Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bangalore shines in MIT journal’s innovators list

The India edition of the MIT Technology Review on Saturday announced exemplary innovations in the field of technology with it’s ‘India TR35 2012 list of young technology innovators’, all aged below 35. While Bangalore emerged as the hottest technology innovation city with five innovators making it to the list, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT-Mumbai) was the hottest innovation centre with three of its researchers in the list.

A list of 20 innovators was announced in Bangalore. The only woman innovator in the list is 28-year-old Priyanka Sharma from CSIR-run Institute of Microbial Technology in Chandigarh. She developed a plastic chip which uses simple assay techniques to detect toxic materials in the environment in cost and time-effective manner.

The technologists would present their innovations at the Emerging Technologies conference, EmTech India 2012, later this month, which would be addressed by scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The India TR35 members from Bangalore are Shirish Goyal, 27, of LinkSmart Technologies for creating fool-proof security to prevent data theft; Sumeet Yamdagni, 29, of Instrumentation Scientific Technologies for inventing Optical instruments for Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and Vikas Malpani, 28, of MaxHeap Technologies for bringing communities on a common floor.

Anirudh Sharma, 24, of Ducere Technologies was named Innovator of the Year for creating Haptic shoe for the visually impaired. Animesh Nandi, 33, of Bell Labs India, Alcatel-Lucent for devising personalized privacy frameworks. Nandi was the only India TR35 member from a Bangalore-based multi-national while the rest were from local enterprises.

IIT-Mumbai’s V S K Murthy Balijepalli, 26, also made it to the list. Balijepalli was chosen for developing a method to forecast electricity price, grid frequency and load that can help make power grids smarter, Joshi made nano-structures which can encapsulate two anti-cancer drugs, paclitaxel and curcumin, and deliver them in combination to lung cancer patients. Reddy was chosen for his work on a laboratory scale flameless combustion with liquid fuels.

Source: The Indian Express, March 11, 2012

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