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Shenoy Named Fulbright Specialist Scholar to Study Urban Sustainability Challenges in India

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Prashant Shenoy, professor of computer science and associate dean in UMass Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences, has been named a 2017-2018 Fulbright Specialist Scholar. He will travel to Mumbai, India to work with researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay on water and energy challenges in Indian cities.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program pairs highly-qualified U.S. academics and researchers with host institutions to work on short-term projects in the specialists’ areas of expertise.

As a Specialist Scholar, Shenoy will collaborate with researchers in IIT Bombay’s Center for Urban Science and Engineering to develop data-driven techniques to improve the reliability of the electricity supply and enhance energy-efficiency. He and his colleagues will also work to design methods to enhance the reliability of the water supply and monitor water quality using a low-cost sensor platform. Both projects will extend research conducted at UMass Amherst to larger-scale, urban settings in the developing world.

A member of the computer science faculty since 1998, Shenoy’s research focuses on computational and data-driven approaches for smart cities. He and researchers from the UMass Amherst and Worcester campus recently founded the Center for Smart and Connected Society (CS2)┬áto enable cross-disciplinary research into societal issues such as healthcare, transportation, and energy.