Alumni

Meet the alumni of the Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy.

Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP) Alumni

The Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP) is the predecessor of MIPA. The program provided graduate researchers with the opportunity to work under the joint supervision of leading academics from the University of Melbourne and one of the program’s Indian university partners. The program led to the development of  MIPA, which not only provides joint supervision but also a jointly awarded PhD upon successful completion.

To view the list of MIPP alumni, simply navigate the accordion container below.

Dinesh Srikar Karra

Project title: Understanding Interfacial phenomenon and drop coalescence in oil-water systems relevant to enhanced oil recovery and solvent extraction

Duration: 2018 -2021

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My research project was about understanding the adsorption dynamics of surface-active species on the colloidal particles and their influence on altering the hydrodynamic boundary conditions. The first part of my project was to study the adsorption dynamics through the transport phenomena of bubbles and later to investigate the interfacial phenomena and drop coalescence in oil-water systems.

Amrish Kumar Padkumar

Project title: Controlled Radical Polymerization Using Power Ultrasound

Duration: 2019 -2021

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Controlled Radical Polymerization (CRP) is a technique used to synthesize polymers with various architectures and a narrow polydispersity index (PDI). During my PhD, I focused on the investigation of the targeted scission of polymer chains formed during CRP using ultrasound to produce polymers with optimized molecular weight and narrow molecular weight distribution. The aim of this study was to synthesize tailor-made polymers with narrow PDI and well defined molecular weights without the use of chemical initiators.

Aakash Gupta

Project title: N/A

Duration: 2015 - 2021

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My PhD focused on the human fungal pathogen Talaromyces marneffei and how its different cell wall components play their role in pathogenicity. Specifically, we were interested in the cell wall remodelling of this pathogen upon encountering the host. We were also interested in looking at the ultimate fate of this pathogen within the host and the counter mechanisms acquired by the pathogen to survive within a hostile environment.

Sourav Mondal

Project title: Cyber-foraging with Cloudlets for Low-latency applications over Fiber-Wireless Networks

Duration: 2016 -2020

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With the emergence of the Internet of Things, Tactile Internet, and 5G applications, major interest is currently given to the integration of centralized cloud computing and distributed edge computing infrastructures to deliver higher performance and reliability to the mobile users in accessing mobile cloud services.  To fulfil the ravenous demand for computational resources entangled with the crisp latency requirements of various computationally heavy applications related to augmented reality, cognitive assistance and context-aware computation, installation of cloudlets near access seems to be a very promising solution because of its support for wide geographical network distribution, low latency, mobility and heterogeneity.

In this research work, we proposed a hybrid cloudlet placement network architecture over existing passive optical access network infrastructures. Initially, we focused on static cloudlet network planning and placement, i.e., identification of optimal cloudlet placement locations over urban, suburban and rural deployment scenarios to provide guidance on the installation and maintenance costs and assess the percentage of incremental energy arising from the presence of cloudlets in the optical access. After this, we proposed an analytical cost optimization framework that resolves the scalability issues arising from integer programming-based frameworks, thus providing a user-friendly closed-form expression to achieve a first-hand estimation of the cloudlet deployment cost against any scenario.  We further proposed an economic and non-cooperative game-theoretic model among multiple competitive cloudlets.  This model aims to maximize the utilities of all the competing cloudlets while achieving fairness in the overall end-to-end system latency.

Bosirul Hoque

Project title: Different crosslinking agents in improving polymer inclusion membrane efficiency

Duration: 2015 -2019

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During my PhD research over four years, I have investigated the impact of crosslinking agents on the existing polymer inclusion membrane. Polymer inclusion membrane is a special type of liquid membrane which do the job of solvent extraction in terms of separating different analytes. It also has other applications in the field of chemical sensing, monitoring environmental pollution etc. Although polymer inclusion membrane mimics the function of solvent extraction and makes the separation process more environmentally friendly, its robustness and separation rate needs to be improved.

In particular, I focused on the role of different crosslinking agents in improving the polymer inclusion membrane efficiency in terms of faster separation and longer stability. Crosslinking agent with different functional group has been tested and selected to prepare homogeneous membrane and their performance has been assessed in separating Zn(II) and SCN. The developed membrane has also been tested for recovering gold from electronic waste like old mobiles and computers.

Debajit Dutta

Project title: Theoretical and Numerical Aspects of Functional Data Analysis

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Debajit obtained his PhD at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne. He was being supervised by Prof Aurore Delaigle from the University of Melbourne. Debajit completed his Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Statistics from IIT Kanpur in June 2015. His final year project involved developing the asymptotic distribution of a quantile estimator of the location parameter in stochastic volatility models. It was done under the supervision of Dr Subhra Sankar Dhar and Dr Amit Mitra of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur.

