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Interdisciplinary Areas
Ph.D. in AUV Technologies
Interdisciplinary group on AUV Technologies is aimed at initiating research activities and developing advanced technologies in the emerging areas of Autonomous Unmanned Aerial and Ground-based Vehicles. The research and technology development will be along the tracks, namely: Design and Structural Optimization, Dynamics, Sensors, Actuators, Control, Navigation, and Communication. The applications are invited for Ph.D. in the following areas:
 1.  Design and Structural Optimization
 2.   Flight Dynamics and Simulation
 3.   Motion Planning and Control
 4.   Autonomous Navigation
 5.   Onboard Flight Controller Design
 6.   Mid-range Communication with Portable Ground Station
 7.   Vision-based Control
 8.   Software development and Integration
 

1 Faculty Members

 Name  Suril V. Shah C. Venkatesan
 Department of  Mechanical Engineering  Mechanical Engineering
 Name Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay Kaushal A. Desai
 Department of Computer Science & Engineering  Mechanical Engineering
 Name Arpit Khandelwal Deepak M. Fulwani
 Department of Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering

2 IDRP Co-ordinator: Suril V. Shah

3 Motivation

With the advancement in technology and wider applications, there has been significant interest in developing low-cost airborne surveillance vehicle with small payload. One such activity which requires immediate attention is the development of miniature autonomous hover capable flying vehicles with payload carrying capacity varying from 1 kg to 5 kg. The development of such a mini flying vehicle is made possible with advancements in technological developments of small size but efficient gyros, accelerometers, magnetic sensors, servo controls, communication equipment, GPS, power plant and payloads comprising of the camera, IR sensor etc.

4 Objective

The objective of the IDRP on AUV Technologies is to design and develop an indigenous autopilot system and vision based navigations system for operation under GPS denied environment.The proposed IDRP would systematically focus on structural optimization for payload integration, onboard controller and power management, vision-based flight, development of the portable ground station, and performance evaluation of the vehicle and payload sensor in outdoor environments. The vehicle would be designed to carry a payload of 1 kg.

 The activities of IDRP would be divided into seven modules as shown in Table 1 which would be undertaken by the investigators with varied expertise.

Table 1: Work module of the proposed proposal

S. No.

Track

Focus

1

Structural optimization

Design and manufacturing of vehicle and peripherals, model parameter estimation, structural analysis, reliability studies, vibration reduction, use of lightweight and high strength materials

2

Actuators and Sensor

Actuator and Sensor selection and/or development, integration and calibration, integration with vehicle control, data collection and interpretation, performance in outdoor scenarios, design modifications

3

Communication & Ground station

Wired and radio mode, short and mid-range communication, real-time data collection, protocol development. Data reception, processing, storage and display, monitoring the vehicle, communication of desired commands

4

Motion Planning and Control

Development of mathematical model, controller design, remote control and tele-operation, Motion Planning, Way point Navigation

5

Vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics

Rotor Blade Dynamics, Aero Dynamics, Vehicle Dynamics

6

Vision-based Navigation

Outdoor SLAM, Vision-based Navigation, Visual Servoing to Target, Vision based Landing and Take-off, Obstacle Avoidance, Vision-based Navigation, Visual Servoing to Target, Vision based Landing and Take-off

7

On-board Autopilot

Onboard Controller, Interfacing Sensors and Actuators, Data Acquisition & Processing, Estimation of position, velocity, Telemetric receipt and transfer, Onboard Power Management

Figure 1 show a schematic of the approach to be adopted in meeting the objectives of this proposal.

 

Fig. 1: Block diagram showing the overall methodology

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science
The mind-brain is termed as the mystery of the century. The research program in Cognitive Science aims to address the scientific and technological advancements in the overlapping areas of Humanities and social sciences, engineering, science and medicine relevant to cognitive science to develop an understanding of the mind-brain for development of technological solutions. Currently, the four thrust areas of the research program are the theory of human intelligence, cognitive marketing, cognitive computing, and artificial consciousness.

