Advanced Programming Labs
To facilitate students to gain practical knowledge of subjects and to carry out advanced research and development activities in the field of wireless communication, state‐of‐the‐art laboratories have been set up particularly to cater to the needs of M. Tech. students. The labs are equipped with the following hi‐tech gadgets: Routers, Switches, ADSL Modems and Routers, Cable Modems and Routers, ISDN Routers, 802.11b Wireless LAN Access Points, PCI and PCMCIA cards, PDAs with Bluetooth ports etc. In this laboratory each student is required to work on a project either in Network Simulator, Net beans (JAVA, J2ME), etc. Armed with such profound and exhaustive knowledge of Wireless, Mobile and Networking in general, students are ready to fit in with ease into commercial as well as research‐oriented organizations.
Bioinformatics Lab [Indo‐Russian Centre for Biotechnology (IRCB)]
Programming languages: C++, Perl, Python, Mysql, PHP, MAT lab Software: Dock, Autodock, GCG, Molegro, Ligbuilder, Gold, Flex‐X, Modeler, PD‐Quest, Quantity one & M‐fold. Hardware: HP xeon server, clusters, Silicon‐Graphics, High end computers. Projects related to protein modeling, novel drug designing, structure prediction, sequence analysis, Bioinformatics tools regarding miRNA prediction, protein secondary prediction, biomedical image processing using SVM, neural networks, data mining and analysis.
In Bioinformatics the research work is going on topics like Si‐RNA, micro‐RNA predictions, Protein structure prediction, drug designing and interaction etc. The studies are carried out on various diseases (cancer) and for agricultural (Transgenics) purposes. Medical signal processing, like ECG signal based work, has been under progress. The main aim of the research program is to utilize various existing software and databases that are evaluated through different means including lab experiments like genetic engineering and drug testing experiments.
The Image and Natural Language Processing Lab
It supports the research of a number of faculty, research scholars, graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision, text mining, etc. The Image Processing Lab (IP Lab) is equipped with state‐of‐the‐art technology to digitize, store, process, stream and display digital video and images.
Current research projects include Multilayer Image Classification, Visual attendance system, intelligent surveillance and tracking system, Cross Lingual Information Retrieval, Object Tracking, Information Extraction, Information Retrieval for Indian Languages, Machine Translation, Optical Character Recognition and many more. Research Focus: Image Recognition, Computer Vision, Image Classification, Content Based Image Retrieval System, Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, etc.
Wireless Sensor Networks Lab
As computing technology advances and novel sensing materials are developed, miniature smart sensor nodes will become ubiquitous low‐cost devices. A realistic expectation is that in the near future sensor nodes with wireless communication capabilities will be widely deployed for many different purposes. In the Wireless Sensors Networks (WSN) Lab, we are helping make this hope a reality. We are developing wireless networking protocols for specific sensor types, such as disaster management system. In particular, we are developing networking solutions to support wireless sensors for audio visual transmission. We are also developing wireless protocols to support the Location based applications. Besides these specific sensor application areas, we are also designing new protocols for generic wireless sensor networks. Issues being studied include routing, localization, remote reprogramming, scalability and energyefficient operation.
Research Focus: Multi‐hop Re‐programming, Localization for Disaster management application, Audio Visual Transmission, Bluetooth Security for WSN, Audio Streaming, Statistical Routing, 3D Geographic Routing.
Facilities: Tiny OS platform for configuring sensor nodes, Mica‐2 motes sensor nodes, Mica‐Z motes sensor nodes, TelosB mote, On‐board controller, Sensor base‐station, GSM base‐station, Bluetooth simulator, NCTU ns network Simulator, ns2 network Simulator, MATLAB tool.
