Frontiers Symposium

11. Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (virtuell)


This year’s symposium has been designed to identify four socially relevant and scientifically cutting edge topics which address and relate to the challenges of human mankind: Advanced Communication and 5G Technologies, Energy Materials, Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics, and Sustainable Earth. Young experts from leading universities, research institutes and industry take the challenge to exchange on the developments and problems at these frontiers of research areas different from their own and to transfer new techniques and approaches across fields.

The organizing committee co-chaired by Benedikt Schmülling, University of Wuppertal and Rabibrata Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is comprised of Indian and German engineers and scientists who have developed the program for this event.

Partner and goals

The Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposia (INDOGFOE) are a joint undertaking of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The INDOGFOE Symposia bring together approx. 60 outstanding young researchers of various disciplines of engineering and applied natural sciences from industry, universities, and other research institutions of both countries to introduce their areas of research and technical work. They exchange ideas across disciplinary and methodological boundaries, build cross-disciplinary networks, and take the opportunity to work on future Indian-German collaborations. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports such collaborative work with its special follow-up program CONNECT.

The Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium series is part of the Frontiers of Research program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Humboldt Foundation regularly conducts Frontiers of Research Symposia in cooperation with partner organizations in Brazil, China, Japan, India, Israel, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

Participation is by invitation only.

List of Sessions

Conference Co-Chairs:

Rabibrata Mukherjee, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Benedikt Schmülling, Chair of Electric Mobility and Energy Storage Systems, University of Wuppertal

Advanced Communication and 5G Technologies


Christian Senger, Institute of Telecommunications, University of Stuttgart

Bheemarjuna Reddy Tamma, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Hyderabad


Vahid Aref, Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart: State-of-the-art Channel Coding for Advanced Communication Systems:
From Delay-sensitive 5G to Thera-bits Optical Transmission

Radha Krishna Ganti, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras: Overview of the Indian 5G Testbed

Chandra Murthy, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore: Irregular Repetition Slotted Aloha: A Promising Candidate for Grant-free Multiple Access in Massive Machine-type Communications

Rafel Schaefer, Chair of Information Theory and Applications, TU Berlin: Deep Learning for Channel Coding

Energy Materials


Oliver Clemens, Institute for Material Science, University of Stuttgart

Sebastian C. Peter, New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research


Karin Kleiner, MEET - Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology, University of Münster: The Power of Symmetry – Core Level Spectroscopy with Electrochemical Systems

Suman Lata Jain, Chemical Science Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun: Semiconductor-metal Complex Hybrid Materials for Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Chemicals

Angshuman Nag, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune: Designing Nanoscale Interface for Optoelectronic Properties of Layered Hybrid Perovskite

Selina Olthof, Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Cologne: Investigation of Halide Perovskites for Solar Cell Applications

Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics


Narayanan C Krishnan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Ropar

Sebastian Stober, Institute for Intelligent Cooperating Systems, University of Magdeburg


Preethi Jyothi, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay: Speech Recognition Technologies for Indian languages: Challenges and Opportunities

Georg Martius, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen: Empower Deep Networks with Combinatorial Algorithms

Eirini Ntoutsi, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Leibniz Universität Hannover: Understanding AI Technology is a Prerequisite for Its Successful Application

Prathosh A. Prasad, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi: Handling Domain Shifts in Deep Learning for Clinical Images

Sustainable Earth


Manisha Jain, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden

Abhijit Mukherjee, Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpu


S. Suresh Babu, Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram: Aerosol Radiative Forcing Over India and Regional Climate

Peter Dannenberg, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne: Agricultural and Land Use Dynamics in the Context of Global Value Chains and Development Policies – The Case of the Megaproject: Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania

Aditi Mukherji, International Water Management Institute, New Delhi: Need For an Integrated Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach for Managing India’s Groundwater Crisis

Cathrin Zengerling, Institute for Environmental Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg: Urban Footprints – Towards Greater Accountability in Cities’ Climate Governance


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