Professor Amiya R. Mohanty, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering has been elected as Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Aritra Hazra, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering has been selected for the INAE Young Engineer Award 2017 and consequently has been admitted as Young Associate of Indian National Academy of Engineering.
Researchers from the Dept. of Electronics and Electrical Communications at IIT Kharagpur, have developed a visual technology for removal of effects of rain from videos in real-time and display it on the windscreen of vehicles to increase the clarity of the view.
Dr. Basab Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship receives the Excellent Young Teacher Award instituted by IIT Kharagpur Alumni Foundation (India).
Prof. Nikhil K Singha, Professor, Rubber Technology Center and currently the Head of the Center has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.
Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and currently the Deputy Director of our Institute has been chosen for the ICI - Life Time Achievement Award for the year 2017 by the Indian Concrete Institute in appreciation of his contributions to the concrete industry.
IIT Kharagpur has come up with a one-of-a-kind lifesaver technology that can be fitted in an ambulance to ensure remote monitoring of patient condition by the doctors even before they reach the hospital!
This technology named “AmbuSens” has been developed in the SWAN lab of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at IIT Kharagpur. AmbuSens is capable of wireless monitoring of various physiological parameters like ECG, heart-rate, temperature and blood-pressure. The system utilizes a unique hashing-based mechanism (patent filed) to preserve patient’s data confidentiality while simultaneously using the analytic and computing power of cloud computing. The web interface of the AmbuSens system provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for doctors and paramedics alike with data visualization tools such as real-time ECG graph rendering and can be accessed from internet-enabled laptops, tablets and smartphones.
“There is no such technology at present that can help doctors at remote at the hospital to continuously monitor the condition of the patient when the latter is on the move. This technology will be a boon for the referral patients who are transported from a hospital in remote area to a city hospital. Currently in such situations apart from family members, a medical technician companies a critical patient on an ambulance. But this technician has limited knowledge. Now with the doctors being able to monitor the patients on transit they can suggest medical interventions to the technician. This can be lifesaving,” said the principal investigator for developing this system Prof. Sudip Misra, Department of CSE, IIT Kharagpur.
The embedded system of AmbuSens includes both hardware and software. The system currently leverages wireless on-body sensors, cellular (3G/4G) and wireless technologies (Wi-Fi) and cloud computing to achieve seamless real-time monitoring and management of patient data. In future the system will work even with irregular Internet connection.
Here is how AmbuSens works – the referred hospital and the referee hospital as well as the ambulance will have laptops or tablets with internet connection. The patient will be fitted with wireless body sensors, which will help doctors of both referred and referee hospitals to continuously monitor the health condition of the ambulatory patients in real-time. Apart from monitoring critical patients referred from one hospital to the other an ambulance fitted with AmbuSens can be life saving for accident victims or cardiac patients who need to be transported to the hospital immediately.
This technology is several steps ahead of telemedicine where the doctor can see the patients but do not have wireless real time monitoring of their health condition. “We conducted successful field trials of the developed system at All India institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar and BC Roy technological hospital (BCRTH), IIT Kharagpur. The trials were conducted on various patients (both male and female) admitted in intensive care unit (ICU), cardiac unit and patients coming for normal health check-up (OPD). Patients within age group of 10-70 years were considered for the trials. The duration of trial for each patient was around 20-30 minutes,” said Prof. Misra.
The researchers are currently working on further upgrading AmbuSens so that in future the technology can ensure advance prediction of a likely to have emergency (like cardiac arrest) of the patient in the immediate future. This will enable patients to get care before onset of emergency, potentially saving lives. Several sensors are also being developed to help monitor many more health parameters of the patients on the move.
A state government from Northern part of India has already shown interest in this technology to help monitoring patient conditions in difficult terrains where the number of hospitals are limited.
The principal investigator for the development of this system was Prof. Sudip Misra, Department of CSE, IIT Kharagpur. The co-investigators were Dr. I. Banerjee (BCRT Hospital, IIT Kharagpur) and Dr. Saurav Sarkar (AIIMS Bhubaneswar). The project staffs who worked on it are Niloy Saha, Subhadeep Sarkar, and Pradyumna Kumar Bishoyi.