Cognitive Science is a multifaceted approach to understand human and machine cognition. The interdisciplinary research group in the area of cognitive science aims to explore research questions and social applications of cognitive computing and socio-cognitive behaviors. The objective is to develop data-driven models using machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning in the areas of (but not limited to) brain-computer interface (BCI), neuromarketing, and artificial consciousness. The challenges of features, interpretability, and accuracy would be addressed using signal processing, artificial intelligence, deep learning, psychological tools, and neuroscience. The interdisciplinary research group is currently planning to focus on the four thrust areas of cognitive computing and BCI, cognitive marketing, the theory of human intelligence, and artificial consciousness.

 
 

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Ph.D. in Digital Humanities
IIT Jodhpur is one of the pioneering institutes in the country currently to offer an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Digital Humanities. The Inter Disciplinary Research Platform at IIT Jodhpur facilitates this doctoral degree programme. This doctoral programme offers unique opportunities to redraw conventional disciplinary boundaries among the humanities, the social sciences, the arts, technology and engineering, and the natural sciences. Doctoral students opting for this program are expected to contribute towards integrating disciplinary approaches of the humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, and computer technologies, with cross-disciplinary theorising and research that can be avant-garde to the field of Digital Humanities. Examples of research emphases may include (but are not limited to): Digital Cultures/ Cultural Practices – Past and Present; Digital Societies; Digital Heritage (Preservation, Conservation, Restoration, Recreation); Thematic Computation Reading of Novels; Multimodal Data Analytics; Digital Epistemologies and Methods. Doctoral research in Digital Humanities shall be premised on project-oriented knowledge production, the practical application of methods, and shall involve interdisciplinary collaboration workflows. In addition to the regular PhD stipend, an additional financial assistance for research may be facilitated on a competitive basis.
 
 
Research Scope and Focus Areas
 The digital revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries has created new knowledge and spaces for humankind to evolve culturally with the construction of techniques and technologies. As a corollary, a new field of organised research emerged at the beginning of the 2000s examining the use and application of digital technologies in humanities, the liberal arts, social science scholarship, and beyond. Popularly nested under an umbrella term “Digital Humanities”, this area of scholarship takes a critical stance to examine the role, use, application, and impact of digital tools in our everyday life, our societies, economies, cultures, and governments. However, while the use of computational tools in social science and humanities work is not very new, the availability of a large body of cultural artefacts after the digital turn, as well as emergence of new kinds of digital objects and embodiments, has opened up several possibilities for social science and humanities research, practice and pedagogy using computational approaches. Very soon, the question of whether something is, or is not, ‘digital’ will be increasingly secondary as many forms of culture become mediated, produced, accessed, distributed or consumed through digital devices and technologies. In other words, the field of Digital Humanities is expected to grow on principles of interdisciplinary rather than multidisciplinary principles. Our research focus and pedagogy in this IDRP group emphasize on many of the emerging epistemological questions on knowledge production about generating digital data from material objects, and on rethinking of existing processes of knowledge production
 

For more information, please visit: https://digitalhumanitiesiitj.weebly.com

Ph.D. in IOT & Application
Internet of Things (IoT) has gained immense interest for applications in smart agriculture, transportation, environment monitoring, healthcare, and smart wearable, Industrial IoT, and many other applications. Sensors are the key components to communicate with surroundings, which have to be both highly sensitive and selective as well. On the other hand, the data collected from sensors have to be analyzed and used for making Processes and Systems smarter. IoT and applications area is a highly multidisciplinary area involving various areas of Materials, Devices, Sensors, Circuits, Communication, and Data Analytics, and their applications in IoT system development.

Candidates of various relevant academic backgrounds with interest in this exciting upcoming area are encouraged to apply for Ph.D. position.

