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Two day worshop for initiating LRDSS-Academia-Industry interaction, organized at the Railway Staff College Vadodara

To initiate the process of developing transport models and software modules, specifically customised to address IR?s requirements, a two day workshop was organised at the Railway Staff College ? Vadodara on 8th and 9th of April?05. The workshop was attended by faculty & research scholars from IIT-Madras, IIT-Bombay, IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Lucknow, TERI as well as representatives from leading organization in the software area & financial institutions such as NASSCOM, IBM, Infosys, Tata Infotech, Mphasis, Mindtree, CDAC, HCL Infosytems & IDFC.

The workshop kicked off with the keynote address by Shri MR Ramakrishnan (MD/CRIS) who gave an overview of the developments in the field of IT on IR and the future plans in this area.   This was followed by a presentation on software capability developed during Phases 2 & 3 of the LRDSS project and areas wherein further work is required to be done.  After this, there were presentations from the participants from Academia on their research capabilities in related fields. The variety and nature of research work being carried out by various IITs and IIMs in rail related fields came as a surprise to most participants.

LRDSS Team Develops Tools For Analysis of Multimodal Frieight Traffic on User Defined Corridors

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On the second day of the workshop, the session on presentations by representatives from premier software firms was kicked off with the Regional Director (West) / NASSCOM?s presentation and was followed by those from Infosys, MPHASIS, Tata Infotech and CDAC regarding the work being done by them in related areas.

The main recommendations of the workshop were :  

1.There is a need to make this process of interaction a continuous, ongoing one. At present, academic institutions are taking up a number of research projects related to IR albeit in a fragmented and, at times, unproductive manner.   In some cases they do manage some informal feedback locally from IR officers but it is only in very rare cases, if any, that they end up working on ?live? problems that the IR actually makes systemic use of.
2.It was felt that if Transport Research Workshop were organised at the RSC on a regular, annual basis it would not only be of great use to all but could evolve into a prestigious event also.
3.Industry too expressed great interest in collaborating with IR for taking this work forward.  It was in fact proposed that a consortium of NASSCOM, academic institutions and IR should be established for taking up work on rail related projects.
4.It was felt that in future such workshops / seminars should also to bring together the end users from various departments who could directly use and benefit from the ongoing research in academic institutions / industry.

Source : Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 01-02-2011  

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