Dileep Chandran

Project title:  Near wall turbulence in high Reynolds number

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Dileep obtained his PhD in the Fluid Mechanics group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Prof Ivan Marusic and Dr Jason Monty.  He is primarily interested in fundamental and applied research in fluid mechanics and heat transfer with an aim to improve the efficiency of aero-thermal systems. Dileep received B.Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calicut in 2010 and M.S (By Research) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2014.

Gokul Sivasankar Gowri Sankar

Project title: Developing an economics-based robust model predictive controller for diesel engines

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Gokul obtained his PhD in the Dynamics and Control Research group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was supervised by  Prof Chris Manzie from the University of Melbourne and Dr Sridharakumar Narasimhan from IIT Madras.

His research focus was on developing an economics-based robust model predictive controller for diesel engines, with an objective to meet desired performance metrics whilst minimising fuel consumption and confining emissions to legislated limits.

Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, he was a Research Associate at the Department of Manufacturing, Science & Technology, Hospira Healthcare India. He was involved in providing technical support focusing on optimization and operational improvement, technology selection and troubleshooting.

Gokul completed his M.S. (by Research) from IIT Madras in 2013 and received his Bachelor’s degree from Anna University in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering in 2010.

Himanshu Mishra

Project title: Entrainment in buoyant jets applied to clouds and volcanoes

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Himanshu completed his PhD at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. His research is related to ‘entrainment in buoyant jets applied to clouds and volcanoes’. He worked under the supervision of Dr Jimmy Philip and Prof Jason Monty from the University of Melbourne and Dr Debopam Das from IIT Kanpur.

Himanshu Mishra completed his B. Tech. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Babu Banarasi Das National Institute of Technology and Management (BBTNITM) Lucknow in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 2015. His M. Tech thesis was focused on the study of axial interaction of compressible vortex rings with the cylinder.

Jithin George

Project title: Optimal and Game-theoretic Resource Allocations for Multiuser Wireless Energy-Harvesting and Communications Systems

Project duration:  2015 -2019

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The fifth generation of wireless cellular networks will see a paradigm shift towards extreme base station densification with massive amounts of data transmissions, a massive number of mobile users, and a massive number of transmitter systems. To support this, network resources need to be efficiently allocated to multiple nodes with consideration for energy efficiency, fairness and security. The advancements in wireless powered communications (WPC) have enabled high power conversion efficiency of wireless signals over practical transmission ranges, leading to a new dimension in resource allocation taking into account power-splitting at the receivers.

We considered two main WPC technologies namely 1) Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) which transmit power and information signals from the same access point, and 2) Separate energy access points (EAPs) for power signals and data access points (DAPs) for information signals. For multi-user SWIPT systems with fairness constraints, we developed a max-min energy harvesting solution while satisfying the sum power budget and minimum user rate. We also considered the security of SWIPT in OFDMA networks with multiple legitimate users communicating in the presence of an eavesdropper.  All these problems are NP-hard in nature, thus, we decompose the problem into distinct stages and developed efficient centralized optimization algorithms to tackle them. We investigated novel game-theoretic formulations to facilitate individual user utility maximizations when the users are rational players. We also designed an energy trading game between multiple relay-energy access points (REAPs) and DAP for buying energy for users.

Johnson Jacob

Project title: Laser additive manufacturing of metals and alloys

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Johnson obtained his PhD at the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne under the guidance of Prof Kenong Xia and Dr Ranjit Bauri (IITM). His research focused on the study of Laser additive manufacturing of metals and alloys.

Johnson Jacob completed his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kannur in 2007 and a masters (MS by Research) in Metallurgy and materials engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in 2015. Prior to joining the masters’ course, Johnson worked as a senior engineer at ISPAT Industries Ltd., an integrated steel plant in India. He also worked as an assistant professor at the mechanical engineering department of St. Joseph College of engineering and technology, Palai, Kerala.

Nandakishor Desai

Project title: Analysing the progression of Parkinson’s disease based on the Laryngeal CT scan.

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Nandakishor Desai obtained his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne. His work was supervised by Prof Marimtuthu Palaniswami, Dr Jayavardhana Gubbi from the University of Melbourne and Prof Jayanta Mukhopadhyay from IIT Kharagpur. He is working in the area of Medical Image Processing. His research mainly focused on analysing the progression of Parkinson’s disease based on the Laryngeal CT scan.

He received his M. Tech. degree in Visual Information and Embedded Systems Engineering (VIPES) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) and the B. Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, Karnataka.

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