). Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral fellow with the INFINE team at INRIA Saclay, France. Since Jan. 2016 he is with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, as a DST-INSPIRE faculty. His research interests include modeling and performance analysis of wireless networks, stochastic games and optimal control.
    • Wed
      26
      Apr
      2017
      5:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Deepu P
      Title. Pee-dynamics
      Abstract. Dr. David Hu and his team recently showed that nearly all mammals take 21 s to empty their bladder irrespective of their body size. This discussion will reveal a conspiracy between isometry of the urinary system and hydrodynamics of urination to achieve this invariance.
      Ref:  Yang, P. J., Pham, J., Choo, J., & Hu, D. L. (2014). Duration of urination does not change with body size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(33), 11932-11937.
    • Wed
      03
      May
      2017
      11:00 amConference Room

      This talk will focus on distributed power control in a cellular network in the presence of strategic users using game theory. Strategic users in a wireless network cannot be assumed to follow the network algorithms blindly. A pricing mechanism is proposed and the optimal prices are obtained to make the users comply with the network objective. Some of the users, which we call malicious users, aim to hurt the performance of other users. Examples of such behavior is jamming where the jammer transmit with higher power in order to create interference to other users. A modified utility model is used to model this malicious behaviour of malicious users. The talk will consider a scenario, in which the network and regular users gather probabilistic information about the presence of jammers by observing the network over a long time period. The regular users modify their actions according to this Bayesian information. Bayesian pricing mechanisms which have power price signals from the network to the users are analyzed and the Bayesian Nash Equilibrium (BNE) points are obtained. The optimal prices are also obtained for the Bayesian case.

      About the speaker

      Anil Kumar obtained his B. Tech from the Government College of Engineering Kannur, Kerala in 2006. In 2010, he obtained his MS by Research, from the Department of Electrical Engineering, at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India under Prof. Srikrishna Bhashyam. During his MS, he did his thesis work for 6 months at Indian Instiute of Science, Bangalore with Prof. Rajesh Sundaresan. Between May 2010 and December 2011, he worked as a research scientist with the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) of Deutsche Telekom in Berlin which is associated with TU Berlin. He obtained his PhD in August 2015, from the Chair of Theoretical Information Technology at Technical University of Munich, Germany, under Prof. Holger Boche. His PhD thesis was titled ‘Resource Allocation and Pricing Mechanisms for Wireless Networks with Malicious Users‘. Now he is a postdoctoral researcher jointly at the Chair of Communication Networks at TU Dresden and 5G Labs Germany.

    • Tue
      09
      May
      2017
      3:30 pmConference Room
      Speaker. Dr. Anand T. N. C., IIT Madras
      Title. Studies on droplets and sprays
      Abstract. Droplets and sprays are ubiquitous in daily life and play very important roles in diverse fields of engineering. The first part of the talk, will give a brief introduction to the kind of work we are pursuing in this field.
      The main portion of the talk will deal with droplet evaporation. Droplet evaporation is at the heart of all combustion systems, and also important in varied applications such as spray drying to form powders, spray painting, ink-jet printing, 3-D printing for additive manufacturing, etc. While several studies have been performed on single evaporating droplets in literature, the phenomenon has still not been completely explained. A fundamental study was performed to explore the reasons for deviations in the experimental and calculated (diffusion driven) evaporation rates of a pendant droplet in a 'quiescent' ambient. The results of the experiments, which show interesting insights into the common assumption of a quiescent environment in the presence of evaporation, will be presented.
      The last few minutes of the talk will very briefly introduce some thoughts on the dehumidification and water extraction process which we plan to work on. Studies on this area could especially benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach from interested members of the audience.
    • Fri
      16
      Jun
      2017
      1130 HrsConference Room

      Talk by Prof. John Ipsen
      Title: Computer simulation of membrane elasticity and morphology.

      About the speaker: Prof. John H. Ipsen is currently Associate Professor at the MEMPHYS - Center for Biomembrane Physics in University of Southern Denmark.

