“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan

World environmental dayWe live in a world where turning a blind eye to the air surrounding us is never an option. We are constantly reminded of our actions and their subsequent consequences on the planet. Yet many of us are in denial of the widening damages caused by us, and humanity is using the world’s resources faster than they can naturally recover. World Environment Day is here to kick you out of your comfort zone and push you to pause and reflect on what you have done so far.

On the eve of World Environment Day, the Department of Environmental Science is organising a webinar to discuss topics that need immediate response actions. Dr T V Sajeev, Senior Principal Scientist, Department of Forest Entomology, Kerala Forest Research Institute, will be delivering a talk on ‘Why did she stop going to school? The case of student roles in saving the planet’.

Date: June 04, 2022

Time: 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm IST

About the speaker

Dr T V Sajeev has twenty years of service as a scientist in KFRI and twenty-eight years of research experience. He has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from CUSAT. His focused areas of research are landscape fragmentation, population dynamics of insects, political ecology, biological control, and management of alien species. Currently, he coordinates a Tree Health Helpline Desk in KFRI to benefit forest tree farmers in Kerala. He has also secured a patent for the development of a biopesticide.

World Environment Day 2022 urges you to celebrate planet Earth through collective transformative actions. Let’s undo the damages we caused! Come listen to what our #OnlyOneEarth has to say.

 

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FDPSRM University AP is delighted to announce the Faculty Development Programme on Recent advancements in optical communication and wireless networks. The session is scheduled from May 23 to 27, 2022. The programme will be managed by the faculties of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering. This five-day hybrid programme aims to enhance research capabilities mainly for the researchers and professionals working in Free Space Optics and Advanced Wireless Communication Networks. Eminent scientists and professors from highly reputed institutes are invited to share their research experiences.

On the first day of the session, the keynote speaker, Professor M.S Alouini, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, will handle a session on Towards Connecting the Remaining 3 + Billion from 10.30 am to 12.00 pm. The FDP targets faculties from Abroad and Indian Institutes, Research scholars, Postgraduate and Undergraduate students. The sessions will be beneficial to those participants who are doing or planning to start a research career in optical/wireless communication network domains.

A wide variety of topics will be discussed during the five-day program. Visible light communication, Optical Imaging and Holography, Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, VLC for IoT Networks, Terahertz Photonics for Wireless Communications, Deep learning for Wireless Networks, Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces, Edge Computing for IoT Networks, Beyond 6G Communications and Molecular Communications are some of the crucial ones among them.

There is no registration fee for the programme. However, the certificate will be provided to all the attendees based on the total attendance. The recordings of the sessions will also be provided to all attendees.

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FDP

The Department of Physics is organising a Faculty Development Program on ‘Scope for Sponsored Projects and its Implementation’ with eminent academicians, Prof Sathish Vadhiyar, Chair, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, IISc Bangalore and Prof Kothandaraman Ramanujam, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Date: May 11, 2022

Time: 10.00 am

Venue: ALC 3rd Floor

Discussing the scopes and challenges of such sponsored projects is inevitable as it determines the progress in its execution. Documenting a list of the project goals, deliverables, tasks, costs and deadlines is, therefore, an important part of this process. This will help in establishing the objectives of the project, analysing its limits, and providing a roadmap to move ahead.

Prof Sathish Vadhiyar will deliver a talk on the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) Program which was introduced by the government of India with an aim to connect national academic and R&D institutions with a grid of high-performance computing facilities. This is an effort to improve the number of supercomputers owned by India. Prof Kothandaraman Ramanujam will provide a brief awareness regarding consultancy projects set up with the industry through his talk. The session will be wrapped up by Prof Paromita Chakraborty who will give an overview of funded projects and bilateral projects.

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SRM AP is known for its resources and facilities for pioneering research with the support of global leaders and SME’s while sticking to compliance and international regulations. Obtaining research excellence in every field of study has been a mission of the university. Recently, 50 MSc students from the Department of Chemistry, KBN College, Vijayawada, visited our university to explore the analytical and research facilities available here.

The research areas handled by the Department of Chemistry of SRM AP include the disciplines of chemical sciences, ranging from organic, inorganic, and physical, to theoretical or computational chemistry. The department’s highly disciplinary and collaborative environment is indeed inspiring, and it continues to grab attention. The strong interactions of the university with other premier institutions across India and around the world refine the quality of analytical and research facilities available here. The students from KBN college eagerly interacted with the faculty members and research scholars. Dr Mahesh Kumar Ravva and Dr Rajapandiyan, Faculty members, coordinated the visit.

computer visionMachine Learning has started its move from the cloud to the periphery of the network. Today’s edge devices are becoming smarter and are no longer the dumb devices that would simply transmit the data to some central location. The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering is conducting the 2nd department distinguished Industry-Academia Interaction lecture in the ECE DDIAIL series. Dr Amit Kumar Saha, Principal Engineer at Cisco Meraki, Bangalore, will deliver a talk on the topic  ‘Computer vision at the edge’.

