Social Informatics Research Group

SIRG

Our Mission

Social Informatics Research Group is a multi-disciplinary research group at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta involving academicians, researchers and specialists in the domain of Management, Social Policy, Sociology, Education, Social Work and Computer & Information Science. The objective of Social Informatics Research Group is to develop and evaluate Internet-enabled social media based Social Information Systems, to investigate their applications for societal benefits and to study their possible impact on individual, groups, organizations and society at large using a set of analytic tools.

Internet and Web 2.0-based Social Technologies is the means of interactions among people, where they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Social technologies may be defined as “digital technologies used by people to interact socially and together to create, enhance, and exchange content". Socially enabled applications supported by social technologies are fundamentally changing the way we communicate, collaborate, consume, and create. They represent one of the most transformative impacts of information technology on any organization, both within and outside organizational boundaries.

To this end, we are interested in how people interact with social technologies and socially enabled applications to further their goals and interests and how they change and affect people and organizations. Our objectives are to study the formation and linkages of Virtual Communities that have the most positive effect on social capital when they can increase network density and facilitate the spread of information.

Today, increasing proliferation of mobile devices, broadband connectivity, web technologies, social networks and cloud services enable us to share the resources, information and infrastructure available in any corner of the world. People are now living in a “digitally-connected global society” where each individual in a crowd of people is a potential contributor in many ways to build a better community – they can collaborate for a social mission, participate in local governance and share their knowledge and expertise to help other underprivileged communities.

Ongoing Projects

Principal Investigator

somprakash Somprakash Bandyopadhyay is a Professor in Management Information Systems Group and Research Director of Social Informatics Research Group at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is the Founder-Mentor of Nexconnect Ventures Pvt Ltd (www.nexconnect.co.in), an online knowledge management platform that aims at providing holistic development to individuals and communities in the form of formal and non-formal education on-line by mobilizing knowledge capital of experienced and passionate teachers from well renowned institutions in the country. He is a PhD in Computer Science from Jadavpur University and B.Tech in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and fellow of the Japan Trust International Foundation. He has around 35 years of experience in teaching, research and development in several organizations of international repute, including PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, Japan, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Germany, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay and Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

https://www.iimcal.ac.in/users/somprakash

Co-Investigators

Biswatosh Saha Biswatosh Saha is with the Strategic Management group of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He is a B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and completed his doctoral work from Economics group, IIM Calcutta. He had a brief stint in the public sector steel industry, before he joined academics for his doctoral studies. His research has been published in AI & Society, Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Marketing Management, ACM Transactions in MIS and Critical Perspectives in International Business. His co-authored work has also won awards at Academy of Management Meetings and the CEEMAN-Emerald Case Competition. His current academic interests revolve around strategy-as-practice, critical management studies, digitization and complexity, institutional/organizational change and innovation & technology and society.

https://iimcal.ac.in/users/biswatosh

indranil Indranil Bose is a Professor of MIS Group of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He acts as Faculty Co-ordinator of the IIMC Case Research Center. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at the The University of Hong Kong, University of Florida, and University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, MS from the University of Iowa, MS and PhD from Purdue University. His research interests are in telecommunications, information security, business analytics, and green business management. He is the author of 100+ papers that have appeared in journals like Communications of the ACM, Communications of AIS, Computers and Operations Research, Decision Support Systems, Ergonomics, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE IT Professional, Information & Management, Information Science, International Journal of Production Economics, Operations Research Letters, as well as proceedings of international conferences. Dr. Bose serves on the editorial board of 16 international journals including Communications of AIS, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, among others.

https://www.iimcal.ac.in/users/indranil

indranil Dr. Saravana Jaikumar is Assistant Professor in Marketing Group at IIM Calcutta. He is a Fellow (Ph.D.) of Marketing from IIM Ahmedabad and MBA from Cardiff Business School, UK (University Gold Medalist). His research work has been published in reputed international journals including Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, Marketing Letters and Journal of Product and Brand Management. He is interested in research related to pricing, entrepreneurship, pharmaceutical price regulation, and consumer behavior at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’.

https://www.iimcal.ac.in/users/saravana

 

 

indranil Dr. Aditi Bhutoria is an Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Management Group at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Prior to this, Prof. Bhutoria was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (USA). She continues to be a non-resident research fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School, where her main project involves working with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia to develop their research and evaluation policies related to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. She has received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cambridge and M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also worked as a researcher with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK as well as a consultant for the Government Office for Science, UK. Prof. Bhutoria’s private sector experience includes working with Swiss Re Services Ltd. (London, Zurich) with their Financial Audit team; and PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd. (India) with their Social Sector Advisory, mainly engaging with state governments across the country.

Her current research focuses on the design, delivery and impact of educational policy and interventions in developing countries, especially India.

https://www.iimcal.ac.in/users/abhutoria

OwlishOracle:
An online teaching-learning platform to educate underprivileged children by educated senior citizens

India is facing a huge rural-urban divide with regard to poor learning achievement at the school level in remote rural areas, which are engulfed with problems such as the unavailability of good teachers and effective teaching-learning materials. In this context, our project seeks to utilize a social knowledge management platform named OwlishOracle to impart universal education online to the rural children using structured course materials and an online delivery mechanism that uses educated senior citizens from the urban area as teachers. Social knowledge management is a framework to manage social knowledge capital and it allows its users to create and modify content collaboratively. The major outcome of the project is to create an integrated rural-urban community, bridging educated senior citizens from urban area with underserved children from rural area. Our idea is to provide a holistic approach to learning through live interactions and digital content support (Bandyopadhyay, 2015a,b; 2016b). Thus, this project wishes to impart online education using Internet to children in rural areas leading to livelihood enhancement and holistic development by (i) utilizing the vast pool of knowledge resource of the educated senior citizens including retired teachers, who are capable but otherwise not involved in any mainstream productive activities (ii) creating Internet kiosks / study centers in selected villages where school children will use Tablets (for one-to-one teaching) or computers with internet and projector (for classroom-oriented teaching) to interact with their remote teachers and learn from them (iii) tying up with local NGOs who will assist in setting up an internet kiosk in remote villages and also be infrastructure partner in the intervention.

We have intervened in Krishnanagar, South 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Kolkata and Howrah districts in West Bengal. There were 10 elderly teachers involved and 219 students we taught via the online live virtual teachers. It was observed that all the interventions were grossly successful and not only did it benefit the students but also enthused the teachers to participate further. The reciprocity and warmth of the students were not barred at all by the fact that the classes were conducted remotely.

Online Remote Teaching with OwlishOracle
Online Remote Teaching with OwlishOracle

NCoRe:
A Community-Driven Social Information System to Develop Next Generation Collaborative and Responsive Rural Community

In a digitally-connected global society, each individual in a community of people is not only a consumer of information but also a producer of information: a potential contributor in many ways to build a better community. NCoRe exploits the potential of community knowledge, making them available to the community and empowering the communities to interact, collaborate and participate in the development of society and transforming the way they live, learn and work. NCoRe is an ongoing initiative to build next-generation collaborative and responsive community by empowering the rural community of India with an ICT-enabled“capability framework” involving the self-help groups (SHG): the micro-communities within a village community.

A cluster of women self-help groups located in Kandi, Murshidabad, West Bengal has been studied closely for a month to observe and evaluate influence of digital technology on social capital activation. We distributed 50 smart mobile phones with Internet facility to 50 women in the Self-help group Federation in collaboration with Panasonic India and Airtel. These women were rigorously trained with the use of smart phones and Whatsapp in Bengali language by our field workers (Figure 2.1).

