Research & Development

IIT Indore envisages the process of convergence of traditional disciplines as the key to accomplish the previously unimaginable. With this foresight, IIT Indore has been promoting multi-disciplinary research programme, focusing on basic and applied research, technology development and innovation. It is this vision that has helped the institute to do very well in all spheres of science, engineering and humanities and social sciences.


A core competency of IIT Indore is research driven academic programme as it forms a core component of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. At IIT Indore, we have consciously promulgated the idea of involving undergraduate students in forefront research projects. This led to the initiation of a formal undergraduate research scheme entitled, "Promotion of Research and Innovation for Undergraduate Students".

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Research at IIT Indore has been recognized at international level with active participation in several key international projects and several joint collaborations with research organizations in Japan, South Korea, Russian Federation, Portugal, France, Germany, USA, and many other countries. The institute has been successful in securing 82 externally sponsored research projects worth over Rs. 22 Crores.


IIT Indore recognizes that encouraging entrepreneurship for technology development, economic and social stability is need of the hour. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) at IIT Indore was started with the same vision. IIT Indore students are in the process of having their own start-ups thus applying innovation into practicality for the benefit of all. In the coming years, IIT Indore will develop into a world class centre for higher academic and industrial research and innovation.


RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS : Discipline of Civil Engineering

Increasing population, agricultural water requirements, urbanization, and non-stationary climate have resulted in increased stress on water resources of India. Managing water resources for the uncertain and changing climate is a challenging task. Faculty in the discipline of Civil Engineering strive to develop operation policies for large, multi-purpose reservoirs in a dynamic adaptive framework that utilizes the state-of-the art developments in the fields of computation and weather and climate forecasting. Weather forecasts have the potential to improve reservoir operations for both flood control and water supply objectives, especially in regions currently relying on fixed seasonal flood pools to mitigate risk. The development of forecast-based policies integrate uncertainty from modern forecast products to create unambiguous rules that can be tested on out-of-sample periods. We investigate the potential for such adaptive operating policies to improve water supply efficiency while maintaining flood protection, combining state-of-the-art weather hindcasts with downstream conjunctive use to transfer surplus flood releases to groundwater storage. Operating rules are trained with a recently developed policy search framework called policy-tree optimization, in which decision rules are structured as binary trees. Some of our results (see Figure) suggest that the combination of conjunctive use and short-term weather forecasts can substantially improve both water supply and flood control objectives.


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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS : Discipline of Physics

The difference of oxygen content caused a different state of epitaxial strain in PrNiO3‑δ (PNO) films. The epitaxial strain which was induced in the films due to lattice mismatch with the substrate got further modified by oxygen variation in the stoichiometry. The metallic PNO films show non-Fermi liquid (NFL) behavior. The resistivity fittings to power-law equation [, where ρNFL(T)=ρ(0)+ATn] show a systematic tuning of NFL fitting parameters. The given figure shows variations in the fitting parameters ρSAT, ρ(300) and ρ(0) with change in lattice mismatch for PNO films induced by substrate and the oxygen content. Dashed line is the calculated Mott–Ioffe-Regal limit of resistivity (ρMIR=0.7 mΩ.cm for the present system).


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