National Research Collaborations

An MoU was signed between IIT Palakkad and Irrigation and Design Research Board (IDRB) on 25 February 2022 for a project titled “Development of a River Basin Management Plan for the Bharathapuzha River Basin”. The main objective of this project is the development of an implementable river basin management plan that would eventually be implemented as part of a decision support system for the Bharathapuzha river basin for reservoir and water resources management in the basin and thereby effective adaptation to flood and drought.
An MoU was signed between IIT Palakkad and the Ernakulam district unit of the Kerala State Small Industries Association (KSSIA) on 12 October 2021. The MoU will facilitate collaboration for innovation in products and processes within the companies under the former. The MoU was signed by the district president of the KSSIA, Mr. P. J. Jose and the Dean of Industry Collaboration and Sponsored Research, Dr. Santhakumar Mohan. The MoU will encourage visits by faculty and students of IIT Palakkad to the companies at KSSIA, in order to identify scope for technical innovations. KSSIA members shall also visit IIT Palakkad to interact with experts and use the facilities available there. This is a significant opportunity for IIT Palakkad to promote innovation in the MSME sector.

IIT Palakkad has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Kerala Highway Research Institute (KHRI), the research institute under the Public Works Department, Government of Kerala on 13 July 2021. The primary purpose of this MoA is to facilitate knowledge dissemination to the PWD engineers and train them to enhance their skillsets and thus contribute to the infrastructure development of the state. MoA also aims at jointly organizing events such as conferences and seminars, and providing technical support on solving various complex civil engineering field-related issues. 

IIT Palakkad has signed an MoU with Bexel India Consulting LLP on 24 June 2021 to carry out collaborative projects in the field of 5D BIM Management and Digital Twin technologies, by utilizing its capabilities, technologies and pool of knowledge to come up with solutions relevant to Digital Transformation in the Indian Construction Industry.  The primary objective of this MoU is to facilitate knowledge development and dissemination through research and training to the AEC stakeholders. Further, the MoU extends the scope to providing technical support on solving various project delivery problems using digital technologies.

IIT Palakkad has signed an MoU with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Thiruvananthapuram on 11 February 2021 to carry out collaborative R&D projects in the field of Power Electronics and Power Systems, Robotics, Control and Instrumentation, Embedded Systems and Internet of Things or any other technology research areas.

IIT Palakkad has signed an MoU with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on 06 November 2020 for Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) and Adopting of National Highway Stretches under Regional Offices of NHAI. The institute shall adopt the Palakkad - Kozhikode and Walayar - Vadakkenchery stretches of National Highways as a voluntary initiative under the ambit of Institutional Social Responsibility. NHAI shall facilitate the faculty, researchers and students of IIT Palakkad to familiarize with the latest trends in the highway/ transportation sector with a common objective of sharing the knowledge in their respective domains. NHAI shall also offer internship to undergraduate and post graduate students of IIT Palakkad and use the adopted stretch of NHs as a field of study.
A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed on 07 November 2020 with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur which is acting as the Lead Institute for the establishment of Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India. IIT Palakkad will be acting as a Member Institute of the consortium to develop the subject of River Science and Management, and participate in River Restoration and Conservation Programme of the Government of India as a Knowledge Partner. IIT Palakkad will also be participating in implementing various high impact projects, gathering, analytics and dissemination of various kinds of data and information relevant to restoration and conservation of rivers. Additionally it will also be engaging in brainstorming sessions and events organized under the relevant themes of cGanga.
An MoU has been signed by IIT Palakkad with Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) on 17 August 2020 for research, development, training and consulting in the field of infrastructure technology. IIT Palakkad will provide advice on the plans and designs of infrastructure systems, including various categories of roads. It also aims to promote research and development in infrastructure projects. KIIFB will also provide opportunities for the research scholars from IIT Palakkad for conducting internships and projects, in addition to organising workshops, expert lectures and webinars on relevant topics.
IIT Palakkad has signed an MoU with Electro Optical Systems (EOS), Chennai on 12 June 2020 for Research & Development in the field of Industry Additive Manufacturing Adaption. EOS will collaborate with IIT Palakkad in conducting AM adaption training programmes for industries and support them to develop the fundamentals of parts qualification. The work is mainly to include development of processes for design for AM, redesign of parts, powder reusability, process repeatability and to meet potential airworthiness compliance. EOS and IIT Palakkad would also work on qualification/ characterization of EOS materials for tooling and aerospace application. In addition, both the parties will cooperate on internships of B. Tech and M. Tech students and suitable projects.  
An MoU was signed by IIT Palakkad and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) Thiruvananthapuram on 06 April 2020 for the development of Automated workflow for Point of Care Portable Ultrasound that can be used in the care of patients with Covid-19. Currently, X-Ray / CT Scan are the commonly used diagnostic modalities for evaluating the lung condition of covid-19 patients in India – These are hazardous, costly and impractical for patients in ICUs/Hospital wards. Doctors in Italy have demonstrated the usefulness of Lung Ultrasound Scans for monitoring covid-19 patients on daily basis, which is highly useful for frequent monitoring and timely medical intervention to reduce the mortality.  University of Trento, Italy, has shared a large database of Lung Ultrasound Scans of covid-19 patients with IIT Palakkad. Based on this data, an automated analysis of ultrasound lung scans using machine learning techniques will be developed and clinical trials in collaboration with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, will be conducted. The technique developed could also be applied to monitor lung diseases other than covid.

