Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Gurmukh and Veena Mehta Endowed Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, and the Director of the Kanpur Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, Kanpur has won the Infosys Prize 2011 in the category of Engineering and Computer Science. On 16th November 2011, the Infosys Science Foundation announced the winners of the Infosys Prize 2011, recognizing outstanding contributions to scientific research in five different categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Professor Kalyanmoy Deb has made fundamental contributions to the emerging field of Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization (EMO) where his work has led to significant advances in the areas of non-linear constraints, decision uncertainty, programming and numerical methods, computational efficiency of large-scale problems and optimization algorithms. He has demonstrated how fundamental ideas of optimization and computing principles can be combined to devise efficient algorithms that are fast, accurate and scalable. His recent studies on handling challenging practical multi-criteria optimization problems make his research pragmatic and applicable to multiple disciplines. Prof. Deb's research addresses both fundamental and applied aspects of optimization, developed synergistic and computationally efficient algorithms, and demonstrates their usefulness in industries such as logistics and refineries. The other recipients were Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in Physical Sciences; Dr. Imran Siddiqi, CSIR - Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad in Life Sciences; Prof. Raghuram G. Rajan, University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Chicago, USA in Social Sciences-Economics; Prof. Kannan Soundararajan, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA in Mathematical Sciences and Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi in Social Sciences - Political Science and International Relations. The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2011 was held on 9th January 2012 in Bangalore, where Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam felicitated the winners with a 22-karat gold medallion, a citation certificate and prize money of 50 lakh.
IIT Kanpur is proud to have three faculty members and five alumni as Infosys Prize winners.
Homepage of Prof. Deb: http://www.iitk.ac.in/kangal/deb.shtml
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Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Computer Science and Engineering Department, has been awarded the H. K. Firodia award for excellence in Science and Technology, by the H K Firodia foundation.
Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Mechanical Engineering Department, has been elected as an IEEE Fellow.
Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the National J. C. Bose fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.
Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the V. Cajastur Mamdani Prize for Soft Computing by the European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain.
Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in recognition of his contributions in the fields of technical education and engineering research and technology by Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun.
Dr. Binod Sreenivasan, Mechanical Engineering Department, has been awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology.
About the donor
The corpus of the Professor C. V. Seshadri (CVS) Memorial
Distinguished Lecture in the Department of Chemical Engineering, IITK
has been set up by several students, family members and friends of CVS.
This lecture is to be delivered by a promising young Chemical Engineering
researcher (below 45 years) working in India.
About Prof. C. V. Seshadri
About the donor
The Distinguished Lecture series in Chemistry has been made possible mainly from the Department of Chemistry funds and partially from the Sixth National Symposium in Chemistry—Chemical Research Society of India (2004), organized by the Department of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur.
Dr. Annick Pouquet obtained her PhD in Physics at the Observatoire de Nice (France) working on the dynamics of magnetohydrodynamics turbulence. She worked for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Nice before leaving in 2000 to join the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where she now resides. She has worked on several aspects of turbulence, in two and three dimensions, incompressible or supersonic, with or without magnetic fields, with applications to the solar wind, the interstellar medium and to the problem of generation of magnetic fields. She is presently focusing with her team on rotating flows as they can be encountered in the atmosphere and the oceans. Dr. Pouquet is a fellow of the American Physical Society. She was the first director of the Earth and Sun Science Laboratory at NCAR, and she is the head of the Geophysical Turbulence Group.
Workshops and Conferences
3rd Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry was held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 17th – 20th October, 2011. This biennial conference follows the very successful first and second meetings held in Okazaki, Japan (2007) and in Nanjing, China (2009). The conference covered modern advances and new trends in coordination chemistry including electronic structures and bonding of metal complexes, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and porous materials, rational design of functional materials, nano-sciences of metal complexes, catalysis by metal complexes, surface and solution coordination chemistry and other emerging topics in coordination chemistry.
