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Admission to PhD Programmes for December 2020 Session

Departments / Centres offering PhD Programmes and
Available Areas of Research for December 2020 Session Admission

Important Announcement:
  • You need to choose (at least three) Areas of Research according to your interest for your PhD thesis work from the following table and mention it in the online application form.
  • Also you need to write a one-page write up on proposed research work (in any one of your chosen areas of interests from the available areas of research given below) for your PhD thesis and upload it in PDF format.
  • In the online application form, you have to provide Names (and Email Addresses) of two Referees who are familiar with your academic credentials and character, and can help us with their assessment of your academic potential for PhD. If you are called for the selection process, then IIT Guwahati will contact your referees over email to provide the letter of reference detailing assessment of your academic potential for PhD,

Department/ Centre Available Areas of Research Link to Poster/ Dept./ Centre
Computer Science and Engineering

Artificial Intelligence, Interpretability of AI and ML Models, Online and Federated Learning, Evolving and Adaptive Intelligent Systems, Data Mining, NLP, Speech processing, Computer Vision, Augmented/virtual reality, Human-Computer Interaction, Nature-inspired Algorithms, Intelligent and Networked Robotics, Wireless Networks, Software-defined networking, IoT, Smart Grid, Network Security, Controller Synthesis and Games, Formal Verification, High-level Synthesis, Hardware Security, Intelligent Transportation Systems. Data Structures, Algorithms, Distributed and Decentralized Algorithms, Randomization, Approximation, Optimization, Computational Geometry, Distributed Systems, Multicore Architecture, Memory Systems, Near Memory Computing, Disaggregated Storage and Compute Systems, Approximate Computing, Edge Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, Dynamic Graph Algorithm.

- Updated on 9 October, 2020.

CSE Department
Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Communication Engineering; Signal Processing and Machine Learning; Power Engineering; Systems, Control and Automation; VLSI; RF and Photonics. (For more details, visit

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

EEE Department
Mechanical Engineering

Isogeometric analysis, computational contact mechanics, Advanced kinematics, Robotics, Mechanical Vibration, Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Hydrodynamic Bearings, Tribology, Smart Materials & Smart Structures, Composite Materials and Structures, Noise, Vibration and Harshness in Electric Vehicles, Machine/Deep Learning in Finite Element, Finite element analysis in Multiphysics, Applications of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Underwater Exploration, Rotor Dynamics.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Hydrodynamics of Complex Fluids, Hydrodynamics of Active Soft Matter, Experimental Microfluidics, fluid-structure interaction, Vortex induced vibration, Large eddy simulation, Computational Gas Dynamics, Rarefied Gas Dynamics, Porous medium combustion, Thermal Energy Storage, Artificial intelligence in CFD (AI-CFD), Multiphase flow, Hydrogen storage and thermal energy storage, Aeroacoustics.

Additive manufacturing, Data-Driven Manufacturing & Industry 4.0, Structural Topology Optimization, Molecular Dynamics, Materials Engineering, Smart Materials & Smart Structure, CAD CAM, Biomechanics and gait analysis, Welding and joining, Laser based manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing of hydrogen energy system, Biomedical Devices and systems, Traditional medicine manufacturing systems.

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

ME Department
Civil Engineering Environment Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering & Management, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Earth System Science and Engineering. Click here for more details. CE Department
Biosciences and Bioengineering

All Areas of Biosciences and Bioengineering

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

BSBE Department
Chemical Engineering All Areas of Chemical Engineering. Chemical Engineering Department

Visual communication (including art & visual culture, signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, advertising, animation, color, and electronic resources); Service design; Design for sustainability; System design; Design strategy; Product design and development; Frugal Design and Engineering; Inclusive design; Design for health and well-being; Human Computer Interaction (HCI); Interaction and Usability engineering; Virtual Reality (VR); Voice and Conversational User Interfaces; Assistive Interfaces; User interaction on flexible displays; Deformation-based input methods; Information Communication Technology for Development (ICTD); Input methods for digital interfaces; Ergonomics (including Occupational health and safety); Design Management; Design creativity and innovation studies; Design education and pedagogy; Design for Smart Cities.