The talk will focus on the evolution of a specific type of edge device, the surveillance camera, from the traditional CCTV model to the smart camera model. It will discuss some of the engineering and research challenges in building smart cameras that lie at the periphery of the network.

Date: May 7, 2022

Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 pm IST

About the speaker

Dr Amit Kumar Saha is the Principal Engineer at Cisco Meraki, Bangalore. He received his PhD degree from Rice University in 2007. Prior to that, he obtained his BTech degree from IIT Kharagpur as a recipient of Dr B C Roy Gold Medal in 1999 for being the single graduating student with the best mix of academics and extracurricular activities. Dr Amit explores the next generation of technology at the intersection of networks, distributed systems, and data science, with a special emphasis on system-wide design. He is part of Cisco Meraki’s Camera Intelligence team and enables Cisco’s internal products as well as customers better manage their AI/ML life cycles by making it easier to train and tune models and deploy distributed machine learning workloads. He passionately seeks out opportunities to give back to the community through talks, research collaborations, organising conferences, and as visiting faculty at several top institutes in India.

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Know your style of writing

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The art of writing can be branched out into different types depending upon the purpose of each piece of writing. You might have come across varied styles of writing such as creative writing, academic writing, technical writing and many more. Have you ever tried to deduce the difference between all these writing styles? Well, we offer you an informative session that will help you gather a better understanding of different styles of writing.

The Department of English has scheduled a webinar on the topic “Academic Writing & Creative Writing” under the theme “Language and Society” with Prof Vanessa Sasson as the keynote speaker.

Date: May 05, 2022

Time: 6.30 PM IST

Academic writing and creative writing seem to be pulling the act of writing and the writers in two different directions. A lot of writers, especially aspiring writers, tend to think of both genres as catering to very different audiences and fulfilling very different needs in very different contexts. Does that mean you can be only one and not the other? Do you have to choose? And how do you decide what to commit to? In this talk, Prof Vanessa Sasson will share her experience of writing in both capacities and discuss the joys and challenges of both.

About the Speaker

Vanessa R Sasson is a professor of Religious Studies in the Liberal Arts Department of Marianopolis College where she has been teaching since 1999. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State and a Research Member for CERIAS at UQAM. She has published widely as a scholar, with a number of academic books to her credit. Her most recent book was published by the University of Hawaii Press (2021) and is entitled, Jewels, Jewelry, and Other Shiny Things in the Buddhist Imaginary. Yasodhara and the Buddha (Bloomsbury, 2021) is her first novel. She is currently completing the sequel.

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Research clanThe whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows – Sydney J Harris

Every day is a chance to learn and unlearn things. The higher the curiosity to know more, the deeper your roots in a hopeful life. Productive utilization of knowledge has always been the key to success. Finding the application levels of the knowledge you gained and reflecting on yourself makes a huge difference from passive learning.

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is proud to announce the launch of Research Clan. This community holds the insights of research works and converts the concepts into something useful for the world. Mr. Himanshu and the team will be presenting an exciting talk about the scope, future, and value of Research papers in your career and life.

Join the clan on April 27, 2022, at 5.30 pm

Venue: Tier Classroom, Admin Building

scalar conservation

The Internet of Things (IoT) has greatly increased our awareness of the world and broadened the scope of our engagement with it. In the first episode of the ECE Department Guest Lecture Series, the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at SRM University-AP is organising a lecture on April 23, 2022, from 10.20 am to 12.00 noon. Dr Orazio Aiello, Assistant Professor at the University of Genoa, Italy, will engage the audience on the topic Ultra-Low-Power and Agile IC Design for novel Sensor Nodes for the Internet of Things on that day.

The vision of a world where pervasive integrated electronic systems embedded in everyday life objects (e.g. household appliances, surveillance cameras, healthcare systems) are fully interconnected to collect, process, and exchange useful information requires energy-autonomous systems for distributed sensing and data acquisition. The low-cost requirement demands a small area, low design effort, digital-like shrinkage across CMOS generations, and design/technology portability. The possibility to exploit the digital (automated) design flow even for analog building blocks can dramatically reduce the design effort of any system-on-chip that faces the analog signal. Since data processing is digital, but most signals from the real world are analog, almost any electronic device that interfaces with the surrounding environment will benefit from the outcomes of this investigation. In this framework, the talk illustrates the concepts and the design flows which enable the implementation of analog functions by true digital circuits.

