A research paper of IIT-Madras (IIT-M) was among the papers cited by Dominic Cummings, Chief Special Adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to revamp decision making strategies.
The paper looked at early warning systems in physics that could be applied to other areas from finance to epidemics, a release from IIT-M said on Thursday.
“Although there existed early warning measures for predicting transitions in mathematical models, Professor RI Sujith and his team were the first to prove the efficacy of it in predicting transitions in real physical systems,’’ the release stated.
Dr RI Sujith, the lead researcher and Chair Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT-M said, “We used analytics to detect transitions that lead to failure in engineering systems such as gas turbine engines. Other applications which we envisaged were the transitions that happen in financial markets, instabilities in power grids leading to blackout and sudden failure of vital organs in the human body.”
He said, “It is very heartening to see the open-mindedness and courage shown by a country such as the UK to embrace the cutting edge tools from physics and mathematics”.
“We believe that this will open up a lot of opportunities for young talent in the world and are really happy to be part of this exciting scientific exploration,” Sujith said.