Since the inception of IIT Jodhpur, one of the key approaches was to deliver in the area of societal development through Inter-Disciplinary programs. Internet of Things (IoT) and Applications is one such promising area. Internet of Things (IoT) has gained immense interest for applications in smart agriculture, transportation, environment monitoring, healthcare, and smart wearable, Industrial IoT, and many other applications. Sensors are the key components to communicate with surroundings, which have to be both highly sensitive and selective as well. On the other hand, the data collected from sensors have to be analyzed and used for making Processes and Systems smarter. Following picture summarizes some of the application area of IoT.

 
IoT and applications area is a highly multidisciplinary area involving various areas of Materials, Devices, Sensors, Circuits, Communication, and Data Analytics, and their applications in IoT system development. The figure above shows some application areas. Impactful research is targeted through various hardware and software components, eventually covering fundamental infrastructure for various personal/ applications such as:
 1. Smart Agriculture
 2. RFID for Food Packaging
 3. Environment/Hazard Monitoring systems
 4. Smart Home Management
 5. Smart Healthcare: Personal IoT
 6. AIoT : Artificial Intelligence of Things
 7. Industry 4.0 : Industrial IoT
In addition, for generating skilled manpower in this area, this IRDP will provide support in offering student projects in M.Tech. in Sensors and IoT, CPS, and other programs
Ph.D. in Quantum Information and Computation
The Quantum Information and Computation (QIC) group at IIT Jodhpur is working towards analyzing classical and quantum correlations from the perspective of a practical interface between quantum optics and quantum information processing. Such correlations occupy a central position in the quest for understanding and harvesting the power of quantum mechanics and fundamentals of quantum information processing. As a group, we are addressing some of the key issues in characterizing multiqubit entanglement. From the applications perspective, the spectrum includes, but is not limited to, quantum key distribution, quantum dense coding, quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, quantum game theory and quantum secure communication.
For a practical implementation of any quantum information task, it is important to consider the role of noise on the chosen task. The group is interested in the systematic study of quantum information and computation in realistic scenarios, including the effect of ambient noise, using ideas and techniques of Open Quantum Systems. At present, following faculty members are involved in the group,
 1.  Subhashish Banerjee, Department of Physics
 2.   V. Narayanan, Department of Physics
 3.   Atul Kumar, Department of Chemistry
 4.   Kiran K. Hiremath, Department of Mathematics
 5.   B. Ravindra, Department of Mechanical Engineering
 6.   Mahesh Kumar, Department of Electrical Engineering
Applications are invited for Ph.D. positions in Quantum Information and Computation group. Interested applicants may apply through the online Application Submission link.
Over the last century, Quantum Mechanics has emerged as a fundamental ingredient for understanding various facets of nature such as atomic and sub-atomic physics, quantum optics and a plethora of phenomena in condensed matter physics. Modern developments in computing could be said to have started from the work of Alan Turing, while information theory was put on the pedestal of modern science by the efforts of Claude Shannon. The amalgamation of quantum physics with computing and information theory could be historically traced from the works of EPR (Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen), followed by that of John Bell and culminating in efforts made by Charles Bennett. This was further cemented by the efforts of William Wootters. Experimental developments over the last few decades have brought the subject of quantum information to the threshold of technology development.
The proposed interdisciplinary research group in Quantum Information and Computation (QIC) at IIT Jodhpur will lead us towards establishing a consilience between diverse academic spaces. In this inter-disciplinary joint collaboration, we propose to study quantum correlations in nonclassical states from the perspective of a practical interface between quantum optics and quantum information processing. Such correlations occupy a central position in the quest for understanding and harvesting the power of quantum mechanics and fundamentals of quantum information processing. Another dimension would be to analyze and characterize multiqubit entangled states for establishing shared communication network among multiple users; one of the key issues in applications such as quantum key distribution, quantum dense coding, quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, quantum game theory and quantum secure communication.
The intricacy of the problem increases even further when one considers real conditions, i.e., the interaction between the principal system and environment, leading to decoherence, which adversely impacts the efficiency of quantum systems; in general. In fact, for a practical implementation of any quantum information task, it is important to consider the role of noise on the chosen task. The systematic study of quantum mechanics in realistic scenarios, including the effect of ambient noise, can be made by using ideas and techniques of Open Quantum Systems. In the proposed collaboration, we will make systematic use of Open Quantum Systems to study various facets of quantum information and computation, including quantum cryptographic tasks
 
