Sourabh is a CONFIRM SMART 4.0 MSCA Research Fellow based at Cork Institute of Technology.
“My advice for a STEM undergraduate is not to specialise in one domain, rather try to explore and learn about as many domains as possible.”
Tell us a bit about your research...
Currently we are working on real-time damage diagnosis and prognosis in industrial manufacturing equipments/machines. The objective of this research is to detect the failures and predict the damages in the industrial machines to reduce their downtime and/or to have a planned downtime in place. This is going to help improve the production cycle in industrial manufacturing with minimum human intervention. In a way, we are trying to make machines smart enough to interact with each other and make cognitive decisions with the minimum amount of human inputs.
Could your research be of benefit to society in any way?
The crisis like COVID19 calls for rapid production of various essential goods. The project can contribute towards increasing the productivity of industrial machines during such crisis. In addition to that, enabling machines take cognitive decisions with minimum human intervention make it more suitable for crisis such as COVID19.
What did you study as an Undergraduate?
I graduated from Indraprastha University, Delhi, India in 2010 and received both Masters and PhD degrees from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, India in 2013 and 2018, respectively.
I studied Computer Science and Engineering as an undergraduate and further specialised in Advanced Computer Networking as a post-graduate and in Internet of Things as a doctoral student.
What made you decide to go into research?
In some way or the other, we all, through our professions, are trying to express ourselves to the outside world. I, personally want to tell numerous stories through my research. I connect with the outside world through my research stories and this connection gives me a free hand to express myself to the outside world by understanding its problems or requirements, and subsequently designing the technological solutions.
What do you enjoy most about being a Post-Doctoral researcher?
PhD is more of a training process where a researcher learns how to conduct the research activities with the constant involvement of the supervisor. In my opinion, the most enjoyable thing about being a post-doc is that one actually gets to utilise his/her PhD training to drive the research project on its own. In a way, a post-doc can be seen as an independent researcher.
Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about a career or research in STEM?
The STEM projects today are highly multidisciplinary and thus require a variety of skills to be applied. My advice for a STEM undergraduate is not to specialise in one domain, rather try to explore and learn about as many domains as possible. As the research in STEM moves at a fast pace, it is relatively easy to publish the work at different avenues. However, in my opinion, a STEM PhD student’s focus should be more on making impactful contributions to the research area. The publications will follow.