I.T. Department staff have specialized and are working in diverse research areas:
- Image and Video Processing plus Computer Vision
- Prof. Hitul Marvaniya is working on Surveillance Video Compression. As the size of the video data is big due to a large number of surveillance cameras scattered over large area, various compression schemes need to be implemented to reduce the size of the data.
- Prof. Rachit Adhvaryu is working on identifying Gujarati Characters from an image using information extraction methods which can be helpful in decrypting the messages passed over the Internet by anti-social groups
Similar problems are paving way for a number of research opportunities in this research area.
The advent of Wireless Networks has created a new generation of handheld devices to access their data from anywhere and instantly.
- Prof. Chintan Sidpara is working on finding copyrighted files from torrent networks. The ultimate aim is to find distributor of that files because with rise in networking technologies, cyber crimes becomes stringent.
- Prof. Vishakha Sanghavi is working on digital forensics which is a branch of forensic science encompassing the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices, often in relation to computer crime.
- Prof. Vijay Vyas is working on improving efficiency of adhoc networks. The idea is to manage the moving nodes by electing a leader among them. All the information is managed by the leader.
- Prof. Vrunda Popat is working on data aggregation in heterogeneous environment in wireless sensor network.
The research area focuses on modern aspects of computer networking and is rapidly growing.
Data mining deals with discovering patterns in large data sets involving methods at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, and database systems.
- Prof. Darshana Patel is working on privacy-preserving data mining (PPDM) that deals with effectively hiding or anonymizing sensitive information of individuals while mining. The area covers a number of applications such as preventing identity theft while mining, link prediction in social network analysis, etc.
- Prof. Komil Vora is working on named entity recognition (NER) which involves identifying entity (e.g. Person, Place, Organization, etc.) associated with a particular document. NER plays an important role in almost all natural language processing (NLP) applications such as automatic answering system, automatic summarization, etc.
- Prof. Radhika Kotecha is working on mining distributed data streams while preserving the privacy constraints of the data. The work targets various applications such as credit risk analysis, disease outbreak detection, etc. and applies machine learning techniques for optimization.
- Prof. Kunal Khimani is working on incremental discretization for Naïve Bayes Classifier learning. In this technological era, the data is incrementally arriving and needs effective discretization for accurate mining which is the target of research.
- Prof. Rachana Parikh is working on detecting table of contents from the digital copies of magazines, books, etc. for easier readability. Her work applies machine learning techniques to produce effective output.
- Prof. Rushabh Doshi is working on metadata extraction which is one of the predominant research fields in information retrieval. He applies a rule-based algorithm to generate metadata from digital content based on their grammar term frequency.
o Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is fundamentally altering the expectations for how and when computing, storage and networking resources should be allocated, managed and consumed. Service Developers want the Service Providers to ensure or provide the capability to dynamically allocate and manage resources in response to changing demand patterns in real-time
- Prof. Darshan Upadhyay is working on provision of effective Virtual Machine placement policy for scheduling which is of foremost significance for effective on-demand resource management.
- Prof. Pranav Tank is working on comparing SLA performance on different cloud sim environments. SLA basically deals with the performance of business accounts by developing trustworthy relations with service consumer and service providers and hence monitoring SLA is of utmost importance.
Final year students of M.E. I.T. are pursuing their dissertation on state-of-the-art research topics:
- Priyanka Garach is working on Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing & mining in a distributed database environment. Her work includes sanitization of dataset as well as application of data mining task “association” on this sanitized data. The ultimate goal is to find a frequent pattern from the datasets distributed among several sites while safeguarding data privacy.
- Anjana Koringa is working on Data Stream Classification. Various applications like real time surveillance system, network traffic, communication network, credit card transaction system etc. generate large amount of data, which are continuously arriving. This holds variegated issues such as infinite length of data, concept drift, novel class detection, data with imbalanced classes and scarcity of labeled data. She is attempting to solve some of these issues using Ensemble-based techniques.
