• Assessing Risk and Risk Mitigation Strategies with Small Coffee Growers in India: The Case of Kodagu District in Karnataka, Funded by National Research Project for Plantations Development (NRPPD), Ministry of Commerce, through Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum (2012-13), Principal Investigator Dr Deepika, M.G. and Dr. Amalendu Jyotishi

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  • This project deals with development of nanomedicine for the targeted photodynamic therapy of cancer. This project is done in collaboration with Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands, where pre-clinical evaluation will be done using the nanomedicine developed by the ACNS team.

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  • The project titled "Robust Features for Speaker Verification" is funded by TCS. Dr. C. Santhosh Kumar, Dr. K. I. Ramachandran are the investigators of the project.

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  • The project titled "Lab-on-a-chip(LOC) for the monitoring of diabetes, cholesterol and kidney function" is funded by DBT, Govt. of India. Dr. Bipin Nair is the Principal Investigator of the project.

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  • The project aims at high through put screening of biological activity of extracts from deep sea marine organisms.The project is funded by MLR Technology Development (MLR-TD), Marine Living Resources Program (MLRP), Ministry of Earth Sciences.

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  • Lentiviral vectors are powerful tools to deliver genetic material into almost any cell or tissue, and are useful even in the creation of transgenic animals. They have been shown to deliver foreign genes not only to mammalian cells, but also in cells derived from fish, birds and amphibians. We are collaborating with InStem/NCBS to generate transgenic primitive metazoans.

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  • This project proposes to develop a cerebellum inspired pattern recognition algorithm for robotic data classification. The project aims to investigate the temporal and spatial dynamics in the cerebellar network models capable of predicting cerebellar input-output transformations by analyzing the mathematical and computational properties of the network. Both labs have been working together since 2004 on cerebellar models.

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  • As with computing systems, trends show sharp increase in more and more electronic devices and appliances networked to the internet. From simple home appliances to more complex systems such as medical devices and industrial control (SCADA) systems, there is an integration of software and hardware that causes new security threats due to its contact to the internet.

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  • Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid with a bright yellow color, is easily seen in most of the herb materials when found in significant amounts. Among Chinese herbs, the primary sources for berberine are phellodendron and coptis. Similar isoquinoline alkaloids (jateorrhizine, coptisine, palmatine, and columbamine) in these two herbs also have a yellowish color.

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  • Prognosis and diagnosis are important aspects of any state-of-the-art aerospace application. Machine condition based monitoring and maintenance can help enhance the system performance and prevent system failures. It also helps reduce maintenance costs. Line replaceable units (LRU) are the basic components in any aerospace system that can be easily replaced during maintenance.

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  • In 2011, Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine was chosen for a TUE in Tissue Engineering and Medical Bio Nanotechnology by the Nanomission of the Government of India. The TUE focuses on translational biomedical products where nanomaterials play an enabling role. This includes nanomedicines using organic non-toxic encapsulants, surface modified products, multifunctional diagnostic nanoparticles, and tissue engineered implants.

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  • Tabletop technologies can promote group learning and interaction using multi-touch and multi-user systems to support collaborative activities. Our research focus is on how tabletop technologies can facilitate students to work on group projects and allow students to explore various scientific and mathematical concepts. 

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  • Several projects are focused on the development of nanomedicines for application in cancer therapeutics, drug delivery for infectious diseases and also for regeneration of tissues using nanostructured scaffolds. Some of the tissues studied are bone, cartilage, cardiac tissue, vascular tissue and liver tissue. A wide range of natural polymeric nanostructured materials and bioceramics are being investigated for such applications.

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  • The project proposes to extend the nano-toxicological investigations of developed multifunctional NPs. It aims to extend the previous study to develop new theragnostic nanomedicines.

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  • Bronze alloys (Cu-Sn) are widely used as bearing materials in aircrafts, automobiles, machine tools, and general engineering applications such as dies for plastic injection molding. However, they are in use for a long time in wrought and cast forms, without enhancing their strength and hardness.

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  • Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSc) are somatic cells that have been reprogrammed to a pluripotent state. These iPSc have similar characteristics to embryonic stem cells and hold great promise in various aspects of research. The aim of this study is to develop patient specific stem cells to understand disease mechanism and identify drugs that will prevent malignant transformation.

    generation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-ips-cells-from-genetically-altered-somatic-cells
  • This study involves the development of a nutraceutical product using coconut water as the main ingredient by incorporating some of the traditionally used natural antioxidants, such as, extracts from plants like Trichopus, Sp.Carrot, Grape seed. etc, without affecting stability. The research involves characterization of taste, anti-oxidant potential and stability of a variety of different formulations.

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  • This project deals with nano-toxicological evaluation of silica nano-particle based agricultural products such as neutraceuticals and pesticides.

