Funding & Grants
Recent Funded Projects
Technology Innovation Hub in 'Cognitive Computing & Social Sensing'
2020 – 2025
Role: Project Director
Grant Amount & Funding Agency: 100 Crore INR ($13.3 million), DST India
Brief Description: The TiH aims at building a tripartite collaboration between industries, academia, and government agencies on developing data-driven cognitive computing solutions, especially in the areas of Health and Security. WE aim to provide world-class technological support on cognitive computing and social sensing to enable world-class research and development with the additional emphasis on translating research into commercialization and enhancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and startup culture. Another major aim of the TiH is to train human resources and develop skills in cognitive computing and social sensing by supporting undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellowships, early-career research grant, chair professors, and conducting continuing education program, workshops, and seminars, programs for upgrading industry skills and synchronizing industry-academic skill sets.
Design and Innovation Capacity Building in India/ DESINNO
2021 – 2022
Role: CO-Principal Investigator
Grant Amount & Funding Agency: 1.2 Crore INR (Euro 148,000), EU Erasmus+
Brief Description: It is a joint project with six institutes (3 Indian and 3 European). The total awarded grant is 890,000 Euros and the overall PI is Prof. Sanjay Gupta from the World University of Design. I am the PI from IIIT-Delhi.
The aim of the project is at establishing innovation capacities in India with the help of improved Design education considering the modern social, economic, and business environment. Primarily, this project is set up to contribute to the modernization efforts of the industrial design and creative sectors of India through enhanced quality of educational services and future human resources, that are built on the transfer of educational curriculum content and good practices from the EU Programme Countries. More specifically, the DESINNO project will contribute to the internationalization of Indian Design Education through the establishment of three Design & Innovation Centres in universities of India.
A Mobile-Based Training Platform for ASHA workers
2018 – 2022
Role: Principal Investigator
Grant Amount & Funding Agency: 63 Lakhs INR ($ 100,000), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brief Description: The project aims to develop a mobile-based training platform for front-line health workers (ASHAs). The ASHAs work in the rural area of India where the network is intermittent. Moreover, ASHAs possess only feature phones and also have a low technology exposure. We used a participatory design approach to develop our learning platform and deployed it in rural areas of India in collaboration with an NGO. The tool has been used to train 500+ ASHAs who cover about half a million population. The tool provides a low-cost and scalable solution to train front-line health workers.
Past Funded Projects (Completed)
NIHR Global Health Research Group on Psychosis Outcomes: Warwick-India-Canada (WIC) Network, 2018 - 2022
Investigators: Swaran Singh (PI), Rakesh Chadda (co-PI), Mamta Sood (co-PI), Pushpendra Singh (co-PI), and faculty members from other 5 institutions
Grant amount and Funding agency: 43,20,000 INR ($ 59,000), NIHR-UK
Brief Description: This is an interdisciplinary project involving medical professionals, computer science researchers, and NGOs from five institutions spread in India, UK, and Canada. I am the PI from IIIT-Delhi. Prof. Swaran Singh from Warwick University is the overall PI.
The aim of the IIIT-Delhi module is to develop a mobile-based intervention to support caregivers supporting people suffering from severe mental illnesses like Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. We have used a participatory design approach to develop our mobile application. Currently, the app is deployed to 25 families for the feasibility study.
Framework for Developing Training Model to Strengthen Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Research in North India, 2019 - 2021
Investigators: Mona Duggal (PI), Pushpendra Singh (co-PI), and five faculty members from 4 other institutions
Grant amount and Funding agency: 63,42,000 INR ($ 86,556), DST-SPARC
Brief Description: This is a collaboration project to enhance collaboration between Indian and UK universities. Dr. Mona Duggal was the PI (PGIMER, Chandigarh) and we collaborated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Surrey. The funding was to support the travel and stay of our UK collaborators to India and also of a research student from India to visit them in the UK.