The salient features of the AmbuSens system are as follows:
1. Telemedicine and Remote Healthcare: Utilizes wireless on-body sensors for improved mobility and user-convenience. Enables easy trend tracking and remote monitoring by specialized medical personnel without having to be physically present.
2. Improved Emergency Response Time: Instant remote monitoring and feedback by the skilled medical professionals to paramedics for improved emergency diagnosis and treatment.
3. Real Time Patient Status Monitoring: Continuous real-time monitoring of the patient from anywhere with internet connectivity provides up-to-date feedback about the status of the patient, and enables improved collaboration among hospitals.
4. Cloud-based Digitized Medical History: Consistent cloud-based digital record-keeping system, which is fully privacy-aware and is accessible by all authenticated users across various healthcare facilities.
Future directions for the AmbuSens system
1. Warning before heart attack occurs will be possible in the future, based on gathered data.
2. The system will work even with irregular Internet connection.
3. Various others sensors including but not limited to Pulse Oximeter (SpO2) will be added.
4. There will be options to add scans of existing medical records (e.g. X-rays) to the system to those doctors can access patients' data from one single place.
The Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur have come together to collaborate for the Summer Study Abroad Programme in India, 2017. Based on the interests and varied disciplinary background of our students and faculty members, we plan to conduct research on socio-economic and geographic issues of tea-plantations and how they are impacted by climate change. Darjeeling has been selected as test bed for this year.
Aim of the Course:
(i) To promote research and learning in areas like Regional Planning, Urbanization, Environmental Justification, and Sustainable Urban Communities and Cities through a rigorous, integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
(ii) To combine the strength of IIT and IUP and expose students to a cross-cultural and cross dimensional scenario for understanding the urban dynamism and challenges faced by planners from a regional perspective.
(iii)To develop inquisitiveness and passion for research and an attitude toward creative problem solving in urban planning through the practical training or the field study component
(i) What are the special factors responsible to give Darjeeling tea its unique "Muscatel flavour" and "Exquisite Banquet”?
(ii) From environmental perspectives, what changes or climate change impacts have been affecting the tea industries?
(iii) How are the tea-gardens evolving or changing their production process as a response to that?
(iv) What are changes in the market conditions of tea-industries in the era of 21st century globalization which might pose threat in sustaining global competiveness?
(v)Considering the harsh reality of decreasing area of wetlands and increasing presence of non bio – degradable chemicals in the water, what should be the role of urban planners in a metropolitan city like Kolkata?
(vi)How can the wetlands be effectively used as resources for urban life?
Coordinating Faculty members
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) - Dr. Sudeshna Ghosh (Principal Coordinator), Dr. Brian Okey (Co- Coordinator)
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur - Dr. HaimantiBanerji (Principal Coordinato),Dr. SubrataChattopadhyay (Head , ARP), Co-cordinator
Structure of the Summer Study Abroad Programme (3rd – 18th June)
3rd – 7th June - IIT-IUP team stays in Kolkata and Kharagpur , attends lecture, talks to domain experts and fine tunes research agenda. A half-day workshop will be held on 5th of June in American centre.Extensive field study will be conducted in selected spots in Kolkata wetlands which would include sample collection, reconnaissance, photo-documentation.
8th – 12th June - Team travels to Darjeeling, visits tea gardens, collects primary data, conducts survey, interviews, conducts photo-documentation in the tea – gardens.
13th – 17th June - Lab work will be conducted at IIT Kharagpur which will involve processing of data, drawing inferences, debating on the research issues and proposals.The closure will be through preparation of study report and group-wise presentation, panel discussions with invited guests and dialogues on the learning from the programme for future extension of the work.
Benefit of this Bi-lateral event
The study shall culminate in a joint report production at the end of the three weeks programme. The report would include possible policy interventions for maintaining global competitiveness of Darjeeling tea combating the challenges of climate change and other cropping issues.
Creating a repository of knowledge in a shared platform accessed by the students and faculty from both the institute over the years will be a significant contribution of this course.