CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation

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CSIR established in 1988 the "CSIR Center for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation", briefly called C-MMACS .The Centre is located in the Belur Campus of the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore. Dr.Gangan Prathap, is the current Scientist-in-Charge of the centre. The policies and programmes of the centre are approved and monitored by a high level Advisory Committee under the Chairmanship of the Director General of CSIR, comprising members drawn from various Academic, R&D and Industrial Institutions. The centre has a core Scientific and Technical staffs with a dozen Ph.D's in varied areas notably, Physical, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences.
The centre also has associates from other Institutions accredited , who closely work with the centre's staff on identified areas of Research. The centre has both in house and collaborative projects, quite, a few of which are sponsored. To-date, financial support of approximately three crores rupees has been received as external funding from the sponsoring agencies. Besides, the centre also gives specially designed courses as well as Technical Advice, Consultancy Services and access to its computing resources.
An important program initiated by the centre in the wake of the destructive later earthquake was the modelling of crustal strain in the Indian crust using the modern satellite based Global Positioning System receivers (GPS). The work carried out in the Southern peninsular over the past 15 months has demonstrated the ability of this approach to detect strain rates as low as 0.01 micro strain per year thereby opening a measurable approach to delineating areas of potential seismic hazard.
In another program, the initial evolutionary features of cyclones have been studied in the context of those originating in the Bay of Bengal. The first results indicate the possibility of developing viable Mathematical Modells for early warming of cyclones. Concern for increasing levels of pollution in the Assam oil fields has led to the development of a Simulation program at C-MMACS now being carried out in close interaction with field tests conducted by the Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat. T
he need to model marine pollution around Bombay has led to the development of another Modelling and Simulation programme, with support from the Department of Ocean Development and in co-operation with several other agencies, notably the Bombay Centers of NEERI and NIO. Exercises on ocean modelling, which bears on the role of oceans in moderating the impact of anthropogenic factors in climate change, have also been taken up.
A simulation of the world's oceans has been carried out to reveal how seasonal changes occur in the oceans under normal climatic conditions. Also, detailed model simulations have been carried out on the effect of biological processes, particularly photosynthesis, on the transfer of Carbon from the atmosphere to the deep ocean.
The major areas of research and investigation are:
  • Monsoon Stimulation
  • Tropical Modelling
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • Neural Network Forecasting
  • Ocean Atmosphere Coupling
  • Crustal Deformation
  • Industrial Computational Mechanics

C-MMACS encourages young and ambitious students to pursue excellence in science through a number of Summer / Winter Projects


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