Starting this year, RBCCPS will offer an interdisciplinary PhD program in the area of cyber-physical systems (CPS).

The domain of cyber-physical systems goes beyond the traditional computer control of machinery and now encompasses the interplay of computing systems with large scale, complex, physical systems like buildings, traffic systems, cities or river systems. These are complex system of systems with many interacting components and in general have been difficult to analyze and manage. However, with recent advances in technologies for sensing and communication, it is now possible to monitor such systems, their components and their dynamics with unprecedented, high resolutions. This opens up numerous research opportunities to study these systems, understand them and eventually better control and engineer them.

For more information, please have a look at our research areas as well as research projects.

The deadline for applying for the PhD Program had been on 29 March 2017.

Information for applicants who have been invited for the interviews

Please note that this information is of relevance to you if and only if you have received a notification from the IISc Admissions section, shortlisting you for our interview process. The letters have been sent on 3 May and should reach you by 10 May at the latest.

The interviews will be held on 3 and 4 June 2017, at the Robert Bosch Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, 3rd Floor, Entrepreneurship Building, IISc. Each day will have two sessions, beginning at 9am and 2pm, respectively. The exact date and the session of your interview would have been communicated to you separately by the IISc Admissions section.

Our interview process consists of a short written test on some foundational topics (see table below), followed by an oral interview for candidates shortlisted in the written test. The topics for the interview are given below. Please prepare for two of the foundational topics of your choice from the list given below. Standard text books used in undergraduate courses can be used for preparation (sample text names are given for guidance). Please also prepare in one advanced topic of your choice (which might align with your research interests and the PhD topics listed below).

Foundational Topics (prepare well in two topics from the list)

  • Probability and Statistics (e.g., A first course in Probability, Sheldon Ross)
  • Data Structure and Algorithms (e.g., Text by Sartaj Sahni)
  • Calculus & Differential Equations (e.g. Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Kreyszig)
  • Linear Algebra & Matrix Analysis(e.g. Text by G. Strang)
  • Discrete Mathematics (e.g., Text by Knuth)
  • Transforms (Z, Laplace, Fourier) (e.g. by Signals and Systems by Oppenheim, Willsky, and Young)

Advanced Topics (prepare in one topic based on your area of research interest. See also potential PhD topics)

  • Operating Systems (e.g., Operating systems concepts by Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne) (for topic 1, 4 & 5)
  • Model Checking (e.g., text by Clarke, Grumberg and Peled) (for topic 2)
  • Numerical Methods for stochastic differential equations (e.g., Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Kreyszig) (for topic 3)
  • Controls (e.g., Modern Control Engineering by Ogata) (for topic 6, 13)
  • Information Theory (e.g text by Cover & Thomas) (for topic 7)
  • Compressed Sensing (e.g. text by Eldar & Kutyniok) (for topic 8)
  • Choice Modeling (e.g. Discrete choice with simulation by Kenneth Train) (for topic 9)
  • Optimization (E.g. A first course in optimization theory by Rangarajan Sundaram) (for topic 11)
  • Embedded/Real Time Systems (E.g: Real-time systems by Jane Liu) (for topic 12, 14)
  • Basic Statistics (e.g., by Vincent Poor) (for topic 15)

List of PhD Topics

 Name of supervisor(s) and departmentsPhD Topic
1K Gopinath (CSA)Security analysis of e-payment systems
2Deepak D'Souza (CSA),
Pavithra Prabhakar (Kansas State University)
Formal verification of digital controllers
3Ashish Verma (Civil),
Somyendu Raha (CDS)
Sensing and data sciences of large and unstructured crowds
4Yogesh Simmhan (CDS), Narendra Nanjangud (Ericsson)Processing and management of data in motion for Internet of Things (IoT)
5Yogesh Simmhan (CDS),
Arun N (VMWare)
Distributed analytics across edge and cloud platforms
6Pavankumar Tallapragada (EE)Methods to induce coordinated deployment of self-interested agents
7Parimal Parag (ECE), Himanshu Tyagi (ECE)Timely updates for cyber-physical systems
8Chandra R. Murthy (ECE), Abhay Sharma (RBCCPS)Algorithms for mmWave RADAR
9Ashish Verma (Civil), Abdul Pinjari (Civil/CiSTUP)Human mobility analytics for Indian cities using ubiquitous data sources
10Varun Raghunathan (ECE),
KVS Hari (ECE)
Light based precision indoor position systems
11Rajesh Sundaresan (ECE),
Chiranjib Bhattacharyya (CSA)
Industrial IoT for operational efficiency
12Bharadwaj Amrutur (ECE), Yogesh Simmhan (CDS)Techniques for middleware for intelligent, real-time CPS
13Shalabh Bhatnagar (CSA), Atreyee Kundu (RBCCPS)Control of Smart Grids
14Gurunath Gurrala (EE), Ashish Joglekar (RBCCPS)Cyber-physical systems framework for securing smart grid hardware components
15Aditya Gopalan (ECE), Himanshu Tyagi (ECE)Distributed inference and decision-making in networks with communication constraints