Research in Pure Sciences


Introduction


At R. N. Podar School, we always encourage students to go beyond their curriculum and research in pure sciences. Thereby many of our students, still in their school years, have published research papers and are engaged in international collaborations.

Ongoing research


Project name: New Developments in CutLang for ADL compatibility.
Student Name: Jinen Setpal

In collaboration with Prof. Gökhan Ünel and other physicists at CERN, Geneva – Jinen is working on a (soon to be published) research paper that focuses on developing a domain-specific programming language for use in High-Energy Physics for reading analysis taken via computerized apparatus. Alongside the language itself, he also developed automation solutions for continuous integration deployed using GitHub Actions. Development is accelerated by running test scripts when the language is updated, errors are highlighted and presented to the developer via automated mail delivery.

Related links: To appear soon. CutLang (Gökhan Unel, Bora Örgen, Arpon Paul, Nant Ravel, SS, Jinen Setpal, Anna Monica Toon), arXiv:1801.05727, (arXiv:1909.10621)

Project name: Analysis of Squeezed state wave functions using the methods of Operator Algebra
Student Name: Sheldon Rego

In this paper, Sheldon Rego, under the supervision of Prof. Jim Freericks of Georgetown University, is trying to explore the nature of squeezed states with a finite squeezing factor using operator algebra methods. They are trying to describe the intermediate states generated by continuously interpolating between position and momentum eigenstates at the infinite limits and also show how uncertainty evolves with time, explaining briefly how these are used to improve the accuracy of interferometry measurements.

Related links: To appear soon.

Project name: EVALITA 2020
Student Name: Jinen Setpal

This project involves solving open natural language processing problems with an NLP Research Intern and MSc candidate at the University of Trieste. Jinen is working on a classification task detecting memes in the Italian language and detecting hate speech on social media. Using state-of-the-art approaches such as Google’s BERT and it’s variants, image augmentation, backpropagation, HuggingFace’s SentenceTransformer, etc through frameworks such as Tensorflow, Pytorch and sklearn, a model has been developed to accurately complete given task. This was submitted to EVALITA, a periodic evaluation campaign of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and speech tools for the Italian language.

Related links:
https://dankmemes2020.fileli.unipi.it/?page_id=1422

Project name: Flood Zone detection using Hexagonal Cellular Automata
Student Name: Sheldon Rego

As a part of Wolfram Emerging leaders program, Sheldon is working in a group of 4 students selected from the Wolfram Summer Camp on a project entitled “Flood Zone detection using Hexagonal Cellular Automata”. In this, they mapped a network of hexagonal cells across a land surface and used cellular automata update rules to predict water flow. Thus, using elevation data and information on neighboring cells, they are trying to predict which regions on a map are most prone to flooding.

Related links: To appear soon.

Past research


Project name: On High Schooler’s Guide to GeV range electromagnetism.
Students: Kiranbaskar Velmurugan, Pulkit Malhotra, Aditya Dwarkesh, Satchit Chatterji, Jinal Shah, Anushree Ganesh, Aayush Desai and Roshni Sahoo

In the competition organised by CERN (Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire), Geneva for schools, R. N. Podar’s team has won a fully funded trip to visit the CERN, and carry on their experiment. Being the first team to win this competition in the Asia Zone, the school’s team Cryptic Ontics has competed with 950 other teams internationally. The team’s research is published in World Scientific and their story is documented at several places.

Related links:
The Physics Educator
CERN ( Europawire )
Hindustan Times
Times of India

Project name: ‘Fundamentality’ as a Linguistic Paradigm (and Linguistics as a Fundamental Paradigm)
Student Name: Aditya Dwarkesh

Aditya Dwarkesh, grade-11 student at R. N. Podar School, has published his essay on the notion of Fundamentality that lie at the foundations of science, on FQXi (Foundational questions institute), which is an MIT extension and has a collaboration with Fetzer Franklin Fund and The Peter & Patricia Gruber Foundation and they invite papers from research scientists all over the world. They have on board, nobel laureates and world class scientists. His research has been subsequently published in the volume published by Springer.

Related links:
FQXi Website
Springer publication

Project name: Computing Radioactive Decay Products as a Function of Time
Student Name: Sheldon Rego

The amount of substance left after a radioactive decay can be calculated by solving differential equations, the solutions to which represent exponential decays over time. In this project, he developed functions that are used to generate the decay chain and calculate the amount of each element left after a given time. Most of the functions defined make use of the graph at the start, and derive sources, products, and paths from it. He has also linked a second project of the same problem but with a completely different approach that uses object oriented programming. The computational essay he posted about this got categorized among Staff picks.

Related links:
Wolfram Research