Training SHG Women on using smart phones
Figure 2.1. Training SHG Women on using smart phones

A Whatsapp group was created where the SHG women regularly connects with our facilitators and senior teachers/trainers who are located in Kolkata. These women, for a month, utilized Whatsapp by asking questions related to making different hand-made products such as soft-toys, clothes, paper-made flowers or paintings to the senior trainers. Most of these women are eager to find an opportunity to be financially self-sufficient. SHG women and senior trainers shared product images (figure 2.2).

Sample Whatsapp communications - sharing information in form of texts or images
Figure 2.2. Sample Whatsapp communications - sharing information in form of texts or images

Apart from connecting via Whatsapp, our field workers had also given some training showing pre-recorded videos of senior teachers/trainers demonstrating stitching, different types of textiles, threads, stitches and fabric painting. The selected SHG women through hands-on activities learned new stitches in groups. The three day long video based training portrayed potential peer learning among these women (figure 2.3). This was followed by online Skype interaction with remote teacher.

Video based asynchronous training followed by online Skype Interaction with remote teacher
Figure 2.3 . Video based asynchronous training followed by online Skype Interaction with remote teacher

After one month of regular WhatsApp communication, it was observed that there were many women in the SHG groups who were previously not closely associated with the SHG federation as they rarely met each other. These women can now easily share their needs, their created products which were not possible earlier. Most of the women were previously unaware of what the other SHG group members produced and sold. This intervention created among SHGs willingness to replicate others’ products. They also share their own images, thoughts which indicate strengthening of “bonding social capital”. Regular communication with senior trainers and facilitators from Kolkata enhances sharing of information with regards to materials that are in demand in the market and about newer techniques of creating products that can be marketable. This indicates increasing “bridging social capital” that connects rural women of Kandi with facilitators outside the region. Here, social capital activation is possible in terms of access to social resources such as information with regards to availability of raw materials, market to be sold etc.

DiSARM: Post-Disaster Situation Analysis and Resource Management Using Delay-Tolerant Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks

Internet-based communication systems have been instrumental in providing day-to-day services in our life, but history has shown that natural disasters like Ayla in India, Katrina in USA, and the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan can severely impair all forms of communication, thus jeopardizing people’s lives. This proposal aims at systematizing such chaotic situation through a series of technical innovations in the area of hybrid wireless network technologies and its applications. The objectives of this project, called DiSARM (Post-Disaster Situation Analysis and Resource Management using Delay-Tolerant Wireless Peer-to-Peer Networks) are to:

  • Develop a disruption-prone wireless communication infrastructure with the help of smart-phones and allied rapidly deployable mobile devices that can effectively carry forward communication in the form of a peer-to-peer Delay Tolerant Network (DTN) in a disastrous situation,
  • Develop a robust framework that will lead to overall need assessment and situation analysis from piecewise localized views of the rescue teams and victims once a disaster occurs, and
  • Develop a coordination system to guide the resource distribution process, thus providing core disaster management services to the victims.
  • Validate the proposed solutions through simulation and smart-phone based test-bed implementation.

Broader impact of this project: The outcome of the project will enhance the preparedness of relief agencies and promote use of smart devices and wireless technologies for better coordination of relief efforts. Results from this research will a) foster interdisciplinary collaboration between engineers, scientists, and disaster relief organizations, and b) pave the way towards developing international standards for socio-technical operational protocols for effective handling of large-scale disasters.

The scientific work so proposed would be immediately translated into undergraduate and graduate course curriculum, projects and student internships in networking and distributed systems and its applications in crisis management. The multifaceted research topics will also lead to MS thesis and PhD dissertations to the research fellows working in this project.

One of the objectives of this project is societal sensitization of academic communities including students, teachers and project workers on various issues related to disaster risk reduction, management and post-disaster rehabilitation and resettlement. This should help them internalize and personalize the issues and contribute to sustainable changes in the lives of the distressed people affected by various kinds of disasters. Our strategy for intervention will be a two-way process: a) to ensure that we will be in constant touch with realities through various outreach programs, and b) to introduce a structured mentored program which will help entrepreneurs see these ideas taking shape into a successful business entity.

The lead mentors ITRA Institution is IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta, thus blending technology and management practices together under one umbrella. Other participating mentee Institutes are reputed engineering institutes (NITDGP, BESU, HIT and KGEC), who will be mentored to do serious collaborative research and handle large technical projects. Beyond this, we are also involving a diversified (in ranks and gender) set of young, talented and enthusiastic faculty members with complementary skills. Additionally, support from our international advisors, who are well known scholars of international repute, will help us succeed in a large research project like this. The nature of this project involves socio-techno-management expertise and hence our strong team of collaborators also includes NGOs and similar Organizations.

Organizing Conferences / Workshops/ Seminars/ Symposiums

  1. International Workshop Organized on “Health Management in Humanitarian Emergencies” from 7th to 9th September, 2014 with Doctors For You (DFY) in association with Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, UK and UKMED, UK.
  2. International Workshop on Mobile Systems for Coordinated Disaster Management (CORDIM 2016) on 8th January, 2016 organized jointly with Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Digital India Corporation, Govt of India, with Technical Sponsorship from IEEE Communication Society, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Kolkata Chapter.
  3. One day Workshop and panel discussion on “Re-inventing Online Education for the underprivileged in a Digitally Connected World” on Sunday, 17th April and 24th April, 2016.
  4. International Symposium on "Inclusive Education in a Connected World: Social Innovations to Exploit Pedagogical Potentials of Digital Age Learning" on 28th December, 2016, organized jointly with the Centre for Educational Technology (CET) of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, the Pratichi Institute, Kolkata and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata.
  5. International Workshop on " Exploring Mobile Computing, Networking & Applications for Development in India: An ITRA Initiative" organized jointly with Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Digital India Corporation, Govt of India, on 13th and 14th July 2017.
  6. Workshop on “Learning Management for Rural Children Using Online Teaching Learning Platform” organized jointly with NexConnect Ventures Pvt Ltd and Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Digital India Corporation, Govt of India, on December 22, 2018.
  7. One Day International Seminar on “Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations in a Digitally Connected World” Organized jointly with College of Business and Economics, Australian National University on 2nd January 2019.
  8. ACM International Workshop on “Emergency Response Technologies and Services (EmeRTeS 2019)” in conjunction with ICDCN 2019 in collaboration with ITRA, Digital India Corporation, MeitY, Govt. of India on January 7, 2019.
  9. Workshop on “Collaborative Creation - Connecting Rural Craft Producers with Urban Social Entrepreneurs” organized jointly with NexConnect Ventures Pvt Ltd and Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Digital India Corporation, Govt of India, on February 23, 2019.

….Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2015-19)

1. Rishikesan Parthiban, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay and Saravana Jaikumar (2019) “ICT Enabled Institutional Entrepreneurship to Mainstream the Marginalised : Insights from the Case of NexConnect in India”. Workshop on Being Human in a Digitized World; Organized by Management Center for Human Values, IIM Calcutta and Association for Information Systems – India Chapter January 2019.

2. Rishikesan Parthiban, Shalini and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay (2019). “NexConnect Ventures Pvt. Ltd.: Mainstreaming the Marginalized through the Gig Economy”. IIMC Case Research Center (IIMCCRC), January 2019

3. Bardhan, A. & Bandyopadhyay, S. (2019) Productive Ageing: Insights from an Action Research dealing with Senior Citizens’ engagement with an E-Learning Platform to Educate Underprivileged Children. Indian Journal of Gerontology. Vol.33, No.2.

4. Sneha Bhattacharyya, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Jayanta Basak (2019), “Social Technology for Rural Community Development: Bridging the Rural Urban Knowledge Divide Digitally”, Workshop on Being Human in a Digitized World; Organized by Management Center for Human Values, IIM Calcutta and Association for Information Systems – India Chapter January 2019.