Human Computer Interaction Lab
DST, Ministry of Science & Technology supports Human‐Computer Interaction Lab under ‘FIST’ program. The following instruments and systems are being processed to develop study and evaluate various aspects of Virtual Reality, Human‐Computer Interfaces and Human signal processing. A long term goal of HCI is to design systems that minimize the barrier between the human’s cognitive model of what they want to accomplish and the computer’s understanding of the user’s task. Professional practitioners in HCI are usually designers concerned with the practical application of design methodologies to real‐world problems. Their work often revolves around designing graphical user interfaces and web interfaces. Researchers in HCI are interested in developing new design methodologies, experimenting with new hardware devices, prototyping new software systems, exploring new paradigms for interaction and developing models and theories of interaction. Facilities:
1. 4 sets Virtual Reality System
2. 2 sets VR Platform
3. Neural/ brain Signal Capture System
4. Smell, Taste Sensor & associated
5. 3D Projector system
6. 3D Scanner system
7. Other supportive devices
A new microelectronics laboratory has been set up at IIIT/A recently with modern fabrication tools. Students get comprehensive training on design, fabrication and analysis of VLSI circuits and systems. Special emphasis is given to design at the FPGA level. Simulation of tasks for designing microelectronics circuits at micron and sub‐micron level can be done.
The Institute has signed MoU with EPFL, Switzerland for establishment of centre of excellence in Microelectronics supported by Department of Science and Technology GoI. Accordingly the lab has been developed to become one of the best labs with up‐to‐date facilities in Microelectronics.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Lab
The main vision of the laboratory is to nurture young minds towards creativity and steer their talents towards high quality research in different areas of Robotics and Intelligent Systems using Information Technology
The laboratory provides state‐of‐the‐art facilities to learn complex concepts of Artificial Intelligence. Students are encouraged to learn by doing it through many available development environments like Humanoid Open Architecture Platform (HOAP), Interactive Graphics Robot Instruction Program (IGRIP), Humanoid & Mobile Robot Simulation Platform, WEBOT, where students can create and control different kinds of robots using both C++ and Java. Apart from that we have hardware robots which include Humanoid robot HOAP‐2, manipulating robots like Robix, SCARA and LEGO Mind storm kits.
Our mission is to create an international standard for research and teaching, excel in the area of robotics and cognitive sciences, produce high quality engineers having self confidence and who can take part in nation’s knowledge building endeavor and create a brand name for the Institute as a temple of learning. At present the laboratory has a number of collaborations like with Bio inspired robotics group of EPFL, Switzerland, Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporations (ALIMCO), Kanpur.
Following are some of the project modules –
o Development of Adaptive Modular Active Leg (AMAL)
o Maneuvering Robotics Arm using Robix Software
o Implementing technology on Humanoid Open Architecture Platform (HOAP)
o Implementing Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) for designing industrial automation
o Simulation and fast prototyping of humanoid robot actions on Webots
Universal Digital Library (UDL) Mega Center
The Universal Digital Library has the vision “A Million Books To The Web Assembling – The World’s Biggest Library on Everybody’s Desktop”. The basic motive of the Universal Digital Library (UDL) project is to provide access to the rich repository of knowledge to everybody. The initiative was taken by a group of institutions spread across different parts of the country together with the Carnegie Melon University (USA). The IIIT‐A was designated as a mega‐center in the project. The major objective is to capture and store more than a million books in the digital format and to develop the required language technologies.
The UDL project also involves a significant amount of research and development work in all areas related to Digital Libraries. These include development of optical character recognition systems for Indian scripts, development of machine translation systems, document summarization, information retrieval, development of workflow for digital libraries etc. on the basis of achievement of this Lab Institute has been given responsibility of developing S&T digital library of all member states of ASEAN (10 countries).
Computer Forensics Lab: This lab is the first of its kind in an academic institution in the country. It houses much proprietary software and hardware’s including mobile forensic work stations. North Zone Resource Centre for generating Contents, Mentors/Teachers etc. by conducting specialized Short term HRD Courses for IT/ITES sector: The centre has developed e‐content in twelve designated areas ranging from computer science and e‐services. VLSI Design Lab: This lab gives a unique opportunity to work in a clean environment towards development of VLSI designs and also exposes students in area of etching and related practices.
*The Institute maintains licensed copies of all software (systems, applications and academics) that students require and ensures that the licenses are kept up to date. It also discourages the use of illegally procured software. Students have the prerogative to request the Institute to procure any software or hardware that they require in their assignments, projects or research activities.
The institute has put in high degree of concern and recourses in development of general and specialized labs, housed in 3 different buildings namely Computer Center 1, 2 & Lecture Theater Complex. The institute has 20 general programming lab, along with following super specialized labs: