Master of Science By Research/Doctor of Philosophy

Call for applications 2017-18 Term 2

List of selected candidates for 2018-19 Term 2

International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT Bangalore) invites applications for its research degree programs, namely, Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science by Research programs. This call for admissions is for academic year 2018-19 (Term 2) starting in January 2019. Both programs have full-time as well as part-time registration options. The students admitted to these programs will be referred to as research scholars.

Online applications:

1. Research Domains:

At IIIT Bangalore, there are seven research domains, which have openings for both the degree programs, except for Mathematics & Basic Sciences, which have openings exclusively for the Doctor of Philosophy program. The following table lists the research domains for which there are openings for research scholars to be admitted in January 2019. Please note that some research areas appear in more than one research domains.

Openings mentioned below are applicable to both full-time and part-time registrations.

Research Domain [Programmes with openings]

Indicative Research Areas

Computer Science (CS)



Machine learning, Microprocessor design, and Robotics; Homomorphic Encryption Schemes and Applications; Computational Algebraic Topology and Certified Geometric Computing; Energy-aware Computing; Graph and Geometric Algorithms; Verification and Validation of IoT systems; Formal verification of neural networks for autonomous systems.

Software Engineering (SE)


Requirement Engineering; Software Testing; Reverse Engineering; Verification and Validation; Application of program analysis, model checking, theorem proving and machine learning in software analysis; Software Architecture; Web based, embedded, mobile systems, Internet of Things; formal methods; embedded software.

Data Sciences (DS)


Cognitive computing for education, Agent-based modeling, Topological data analysis; Machine learning

Electronic Systems

Design (ESD)


Analog and Mixed-signal Circuit Design;  Low-Power VLSI Design including circuit design using FinFET/Adiabatic/FDSOI/Power gating/CNTFets; Assistive and Wearable robotics; Computer architecture; DSP hardware design using FPGA/VLSI for image processing; Microprocessor design, and Robotics.

IT & Society (ITS)



Business and Social value of Open Innovation Platforms; Digital Infrastructures (particularly access, exclusion, use, disuse, breakdown, failures, authentication/non-authentication, repair, and maintenance of public infrastructures of WiFi and biometrics systems such as Aadhaar); Gender and ICTs; Governance and Policy of AI market places; ICTs and Development (particularly, concerning Livelihoods and Disability); Work and Labour in the Digital Economy (automation and its effect on ICT labour force; and how changes in the ICT industry and the platform economy influence skilling and professional trajectories); Social/digital media cultures; Social implications of algorithmic bias.

Mathematics &Basic Sciences (MBS)

[only PhD]

Chemistry: Computational Chemistry, Electronic Structure Calculations, Structure & Energetics of van der Waals Complexes

Mathematics: Number Theory; in particular, Algebraic Number Theory, Diophantine Equations, Galois Module Structure and Elliptic Curves.

Physics: Dynamical Systems Theory, Complex Systems and Soft Matter Physics including Complex Fluids, Cavitation & Bubble Dynamics, studies of Instabilities & Synchronization in Nonlinear Systems (both physical, biological, and polymeric systems); 3D Simulations and Modeling of Hydrodynamic and Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulent Flows (involving research in fundamental physics / astrophysics / mechanical engineering).


Networking, Communications

& Signal Processing (NCSP)


Networking & Communication, Medical Signal/Image Analysis; Medium Access Control Protocol for 5G and IoT, QoS and Power Saving in 5G; Core network protocols; QoS for 5G Network slicing; Spectrum efficiency and Digital communication challenges in 5G network Automatic speech analysis and recognition, Deep learning, Machine learning, NLP; Analog and Mixed-signal Circuit Design.

Brief description of the active research in the afore-mentioned research domains is given in item # 6.

In the case of part-time applications, applicants are requested to ensure that they can obtain appropriate IP clearance and No Objection Certificate from their employers for their academic work at IIIT Bangalore, well in advance.

