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September- November, 2012

News and Updates

  • The Smart Campus project: The first phase of "Towards a decentralized architecture for a smart campus using multi-agent systems" with IIIT-B was completed on November 17th 2012. The report for the first phase was submitted.
  • Games for training: We began working with the Institute of Plasma Research on the project titled "VR training system for operation and maintenance of an in-vessel robotic arm". The outer mesh of the tokamak system has been modelled.
  • We organized a game session of City Game with people from Arghyam at their campus Indiranagar, Bangalore on October 26, 2012. Here's a video of the game session.
  • We had a six month planning and review meeting to discuss the road map for FoV on September 15th, 2012.
  • Games for learning: Switch On Energy, an organization facilitating last mile access to energy to help livelihoods by training capacity building and supporting innovation had discussions with Murali and Bharath on the use of games for learning in West Bengal for school children.
  • Girish Krishnan Ramdas, a student at NID, Gandhinagar is interning with us for a month. He will be working on a safety awareness game.

Conferences, Workshops and other Events

September Presentation/talk presented by
Presentation to students from Germany visiting IIIT-Bangalore on September 28th, 2012. Harsha and Onkar
Events/Meetings attended by
Brainstorming session with Transcendix on September 4th, 2012 at FoV. Bharath and Aditi
October Game sessions facilitated by
City Game session with people at Arghyam on October 26th, 2012 at their Indiranagar campus. Aditi, Amar, Murali and Onkar
City Game session: Amar, Aditi, Murali and Niveditha played a modified version of city game with Benson Isaac on November 2nd, 2012. Onkar
Events/Meetings attended by
Meeting with Aneka at Jaaga on October 2nd, 2012. Bharath,Onkar and Niveditha
Internship discussion with Akhil Sukumaran, Anuj NK, Kunal Vinayakiya, and Nandhakumar S from MSRIT at FoV on October 4th, 2012 Harsha and Onkar
Meeting with Benson Isaac at FoV on October 9th, 2012 to discuss using games for engagement. Aditi,Bharath,Onkar and Niveditha
Meeting with Prof. Madhava Rao from IIIT-B at FoV to discuss games for safety. Bharath and Harsha
Meeting with Dr. Rahul Tongia at FoV on October 11th, 2012. Harsha
Meeting with Joachim Nell, Ganesh Rao, Raghu from Continental and Amrish Thomas from ZIMT to discuss Games and Simulations for Road Safety on October 17th, 2012 at Continental's office, Bangalore Bharath, Harsha and Onkar
Talk by Prof Erling Bjorgvinsson from Malmo University at IIIT-B on October 11th, 2012 Amar and Harsha
November Presentation/talk presented by
Presentation of the progress in the Smart Campus Project, to Prof. Poonacha at IIIT-Bangalore on November 20th, 2012. Harsha,Onkar
Presentation on "Geo-spatial Interoperability for Disaster Management using a Multi-agent simulation" to Natural Resources Data Management System, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi on 27th November, 2012. Bharath
Events/Meetings attended by
Meeting with Shubha Chacko from Aneka, Benson Isaac and Roshni Nuggehalli to discuss on use of games for engagement on November 9th, 2012. Onkar and Niveditha
Meeting with Alphonsus Stoelinga, Dutch Ambassador; J.W Nijdam, Counseller- Head of Science and Tech Department and V.Vijay Kumar, Chief Representative Netherlands Business Support office at IIIT-B on November 9th, 2012 Bharath
Meeting with Prof. Malavika Subramanyam from IIT-Gandhinagar and Ram Bhat from Maraa. Aditi and Niveditha
Skype meeting with Prof. Ramesh Jain from UC Irvine to discuss mapping and visualisation tools to aid the municipal bodies on November 17th, 2012. Bharath and Eswaran Subrahmanian
Meeting with Anup and Mahesh from TARU to discuss games and simulations for public safety and secuity on November 27th, 2012. Bharath
Meeting with Dunu Roy from Hazards Centre to discuss urban poverty visualisations on November 29th, 2012. Amar

Proposals and Projects

 U Urban Systems P Public Safety and Security G Games S Simulations V Visualisations

  • Smart Campus- U, S
    The first phase of the project concluded on November 17th, 2012. In this phase, we conducted surveys and interviews to understand user behaviour & preferences, and began development of a web application to aid in energy accounting. A report of activities for this phase has been submitted to IIIT-B.
  • Awareness Game about Cycle Lanes- P, G
    We have begun working on an awareness game about the recently introduced cycle lanes in Jayanagar. Currently we are conducting surveys to understand people's opinions about these cycle lanes.
  • Enhancing Solidarity: Unpacking women's work in public spaces using games, simulation, and visualisation - U, S, G,V
    We submitted the above titled proposal to the ESRC-DFID "Development Frontiers Research Fund, 2012-13" Call for Proposals. The overall objective of this proposal is to examine the dynamics and experiences of women's lives who work in urban public spaces, and to use the concepts of games, visualisations and simulations to create a platform for women to interact and to generate & disseminate knowledge.
  • Cities of Hope: Examining the evolution of slums through health systems perspective - U,S
    We submitted the above titled proposal to DFID-ESRC joint fund for poverty alleviation research, phase 3. The aim of the proposal was to examine the different ways in which the evolution and growth of slums in the city of Bangalore, India, have a critical impact on the manner and extent to which policies for reducing poverty are implemented, especially in the area of Health.


  • In the month of September
    • Prof. Shivkumar Jolad from IIT-Gandhinagar
    • Astrid Zuurbier, Robert van der Drift from NWO
  • In the month of October
    • Prof. Erling Bjorgvinsson, Marie Ehrndal from Malmo University
    • Roshan Raykar from Artashastra
  • In the month of November
    • Prof.Malavika Subramanyam from IIT Gandhinagar
    • Casper Abraham from EDGE Value
    • Shabnam Sultana and Vasudha from Hazard Centre, Delhi
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