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In brief

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | Pioneer

programme on Global Challenges

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Compass Cambridge has collaborated with BrainGain Academy for its 10-day — Leadership Program On Global Challenges. The programme will take place at the University of Cambridge from December 7-17, 2019. The deadline to apply for the program is November 10, 2019.

This programme for young professionals, university students, and entrepreneurs, will focus on the prevalent challenges like global economic crisis, climate change, and health and well-being. The programme will be taught by faculty at University of Cambridge, Prof Gil Lonzarich, Senior Professor, Department of Physics, Cavendish Labs; Dr Patricia Alireza, Experimental Physicist and Dr Richard Sidebottom, Scholar at University of Cambridge’s Centre for Development Studies.

Wireless Sensors for landslide monitoring

The students of Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) have come up with a state-of-the-art system that give advance warnings of landslides so that people can be safely evacuated before disaster. It is the only system that makes use of AI and ML to monitor and detect landslides. The project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

AmritaWNA has issued early warnings about imminent landslides multiple times during 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018 and 2019 in Munnar. The IoT technology used, allows the system to scale and multi-scale and the scientific validity of the same has been discussed in more than 50 journals across the world.

Maneesha Sudheer, Professor & Director Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications (AmritaWNA) said: “Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is the only Indian institute to be recognised as a world center of excellence in Landslide Disaster Reduction. We are now readying the second installation in Sikkim to guard against rainfall-induced landslides in the Sikkim-Darjeeling belt.”

Diwali vacations to prep for next semester

As sessional exams in schools all across the country come to a close and with the festive season underway, Brainly, conducted a survey on its Indian user-base to observe how students plan to spend their festive vacations.

A major share of 37.2% of the students responded that they will be proactively utilising their Diwali vacations to prepare themselves for the upcoming semesters, whereas over 25% of students noted that will be celebrating with their families and more than 22.5% will be traveling with them. Over 53.9% of students stated how they may be keen on doing activities that involve research on different topics that are beyond their curriculum during this time. Over 70.9% of them said they will be completing the homework assignments that were given to them by the teachers, right before the vacation began.

Students are also looking to hone their skills and capabilities during these vacations. Be it learning a new language, engaging in sports-driven skills, and practising arts, crafts, and cooking.

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