Prof A K Sood on “Doing Science Without Borders”: Collaboration and curiosity among researchers will lead to impactful multidisciplinary solutions of the 21st century

The first University Distinguished Lecture Series on “Doing Science Without Borders” commenced with an inaugural welcome speech by Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, and Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh. Prof V S Rao expressed their gratitude to Prof Ajay K Sood for his gracious presence. In addition, Prof Narayana Rao emphasized that under the University Distinguished Lecture series the talks will be delivered by eminent scientists from India and abroad that would be of immense benefit for students and the faculty and researchers. He further mentioned, “Doctors, researchers, engineers and scientists from several fields of knowledge around the world worked together to confront corona outbreak with an unprecedented spirit of collaboration. Also, NEP advocates and emphasizes that the societal need of the 21st century require broad-based multidisciplinary research and education”.

Prof Ajay K Sood, Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS and Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, narrated three stories of his recent experiments and advanced research work, namely “Emergent flocking behaviour seen in nature: Laboratory experiments”, “Crystallization of Glass: Machine Learning in condensed matter Physics”, and “Bacterial Nano Heat Engine: Getting bacteria to work”. He begins by stating that back in 1944, a profound physicist Schrodinger introduced the concept of “aperiodic crystal” which led to the understanding of genetic molecules, enunciating the importance of inter-disciplinary applications of scientific works. In his first narrative, he speaks of the flocking movement among birds, bacteria, locusts, and human beings as well. He brought the same experiment in his laboratory where he used 2 particles, energized them, and identified their flocking pattern. He observed that the velocity of movement between the two particles differ, which can be applied to particle sorting. This experiment has applications in biology, where bacteria and/or cells can be sorted and separated and also in autonomous cars.

While explaining his second experiment, Prof A K Sood mentioned that he studied the devitrification or the tendency of glass particles to crystallize over time to reach a state of stability from its metastable state. He used supervised Machine Learning to predict where crystallization will occur in glass. His team trained the system to identify the hard and soft particles of the glass. His experiments concluded that Machine Learning (ML) helps in identifying the soft particles, which possess the tendency to move and crystallize over a long period of time. Further, Prof A K Sood and his team of collaborators developed bacterial nano heat engines by mimicking the biological motors in our body which produces energy for living beings to function. Using bacterial activity, they made heat engines and are advancing their research work to recognize the practical applications of the nano heat engines in cars, batteries. The bacteria heat engines is a highly promising technology of the future.

Prof A K Sood narrated his laboratory stories to explicate the splendor of multidisciplinary research which can be used to solve basic problems. He said, “The key to successful scientific research is to collaborate with experts beyond their own domain. Communication and appreciation of views of an open mind enable the scientists to understand the various phenomena. Students and researchers should be curious which will lead to research having various interdisciplinary applications that will make an impact across various domains.”

About thousand participants from IISc,IITs, NITs,IIITs, IISERs, several Indian Universities including University of Hyderabad, Delhi University, NEHU, Pondicherry University, Punjab University; a few foreign Universities including KAUST, Saudi Arabia, Nagoya University, Japan, Zhejiang Ocean University, China, Teesside University, UK, several Engineering Colleges; National Laboratories of DST, DBT, CSIR, ISRO, DRDO, ICMR, BARC, JNCASR, ARIES, ARCI; industries including ARBL, Tata Steel have attended the distinguished lecture given by Prof Ajay Sood.

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organizes workshop on “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Healthcare” in collaboration with IEEE-SRM AP Student Branch. Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor will inaugurate the workshop on 25th July, 2020 at 9:30 am with the opening remarks. Dr. Muralikrishna Voonna, Managing Director, Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute will deliver a Guest Lecture on “Impact of AI in Clinical Healthcare”. Further, during the session, Guest Lecturer, Dr. Rajiv Janardhanan, Director, Amity Institute of Public Health, Professor ACVB will be speaking on “Sustainable Healthcare: AI enabled platforms for Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Solutions”.

