La Trobe scientists win prestigious India fellowships

Posted on October 19, 2012

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Global software development: La Trobe’s Dr Lai, left, with Indian colleague Professor Kapur next to him, and other staff at a Delhi University seminar last year.

Two La Trobe University computer specialists and a nutrition bio-scientist have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science Australia-India Fellowships to carry out important information technology and health research in India.

The awards, support by the Federal Government’s Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, were announced in Delhi this week by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, during her visit to India.

Dr Markandeya Jois and Dr Richard Lai received ‘Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellowships’ for targeted research collaboration, short visiting lectureships and networking activities.

Animal science spin-off for humans

Dr Jois, Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, is studying the prevention and treatment of obesity, hypertension and diabetes using herbs, spices and medicinal plants.

As an animal and veterinary bioscientist, Dr Jois’ initial research was on regulation of body composition and energy efficiency in animals, work which has since been extended into areas of human health.

In India he will be working with Professor Ramanijini Gowda from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore and Dr Subba V Madhunapantula at JSS Medical College in Mysore.

Dr Lai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, specialising in software engineering. He will be furthering his work on devising specifications for global software development projects for offshore developers.

Dr Jois, left, and Dr Chilamkurti

His collaborators are Professor Lalchandani Kayprakash from the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, Professor Parmod Kapur from Amity University in Delhi, and Professor Rajib Mall from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.

Early Career  Fellowship

Computer scientist and engineer Dr Naveen Chilamkurti has been awarded an ‘Australia-India Early Career Fellowship’. This helps young researchers initiate or consolidate collaboration with leading-edge Indian host organisations.

Dr Chilamkurti specialises in research including mobile communications, video over wireless, low-energy wireless sensors and vehicular communications.

He will be working on video communication in ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’ for on-road infotainment using 4G communications with Dr Rama Garimella from the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT, Hyderabad) and Dr Aditya Jagannatham Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur.

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