IIIT Bangalore has various specialized research centres and labs. More information about them is available on the IIIT Bangalore website. In this admission cycle, the following research centres are actively seeking PhD and MS by Research applications:

  • E-Health Research Centre (EHRC)

    Affordability, Accessibility, and Availability of medical care and services are a major concern in India and similar other regions across the world. To address them, EHRC conducts applied research on Device, Data (generation, management, processing), and Delivery (services), with a goal of larger impact on, not only technologies of healthcare, but also health-related policies and capacity-building.

    Ongoing research projects at EHRC broadly fall under the areas of Public Health and Surgical & Assistive Robotics. Within these areas, the Centre welcomes applications on the following topics:
  • Electronic Health Record and Registries; Hospital and Field Operations Digitization; User Experience Research and Participatory Design
  • Diagnostic Support Systems; 3D Models and Visualization
  • Image Guidance & Simulation; Image & Video Analytics
  • Flexible Robots; Prosthetics & Assistive Devices; Ultrasound Probes


  • Machine Intelligence and Robotics (MINRO) Centre

    This Centre is looking for applications in the following research areas:

· Understanding the social basis of human cognition and learning, and examining how to incorporate that in machine learning.

· Understanding assumptions and biases in collecting "Big Data" and its implications in Machine Learning applications.

· Sliding mode control and non-linear control systems and theory with applications in single and groups of unmanned systems, such as aircraft and mobile robots.

· Automated image processing and computer vision using principles of feedback control systems, with an emphasis on industrial applications.

Candidates with interdisciplinary research interests, such as the social shaping and implications of technology as well as Science & Technology Studies, are encouraged to apply.

For both these Centres (EHRC and MINRO), the written exam, where applicable, will be conducted on their choice of research domain, for example, in Computer Science or ECE or IT & Society. This will be followed by an interview as prescribed by the respective research domain but also consisting of panelists drawn from the concerned Centres.

2. Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy program should hold a Master’s degree, as well as have a good academic and, where applicable, technical track record.

As an admission criterion placed for Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University Grants Commission, we require applicants to take either a national entrance examination, as specified by concerned research domains, or a domain-specific entrance examination at IIIT Bangalore before the interview.


Research domain-specific requirements are as follows:

  • For applicants to Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Sciences, Electronic Systems Design and Networking Communication & Signal Processing, a four-year Bachelor’s degree in engineering (B.E., B.Tech. or equivalent) is required for the Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) program; and a Master’s degree in engineering (M.E., M.Tech. or equivalent) is required for the Doctor of Philosophy program. Additional specific requirements are as follows:


  • Computer Science and Software Engineering:
  1. Applicants should have a GATE or GRE score taken in the last five years.
  2. Candidates with suitable industrial or academic experience and credentials may apply without competitive exam (GATE/GRE) scores, which may be waived. applicants should clear a written exam conducted by IIIT Bangalore, covering topics on Data Structures and Algorithms, Discrete Maths, DBMS, Operating Systems, Basic Programming, Computer Architecture and Organisation.
  3. Screening/ shortlisting will be based on the afore-mentioned score and other application details furnished by the applicant, followed by an interview.


  • Data Sciences:
  1. Applicants should have taken one of the following examinations:
    • Valid GATE examination for Computer Science,
    • A 45-minute written examination conducted by the research domain at IIITB exclusively for applicants to Data Sciences.
  2. Screening/ shortlisting will be based on the afore-mentioned score and other application details furnished by the applicant, followed by an interview.


  • Electronic Systems Design:
  1. Applicants will have to write a written exam, followed by an interview. Applicants with a valid GATE/GRE score will be exempted from the written exam, and will appear directly for an interview.
  2. Shortlisting of applicants will be done based on their academic background and other details submitted by the applicants.


  • Networking, Communications & Signal Processing:

1.   M.Tech. or equivalent degree in CS, ECE, IT, Networking, Communication etc.

2.  Applicants will have to write a written exam, followed by an interview. Applicants with good GATE score (valid) will be exempted from the written exam, and will appear directly for an interview.