BRiP 2011, a National Students' Conference on River Basin Planning was held from 4th – 5th November, 2011. This was organized by the consortia of seven IITs. BRiP-2011 invited the participation of students interested in the field of river basin planning and related areas. The conference particularly aimed to encourage the younger generation, especially students from diverse backgrounds such as engineering and technology, medicine, humanities, law and the social sciences to share innovative ideas, and to deliberate, debate and discuss various aspects of river basin planning in order to create next generation human resources. The conference theme included all issues of river basin planning such as environmental quality and pollution, water resources development and management, fluvial geomorphology, ecology and biodiversity, socio-economic-spiritual-cultural aspects and policy-law-governance issues.
Universal Sustainable Innovative Design For Social Change (USID) Gurukul 2011 was 2nd in the series of Gurukul which was organised in partnership with the Design Programme, IIT Kanpur from 26th November to 11th December, 2011. USID Gurukul is inspired by the traditional "Gurukul", a school concept from the ancient times in India. USID Gurukul 2011 brought together around 60 students (Shishyas) selected from India as well as other countries from the disciplines of Design, Technology, Management and Social Sciences. These Shishyas attended the Gurukul for a period of 2 weeks and studied under the mentorship of eminent academicians, researchers and experienced practitioners (Gurus) from various institutes, organizations and industry domains. The aim of USID Gurukul was to provide a platform for students to collaborate, explore, experience, learn and create design solutions for existing social problems, solutions which could facilitate social and economic development and a better quality of life. Gurukul 2011 focussed on problem statements from the following domains:
Celebrating Chemistry @ IITK: The Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur organized a conference 'Celebration of Chemistry@IITK' from 3rd – 5th December, 2011 to commemorate the 'International Year of Chemistry – 2011' (IYC 2011). The conference aimed to bring together chemists working in the frontier areas of chemical research. In addition, this conference showcased the importance of teaching, in the form of Chemical Education, and the significance of chemistry for the well-being of mankind, in the form of Popular Level Lectures. 31 leading Indian scientists from different parts of India and 5 scientists from abroad and all the faculty members, students and staff of the Department of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur attended the event.
Blubof2011: IUTAM Symposium on Bluff Body Flows was held at IIT Kanpur from 12th - 16th December, 2011. 108 delegates participated in the conference, including 38 from outside the country. 15 countries were represented in the symposium. A total of 49 oral presentations of 20 minutes each and 6 invited talks of 40 minutes each, were made. The papers for the oral presentations were selected on the basis of a rigorous review process. A total of 106 submissions were received by the conference. Each paper was reviewed by at least two international experts. Some of the selected papers from the conference will appear in a special issue of the Journal of Fluids and Structures.
Bluff body flows are very important for engineering flows as well as for form building blocks for understanding basic fluid mechanics. In the past few decades very significant progress has been made in the understanding of bluff body flows for stationary as well as vibrating bodies. While experiments at very large Reynolds numbers have been conducted, thetheoretical and computational studies are generally restricted to low/moderate Reynolds numbers. One aim of the meeting was to bring together people working with Experimental and Theoretical/ Computational tools. The topics covered during the conference were the various aspects of bluff body flows: near and far wakes, stability of wakes, shear layer and wake modes, vortex induced vibrations, forced vibrations, vortex induced vibrations at very high Re, control of wakes, drag reduction, numerical techniques, high performance computing and experimental methods.
The symposium provided a perfect ambience for technical discussions. Apart from the technical sessions, there was enough time for the participants to engage in discussions. Poster sessions were organized as well. These provided further opportunities for delegates to carry their discussions forward.
The keynote speakers in this conference are some of the very well known researchers in Bluff Body Flows: Prof. Jaywant H. Arakeri, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Prof Kerry Hourigan, Director, Division of Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia; Prof. Patrick Huerre, Laboratoire d' Hydrodynamique, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau Cedex; France; Prof. George Em Karniadakis, Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA; Prof. Rajat Mittal, Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, USA and Prof. CHK Williamson, Willis H. Carrier Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, USA.
