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NIT Sgr faculty member bags 2 patents for predicting landslides, generating real-time earthquake warnings

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Srinagar: Dr. Vivek from the Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar has bagged two patents on systems for the prediction and prevention of landslides and detecting seismic activities, and generating real-time earthquake warnings.

The innovative system and method promise to effectively mitigate landslides using a combination of advanced technologies.

The present invention provides a novel solution to this problem. The system comprises a network of sensors placed on the slope, continuously monitoring its condition, including its stability and moisture content.

The data collected from the sensors is then analyzed using machine learning algorithms, which generate real-time alerts to warn of potential landslide risks.

The second patent was granted on ‘A system of detecting seismic activities and generating real-time earthquake warnings.

While appreciating Dr. Vivek for getting his patent grant, Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. (Dr.) Sudhakar Yedla said it is a proud moment for NIT Srinagar and advised young faculty members to file patents for their fundamental research findings. “Patents are essential for fostering innovation, protecting intellectual property, and encouraging collaboration. They create a framework that benefits inventors, businesses, and society as a whole by promoting progress and the development of new and valuable inventions.”

Prof. Yedla said both patents and IRPs help colleges and universities to improve their ranking, establish an innovation ecosystem, incubate knowledge-based start-ups, and enhance research activity.

He stressed that filing patents is also important because it provides its owner with the right to exclude others from exploiting the patented technology including or selling the patented invention.

Institute’s Registrar Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari congratulated Dr. Vivek for bagging the prestigious patent. They play a crucial role in promoting innovation and driving economic growth, he said.

“Patents provide incentives to individuals; in particular, the inventors deserve recognition for their creativity and material reward for their marketable inventions. The incentives encourage innovation, which ensures that the quality of human life is enhanced,” he said.

Prof. Bukhari stated innovation and patenting support economic growth and projects which support the development of innovation and start-ups have big potential to reduce unemployment.

In his message, Dr. Vivek said landslides are a significant problem in many parts of the world, causing substantial damage to property, infrastructure, and human lives.

“Traditional methods of landslide prevention have limitations, and there is a need for an innovative solution that can effectively mitigate this issue,” he said.

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