3 Pune scientists selected for Indo-Italian collaborative research

THREE RESEARCHERS, including two physicists from Pune, have been shortlisted under the Indo-Italian Executive Program for Science and Technology Cooperation, announced last year by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Professor Dipanjan Mukherjee and Professor Sowgat Muzahid from the Interuniversity Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) were selected in the Physics, Astrophysics and Space Sciences stream. Mukherjee will work on the simulation of supermassive black hole outflows while Muzahid will study the role of gas halos in the evolution of galaxies.

Dr. Rahee Walambe from Symbiosis Institute of Technology will collaborate to work on multimodal explainability for object detection and image processing in drone imagery. The Indo-Italian collaboration planned for three years will be jointly funded by the DST and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Directorate for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation.

The trio are among 13 Indian researchers who will collaborate in the form of exchange programs for various scientific researches planned within the framework of information and communication technologies, astrophysics and space sciences and management of the water.

Two Networks of Excellence – Indo-Italian Center of Excellence for Restoration and Environmental Impact Assessment of Cultural Heritage Monuments and Indo-Italian Network of Excellence on Multi-Scale Brain Function – will be created. Prof. Mukesh Sharma from IIT Kanpur and Prof. Shyam Diwakar Mukundanunny from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham will work at both centers.

Other researchers who will participate in the exchange program include Mukesh Kumar (IIT-Indore), Koushik Guha (NIT-Silchar), Dr Jhilik (Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology), Swades De (IIT-Delhi), Basudeb Dasgupta ( TIFR- Bombay) among others.

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