Expanding Innovation in MHealth for Maternal and Child Health: Training in MHealth Design and Evaluation, 2019 – 2021
Investigators: Rashmi Bagga (PI), Mona Duggal, Pushpendra Singh (co-PI), Nadia G.D. Smith, Alison M. el. Ayadi
Grant amount and Funding agency: 68,38,000 INR ($ 93,326), DST-SPARC
Brief Description: This is a collaboration project to enhance collaboration between Indian and US universities. Dr. Rashmi Bagga was the PI (PGIMER, Chandigarh) and we collaborated with the University of California, San Fransisco. The funding was to support the travel and stay of our UK collaborators to India and also of a research student from India to visit them in the USA.
HumanSense : Mobile Sensing and Data Analytics for Sustainability and Healthcare, 2014 – 2018
Investigators: Pushpendra Singh (PI), Amarjeet Singh (co-PI), Debopam Acharya, S.K. Reddy and 10 faculty from three institutions
Grant amount and Funding agency: 2.6 Crore INR or $363,404, ITRA-MeiTY
Brief Description: The project aimed to do fundamental research in the area of Healthcare and Energy. I was the overall PI of the project and led a team of 13 faculty members from 3 institutes. IIIT-Delhi also played the role of the lead institution and mentored the other two institutes. The research resulted in developing middleware systems for energy data collection, sharing, and analysis solving fundamental problems in the areas of non-intrusive load monitoring, anomaly detection, etc. The research in healthcare resulted in developing methods for cuff-less blood pressure monitoring, platforms to support community health, etc.
Personalized Mobility Services for Urban Travelers, 2014 – 2017
Investigators: Pushpendra Singh (PI - India), Valerie Issarny (PI-France), Animesh Pathak, Nikolaos Georgantas, Pankaj Jalote
Grant amount and Funding agency: 10,02,421 INR or $13,717) CEFIPRA-DST
Brief Description: The project was in collaboration with the MiMove team of Inria-Rocquencourt. The focus of the proposal was on creating a personalized mobility service platform for urban travelers. With over 70% of the world’s entire population expected to be living in cities by 2050, supporting citizens’ mobility within the urban environment is a priority for municipalities worldwide. Although pub- lic multi-modal transit systems are necessary to better manage mobility, they are not sufficient. Citizens must be offered personalized travel information to make their journeys more efficient and enjoyable. Notably, such information should not only be objective (e.g., bus timetable, live bus tracking) but crucially personalized – since every passenger’s preferences and interests differ (e.g., crowdedness of trains, the heat of tube platforms, the sociability of the coaches). Working with the Inria team, we developed methods and tools for supporting mobility for urban travelers. I was the PI of the Indian side. The French team was led by Dr. Animesh Pathak.
A Mobile Device-centric Environment for Healthcare Delivery 2014 – 2017
Investigators: Pushpendra Singh (PI), Menu Singh (co-PI), Amarjeet Singh, Vinayak Naik, and two other faculty members from two institutes
Grant amount and Funding agency: 69,22,000 INR or $94,720, MeiTY, India
Brief Description: The project was in collaboration with the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The aim of the project was to create a portable tool for collecting vital health data. Working with smartphones and Raspberry Pi and using health sensors, we developed a portable medical kit that could be used to collect vital health parameters in remote areas of India. The PGIMER team, consisting of medical professionals, conducted the field trials of the same. The tool provided a low-cost and scalable solution to collect health data through front-line health workers. I was the overall PI of the combined team. The PI of the PGIMER team was Prof. Meenu Singh.
Analysis of Ad-hoc Network, 2012 – 2013
Investigator: Pushpendra Singh
Grant amount and Funding agency: 15,00,000 or $20,525, DRDO, India
Brief Description: The project’s aims were to analyze security vulnerabilities of Ad-hoc networks and develop a toolkit to identify the vulnerabilities.
Development and Evaluation of Mobile Learning Techniques for Indian Masses, 2012 – 2015
Investigator: Pushpendra Singh
Grant amount and Funding agency: 5,11,000 INR or $6,974, DST-FAST
Brief Description: The project’s aims were to develop mobile-based learning techniques to sup- port education in large numbers.