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By International Relations Cell

SGRIP 2017-18

Dr. Ashim Kumar Datta

Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, NY, USA

Research Interests:

  • Heat and mass transfer in food and biological systems
  • Microwave applications

Host: Dr. V. K. Tiwari, Agricultural & Food Engineering Department, IIT Kharagpur, India

Contribution:

  • Offered a short-term course on modelling of complex food processes for their understanding and optimization

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Dr. Raji Sundararajan

Professor in ECET, Purdue University

Research Interests:

  • Energy technologies and applications
  • Modelling and simulation of biological systems
  • Electrical and electronics applications to medicine
  • Chemotherapy, healthcare, and home health gadgets

Host: Dr. N.K. Kishore, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India

Contribution:

  • Associated with a regular course entitled “Industrial Application of High Voltage Engineering(HV)”
  • Offered a module on Medical Applications of HV engineering

Takeaways:

  • Basics of electrostatics and computations
  • Discussion of electrostatics related issues in various applications in medical field
  • Electric pulses, optimization of pulse parameters, application for liquid food sterilization and HV in agriculture

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Dr. Jean-Charles Mare

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institut National des Sciences Appliques (INSA) de Toulouse, France

Research Areas:Modelling and simulation of Fluid and Mechanical Drive systems

Host: Dr. R. Maiti, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India

Contribution:

  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical engineering
  • Subject handled: Mechanical Drives

Awards and Honors:

  • Over the last 10 years, Dr. Mare has 19 publications in international scientific journals, 15 invited international conferences
  • He has participated in 5 European and 5 national research programmes since 2001 in actuation and aerospace

Takeaways:

  • Modelling and architecting of mechanical power transmission systems that require combining gears, nut-screws, brakes, clutches, torque limiter etc.
  • Design of power transmission architecture and control architecture, virtual prototyping for prediction of performance
  • Electromechanical drives and their progressive introduction in aircrafts and space launchers in replacement of hydraulically powered designs

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Dr. Arnab Sinha

Works at Internet Services Research Center within Microsoft Research. Prior to that he has worked as a developer in CloudOS Infrastructure team within Windows Server and System Center at Microsoft

Research Areas: Monitoring and trace-based predictive analysis

  • Dr. Sinha graduated with a PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in September 2012. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology IIT, Kharagpur at the top of his class with Dual Degree (B.Tech and M.Tech) majoring in Computer Science and Engineering in 2007
  • In his dissertation, along with his thesis advisor Dr. Sharad Malik, Dr. Arnab has looked into the problem of detecting errors in multi-threaded software through runtime and predictive analyses

Host: Dr. Niloy Ganguly, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India

Contribution:

  • Conducted a Workshop on language R

Takeaways:

  • Data preparation and normalization in R
  • Data structures and K-means in R
  • Analyzing abalone and Seattle weather data in R

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SGR International Workshops/Meetings

Host: Dr. Rogers Mathew, Department of Computer Science & Engineering Joint workshop for future collaborations with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


Dr. Eitan Bachmat

Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Systems design and analysis, biomedical informatics, operations research and applied math

Dr. Bachmat has contributed on many aspects in storage system designs and currently working on analysis of express lines in supermarkets and airplane boarding policies. He is also interested in linking queuing theory with number theory. He is also working on optics in space-time geometry and partially ordered sets, trying to build (mathematically) thin focal lenses. Dr. Bachmat is currently heading the teaching committee of Department of Computer Science

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Dr. Mira Balaban

Associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Conceptual Data Modelling, Object-oriented System analysis and design, Software Engineering, Knowledge representation, Theory of database and knowledge base systems, Programming Languages and Computer Music


Dr. Ohad Ben-Shahar

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Theoretical Computational Vision, Human Perception and Visual Psychophysics, Visual Computational Neuroscience, Animal Vision, Biologically Inspired Robot Vision and Applied Computer Vision for Robotics.

He obtained his MPhil and PhD in Computer Science and Computational Vision from Yale University, CT, USA. He has founded and direct the Interdisciplinary Computational Vision Laboratory in his department.


Dr. Ronen I Brafman

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Classical and decision-theoretic planning and decision-making, preference modeling and preference elicitation, preference-based optimization, agent models and multi-agent and distributed planning

His current focus includes automated planning and decision-making, decision automation, distributed and multi-agent planning, process automation, and task monitoring. His consulting work includes business process automation and integration, real-time event monitoring and analysis, algorithms for autonomous exploration for NASA's rovers, missing scheduling, and real-time decision making

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Dr. Shlomi Dolev

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Theoretical computer science, distributed computing and communication networks, Fault tolerance with emphasis on self-stabilization, Communication networks including Traditional networks, High-Speed, Mobile, Ad-Hoc and Sensor networks, Swarms, Game Theory, Cryptography and Security, Error and Erasure Tolerating Codes, Complex Networks, Optical super-computing, holographic super-computing and brain coding and functionality.

He is best known for his contribution to self-stabilization. He has published a book with the title “Self Stabilization” in 2000.


Dr. Michael Codish

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Development and application of formal techniques to aid in the compilation and implementation of sequential and concurrent logic programming languages as well as to analyse, optimise and reason about such programmes; these techniques are formal and include primarily: partial evaluation ( programme specialization) and abstract interpretation(semantic-based programme analysis)


Dr. Roman Manevich

Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Synthesizing programmes and data structures, Software verification by Abstract interpretation, Shape Analysis

He obtained his PhD in 2009 from Tel Aviv University, Computer Science with a thesis titled “Partially Disjunctive Shape Analysis”.


Dr. Ofer Neiman

Faculty Member in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Theoretical computer science (combinatorics), discrete geometry, metric spaces, and their application to computer science and algorithms.

He obtained his PhD from The Hebrew university, Jerusalem in 2010. The title of his thesis is “A Novel Approach to Embedding of Metric Spaces”


Dr. Gera Weiss

Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Research Areas: Theories and tools for high-level modeling, design and analysis of embedded software, Behavioral and Scenario based approaches to software engineering, Hybrid Systems (discrete + continuous), Formal Methods and Control Theory.

He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science in 2006 from The Weizmann Institute of Science with a thesis titled: “State Nullification by Output Feedback”.