Possible collaboration projects between Jadavpur and Lund universities

Proposals by Jadavpur University departments on possible fields of collaboration with Lund University, based on meeting organised by Vice Chancellor Souvik Bhattacharyya on November 26, 2012, and forwarded to Lund by Lars Eklund, SASNET. See his report from Jadavpur University.


–Professor Asis Mazumdar, Director, School of Water Resources Engineering
  Website: http://www.waterresources-ju.org

A Centre for Water Resources Engineering started functioning as an interdisciplinary group in R & D activities in 1983 and has been associated with the Departments of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering and Geological Sciences. The Centre was transformed into a School in 1987. It has received recognition from national bodies such as the UGC, MHRD and AICTE. The School has been offering a ‘Master of Engineering’ course in “Water Resources & Hydraulic Engineering” at Post-graduate level sanctioned by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) with an intake capacity of 18 students per year. With the overwhelming acceptance of the course, the School has started the same course sanctioned by AICTE for in-service engineers from the academic session 2011-12.
The School has national & international collaborative links with different renowned universities and research organizations.
Areas of Research Activity:
1. Development of Model for Arsenic Sludge Safe Disposal
2. Artificial Recharging of Aquifer
3. Limnological Study with special emphasis on Thermal Stratification in Turbulent Structure
4. Riverine Bank Stability Analysis
5. Soil Moisture Conservation
6. Soil Water Plant Relationship
7. Surge Profiles for Water Intake Pump System of a Thermal Power Plant
8. Sedimentation Transport Mechanism
9. Fluvial Hydraulics
10. Impact of Forested Watershed on Stream Flow and Water Quality
11. Impact of Leaching from Municipal Solid Waste Dumping Station on an Urban Watershed
12. Pressure Transients Analysis in a Metro City Water Supply System
13. Simulation and Water Assessment of Indian River Basins with Distributed and Lumped Modeling
14. Artificial Neural Network Analysis (ANN) for Riverine and Channel Flow Systems
15. Groundwater Flow Simulation by Ground Water Modeling System (GMS) and insitu Validation by Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES)
16. Development of Low Cost Model for Filtration Unit in a Rural Community
17. Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources
18. Urban Hydrology including Storm Drainage
19. Rainwater Harvesting
20. Irrigation and Drainage Development Plan
21. Sewer Transport System
22. River Basin Development
23. Wetland Management and Development
24. Investigation of Feasibility of Inland Water Transport
25. Development of Alternative Energy Sources, e.g., Tidal Power, Pump Storage Plants, Micro Hydel Plants etc.
26. Investigation of the Drinking Water Supply System.
27. Investigation of the Contamination of Groundwater Sources in West Bengal
28. Design and Development of Source and Water Intake System for Drinking Water Supply and Treatment Plant.
29. Development of Low Cost Potable Water Supply System
30. Watershed Management
31. Initiation of Benchmarking of Irrigation Projects for Performance Improvement
32. Study of Travel of Pollutant from on Site Sanitation Leach Pits


– Associate Professor Shivashish Bose, and
   Professor Jayita Guha Niyogi, Head of Department, Department of Architecture.

The Department of Architecture of Jadavpur University was established in 1965. The Department offers study in Architecture for five years through ten semesters leading to Bachelor of Architecture Degree. Along with architectural design, the course offers various subjects like structural engineering, materials and methods of construction, various services, urban design and planning, architectural conservation, environmental studies and other subjects related to architecture. The Department’s Master’s Programme consisting of two years in four semesters offers urban design as specialization leading to Master in Architecture Degree. This course emphasizes critical and elaborated study of urban design and its various issues in a city. It also offers architectural and urban conservation as a paper in a semester.
Broad areas of collaborative research may be exploration of traditional and new materials and methods of construction suitable to environment and sustainability, new technologies methodologies in services for indoor comfort condition, better thermal insulation, better drainage, roof repairing, conservation and restoration techniques of old and traditional buildings and materials, research on old traditional materials that are being extinct for giving way to new materials, public and environment-friendly urban transportation, etc. Student mobility with academic credit transfer and faculty mobility for at least one-month duration for teaching any particular subject in partner institution may be undertaken. Joint workshop may be organized for students in Kolkata (Jadavpur University) or in Lund (University). Publication of a book or monograph of acceptably high quality with contribution from faculty members of both institutes can also be considered. However, fund support for any activity mentioned above is an issue that would receive most importance.


– Assistant Professor Debangshu Dey,
   Department of Electrical Engineering

The possible outcome of the proposed collaboration could be an integrated, low cost data acquisition and analysis system for condition monitoring of biomedical system with minimal intervention of a human expert. The developed system will be, equipped with ‘retrofit’ facility to add additional diagnostic data in future to further enrich the decision making system.

