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DST sanctioned Rs 7.25 crore to IIT Mandi to setup a Technology Innovation Hub

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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).DST sanctionsFocus 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.

Key Points

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