IIT Madras in California
The Foundation Series – Summer 2017 Summit at Santa Clara, California, organised by the IIT Foundation, recently brought together the IIT Madras community, faculty, start-ups and alumni to collaborate with each other and with innovators in industry, academia, and think tanks. It was aimed at making plans for the future, discussing innovations, reaching out to alumni, addressing problems and looking for opportunities that could make an impact globally.
Discussions ranged around technologies that enable Industry 4.0; capturing data and data sources (research on sensors and other devices that help capture data), communicating this data between machines and other devices/sensors/data sources; data analytics, modelling and simulation to use this data effectively. Also analysed was the actual manufacturing/automation/making process that is the end result (3D printing, creation of new applications, tools, devices, products, robots, systems such as Internet of Things or IOTs).
Summer Summit 2017
In the first such event organised by the IIT Madras Foundation, 15 academics and seven start-up founders from IIT Madras took part along with 22 industry leaders from the Bay Area.
In his address to the gathering, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT-Madras, shared news of the institute being ranked the best engineering institute in India by the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), two years in a row. It also earned the highest revenues through consultancy projects for any engineering institute; and ranked among the top research groups in the world.
Calling the meet a huge success, Prof R Nagarajan, dean, international and alumni relations, IIT Madras, said it would be replicated in the future in other cities where IIT Madras alumni were present in significant numbers.
Other highlights were an IIT-Madras faculty panel elaborating on their research in healthcare technology, industrial consultancy and sponsored research and the interdisciplinary laboratory for data sciences. This was followed by six interactive panel discussions on medicine, artificial intelligence and analytics, buildings and infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and energy.
These panels had a blend of industry experts and venture capitalists offering their view of the innovative ideas and solutions attracting venture capital funding, while the IIT-Madras faculty members articulated the key research areas and problems they were trying to address.
Other faculty members from IIT-Madras included Prof Nandan Sudarsanam, Prof Rahul Marathe, Prof N Ramesh Babu, Prof Shankar Narasimhan, Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Prof Ashwin Mahalingam, Prof Mahesh Panchagnula, Prof Sankara J Subramanian, Prof R Krishnakumar, Prof B Ravindran, Prof Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam and Prof Sathyan Subbiah.