Shell India Computational Talent Prize

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Rising global energy demand and difficult-to-access oil and gas, coupled with environmental and social issues form the crux of the energy challenge. Energy production in the future needs to become 'smarter' and more efficient, with a smaller environmental footprint. Computatio research is increasingly used to deliver such innovative technology solutions.

Shell recently set up the Computational Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, India to foster cutting-edge Computational R&D. The Shell India Computational Talent Prize (SICTP) has been established to recognize outstanding computational research by students in Indian academia. The award will be given to a recent paper published by the student, with impactful and innovative computational contribution. The award aims to encourage computational efforts in every field of science. Shell India Computational Talent Prize will be presented annually at a ceremony held during the HiPC conference

Each year the intention is to have upto three high quality papers recognized through an award upto Rs, 100000.

SICTP Gold Award Rs. 50,000.00
SICTP Silver Award Rs. 30,000.00
SICTP Bronze Award Rs. 20,000.00

Eligibility for applying for SICTP

  • The student applying for the award is registered for a Ph.D. degree in an Indian University or Institute at the time of application.
  • S/he applying for the award is the primary contributor in the computation effort of the paper.
  • The paper needs to have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed international scientific journal.
  • The paper can be from any technical discipline but needs to include an innovative computational contribution.

The jury will be senior staff and management in the Computational Centre of Expertise, Bengaluru. Jury's decision will be final.

Shell India Computational Talent Prize Winners

The 2013 competition was open for paper submission from Sept 15, 2013 to Oct 15, 2013. We received about 100 papers submitted for the SICTP competition. Our jury then ranked these papers based on criteria of Novelty, Presentation and Expected Impact. We are happy to announce the preliminary results now. The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced during HiPC (Dec 18-21 at Bangalore). Winner will be invited to HiPC by Shell to receive their prizes.

The papers shortlisted for SICTP awards

Name of Student Paper Title Student Affiliation
Mukul Shrivastava A Novel Level Set-Based Immersed-Boundary Method For CFD Simulation Of Moving-Boundary Problems Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.
Harikrishna Narasimhan SVM_pAUC^tight: A new support vector method for optimizing partial AUC based on a tight convex upper bound Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Srikanth Ravipati Calculation of Chemical Potentials and Occupancies in Clathrate Hydrates through Monte Carlo Molecular Simulations Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

We also had some excellent papers which won an Honorable Mention

Name of Student Paper Title Student Affiliation
Nishamol Kuriakose Can Molecular Cages Be effective At Small Molecule Activation? A Computational Investigation National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.
Dilip Mathew Thomas Detecting Symmetry in Scalar Fields Using Augmented Extremum Graphs Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.