Researchers’ Forum on Micro and Smart Systems

Institute of Smart Structures and Systems

In Association with Centre for Nano Science & Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India

27-28 March 2018

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Report on the Event

ISSS in association with CeNSE, IISc., organized a  Researchers’ Forum on 27th and 28th or March, 2018 at CeNSE. The event was organized to bring together research scholars from across the country and provide a platform to share their work. Dr. Kota Harinarayana inaugurated the event and provided a key-note address highlighting the current eco-system in the country for smart systems, smart technologies, especially in the context of initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and smart cities development. Prof. Rudra Pratap presented a brief overview of CeNSE and INUP initiatives to provide high quality and state of the art infrastructure for fabrication and characterization of micro systems to not just the IISc students and staff, but to the community in the country at large. He exhorted the research community to make full use of the infrastructure to realize the smart devices that are developed.

More than 35 posters presentations were arranged to showcase their work to the smart systems community at large. The topics ranged from Physics of Devices, Modeling and Simulation, Smart Materials, Fabrication Technologies to Systems & Applications. While a most of these posters were on sensors, a few actuators based applications development were also presented. A special feature of this event was the three panel discussions that were arranged to deliberate on some of the important aspects regarding the careers of researchers. These themes were a) career opportunities for researchers: Industry and Academia perspective, b) Funding avenues for startup and Academia and c) Career Opportunities -Research Perspective. Eminent panelists representing premier academic institutions, R&D Labs, Industries including start-ups took part to share their perspectives and respond to the questions and comments from the research scholars.  ISSS wishes to thank all panelists for their support.

It was refreshing to note that quite a few of the researchers doing their Masters or Ph.Ds considered becoming entrepreneurs. Hence quite a few discussion points were on what are the support mechanisms in terms of funding, mentoring and incubation for start-ups. Another prominent topic of discussion was paucity of fabrication facilities for MEMS devices. Notably only few fab facilities exist in the country and they are already loaded with long waiting lists. In this context, the idea of community chips where multiple compatible ideas would be combined into a single device and hence have a better chance of getting the design tested and validated.

From Career development perspective, the industry expectations in terms of having a more holistic awareness of the broad domain, product and process orientation, customer or application identification and cost consciousness were amply highlighted.  Awareness of Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Levels (TRL and MRL) is highly beneficial to differentiate in the industrial career opportunities realm. Overall the consensus among the panelists in different panels was that this is the right time for a budding researcher to pursue his career and blossom in this exciting technology domain.

Pitch talk sessions wherein researchers were given an opportunity to present for a few minutes to the audience a gist of their research work were also well received.  Based on the posters and their presentation, two awards were given away to the presenters. Springer sponsored gift coupons for 500 Euros each for these awardees and these were given away by Prof. V K Aatre.

Winners of the Springer sponsored best posters awards were

  • Sumeeth Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
  • Richa Mishra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

ISSS expresses its gratitude to Springer for supporting these awards, and to CeNSE, IISc for cohosting the event and providing all logistic support.

Last but not the least, untiring efforts of Dr. Veda Sandeep Nagaraja, ISSS GC member and chairperson of the education sub-committee are appreciated and placed on record. Right from conception of the event to the successful completion of the same, Dr. Veda played an exemplary role and a fair share of the success of the event is due to her. ISSS is immensely grateful to her. ISSS is also thankful to several volunteers and members who strived to make this event a success.

Venue: Seminar Hall, CeNSE, IISc, Bangalore


Day 1: 27th March 2018
Time Event
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Poster setup
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Inauguration / Introduction
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tea Break / Poster visit
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 1  Theme: Career Opportunities in Micro and Smart Systems (Industry and Academia perspective)

Dr Kota Harinarayana (Retd. ADA- Moderator), Prof Rudra Pratap (IISc), Dr. Murali Narasimhan (Bosch), Dr BR Vidyashankar (GE)

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pitch Talk# by registered attendees
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tea Break / Poster visit
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 2  Theme: Funding avenues for startup and  Academia

Prof S Mohan (IISc-Moderator), Dr V Natarajan (DRDO), Dr. Chandrashekar Nair (Bigtec), Dr. Prabhakar Marur (LamResearch),

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. General Networking and visit to CeNSE Labs
Day 2: 28th March 2018
Time Event
9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Pitch Talk # by registered participants
10.20 a.m. to 10.40 a.m.

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Srini Kaveri CNRS India

Tea Break / Poster Visit

11:00 a.2m. to 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion 3 Theme: Career Opportunities  (Research Perspective)

Dr AR Upadhya (Rtd. NAL-Moderator), Prof S Gopalakrishnan (IISc), Prof K Natarajan (Jain Univ.), Gen (Retd) Dr VJ Sundaram Dr Srini Kaveri (CNRS India)

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


Interaction with ISSS team;

Valedictory; Awards/Prizes

1:30 p.m.  Lunch

# Pitch talk is a brief outline presentation by the attendees about the poster

Points of Contact: Prof Veda Sandeep and Prof Prosenjit Sen


Archival Information

Format of the Event

The event will have inspiring talks by leaders of select Startup Companies on innovation landscape in this area, Prominent Academicians on opportunities in Academic Institutions, Industry leaders on opportunities available in Industries and Research Laboratories.

A highlight of this event will be poster presentation by participating researchers in five streams, namely Physics of Devices, Modeling and Simulation, Smart Materials, Fabrication Technologies and Systems & Applications. The best poster in each of these streams will be rewarded.

Eligibility for Particpants

JRF/ SRF / Full time research scholars / Postgraduate students of recognized institutions/universities anywhere in India are eligible to apply.  

National MEMS Design Centers and other institutes with research groups in the above areas are encouraged to sent participants. Only the first 50 participants will be accepted, on a first-come first-served basis.

There is NO registration fee to attend this event. However, all candidates must fill the request form and upload a synopsys with details of their research work (with graphs and figures) to demonstrate their original research contributions. In addition, they may also include links to any previously published papers.


How to Apply (as Participant)

There is NO registration fee to attend this event.  However, prior registration is mandatory.  Subject to availability, applicants will receive a provisional acceptance.  In order to provide a fair opportunity the maximum number of interested participants, the registration will be confirmed only for the first 50 outstation participants AFTER uploading the soft copy of travel documents (ticket) and poster in the prescribed format within the deadline mentioned in the provisional acceptance mail.

TA / DA Support (for Participants)

Participants must make their own arrngements to travel to Bangalore to attend this event.  Up to 3 Tier AC train fare by the shortest route may be reimbursed to outstation participants on production of actual travel bills, boarding pass etc.  Incidental expenses of up to Rs 500 may be provided on production of taxi bills.  If requested, a shared accommodation in may be arranged by the organizers for up to three nights only at a Guest House close to the Indian Institute of Science.

Invitation for other Attendees

Apart from registered participants and special invitees, Principals and Heads of Departments of Academic Institutions and Managers and Project Leaders of industries are welcome to attend this event and interact with participants and invitees.  Those charged with staff hiring are specially invited to join us.