Eminent panelists such as Padma Shree Awardee – Prof. Upendra Kaul, Dr. Pooja Ramakant, Dr. Sunil Taneja, Dr. Muralikrishna Voonna, and Dr. Rajiv Janardhanan will be interacting on “Impact of Covid-19, AI on Healthcare”. Prof. Priya Ranjan, Department of ECE , SRM AP will be moderating the session during the workshop. Attend this insightful event to understand the approach in which AI is reinventing and improving the modern healthcare through technologies that can estimate, comprehend, explore, and perform effectively.

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SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organizes webinar on 8th July 2020 at 10 a.m. titled “Inspire the Inspired: Excellent Research Opportunity in SRM University – AP” to engage the DST-INSPIRE students. Prof. Vajja Sambasiva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, will be preceding the webinar with the welcome remarks, and Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, will be delivering a presentation that would introduce the phenomenal research activities and facilities of the university to the audience. Prof. V. Kannan, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Dr. Jatindra Kumar Dash, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Goutam Dalapati, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Dr. Sutharsan Govindarajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Dr. G.S. Vinod Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Nimai Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Vaddi Ramesh, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering will be representing their respective department in the webinar to showcase the research being conducted by the expert faculty.

Each panelist will deliver a talk on the profile of the faculty members of their individual departments. They would discuss the contemporary research areas and focus of the faculty members that has the potential to bring revolutionary changes in the domain. Apart from it, the informative sessions will encompass a brief on the facilities available and planned at SRM AP, accomplishments of the faculty, national and International collaborations made and planned, products and processes being developed, ongoing sponsored research projects, key publications, patents filed and published, national and international conferences organized, DST inspire faculty and DBT Ramaligangashwni fellows at SRM AP, nature index ranking and the contribution of the faculty members of the university, and advantages to be endowed to the students.

Prof. V Kannan, during his session in the webinar, will urge the students to revel in Mathematics. He believes that ideas are more important than routine calculations. Prof. V Kannan says, “Research in Mathematics often consists of recognizing patterns and commonalities and using them to bring several items under one umbrella”. Similarly, Dr. Jatindra Kumar Dash will convey the strength of the department of Computer Science and Engineering to invite the best minds for participating in research activities in the department. He says, “We intend to demonstrate a few ongoing research works in the department and their outcomes in terms of funded project, quality publications and patents.”

Dr. Goutam Dalapati will discuss about the stimulating research opportunity in the Department of Physics, SRM AP. “Friendly and highly qualified experienced faculty with interdisciplinary research makes SRM AP a unique place for research and development. Cutting edge technology for renewable energy, molecular electronics, optical communication, CO2 conversion and energy storage together with materials innovation for next-generation memory, lead free perovskites, flexible devices superhydrophobic/philic surface, self healing, computational screening for materials library are some of the research that are being steered in the department of Physics.”, informs Dr. Goutam Dalapati.

Dr. G. S. VinodKumar will be introducing the prolific profile of the faculty members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering who have completed their Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Research from the Institutes of International repute. He articulates, “Since inception, the department with its full effort built and continue building the research infrastructure and dedicated Centers of Excellence to facilitate quality research – 3D printing, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials Processing & Characterization, and FE Simulation, to name but a few. The faculty members of the department spanned collaboration with various national and international institutes to ensure quality in research.“ Dr. G. S. VinodKumar will also inform about the inter-disciplinary research culture at SRM AP and that the scholars who enrolls in the department for Ph.D. will get enriched in various disciplines during their tenure. The uniqueness of the department is the Industrial research carried out by the faculty members, that leads to a product or process development and reaches the end-users within a short span of time. The faculty members of the department constantly publish paper in high-quality journals and file patents. The department of Mechanical Engineering provides opportunity for the scholar to learn the methods of doing research which will enable the students to become independent researchers in their carrier.

Dr. Nimai Mishra will present the on-going invigorating research activities in the Department of Chemistry, SRM-AP. His presentation will also cover available research facilities at SRM AP and some of the recent research accomplishments of the faculty members of the department. Further, Dr. Vaddi Ramesh will discuss about the various exciting research opportunities, and facilities available within the Departments of ECE and EEE at SRMAP. The various research strengths, faculty credentials, ongoing and planned sponsored research projects and important publications by faculty will be presented along with a window into few major research activities within the ECE & EEE Departments.

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National Science Day 2020

“Invention of technology is a result of teamwork”- Prof. M. Lakshmi Kantham

Lamp lighting ceremony to inaugurate National Science Day 2020

On the eve of National Science Day, faculty, students, and staff of SRM AP assemble to celebrate the spirit of continued research and inventions which helps the world move forward. National Science Day is observed to acknowledge the discovery of Raman Effect by CV Raman in 1928. Aligned to the theme of 2020, “Women in Science”, Prof. M. Lakshmi Kantham, Distinguished professor at Institution of Chemical Technology, Mumbai graced the inaugural ceremony as the Guest of Honour. Dr. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar, and Prof. Jayaseelan Murugaiyan, along with Dr. Lakshmi Sirisha Maganti, Conveners, also presided the ceremony.

The distinguished guests paid homage to Prof. CV Raman and revered on his endless contribution to the field of scientific applications. Dr. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor expressed his regards towards Prof. CV Raman by explaining the plethora of applications of Raman Effect. He says, “One needs to be passionate, committed, and confident like Prof. CV Raman to excel in any field. Science Day is observed to recognize the scientists’ contribution to society, to provide a platform to the young scientists and kindle their interest in science, to create awareness regarding the significance of science and its applications, to discuss issues, and to popularize the opportunities offered by science.”

Prof. Narayana Rao addressing the gathering
Prof. M. Lakshmi Kantham takes the dais

Prof. M. Lakshmi Kantham takes the dais to speak about women’s contribution to science. She remembered the great works of women who contributed to science and technology. She recalled Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, the first woman physician, Anna Mani, Indian physicist, and meteorologist, Ashima Chatterjee, inventor of anti-malarial drugs, to name a few. She used this opportunity to spread awareness among young students to avail of the benefits of various fellowship programs offered by the government to female students. She also identifies that the challenges witnessed by our country can be solved by encouraging more female students along with males to indulge in research. In her words, “Invention of technology is a result of teamwork. Passion, perfection, and persistence are key to research whereas hard work and innovation lead to success”.

27 schools were invited to the campus of SRM AP. Young students from 8th and 9th standard flocked with their teachers to participate in various activities designed for them. The schools exhibited their science projects in groups. The students also participated in a science quiz, followed by oral presentation competition where they were to speak for two minutes on random topics. The winners were awarded gold and silver medals by Prof. Lakshmi Kantham to encourage the students to further excel in their careers and contribute to scientific research and innovations in the future.

School students attending National Science Day

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SRM AP campus celebrates Research Day-2020

The first chapter of Research Day was observed at SRM University, AP Campus on 31st January 2020. The novelty of its inception was honoured with the presence of Chief Guest- Dr. R. Chidambaram, DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, and Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Guest of Honour, Prof. B Vengamma, Vice Chancellor and Director, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor, SRM University, AP, Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar, SRM University, AP, Prof. Ranjit Thapa, Convener, Co-convenors- Dr. G.S. Vinod Kumar, and Dr. Karthik Rajendran, Deans, faculty members, students, and staff. The program was organized keeping in mind the necessity of developing a culture of research among the young students of the university, and to provide a platform to exchange and exhibit their innovative ideas.

Prof. Narayana Rao, Pro VC addressing the audience on Research Day, 2020.