– Assistant Professor Susanta Ray

Thematic Area of Possible Collaboration with Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation (Lund). A cheap microcontroller-based Brushless DC motor drive using MOFET bridge inverter
Objective: To design a cost effective drive for BLDC motor which will also give better performance than any existing drive available. The controller algorithm will be simple so that it can be implemented in cheap ICs like microcontroller.

– Professor Smita Sadhu
Possible Contact at LUND UNIVERSITY: Department of Automatic Control
Areas of interest of Control Systems Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Jadavpur University
State and parameter estimation of linear and nonlinear systems, Nonlinear filtering techniques, Estimators for parameter varying systems, Fault detection and identification of industrial systems, Robust control, Model based control.

– Assistant Professor A K Sil
Possible Contact at LUND UNIVERSITY: Department of Energy Science. Areas of interest of: Renewable Energy system for Peak Power reduction a possible way for efficient Energy management. Objective: To ascertain areas for reducing peak load demand using techniques based on renewable energy based technology. The work will include peak power reduction and proper power utilization during peak periods. This proposed work will not encourage the use of conventional dependence on solar or wind power but would add it to the existing conventional setup. Possible Outcome: reduce peak demand and over rule unavoidable power cut or deficiency.

– Assistant Professor Ayan Kumar Tudu
Thematic Area of Possible Collaboration: Impact on the Power System with Grid Integrated Photovoltaic Systems
Objective: The basic objective is to investigate the impact on the power system of grid- connected PV penetration and to develop measures to mitigate the negative effects, if any.
Possible Outcome: The possible outcome of the proposed collaboration could be that this research approach may help the generation and distribution company foreseen the possible impact of PV generation on system stability. It will provide possible methods and solutions to mitigate the negative impact that PV generation might have. This should help PV be one of the technologies that have long term potential in the India. If the integration of Grid-PV generation becomes realistic, it will greatly benefit society, as the energy is clean and environmental friendly.


– Professor Sudipta De,
   Professor Souvik Bhattacharyya
   and Professor Joyashree Roy,
   Department of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Research where collaboration and student & faculty mobility can be initiated:
• Sustainability studies
• Global climate change
• Energetic and exergetic analysis of energy systems
• Natural refrigerants
• Transcritical co2 based heating cooling systems
• Thermo-fluids engineering
• Advanced cycles for power generation


– Professor Samar Bhattacharya,
   Dr. Madhubanti Maitra,
   and Dr. Ranjit Kumar Barai,
   Collaborative department/Group/
      People at Jadavpur University

Broad research area: Motion planning and advanced real-time control of heterogeneous cooperative multi-robot system. Objective: (i) To develop time and energy optimal motion and path planning of single or multiple industrial robots or mobile robots or their various combinations for various industrial and real-life applications. (ii) To design and develop real-time advanced and robust control software employing Formal Method for planned trajectory in the presence of model and environmental uncertainties. Potential Applications: (i) Service and Field robotics, (ii) Rescue robotics, Potential Collaborative Departments at Lund University: (i) Department Productive Robotics, (ii) Department of Cognitive Science, (iii) Department of Automatic Control.


– Professor Subhas Chandra Bhattacharyya,
   Head of the Department,
   Department of Chemistry

One broad area of research in our department is to synthesize varieties of molecules and molecular aggregates by various conventional as well as non-conventional methods, characterize them properly by extensive use of most modern techniques, pursue various types of studies (viz., photophysical, photochemical, electrochemical, kinetic, mechanistic, etc.) on them, evaluate their material properties and also to understand their interesting behavior from theoretical studies. A brief outline of the objectives is given below:
The Department of Chemistry would like to collaborate with Lund University on the following topics.
1. Synthetic Studies
2. Photophysical and Photochemical Studies
3. Electrochemical Studies
4. Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies and Catalysis
5. Chemistry of Materials of Industrial Importance
6. Theoretical studies


– Professor Somnath Mukherjee, Department of Civil Engineering

The environmental engineering division is actively engaged in teaching, research and other academic activities in the relevant discipline. The faculty members are regularly publishing papers in reputed and peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of various national and international conferences.
The division also undertakes prestigious problem solving consultancy projects to suit government and industrial needs. The division is actively engaged in undergraduate, postgraduate teaching and research in Ph. D. level.
The major research areas of the division are as follows –
• Water quality assessment and treatment
• Wastewater treatment
• Air quality assessment and monitoring
• Green technology, phytoremediation, bioremediation
• Solid waste management including landfill leachate treatment
• Environmental impact assessment
• Anaerobic technology and biogas generation
• Arsenic removal technology
• Contaminant transport through subsurface water and soil
• Adsorption technology through low-cost materials
• Combined organic and nutrient removal (COD, N, P) in anoxic – aerobic sequencing bioreactor
• Hybrid bioreactor for treatment of phenolic waste treatment
• Air quality assessment in transportation sector and predictive model
• Estimation of noise level in the strategic, sensitive location in urban areas