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


  • 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

The department has identified following thrust areas to conduct various research based activities –

  1. Green and Sustainable Chemistry
    • Synthesis and applications of green solvents
    • Green routes of chemical synthesis
    • Chemical kinetics in context with liquid phase reactions
    • Reuse and recycling of non-degradable waste products
    • Zero waste discharge in the development of new synthetic routes
  2. Thermodynamics and Computational Research
    • Phase Equilibrium of different industrial important systems
    • Phase Equilibrium Property Determination and predictions of Ionic Liquids
    • Energy and Exergy Analysis of various processes
    • Simulation studies for Energy Savings
  3. Polymer
    • Polymer based chemical sensor.
    • Inorganic and Polymeric Materials and Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Synthesis and Modification
    • Polymers for Medical Applications
    • Polymers in Pharmaceutics
    • Smart Materials Bioplastics and Natural Materials
  4. Catalysis
    • Clean processes for fuels and chemicals from crude-oil, coal and natural gas
    • Natural Gas Conversion
    • Organometallic catalysis
    • Redox catalysis
    • Steam reforming of alcohols
    • Shape selective catalyst in refining process
    • Semiconductor catalysis
  5. Renewable Energy
    • Bioenergy technology
    • Fuel Cells, hydrogen storage, production and transportation
    • Biofuel from bio-waste
    • Solar Energy in Wastewater Treatment
  6. Wastewater Treatment
    • Treatment of Contaminated Groundwater and Wastewater
    • Innovative treatment technology for color and COD removal
    • Application of Nanotechnology
    • Adsorbents for heavy metal removal
    • Wastewater treatment by advanced oxidation processes
    • Process development for reduction of wastewater

Interdisciplinary Areas

  1. Mechanical Engineering Department.
    • Renewable Energy
  2. Civil Engineering Department
    • Wastewater Treatment

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 Subdomains

  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
    • Knowledge representation
    • Machine learning
    • Deep learning in Computer Vision
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Human computer interaction
    • Web Data Mining
    • Content Based Information Retrieval
  • Big Data Analytics
    • Big Earth Data Analytics
    • Geo Informatics
    • Data Mining on Big Data
  • Communication Networks
    • Internet of Things
    • Software Defined Network
    • Vehicular Networks
    • Wireless and Mobile Networks
    • Information and Network Security
    • Swarm and Evolutionary Computation
  • Virtualisation and Autonomic Computing
    • High Speed Network
    • Security in Cloud
    • Cloud Computing
    • Data center Management
    • Handling Big Data on Cloud
    • Mobile Cloud
    • Cloud Forensics
    • Fog Computing
  • Image Processing
    • Satellite image processing
    • Medical image processing

Interdisciplinary Areas 

With Industry 4.0, the focus is on Big Data, IoT 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 Optimization 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


  • 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:

Major Thrust Areas

  • Mathematics
    • Dynamical systems
    • Image Analysis
    • Computational Biology
    • Convex Optimisation
    • Fuzzy Analysis & its applications
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Control Theory in Partial Differential Equations
  • Economics
    • Micro and Macro Economics
    • Development Economics
    • Financial Economics
    • Environmental Economics
  • English
    • English Language and Literature
    • Teaching and Learning Process
    • New Media Communication

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