Ph.D. in Smart Healthcare
The research program in Smart Healthcare aims to address the scientific and technological advancements in the area of Healthcare. The research program offers a broad spectrum of research areas relevant in the disciplines of Bioscience and Bio-engineering, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical engineering. Currently the research groups actively participating in the doctoral program are engaged in interdisciplinary research (in Neuroscience, Immunology, Physiology, Microbiology, Computational biology, NMR metabolomics, Biomaterials, Nanomaterials Synthesis and Advanced Materials Design, Artificial Intelligence, Drug discovery and synthetic chemistry) for technology basics or device development.
The Smart Health Care IDRP aims to make use of scientific and technological advancements in the area of Healthcare. The activities will focus on designing and developing sustainable solutions for point-of-care health devices, drug discovery, affordable diagnostics, bio-compatible implants, and remote health care, including telemedicine. It will also support the development of various eHealth and mHealth based solutions for improving the quality of healthcare and making it available to masses. One of the key focuses of the platform is to devise, identify, and customize scientific and technological tools/concepts to accelerate the research and development tasks in the area of health care

Objective

  1. Augmenting existing methods for medical research using machine learning and artificial intelligence based approaches
  2. Designing new and optimizing existing point-of-care health devices
  3. Identifying novel methods for early diagnosis and personalized treatments
  4. Creating a platform to use various electronic, mechanical, and bio-sensors for improving the remote health care facilities

Why at IIT Jodhpur

We have multiple labs working in various related domains at IIT Jodhpur in collaboration with several external organizations such as AIIMS Jodhpur, Defense Lab Jodhpur, ACTREC/TMH Mumbai, and IIT Bombay
 
Ph.D. in Space Technologies
 
Description of the Program
Description of the program: Space Science and Technology (SST) is an Interdisciplinary program emphasizing on (i) the fundamental aspects of Sciences in expanding our knowledge of the Universe and (ii) the realization of end product meeting some of the needs for Space Technology. The PhD program in Space Science and Technology at IIT Jodhpur comprises of both the science as well as engineering/technology components and offers opportunity to explore career in fundamental as well as Space worthy interdisciplinary research.
 
Scope & Objectives
The program will offer fundamental training to the PhD students in respective fields. The fundamental research will include the exploration of the Universe (Space physics, chemistry and biology). Further, program provides opportunity towards the technological developments realizing the transition of basic research in to Space related technologies.
 
Why should one opt for this program and IIT Jodhpur?
IIT Jodhpur has highly qualified and experienced faculty with very wide research background in different domains of Science and Technology. The program will provide an opportunity to work on highly demanding and technologically challenging research problems in Space Science and Technology (SST) covering fundamental aspects such as exploring the Universe and applied aspects such as development of functional materials to the integrated devices, secured communications and other related Space applications adopting a system approach.
 
The space being so vast and varied with almost infinite number of stellar objects and perhaps more number of unknowns than nowns, offers huge opportunities to carry out fundamental research so as to develop better understanding of the Universe. Further, space also offers wide range of opportunities for its exploitation for a number of technological applications such as remote sensing using sensors operating over a range of wavelength regions including visible, infrared, microwave, etc. It comprises of both the science as well as engineering/technology components. The proposed interdisciplinary research programme on Space Science and Technology will be a collective multi-disciplinary effort to address key scientific and engineering issues in both exploring as well exploiting the space.
 
 
Humanities & Social Sciences

Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences