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Archived Research Highlights

These articles have been created and published here by the R&D dissemination initiative of IRCC. To publish a summary of a recent high impact work from IIT Bombay, please follow the guidelines given in the there.

GIS based Flood Assessment

Floods in Mumbai due to heavy rains on 26th July 2005 took a toll of more than 400 lives and resulted in economic loss of over Rs. 5000 crore. The events of that day highlighted the importance of designing constructions for floods. A flood model that can predict the amount of flooding in a region could be of great utility in minimising the damages.

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Smart Solution for Smartphones?

Anybody who migrates to smart phones soon begins to question the smartness of it all. While batteries lasted a fortnight or so in vanilla mobile phones, a smartphone typically empties the battery in less than a day. Carrying those bulky rechargers is a remedy worse than malady. How do you power your smart phone for days when you are nowhere near a power source?

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Teamwork is Superpower

Ten robots are working independently to push a cargo. Can they produce a net force equivalent to that of eleven robots working independently? The answer is, YES, it is possible in the nano-bio world — each robot has to switch between two “states”, based on a set of rules!

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Perceptions in Supply Chain Management

A rhino sees the world from its point of view, which includes a cone (its own horn) in everything it sees! A recent study finds similar perceptual influence to be a cause of failure of Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions.

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Mahatma's Mandate: Sanitation

Almost 70 years after independence nearly 600 million Indians do not have access to proper sanitation. A recent technology development brings clean, eco-friendly, and affordable sanitation to the masses.

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Micro-chip for Blood Separation

Pathological examination of blood requires the plasma to be separated from the red blood cells and the white blood cells.  Usually this is done by centrifugation (high speed rotation) of the blood. The disadvantage with this is that it requires a significant amount of blood and a centrifuge cannot be integrated with a microdevice for point-of-care applications. Researchers at IIT Bombay have now designed a microfluidic chip for blood separation, that can function with a very little blood. Importantly, the microfluidic chip offers almost 100% efficiency in the separation.

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Blood Proteins to detect Brain Tumours

Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive of all grades of a type of brain tumour known as glioma, with less than one year of life expectancy. Detection of brain tumors at the early stages of the disease is a challenge and may improve treatment outcomes. A recent research finds that it is possible to detect GBM by analysis of proteins in the blood serum.

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