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Webinar by Dr. Yashwant Gupta, GMRT, Pune
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An exclusive joint webinar organized by IEEE Bombay Section and IEEE India Council
Speaker: Dr. Yashwant Gupta
Webinar Topic: Contribution of GMRT in Nation Building
️ Webinar Abstract: The demonstration of how to transmit and receive radio waves, first done by Sir J.C. Bose in 1895 (and recognized as the first IEEE Milestone in India), opened up a new window to the Universe. India has a strong tradition in this new field of radio astronomy, starting with Prof Govind Swarup who kicked off activities in this area at TIFR in 1963. In this talk, we will trace the fascinating story of Radio Astronomy and the engineering behind it, with special emphasis on its growth and current status in India, ending with the frontline Indian facility — the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT). The GMRT, a world class low frequency radio observatory operational since 2002, consists of 30 fully steerable antennas of 45 meter diameter each and can be used over the frequency range of 100 to 1450 MHz. It uses several interesting and innovative ideas and technologies. We have recently completed a major technological upgrade of the GMRT that has significantly improved its sensitivity and make it a much more versatile instrument. This upgrade will keep the GMRT at the forefront as one of the most sensitive facilities in the 100 to 1500 MHz range for the next decade or so. In this talk, we will look into some of these technological aspects of the GMRT (recently recognized as an IEEE Milestone facility), and the impact it has had at the national and international levels.
Schedule: March 13, 2021 (6:00 PM onwards)
Speaker Profile: Dr. Yashwant Gupta is Centre Director and Senior Professor at National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Pune). He did his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego with an emphasis on Radio Astronomy. He has received many awards, including prestigious honors from the Astronomical Society of India and CSIR, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He is a life member of the Astronomical Society of India, a member of the International Astronomical Union & the International Union of Radio Science. He also represents India at the international Square Kilometre Array Project as a Science Director for India. He has over 30 years of experience in active research and technical activities in radio astronomy and over 19 years of experience in leadership roles in technological innovations. He also has over 12 years of experience in organizational and administrative leadership positions. He has over 140 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, with a total citation count of over 2000, and has over 30 invited talks in the last 10 years, with several public talks.
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