Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), has announced its collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras to establish an eMobility simulation lab on the institute’s premises. This collaboration underscores Altair’s commitment to advancing research and development in the field of electric vehicles (EVs), aligning with its commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Altair will facilitate the provision of Altair® HyperWorks® and the requisite compute infrastructure backbone to run Altair simulation codes to the eMobility Simulation lab established in the Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras. This support is integral to empowering startups, researchers, and students with cutting-edge tools and resources to further the study and development of EVs. The creation of the eMobility simulation lab at IIT Madras represents a pivotal stride in advancing research within the EV domain and advocating for sustainable transportation solutions.

Welcoming the launch of this new facility, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “Given the Government’s focus on eMobility and rapid expansion of the market that is expected, there is a need for IIT Madras to play its role in the academic space. eMobility-related initiatives in Academic Programs, Research and Policy are all managed and offered with multiple Departments contributing with the Department of Engineering Design acting as the nodal department.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with IIT Madras in this endeavour, turning this forward-thinking initiative into reality,” said Vishwanath Rao, Managing Director, Altair. “In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, Altair stands at the forefront of convergence by integrating cutting-edge technologies. Whether it’s the fusion of artificial intelligence with simulation, the synergy between cloud computing and design optimization, or the harmonious collaboration between data analytics and engineering, we are committed to creating solutions that seamlessly converge technologies for transformative outcomes. And this will also extend to the e-mobility lab at IITM.”

Prof. V. Kamakoti added, “In the coming years, we will be seeing a cluster of initiatives, facilities and Programs in eMobility from IIT Madras to equip Industry and Government to address the challenges in ramping up the market for EVs.”

Commenting on the partnership with Altair, Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relationship, IIT Madras, said, “We are delighted to partner with Altair in creating a lab that will be the nursery for the next generation of eMobility solutions. Partnerships such as this bring together industry and academic expertise – both increasingly essential ingredients for creating successful startups and ideas.”

IIT Madras, a leading academic and research institution, is uniquely positioned to provide a boost to technology-based entrepreneurship. The institute’s extensive social, academic, and industrial network, combined with Altair’s expertise, will create a fertile ground for innovation and collaboration.


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