National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems
National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS)

About NM-ICPS

Cyber-Physical System (CPS) combines digital/ cyber elements with physical objects (e.g. machines, autonomous vehicles) and data with capabilities of communication, data collection & processing, computing, decision making and action. Cyber-Physical Systems allow organizations to take timely and optimal interventions/ actions. CPS is an integrated system involving Sensors, Communication, Actuators, Control, interconnected computing networks and data analytics. Therefore, there is a need to create an integrated and overarching National platform to bring convergence among all stakeholders towards CPS technology development and effective implementations. The NM-ICPS is a comprehensive Mission aimed at complete convergence with all stakeholders by establishing strong linkages between academia, industry, Government and International Organizations. The Mission will work with all the concerned Ministries/Departments to identify their technology needs, develop solutions and technical support in CPS implementation.

The Mission implementation would create a foundation and a seamless ecosystem from education, human resource, R&D, technology development, innovation to commercialization. It will generate Indian Start-ups, Intellectual Property (IP), Licensing & Monetization, jobs, enhance skills and world class product development resulting in technology driven economic growth. The proposed Mission will -

  1. Secure India's future by creation of a CPS eco-system
  2. Generate significant qualitative and quantitative improvement in research, development and higher education in Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines,
  3. Develop home- grown applications for national needs and capability to solve multi-disciplinary Grand Challenge problems,
  4. Create conducive environment for Scientific breakthroughs and Innovations,
  5. Position India in league with other nations, in terms of capacity and derive several direct and indirect benefits.

The Mission will have four major activities i.e.,

  1. Technology Development,
  2. Human Resource & Skill Development,
  3. Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Start-Up Ecosystem and
  4. International Collaborations.

Q1. Where to get more details on the Mission and TTRPs etc ?

A1.Department of Science & Technology has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on NM-ICPS. It provides the details about the overall philosophy of the Mission, technology, strategy and overall Mission objectives.If any institute requires a copy of the DPR, the same may be supplied by email. All requests for DPR could be sent to Dr. Rajeev Sharma, Scientist 'E', ICPS Division at rajeevsharma[at]nic[dot]in.

Q2. Provide more details about hubs ?

A2.NM-ICPS Mission invited proposals for establishment of 6 Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs) in 6 technology verticals through SERB online portal. The last date for receipt of the proposals was 16th December 2019.However, the Mission has decided to invite proposals for establishment of 25 Hubs that includes 18 TIHs and 7 Sectoral Application Hubs (SAHs).
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Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs)

TIHs will focus on generation of new knowledge through basic and applied research in areas that is mandated to them. TIHs will be the source for fundamental knowledge/ technologies that will be needed to keep India prepared for the next generation of technologies. Thus, the primary activity of TIH includes the development of new knowledge (intellectual property) and highly knowledgeable human resource with top-order skills, besides serving as a repository of papers and patents. It will also engage in International Collaborations to prepare India in its quest to be a leader in the domain. These Hubs provide the eco- system for technology development and deployment.

As the name suggests, the activities here will be with a pull from user industry/organization. These hubs are expected to take on the top level challenges identified or inter-ministerial projects calling for CPS based solutions. Translational work will ensure that country acquires leadership in markets through these Hubs, by actually delivering technologies or technology solutions on the ground. Each Hub will also focus on translational research for technology development (TRL 4 and above) but also work on lower TRLs. Along with this, focus on human resource development and serve as repository of proven concepts/ prototypes. All 18 number of TIHs are provided to Host Institutes and HI's to create a Section-8 Company. All TIHs can receive/ support for projects in the domain areas of TIH to academic, R&D institutions, Industry, other funding agencies and linkages with existing TBIs or create a new TBI if there is no TBI in HI. They can also receive CSR funds, donations from trusts, foundations, industry contributions etc. Support for projects will be based on requirement, open call and with due scientific diligence and processes. They also can bid for projects from Govt/ Industry/ PSUs/ State Govt etc. Tentative list of proposed Technology TIHs as given below, however, as the technology is changing rapidly, some of them may undergo changes or new technology verticals may emerge. Host Institutes has freedom to come up with alternatives but well within ICPS Mission umbrella areas/ themes.