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

Design Department

Condensed Matter & Statistical Physics – Ferroelectric and oxide materials, Graphene and analogue atomic thin materials, semiconducting materials, smart magnetic materials, Multiferroics, soft condensed matter, spintronics, statistical physics, Air pollution, Percolation, Network, Self-organization, Active matters and collective motion, strongly correlated systems, superconductivity, topological insulators, quantum phase transitions, ultracold atoms in optical lattices, quantum computation, nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

Laser and Photonics – Fiber Optics, Laser Matter Interaction, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics, terahertz plasmonics and metamaterials, Quantum optomechanics, Pulsed Laser deposition.

High Energy Physics – Theory and phenomenology: Dark matter phenomenology, Neutrino Physics, Matter-antimatter asymmetry, Astro-particle physics/Cosmological connections, Inflation.

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

Physics Department
Chemistry All Areas of Chemistry. Chemistry Department

Mathematics: Harmonic analysis, Real Analysis and Probability, Fluid Dynamics and Differential Equations.

Probability and Statistics: Applied Probability, Stochastic Models, Queueing Theory, Statistical Theory and Computing, Machine Learning.

Computer Science: Cyber Security and Privacy, Online Social Networks, Computer Networks, Algorithms, Distributed Algorithms, Network Algorithms, Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks.

- Updated on 9 October, 2020.

Mathematics Department
Humanities and Social Sciences
  1. Archaeology
  2. English
    1. 16th-17th century English literature and/or
    2. Digital Humanities
  3. Linguistics
    1. Acoustic phonetics, Phonetics of tone languages & Tibeto-Burman languages
    2. Language processing in North eastern Indian languages, bi/multilingualism in NE India, Language and culture
    3. Phonetics and phonology, Tone and intonation, Prosodic issues in languages of NE India
  4. Psychology: No specialisation
  5. Sociology
    1. Sociology of Development
    2. Environmental Sociology
    3. Sociology of Science and Technology

Click here for format of proposed research work for the streams/areas of HSS

- Updated on 22 October, 2020.

HSS Department

All Energy related research areas.

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

Centre for Energy
Environment Environmental Organic and Inorganic Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Economics/ Engineering; Bioengineering; Biopolymers and Biomacromolecules; Environmental Chemical Biology; Waste Water Treatment and supply; Solid Waste Management; CO2 Capture/storage; Atmospheric Chemistry; Air Quality monitoring; Environmental Hydraulics; Environmental Genomics; Environmental aspects of Algal Biotechnology; and Other emerging areas of environment with interdisciplinary application of science, technology, arts and humanities. Centre for Environment
Nanotechnology Nano/Bio Materials Science and Engineering; NanoTheranostic Devices; Nano/Bio-Electronics and Sensors; Experimental and Computational studies of micro- and nano-fluidics, Molecular Simulations; Polymer self-assembly; Polymer Nanocomposites; Nano Devices and Applications; Flow Chemistry; Catalysis for Energy; Energy Applications; All areas of Chemistry and Physics including Nanoscale Materials, Polymers, Optoelectronics, and Photonic applications. Centre for Nanotechnology
Poster for PhD in Nanotechnology
Rural Technology

Design and Development of Rural Implements, Waste water treatment, Solid Waste management, Food Biotechnology, Energy Storage for Electric Vehicles for Rural Settings, Mechanical processing of agricultural wastes, Biofertilizer production, Soil Quality Management, Agricultural Biotechnology.

- Updated on 10 October, 2020.

Centre for Rural Technology
Linguistic Science and Technology Language Processing, Computational Phonology, Speech Analysis, Spoken Language Resources, Neuroimaging of Language disorders. Language and Cognition, Quantitative Phonetics, User Interface, Script Processing, Type Design and Typography, Language Acquisition and Visual Attention. Centre for Linguistic Science & Technology

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