Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT) recently gave a call for seed grants to enhance the capacity of the centre to execute larger projects with help from LUMS faculty and students. Based on a thorough review process, WIT has awarded ten grants to the following faculty from across LUMS:
Prof. Nauman Ahmed Zaffar
Series connected Hydrokinetics generators for Hydrokinetic Powered Irrigation Network Automation (HINA) in run-of-the-river environment – A Modular and Scalable Approach
Dr. Imran Cheema
Towards a Rapid and Portable Optical Sensor Array for Simultaneous Detection of Salinity and Fluoride in Water
Dr. Naveed ul Hassan
Towards an integrated water and energy management platform for domestic consumers using Internet of things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications
Dr. Ahmed Kamal Nasir
Estimating Water Stress Index for Precision Agriculture application using a thermal Camera
Dr. Saher Asad &
Dr. Sanval Nasim
Dynamic groundwater management in Pakistan’s Indus Basin: The case of periodic investments in groundwater pumping technologies
Dr. Syed M Hasan
Averting an Emerging Crisis: Corrective pricing and demand management approach for water consumption in Lahore.
Dr. Zubair Khalid
Advanced signal processing methods for the estimation of groundwater storage in Indus River Basin using GRACE data
Dr. Zehra Waheed
Modeling Stakeholder Dynamics and Knowledge Sharing in Organizational Networks Surrounding Water: An Application of Social Network Analysis to Water Systems in the City of Lahore
Dr. Wasif Tanveer Khan
Feasibility Study of Low-Cost and Efficient Under-ground Water Exploration Techniques for Indigenous Development
Dr. Ghayoor Abbas Chotana & Dr. Saadia Tariq
Removal of Pesticides from Water by using Metal/Semiconductor Composites as Photocatalyst — An Approach towards Water Sustainability
The centre received proposals for a total funding of PKR 4.8 Million. With these awards, it has committed to fund a total of PKR 3.6 Million for the projects. The current cycle of funding has been made possible by a grant awarded to LUMS by Nestle Pakistan. The Office of Sponsored Programmes and Research (OSPR) will administer these grants on behalf of WIT.
The awardees have also been appointed as Faculty Associates of the centre for the academic year 2016-17. The seed grants are meant to fund exploratory ideas over a relatively short duration (8 months) during which the center will actively work with the awardees to scale up the ideas to full-scale projects.
The centre director, Dr. Abubakr Muhammad has thanked the university leadership for their continued support to the centre. He hopes that this be an important step towards strengthening academic programmes in all schools. He also acknowledged the support of OSPR and the efforts of the WIT core team in reaching this landmark for the centre.