Dr. Arpan Kar

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Sponsored Research/Consultancy

Title: Analyzing Big Data in Twitter for Identifying Concerns - Inputs in Digital Payments and Telecommunications
Role: Principal Investigator (Under Special Scheme for Talented Young Scientist)
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology.       Budget: 19,92,000 INR
Abstract: In the current scenario, with the government’s digital India and cashless payments initiative, there has been an exponential growth in the use of digital payments and the underlying necessity of telecommunications network for the increased internet use for the same. Both private and public sector organizations, banks and telecom sectors have come up with ways and means to help aid the initiative. The social media especially Twitter has been a major platform throughout for the announcement of such technological and government policy changes. There have been huge discussions surrounding the concerns of the masses and this is how we visualized that the citizens of India have been facing major issues since the last few months. The discussions are in the form of highly unstructured user generated content and thus there is no way the concerns are be acknowledged and addressed to. This makes it critically essential for us in analyzing this unstructured micro blog text which may give us useful insights to identify the main user pain points surrounding digital payments and telecommunications.

Title: Do Social Media Platforms grow the Small and Medium Enterprises? An experimental Design Study in India.

Role: Co-PI                                                                       PI: Dr. Vigneswara Ilavarasan

Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research    Budget: 600,000/-

Abstract: SMEs are treated as tool for economic growth and job creation by the policy makers of low income countries. These enterprise need to adopt the new technologies to sustain the growth and exploit new market opportunities of the networked world. Popular press repeatedly claims that businesses in the high income countries are able to adopt and use various social media platforms for their advantage. The academic researchers are attempting to validate these claims, especially in the low income countries. The studies of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in this space are moving from understanding technology adoption to capture impact. The studies on the impact of ICTs, especially in the growth of SMEs seem to be unclear. Given that the penetration of mobile Internet is growing faster in India, the causal linkage between use of social media platforms and its impact on growth of SMEs needs to be studied.

Title: Training for the Personal Financial Planning in Rural India – An Impact Assessment of Refresher Investor Awareness Sessions for Rural Citizens through Common Services Centre
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: MEITY, GoI.
Abstract: To share the concept of savings and investments in other schemes, a project named Investor Awareness Programme (IAP) was rolled out through the Common Service Centers (CSCs) during the month of March 2016 to June 2016 in the states of Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh where over 1.1 lakh citizens from separate households were sensitized through 2000 IAP programs. The project does an impact assessment of this programme.
Title: Employment Outcomes of Skills Training in South Asia: An Evidence Summary
Role: Co-CI                                                                        CI: Dr. Vigneswara Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: PWC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)             Budget: 22,004 GBP (19.1 Lakh INR)
Brief: The South Asia Research Hub (SARH), DFID has initiated a Systematic Review (SR) Programme for South Asia. The programme aims at providing DFID country offices, policy-makers and development practitioners in South Asia with a robust assessment of the evidence base for their policies and programmes. The programme involves commissioning research products, comprising of systematic reviews and evidence summaries, to assess “what works” and “what does not” in areas relevant to development priorities for South Asia. Further, the programme aims to build capacity, preferably of the South Asian institutions, for producing more systematic reviews and other rigorous evidence products in the region. A particular emphasis of SARH (DFID) and the programme is on the quality and accuracy of the evidence produced, and contextualisation of results to South Asia1 (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Myanmar in particular) to develop informed policy-making and programming in the region. This is an important step in strengthening the capacity for evidence-informed decision making.
Project Title: Digital Literacy Training to Non-IT Literate Citizens: An Impact Assessment Study of National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator            PI: Dr. Vigneswara Ilavarasan (IIT Delhi)
Budget: Rs. 68,71,200 (Sixty Eight Lakhs, Seventy One thousand, Two hundred Rupees).
Funding agency: CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, GoI.

Abstract: Presently, CSC e-Governance Services India Limited is implementing a mass IT literacy programme that provides training to digitally illiterate citizens in the country. The broad objective of the training is to make a person IT literate, so that he can operate/use/access ICT driven/facilitated digital services. This project will attempt to assess the impact of the training program and suggest improvements, as and where ever needed.