5. Sneha Bhattacharyya, Priyadarshini Dey, Jayanta Basak, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay (2019), “Building Resilient Community using Social Technologies: A Precursory Measure for Effective Disaster Management”, Proceedings of International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN), January, 2019.

6. Priyadarshini Dey and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay (2018), “Blended learning to improve quality of primary education among underprivileged school children in India”, Education and Information Technologies, Springer , November 2018 (DOI: 10.1007/s10639-018-9832-1)

7. Souvik Basu, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Sipra Das Bit (2018). “A Utility Driven Post Disaster Emergency Resource Allocation System Using DTN”, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems (2018), pp. 1-13, doi:10.1109/tsmc.2018.2813008

8. Rishikesan Parthiban, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Jayanta Basak (2018). “Towards a Nex-Gen Cottage Industry in the Digital Age: Insights from an Action Research with Rural Artisans in India.22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2018, Yokohama, Japan, June 26-30, 2018

9. Jayanta Basak, Siuli Roy and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Cultivating Online Communities of Practice as Rural Knowledge Management Strategy in India” Proc of the 18th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM 2017), 7 – 8 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain

10. Moumita Basu, Anurag Roy, Kripabandhu Ghosh, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay and Saptarshi Ghosh, "A Novel Word Embedding Based Stemming Approach for Microblog Retrieval during Disasters", accepted for publication in 39th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2017), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

11. Moumita Basu, Anurag Roy, Kripabandhu Ghosh, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Saptarshi Ghosh, “Microblog Retrieval in a Disaster Situation: A New Test Collection for Evaluation”, accepted for publication in International Workshop on Exploitation of Social Media for Emergency Relief and Preparedness (SMERP 2017), Aberdeen, UK

12. Moumita Basu, Kripabandhu Ghosh, Somenath Das, Ratnadeep Dey, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay,Saptarshi Ghosh, “Utilizing Microblogs for Post-Disaster Relief: Automatic Identification and Matching of Resource Need and Availability” accepted for publication in the 2017 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2017), Sydney, Australia

13. Moumita Basu, Saptarshi Ghosh, Arnab Jana, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Ravikant Singh, "Resource Mapping During a Natural Disaster: A Case Study on the 2015 Nepal Earthquake accepted for publication in Elsevier International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2017

14. Ananya Banerjee, Jayanta Basak, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Towards a Collaborative Disaster Management Service Framework using Mobile and Web Applications” Journal International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Volume 8 Issue 1, January 2016.

15. Rishikesan Parthiban, Jayanta Basak and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “ICT as a Driver to Improve Socio-Economic Performance of Self-Help Groups (SHG) In India: A Conceptual Framework and its Empirical Validation”, PAN IIM World Management Conference, 12th-15th December, 2016, IIM Ahmedabad, India.

16. Jayanta Basak, Rishikesan Parthiban, Siuli Roy and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “A Community-Driven Information System to Develop Next Generation Collaborative and Responsive Rural Community (NCoRe)”, Presented in ITU Kaleidoscope 2016 - ICTs for a Sustainable World, Bangkok, 14-16 Nov 2016.

17. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Priyadarshini Dey, Arina Bardhan and Srimoyee Das “Education for All” in a connected world: a social technology-driven framework for e mobilizing dormant knowledge capital through sharism and mass collaboration Procedia Engineering, Elsevier, Proc. of the Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2016, Volume 159, Pages 284-291 (SEP 2016)

18. Moumita Basu, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Saptashi Ghosh, “Post Disaster Situation Awareness and Decision Support through Interactive Crowdsourcing”, Procedia Engineering, Elsevier, Proc. of the Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2016 Volume 159, Pages 167-173 (SEP 2016).

19. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Arina Bardhan, Priyadarshini Dey, Shrabastee Banerjee, Srimoyee Das and Kalyan S. Mandal, “A Social Knowledge Management Platform for Universal Primary Education Online“, in “Harnessing Social Media as a Knowledge Management Tool”, Ed. Ritesh Chugh, IGI Global, June 2016, ISBN13: 9781522504955.

20. Pragna Debnath, Saniul Haque, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Siuli Roy, “Post-disaster Situational Analysis from WhatsApp Group Chats of Emergency Response Providers”, Proceedings of the ISCRAM 2016– Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

21. Anubrata Das, ,Neeratyoy Mallik, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Sipra Das Bit, Jayanta Basak, Interactive Information Crowdsourcing for Disaster Management Using SMS and Twitter: A Research Prototype", Proc. of the 3rd International Workshop on Crowd Assisted Sensing Pervasive Systems and Communications (CASPer 2016), Sydney, Australia 14-18 March 2016.

22. Souvik Basu, Siuli Roy, Sipra Das Bit, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "A Human Mobility Based Knowledge Sharing Approach for Post Disaster Need Assessment using DTN", Proc. of 17th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN 2016), Singapore 4-7 January 2016.

23. Moumita Basu, Saptarshi Ghosh, Arnab Jana, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Ravikant Singh, "Medical Requirements During a Natural Disaster:A Case Study on WhatsApp Chats among Medical Personnel during the 2015 Nepal Earthquake ", accepted for publication in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal, 2016.

24. Moumita Basu, Kripabandhu Ghosh, Somenath Das, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Saptarshi Ghosh:Microblog Retrieval During Disasters: Comparative Evaluation of IR Methodologies. FIRE Workshop 2016: 20-38

25. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Priyadarshini Dey, Arina Bardhan, Shrabastee Banerjee and Srimoyee Das, “OwlishOracle: Architecting a Social Media based e-Learning Platform for Primary Education of Underprivileged Children by Senior Citizens of India”, Int. J. of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Inderscience Publishers, Vol.3, No.4, pp.322 - 339, December 2015.

26. Pinjala, S., Bose, I., and Bandyopadhyay, S. 2015. “Shanakt Consulting: an Indian technology startup’s dilemma,” Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases (doi: 10.1057/jittc.2015.10) online: December 2015 © 2015 JITTC Palgrave Macmillan

27. Tryambak Gangopadhyay, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Resource Mobilization through Mass Collaboration using Social Media: A Measurement Framework to Valuate Social Mediators”, Third International Conference on Business Analytics and Intelligence, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore 17 to 19 December 2015

28. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Shrabastee Banerjee, Arina Bardhan, Priyadarshini Dey and Srimoyee Das, “A Social Knowledge Management Framework for Harnessing Collective Knowledge Capital of Senior Citizens” Proc of the 12th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning (ICICKM 2015), Bangkok, Thailand 5 – 6 November 2015.

29. Suman Bhattacharjee, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyapadhyay "Exploring an Energy-efficient DTN Framework Supporting Disaster Management Services in Post Disaster Relief Operation", Wireless Networks Journal (Springer), April 2015, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 1033-1046

30. Souvik Basu, Suman Bhattacharjee, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyapadhyay, "SAGE-PRoPHET: A Security Aided and Group Encounter based PRoPHET Routing Protocol for Dissemination of Post Disaster Situational Data", in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN) 2015, ACM Digital Library, doi: 10.1145/2684464.2684492. ICDCN, January, 2015

31. Apratim Mukherjee, Souvik Basu, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Developing a Coherent Global View for Post Disaster Situation Awareness using Opportunistic Network", in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS (COMSNETS) January, 2015

32. Priyadarshini Dey, Arina Bardhan and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Architecting a Social Media based e-Learning Environment for Primary Education of Underprivileged Children by Senior Citizens of India”, Presented at the Social Media 2014: 19th Int’l Education and Technology Conference, Hong Kong. 15 -17th April, 2014.