Public Sector Undertaking, ITI Limited Palakkad, has entered into an agreement with IIT Palakkad on 06 April 2020 for jointly developing Electronics & Controls of Portable Emergency Ventilator and Pulse Plethysmograph for Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Pulse Plethysmograph (PPG) is used for Continuous Monitoring of blood pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation of patients in ICUs. The PPGs currently used in hospitals are costly (ranges from Rs 18,000 to Rs 30,000). Moreover, currently available PPGs do not have communication feature with nurse-station and hence the nurses will have to perform bedside monitoring of vital parameters, which is a difficult task in an ICU where several patients are treated.

IIT Palakkad has signed an MoU with Kanjikode Industries Forum (KIF) on 04 April 2020 for jointly developing Affordable Portable Emergency Ventilator that can be used in the care of patients with COVID-19. The ventilator will provide control over respiratory rate, pressure, tidal (breath) volume, inspiratory time, expiratory time and ventilator modes. The compact ventilator will be developed to cater to the breathing requirements of two patients simultaneously, each with independent control. IIT Palakkad will provide the design and support in developing the prototype whereas KIF will develop the prototype, demonstrate it’s working and explore the manufacturing feasibility. The prototype development has commenced. The project is led by Dr. Afzaal Ahmed (Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Sreenath V. (Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering) and supported by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fund of Federal Bank, Kerala.

Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad and Arm University Program, India signed a Letter of Agreement on fostering Research and Teaching in the areas of Embedded Systems and System-on-Chip. Ms. Apurva Varma, Regional Manager, Arm University Program, India and Prof. Vinod A Prasad Dean ICSR signed the letter in the presence of Prof. P B Sunil Kumar, Director IIT Palakkad.

IIT Palakkad and Institute for Communicative and Cognitive Neurosciences (ICCONS), Shoranur, Kerala, have signed a research collaboration agreement on 25 September 2019 to carry out R&D programme on Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology. ICCONS is an autonomous neuro-specialty hospital & research institute established under Government of Kerala in 2000 – It is the first of its kind in Asia for comprehensive multidisciplinary management, research and rehabilitation of cognitive and communicative disorders such as Autism, Learning disability, Developmental language disorders, Mental retardation, Cerebral palsy, Hearing impairment, Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Aphasia, etc.

An MoU was signed on September 19, 2019 with Gadgeon Smart Systems Pvt. Ltd. (GadgEon), Kakkanad, Kochi to conduct joint Research & Development in the areas of Healthcare and Biomedical technology, Wireless technology, Embedded systems, Home automation and Network systems.

An MoU was signed on July 24, 2019 with Aditri Neuroscience Pvt. Ltd. (Neuroleap), Mumbai, India’s leading applied neuroscience company, to promote research in Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology for neuroenhancement and neurorehabilitation.

An agreement has been signed on 16 May 2019 with National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, to carry out a collaborative research project titled “Motor Imagery based Brain Computer Interface for Neurorehabilitation of Stroke patients”. The project aims to develop an Electroencephalography (EEG) based Brain Computer Interface (BCI) system that can decode the imagined hand movement kinematics from non-invasive EEG signals of stroke patients, who suffer from hand disability, for post-stroke rehabilitation. The long-term objective of the project is to develop an intention-driven BCI device that works as a tool for the neurorehabilitation of stroke patients.

IIT Palakkad signed an Agreement with Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) on 28 January 2019 for promoting institutional collaboration in education and research in Biomedical Engineering.

An agreement was signed on November 30, 2018 with UST Global, a leading digital transformation solutions company, for joint R&D in cutting-edge technologies such as AI/ML and Brain-Machine Interface, internship and job placement for the students. For the joint R&D, students will work at UST Global’s Infinity Labs for 3-6 months across its locations in India.