Interdisciplinary Workshops:
Coordinators: Professor Dipankar Chatterji and Professor Rudra Pratap

  • Workshop 1       Micro and Nano Technologies
  • Workshop 2       Energy and Materials
  • Workshop 3       Integrative Biology
  • Workshop 4       Earth and Climate Sciences
  • Workshop 5       Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Workshop 6       Complex Systems and Networks
  • Workshop 7       Sustainable Technologies/Technology Outreach

Workshop 1       Micro and Nano Technologies

Nanotechnology revolution is expected to play a key role in the 21st century technology, similar to the Silicon Integrated Circuits (IC) revolution in the 20th century. The evolution of microsystems technology into the nano world is a natural evolution of miniaturization trend of electronics devices. However the material properties and physics at nano scale can be quite different compared to continuum theory at micro and macroscale. This presents several technological challenges, but at the same time the ability to engineer materials and devices at the nanoscale, using a variety of nanofabrication techniques, gives unlimited opportunities. The complex systems with nanoscale building blocks will integrate sensing, control and actuation by combining multitude of building blocks such as mechanical structures, electronics circuits, optical devices, chemical and biological sensors. This will also require an interdisciplinary effort cutting across several branches of science and engineering. The expert speakers in the workshop will discuss and deliberate their views on some technical areas, various initiatives launched at IISc and the roadmap for IISc and India to take a leadership role in this emerging technology.

 Coordinators  Session Chairs  Speaker
 Professor Navakant Bhat  Dr. A. R. Upadhya,
 Director, NAL, Bangalore
 Dr. V. K. Aatre
 Professor Rudra Pratap  Dr. P. R. Krishnaswamy,
 Director, Kaveri Medical Centre, Bangalore
 Professor P. M. Ajayan
 Professor S. Sampath    Dr. Madhusudan Atre
     Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Kaushal
     Professor S. Mohan
     Professor Ajay Kumar Sood
     Dr. G. Sundararajan

Workshop 2       Energy and Materials

 Session Co-Sponsored by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi

Recent crises in oil prices and in carbon dioxide driven global warming have highlighted the need to diversify our energy production base and increase the efficiency of generation while minimising the harmful consequences of fossil fuel use. Arguably, the major bottlenecks to progress in this area come from the lack of materials that can deliver better function in photovoltaic conversion, high temperature stability, gas separation, carbon dioxide sequestration and so on.

 In this workshop on energy-materials, internationally recognised experts from universities, national laboratories and industry will explore a range of critical issues in materials technology as they impact energy production and utilisation.

  1. Materials Challenges for a Sustainable Automotive Industry
    Alan Taub, Executive Director, General Motors, USA
  2. Fuel Cells
    Subhash Singhal, Director Fuel Cells, Battelle Pacific Northwest Lab., USA
  3. Biofuels in Energy & Transportation
    R.V. Ravikrishna, Professor, Indian Institute of Science, India
  4. Sunshine to Petrol
    Ellen Stechel, Sandia National Lab., USA
  5. Advances in Silicon-based Photovoltaic Technologies
    G. Rajeswaran, Chief Technology Officer, Moser Baer Ltd., India
  6. How Gallium Nitride can help solve some major world problems: energy, global warming and purifying water
    Colin Humphreys, Goldsmith's Professor of Materials Science, Cambridge University, UK
  7. Clean coal and Integrated gasification combined cycle power generation
    N.V.S.Ramani, Additional General Manager, Bharat Heavy Electricals, India

 Coordinators  Session Chairs  Speaker
 Professor Ganapathi Ayappa Dr. Baldev Raj,
Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
 Professor Colin Humphreys
 Professor Vikram Jayaram Professor A.K. Shukla,
Director, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi
 Dr. G. Rajeswaran
     Dr. N.V.S Ramani
     Professor R. V. Ravikrishna
     Dr. Ellen Stechel
     Dr. Subhash C Singhal
     Dr. Alan Taub

Workshop 3       Integrative Biology

 Session Co-Sponsored by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi

In recent years, it is perhaps in the field of human health, agriculture and bioethics that the impact of science and technology has made a lasting impression. In this scenario, focus on the complex issues regarding workings of a living cell, the big issues such as brain structure and cognition, molecular medicine, transgenics, governmental regulation and bioethics among others, can inform and shape scientific agenda and public policy.