  • Physics and Chemistry, eligible candidates should have satisfied the following requirements:
  1. The minimum qualification required is an M.Sc. in Physics or Chemistry, respectively, or a Master’s degree (M.Sc., M.E., M.Tech. or equivalent) in related disciplines.
  2. Candidates should have appeared and qualified in a national entrance test (CSIR-UGC NET, UGC-NET, or JEST examination). This requirement may be waived for candidates with a Master’s degree in engineering (M.E., M.Tech. or equivalent). The applicant would need to give a written test in case they have not appeared for any national entrance test.
  3. Screening/ shortlisting will be based on the scores obtained in the afore-mentioned examinations or a written examination at IIITB, and other application details furnished by the applicant followed by an interview.


  • Mathematics:
    1. The minimum qualification required is a Master’s degree in engineering (M.Tech., M.E. or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in Mathematics.
    2. Candidates should have appeared and qualified in one of the two national entrance examinations: CSIR-UGC NET or NBHM. This requirement may be waived for candidates with a Master’s degree in engineering (M.E., M.Tech. or equivalent).
    3. Screening/ shortlisting will be based on the scores obtained in the afore-mentioned examinations or a written examination at IIITB, and other application details furnished by the applicant followed by an interview.


  • IT & Society:
  1. Candidates with a Master’s degree in any of the social sciences are eligible to apply for Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) and Doctor of Philosophy in the ITS domain.
  1. In addition, candidates with a four-year Bachelor’s degree in engineering (B.E., B.Tech. or equivalent) can apply for the Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) program; and those with a Master’s degree in engineering (M.E., M.Tech. or equivalent) can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy program.
  2. Candidates are encouraged to provide a valid score in GATE, JRF, NET, GRE, or GMAT along with their applications. Those without such a score may apply as well.
  3. For some of the topics, work experience in the information technology industry is desirable but not essential.
  4. Shortlisted candidates will have to take a written examination at IIIT Bangalore when called for interview.


3. Fellowships/Scholarships & Tuition Fees:

  • For full-time Master of Science by Research/ Master of Science (Research) students, a fellowship of INR 12,000/- per month is available.
  • For full-time Doctor of Philosophy students, a fellowship of INR 32,000/- per month is available. 
  • The tuition fee for both the programs is INR 45,000/- per semester. The tuition fees is payable till the student completes submission of the thesis. The tuition fees is, however, subject to revision from time to time.  
  • Boarding and Lodging Charges:
  • Hostel Accommodation and allied Charges:  INR 33,000/- Per Semester
  • Boarding Charges: INR 25,200/- Per Semester
  • Medical Insurance charges INR 1250 per annum (subject to change time to time)
  • Library Deposit of INR 4000/-
  • Caution Deposit for Hostel: INR 15,000/-
  • These rates are subject to revision from time to time. Other costs for books and supplies, travel, purchase of a laptop, etc., need to be factored by students depending on their individual circumstances.


4. How to Apply?


5. Important Dates:


Call-for-Applications (Formal Announcement).


Research Admissions Portal is live for application submission


Last date for online application submission


Notification to candidates to be invited for interview and optionally, written test

26/11/2018 - 30/11/2018

Week of written entrance examination (as required specifically by research domains) and interviews.



Notification to admitted candidates


Last date for remittance of acceptance fees by the admitted candidates



Joining date: orientation and course registration begins.


Classes begin for Term 2 (2018-19).



