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AIT ties up with Institute of Scientific Research, Boston College

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Institute of Scientific Research (ISR), Boston College, USA to forge cooperative research under the framework of Scintillation Network Decision Aid (SCINDA) research network. ISR and AIT will conduct regional research on geodynamics, real-time corrections of Global Positioning System (GPS) signals from solar extremes and solar flares in upper atmosphere among others.

AIT ties up with Institute of Scientific Research, Boston College

Prof. Said Irandoust and Dr. Rui Fernandes

ISR, Boston College has established the SCINDA receiving station in the Remote Sensing and GIS Field of Study at AIT. It comprises of high precision GPS Base station and Very High Frequency(VHF) receivers. SCINDA involves over 40 institutions and is a network of ground sensors developed to generate real time communication outage maps and warnings for satellite communication and GPS users. It ensures exchange of ionospheric data recorded by each institution as a part of collaborative research activities.

ISR, which was formed in 1954, is the largest sponsored research center at Boston College. ISR is known for its expertise for theoretical and experimental studies that include space physics, space chemistry, plasma chemistry, solar-terrestrial research, atmospheric and ionospheric modeling and space weather phenomena.

The delegation of ISR included Mr. Stephen Jimenez of Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and Mr. Dean Anneser, Research Fellow. Dr. Rui Fernandes of University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal, and Dr. Durairaju Kumaran Raju of National University of Singapore (NUS) represented the two partner organizations of SCINDA. Others who participated in the event included Dr. Noppadol Phien-wej, Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET); Dr. Pritam Shrestha, Head, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO); Dr. Nitin Kumar Triparthi, Coordinator of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (RS/GIS) field of study at SET; Dr. Taravudh Tipdecho, Research Specialist, SET; Mr. Tenzin Rabgyal, Senior Program Officer, ERCO and Mr. Sanit Arunpold, Doctoral Student at RS/GIS.