Biography of the speaker:

Orazio Aiello (Senior Member, IEEE) received the BSc and MSc degrees (cum laude) from the University of Catania, Italy, in 2005 and 2008, respectively, the M.Sc. degree (cum laude) from the Scuola Superiore di Catania, Italy, in 2009, and the PhD degree from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2013.,From 2008 to 2009, he was an Analog IC Designer and an EMC Consultant for STMicroelectronics, Castelletto, Italy. In 2012, he was a Visiting PhD. A student with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, he was a Research Fellow in a joint project with FIAT-Chrysler Automobiles, Turin. In 2014, he joined NXP-Semiconductors, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, as a Mixed Signal IC Designer and an EMC Expert. In 2015 and 2016, he was a Visiting Fellow with the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Since 2015, he has been working with the Green IC Group, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE), National University of Singapore, where he has also been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual and a Global Fellow leading the ULPIoT project. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Genova, Italy. His main research interests include energy-efficient analogue-mixed signal circuits and sensor interfaces. Dr Aiello is a member of the IEEE CASS Microlearning AdHoc Committee and is/was a Technical Program Committee Member of a number of conferences, such as NORCAS and APCCAS.

Join this informative lecture with Dr Orazio Aiello on April 23, 2022 at 10.20 am IST.

The art of airport engineering

airport pavement engineeringThe Department of Civil Engineering is all set to kick start their first Industry Guest Lecture Series on April 21, 2022. The lecture is scheduled from 9.45 am to 10.45 am followed by a Q&A session. Renowned aviation professional Mr Ashok Madhu Reddy, who has an experience of 25 years in airplane or airport operation, will deliver the talk on Airport Pavement Engineering.

The viability of the airport infrastructure is indeed a challenge in airport engineering. Airport pavement plays an important role in this scenario. The lecture intends to discuss the History of ICAO, airport planning, design, and maintenance in detail.

About the Speaker

Mr Ashok Madhu Reddy is an aviation professional with 25 years of experience in Airline/Airport Operations and Management. He is presently working as the Vice President of Aerosimple Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Visakhapatnam, AP which is an IT software company that specialises in SAAS for Airport operations and Management, serving 35 airports across the globe.

He was India’s first personnel who attained the “International Airport Professional” certification jointly issued by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI) Montreal, Canada. This was the only program in the world recognized by the United Nations (UN) to bring global standards worldwide. He is also a Board Director of the American/International Association of Airport Executives (AAAE/IAAAE).

Mr Ashok has two post-graduation degrees in management from India and UK. Previously, he worked with Air India, Srilankan Airlines, GMR Hyderabad and Delhi Airports, and AP Airport Development Corporation in various management capacities. He is also having multiple aviation certification courses to his credit.

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scalar conservation

The Department of Mathematics is arranging the fifth instalment of the Departmental Distinguished Lecture Series on April 25, 2022, at 3.45 pm IST. Reputed Mathematician, Prof A Adimurthi will deliver an informative lecture on the topic ‘Controllability of Scalar Conservation Laws with Discontinuous Flux’.

About the Talk

Navier-Stokes and Euler equations play an important role in studying the flow of incompressible fluids. Weak solutions to these equations can be obtained by Galerkin method but the uniqueness is a big open problem. It is a big challenge to obtain an extra condition for the class of functions, so that in this class obtain the existence and uniqueness. To understand this phenomenon, it is better to look at a one-dimensional case where the equation turns out to be viscous Burger’s equation or Burger’s equation with non-linearity is of quadratic order. In this talk, we will restrict to Burger’s type equations called the Scalar Conservation Laws in one space dimension with strict convex flux. Way back in the 50’s, this equation was studied by Lax and Oleinik and obtained an explicit formula for a solution. Oleinik showed that this satisfies an extraction called the Entropy Condition and then showed that in this class, the solution is unique. Later Kruzkov, in an ingenious way, generalized this to obtain a unique solution for Scalar Conservation Law in higher dimensions and Lipschitz fluxes. This result was taken up by Zuazua and his collaborators and studied the Optimal Controllability for Burgers equation. They showed the existence of optimal control and to capture this, they derived a numerical algorithm whose convergence is still open. In a different direction, this was attacked, and the problem was completely solved. Getting the optimal solution is via projection method in a Hilbert space. Recently, this was extended in a non-trivial way to conservation laws with convex discontinuous flux. The talk will explain the main ideas of this work.

About the Speaker

A mathematician of repute, Prof A Adimurthi has been associated with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Centre for Applicable Mathematics Bangalore. At present, he is working as a visiting professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur. He has authored more than a hundred research articles on a wide range of topics including Partial differential equations, Functional analysis, Numerical analysis, Calculus of variations, Optimal control, and many others. Prof Adi Adimurthi has been elected as a fellow of; The Indian Academy of Sciences (F.A.Sc) Bengaluru (1996), The National Academy of Sciences (F.N.A.Sc), India in 1997, The Indian National Science Academy (F.N.A) in 1998, The World Academy of Sciences(TWAS) in 2018, Raja Ramanna and DST J.C. Bose National. Along with these fellowships, Professor Adimurthi has also been honoured with the prestigious Dr Zakir Hussain Award in 2013.

Join this informative talk with Prof A Adimurthi on April 25, 2022 at 3.45 pm IST.