IIT Madras Launch of 15 Centres of Excellence; To do research in Healthcare, Cancer Genomics
IIT Madras had identified 68 research initiatives across 21 technology clusters in diverse fields in Phase I.
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) launched 15 Centres of Excellence (CoE) as part of the ‘Institute of Eminence’ (IoE) Scheme. These Centres will be undertaking cutting-edge research to develop next-generation technologies and create a significant impact not just in India but internationally as well.
IIT Madras had identified 68 research initiatives across 21 technology clusters in diverse fields in Phase I. Through an extensive and rigorous review process, the Institute shortlisted 15 Centres of Excellence within the IIT Madras system alongside 23 Research Centres and 10 Research Projects in Phase II.
These research initiatives encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines and involve over 400 faculty members. By fostering interdisciplinary research, they facilitate collaborations that can lead to ground-breaking discoveries, innovations, and advancements in key areas.
Addressing the launch event, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “A substantial amount of the IoE funding has been invested in the development of research. We had a first set of exploratory research grant through which around 68 projects had been funded. Based on the deliverables of those projects, we shortlisted 15 for which today we are announcing the ‘Centre of Excellence’ status. These centres are expected to become world class and bring eminence to the Institute.”
Prof. V. Kamakoti said, “These centres are predominantly interdisciplinary, involving faculty from more than three departments and working on niche technologies. As an example, we have CoEs on Quantum Diamond and Emergent Material, electronics, and aerospace engineering, among others, touching all departments of the Institute. The outcome from these centres is envisaged to have multiple ideas that are state-of-the-art that can lead to extensive commercialization, product development, and technologies. We are looking at several start-ups to come from these CoEs and extensive collaboration with the Industry.”
The 15 Centres of Excellence that are being inaugurated are
1. Critical Transitions in Complex Systems
2. NDE 5.0 – Industrial Assets and Process Management
3. Centre of Excellence on Molecular Materials and Functions
4. Technologies for Low Carbon and Lean Construction
5. Healthcare and Assistive Technologies
6. Maritime Experiments to Maritime Experience
7. Centre for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing
8. Sports Science and Analytics
9. Centre for Soft Matter
10. Center of Excellence in RF, Analog, and Mixed Signal ICs
11. Atomistic Modelling and Materials Design
12. Geophysical Flows Lab
13. Centre for Cancer Genomics and Molecular Therapeutics
14. Quantum Center for Diamond and Emergent Materials
15. Energy Consortium
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