    • Wed
      21
      Jun
      2017
      0700 HrsAuditorium
      Ensuring physical and mental health is important not only for the students,  but also for every one of us. One of the easily implementable measures  to ensure good physical and mental health as well as high level of concentration is regular practice of yoga. It is, therefore, planned to start regular yoga classes for all@iitpkd.
    • Mon
      31
      Jul
      2017
      Mon
      21
      Aug
      2017
      IIT Palakkad Academic Block

      Orientation Programme - 2017 - Informal Session

      Week 1

      31/07/2017---Meeting with Faculty Advisors
      01/08/2017---Meeting with Faculty Advisors
      02/08/2017---Interaction with Student Secretaries
      03/08/2017---Introduction to the Innovation Center and Demonstration by Students
      04/08/2017---Cultural Night*
      05/08/2017---Free time
      06/08/2017---Free time

      List of Distinguished Speakers

      Detailed Schedule of the Activities

    • Mon
      31
      Jul
      2017
      14.00 Hrs to 15.00 HrsRoom No.125

      Cellular evolution to 5G

      Dr. R. David Koilpillai
      Qualcomm Institute Chair Professor (EE Department)
      Dean (Planning)
      Indian Institute of Technology Madras
      Chennai 600036, India

      Education

      R. David Koilpillai received the B.Tech degree from IIT
      Madras, and the MS, PhD degrees (all in Electrical Engineering) from California Institute of
      Technology, Pasadena, USA.

      Work Experience
      In June 2002, David joined IIT Madras as a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and currently
      holds the Qualcomm Institute Chair Professorship and is Dean (Planning). During the period
      April 2008 – December 2009, he served as the Co-Chair of the IITM special Task Force for
      setting up the new IIT at Hyderabad. David also served as Head, Central Electronics Centre
      of IITM during 20010-11. David’s technical areas of expertise include cellular and broadband
      wireless systems, and DSP techniques for wireless communications. He is the Faculty
      Coordinator of the IITMSAT Student Satellite initiative. During Jan – July 2007, David was on
      sabbatical from IITM and served as the Chief Scientist, Centre of Excellence in Wireless
      Technology (CEWiT), a public-private R&D initiative of the Govt. of India, and was
      responsible for launching the national project – Broadband Wireless Consortium of India
      (BWCI). Prior to joining IITM, David was at Ericsson USA for twelve years, where he held
      different technical and managerial positions. In 2000, he became the Director of the
      Ericsson’s Advanced Technologies and Research Department at RTP, North Carolina. In this
      role, he was responsible for an R&D team of 75 engineers developing GPRS/EDGE handset
      technology. At IITM, David has established an active research and teaching program in
      wireless communications and DSP.
      Honours / Awards
       Qualcomm Institute Chair Professorship (March 2016)
       Awarded 32 US patents, 10 Canadian Patents and 19 WIPO/European patents
       Over 70 journal and conference publications
       1999 –“Ericsson Inventor of the Year” award, the highest technical recognition within
      Ericsson
       Nov 2003 - Elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
       2014 - Srimathi Marti Annapurna Gurunath Award for Excellence in Teaching (Best
      Teacher Award of IIT Madras)

    • Fri
      11
      Aug
      2017
      Mon
      14
      Aug
      2017
      1830 HrsAhalia Women andn Children Hospital Auditorium

    • Wed
      16
      Aug
      2017
      1530 HrsAuditorium
      Speaker- Major General VN Prasad(Retd)
      Topic-"My Experiences in the Indian Army – In the Service of the Nation"
      About the speaker-
      Major General(retd) VN Prasad is a senior army veteran with corporate experience at top management level. He is also an exceptional mentor. He was a fellow at the Daniel K..Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2005. He served as the General Officer Commanding at the Sino Indian border from 2011 to 2012. He currently heads the L&T Manufacturing Complex at Hazira and is also the Vice President, Central Management Committee, L&T Ltd, Coimbatore. He is also associated with ‘Project Shine’ and ‘Single Teacher School’ Project, sponsored by L&T.
    • Wed
      23
      Aug
      2017
      1530 HrsAuditorium
      About the speaker-
      Dr Anil Prakash Joshi is an Indian green activist, social worker, botanist and the founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization(HESCO), a Dehradun-based non-governmental organization involved in the development of environmentally sustainable technologies for the agricultural sector.He is a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award and is an Ashoka Fellow.The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian society.
    • Fri
      25
      Aug
      2017
      1500 HrsRoom no. 33

      Polymer​ ​and​ ​Silicon​ ​Microsystems:​ ​Developments​ ​for​ ​Homeland​ ​Security to​ ​Space​ ​Applications

