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IISc, Volvo collaborate to advance the automotive industry.

Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Volvo group in India to pursue collaborative research in the field of transportation and automobiles. As per the MoU, Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT), the global research, engineering and development arm of Volvo, along with IISc, will embark on research and development in future automotive technologies. The MoU was signed by Dr. K. Paneer Selvam, Joint Registrar of IISc and Dr. Jan-Ove Östensen, VP Advanced Technology & Research, Volvo Group.

Pratiksha Trust sets up Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair Position in Neurocomputing and Data Science at IISc

In June 2015, Pratiksha Trust, Bangalore, founded by Infosys co-founder Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan and his wife Mrs Sudha Gopalakrishnan, set up three Distinguished Chair Professorships at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The purpose of these Chair Professorships is to bring top-notch researchers in the areas of neuromorphic computing, computational neuroscience, machine learning, and data science to the IISc campus to help strengthen research, and international collaboration in these important emerging areas. The overall initiative is expected to foster intense research collaboration between world renowned researchers in these areas and the research community at several departments and centres of the Indian Institute of Science, including Computer Science and Automation, Centre for Neuroscience, Electrical Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Molecular Biophysics, and Computational and Data Science.

The Nepal Earthquake: Why did it happen and why now?

Earthquakes in Nepal above 4 magnitude in the past week.

More than 3000 people have been reported dead, after a massive earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday. This is the major earthquake tragedy in the region since the Bihar earthquake in 1934, which measured 8.2 on the Richter scale and caused over 10,000 fatalities. Why did this quake happen, and why now? In a paper published in February, a team of scientists from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, discussed why the region is prone to earthquakes and warned about the possibility of an imminent event.

Photons take a detour

Researchers have proposed an experiment to show that, sometimes, photons may choose longer paths over the shorter ones. Though this result may look too simple, it is expected to influence physics over a large scale: from the way quantum mechanics is introduced to students to better understanding of quantum computing applications.