 In this workshop on Integrative biology, leading researchers and entrepreneurs, who have made notable contributions to the advancement of basic science and technological innovation from academic, government and industrial laboratories will focus on a wide spectrum of topics in biology that impact human health, agriculture and technology.

The speakers are:

  1. Professor Makkuni Jayaram: Difference Topology: Analyzing DNA-PROTEIN
    assemblies by tying DNA into knots and links

    Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UT Austin, Austin, TX, US

  2. Dr. Ganesh M Kishore:
    Managing Director, Burrill & Company
    and CEO of Malaysia Life Sciences Capital Fund, San Francisco, CA, US

  3. Professor Mriganka Sur: Brain wiring and brain disorders
    Fairchild Professor of Neuroscience and Head, Dept of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

  4. Dr. Imran Siddiqi: Seeds Without Sex: What Use Is It?
    Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology(CCMB), Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh

  5. Professor Rajesh Gokhale: Versatility of Polyketide Synthases in Generating Metaboic Diversity
    Staff Scientist, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

  6. Professor Umesh Varshney: Role of ribosome recycling factor in eubacterial protein synthesis
    Microbology and Cell biology, Indian Institute of Science

 Coordinators  Session Chairs  Speaker
 Professor Dipankar Chatterji Professor M. Vijayan,
President, Indian National Science Academy
 Professor Rajesh Gokhale
 Professor K Muniyappa Professor M.R.S. Rao,
President, JNCASR
 Professor Makkuni Jayaram
     Dr. Ganesh M Kishore
     Dr. Imran Siddiqi
     Professor Mriganka Sur
     Professor Umesh Varshney

Workshop 4       Earth and Climate Sciences

Among the challenges that modern societies face are the threats from natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and the disasters triggered or accelerated by human forcing, most significant being the global climate change. Disasters of the first kind are intrinsically related to the dynamics of an evolving planet. They cannot be prevented, but their effects can be minimized through an understanding of the processes that govern them. The effects of human forcing on the natural systems, however, can be mitigated, through careful strategies. In the workshop on Earth and Climate sciences, internationally recognized experts from universities and national laboratories will address a wide range of problems from threat from earthquakes to climate change.

Lectures will be delivered on:

  1. A tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean , Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  2. Isotopomer studies to trace material cycles in climate change and the Earth's history, Professor Naohiro Yoshida, Tokyo Institute of Technology Yokohama 226-8502, JAPAN
  3. Constraining Carbon Sequestration in Oceans, Professor R. Ramesh, Paleoclimate and Oceanography Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India
  4. Bridging river geomorphology and river ecology, Professor S.K. Tandon, Delhi University, India
  5. River dynamics, hydrological variability and climate change: Insights from the Gangetic rivers, Professor Rajiv Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

 Coordinators  Session Chair  Speaker
 Professor Kusala Rajendran Dr. P.S. Goel,
Distinguished Scientist, ISAC, Bangalore
 Dr. Shailesh Nayak
 Professor R Sukumar    Professor R. Ramesh
     Professor Rajiv Sinha
     Professor S K Tandon
     Professor Naohiro Yoshida

Workshop 5       Intelligent Transportation systems

 Session Co-Sponsored by the Wipro Technologies, Bangalore

Intelligent transportation Systems (ITS) integrate a large range of wireless and wire line communications-based information and electronics technologies with transportation systems, fleet management, pollution monitoring and control. The integration may be with the transportation system's infrastructure, or with a fleet of vehicles. These technologies are expected to decongest traffic movement, improve safety, reduce vehicular pollution and enhance utilization of infrastructure in an optimum manner. ITS are divided into intelligent infrastructure systems and intelligent vehicle systems. The proposed Inter disciplinary workshop on ITS addresses various issues in the ITS.