      Talk by V.Seena Department of Avionics, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Department of Space,
      Government of India, Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, India – 695547
      E-mail: seena.v@iist.ac.in

      Abstract
      The evolution of today’s miniature sensor systems happened due to the revolutions in the
      Microsystems (MEMS) and nanoelectronics technologies. Silicon and derived materials have been
      considered to be the primary materials in nanoelectronics and hence in MEMS. However, over the last
      decade, many classes of microsystems have been demonstrated using other potential materials like
      polymers and ceramics for reducing the cost of fabrication with inherent benefit of improved sensor
      performance. Talk would focus on the development of ultra-sensitive MEMS platforms with
      novel electromechanical techniques for integrated transduction as well as for CMOS-MEMS
      integration. The miniature microsystems have been demonstrated to have huge potential for
      the development of various engineering and scientific applications ranging from low cost
      micro sensors in the field of environmental monitoring, health care, homeland security, gas
      sensors for space and terrestrial applications to inertial systems such as MEMS
      Accelerometers.

    • Wed
      20
      Sep
      2017
      1500 HrsAuditorium

      Speaker- Prof. Manu Santhanam
      Venue-Auditorium

      About the speaker-
      Prof. Manu Santhanam completed his B. Tech from IIT Madras, Jul 1994 and M. S. from Purdue University, May 1996 and PhD Purdue University, Aug 2001.

      Mr Santhanam worked as Senior R&D Chemist in Sika Corporation, USA from May 1996 to Nov 1998. His job involved preparation of formulations for chemical admixtures for concrete, laboratory and field evaluations, assistance in production and quality control, and product implementation.

      He was the instructor in Purdue University, USA, May – Aug 2001 (Teaching of a summer term course). He was Assistant Professor in IIT Madras from Oct 2001 to Mar 2009 and was Teaching, research, and industrial consultancy. Currently, he is Professor and placement advisor at IIT Madras.

      He is a Life member of Indian Concrete Institute, Member of American Concrete Institute and Member of RILEM.

      He has received prestigious awards like W.L. Dolch Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Civil Engineering Materials, Purdue University, May 2001, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Young Scientist Grant, 2003 – 2006, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Career Award for Young Teachers, 2006 – 2009, Indian Concrete Institute – Prof. V. Ramakrishnan Award for Outstanding Young Researcher in Concrete Technology, 2006 and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award 2008.

      Link to his youtube video rumble.71 is below-
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0-yXixTX10

    • Wed
      20
      Sep
      2017
      1700 HrsAuditorium

      Speaker- Prof. Manu Santhanam
      Venue-Auditorium

      About the speaker-
      Prof. Manu Santhanam completed his B. Tech from IIT Madras, Jul 1994 and M. S. from Purdue University, May 1996 and PhD Purdue University, Aug 2001.

      Mr Santhanam worked as Senior R&D Chemist in Sika Corporation, USA from May 1996 to Nov 1998. His job involved preparation of formulations for chemical admixtures for concrete, laboratory and field evaluations, assistance in production and quality control, and product implementation.

      He was the instructor in Purdue University, USA, May – Aug 2001 (Teaching of a summer term course). He was Assistant Professor in IIT Madras from Oct 2001 to Mar 2009 and was Teaching, research, and industrial consultancy. Currently, he is Professor and placement advisor at IIT Madras.

      He is a Life member of Indian Concrete Institute, Member of American Concrete Institute and Member of RILEM.

      He has received prestigious awards like W.L. Dolch Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Civil Engineering Materials, Purdue University, May 2001, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Young Scientist Grant, 2003 – 2006, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Career Award for Young Teachers, 2006 – 2009, Indian Concrete Institute – Prof. V. Ramakrishnan Award for Outstanding Young Researcher in Concrete Technology, 2006 and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award 2008.

    • Wed
      27
      Sep
      2017
      1500 HrsAuditorium

      A talk on  "Integrating Theories of Language Comprehension and Production" -by Dr. Rajakrishnan Rajkumar

      Rajakrishnan Rajkumar ’s research interests lie at the intersection of language technology and science inquiries about language production and comprehension. After completing a PhD in computational linguistics from The Ohio State University, he now teaches linguistics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India. Before that, he completed an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum and subsequently switched to linguistics at the masters level at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). His recent research has looked at modelling choice in the grammar of languages using computational models and techniques. He has also conducted eye-tracking experiments to study comprehension of synthetic speech.

