Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) Alumni
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Project title: Architecture and Policy Design for Next-generation Access Networks
Project description: Advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G require equally advanced digital infrastructure. Fog computing and mobile edge computing are two innovations in this area. Implementing technologies like fog computing across existing network platforms presents many challenges. In this project, we developed new protocols, algorithms and techniques to support the diverse application regimes in 5G and beyond. Specifically, we tried to address the challenge of supporting real-time ultra-reliable low-latency applications. We designed an algorithm for dynamic bandwidth allocation with help of Model Predictive Control, where the control decisions could be provably computed in polynomial time. Further, we demonstrated how AI can play an important role in characterizing essential quality of service metrics like delay, jitter and throughput of a fog networking system as it involves both processing and networking decisions. Distributed learning and optimization methods were proposed to obtain the processing and networking policies.
Research project duration: 2020-2022
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.
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Project title: Understanding Interfacial phenomenon and drop coalescence in oil-water systems relevant to enhanced oil recovery and solvent extraction
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.
Project title: Controlled Radical Polymerization Using Power Ultrasound
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.
Project title: N/A
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.
Project title: Cyber-foraging with Cloudlets for Low-latency applications over Fiber-Wireless Networks
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.
Project title: Different crosslinking agents in improving polymer inclusion membrane efficiency
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.
Project title: Theoretical and Numerical Aspects of Functional Data Analysis
Debajit obtained his PhD at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne. He was being supervised by Professor 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.
Project title: Near wall turbulence in high Reynolds number
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.
Project title: Developing an economics-based robust model predictive controller for diesel engines
Gokul obtained his PhD in the Dynamics and Control Research group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was supervised by Professor 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.
Project title: Entrainment in buoyant jets applied to clouds and volcanoes
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.
Project title: Optimal and Game-theoretic Resource Allocations for Multiuser Wireless Energy-Harvesting and Communications Systems
Project duration: 2015-2019
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.
Project title: Laser additive manufacturing of metals and alloys
Johnson obtained his PhD at the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne under the guidance of Professor 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.
Project title: Analysing the progression of Parkinson’s disease based on the Laryngeal CT scan.
Nandakishor Desai obtained his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne. His work was supervised by Professor Marimtuthu Palaniswami, Dr Jayavardhana Gubbi from the University of Melbourne and Professor 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.
Nature has graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Biotechnology from P.E.S. Institute of Technology (Bangalore, India) in 2012. With an All-India Rank of 34 in GATE-2013 (Biotechnology), she pursued a Master’s degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur).
Currently, she is a postgraduate researcher in the Algae Processing Group (APG) of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at The University of Melbourne. Her research is supervised by Dr Gregory Martin (University of Melbourne) and Profwaaor Ramkrishna Sen (IIT Kharagpur).
Her research mainly focuses on the effect and utilization of glycerol as a carbon source for the mixotrophic growth of algae and lipid accumulation. The project aims to reduce the overall cost of algal-biodiesel production by using process’ by-product (glycerol) in growing algae.
Nitheesh George is a PhD student in the Fluid Mechanics group of the mechanical engineering Department at The University of Melbourne. His research involves Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of brushfires in order to understand and predict fire behaviour.
His research work is supervised by Dr Daniel Chung (Unimelb) and Professor M Govardhan (IIT Madras).
He completed Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2014 and Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi in 2011.
During my joint PhD, I have investigated the behaviour of vehicle platoons and platoon formation strategies. Vehicle platooning refers to a closely coordinated vehicle following a mechanism without having any mechanical linkage while maintaining a safe distance. It has been proposed with the primary objectives of cutting down fuel consumption and increasing road capacity and throughput. The research primarily aims to develop different platooning scenarios in the simulation environment and to study the behaviour of a platoon in presence of traffic which is not suitable for on-road trials.
Project Duration: 2015-2019
I started my PhD at The University of Melbourne, Infrastructure Engineering Department in November 2015. I fulfilled my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at WBUT in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Information Technology in 2013 from IIT Kharagpur, India. I worked in the R&D division of TCS Innovation Lab in India and has experience with development and research in trajectory data analytics and planner tool (2012-2015). My current eld of research is an analysis of vehicle platoon behaviour. I can speak Bengali, English and Hindi. In my spare time, I like to read storybooks.
A conceptualization of vehicle platoons and platoon operations, S Maiti, S Winter, L Kulik, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 80, 1-19
Vishnu A V is a PhD candidate in the Future Grid group of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, supervised by Professor Iven Mareels and Professor Robin Evans. His research work is focused on the Smart grid and Battery management.
Vishnu received his M. Tech. (2013) in Machine Drives and Power Electronics (MDPE) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and B. Tech. (2010) in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Government Engineering College Thrissur.
