The Kumbh Mela experiment: Measuring and understanding the dynamics of mankind’s largest crowd

Kumbh Mela is the largest religious festival in the world, and involves the pilgrimage of some 100 million Hindus to a sacred river. The next festival will take place in Ujjain in 2016. Unfortunately, many of the previous versions of this event have been marred by accidents and deaths. Human crowds are complex adaptive systems, making predicting their behaviour challenging. The Kumbh Mela Experiment combines geoinformatics and remote sensing with computational science. The project will develop sophisticated methods and algorithms to aid planners and event managers in managing such extremely large crowds.

Projects completed in 2013

Decentralized low power filtration via field effect – A water bottle for desalination Principal Investigator Prof Sanjiv Sambandan (Professor, Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics) Duration 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013 Waste …

Projects completed in 2014

An interactive gateway for relaying physiological parameters and video data between mobile ambulances and hospitals (AMBULET) Principal Investigator Dr Malati Hegde (Principal Scientific Officer, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering) Duration 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 …

Projects completed in 2015

Agricultural automation: Mobile phone based analysis of images of plant leaves to give decision support in agriculture Principal Investigator Prof A. G. Ramakrishnan (Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation) Duration 16 August …

Projects completed in 2016

A solar dashboard for India. A cooperative project between ICER & RBCCPS Principal Investigator Prof Pradip Dutta (Chairman and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering) Duration 1 December 2014 to 30 November 2016 Renewable energyis a …