On March 11, 2020 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) sanctioned Rs 7.25 crore to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, Himachal Pradesh to set up a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at the institute under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS).Focus of TIH
- Main focus of TIH is on human-computer interaction (HCI) research where projects focus on design & development of computer technology (interfaces) & the study of interaction between humans (users) & computers
- It also focuses on human resource & skill development, entrepreneurship & collaboration with other leading institutions & some of the technologies will focus on solving problems of the Himalayan region.
i.TIH to develop tools, education material, hands-on experiments with specialised tool kits, connecting with existing innovation ecosystems & also to organize Several workshops & seminars.
ii.The institute aims:
- To develop a technology interface for challenges concerning landslides, environment (including climate change), air pollution, agriculture, cybersecurity, defence forces, healthcare, & forensics
- To collaborate with universities and organisations in India and abroad as well as create a startup ecosystem in the field.
TIH to work on the development & evaluation of interfaces of CPS:
i.TIH to also work on the development & evaluation of interfaces of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) , a Internet of things (IoT) based, which contains physical elements like sensors for collecting data & cyber elements for alerting/educating people for directed action.
ii.The data collected from CPS will be evaluated by human experiments & cognitive models for training & to improve decisions of the human stakeholders for better outputs.
iii.CPS is a new class of engineered systems that integrate computation & physical processes in a dynamic environment.
iv.CPS encompasses technology areas of Cybernetics, Mechatronics, Design & Embedded systems, IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) among others.
About Himachal Pradesh:
Capital- Dharamshala (in winter), Shimla (in summer)
Chief Minister– Jai Ram Thakur
Governor– Bandaru Dattatraya