    • Wed
      27
      Sep
      2017
      1630 HrsAuditorium
      A session on "Awareness of Cancer"  will be conducted on Wednesday, 27 September, 4:30 to 5:30pm by Ahalya Women and Children's hospital. The focus of the talk will be on awareness about cancers which occur more among women. They might also touch upon rubella vaccination.

      The intended audience will be the women community of IIT Palakkad consisting of students, staff, faculty and their family members. However, anyone interested to know about the topic is welcome.

      Time : 4:30 to 5:30pm, Wednesday, 27 September

      Venue : Auditorium, IIT Palakkad

      Speaker : Dr. Savitha Mini, Consultant Gynacologist, Ahalya Hospital
      MBBS, DMCH, MRCOG(London), MRCP (Ireland)

    • Wed
      04
      Oct
      2017
      1700 HrsAuditorium
      Abstract. In this talk, Dr. Piyush will  explain the theory of quantum codes, in particular the theory of stabiliser codes, starting from the theory of classical error correcting codes. The goal of the talk is to show the following: Construction of an $n$-length quantum stabilizer code is essentially the same as constructing a classical linear code of length $2n$ over a finite field $F_p$, but for a "minor" technical requirement of isotropy. What this means in practice is that one can study quantum codes purely as a combinatorial object with no mention of Hilbert spaces, measurements or the life of half-dead cats.  For folks who *do* care about feline lives, he will also explain how the isotropy condition arise in this context (Hint: It has to do with certain commutation relation of operators over a Hilbert space).
      No background on error correcting codes, whether quantum or classical will be assumed.
    • Thu
      19
      Oct
      2017
      1730HrsAuditorium
      Speaker: Prof Deshdeep Sahdev, Research Division, Quazar Technologies, New Delhi
      Title: "Concrete Ways of Improving the Teaching of Experimental Physics"
      Abstract: It is widely observed that the best students in India gravitate
      towards theoretical physics. Is it possible to make Experimental Physics
      every bit as (and possibly, even more) exciting than theoretical pursuits?
      I will try to convince the audience that this is indeed feasible, using
      several experiments which we have been designing. These experiments not
      only clarify fundamental concepts but link up beautifully to research and
      development.
      ABOUT THE SPEAKER
      Dr. Sahdev trained, as a particle theorist, in leading groups at Cornell
      University, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the International Center for
      Theoretical Physics (Italy) among others. While at these centers, he
      worked and interacted with several nobel laureates including Prof.Salam,
      Ken Wilson, Steven Weinberg and Richard Feynman.
      He then joined IIT Kanpur, where over two decades of innovative teaching,
      he turned out some of the best physicists of the country. Many of his
      students have, by now, received the Bhatnagar, Infosys and other prizes.
      Prof. Sahdev has contributed to several branches of physics: He was a
      co-discoverer of radiation zeroes and of their use in determining the
      anomalous magnetic moment of the W-boson. He is one of the original
      pioneers of the field of higher-dimensional cosmologies. He has worked on
      the non-linear dynamics of Josephson-Junction arrays and has developed
      several algorithms for simulating them.
      More recently, he has made considerable progress in achieving the
      integration of theory, computation, experiment and instrumentation at
      QuazarTech --- a Research Lab, Educational Center and Company, all merged
      into a single entity --- which he set up. In particular, he and his group
      have developed several Scanning Probe Microscopes, Physical Properties
      Measurement and Data-acquisition Systems, and used them not only for their
      own research and teaching, but also to facilitate teaching and research
      across the entire country.
    • Thu
      19
      Oct
      2017
      18.30 HrsAuditorium

