Global Research Projects
Our research projects are dedicated to conducting nationally and internationally significant research that advance insight and understanding, enrich culture, and address pressing social needs.
Indo-Swedish Joint Research Project in Embedded Systems
Nowadays the use of embedded systems is a necessity in our daily lives via mobile phones, consumer electronics, industrial robots, and modern cars. However, the requirements for these systems increase at the same pace as our digital needs and the new research project aims to meet these requirements.
In collaboration with Halmstad University, Sweden, Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore campus aims to develop, experiment with, and evaluate advanced embedded computing platforms. The focus is to develop flexible hardware architectures and simplified programming. The challenge is to develop a heterogeneous hardware platform that can be tailored for specific applications as well as the design methodologies to ease the development. That, in turn, will lead to more energy efficient embedded systems with higher performance.
The research project will, using parallelism and reconfigurability, focus on:
- Increasing the performance of real-time, embedded applications for a smarter society with better connectivity and design automation
- Providing the industry with tools and methodologies to meet diverse application demands, such as high-performance, low power, and low cost.
- Reducing the cost of development to provide a shorter time-to-market for embedded applications that align with the digital lifestyle.
Swedish company Vinnova has recently decided to fund the project with 5.8 million SEK. The project's industrial partners also include Texas Instruments, Maxim Integrated, and Adarate Systems. The Swedish Defence Research Agency is also a partner in the project.
Stabiliz-E (Stabiliz-Energy) is an internationally collaborated project sanctioned under the new INDIGO partnership program, an FP7 program funded by the European Commission. The international and domestic partners are: the Department of Research and Development, Evoleo Technologies Lda. (Portugal); Fortiss GmbH, Software and Systems Engineering (Germany); VTT - Technical Research Center of Finland - Energy Systems Communication Networks (Finland); Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur; and Maxim Integrated. Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications’ (AmritaWNA) Stabiliz-E project strives to provide local regions and populations (AmritaWNA) Stabiliz-E project strives to provide local regions and populations with a cost-effective infrastructure and functional solutions in order to combine local renewable energy sources with high levels of energy availability.
Viral Agents to Target and Kill Pathogens in Fecal Waste
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation & the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, the project focuses on developing appropriate bacteriophage and biocontrol technologies to cater to the needs of developing nations where poor sanitation causes immense malnutrition problems. The sanitation project investigates the potential application of bacteriophages and their parts (phage lysins) in treating infections by targeting gut (enteric) pathogens in wastewater. The project also focuses on isolating bacteriophages from different waste water ecosystems and testing their efficacy on quick disinfection of wastewater. Specific attention is placed on designing an appropriate and safe virus broadcasting system (VBS) which will be cost effective and simple to use for a public sanitation program.
Furthermore, the project explores other biocontrol agents which will be potentially cost-effective lytic agents against infection for sanitation purposes. The Amrita School of Biotechnology is currently collaborating with the Instituto de Ingeniería UNAM (Mexico), Durban University of Technology (South Africa) and Firmenich (Switzerland) on the project.
FloodEvac: An Indo-German Initiative
FloodEvac is one among several Indo-German projects carried out as part of an initiative for cooperation in civil security research between India and Germany. Research in FloodEvac focuses on the vulnerability of transportation structures, emergency warning systems, and evacuation processes in case of major inland flooding. There are seven German partners, led by Bundeswehr University, Munich, and two Indian partners, led by Amrita University, in the consortium.
Amrita’s work, conducted at the Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, involves the design and development of a flood monitoring system based on participatory sensing and computer vision. The objective is to build a comprehensive smart phone application for disaster monitoring with specific emphasis on inland flooding that will serve victims, relatives and friends, patrons, emergency responses teams, NGOs, and government administration at various levels. The same application will be used to gather multimedia data, such as text, voice, and still and motion pictures, from the general public. Data will be filtered, aggregated, analyzed, and correlated based on geo-spatial and temporal stamping.
A Decision Support System (DSS) will perform this analysis and help victims and other stakeholders to make important decisions with respect to rescue and relief operations. It will also provide an intuitive visual representation of the processed data to help in the decision making process.
Green Technology to Treat Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Entering Rivers and Streams
Funded by the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, the project seeks to bring together biomass based biochars and hydrochars from rice husk to remove heavy metals and other contaminants from industrial and domestic wastewater that makes its way untreated or partially treated into rivers and streams.
This project aims to design a bioreactor system that first employs biochar/hydrochar to remove heavy metals and some organic compounds from wastewater and then makes use of floodplain filtration to remove other inorganic and organic compounds. The study also takes advantage of the by-product of the rice industry in India and will use rice husk with its rich hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin into the creation of biomass based biochar and hydrochars