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  • In contrast to other fields in biology, mathematical thinking and methodology have become entrenched in neuroscience since its very beginning, as witnessed by the classical work of Hodgkin and Huxley. One of the biggest open challenges mathematicians and engineers face is to understand the complex computation that takes place in our brain. Among the most interesting parts of the brain, is the ‘little brain’, otherwise known as the cerebellum.

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  • This project aims at understanding cognitive functioning of cerebellar input layer and implement signal processing abilities into neural hardware using cerebellar architecture. The main goals include understanding cerebellum granule neuron’s role in signal propagation and information processing in a central neuronal network. The other major focus will be on the analysis of cerebellar microcircuits for designing electronic neural processors.

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  • As part of the India 4 EU program, Dr. Zeena S. Pillai, Department of Chemistry, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, had the opportunity to work at the University of Bologna in Italy for two months from June 2011-July 2011. The collaborative research was on Photophysical and Co-ordination Properties of Cyclam Core Dendrimers. They selected dansylated dendrimers with cyclam core and studied its complexation properties with lanthanides.

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  • Visual cryptography is a perfectly secure way to protect secrets and is characterized by its decryption method. This project is to develop new visual cryptographic scheme satisfying certain conditions. In this project, a secret image is split into a set of shares, so that some authorized shares can have access to the secret, where as other unauthorized shares cannot leak out any secret information.

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  • This project is an observational, prospective and laboratory based retrospective multi-centre, national study of invasive disease caused by S.Pneumoniae or H.influenzae or N. meningitis in children < 5 years of age. Two aspects are covered: one, a study of disease burden indicators and, two, study of the organism characteristics covering a well defined population in a specific geographical area.

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  • The Online Labs is an educational initiative pioneered by AmritaCREATE, the Amrita Center for Research in Analytics, Technologies & Education at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in partnership with CDAC, Mumbai; under a research grant from the Department of Information Technology, Government of India.  

    online-labs-olabs-for-school-lab-experiments-interactive-simulations
  • The project proposes to enhance the technology used, looks to provide a more comprehensive system, and expand the knowledge of landslides and their detection. This project deals with enhancing and deploying integrated landslide monitoring and detection systems using the emerging wireless sensor network technology to predict rainfall induced landslides in landslide-prone areas of India.

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  • The primary objective of the project is to develop soft, compliant, lead-free, low-melting-temperature solder materials by electrodeposition. These materials are candidates to replace lead-tin alloys in flip-chip technology for microelectronic packaging.

    Specifically, the goals are:

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  • In the conventional power supply scenario, the electric power feeders in different areas are manually switched off when the demand goes above the scheduled supply. This causes immense revenue loss to the utilities besides discomfort to the consumers. Grid integration of intermittent and uncontrolled generation schemes like wind farms makes the situation worse with conventional power system control.
      

    energy-management-on-smart-grid-using-embedded-systems
  • Matrix binding proteins from probiotics and viruses:

    matrix-binding-microbes-and-bacteriophages-to-counter-infection
  • Attacks on information systems have grown exponentially in volume and in sophistication. While there are many security systems and ‘honeypots’ designed to harvest or trap the malware and study its behaviour, still it is very difficult to detect and identify the advanced malwares that are stealthy in nature and causing more serious damage. The traditional ‘honeypot’ systems that are traps set to detect attempts at unauthorised use of information systems, do not identify or do not have the capability to attract and detect advanced threats.

    advanced-threat-collection-platforms
  • ACE is instituted with the objective of infusing entrepreneurial spirit to help budding talents achieve their goals with the institution’s excellent infrastructure, mentoring and technical assistance. The center is setup to have a multifarious role that will help in the creation of a powerful ACE community, creation of student clubs, high-impact entrepreneurship programs, generation of opportunities, organizing leadership development programs, etc.

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  • The project 'Security Event Processing Acceleration Using GPGPU' proposes to provide a proof of concept for building a FPGA based NIDS for highspeed network environments. The proposed FPGA based NIDS would employ a lightweight snort detection engine to filter packets based on predefined rules over packet headers and payloads.

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  • This project proposes to develop novel natural biopolymeric composite hydrogel bandages based alginate, chitin and chitosan with antibacterial Herb Hemigraphis Ulternata/ZnO nanoparticles. This three-year project will involve preparation and characterization of nanostructured hydrogel bandages followed by in-vitro protein adsorption, antibacterial, blood clotting, cell attachment and proliferation.

    development-of-natural-biopolymeric-hydrogel-bandages-with-nanozno-nanosuspensions-of-herb-hemigraphis-ulternata-for-wound-dressing
  • This project is to create an impact on the level of independence of people with disabilities. To ease the lives of those among us who are unfortunate enough to have lost the ability to move their limbs due to stroke, (SCI - Spinal Cord Injury), old age and other disabilities (SSEP Group), Mudra is the perfect solution. Conventional control mechanism, joy stick, is not suitable for SSEP group of people as the joy stick requires the user to hold it and exert some force.