Project status: Awarded and completed.
Project Title: EU-India Cooperation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media Project
Reference: EuropeAid/135-474/DD/ACT/IN
Role: Co-PI                                                    PI: Prof. James Clarke (Waterford IT, Ireland)
Funding agency: European Union.            Budget: EUR 333,333 (2.5 Crores INR approx)

Abstract
: The project will provide an organizational and financial framework that will support the mobility of the EU research and innovation in developing cluster-to-cluster partnerships within India related to ICT within the future internet and digital electronic media. Special focus of the project is on Internet of Things, Smart Technologies and Smart Cities, and FI-Ware (Future of Internet Ware) and the application of Analytics for Practical Insights.
Project status: Awarded and in progress.

Project reports

Project title: Practices of Global Supply Chain Management

Role: Co-Principal Investigator                        PI: Prof. Ravi Shankar (IITD)

Budget: IR 125,392/-                                      Funding agency: Univ. of Connecticut, USA


Abstract: Project aims at facilitating joint research with University of Connecticut, USA on global supply chain issues. Green Supply Chain Management reveals the need and impact of today’s most pressing environmental issues. Further such a research agenda highlights how green practices can actually save money, increase efficiency and reduce delivery time. The funding is meant for data collection and analysis.


Project status: In progress.

Project title:  How to make a Smart Campus - Smart Campus Programme in IIT Delhi


Role: Co-Principal Investigator             PI: Prof. MP Gupta (IIT Delhi)

Sponsor: IIT Delhi


Abstract: This is a technical report on how a plan can be made for developing a smart campus by taking inputs from multiple stake-holders, and then prioritizing the suggestions. The focus of this smart campus initiative was smart services, sustainability, fostering research opportunities and fostering innovative entrepreneurship models. Potential projects were identified and prioritized into three phases based on scope and complexity. Governance and project implementation blueprint was also developed as part of this technical report.


Project status: Completed. Report presented/Approved by the Directors & Deans on Oct, 2015.


Download the report now from ResearchGate.                   DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4629.9601

Project title: Industry Practices and Issues in Software Project Design, Development and Management – Review and Curriculum Design with focus on Object Oriented Paradigm.

Role: Consultant-in-Charge

Budget: Total: Rs. 107,866/-                                        Funding Agency: VidyaVilla Foundation.


Abstract: Software Project Development and Management is increasingly becoming extremely complicated with the fast change the discipline is witnessing. With the adoption of Web Technologies, increasingly Object Oriented Paradigms (e.g. Java) are gaining in prominence. With such a rapidly evolving environment, it becomes important for practitioners to have an updated understanding of the nuances and the emergent issues in systems development to facilitate a better success rate in developing and managing software projects. The consultancy project aims to identify these issues and suggest a suitable curriculum to address the same.


Project status: Completed in May, 2015.                       DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2270.6640
Download the report now from ResearchGate.

Project title: Identifying Models of Information Infomediaries in Dense Human Settlements: An Exploratory Study of Information Ecosystems in National Capital Region, India

Role: Principal Investigator.

Project funding agency: HSMI.

Approved funding: Rs. 23,02,200/-                                DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5154.2488


Project abstract: The project attempted to propose methods to design viable infomediaries for enabling e-governance for the dense human settlements in the National Capital Region, India. The objective was therefore to enable the development of information infomediaries that could enable services like e-governance to improve the quality of life of the people living in dense human settlements, by providing better access to information. The target segments of this study were the families residing within the apartments within NCR, India.


Status: Draft Project Report submitted to the Funding Agency in March, 2014. Presented to the Committee of Directors in May 2014. Final Project Report submitted in May, 2014.


Download the technical report from ResearchGate.