33. Arina Bardhan, Priyadarshini Dey, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Connecting Generations: Creation of Web based Virtual Communities for Imparting Formal and Informal Education to the Underprivileged Children by Elderly” International Federation on Ageing (IFA)’s 12th Global Conference on Ageing, Hyderabad, 10-13 June, 2014.

34. Kalyan S Mandal, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Shrabastee Banerjee, and Priyadarshini De, “Role of ICT In Mitigating Social Problems”, Presented in XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology on Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama, July 13-19, 2014, Japan.

JOURNALS and CONFERENCES (Project-wise)

Ageing Well:
Using Pervasive Information System For Empowerment Of Indian Elderly People

1. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Sagar Bose, Arpan Pal, “Creation of an Assisted Living Environment for Elderly People using Ubiquitous Networking Technologies” Presented at CSI – 2012: 47th Annual National Convention of CSI: International Conference on Intelligent Infrastructure, Kolkata, Dec 2012.

2. Arina Bardhan, SomprakashBandyopadhyay and Kalyan S Mandal, “Redefining the role of elderly as facilitator to educate young generation through Information and Communication Technology”, Presented in International Conference on Ageing Well-Social and Managerial Challenges (ICAW) held in Kochi, Kerala.17- 19th January 2014.

3. Arina Bardhan , Priyadarshini Dey ,and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Connecting Generations: Creation of Web based Virtual Communities for Imparting Formal and Informal Education to the Underprivileged Children by Elderly Community,” Presentated in IFA 12th Global Conference on Ageing, Hyderabad, India, June, 2014

4. Kalyan S Mandal, ‘Home Based Care Service for the Aged: A Business Model of Social Welfare, Profit and Poverty Alleviation’, Indian Journal of Gerontology, 2013, Vok.27, No. 3. October, 2013.

Social Inclusion Through Digital Inclusion:
A Social Media Based Knowledge Management Framework To Educate The Underprivileged By The Elderly Community

1. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Vaybhav Shaw, Aadrita Banerjee, Debopriyo Nag, "Social Knowledge Management: Use of Social Media for Disseminating Informal Wisdom of Elderly to the Youth" International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation and Enterprise in London, United Kingdom, in September 2013.

2. Priyadarshini Dey, Arina Bardhan and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Architecting a Social Media based e-Learning Environment for Primary Education of Underprivileged Children by Senior Citizens of India”, Presented at the Social Media 2014: 19th Int’l Education and Technology Conference, Hong Kong. 15 -17th April, 2014.

3. Shrabastee Banerjee, Kalyan S Mandal and Priyadarshini De, "A Study on the Permeation and Scope of ICT Intervention at the Indian Rural Primary School Level", presented to 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, April 1 - 3, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

4. Kalyan S Mandal, SomprakashBandyopadhyay, Shrabastee Banerjee, and Priyadarshini Dey, “Role of ICT In Mitigating Social Problems”, Accepted in XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology on Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama, July 13-19, 2014, Japan.

5. M Garg, Kalyan S Mandal, “Mid-Day Meal for the Poor, Privatised Education for the Non-Poor”, Economic & Political Weekly EPW July 27, 2013 Vol XLVIII No 30

Some Studies On The Social Dynamics Of Internet And Social Web

1. Shrabastee Banerjee, Apratim Mukherjee and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Effect of Social Networks on Consumers’ Inclination towards Online Shopping using Transaction Cost Analysis in an Agent-based Framework”, In 2nd Annual International Conference on Micro and Macro Economics (MME 2012), Singapore, July 2012.

2. Anurag Saha, Ayanti Ghosh, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Role of Twitter to Enhance Citizens’ Participation with Decentralized Coordination in Disaster Management", accepted in International Conference on Disaster Management: Preparedness, Response & Rehabilitation” on 18th – 20th October, 2012 at Hyderabad, India'. (Abstract only)

3. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Apratim Mukherjee and Shrabastee Banerjee, “A Simulation Model using Transaction Cost Economics to Analyze the Impact of Social Media on Online Shopping”, 4th International Conference on Social Informatics, 5–7 December 2012, Lausanne, Switzerland

Post-Disaster Situation Analyses And Resource Management Using Delay-Tolerant Peer-To-Peer Wireless Network (DiSARM)

1. Sudipa Batabyal, Apratim Mukherjee and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "A Decentralized Approach towards Location Tracking of Mobile Users in Opportunistic Networks" in David Wild, et al (eds.) : Trends in Network and Communications, Communications in Computer and Information Science Series, July 2011, Volume 197, Part 2, 368-377, Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH

2. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Debanjan Das Deb and Sagar Bose, "Coordinating Disaster Relief Operations Using Smart Phone / PDA Based Peer-To-Peer Communication", International Journal of Wireless & Mobile Networks (IJWMN) December 2012, Volume 4. Number 6

3. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Debanjan DasDeb, “Post-disaster resource management using peer-to-peer opportunistic networks" Presented in The International Conference on Advances in Computing and Information Technology – (ACIT 2014) Bangkok, Thailand, 04-05 January, 2014.

PUBLICATIONS FROM PAST PROJECTS

Smart-Road: An Intelligent Traffic Congestion Management System Using RFID And Wireless Networking Technology

1. Koushik Mandal, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Road Traffic Congestion Monitoring and Measurement using Active RFID and GSM Technology”, 14th International IEEE Annual Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, October 5-7, 2011, in Washington, DC, USA, at The George Washington University.

2. Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Munmun Das, Suvadip Batabyal, Sankhadeep Pal, "Real Time Traffic Congestion Detection and Management using Active RFID and GSM Technology", presented at the 2010 International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems Telecommunications (ITST 2010), Kyoto, Japan, 9-11 November 2010.

Analyzing The Impact Of Using Real-Time Tracking, Sensing & Management System For Improving Industrial Safety & Security

1. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay and Siuli Roy, “Managing Enterprise Resource and Environment through Real-Time Tracking, Monitoring and Actuation of Enterprise Objects using Internet: a Conceptual Framework and Test-Bed Implementation”, ComNet-IoT 2012: The First International Workshop on Computing and Networking for Internet of Things, in conjunction with 13th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking, Hong Kong, January 3-6, 2012

2. Srideep Ghosh, Anurag D, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Use of Wireless Mesh Network to Improve Mobile Asset Utilization in Manufacturing Industries”, The 2nd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies, September 19-21, 2011, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Published in Procedia Computer Science, Volume 5, 2011, Pages 66–73 Elsevier.

3. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Siuli Roy, Manabendranath Pal, “Ubiquitous Computing for Improving Industrial Safety and Security Management”, Ubicomp -India 2010, C-DAC, Chenai, 29th & 30th January 2010.

4. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Srideep Ghosh, Siuli Roy, “Wireless Tracking and Sensing Systems for Mine Safety, Security and Productivity Management”, in International Geominetech Symposium on "New Equipment, New Technology, Management and safety in Mining and Mineral based Industries”, Hotel Swosti Plaza, Bhubaneswar, India” May 2010

5. Aakash Nigam, Anubhav Jain and Somprakash Bandopadhyay, “RTLS Based Intelligent Transport System for BRTS using RFID & IEEE 802.15.4 Modeled Wireless Mesh Networking”, Conference on Mobile & Pervasive Computing, CoMPC-10, January 28-29, 2010.

6. Samarth Sharma, Samaresh Choudhary, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Fish Plate Security Using IR Sensors with RFID & IEEE 802.15.4 modelled Wireless Mesh Networking”, International conference on Sensors and related network, Sennet 09, VIT, Vellore, December 2009.

7. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Srideep Ghosh, Akhilesh Mandal, “Real Time Tracking and Sensing Systems for Improved Safety and Security in Mines”, National Seminar on Technological Advancement of Minig Industry, Department of Mining Engineering. MPUAT, Udaipur, December 4 – 5, 2009.

8. Anurag D, Srideep Ghosh, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “GPS based Vehicular Collision Warning System using IEEE 802.15.4 MAC/PHY Standard”, 8th International Conference of ITS Telecommunications 2008, Phuket, Thailand.

Agro-Sense:
Real Time Monitoring Of The Climatological Conditions Of The Agricultural Field For Precision Agriculture Using Sensor Based Wireless Mesh Networks

1. Siuli Roy and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “A Test-bed on Real-time Monitoring of Agricultural Parameters using Wireless Sensor Networks for Precision Agriculture”, invited paper, International Conference on Intelligent Infrastructure at 47th Annual National Convention of the Computer Society of India, December 1-2, 2012, Kolkata

2. Anurag D, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "AGRO-SENSE: Precision Agriculture using Sensor based Wireless Mesh Networks", Proceedings of ITU (International Telecommunications Union) Conference on Next Generation Networks, Geneva, Switzerland, May 12-13, 2008.

Pollution Monitoring And Evaluation System Using Sensor Based Wireless Mesh Networks For The Protection Of Public Spaces

1. Siuli Roy, Anurag D, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Testbed Implementation of a Pollution Monitoring System Using Wireless Sensor Network for the Protection of Public Spaces", International Journal of Business Data Communications And Networking, 5(4). Oct-Dec, 2009 .

2. Anurag D, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "A multi case study and framework for the adoption of Wireless Sensor Networks", presented at 18th International Conference on Management of Technology, Orlando, USA, 2009.

3. Anurag D, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Node Addressing Schemes for Scalable and Fault Tolerant Routing in Hierarchical WSNs", IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Princeton, USA 2009.

4. Anurag D, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Achieving Fault Tolerance and Network Depth in Hierarchical Wireless Sensor Networks", International Conference on Communications Systems and Telecommunications 2008, San Francisco, USA.

5. Anurag, D. “Some Investigations in Technical and Business Aspects for the Effective Adoption of Wireless Sensor Networks", PhD Thesis, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 2010.

Secured Decentralized Disaster Management Information Network

1. Parama Bhaumik. “Some Investigations on Location Based Cluster Management and Routing Protocols for Large Mobile Ad-hoc Networks”, Jadavpur University, 2009

2. Parama Bhaumik, Somprokash Bandyopadhyay “A Location -Aided Content Searching Mechanism for Large Mobile Ad Hoc Network using Geographic Clusters” published in proceedings of 9th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking ICDCN 2008 , 5-8 January 2008 Kolkata ,India.

3. Parama Bhaumik, Somprokash Bandhopadhyay “A Mobility Tolerant Cluster Management Protocol with Dynamic Surrogate Cluster-heads for A Large Ad Hoc Network”, published in proceedings of 8th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking ICDCN 2006 , IIT Guwahati 29-31 December.

4. Parama Bhaumik, Somprokash Bandhopadhyay, “An Efficient Cluster Management Protocol using GPS Based Geographic Clustering with Surrogate Cluster-heads for a Large Ad hoc Network“, accepted in World Mobile Congress 3-7 July 2006 , Munich Germany.

5. M Scalem, "A Model Approach to an Integrated Real-Time Computer Mediated Information Network System (D2MINS) through Wireless and Mobile Networking as Enabling Technologies", PhD Thesis, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 2006.

6. M Scalem, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Ashok K Sircar,Sushanta Sinha, "A Decentralized Disaster Management Information Network (DDMIN) for Coordinated Relief Operations", 9th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2005), Orlando, USA, July 10-13, 2005.

7. Parama Bhaumik, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Mobile Agent Based Message Communication in Large Ad hoc Networks through Co-operative Routing using Inter-Agent Negotiation at Rendezvous Points", Accepted in IWDC 2005, IIT, Kharagpur, India, 27-30 December ,2005.

8. Parama Bhaumik , M. Scalem, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "Content-based Query Support in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks using Information-Fading and Narrow-Casting for Efficient Resource Handling in Disaster Management", Accepted in IST Mobile and Wireless Communications Summit, Dresden, Germany, 19-23 June 2005.

9. M. Scalem , Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Sushanta Sinha, Ashok K Sircar,"Decentralised Disaster Management Information Network (DDMIN): Research Discussions on the inherent Technological and Strategic Implementation Issues and proposed Solutions", Accepted in CISTM 2005, New Delhi, India, July 24-26, 2005.

10. M. Scalem, S. Bandyopadhyay, and A.K. Sircar , "An Approach Towards a Decentralised Disaster Management Information Network", Accepted in Asian Applied Computing Conference (AACC 2004) , Nepal, Oct. 29-31 2004.

MAC And Routing Protocols For Ad Hoc Networks With Directional ESPAR Antennas

1. Siuli Roy, Sanjay Chatterjee, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Hisato Iwai, Sadao Obana, "A Power Aware Routing Strategy for Ad hoc Networks with Directional Antenna Optimizing Control Traffic and Power Consumption", Accepted in IWDC 2005, IIT, Kharagpur, India, 27-30 December ,2005.

2. Siuli Roy, Sanjay Chatterjee, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Hisato Iwai, Sadao Obana, "Neighborhood Tracking and Location Estimation of Nodes in Ad hoc Networks Using Directional Antenna: A Testbed Implementation", Accepted in WirelessCom 2005 , Maui, Hawaii, USA, June 13-16, 2005.

3. Siuli Roy, “Some Investigations on Routing Protocols for Ad hoc Wireless Networks using Directional Antenna”, PhD Thesis, Jadavpur University, September 2004.

4. Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, Siuli Roy, Dola Saha and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “ACR: An Adaptive Communication-Aware Routing through Maximally Zone-Disjoint Shortest Paths in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks with Directional Antenna”, Special issue on Ad Hoc Wireless Networks for Journal of Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, 2004.

5. Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, Siuli Roy, Dola Saha and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “Location-Aware Power-Efficient Directional MAC Protocol in Ad Hoc Networks Using Directional Antenna”, Accepted for publication in the Transactions of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), 2004.

6. S. Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda and Kazuo Hasuike, "System Performance of Adaptive MAC Protocol for SDMA through Overhead Reduction in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks" (Extended Abstract), The Transactions of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Vol.J85-B, No.12, December 2002 (Special issue for ad hoc networks).

7. S. Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda and Kazuo Hasuike, "Technical Issues for Ad Hoc Networks" (in Japanese), The Transactions of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Vol.J85-B, No.12, December 2002 (Special issue for ad hoc networks).

8. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, S. Horisawa, S. Tawara, "An Adaptive MAC Protocol for Ad Hoc Networks with Directional Antenna" IEICE TRANS. COMMUN., VOL. E84-B, No.11 NOVEMBER 2001.

9. Siuli Roy, Dola Saha, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, “Improving End-to-End Delay through Load Balancing with Multipath Routing in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks using directional Antenna", 5th International Workshop on Distributed Computing (IWDC 2003), 27-30 December 2003, IIM Calcutta, India.

10. Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, “A Power-Efficient MAC Protocol with Two-Level Transmit Power Control in Ad Hoc Network Using Directional Antenna”, 5th International Workshop on Distributed Computing (IWDC 2003), 27-30 December 2003, IIM Calcutta, India.

11. Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay , Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, “An Adaptive Framework for Multipath Routing via Maximally Zone-Disjoint Shortest Paths in Ad hoc Wireless Networks with Directional Antenna”, Accepted in GLOBECOM 2003: Wireless Communications. 1 - 5 December 2003 San Francisco, CA, USA.

12. Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, “A Rotational Sector-based, Receiver-Oriented mechanism for Location Tracking and medium Access Control in Ad Hoc Networks using Directional Antenna", Proc. of the IFIP conference on Personal Wireless Communications PWC 2003. September 23-25, 2003 - Venice – ITALY.

13. Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay , “An Efficient MAC Protocol with Direction Finding Scheme in Wireless Ad Hoc Network Using Directional Antenna”, Proc. of the IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference RAWCON 2003, Boston, MA, August 10-13, 2003.

14. Siuli Roy, Dola Saha, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, “A Network-Aware MAC and Routing Protocol for Effective Load Balancing in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks with Directional Antenna" Proc. of the Fourth ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc 2003) Annapolis, Maryland, USA, June 1-3, 2003.

15. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, M.N. Pal, Dola Saha, Tetsuro Ueda, Kazuo Hasuike, "Improving System Performance of Ad Hoc Wireless Network with Directional Antenna" Accepted in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2003), Anchorage, Alaska, USA, May 11-15, 2003.

16. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Siuli Roy, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka "Multipath Routing in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks with Omni Directional and Directional Antenna: A Comparative Study" Proc. of the International Workshop on Distributed Computing, Calcutta, December 27-30,2002, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 2571), Springer Verlag , Dec 2002.

17. S. Bandyopadhyay, Siuli Roy, Tetsuro Ueda and Kazuo Hasuike, "Multipath Routing in Ad Hoc Netwroks with Directional Antenna", Proc. of the IFIP conference on Personal Wireless Communications PWC 2002, October 22-24, Singapore.

18. Tetsuro Ueda, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Kazuo Hasuike, "Implementing Messaging Services on Ad Hoc Community Networks using Proxy Nodes”, 2nd Swedish Workshop on Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks (ADHOC 02), March 5-6, 2002 ,Stockholm, Sweden.

19. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, S. Horisawa, S. Tawara, "An Adaptive MAC Protocol for Wireless Ad Hoc Community Network (WACNet) Using Electronically Steerable Passive Array Radiator Antenna", Proc of the GLOBECOM 2001, November 25-29, 2001, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

20. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, S. Horisawa, S. Tawara, "An Adaptive MAC and Directional Routing Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Network Using ESPAR Antenna" Proc of the ACM Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking & Computing 2001 (MOBIHOC 2001), Long Beach, California, USA, 4-5 October 2001.

21. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, S. Horisawa, S. Tawara, "A proposal of adaptive MAC protocol for wireless ad-hoc Networks", 2001 IEICE Society Conference 18-19 September 2001, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.

22. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, S. Horisawa, S. Tawara, "A Proposal of Directional Routing Protocol in Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks", 2001 IEICE Society Conference 18-19 September 2001, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.

23. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, S. Horisawa, S. Tawara, "An Adaptive MAC Protocol for Ad Hoc Networks with Directional Antenna" Proc. of the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Communications, (APCC 2001) Sept. 17-20, 2001, Tokyo, Japan.

24. K.Hasuike, S.Bandyopadyay, S.Horisawa, S.Tawara, K.gyoda and T. Ohira, "WACNet - Ad-Hoc Network With Adaptive Antennas", 2001 IEEE InternationalSympiosium on Signals, Systems, and Electronics, ISSE 2001, Tokyo, JAPAN, July 2001.

25. Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, Siuli Roy, Dola Saha and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, "A Priority-Based QoS Routing for Multimedia Traffic in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks with Directional Antenna using a Zone-Reservation Protocol" The Transactions of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineerings (IEICE), Vol.E87-B, No.5, May 2004.

26. Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, Siuli Roy, Dola Saha and Somprakash Bandyopadhyay , “A Priority-based QoS Routing Protocol with Zone Reservation and Adaptive Call Blocking for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks with Directional Antenna”, accepted in IEEE GLOBECOM, 29 November - 3 December 2004, Dallas, Texas, USA.

27. Siuli Roy, Dola Saha, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, "Service differentiation in Multi-hop Inter-Vehicular Communication using Directional Antenna", Accepted in VTC spring 2004: IEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference, May 17-19, 2004, Milan, Italy.

28. Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, "A Distributed Feedback Control Mechanism for Priority-based Flow-Rate Control to Support QoS Provisioning in Ad hoc Wireless Networks with Directional Antenna", Wireless Networking Symposium, 2004 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2004), Paris, 20-24 June, 2004.

29. Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay , Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka , “An Adaptive Packet Injection Rate Control Protocol to Support Priority-based QoS Provisioning in Ad hoc Network with Directional Antenna”, 6th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communication (WPMC 2003), Yokosuka, Japan, Oct 19-22, 2003.

30. T. Ueda, S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike , "An approach towards improving Quality of Service in ad hoc networks with ESPAR Antenna", Proc of the CQR2002 conference, Okinawa, Japan, 14-16 May 2002.

31. S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Hasuike, "A Connection Management Protocol to Support Multimedia Traffic in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks with Directional Antenna", IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME2001), Tokyo, Japan, August, 2001.

32. Dola Saha, Siuli Roy, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Tetsuro Ueda, Shinsuke Tanaka, “A Fair Medium Access Protocol using Adaptive Flow-rate Control through Cooperative Negotiation among Contending flows in Ad hoc Wireless Network with Directional Antenna”, 6th International Workshop on Distributed Computing (IWDC 2004), 27-30 December 2004, ISI Calcutta, India.

Routing And Survivability Issues In Ad Hoc Wireless Networks

1. Sajal K. Das , Amitava Mukherjee, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay, Debashis Saha, Krishna Paul , "An Adaptive Framework for QoS Routing through Multiple Paths in Ad hoc Wireless Networks", accepted for publication in Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC), Dec. 2002.

2. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. Saha and A. Mukherjee “A Stability-based Distributed Routing Mechanism to Support Unicast and Multicast Routing in Ad Hoc Wireless Network”, Computer Communications (Elsevier), vol. 24, Dec 2001.

3. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, "A Path Maintenance Protocol for Uninterrupted Communication in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks Using Self- Adjusting Transmission Range", Accepted in the 2000 IEEE International Conference On Personal Wireless Communications (ICPWC'2000), Hyderabad, India, Dec. 17-20, 2000

4. Sajal K. Das, A. Mukherjee, S. Bandyopadhyay, Krishna Paul, D. Saha, “Improving Quality-of-Service in Ad hoc Wireless Networks with Adaptive Multi-path Routing”, Accepted in GLOBECOM 2000, San Francisco, California, Nov. 27-Dec 1, 2000.

5. Krishna Paul, Romit Roychoudhuri and S. Bandyopadhyay, "Survivable Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Some Design Specifications" Accepted in IEEE International Conference on Multiaccess, Mobility And Teletraffic for Wireless Communications (IEEE MMT'2000), Florida, USA, December 3-6, 2000.

6. Krishna Paul, Romit Roychoudhuri and S. Bandyopadhyay, “Survivability Analysis of Ad Hoc Wireless Network Architecture”, Proc. of the Second International Workshop on Mobile and Wireless Communication Networks, Paris, France, May 2000. Published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS 1818, Springer Verlag.

7. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. Saha and A. Mukherjee, “Evaluating the Performance of a Demand-Driven Multicast Routing Scheme in Ad-Hoc Wireless Networks”, Proc. of the19th IEEE International Performance, Computing, and Communications Conference: IPCCC 2000, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, February 2000.

8. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. Saha and A. Mukherjee, “A Stability-Based On-Demand Multicast Routing in Ad-Hoc Wireless Networks”, Proc. of the 14th International Conference on Information Networking (ICOIN-14), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, R.O.C., January 26-28, 2000.

9. Krishna Paul and S. Bandyopadhyay, “Self-Adjusting Transmission Range Control of Mobile Hosts in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks for Stable Communication”, Presented in the Sixth International Conference on High Performance Computing HiPC99, Calcutta, India, December 1999.

10. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. Saha and A. Mukherjee. “A Simulation Technique for Evaluating a Distributed Routing Scheme among Mobile Hosts in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks”, Proc of the 1999 Advanced Simulation Technologies Conference (ASTC'99), San Diego, California, USA, April 1999.

11. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. Saha and A. Mukherjee, “Evaluating the Performance of Affinity-Based Routing Schemes among Mobile Hosts in Ad-Hoc Wireless Networks”, Accepted in the 7th International Conference on Telecommunication Systems, Modelling and Analysis, Nashville, USA, March 1999.

12. Krishna Paul, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. Saha and A. Mukherjee, “Communication-Aware Mobile Hosts in Ad-hoc Wireless Networks”, Proc of the IEEE International Conference on Personal Wireless Communication, Jaipur, India, Feb. 1999.

Applications Of Mobile Agents In Ad Hoc Wireless Networks

1. Romit RoyChoudhury, Krishna Paul, and S. Bandyopadhyay, "An Agent-based Connection Management Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks", Journal of Network and System Management , Vol. 10, No. 4, December 2002.

2. Romit RoyChoudhury, Krishna Paul, and S. Bandyopadhyay, "MARP: A Multi-Agent Routing Protocol for Mobile Wireless Ad Hoc Networks" Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Kluwer), 8 (1): 47-68, January 2004.

3. R Roy Choudhary, K Paul and S Bandyopadhyay “An Agent-based Protocol to Support Multimedia Communication in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks”, 1st International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing :Issues in Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing, San Francisco, USA, April 23-27 , 2001.

4. Romit RoyChouldhury, S. Bandyopadhyay and Krishna Paul , “A Mobile Agent Based Mechanism to Discover Geographical Positions of Nodes in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks”, Accepted in the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications (APCC2000) , Seoul, Korea, 30 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2000.

5. Romit RoyChouldhury, S. Bandyopadhyay and Krishna Paul, “Topology Discovery in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks Using Mobile Agents”, Proc, of the Second International Workshop on Mobile Agents for Telecommunication Applications, Paris, France, September 18-20, 2000.

6. Romit RoyChouldhury, S. Bandyopadhyay and Krishna Paul, “A Distributed Mechanism for Topology Discovery in Ad hoc Wireless Networks using Mobile Agents”, Proc. of the First Annual Workshop On Mobile Ad Hoc Networking & Computing (MOBIHOC 2000) in conjunction with IEEE/ACM Mobicom 2000, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 11, 2000.

7. S. Bandyopadhyay and Krishna Paul, “Evaluating The performance of mobile agent based message communication among mobile hosts in large ad hoc wireless network", Proc. of the The Second ACM International Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (In conjunction with IEEE/ACM MobiCom'99), Seattle, Washington, USA, August 15-19, 1999.

8. S. Bandyopadhyay and Krishna Paul, “Using Mobile Agents For Off-Line Communication Among Mobile Hosts In A Large, Highly-Mobile Dynamic Networks”, Proc of the IEEE International Conference on Personal Wireless Communication, Jaipur, India, Feb. 1999.

BOOKS

1. Amitava Mukherjee, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay and Debashis Saha, “Mobile Wireless Networks: Location Management and Routing”, Artech House Books, London SW1V 1AH UK , 2003.

2. Debashis Saha, Somprakash Bandyopadhyay and Amitava Mukherjee, “Networking Infrastructure For Pervasive Computing: Enabling Technologies and Systems”, Kluwer Academic Publishers, MA 02061, 2003.

3. Somprakash Bandypadhyay, Siuli Roy, and Tetsuro Ueda, " Enhancing the Performance of Ad Hoc Wireless Networks with Smart Antennas" Auerbach Publication, Talyor & Francis Group, New York, 2006

This research group, erstwhile known as Pervasive Information System and Social Informatics Research and Application Group, initiated its activities in 1998 under the leadership of Dr. Somprakash Bandyopadhyay. The objectives of the research center are to provide an environment for research, application development and social / organizational impact analysis of pervasive information systems.

The activities of the research center include:

  • to develop and evaluate advanced and efficient pervasive information system;
  • to investigate their applications for business and societal benefits; and
  • to study their possible impact on individual, groups, organizations and society at large.

Past Projects

Past Projects

AGEING WELL: USING PERVASIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR EMPOWERMENT OF INDIAN ELDERLY PEOPLE

Population of older persons in India is increasing rapidly but elder-friendly environment is hardly seen in the country. Resultantly majority of older persons are confined to remain marginalized, isolated and neglected as well. In this changed situation, we need to find ways to motivate and assist older people to stay active for longer in mainstream activities, to prevent social isolation and promote societal inclusion and finally to help people stay independent for as long as possible.

Pervasive Information Systems including Web 2.0 technologies can play a major role in order to help achieve the above goals. ICT can help elderly individuals to improve their quality of life, stay healthier, live independently for longer, and counteract reduced capabilities which are more prevalent with age.

The objective of this project is to study the effectiveness of ICT as an enabler to promote a better quality of life for older people. Three areas of user needs are to be addressed:
Ageing well at work or ‘active ageing at work’: Staying active and productive for longer, with innovative, flexible, self-generated employment opportunities, using ICT skills and competencies and ICT enhanced learning (resp. e-skills and e-learning).
Ageing well in the community : Staying socially active and creative, through ICT solutions for social networking, as well as access to public and commercial services, thus improving quality of life and reducing social isolation (one of the main problems of older people in rural, scarcely populated areas, as well as urban areas with limited family support).
Ageing well at home : Enjoying a healthier and higher quality of daily life for longer, assisted by technology, while maintaining a high degree of independence, autonomy and dignity.

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SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION: A SOCIAL MEDIA BASED KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK TO EDUCATE THE UNDERPRIVILEGED BY THE ELDERLY COMMUNITY

The objective of this project is to develop an all-inclusive program of education and growth for the underprivileged by elderly community using a social media based knowledge management framework. This will include facilitating teaching in academic, vocational and cultural streams. While digital inclusion programs usually tend to focus on teaching people on the usage of computers and the Internet, the approach presented in this project takes a different perspective. According to our approach, the entire process of learning should be oriented towards developing abilities to connect to the global knowledge network of the cyber-world with a specific social context and purpose in mind. This makes it possible to improve the possibilities of underdeveloped communities obtaining social inclusion through digital inclusion, and creating self-sustainable forms of social development. The primary teaching staff in this project would comprise of voluntary contributions from a much-neglected resource--the elderly community.

Throughout the last century, mainstream visions of aging have largely seen the senior years as a time for withdrawing from making contribution to the larger community, a time for winding down. However, history tells us that, until the Industrial Revolution, elders had had honoured roles in the society that were defined and supported. Elders have been the nurturers of the community, the spiritual leaders, and the guardians of the traditions, the teachers, mentors and initiators of the young. Use of web-enabled and social media tools can help us to redefine the roles of elderly in today’s global society for educating the underprivileged youth more effectively. This approach will help social inclusion of both elderly community and the underprivileged youth through all-pervasive social knowledge management using Internet.