6. Brief Description of Research Domains

  • COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS): If Computer Science is about the use of computational techniques and thinking for solving problems, it stands to reason that computer science in turn can and must be applied to address the many critical problems of the 21st century, of which we may mention the need for smart machines and complex systems that can work with humans seamlessly and improve society as a whole, and sustainable development and usage of systems to make effective use of scarce and expensive resources such as energy. The tools and paradigms used to address such problems can themselves be new ones, other than merely the ones traditionally found in the repertoire of computer scientists. To this end, our work in the computer science research domain covers diverse topics dealing with theory as well as application areas, such as smart grids, supply chains and their optimization, algorithms, machine learning, cloud computing, dynamic modeling and control of servers, and renewable energy. With the tremendous rise in distributed computing applications, the issue of security and privacy in distributed applications has got tremendous attention from the research community in the past decade. A major theme of the cryptographic research at IIIT Bangalore is secure distributed computing, with emphasis on secure multi-party computation (MPC) and verifiable computation, both at the theoretical as well as applied level. While we strive to be rigorous and thorough in all our research, whether theoretical or applied, we are also aware of the multi-disciplinary context and significance of our work, and strive to address issues that are relevant to society in general and industry in particular. The focus of work in Computational Topology at IIIT Bangalore is towards using topological methods for improving visual representation and information extraction from scientific datasets.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Amit Chattopadhyay, Prof. Ashish Choudhury, Prof. Meenakshi DSouza, Prof. V. N. Muralidhara, Prof. G. N. S. Prasanna, Prof. Sachit Rao, Prof. Shrisha Rao, Prof. G. Srinivasaraghavan.


  • SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (SE):Software engineering (SE) brings together interesting avenues of both fundamental and applied research contributing to the broad spectrum of activities involved in the creation of large, complex, industrial strength software systems having high quality, dependability and within reasonable resources. The current research covers a wide variety of areas ranging from empirical to formal aspects of SE. At IIIT Bangalore, the research in SE covers both upstream (requirement and design) and downstream (testing and maintenance) SDLC activities cutting across a variety of application domains (enterprise, embedded etc). Here is a list of some of the broad areas in which our faculty members are working: Pattern oriented software engineering, software architecture, distributed software engineering, model driven software engineering (MDSE), software testing, verification and validation (V&V) of web-services and V&V of embedded software (cyber-physical systems and adaptive systems) among others.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Chandrashekar Ramanathan, Prof. Meenakshi DSouza, Prof. K. V. Dinesha, Prof. L. T. Jayprakash, Prof. Prof. Sujit Kumar Chakrabarti, Prof. Manish Gupta, Prof. Pradeesha Ashok.


  • DATA SCIENCES (DS): The Data Sciences research domain focuses on all aspects of data management, processing, modeling, and information retrieval. The current areas of interest include: Database Design, Information Retrieval, Network Analysis, Mining Latent Semantics, Data Mining and Data Warehousing, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Linked Data and Semantic Web, NoSQL Databases, Stream Data Management, Multimedia Management using Control Theory, Analytics, Graphics & Visualization, and GPU Computing, Applied Machine Learning, Computational Social Sciences, Computational Topology.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Amit Chattopadhyay, Prof. Chandrashekar Ramanathan, Prof. Dinesh Babu Jayagopi, Prof. Jaya Sreevalsan Nair, Prof. Sachit Rao, Prof. Srinath Srinivasa, Prof. G. Srinivasaraghavan, Prof. T. K. Srikanth, Prof. Manish Gupta.


  • ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN (ESD): The Electronic Systems Design domain encompasses a broad range of topics covering several aspects of both, digital and analog hardware systems, implemented using FPGAs and custom fabricated VLSI circuits, design methodologies around EDA flows, verification and validation, and system prototyping; realization of real time embedded systems where both the hardware and the software components are treated agnostically based on end system requirements; embedded implementation of feedback control using variegated sensors. Emphasis is also placed on emerging technologies based on Micro and Nano-electro mechnical devicesfabrication of 2D/3D structures, Characterization and system applications, Microprocessor design.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Chetan Parikh, Prof. Madhav Rao, Prof. Sachit Rao, Prof. Subajit Sen, Prof. Subir K. Roy, Prof. Nanditha Rao