Domain Areas

Cloud Computing

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Human Computer Interaction

Human Computer Interaction

Professional Electronics

Technologies for IOT & IOE

Cyber Security

Advanced Communication Systems

Sensors, Activators & Control

Sensors, Activators and Control

Health Informatics

Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Computer Vision, Augmented and virtual reality

Computer Vision and virtual reality

Speech, Vid e o & Text Analytics

Speech, Video and Text Analytics

Cognitive Computing and Social Sensing

Cognitive Computing and Social Sensing

Device Technology and Materials

Device Technology and Materials

Technologies for Under water exploration

Technologies for Under water exploration

Autonomous Navigation and Data Acquisition systems

Autonomous Navigation and Data Acquisition systems

System Simulation, Modeling and Visualization

System Simulation, Modeling and Visualization

Data Analytics & Predictive Technologies

Data Analytics and Predictive Technologies

Software Technologies

Databanks & Data Services, Data Analytics

Education & Training

Cyber Security and Cyber Security for Physical Infrastructure

Positioning and Precision Technologies

Positioning and Precision Technologies (GIS etc.)

Biological Cybernetics

Biological Cybernetics

Sectoral Application Hubs (SAHs)

The objectives of these SAHs are to carryout translational research and work with Line Departments to develop prototypes, product development and implementations. SAHs will be for creating platform technologies and applications in diverse sectors like Agriculture, manufacturing, energy, health, transport, water and logistics etc. The primary activity of SAHs includes applications development for direct application in the field, development of sector specific solutions, IP generation and human resource development. Each SAHs will work with an array of TIHs to source technology tools to rapidly develop sector specific solutions/ applications as per user requirements like Line Ministries/ Departments etc.

The basic mechanism of these is to develop and integrate core knowledge developed at TIH and also from any other source, into a working tool to be used by Line Ministries/ Departments and later by TTRPs. All 7 number of SAHs are provided to Host Institutes to create a Section-8 Company. All SAHs can receive/ support for projects in their domain areas to academic, R&D institutions, Industry, other funding agencies and linkages with existing TBIs or create a new TBI if there is no TBI in HI. They can also receive CSR funds, donations from trusts, foundations, industry contributions etc. Support for projects will be based on requirement, open call and with due scientific diligence and processes. Tentative list of proposed SAHs as given below, however, as per the requirement of stakeholder's priority may change or requirement of a new applications may emerge. SAHs will be given freedom to come up with alternative themes apart from sector they have been assigned.

Domain Areas

Agriculture & Water

Agriculture & Water

Education

Education

Energy & Transport

Energy & Transport

Fintech, GST, Aadhar, Direct & Indirect taxes

Fintech, GST, Aadhar, Direct & Indirect taxes

Health

Health

Earth, Ocean, Environment & Pollution

Earth, Ocean, Environment & Pollution

Judiciary & Legal, Ethics, Regulation, Policy and Law enforcement

Judiciary & Legal, Ethics, Regulation, Policy and Law enforcement

About Hubs

Hubs
activities

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Institutional Framework for Seamless Integration of Hubs

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Public Private Model &
Revenue Model

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Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply

Host Institutes shall be reputed academic and R&D institutions.

Institutions within 50 NIRF Overall Ranking or within 50 NIRF Engineering Ranking are only eligible to apply.

R&D Institutions that are operating in R&D, technology development, commercialization, etc. in Engineering and Technology areas for at least 10 years and have expertise in CPS foundational technologies are eligible.

The following criteria will be taken into account while shortlisting the Host Institute:

  • Number of years of operation
  • Faculty expertise in CPS
  • Number of dedicated faculty in CPS who can spare 80% of time commitment to the hub
  • Industrial partnerships
  • Academic partnerships
  • International collaborative R&D projects
  • Publications
  • Patents filed, granted, licenced and monetized
  • Institute NIRF ranking
  • Number of technologies developed and transferred to Indian industry/ PSUs/Govt agencies and its monetary value
  • Number of innovations transferred to start-ups through licensing or equity
  • Proven expertise in establishing Section 8 companies, autonomous scientific societies, Centre of Excellence, Technology Business Incubators
  • Built-in infrastructure (land and buildings) to be made available for the hub.

How to apply

Proposal should be submitted online through www.serbonline.in by the Head of the Institution.

Head of the Institution should visit www.serbonline.in and click on the link for NM-ICPS. After being redirected to NM-ICPS web portal, Head of the Institution should register himself and fill the mandatory fields.On successful registration and verification , Head of the Institution can submit the proposal Online.

Some of the details of the proposal such as proposal summary (max 4000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Output and Outcome (max 2000 characters), Host Institute Details, Technical Summary, Host Institute Commitment and Profile, TIH Team, Collaborator Details, Industry Partner Details, Budget Details(Project Staff,Domestic Travel,Technology Development, HRD and Skill Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Start-up Ecosystem, International Collaboration, Lab R&D Infrastructure and Equipment,Furnishing, Tables, Chairs, Cubicles, Electrical works and other Capex items) have to be entered in the submission form.

Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded as a single PDF file, not more than 10 MB as Technical Document.