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SOME STUDIES ON THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF INTERNET AND SOCIAL WEB

We are on the brink of an extraordinary revolution that is changing our world. In this new world, everyone – everything is connected everywhere in real time. This concept of connected world using Internet and Social Web is fundamentally changing the way we innovate, collaborate, produce, govern and sustain. The objectives of our studies are to investigate some aspects of internet-based digital economy to examine how it has transformed the organization of social groups, firms, industries, markets, commerce and modes of distribution. Studying social dynamics of Internet is an interdisciplinary study that includes researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences. The ultimate goal is to create better understanding of socially-centric platforms not just as a technology, but also as a set of social phenomena. To that end, the research agenda should include (i) using world wide web in the study of social phenomena, (ii) applying computational modeling and simulation to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics, and (iii) designing future Internet technologies and applications that consider social context.

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Smart-Road: An Intelligent Traffic Congestion Management system using RFID and Wireless Networking Technology

In this project, we have developed an intelligent Traffic Congestion Monitoring & Measurement System called TrafficMonitor to monitor and measure the road traffic congestions and provide an easy platform to analyze the traffic movement and congestion pattern. TrafficMonitor is a rapidly deployable, cost-effective and easily maintainable traffic congestion monitoring & measurement system that combines active RFID (based on IEEE 802.15.4 protocol, 2.4 GHz ISM band) and GSM technologies. Complete with the necessary hardware, firmware and software components, the system’s strength lies in its portability and reliable wireless data communication. The system can also be connected wirelessly with Variable Message Sign (VMS) to divert the traffic upon automatic detection of congestion on a stretch of a road.

Government agencies, especially traffic control department, may use this system for real-time congestion monitoring by installing the system with probe vehicles. Road research organizations and NGOs, may use this for studying and analyzing traffic mobility and congestion patterns. The project is funded by Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Govt. of India

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Analyzing the Impact of Using Real-Time Tracking, Sensing & Management System for Improving Industrial Safety & Security

Today as organizations are facing increasing global competition, we have researched to give a pathway to streamline their operation and improve efficiency especially in the area of industrial safety and security. Our objective is to help the industries making smart decisions based on real-time data by customizing the wireless tracking and sensing system developed in our earlier projects to meet the safety and security requirements of industries. This way, the existing organizational safety and security process may be improved to a great extent through emerging techniques. The objective of our proposed project is to analyze the impact of using our Real-Time Tracking, Sensing and Management System using Active RFID, Sensors and Wireless Mesh Network for improving industrial safety & security.

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Agro-Sense:
Real Time Monitoring of the Climatological conditions of the agricultural field for Precision Agriculture using sensor based Wireless Mesh Networks

Climatological condition monitoring is one of the most important aspects in agricultural production that has a direct impact on the productivity and maintenance of field crop. A huge loss is incurred every year due to damages of crop by various diseases caused by improper climatological conditions. Deployment of intelligent sensor nodes, around the crop field, promises a wide range of new applications like plant growth monitoring and monitoring of various environmental conditions that influences agricultural productions.

This project was taken up with an aim to design, develop and implement a sensor-based wireless network in a pilot scale to monitor agricultural parameters like temperature, humidity, Soil pH, Soil Moisture, Electrical conductivity, Soil temperature etc. in real time for better management and maintenance of agricultural production and to prevent the severe attacks of diseases on the crops caused by the climatological conditions. The project was funded by MediaLab Asia, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Govt. of India.

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Pollution Monitoring And Evaluation System Using Sensor Based Wireless Mesh Networks For The Protection of Public Spaces

Air pollution is one of the most important environmental issues that has its direct effect on human health and maintenance of ecological balance. Environment and Safety monitoring is also a grave concern in almost every industrial sector. Analyzing the importance of the issue and demand of various end-user segments, IIM Calcutta took up an R & D project entitled “Pollution Monitoring and Evaluation System Using Sensor-based Wireless Mesh Network for the Protection of Public Spaces” to put forward a solution to monitor air quality using wireless sensor network. The objective of this project was to design, develop and implement a sensor-based wireless mesh network in a pilot scale to monitor the level of air pollution in real-time for the protection of public space. Wireless sensor network offer powerful ways to monitor air quality, without the costs of major new installations or laying wires. The project was funded by Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Govt. of India.

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Secured Decentralized Disaster Management Information Network

Natural and man-made disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, storm, structural collapses (dams, thermal power stations etc), pose an ever-present challenge to public emergency services. In order to cope with such disasters in a fast and highly coordinated manner, the optimal provision of information concerning the situation is an essential pre-requisite. Police, Fire Departments, Public Health, Civil Defense and other organizations have to react not only efficiently and individually, but also in a coordinated manner. This results in the need for both Intra and Inter Organization communication at several stages. Since lack of communication implies lack of information flow to government and other agencies, this would not only hamper taking timely action but also hinder efficient resource usage and management.

The objective of this project was to investigate computer-mediated disaster communication system using rapidly deployable mobile computing and wireless communication technology and to realize a prototype of a Secure Decentralized Disaster Management System and Information Network. The project was funded by Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Govt. of India.

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MAC and Routing Protocols for Ad Hoc Networks with Directional ESPAR Antennas

Usually, in ad hoc networks, all nodes are equipped with omni-directional antenna. However, ad hoc networks with omni-directional antenna uses RTS/CTS based floor reservation scheme that wastes a large portion of the network capacity by reserving the wireless media over a large area. Consequently, lots of nodes in the neighborhood of transmitter and receiver have to sit idle, waiting for the data communication between transmitter and receiver to finish. To alleviate this problem, researchers have proposed to use directional antennas that direct the transmitting and receiving beams toward the receiver and transmitter nodes only. This would largely reduce radio interference, thereby improving the utilization of wireless medium and consequently the network throughput. Additionally, use of directional antenna conserves the power, since it is possible to access a neighboring node directionally with less power compared to omni-directional antenna.

The objective of this work was to develop both simulation and testbed environment to monitor and evaluate the performance of multi-hop ad hoc networks using directional ESPAR antenna. We have evaluated the effectiveness of different routing schemes on QualNet Network Simulator with AODV (as in QualNet) as a benchmark. We have developed a testbed environment called ADHOCNET Communicator. It provides a node with the facility of location tracking and topology discovery and its graphical user interfaces help to easily represent the current location of neighbors and approximate global topology. The project is funded by Advance Telecommunication Research Institute, Japan.

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Routing and Survivability issues in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks

The objective of the proposed work was to study the dynamics of the mobile hosts in ad hoc wireless networks in order to analyze the survivability properties and to devise routing mechanisms to ensure stable communication structure among mobile nodes for effective communication. The behavior of the ad hoc network as a whole is assayed and the trends in the inter-parameter dependencies are analyzed with the objective of addressing the survivability issues. The performances of different routing protocols have been evaluated in a simulated environment.

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Applications of Mobile Agents in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks

The objective of this work is to propose a framework based on mobile agents for efficient message communication among mobile hosts with minimal control overhead. We have devised an agent-based framework with its associated protocols and mechanisms. The agents in the framework move from one node to another in the ad hoc network. The primary objective of this mobile multi-agent framework is to asynchronously collect network information (like node velocity, node location etc.) and distribute them into the information cache of all other nodes. This is accomplished proactively with the aim of making all nodes in the system network-aware. We have investigated the framework both with and without GPS (Global Positioning System) support at each node for the extraction of co-ordinates, velocity and direction of movement of each node.

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Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India

Postal Address:

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT CALCUTTA
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West Bengal
INDIA

Research Director
Somprakash Bandyopadhyay
Professor, MIS Group
Email - somprakash@iimcal.ac.in

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