  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY (ITS): The Information Technology and Society research domain at IIITB is broadly concerned with the social role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) with a focus on the policy challenges and the institutional demands posed by technological change. Teaching and research in the stream focuses on three inter-related areas. First, it seeks to understand innovation and the organization of production in the ICT industry, or how, why and where ICTs are produced. A second area of interest is in how ICTs can be used to harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and markets to address needs in different social domains. Of special interest are the domains of governance, education, health and manufacturing. A third area is the tools and analytical techniques that can be deployed to understand the production and consumption of ICTs. These include geographical information systems, modeling, simulation and visualization. The domain encourages inter-disciplinary research and has associated faculty members with expertise in social sciences, including in economics, economic geography, sociology, development, management, governance and public administration.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Amit Prakash, Prof. Balaji Parthasarathy, Prof. Bidisha Chaudhari, Prof. Janaki Srinivasan, Prof. Preeti Mudliar, Prof. S. Rajagopalan, Prof. V. Sridhar


  • MATHEMATICS & BASIC SCIENCES (MBS): The research at IIITB in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics is as follows:
  • In CHEMISTRY, the research at IIITB primarily is in the area of electronic structure calculations. Particularly, weak interactions (pi-pi, CH-pi etc.) present in various systems (small model systems, protein-ligand systems, DNA bases, nanotubes etc.) are investigated using quantum chemical methods (HF, MP2, CCSD(T) & DFT). Additionally, the work entails unravelling the role of such weak interactions in the field of drug-design, polymers, nano-devices and in new materials. Some of the recent research works show that pi-pi and CH-pi interactions are invariably present in the crystal structures of bio-molecules and play important role in their structure as well as functions.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Brijesh Kumar Mishra.


  • Research in MATHEMATICS is principally in the area of Number Theory; in particular, Algebraic Number Theory, Galois Representations, Modular Forms, Iwasawa Theory. Diophantine Equations, Galois Module structure and Elliptic curves. Research is also conducted in the fields of Algebraic Complexity Theory and Cryptography. The following two problems are representative of the mathematics research in IIITB: Let E be an elliptic curve over number field K. For every prime P where E has good reduction at P, we get one imaginary quadratic field associated to E. We are trying to see if we can get all imaginary quadratic fields by this procedure?

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Manisha Kulkarni.


  • In PHYSICS, there are two sub-domains of research focus at IIITB: (a) One sub-domain of research focus is on soft condensed matter physics, complex systems & dynamical systems theory, instabilities & synchronization in nonlinear systems (both physical and biological), and macromolecular systems. Topics include bubble dynamics & cavitation, vesicular nanotubulation, polyelectrolytic solutions, combustion, phase transitions in computationally hard problems, models of sensory systems, precipitation phenomena, etc.; (b) The other sub-domain of physics research is in computational fluid mechanics, especially simulations & modeling of hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic turbulent flows, reduced resistive MHD simulations, low resolution simulations of 3D-HD and MHD turbulent flows including rotation & helical forcing and 3D-anelastic HD and MHD code. The research work will be carried on a local HPC cluster as well as HPC cluster in some national labs.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Balakrishnan Ashok, Prof. Shiva Kumar Malapaka.


  • NETWORKING, COMMUNICATION & SIGNAL PROCESSING (NCSP): The Networking, Communication and Signal Processing research domain focuses on all aspects of networking, communications, and signal processing. The current topics of interest are: Computer networks, Network security, Wireless communication, Signal processing, Medical signal processing, Computer vision, Control of unmanned systems using image processing and computer vision.

FACULTY INVOLVED: Prof. Debabrata Das, Prof. Dinesh Babu Jayagopi, Prof. Jyotsna Bapat, Prof. Neelam Sinha, Prof. Sachit Rao, Prof. Tricha Anjali, Prof. V. Ramasubramanian.



· Important information

One-stop page for program descriptions, program manuals, admissions brochure:

Research admissions website (main website for research admissions, with the call-for-applications):

Research admissions portal (for online registration):

Research domains:

Research admissions e-mail ID (for queries or communication with the Institute on admissions-related matters):




A. On admissions process:


1. How can I submit my application for research degree programs at IIIT Bangalore?

You have to submit your application online using given admission portal.