      Speaker: Dr Mani Chandra, Research Division, Quazar Technologies, New Delhi

      Title: The Electron Fluid in Solid State Devices
      Abstract: Charge transport in solid state devices has thus far been
      predominantly Ohmic, due to collisions of
      electrons with defects and phonons. However, in devices with sufficiently
      low defect densities and in which electron-phonon interactions are
      suppressed, it is the momentum conserving electron-electron interactions
      that dominate charge transport. This results in a viscous flow, like a
      fluid, and leads to interesting signatures in experimental transport
      measurements. I will show full device simulations of the transition from
      an Ohmic flow to a viscous flow & showcase the experimental
      instrumentation that my group is building in order to investigate this
      phenomenon.
      ABOUT THE SPEAKER
      Dr Mani Chandra completed his 5Year(Int) MSc from IIT Kanpur at the top
      of his class and proceeded for his doctorate in Theoretical & Computational
      Relativistic Astrophysics to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
      His PhD thesis earned him the Chu Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.
      As part of this work, he co-authored GRIM, a package for studying thermal
      transport in accretion discs around super-massive black holes. He turned
      down prestigious post-doctoral prospects to return to India and start the
      Research Division at Quazar Technologies, where he has just completed a year.
      Over this period, he has co-authored with a student of his at Quazar, a
      world-class package called BOLT, for solving Boltzmann and Boltzmann-like
      equations in fields as varied as astrophysics and condensed matter physics.
      He is now trying to design experiments verifying some of the predictions of

      the package, which his group can carry out at Quazar Research.

    • Sun
      22
      Oct
      2017
      3:00 pmAuditorium

      Workshop will be conducted by Touchstone Foundation

      About the Foundation-

      Touchstone Foundation, an ISKCON Bangalore initiative is a registered non-profit organization comprising of various corporate employees. As Akshaya Patra, an ISKCON Bangalore initiative is satisfying the hungry stomachs of 1.5 million children across the country; Touchstone Foundation has been formed to satisfy the hungry intellect of thousands of youth using the principles of timeless Vedic wisdom.

      About the Workshop-

      The newfound freedom of an urban lifestyle and the demanding pressure exerted for constant performance takes the toll on the young minds of late.  Having observed this trend, Touchstone Foundation has come up with various specially designed interactive workshop for the students.  Once such program is “ART OF MIND CONTROL” where the students get to learn the techniques of how to handle tough circumstances in their life. The workshop may help in managing stress. There is no fee for workshop. You all are invited to attend. The investment is only your precious time and the return on investment is enormous.

    • Mon
      23
      Oct
      2017
      4:00 pmConferrence Room

      Talk by Dr. Mani from Quazar Technologies

      Speaker: Prof Deshdeep Sahdev, Research Division, Quazar Technologies, New Delhi
      Title: "Concrete Ways of Improving the Teaching of Experimental Physics"
      Abstract: It is widely observed that the best students in India gravitate
      towards theoretical physics. Is it possible to make Experimental Physics
      every bit as (and possibly, even more) exciting than theoretical pursuits?
      I will try to convince the audience that this is indeed feasible, using
      several experiments which we have been designing. These experiments not
      only clarify fundamental concepts but link up beautifully to research and
      development.
      ABOUT THE SPEAKER
      Dr. Sahdev trained, as a particle theorist, in leading groups at Cornell
      University, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and the International Center for
      Theoretical Physics (Italy) among others. While at these centers, he
      worked and interacted with several nobel laureates including Prof.Salam,
      Ken Wilson, Steven Weinberg and Richard Feynman.
      He then joined IIT Kanpur, where over two decades of innovative teaching,
      he turned out some of the best physicists of the country. Many of his
      students have, by now, received the Bhatnagar, Infosys and other prizes.
      Prof. Sahdev has contributed to several branches of physics: He was a
      co-discoverer of radiation zeroes and of their use in determining the
      anomalous magnetic moment of the W-boson. He is one of the original
      pioneers of the field of higher-dimensional cosmologies. He has worked on
      the non-linear dynamics of Josephson-Junction arrays and has developed
      several algorithms for simulating them.
      More recently, he has made considerable progress in achieving the
      integration of theory, computation, experiment and instrumentation at
      QuazarTech --- a Research Lab, Educational Center and Company, all merged
      into a single entity --- which he set up. In particular, he and his group
      have developed several Scanning Probe Microscopes, Physical Properties
      Measurement and Data-acquisition Systems, and used them not only for their
      own research and teaching, but also to facilitate teaching and research
      across the entire country.
      =============================================================================
      Speaker: Dr Mani Chandra, Research Division, Quazar Technologies, New Delhi
      Title: The Electron Fluid in Solid State Devices
      Abstract: Charge transport in solid state devices has thus far been
      predominantly Ohmic, due to collisions of
      electrons with defects and phonons. However, in devices with sufficiently
      low defect densities and in which electron-phonon interactions are
      suppressed, it is the momentum conserving electron-electron interactions
      that dominate charge transport. This results in a viscous flow, like a
      fluid, and leads to interesting signatures in experimental transport
      measurements. I will show full device simulations of the transition from
      an Ohmic flow to a viscous flow & showcase the experimental
      instrumentation that my group is building in order to investigate this
      phenomenon.
      ABOUT THE SPEAKER
      Dr Mani Chandra completed his 5Year(Int) MSc from IIT Kanpur at the top
      of his class and proceeded for his doctorate in Theoretical & Computational
      Relativistic Astrophysics to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
      His PhD thesis earned him the Chu Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.
      As part of this work, he co-authored GRIM, a package for studying thermal
      transport in accretion discs around super-massive black holes. He turned
      down prestigious post-doctoral prospects to return to India and start the
      Research Division at Quazar Technologies, where he has just completed a year.
      Over this period, he has co-authored with a student of his at Quazar, a
      world-class package called BOLT, for solving Boltzmann and Boltzmann-like
      equations in fields as varied as astrophysics and condensed matter physics.
      He is now trying to design experiments verifying some of the predictions of

