Technology Innovation Hub

Human-computer interaction (or HCI), also referred to as man-machine interaction (MMI), is a wide and multidisciplinary field that aims to improve the interactions between users and computers by making computers more usable and receptive to the users' needs. The field involves decision tasks that require a joint performance by both humans and machines. Some important aspects of HCI are user-interface design and user-interface evaluation. HCI research in India needs to be aligned with two-component features about India: India as a go-to destination for low-cost, high-quality software development; and, India as a rapidly growing market of information technology hardware and software products. Human-computer interaction (or HCI), also referred to as man-machine interaction (MMI), is a wide and multidisciplinary field that aims to improve the interactions between users and computers by making computers more usable and receptive to the users' needs. The field involves decision tasks that require a joint performance by both humans and machines. Some important aspects of HCI are user-interface design and user-interface evaluation.

The proposed Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) is planned to make India a leader in HCI research in the world. Based on faculty strengths, industry collaborations, and ongoing projects, TIH’s focus will be on the following: technology (interface) development and evaluation, HRD & skill development, entrepreneurship, and collaborations. Due to the proposed location of the hub at IIT Mandi, some of the technologies will be focused on the mountain region. A team of experienced faculty, as well as newly joined faculty, will participate in the success of the TIH. Also, a number of industries and academic institutions have committed to be a part of this TIH. The academic and industrial institutions include Aindra, Adobe, RxDataScience, DRDO, PGIMER, NDMA, NMHS, MeiTY, NTRO, C-DAC Mohali, C-DAC Kolkata, C-DAC Bangalore, RFSL, AR-TRAC, R&DE, Bioedha, NMSWorks, CMU, NTNU, and London Met. The TIH will be contacting companies working in the field of HCI to work actively with them on technology (interface) development and evaluation, HRD & skill development, entrepreneurship, collaborations and different activities planned under the TIH with different goals under each activity. The figure also shows the interdependencies between different activities with link connectors. For example, technology development depends upon human resources and collaborations, and the deliverables (products) may provide inputs for entrepreneurships and startups. The projects under the technology development will mainly focus on different aspects of user interfaces across a number of problems in different domains. These domains will include the environment, healthcare, information technology (IT), and defense & security, which form important sectors of the Indian economy. A distinct goal for HCI research under the TIH would be the development and testing of technology/computer systems that make them usable by human beings. A sub-goal of the TIH would be the study of how people use technology/computer systems in different domains (environment, healthcare, information technology, and defense & security) and how one could make this interaction simpler and efficient. The proposed TIH will take-up a number of HCI - related projects at the local, regional, and national levels. The main problems to be addressed by the TIH will be classified into the following domains Environment, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Defence & Security.

    TIH-Targets List

S.No. Target Area Set Targets Achieved Targets
1st Yr 2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 5th Yr Total 1st Yr 2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 5th Yr Total
1

Technology Development

1.1 No of Technologies (IP, Licensing, Patents etc) 6 10 9 0 0 25 23 0 0 0 0 23
1.2 Technology Products 0 4 5 7 9 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.3 Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 3 9 8 12 18 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.4 Increase in CPS Research Base 30 60 90 120 150 450 0 0 0 0 0 0
2

Entrepreneurship Development

2.1 Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.2 Start-ups & Spin-off companies 7 7 7 7 7 35 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.3 GCC - Grand Challenges & Competitions 1 1 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.4 Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5 CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) 3 4 4 5 5 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.6 Dedicated Innovation Accelerator (DIAL) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.7 CPS-Seed Support System (CPS- SSS) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.8 Job Creation 100 1000 1650 2000 4000 8750 0 0 0 0 0 0
3

Human Resource Development

3.1 Graduate Fellowships 25 45 60 80 90 300 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.2 Post Graduate Fellowships 12 20 18 0 0 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.3 Doctoral Fellowships 12 20 18 0 0 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.4 Faculty Fellowships 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 Chair Professors 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.6 Skill Development 200 200 200 200 200 1000 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 5 10 5 3 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
4

International Collaboration

4.1 International Collaboration 1 1 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Nodal Officers

S.n. Name Department Designation Email
1 Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation Director, IIT Mandi director[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
2 Venkata Krishnan Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi Dean Director, IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation deansric[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
3 Prem Felix Siril IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation Professor, IIT Mandi prem[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
4 Varun Dutt IIT Mandi & IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation Associate Professor & Lead coordinator varun[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
5 Arnav Bhavsar IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation Associate Professor & Co-coordinator arnav[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in