Chennai: Dr Ramayya Krishnan an alumnus of the 1981 mechanical engineering batch of IIT Madras became the recipient of Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives (NCDA) Nayudamma Award for his contribution on data driven innovation in key societal domains on Monday.
He is the Dean of H. John Heinz III College and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. “Data driven innovation is having transformative effect on national security. A system, which brings sensing, reasoning and decision making together,” he said.
Citing some examples from his research work he pointed out the advantage of the sensing technique. Dr Ramayya said that using the sensing technique, traffic congestion could be avoided. In traffic signals, the smart sensing system will identify the congestion of the vehicle population on the road, and have scheduled signals in a way to monitor the flow of traffic so that there is no pile up and at the same time schedule it in a way so that people know how long they need to wait before the signal moves.
“In a way they need to also conserve fuel as well as make sure that there is equal amount of traffic flow happening and there is no pile up,” he said. He has also experimented using the sensing technique in asthma inhaler, smart pill bottles, human contact networks and also prediction of hurricanes and tornadoes.
IIT Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “ In city we are facing lot of challenges with availability of water and power consumption. There is a mismatch between demand and supply. But it is really amazing how people are thinking about these problems and coming up with solutions.”
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