Conferences & Seminars

Conference Title: The 16th IFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society
Dates: 21st - 23rd November, 2016.       Link: http://dms.iitd.ac.in/I3E2017.html
Role: Conference Co-Chair
Background: This conference is under the working group of IFIP. IFIP was initiated in the 1960s with UNESCO recognition and is one of the top 3 academic conferences in Information Systems. The theme of this year's conference is Digital Nations - Smart Cities, Innovation & Sustainability.  The proceeings will be published in the prestigious LNCS-IFIP series by Springer.
Conference Title: IEEE International Conference on Smart Cities and Innovations (SCI 2017)
Dates: San Francisco on August 4-8, 2017.  Link: http://smart-world.org/2017/smartcity/
Role: Conference Publicity Chair
Background: The IEEE International Conference on Smart City and Innovation (SmartCity 2017) will include a highly selective program of technical papers, accompanied by workshops, demos, panel discussions and keynote speeches. We welcome high quality papers that describe original and unpublished research papers addressing the real issues, challenges and needs in building smart cities for now and future.
Conference Title: 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2017)
Dates: 7th-9th March, 2017.  Link: http://www.icegov.org/
Role: Programme Committee member
Background: Knowledge Societies empower citizens to use the facilities available through digital infrastructures to have the freedom to live their lives in the manner they want to live. Governments, civil society and private enterprises often see their role as enablers of the knowledge society by providing needed services, support and products. This conference addresses the theme of “Building Knowledge Societies – From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment”.
Conference Title: Project Management Research & Academic Conference 2017: Accelerating Development: Harnessing the power of Project Management.
Dates: 02 Mar - 04 Mar, 2017, IIT Delhi.  Link: http://www.pmi.org
Role: Programme Committee
Background: Project Management is an interdisciplinary skill and has great potential for study and research. The PMI India Research and Academic conference is a biennial project management research and education event that brings together scholars, professors and students of project management and allied disciplines. The conference provides an opportunity to present and discuss new project management research findings and teaching methods.
Conference Title: 4th IEEE International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment
Dates
: 19 - 21 April 2017, at Quito, Ecuador.  Link: https://edem-egov.org/
Role: Programme Committee
Background: The ICEDEG is in its fourth year of providing a forum for research and technology development in the growing area of eDemocracy & eGovernment. Areas cover eGovernment, eDemocracy, eParticipation, eSociety, eHealth, eGovernance.
Conference Title: 15th IFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society
Role: Organization Chair    Link: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/som/i3e2016/
Dates: September 13 - 15, 2016.
Background: The ubiquity of social media has had a profound effect on the way we communicate and is of significant importance to society and business. This conference aims to bring together a variety of disciplines and a community for the advancement of knowledge regarding the adoption, use, impact, and potential of social media.
Conference Title: International Conference on Brand Management
Role: Track Chair                  Link: http://cbmiitd.in/index.html
Conference Dates: 16th - 17th April, 2016
Academic Partners: IIT Delhi, Curtin University
Background: The main focus is on emerging themes in Brand Management. The conference will cover topics like Startup Branding and Valuation, Public Sector Branding, Brand Flexibility, Branding and Culture, Not For Profit Branding, Technology Branding, B2B Branding, etc.

Conference Title: International Conference in Smart Cities

Role: Programme Chair and Coordinator

Conference Dates: 22nd - 23rd January, 2016      Link: http://www.iceg.net/icsc/

Funded Agency: European Union, FI Media, BETS and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

Academic Partners: IIT Delhi, Swansea University (UK) and Waterford IT (Ireland).

Background: Smart city innovations are new approaches to holistic management of cities’ physical, socio-economic, environmental, transportation and political assets across all urban domains, typically supported by ICT and open data. This conference included experts and scholars working on smart cities, smart technologies, their applications, strategies, and policies for valuable deliberation.Proceedings published as an edited book in Taylor & Francis.

Seminar Title: EU-INDIA Cluster to Cluster (C2C) Partnership on ‘Smart Village Ecosystems’.
Role: Workshop Coordinator                              Seminar date: 18th December, 2015
Sponsor: European Union & Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (GoI)
Background: The idea of starting an EU-INDIA Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnership around ‘Smart Village’ came out of the recent attention given to ‘Smart Cities’ world. Also with GoI announcing the development of 100 smart cities which essentially are aimed at deployment of internet based applications, content management platforms and broadband infrastructures in every sphere of public systems (such as healthcare, media, energy and the environment, safety, and public services). Hence ‘Smart Village’ has to be a parallel agenda as it would augment the objectives of ‘Smart Cities’.
DoI for Technical Report
: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1530.8884

Seminar artifacts

Conference title: ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Competitive Strategies
Role: Track Chair and Session Chair
Dates: November 14-16, 2014 in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Background: As governments seek to restructure their organizations to deliver better services through technology enabled platforms, the domain of e-Government continues to stir interest and attention. New research issues such as e-democracy, e-citizenship, adoption of e-services, interoperability, e-identity and e-voting have become core elements in the development of
public sector delivery and have been explored in the sessions.