 Coordinators  Session Chair  Speaker
  Professor H. S. Jamadagni Dr. Kota Harinarayana,
Rajaramanna Fellow, NAL
 Dr. Naveed Hussain
  Professor S. Mohan    Professor H. S. Jamadagni
     Professor P.R. Kumar
     Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad
     Professor Kannan Ramchandran
     Professor S. Sadagopan
     Dr. Roger Busch

Workshop 6       Complex Systems and Networks

At the turn of the 20th century, speaking at the White House Millennium Council, in a lecture titled "Science in the Next Millennium," Professor Stephen Hawking had opined:

 "The Star Trek vision of the future that we achieve an advanced but essentially static level may come true in respect of our knowledge of the basic laws that govern the universe. But I don't think we will ever reach a steady state in the uses we make of these laws. The ultimate theory will place no limit on the complexity of systems that we can produce and it is in this complexity that I think the most important developments of the next millennium will be."

 While much of complexity research has been concerned with natural systems such as human and animal societies, climate phenomena, natural neural systems, and biological cellular systems, we believe that Professor Hawking's observation points us towards complex human-made systems or complex engineered systems. Examples of such systems would be: road transportation networks, power systems, wireless sensor networks, social networks, global supply chains, urban systems, brain-machine interface, self-organizing systems, etc.

 The objective of this collaborative workshop is to bring together experts in this area to discuss and debate on the emerging challenges in the area and to provide inspiration to researchers and graduate students to explore the fascinating problems offered by this area.

 Coordinators  Session Chairs  Panel Chairs  Speaker
  Professor Anurag Kumar Professor M.A.L. Thathachar,
Former Professor, IISc
Dr. R. Amritkar,
Distinguished Scientist, Physical Research Laboratory
 Professor Srikanth K. Iyer
  Professor M. Narasimha Murty Professor N. Viswanadham,
Executive Director, Indian School of Business
Prof. G. Rangarajan,
 Professor Ram Akella
       Professor Vivek S Borkar
       Professor Sanjay Jain
       Prof. Sanjoy K. Mitter
       Professor P S Sastry

Workshop 7       Sustainable Technologies/Technology Outreach

The Modern world has thus far sustained themselves through unchecked resource consumption, severe deterioration and depletion of the natural habitat, lack of minimum facility for survival and ubiquitous environmental pollution. Consequently, humanity is currently at the cross-roads of an uncertain unsustainable future, with no choice but to rewrite the paradigms that underlined development in the past century. Sustainability is the new development paradigm and has been well recognized, though inadequately imbibed/effected, in the past two decades.

 Modern problems are consequences of an increasingly technology driven lifestyle, and technology driven lifestylesí need technology driven solutionsí, viz., sustainable technologies. Among the crucial technologies that hold answers to a sustainable future to meet the unmet demand are in the areas of energy, buildings, communication, sanitation, and climate change. Five eminent speakers would provide an overview on these areas and the promise they hold in enabling a sustainable future.

The talks are:

  1. Enabling Rural India through Innovation in ICT
    Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala
    Professor, Electrical Engg., I.I.T. Madras
  2. Taking a Fresh Approach: Combining partnership and technology to build a business which holds the needs of India's emerging consumer at its heart
    Mr. Mahesh Yagnaraman
    CEO (ECM), BP Energy India Pvt Ltd
  3. Bioenergy at IISc - Past and future
    Professor H. S. Mukunda
    Hon. Advisor ABETS, I.I.Sc, Bangalore
  4. Water and Sanitation in India: Socio-Technical Status
    Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
    Founder, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation
  5. Role of Simulation in Energy Conscious Building
    Professor J. K. Nayak
    Professor, Mechanical Engg., I.I.T Bombay
  6. Sparking scientific curiosity among rural Indian children and teachers
    Mr. Ramji Raghavan
    Chairman, Agastya International Foundation, India
  7. Research and Promotion of Sustainable Technologies for Development and Climate Change Mitigation: Experience of Centre for Sustainable Technologies
    Professor N. H. Ravindranath
    Professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies & CES, I.I.Sc. Bangalore

 Coordinators  Session Chairs  Speaker
 Dr. S. Dasappa Dr. J. Gururaja,
Honorary Executive President of the Renewable Energy Advocacy Forum
 Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala
 Dr. Monto Mani Dr. H.C. Sharatchandra,
Chairman, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
 Mr. Mahesh Yagnaraman
     Professor H S Mukunda
     Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
     Professor J. K. Nayak
     Mr. Ramji Raghavan
     Professor N. H. Ravindranath