Golden Jubilee Reunion (Batch-of-61): The Golden Jubilee reunion of the 1961 batch was held from 26th – 28th November, 2011. The 40 alumni and their families who attended, immensely enjoyed their visit and captured each other in cameras to make the memories live longer. The batch of 1961 was the second batch of IIT Kanpur after its establishment. A photo album of the 1961 batch Then and Now was released on the second day of the reunion and drew wide appreciation as it had photographs of the batch as freshers and their recent pictures after fifty years . On the third day of the three day long reunion programme the alumni interacted with the students who are currently studying at the institute and gave them useful advice.
Silver Jubilee Reunion, Class-of-87
The Silver Jubliee Reunion of the Class-of-87 was held from 24th - 26th December , 2011. More than 90 alumni came for the reunion, many of them with their families. These ex-students spent most of the time with their friends amid roars of laughter and cracking of jokes, recalling the time spent at IIT Kanpur. They began their day with yoga and a meditation session followed by jogging and cycling around the campus, enjoying its lush greenery. The alumni visited hostels, canteens, gymkhana, their departments and their laboratories. They interacted with the current students and were pleased to see the many facilities that had come up for them.
40th Year Reunion, Class-of-72
40th year Reunion Class-of-72: The 40th year reunion of the class-of-72 was held from 27th – 30th December 2011. About 75 alumni from India and abroad, many with their families, participated in the reunion. After the inaugural ceremony the alumni were shown a photo exhibition named 'My Other Life' which they all enjoyed. The first day’s activities also included a campus tour and an informal session after dinner. The alumni spent the second day at Bithoor, situated on the banks of the Ganga. They also visited the nearby villages and spoke to the villagers and learnt about their problems. During the reunion the alumni also met the Director and the Deans. The administration of IIT-Kanpur apprised the ex-students about the various developmental projects being undertaken on the campus. On the last day there was a panel discussion which included issues such as the cases of suicide by IIT-K students, and the safety and security of contract workers. During the three days several cultural programmes were also held to entertain the alumni and their families.
Inter II T Students Sports Meet 2011
The Inter-IIT Sports Meet is held annually during December. The General Championship goes to the IIT which performs best in the Sports Meet and the Aquatics Meet. With the birth of several new IITs, the talent pool has increased dramatically, resulting in a very closely fought General Championship. The 47th Inter IIT Sports Meet was held at IIT Kharagpur which is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year. The event was split into two parts with the Aquatics Meet being held from the 2nd to the 5th of October and the Main Meet from the 13th to the 19th of December, 2011. IIT Kanpur fielded a very young contingent with most of the prolific players of previous years having passed out. The contingent showed great resolve and character with some very notable performances in some sports. The Cricket and Badminton teams were able to secure the gold medal. The Water Polo team won silver. The Athletics and Squash teams won bronze. Other teams played well but were unable to secure a podium finish. On the girls' side, we were able to win a silver medal in Volleyball and in the discus throw event, a new meet record was made by IIT Kanpur.
Rajat Ray, Department of Physics passed away on 24th November
2011 in New Delhi after a week long illness. He was suffering from infection
of the lung. Professor Ray was born on 10th August, 1929. He received
his Ph.D. in Experimental Solid State Physics from Purdue University in
the USA. After a tenure as a Research Associate in the National Research
Council, Canada, he joined the Department of Physics at IIT Kanpur as
a faculty member in 1962. In those eventful formative years of IIT Kanpur,
Dr. Ray participated in its growth and was instrumental in setting up
the low temperature Physics Laboratory, of which he was the Head for many
years. His research was in the area of Low temperature magnetic phenomena.
He retired from IIT Kanpur in 1990. He leaves behind his wife Amita Ray,
his only daughter Ranjana and son-in-law Pratap, an IITK alumnus.
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