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Scientists identify strategies for Viral Marketing on Social Networks

Most entrepreneurs with a pioneer product face a common set of challenges - knowing how their product would be received in the market, finding the best strategy to advertise it and identifying the initial set of “seed users” who would use the product and provide feedback on its improvements. In the age of social media where information diffuses at massive speeds, how should one identify the set of users who have the maximum influence in reaching out to a larger crowd? In a recent collaborative study, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and IBM India Research Labs have studied how information diffuses on social networks and have identified strategies to answer this question.

IISc signs an agreement with BEL for Technology Transfer

In a major move to homegrown research, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, (IISc) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) today signed an agreement on transferring a technology on Radio Frequency (RF) amplifiers based on Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology, developed at IISc. The signing ceremony took place at IISc where Prof. Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc and Dr. Ajit Kalghatghi, Director (R&D), BEL exchanged the agreement.

ISc Researcher’s New Transistor Design – Breakthrough in Chip Technology

Prof. Mayank Shrivastava of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has invented and demonstrated a new transistor design, which can lead to a breakthrough in future chip technology. The proposed transistor has significantly better performance and scalability as compared to the technology used in current computer and cell phone chips.

How much water should be released from a reservoir?

Reservoirs allow water to be stored, so that it can be used whenever needed. They are very important for the irrigation of cultivated lands. However, it is important to control the rate of water release from these reservoirs, so that the water usage can be optimized according to current requirements.

A mobile robot that does not slip

Robotic engineers at IISc have designed a wheeled mobile robot that can move in a stable manner on an uneven terrain with minimal slipping. Prof. Ashitava Ghosal from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Dr. Tharakeshwar Appala from SSJ Engineering College, Hyderabad have successfully demonstrated a prototype of an “autonomous mobile robot” that can travel in a straight line, make turns and also switch lanes on bumpy terrain, without the risk of falling off and with minimal slip.

IISc student team wins laurels in American Helicopter Society competition

Team Lakshya-IISc, a student team from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has won laurels in the prestigious Student Design Competition conducted annually by the American Helicopter Society International. The team was adjudged the 'Best New Entry – Graduate Category' in a competition which witnessed participation by teams from the top universities in the world.

Teaching computers how to learn

Amidst the 400 acres lush green campus of IISc, sits a modest Department of Computer Science and Automation, which has a rich history in 'pattern recognition': the science of finding regularities in datasets. A few labs in the department work on a related and exciting branch of computer science called 'machine learning': the science of 'teaching' machines to recognise patterns in data, and learn from them. Prof Chiranjib Bhattacharya's 'Machine Learning Lab' is one among them.

Designing Tool from IISc helps designers generate twice the number of ideas

An IISc team has developed a new software tool that can help designers get inspiration from the best designer ever - nature. Aptly named 'Idea-Inspire', the tool can methodically and systematically help generate stimuli for designers to find creative solutions to their problems. The tool, inspired by design challenges in the aerospace industry, is already used by the industry leaders. The organisations that are using the science behind this tool to solve their design challenges include ISRO, University of Cambridge (UK), Montreal University (Canada), and world's leading aeroengine manufacturers Rolls-Royce and Pratt and Whitney.