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Agriculture is the oldest and perhaps the widest sector having witnessed a phenomenal change all over. This subject becomes truly interdisciplinary due to the involvement of multi faculty convergence towards the development of advanced measurement techniques and associated sensors design. Emergence of trans-disciplinary areas such as electro-optics, bio-optics, opto-mechatronics devices, bio-molecular electronics etc. are paving their way in exploring various techniques for the development of sensors relevance to agriculture, food processing and environmental monitoring. The issue become further widen when natural hazards such as seismic activity, land slide monitoring, snow avalanche studies pose new challenges for developing intelligence system for early warning.

Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO), a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is deeply associated in this area of research leading to the development of sensors and instrumentation systems for a variety of societal applications. The talk highlights the state of art development in the field of transduction techniques and sensors development in these areas based on the work carried out in the laboratory.

Author’s Short Biography

Dr. Pawan Kapur is currently the Director of Central Scientific Instrument Organisation (CSIO) Chandigarh, a constituent Laboratory of the CSIR, New Delhi. He had his education in M.Tech. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Radio Physics & Electronics, University of Calcutta in Control Systems & Digital Techniques and Bio-medical Engineering respectively.

He was earlier at CEERI-Pilani for about 30 years where he worked on Instrumentation & Control Systems for various Agro-Based Industries.

He developed 17 products, 5 patents and has about 50 research papers in referred journals & more than 100 research papers in the Conference proceedings. He has authored 7 book-chapters and delivered more than 100 invited talks at various forums.

Dr. Kapur has been instrumental in restructuring R&D structure of CSIO and has guided various prestigious projects in the Strategic Sector (Head up Displays & Cockpit Instrumentation) and Societal Applications such as health, agro-based and public utilities & safety, etc. He has setup many advanced research Labs such as Photonics, Advanced Optical Metrology, Virtual Instrumentation, GAIT-Lab, Food Processing Instrumentation Lab, etc.

He is a recipient of several prestigious awards which include: CSIR-Technology Shield-1992, 7th Hari Ram Toshniwal Gold Medal-1995, Sugar Cup Medal 1993, 1997, 1998, Noel Derr Gold Medal 2004, Anusandhan Vibhusan 2006,etc..