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  • Speaker recognition systems are useful for deriving intelligence information by tracking telephone conversations of people who are perceived to be a threat to the national security. Rules prohibit security agencies from eavesdropping on telephone conversations of private citizens. However, it may be necessary to eavesdrop on people with questionable national integrity.

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  • Envenomation incapacitates the snake’s prey by interfering with specific aspects of physiological function such as nerve transmission and hemostasis.  Since the action of venom components is highly specific, many venom components may also have the potential of being employed pharmaceutically. Viper venom affects predominantly aspects of the coagulation pathway.  The conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin is a central part of the coagulation and clotting mechanism and hence another project in the lab is focusing on the isolation of proteases capable of altering or degrading fibrinogen and on the modulation of their proteolytic activity by small molecules and phytochemicals. 

    modulation-of-fibrino-geno-lytic-proteases-from-russell-039-s-viper-venom-using-natural-products-and-analogs
  • This project aims to develop a synergistic collaboration between an active nanomedicine team from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Portugal and a strong nano medicine group at the Amrita Center for Nanosciences, AIMS, Kochi, India. The broad area of this targeted nanomedicine research is lung cancer, which is a very serious disease in both the collaborating countries.

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  • The project on novel target-specific multiplexed nanophytomedicines for cancer therapy, funded by ICMR, focuses on the importance of dietary phytochemicals in sensitizing breast cancers that are resistant to chemodrugs such as Paclitaxel in clinical use.

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  • NFES is a nationwide, web-based, searchable electronic repository that acquires, maintains, and provides information about the research and publications of the faculty of educational institutions under MHRD.

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  • The tumour hierarchical model proposes origin of cancer from a small population of cells having properties of stemness like self renewal and pluripotency. Although, cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been identified in leukemia and solid tumours by surface markers, there is variability in their specificity for isolation of CSCs in a specific tumour.

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  • This three-year project involves preparation of nanostructured scaffolds, plasma treatment of the scaffolds, followed by in-vitro protein adsorption, cell attachment and proliferation with and without plasma treatment.

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  • In order to facilitate remote experimentation for multiple users, the project demonstrates the possibility of real-time shared access for multiplexing the usage of control and acquisition hardware. The project also investigates and develops the architecture for scaling up the experiments by effective timesharing of available resources to be made available to large scale of users.

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  • This center established in 2008 with funding from DST to develop a high efficiency solar cell based on the use of nanostructured electrodes and a dye sensitized approach. Currently this research involves a combination of the use of organic and dye sensitized approaches to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of the solar cells.

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  • This project provides mobility funding for joint facility utilisation visits between ACNS and University of Zurich on the project entitled, “Anti-cancer Applications of Chitosan and Polyoxometalate Nanocomplexes”.

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  • Amrita engineering students built a formula car for SUPRA SAE, a global competition organized by the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE). The contest was organized last year in Chennai, for the first time in India. The Amritapuri campus of Amrita University participated and the 23-member student team was the only one selected from Kerala.

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  • Amrita Virtual Biotechnology laboratory is a new kind of experimental science that is being established as a virtual simulation based laboratory. These labs focus on helping students retain the real feel of a laboratory, while conducting the experiment from an internet-enabled computer terminal, much in the same way as is done, in a real lab.

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  • SAE Amrita’s BAJA team has been making a car and racing it for the past few years. It is not about racing but the passion to learn and apply that learning in making an all-terrain vehicle that is compelling. The team “Silver Spirit” from SAE Amrita Collegiate chapter made its debut at the All-Terrain Vehicle Design competition “BAJA”, a student design series conducted by SAE India

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  • Drug discovery is currently in an exciting phase where conventional methodologies are being ably complemented by ‘omics’ approaches due, in part, to the greater accessibility of the newest generation of high-throughput platforms and technologies. At the Cancer Discovery Biology Laboratory, work is done towards making the identification of oncology clinical biomarkers more feasible through state-of-the-art pharmacogenomic and proteomic techn

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  • Both India and Brazil have a major need to improve their education, health, and support available during disasters, especially in areas with limited connectivity. The goal of this project is to use wireless communication networks for developing enhance healthcare system impart education, build cooperation,promote collaboration, and facilitate innovation among Indian and Brazilian students, professionals, and researchers.

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  • An initiative of the Ministry of Human Resources Department under the National Mission on Education through ICT, Amrita's Collaborative Accessibility Platform for Virtual Labs (Amrita CAP-VL) provides a framework for the development and deployment of distributed virtual labs that use diverse software and interfacing technology. It support the system architectures for remote equipment labs and addresses scheduling, networking, security and scalability.

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  • PI: Dr. Duraisamy Kumaresan
    Co-PIs: Dr. Nikhil K. Kothurkar, Dr. Yamuna
    Sponsors: DRDO, ER & IPR
    Dept./Center: Solar Energy and Optoelectronics Laboratory
    Start Date: July 2010

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