      the package, which his group can carry out at Quazar Research.

    • Mon
      23
      Oct
      2017
      18.30 HrsAuditorium
      About SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth):
      SPIC MACAY is a non-political nationwide voluntary movement that organizes programmes of classical music and dance, folk arts, crafts, yoga, classic cinema screenings, heritage walks, etc. inside school and college campuses throughout the world to make students more aware about the Indian and world heritage. For more details, see http://spicmacay.com/

      About Bhartanatyam: Bharatanatyam is an Indian classical dance form and presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India. The name of the dance form was derived by joining two words, ‘Bharata’ and Natyam’ where ‘Natyam in Sanskrit means dance and ‘Bharata’ is a mnemonic comprising ‘bha’, ‘ra’ and ‘ta’ which respectively means ‘bhava’ that is emotion and feelings; ‘raga’ that is melody; and ‘tala’ that is rhythm. Thus, traditionally the word refers to a dance form where bhava, raga and tala are expressed.

      About the Artist: Narthaki Nataraj is a disciple of Tanjore Shri K P Kittappa Pillai, who is a direct descendant of the Tanjore Quartet Brothers (considered as fathers of Bharatnatyam). She learnt and practised under him in Gurukul for 14 years and specialized in Tanjore style Nayaki Bhava tradition.  She has received the SNA Puraskar Award from The President of India and a Senior Fellowship from Dept. of Culture, Govt. Of India. She has performed at all leading festivals in India, USA, UK and Europe.

    • Thu
      09
      Nov
      2017
      1200HrsRoom no. 33
      Prof. Srinvasa Moorthy from IIT Delhi is going to give a lecture session for first year B.Tech students (any one can attend).
      Title: EVOLUTION OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
      Abstract:
      Electrical Engineering is one of the oldest disciplines evolved over a
      century. Lecture narrates its history by highlighting critical milestones. IEEE
      named the last century as electric century. At the initial stage generation,
      transmission, distribution and utilization was pursues based on fundamental
      concepts of Faraday Edison, Ampere etc. Fight between ac and dc was intense led
      by Edison and Tesla. Later electron devices spurred the ever expanding area of
      Electronics. Marconi pioneered communication revolution. Babbage’s computer
      concept today has heralded digital revolution. Renewable Energy and Efficiency
      have come to center stage due to climate change effects. Electric vehicles and
      driver less cars are becoming reality.
    • Fri
      17
      Nov
      2017
      1430 HrsConference Room, IIT Palakkad

      Topic: Laser Imaging for Combustion Diagnostics

       

      Abstract: The speaker will provide a walkthrough on the various techniques employed in combustion diagnostics like Multi-parameter laser imaging techniques, fuel spray imaging and droplet sizing, combustion imaging, laser induced phosphorescence, 3D shadowgraphy technique etc.

       

      About the speaker: Dr. Heinrich Voges, studied physics at the University of Goettingen and got his PhD in physical chemistry (laser spectroscopy) from the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry. In 1989, he founded the company LaVision together with Prof. Peter Andersen. From 1988-91 he worked at the Laser Laboratory Goettingen (LLG) and was leading the research group, Applied Combustion Diagnostics. In 1991 he joined LaVision first as a Technical Director and since 1997 as a member of the management team. He has pver thirty years experience in the field of laser imaging and absorption measurement techniques