Workshop about Participatory Design of ICT at IIT-M in Chennai 18-19 February 2010
The aim of the workshop, which is being co-organized by IIT-M and Blekinge Institute of Technology, is to bring together industry, academia, designers and engineers in the field of ICT:s for a discussion on the role and methods of Participatory Design for ICT.
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Trip to India 21-28 February 2009
The focus of the trip is primarily to strengthen regional contacts involving cooperation among researchers and the student exchange programme. Practical work with syllabi will also be addressed. The travelers included Gunvor Engström, County Governor and Ursula Hass, vice-chancellor of the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). The action-packed itinerary includes meetings with the state minister in Andhra Pradesh and a visit to the newly built technology park at IIT-M in Chennai.
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Cochin and Chennai, India, 9 - 15 December 2008
- Participation in workshop arranged by the Indian-Swedish Cooperation on Technical Research and Education International, (INSTEC) INSTEC workshop on Sustainable City - Technologies and Systems for sustainable Development 10 - 12 December 2008. Co-arrangers on site: Cochin University of Science and Technology, CUTSAT. The conference was held at CUTSAT's School of Environmental studies. In addition to BTH, Sweden was also represented by the Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers, and the universities in Lund, Stockholm, Linköping and Uppsala, as well as the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
- Speakers included Sara Eriksén, BTH: Research co-operation between India and Sweden for IT-supported sustainable rural development.
Contacts with the TeNeT research group at India Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) were strengthened both during the conference, especially with Dr. Aarti Kawlra from IIT-M, who took part in the conference in Cochin, and during a visit to IIT-M in Chennai. Continued work on the India Project, India in Blekinge - Blekinge in India was also discussed.
Visit at Anna University in Chennai.
Content and experiences
Researchers from both Swedish and Indian Universities participated at the workshop in Cochin, with about an equal number of participants from each country, providing a venue for valuable discussions on various themes addressed during the conference. (Programme enclosed.) A number of students from the School of Environmental studies in Cochin also took part in the workshop.
Cochin is a large city that has the structure of an overgrown village. The city struggles with problems such as waste management, an almost impossible traffic situation, and water and sewage management. During an enthusiastic introductory address the mayor of Cochin, Professor Mercy Williams, explored the problems associated with these issues.
The presentations featured themes such as:
- Sustainable Urban Development
- Sustainable Energy - Water - Waste Management
- Bio fuels - Swedish and Indian Experiences
Sustainable Transport Systems
During the visit at Anna University we acquired an overview of some of the university's many specialities. In addition to gaining an overall picture of the big university, and a meeting with the vice-chancellor, we briefly visited various departments, including:
- Institute of Ocean Management.
- Centre for Water Resources
- Centre for Environmental Studies
- Institute of Remote Sensing
- Crystal Growth Centre
Centre for Biotechnology
The sprawling IIT-M campus in itself was impressive. We visited the university's incubator where we saw examples of commercial products that were all of the highest technical quality that met one important parameter: the cost of end products must be low enough that they can actually be used. We also met with Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala and his coworkers. A time line for collaboration between IIT-M and BTH was presented. (enclosed)
What have we brought home with us?
- Exciting new contacts that can lead to future cooperation
Better understanding of the reality in which our Indian colleagues work.
Insight about the many international students from Europe and other parts of the world in Chennai.
Practical plans and agreements for continued work on the India project.