‘Industrial Internet Centre of Excellence’ to come up in IITM


May 17, 2016: IITM and GE recently signed an agreement to build the 'Industrial Internet Centre of Excellence' which aims to develop power intensive applications with first focus on creating a Digital Twin of Aluminium Smelter. The Industrial Internet Centre of Excellence marks a milestone global collaboration by GE to drive digital industrial transformation that can bring quantum leaps in productivity, efficiency and reliability to the industrial sector.

Aluminium smelters are essentially refineries for extracting aluminum from aluminium oxide, separating the aluminium from oxygen through a chemical reaction. Through the new Centre, GE and IIT Madras will create a Digital Twin of a smelter. The Twin is a living digital model that will continuously generate new data and insights about the smelter that allows operators to run the smelters more efficiently. For the aluminium smelter industry, the net gains through such productivity enhancement are valued at between US$50 to 150 million annually.

The agreement to set up the centre was signed between Mr. Azeez Mohammed, President & CEO, GE Power Services, Middle East & Africa and Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras. Researchers and students of IIT Madras will work closely with the GE Global Research, GE Power Services Engineering and GE Digital teams at GE’s John F. Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore.

IITM Innovation attracts a funding of USD 18 Million


May 9, 2016: InnoNano Research (INR), a clean water technology company incubated at IIT Madras & co-founded by Prof. T. Pradeep, is set out to develop its global footprint by finalizing a $18 million investment plan with NanoHoldings(NH) an energy and water investment specialist firm, based in the US.

The company made the announcement in a special function held in the presence of many dignitaries and government officials from the Department of Science & Technology. Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras announced the finalizing of agreement with NanoHoldings (NH), to set-up a global water technology company. With an aim to make India an exporter of water technologies, and to support the Make in India efforts of the government, the company plans to setup a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, a modern research laboratory and technology delivery offices across North America, Asia and Africa.

INR is an 8 year old IIT Madras incubated start-up company, born out of the water technologies seeded at Professor Pradeep’s laboratories. The company was started with Anshup, an IIT Madras graduate in chemical engineering. Soon, Udhaya Shankar and Amrita Chaudhary joined. The team along with other research scholars and post-doctoral fellows developed a range of technologies to tackle diverse contaminants in drinking water, maintaining international quality standards. Prof. Satish Kailas of IISc acted as an advisor all through the difficult times. Inventors of the technology decided to take it to the most affected parts of the country. With commendable support from the Government and extraordinary assistance from implementation partners such as Mr. Praveen Poddar of Mahavir Pumps Pvt. Ltd., the technology is now serving 700+ locations across the country.

Nano Holdings, a US-based energy and water investment specialist firm has supported global patenting activity for the team and IIT Madras for the past 4 years. “These technologies are destined to change the world in a significant way” said Justin Hall-Tipping, CEO of NH.

IITM Alumnus elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society

IIT Madras alumnus L. Mahadevan has earned the top honour of being one of the three Indians on the list of 50 scientists elected as Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the U.K. and the Commonwealth.

Prof. Mahadevan completed his B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering) degree from IIT Madras in 1986, and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Institution in 2009.

IIT Madras team makes it to the final eight

Let's applaud the Team from IIT Madras on having made it into the final eight of 2016 SPE Petrobowl Asia Pacific Regional Qualifier at the Offshore Technology Conference held in Kuala Lumpur during March 22-25, 2016.

  1. Prashant Thawrani (PE15M015)

  2. Dheeraj Kumar (PE15M007)

  3. Narendra Singh Shekhawat (PE15M009)

  4. Rishabh Saurabh (PE15M013)

  5. Kaligi Amar (PE15M018)

M. Tech, students of Petroleum Engineering programme, Department of Ocean Engineering guided by Prof. Rajesh R Nair, faculty sponsor, SPE-IITM Student Chapter.

Books Published

Ocean Wave Mechanics - Applications in Marine Structures

Wiley published The International edition of the book ‘Ocean Wave Mechanics - Applications in Marine Structures’ by Prof. V. Sundar, from The Department of Ocean Engineering.


Offshore Structural Engineering: Reliability and Risk Assessment

Prof. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran from The Department of Ocean Engineering has published a book entitled 'Offshore Structural Engineering: Reliability and Risk Assessment' by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.



Best Poster Prize

K. R. Krishnadas, Research Scholar (CY11D016), Department of Chemistry has won the Best Poster Prize for his poster entitled ‘Intercluster reactions between Au25(SR)18 and Ag44(SR)30’ at the 8th Bangalore India Nano Conference held at Bangalore. The award carries a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.20,000. He is guided by Prof. T. Pradeep.

Distinguished Paper Award

Saurabh Mohanrao Kalikar, MS Research Scholarand his guide Dr.Rupesh Nasre from The Department of Computer Science and Engineering have been co-awarded the Distinguished Paper Award for their paper entitled ‘DomLock: A New Multi-Granularity Locking Technique for Hierarchies’ at the 21stACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP) 2016 held at Barcelona, Spain.

IBM fellow

IIT Madras alumna Dr. Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, Chief Scientist, Medical Sieve Radiology Grand Challenge Almaden Research Center, IBM has been selected as IBM fellow 2016.

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award

Mannam Naga Praveen Babu, Ph.D. Scholar guided by Prof.P.Krishnankutty from the Department of Ocean Engineering has been awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award instituted by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) for his research work on the topic ‘Bio-Inspired Flapping Foil Propulsion System for Ships and Underwater Vehicles’. The Award was handed by the Chairperson of National Innovation Foundation (NIF) - India on March 13, 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing

Prof. A. N. Rajagopalan from The Department of Electrical Engineering has been invited to serve as the Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He is the first Indian academic to be so chosen.


Prof. C.V.R. Murty, Dr.Rupen Goswami, A.R. Vijayanarayanan (CE12D065) and Vipul V. Mehta (Project Consultant) from The Department of Civil Engineering, won the ACCE(I) NAGADI AWARD 2016 under the awards category Best Publication (Book) in Civil Engineering (Useful to Consultants) for their book entitled 'Some Concepts in Earthquake Behaviour of Buildings', at the Foundation Day-cum-Awards Function 2016 of the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) held at Bangalore on April 30, 2016.

Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Student Fellowship

M. S. Visakh, Ph.D. Research Scholar (HS14D005) from The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences guided by Dr. Santhosh Abraham, has been chosen for the 2016-17 Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Student Fellowship to undertake research on South Asian Islamic Legal History at the University of California, Berkeley for nine months.

Head of the Partner Group of the Max Planck

Dr. Sivarama Krishnan from The Department of Physics from The Institute of Nuclear Physics at IIT Madras has been appointed as the Head of the Partner Group of the Max Planck from The Institute of Nuclear Physics at IIT Madras. The German partner in this endeavor is Prof. Thomas Pfeifer, Director, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg.

Prof. S. Swaminathan Endowment Award

Prof. Indrapal Singh Aidhen from the Department of Chemistry has been bestowed the Prof. S. Swaminathan Endowment Award by the Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Madras.

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