Pro VC, Prof. Rao addressed the audience by speaking about the significance of scientific and technological research in substantially improving the socio-economic status of India. He says, “When our country became independent, India had a literacy rate of 12% and life expectancy of 32 years. In 70 years, India has reached the stature of being one of the top five economies of the world. This remarkable transformation is credited to science and technology. The advances in research gave birth to a whole generation of self-confident Indians who took up adventurous career path in India and abroad”. Further, he applauded India’s excellence in academics, space research, robotics, pharmaceuticals, bio medicine, manufacturing, and construction. Prof. Rao adds, “India is in dire need of regaining the pride and prestige associated with research, which would provide an inspiring environment for students to showcase and nurture their aptitude in research”.

Hon’ble Chief Guest, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan, Dr. R. Chidambaram is a nuclear scientist known for his integral role in developing India’s nuclear weapons. He worked with the team that conducted the first nuclear test (Smiling Buddha) as Pokhran Test Range in 1974. Further, he coordinated and led the team- Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) that conducted the second nuclear test Pokhran II in May 1998. His inspiring address themed at the significance of research in generating knowledge that can mitigate problems pertaining to science and society. He believes that science is a universal consciousness that spars geographical boundaries and religions. He suggests, “We should equip our researchers to innovate and utilize the knowledge”.

Dr. D Gunasekaran, Registrar honouring the Chief Guest, Dr. R. Chidambaram on Research Day.
Prof. Narayana Rao hounouring Dr. Chidambaram.

Directed basic research is necessary to meet the long term industrial and strategic needs of India. Dr. R. Chidambaram motivates the audience by demonstrating the current advancements in research, namely SRM’s collaborative project with Tanishq ‘hardening of 22 carat gold’ and hydrogen train. He also mentioned multi-disciplinary projects such as world class Tumor Knee Prosthetics, research in the domain of low carbon energy, improvement in military strength and security through nuclear programs, Indian National Knowledge Network, RuTAG, and many more. He believes that India is an anti-fragile nation as it has become self-reliant by combating adverse situations and crises. In his views, optimistic and firmly resolved young scientists can take the nation forward with their continued research.

Guest of Honour, Prof. B. Vengamma, MBBS, DM (neurology) is the Director cum Vice Chancellor and Professor of Neurology at Shri Venkateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati. Through her 30 years of clinical, academic and research experience along with 27 years of administrative experience, she observed that low doctor-patient ratio in India contributed to negligible research time. Lack of documentation of ample medical cases has minimized the opportunity to conduct extensive research. However, she believes that progress in science is possible by encouraging more research in bio medicine. Also, she says, “In the recent times, barriers between engineering and medicine and life-sciences has blurred. Exchange of knowledge has bridged the gap between experimental findings in the lab and its actual application in the field of medicine”.

Prof. B. Vengamma addressing the audience on the latest neurological research solutions.

As a part of the research day program, the students, Ph.D. scholars, and faculty were awarded with Gold Medal, Silver medal and certificates for their shortlisted research work that they had presented on 29th January, 2020. SRM University, AP published a book of combined abstracts submitted for the occasion on the Research Day. Hon’ble guests spent time with researchers, enquired about their research, and encouraged them to further proceed with their research work that can aid to ‘making lives better’.

Dignitaries with students and faculty who presented exceptional research abstracts.
Dr. R. Chidambaram and Prof. B Vengamma presenting the certificate to a student for outstanding research work.
Student honoured by Dr. R Chidambaram for remarkable research.

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International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education – Imparting the Futuristic Skills (ICTIEE AP’ 18)

Date: 15 – 17 July 2018, SRM University – Andhra Pradesh

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IGDC Inauguration Program was held at SRM University AP on 13th June 2018, in collaboration with Team KAAJANI University Finland, APSSDC Andhra Pradesh and EDD. Around 500 students were addressed by Prof. D. Narayana Rao – Pro Vice Chancellor of SRM AP. (more…)