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Thrust Areas

Institute of Technology provides fertile and conducive environment to the faculty members for Research and Development activities that are largely aligned with academic and industry needs. Some of the major research areas of the Institute are categorised as under –

Following thrust areas for research has been identified by the Department to align research activities.

Structural Engineering

  • Concrete Technology and Sustainable Materials
  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • RCC, Steel, Precast and Special Structures
  • Computational Mechanics

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Ground Improvement Techniques
  • Numerical Modelling and Soil-structure Interaction
  • Analysis and Design of Foundations

Geomatics

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems

Construction Technology and Management

  • Construction Management
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Sustainable Construction Technology
  • Lean Construction

Interdisciplinary Areas

  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering Department
    • Structural Health Monitoring
    • Automation in Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Department
    • Wastewater Treatment Recycle and Reuse of Wastewater
    • Alkali Activated Concrete
    • Development of Coating
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    • Self-Healing Concrete
    • Corrosion Inhibitors
    • Sustainable Geotechnical Engineering using Biochar/ Natural Fiber

Thrust Areas and Corresponding Sub-areas:

  1. Separation Processes & Reaction Engineering
    1. Clean Processes for Fuels and Chemicals
    2. Carbon Capturing & Utilization
    3. Steam Reforming of Oxygenates
    4. Advanced Catalysis
    5. Phase Equilibrium Studies for Industrial Important Systems
    6. Advanced Distillation Systems
    7. Multiphase Flow
  2. Energy
    1. Biofuels
    2. Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Production
    3. Applications of Solar Energy
    4. Biomass Gasification & Pyrolysis
    5. Energy and Exergy Analysis
    6. Simulation studies for Energy Savings
  3. Sustainable Development
    1. Sustainable Management of Resources
    2. Technological Modifications for Pollution Prevention
    3. Waste Management with Minimal Impact on Environment
  4. Material Science
    1. Polymer in Green and Clean Energy
    2. Material Synthesis, Modification and Degradation Studies
    3. Advanced Materials and Applications
    4. Smart and Nano Materials
    5. Simulation Studies on Materials

The Department is focused on teaching and research in domains like Machine Learning, Data Mining, Computer Networks and Security, High Performance Computing, Hardware Software Co-design, Image Processing and Cloud Computing. Expertise of faculty members in various thrust areas has attracted funded research projects from various funding agencies like DST, BRNS – DAE, ISRO, GUJCOST and more.

A number of research publications viz; journal and conference papers/ book chapters/ technical articles at National and International level add to the credit of the Department.

The strength of the Department lies in the offering of consultancy and custom training programmes in the areas of Machine Learning, Data Mining, IoT and Networking, Website and Mobile Application Development, Software Quality Assurance, High Performance Computing, Cyber Security and Learning Management Systems. The Department has conducted many of such training programs for SAC-ISRO Ahmedabad, INS Valsura and other academic institutions.

Thrust Areas and Subareas

  • Data Science and  Artificial Intelligence
    • Machine Learning
    • Deep Learning
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Information Retrieval
    • Big Data, Analytics and Mining
    • Data and Web Mining
    • Recommendation Systems
  • Cyber Physical Systems
    • Blockchain Technology
    • Cryptography and Network Security
    • Cybernetics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Robotics
    • Quantum Computing
    • Internet technologies and sensor networks including ad hoc networks, delay tolerant networks, content-centric networks, software-defined networks, NDN
    • Internet of Things
  • Multimedia Processing and Analytics
    • AR/VR/MR/XR
    • Computer Vision
    • Image Processing
  • Advanced Computing
    • Green Computing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Multicore Computing
  • Software and System Engineering
    • Algorithms
    • Computer Architecture
    • Database Systems
    • Software Engineering
    • Operating System

Interdisciplinary Areas 

With Industry 5.0, the focus is on Big Data, IoT, AI and Automation in all industries. It is then imperative that interdisciplinary areas be explored for applications of computer science and engineering. One such area is Cyber Physical Systems where joint research projects are undertaken with the Electronics and Communication Engineering and Instrumentation and Control Engineering departments. The Department is also engaged actively in collaborative projects with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Plasma Research for research in the domain of High Performance Computing and Applications. Extensive research in collaboration with the Institute of Science is being conducted in Genomics, Geo-informatics, Bio-informatics and more.

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Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering endeavors to explore its strength in diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas to develop innovative solutions. Faculty members are active in research working in different domains listed but not limited to below –

VLSI Design & Test

  • Analog & Mixed Signal VLSI Design
  • Testing & Verification of VLSI Design

Communication Engineering

  • Wireless Communication
  • Antenna & RF Communication
  • Optical Communication & Networks

Embedded Systems

  • Image Processing & Remote Sensing
  • Machine Learning for Embedded Systems
  • Embedded Vision
  • Internet of Things

The Department has identified the following thrust areas to conduct various research-based activities:

  • Power System Engineering
    • Power Generation Technology
    • Power System Dynamic and Stability
    • Power System Restructuring and Deregulation
    • Wide Area Measurements and Applications
    • HVDC and FACTS
    • AI Techniques and Optimisation in Power System
  • Electrical Machines and AC-DC Drives
    • Conventional Electrical Machines
    • Permanent Magnet Machines
    • Electrical Drive Technologies
    • Control of Electrical Machines
  • Electric Vehicles
    • Electrical Vehicular Technologies
    • Battery Technology and Battery Management
    • Grid Interfacing Issues of Electrical Vehicle
  • Smart Grid Technologies and Micro-grids
    • Real-time pricing and Demand Response in Smart Grid Environment
    • Smart Grid Communications
    • Micro – and Nano – Grids, issues and solutions
    • Smart features in Electrical Grid
  • Improved Power Quality for Power System of Future
    • Active Power Filters
    • Active Front-End Converters
    • Unity Power factor correctors

Department of Mechanical Engineering builds on its core strength to design solutions to modern engineering challenges. The faculty members engage actively in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.

Major Thrust Areas

Design Engineering

  • Stress analysis and optimisation  
  • Composite materials

Thermal and Energy Systems

  • Design, optimisation and analysis of thermo-fluid systems
  • Micro scale fluid flow and heat transfer analysis
  • Energy systems design and optimisation

Manufacturing Processes

  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Computer-aided quality control

The faculty members of the Department have active research interests in the diversified domains of Instrumentation and Control Engineering. They are involved in research, projects and consultancy in the below mentioned areas.

Thrust Areas and Subdomains

Control and Automation

  • Control Engineering
  • Industrial Automation

Industrial Internet of Things [Industry 4.0]

  • Industrial Communication
  • Industrial System Design

Biomedical Engineering

  • Diagnostic Instrument design
  • Medical Signal Processing

Robotics

  • Robot Control
  • Robots for Automation

Sensors and Measurement Techniques

  • Measurement System design
  • Sensor Development and Application

Faculty members of the department also carry out research in the frontier areas and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals. The department has succeeded in this endeavour over the years. The department has expertise in the following thrust areas:

  • Mathematics
    • Dynamical systems
    • Image Analysis
    • Computational Biology
    • Convex Optimization
    • Fuzzy Analysis & its applications
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Control Theory in Partial Differential Equations
    • Inventory Modelling
    • Numerical Analysis
    • Fractional Calculus

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