After completing his M. Tech. from IIT Kharagpur, he worked as an Engineer in Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for 2 years. He was a system operator in the control room of Western Regional Load despatch centre, Mumbai. He was involved in the Grid Management, Energy Scheduling and Outage Management of the Western Regional grid of India.
Partha De is PhD Candidate in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.
His research involves design of side channel attack resistant cryptographic ASIC systems. His work is supervised by Professor Udaya Parampalli (Unimelb) and Prof Chittaranjan Mandal (IIT Kharagpur).
Partha holds Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology (2005). He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (2007) and Masters in Computer Science and Engineering (2015) from IIT Kharagpur.
His publications include:
Sanjay Kumar Patil is currently pursuing PhD in school of physics, University of Melbourne. His research area includes “clustering likelihood analysis” which will eventually involve analysing data from South Pole Telescope. His research is supervised by Dr Christian Reichardt’s (Unimelb) and Dr Somnth Bharadwaj (IIT Kharagpur).
Sanjay worked with Dr Somnth Bharadwaj on “Mass discrepancy in the Galaxy Clusters” and completed Integrated Masters course in Physics from IIT Kharagpur in 2015.
His research interests are Observational Cosmology, Larger scale structure formation and Cosmic Microwave Background.
Shivansh is a PhD candidate at Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Group in the department of infrastructure engineering, The University of Melbourne. His research involves elucidating the role of temperature in driving biochemical reactions (nitrogenous transformations) within hyporheic zone. Thermal regime of hyporheic zone is dynamic and can alter the reaction rates and final products of reactions affecting the river water quality in downstream areas significantly.
Shivansh completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore (2013). He obtained his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from IIT Kanpur (2015). Apart from academia, Shivansh is keenly interested in athletics
Project title: Human interaction with (semi) autonomous vehicles with a focus on forklifts autonomous systems
Surabhi Gupta is a PhD student in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
She completed her Masters from IIT Kanpur (2014) under Dr Bharat Lohani where her master thesis work was based on an augmented reality system for extraction of dimensional information of objects in mobile phone images using LiDAR point cloud data.
Before starting her doctoral studies she was working for Trimble Navigation in Chennai as a software engineer where she worked for computer vision and photogrammetry R&D group.
She has a conference paper published:
S. Gupta, B. Lohani (2014) “Augmented Reality system for displaying dimensional information of objects in mobile phones”, ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, ISPRS Technical Symposium V, Riva Del Garda, Italy
Project title: The relationship between climate and mechanisms of Tropical cyclone formation
Pavan Harika is currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne. Pavan Harika completed her Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Earth System Science and Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Bachelor’s degree (B.E.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Andhra University, Viskhapatnam.
Project title: Investigation of air-sea gas exchange from laboratory and ship-based observations
Sushma has completed a Bachelor of Tech Aeronautical Engineering from JNTU Hyderabad, 2012 and Master of Tech Earth System Science and Technology IIT Kharagpur, 2014.
She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow in IIT Kharagpur in the project “Observational & Modeling of Atmospheric Boundary Layer over different Land Surface conditions in the CTCZ domain during different epochs of Indian Summer Monsoon (OMA)”.
I joined The University of Melbourne for PhD in August 2015. I am doing my PhD with Prof. Andrew Western (University of Melbourne), Assoc. Prof. Yongping Wei (University of Queensland) and Prof. Madan Kumar Jha (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur). I did my Master’s Degree in Land and Water Resource Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Kerala Agricultural University.
My main professional interest is in hydrology. In my PhD, I am investigating the relationship between groundwater depletion and groundwater-dependent food production at a global scale. In my research, I study the stress dynamics of groundwater systems due to excessive irrigation in 63 countries all over the world. The study also tests various managerial interventions like increasing irrigation efficiency and productivity to reduce groundwater depletion without reducing food production. My PhD research also investigates the future of our groundwater resources under different climate change scenarios. My area of interest also includes teaching and translating the complex understanding of hydrology into a digestible form and communicating it.
I graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry degree from St. Stephen’s College, the University of Delhi in 2015. I then pursued M.Sc. (Chemistry) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
I am currently a PhD student in the Goerigk Research Group on Theoretical and Computational Quantum Chemistry, School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne. My research is supervised by Dr Lars Goerigk.
The aim of my PhD thesis is to assess the applicability of Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods. DFT has become the most important electronic-structure calculation tool both in the computational/theoretical chemistry as well as in the experimental community, where the latter use it to validate their findings and predict experimentally challenging and unexplored questions. Many high-impact studies rely on DFT based insights, but the field is more complex than it seems. My research focuses on the benchmarking of double-hybrid density functional approximation, making them fast and applying them to various chemical problems.
