The RMSoEE specializes in a broad spectrum of Research areas. The uniqueness of these fields is the trans-disciplinary nature of study. From the Risk Perception of Start-ups in Indian Context to The dynamics of grass-root innovationwe have engineers studying under economists/ data-analysts / social scholars to understand and identify trends and mechanisms in and around entrepreneurships.

Data Analytics

The school is involved in imparting education and carrying out research for extracting actionable information from data to aid decision making. The research focusses on developing tools and techniques for processing different types of data while executing various business processes.
KRAs: Big Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Complex networks

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  • Big Data Analytics:

    Anticipating the tremendous potential of big data analytics in various spheres, we have created a small setup for big data analytics platform, primarily using readily available open source technologies. We are developing collaborations with domain experts to enhance our understanding of the big data related issues and access to big data repositories. It would help entrepreneurs build data-driven products and services.

  • Business Analytics:

    Business Analytics is one of the fastest growing areas. It includes the process of converting data into insights for taking meaningful decisions at different levels. It incorporates statistical quantitative analysis with in-depth qualitative analysis with SPSS, AMOS, STATA, R, SYSTAT, SAS using PROWESS, BLOOMBERG, and Venture Intelligence data bases.

  • Complex networks:

    Complex networks are used for modelling real-world complex systems e.g. healthcare, social networks that show emergent behaviour with often unpredictable outcomes. Healthcare systems require active coordination across various types of stakeholders such as patients, healthcare service providers, pharmaceuticals, insurance service providers, government etc. We are involved in developing complex network models for preventive care service design for rural India.

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Health Care Management

The school is involved in research that would help policy makers as well as budding entrepreneurs venture into this promising field that needs entrepreneurial drives to meet the unmet demand for healthcare services in India.
KRAs: Healthcare operations management, Health service delivery, Image Processing

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  • Healthcare operations management:

    We focus on improving the processes and systems to deliver quality health services under the resource constraints that can give competitive edge to healthcare organizations. Modeling and Simulation of healthcare systems is being carried out to provide insights on common bottlenecks, and identifying potential leverage points for improving preventive, promotive and emergency services.

  • Health service delivery:

    We are involved in research on health service delivery and health insurance models to ensure access to quality health services at an affordable cost in rural India. The emphasis is on service redesign and identifying appropriate interventions to encourage participation of the target population in the co-creation of health services in order to improve access, availability, utilization and coverage.

  • Image Processing:

    Accuracy of clinical radiotherapy is prone to errors. Safety margin is used to deliver the planned dosage to the target. Accurate estimation of target volumes from PET-CT images for cancer patients during the period of therapy is expensive and causes undesired exposure. Partnering with Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, we explore using low energy CBCT images to achieve similar target accuracy.

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Energy Management & Sustainability

Research in this area is primarily interdisciplinary.  It focuses on developing new electrochemical devices for energy storage, integration and management of renewable energy sources to minimize carbon footprint and attain sustainable energy growth.
KRAs: New materials for Energy Storage, Energy Storage for e-vehicles, Sustainable renewable energy integration, Nonconventional Energy Applications

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  • New materials for Energy Storage:

    Suitable energy storage devices hold the key to the success of solar PVs and e-vehicles in the future. This area of research emphasizes towards synthesizing cost effective new materials to evolve high energy density, safe electrochemical devices for various future renewable energy storage applications. Industry partners are involved to commercialize the findings of the lab into viable products

  • Energy Storage for e-vehicles:

    E-vehicles feature among the most promising alternative for the future mobility. The research under this broad area is to entail the trade-offs one has to make in selecting the battery types with respect to the chemistries and design to form a cost effective yet efficient and safe energy source for the electric vehicles in India.

  • Sustainable renewable energy integration:

    Renewable energy integration will bring in a revolution in management of smart electricity networks. Under this area, the benefits, risks and challenges involved in smart grid integration are compared with the existing grid in the Indian context in order to accomplish the motivational drivers for a change in electricity network and derive sustainable energy policies for implementing smart grid network.

  • Nonconventional Energy Applications:

    Capability to harvest magnetic force for commercial application holds the promise to be a source of clean energy. Magnetic levitation process is in commercial application for quite some time. However, it is yet to be known to be energy efficient. A lot of potential seems to exist in the process of harvesting magnetic force for clean and convenient energy applications.

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Waste Management

This field of research intends to develop entrepreneurs with solution to various types of waste estimation and their management aimed to provide various organization their leading disposal and recycling solutions.
KRAs: E-waste management, Waste energy management, Solid Waste Management

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  • E-waste management:

    Rapid expansion in the electronic industry has led to uncontrolled generation of electronic waste. Lack of public awareness, policies, methods of disposals etc. resulted in environmental threats beyond limit. The research on e-waste management aims at evolving methods for estimation, analysis and management of the e-waste generated at the organization level in order to frame policies to combat the future menace.