- Jaykumar Limbasiya is working on Video Processing and Object Detection. Since a video contains several objects wherein each object has different orientation, shape and size; detection of such objects is a challenging task. Over the recent years, detecting human beings from a video of a surveillance system is gaining attention due to several applications such as abnormal event detection, counting people, etc. Hence he is working on detecting multiple human beings from a video.
Short Term Training Programs at I.T. Department
With the primary objective of focusing on cutting edge technologies & imparting quality education, I.T. Department organizes Short Term Training Programs every year.
The Short Term Training Programs organized are:
- GUCOST sponsored STTP on “Advances Advances in Computer Vision & Surveillance Systems” from 27th June to 1st July, 2016.
The STTP imparted comprehensive knowledge and recent applications of the said topic to participants and provided a vision to trade ideas with thought provoking technical session and appropriate laboratory sessions. Industrialists, Teachers and Research Scholars from various cities of Gujarat like Rajkot, Kera, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, etc. had attended this STTP. Various theoretical and practical sessions were delivered on the above mentioned subject by Dr. Mehul Raval from Ahmedabad University, Dr. Manjunath Joshi from DAIICT, Prof. Rajdeep Borsaniya from Government Engineering College, Dr. Ashish Kothari from Atmiya Institute of Technology and Science, Industrialist from Aditya Infotech, Dr. Ramji Makwana from V.V.P. Engineering College and Prof. Radhika Kotecha from V.V.P. Engineering College.
- GUCOST sponsored STTP on “Emerging Trends in Cyber Security and Awareness in Cyber Laws” from 30th November to 4th December, 2015.
Industrialists, Teachers and Research Scholars from various cities of Gujarat like Rajkot, Junagadh, Morbi, Surat etc. had attended this STTP. Various theoretical and practical sessions were delivered on the above mentioned subject by Certified Ethical Hacker Mr. Bhargav Gujarati from Rajkot, Security Consultant and Professor Mihir Chauhan from Ahmedabad, Asst. Director T. V. Joshi, Scientific Officers Mr. A. P. Jani and Dr. Kuldip Upadhyay from Rajkot Regional Forensic Science Laboratory.
- STTP on “Emerging Trends in Cloud Computing & Advance Networking” from 20th to 24th December, 2014.
The sessions of this training program were conducted by renowned and well experienced experts namely Mr. Pranav Pandya – Dev Information Technology Founder and Director, Dr. K. H. Wandra – C. U. Shah University, Mr. Bhavesh Atara – AIMS Career Director, Mr. Harshal Trivedi – Director of H2Nsoft-Ahmedabad, Prof. Chirag Patel – GEC Modasa, Prof. Rakesh Vanzara – U.V. Patel Engineering College, Prof. Tejas Vasavda – R. K. University. Total 36 participants from different cities like Valabh Vidyanagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadhvan, Bharuch, Jamnagar, Morbi and Rajkot attended the training.
- ISTE approved Short Term Training Programme (STTP) on “Research Trends in Data Mining and Image Processing” organized by I.T. Department from 9th to 13th August, 2013.
Esteemed experts like Dr. Sanjay Garg from NIRMA University-Ahmedabad, Dr. Amit Ganatara from CIT-Changa, Prof Narendra Chauhan from ADIT-Anand, Prof Hitesh Chhinkanivala from Ganpat University-Mehsana, Prof Paresh Dholakia and Prof Vishal Nimavat shared their expertise with the participants from PG Courses, Industry and Faculty members of various institutions.
- Research Organizations
Several research organizations in India such as ISRO, BISAG, PRL, IPR, DRDO, CDAC, BARC, etc. at large are seeking engineers with in-depth knowledge and skills on state-of-the-art technology.
The renowned industries are investing a huge amount for its research and development activities. Annual investment on R&D by Samsung, Intel, Microsoft and Google range from $8 billion to $13.4 billion
- Forensic Labs
Forensic labs offer a wide range of opportunities for I.T. graduates. Some of which include: Malicious Software Analysis, Threat Intelligence and Penetration Testing, High Performance Computing (HPC) and Analytics, creating multi-level, secure software systems, etc.
Post-graduate degree has become an essential requirement for securing jobs in educational institutes throughout India.