University College London delegation visits IIT Delhi

A delegation from University College London (UCL) led by Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost, visited IIT Delhi and held discussions with Director Prof V. Ramgopal Rao and faculty members from various departments at the institute.

The discussions were mainly focused on the opportunities of academic collaborations like faculty and student exchange programme between IIT Delhi and UCL. The delegation also visited labs at IIT Delhi.

IIT Delhi and UCL researchers are already working on some joint research projects.

Collaborating to develop wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi

Researchers with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, co-led by UCL (University College London) are developing wheelchair-accessible maps of Delhi using innovative sensing platforms in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

The collaborative project called Street Rehab, has been designed to gain a clear understanding of user needs, available technology and the accessibility of the city.

The researchers have developed low-cost sensors that can identify features of the sidewalk and gauge how the wheelchair or tricycle users propel themselves. The sensors are linked to the user’s mobile phone, to make their mobility device part of the Internet of Things, and to enable users to access the sensor data via an app. They can also add geo-tagged photo or voice notes to annotate their journey.

For the first stage of the Street Rehab project, the researchers teamed up with local NGOs to find wheelchair and tricycle users from across the socio-economic spectrum, who were the study participants and also advised on the development of the project.

Anonymous data from the participants’ sensors has helped create a map of accessibility in parts of Delhi.

Rural child nutrition project places communities at the helm

Researchers from health, education, engineering and environmental backgrounds are leading an innovative project to improve child nutrition, focused on infant feeding practices, led by UCL (University College London) with Save the Children, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The community mobilisation project, known as PANChSHEEEL, is based in rural Rajasthan, India.

The project, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), takes a holistic and community view of infant feeding practices, including different facets of nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and parent-child interactions, alongside policy recommendations from both the health and sociocultural perspective.