2. What is the timeline for the admissions process?

Details can be found in our call-for-applications, which is available at our main website for research admissions. The entire process is from March-May for admissions to Term I (August-December) and October-December for admissions to Term 2(January-May).


5. How do I pay my application fees?

Follow the instructions on the admissions portal.



B. On eligibility criteria:


1. What are the research domains at IIIT Bangalore?

The research domains at IIITB are aligned to the mainstream research done by faculty members at the Institute. The domains form the administrative structure for the research admissions. Faculty members from each domain take ownership in terms of eligibility criteria for admission in their areas of specialization, and they play a major role in selecting the applications categorized under their respective domains. As of January 2017, there are seven research domains at the Institute: Computer Science; Data Sciences; Electronic Systems Design; Information Technology & Society; Mathematics & Basic Sciences; Networking, Communications & Signal Processing; Software Engineering.


2. Do I need GATE score for applying for the research degree programs at IIIT Bangalore?

Requirement of GATE score depends on the requirement specified by the research domain that aligns with your research interests.


3. Can the eligibility criteria for Computer Science, Software Engineering and Data Sciences can be used interchangeably?

No, the eligibility criteria for Computer Science, Software Engineering and Data Sciences are different, and cannot be used interchangeably.


4. What is the syllabus and format for written examination in the different research domains?

The candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified via email. It will be communicated in that email if the candidate has to take the written examination, in which case, the details of the written examination will be given in the email as well.


5. I have a valid score in a national entrance examination, which is listed as a requirement by the research domain. Will I still need to take the written examination at IIIT Bangalore?

During our review process, it will be determined if your overall profile matches our criteria for shortlisting. In case you satisfy all the other criteria but fall short on the score, we will invite you to take the written examination. However, this also depends on the logistics of any specific admissions cycle, and will be subjected to the criteria that prevail for the concerned admissions cycle. The requirement for taking the written examination will be specified in our email inviting you for the interview at IIITB, if you are shortlisted.


6. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and extensive work experience. Can I apply for your Doctor of Philosophy program?

We do not consider work experience in lieu of Master’s degree requirement. At this time, our requirement for Master’s degree for Doctor of Philosophy admissions is strict. Nevertheless, we encourage applicants to apply for our Master of Science by Research program and then in case of continued interested, apply for the doctoral program by special admission, as specified in our Master of Science by Research program manual.


7. I have a MCA. Can I apply for your Doctor of Philosophy program?

We do not consider MCA to be equivalent to M.Tech. and hence we will not consider you to be eligible for our Doctor of Philosophy program. Nevertheless, we encourage you to apply for our Master of Science by Research program.


8. Can I enrol for Master of Science by Research program and continue for your doctoral program?

Our program manual for Master of Science by Research specifies the option for special admissions for our Master of Science by Research students to bypass their regular admissions process for our doctoral program. This can be done soon after the student submits his/her Master’s thesis, and while the student is still completing the Master’s program.




C. On research degree programs:


1. Can I register part-time for the research degree programs?

Yes, one can register as a part-time student for our research degree programs.


2. What are the differences between full-time and part-time registrations for the research degree programs?

The type of registration (i.e. part-time or full-time) has no bearing on the requirements of the program, which are the same for all students enrolled in the program. The degree program requirements, i.e. for graduation from the concerned degree program, the fee structure, and the timetable for the lecture-based courses are the same for both full-time and part-time registrations. The flexibility for part-time students lies in using more one-on-one courses with their advisors/thesis supervisors; and also in a lighter semester load (i.e. 8 credits for part-time vs. 16 credits for a full-time student). Our program manuals have the details on semester load.


It is mandatory that part-time students, who are employed at an external organization at any point in their research degree program, obtain appropriate IP clearance and submit a No Objection Certificate from their concerned employers for their academic work at IIITB.


3. Are admissions for research programs open under the sponsorship or external registration categories, which are mentioned in your program manuals?                            
Unfortunately we do not have openings in sponsorship/external registration category currently.


4. Where can I find details about the tuition fees and other fees for the degree programs?

The details can be found in the admissions brochure.