  • Waste energy management:

    In the field of Energy, significant interest is being laid on renewable energy resources and minimizing the wastage of energy in various fields. In such perspective, waste heat recovery from various operations has lot of accomplishment to generate electricity. The present work focusses towards the adoption of suitable thermodynamic cycle to recover and reuse the industrial waste heat in India.

  • Solid Waste Management:

    Conventional sources of construction materials are fast depleting, whereas, mining activities generate huge amount of wastes causing severe environmental degradation. Recycling waste materials in construction offers unique solution. Processes are being developed for making bricks, concrete, and mortar from mine spoil and tailings, while thermoplastic and biosolids are being used to make lightweight and energy efficient bricks and concrete.

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Product Development

This is to design & prototype innovative trans-disciplinary products, central to engineering entrepreneurship. To develop technology, quality devices and technology transfer to derive challenging competitive advantage and address national priorities like Make / Made in India.
KRAs: Engineering design process, Product development & prototyping, Phytochemical development, Multidisciplinary Product Development

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  • Engineering design process:

    Reengineering through reverse engineering and redesign with optimised features has increasingly gained prominence, besides conventional forward engineering in product design, and has drawn the attention of researchers as well as practitioners and entrepreneurs. Virtual prototypes, before committing to making physical ones are being carried out to validate a design, with computer-aided design, engineering and simulation.

  • Product development & prototyping:

    Developing design translation methods and generate prototypes for testing new design supported with electro-mechanical fabrication and testing facilities and built with capabilities for digital inspection of physical parts associated with quality engineering, CAD geometric configuration and Rapid Prototyping of parts in polymers with options for metal insertions.

  • Phytochemical development:

    The botanical pesticides play an increasing role in pest management and are alternative to chemical pesticides. Bio-Lab is involved in extraction and preparation of crude extract from locally available indigenous plant product, fractionation, purification, identification of the compounds, insecticidal activity study of the plant extracts against pests, development of formulation based on the identified extracts/fractions compounds and their field efficacy study.

  • Multidisciplinary Product Development:

    With technological advancements, everyday products are finding some elements of knowledge from many domains. Thus, it is necessary to inculcate a process of integrating some knowledge from various fields or to develop product in multiple domains for increasing understanding of their fundamentals and eventually integrate them in all products, particularly for people at the bottom of the pyramid.

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Entrepreneurship Development

Entrepreneurs are crucial to building prosperous societies that deliver opportunity to all. The school has developed a sustainable academic backed up ecosystem for youths to fulfil their dreams by creating enterprise.
KRAs: Technology entrepreneurship and quality issues, Entrepreneurial business environment and Leadership, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurial finance, economics & Governance Issues, Social entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

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  • Technology entrepreneurship and quality issues:

    The theme covers practical and theoretical issues around entrepreneurship with technology driven products, their conceptualization, logistic, IP and quality issues in development and market traction. The research in this area requires multiple skills like, statistical and analytical modelling, product design and developmental packages, with broader understanding of customers. The multi-disciplinary group in this area fosters research separately and collaborative approaches.

  • Entrepreneurial business environment and Leadership:

    In emerging economies and around the world, interest in innovation and entrepreneurship is currently increasing. Entrepreneurial leadership thus require specific qualities to adapt and initiate change in this technology driven economic growth era. This research area offers specific, research tools and concepts that leaders can use to guide their actions in startup-growth- and managing change for firm’s critical requirements.

  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Technology Transfer:

    Governments across the world are looking for technology as economic growth engine. The Universities and Higher Education Institutions are acting as Incubator, Accelerator and Mentorship Platform. This research area looks to the opportunities of process of Institutional transformation mechanism for entrepreneurship Development models and creating an ecosystem for nurturing start-ups for offering a conducive environment towards entrepreneurship development.

  • Entrepreneurial finance, economics & Governance Issues:

    The theme covers practical and theoretical issues around the financing and economics of new ventures, link between their governance mechanisms and firm performance in terms of financial and non-financial performance. This area offers expertise include capital structure of entrepreneurial firms, governance of family business, SMEs growth modes, start-ups and IPO, agency problems, disclosure, and ownership structure etc.

  • Social entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development:

    Social entrepreneurs play a major role as change agents in the social sector, by adopting mission to create and sustain social value, pursuing community opportunities, without being limited by resources, and exhibiting social- ecological accountability to the constituencies served and for the world created. This research area applies qualitative understandings with action research and ethnographical studies being involved in community.

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