My PhD research mainly focusses on developing a predictive wetting model for real surfaces which have a very random surface topology.
In nature and industries, the way a liquid interacts with a solid surface depends upon the roughness of the solid surface. A drop of liquid may spread on a surface or just simply roll off (like on a Lotus leaf) depending upon the surface roughness. The aim of this research is to develop a mathematical model to predict the equilibrium contact angle and the contact angle hysteresis on real surfaces with randomly distributed surface defects with different shapes and length scales.
The outcome of this research would be very helpful in the design of functionalized wetting surfaces which are being designed by either bio-mimicking or hit and trial methods. The findings would help the industries employed in the conventional fields such as mining, petroleum exploration etc., and the upcoming fields such as manufacturing of “printed electronic devices”.
Project Duration: 2018-2022
I started my PhD at the University of Melbourne (Dep’t. Of chemical Engineering) in November 2018 under the Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP). I completed my masters in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2018. During my Masters I investigated the effects of surface softness on the electrowetting performance of aqueous electrolyte and nanofluid droplets.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from G.B. Pant University of Agri. & Tech. in the year 2010, after which I worked with Indian Oil corporation limited for six years. During my tenure of the Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., I’ve worked in different capacities involving both technical and non- technical responsibilities.
Professionally, I aim to create a direct, sustainable and easy methodology to aid in the creation of functionalized wetting surfaces which would eventually replace bio-mimicking and the method of hit and trial.
In my free time, I’m an avid reader, a music aficionado, an amateur guitarist and a decent drummer.
Shouryadipta Ghosh completed his PhD from the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2019. He examined changes in the organization of mitochondria within cells of hearts affected by diabetes. He showed that the spatial arrangement of mitochondria affects the energy distribution within the heart cells and thus the force of a heartbeat. His findings opened new avenues for therapies targeting mitochondria in diabetes-induced heart diseases.
He obtained a Bachelor of Technology (Hons.) degree from IIT Bhubaneswar. He also visited the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth as a visiting research student during the undergraduate degree. He has multiple research publications spanning across areas like System Biology, Cardiac Physiology, Biomaterials, and Solid Mechanics. Besides research, he enjoys teaching, developing VR/AR games and hiking with friends.
PhD Research/Project Duration: 2015-2019
Thesis Research: https://minerva-access.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/225024
Pedalling-based exercise performance and prevention of post-thrombolysis intracerebral haemorrhage in stroke patients
Mukesh Soni completed his PhD from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focused on improving the management of ischemic stroke – finding ways to make the physical exercise engaging and motivating for stroke survivors, and helping clinicians assess the risk of hemorrhagic transformation following thrombolysis prior to treatment. As part of his PhD research, Mukesh developed a tool to predict the risk of symptomatic haemorrhage following thrombolysis using standard clinical patient data and demonstrated the application of video feedback and engagement during pedalling as a safe and effective strategy to improve self-management of stroke. His research outcomes will help to advance treatments to reduce post-haemorrhage complications and will increase compliance and enjoyability of post-stroke exercise therapy in the clinic and home.
Research/Project Duration: 2015-2019
He completed a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from IIT Bombay in January 2001. His Master’s thesis is in telemedicine that involved developing a low-cost module for ECG Acquisition via PC Soundcard and its analysis. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (1999) and diploma in Industrial Electronics (1994).
Prior to joining PhD, Mukesh worked for over 15 years at global multi-national companies like Tektronix, Wipro Technologies, Bosch and GE Global Research. His experience spans across research and development, product management and marketing primarily for electronic test & measurement, engineering education, automotive and healthcare domains. In his previous role as Product Manager at Tektronix, he was driving the product planning and marketing of low-and-mid-range Test & Measurement instruments in engineering education sector. His corporate experience also expands in the academic horizon where he has been involved in teaching and training of engineering courses and pedagogy, conducting workshops for makers, school students and teachers in STEM subjects (Electronics, Robotics, Coding). He has many management awards, patents and publications to his credit from his association with the industry.
Rajesh Ranjan is a PhD student in the ISSNIP group at the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Melbourne. He is working on Design and development of Participatory Health using Internet of Things. His research is supervised by Prof Marimuthu Palaniswami and Prof Ampalavanapillai Nirmalthas (Unimelb) and Dr Shantanu Bhattacharya (IIT Kanpur).
Rajesh completed his Masters in Design (2014) from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Bachelors of Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation from Vellore Institute of Technology (2010).
He has been researching on the concept of the wearable device, remote patient monitoring and drug control system from his undergrads till date.
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