Urban Expansion Observatory (UXO)

Mahatma Education Society has jointly developing a research center called Urban Expansion Observatory in conjunction with New York University Stern School of Business. The work that will be conducted here aims to measure the quality of expansion in urban areas from 1990 – 2020 using high-resolution imagery. The Observatory is being established to undertake the digitization of high resolution satellite imagery, in order to measure the quality of urban expansion in the fringe areas of 200 global cities from 1990 – 2020. The outputs from the digitization will be analyzed to obtain various urban indicators.

Currently the work done by the UXO has been published at the UN Habitat Conference in 2016, the Economic Survey of India Vol 2 in 2017 published by the Ministry of Finance. It has executed projects for the Government of Columbia, 100 Resilient Cities, CIDCO, Tata Consulting Engineers and many others.

Advanced Networking and Database Lab

The “Advanced Networking and Database Lab” is a funded project by AICTE under the MODROBs scheme and is set up for conducting advanced research in Computer networks and security domains and also to conduct Business Intelligence (BI) experiment to design and develop related techniques for preparing scorecards and dashboards for knowledge extraction, and to develop and demonstrate the machine learning techniques, data mining techniques and recommendation systems.

The lab is regularly being used for projects and research in computer networks by faculty, UG, PG, and Ph.D. students. The facility is also used for conducting hands-on training in Computer networks and database related technologies.

Drone Innovation Lab

The drone lab at Pillai College of Engineering uses drone technology to conduct drone surveys around Maharashtra for various agencies. It has conducted consultancy projects for CIDCO, Tata Consulting Engineers and Highway Construction Company. The drone lab also helps students develop their own drone technologies with the potential of commercialization. It also conducts various faculty and student development programs on drone technologies and processing drone imagery. Pillai College of Engineering has many advanced drones, like the DJI Phantom 4, Inspire, Parrot AR drone. Students design and manufacture drones using 3D printing and laser cutting technology.

Makers Studio

The Makers Studio at PCE has many different types of fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutting machines, CNC milling machines and CNC lathes and many others. It also has many basic tools necessary so that students can fabricate their projects and inventions. PCE offers students the chance to experience engineering beyond textbooks and classrooms. In addition, the college workshop facilities are fitted for every aspiring carpenter, welder or metal worker to develop technical skills vital to the industry. State of the art facilities include workbenches, lathes and mills as well as a Computer Aided Manufacturing workshop fitted with Bosch cutters as well as manual multi axial lathes. In addition, three 3D printers complete with laser cutting and engraving machines enables students to produce rapid prototypes so they may explore their ideas.

Research and Innovation Center

The research and innovation center has been setup to support PG and PhD students to conduct research. Research areas are controls, instrumentation, materials, energy and manufacturing. The center contains advance equipment and setups that are funded by DST, AICTE as well as various industries.

Component Library

The component library is a facility available for students and faculty to check our various components such as sensors, motors, IoT devices for various projects. It also contains raspberry pis, arduino boards etc that students can check out use for projects or experimentation and then return to the library when done. It allows students to experiment with different types of equipment before purchasing it for themselves.

Membrane Casting Facility

This exciting project involves the application of carbon nanotube based ultrafiltration membranes for water filtration. The facility was sponsored by BRNS DAE to fabricate thin film membranes using carbon nanotubes for various applications.

Automatic Weather Station

Under the plan scheme “Metropolitan Advisories for Cities for Sports, Tourism (Metropolitan Air Quality and Weather Services), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India, has introduced a major national initiative, “System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research” known as “SAFAR” for greater metropolitan cities of India to provide location specific information on air quality in near real time and its forecast 1-3 days in advance for the first time in India. It has been combined with the early warning system on weather parameters.

The SAFAR system is developed by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, along with ESSO partner institutions namely India Meteorological Department (IMD) and National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF). The implementation of SAFAR is made possible with an active collaboration with local municipal corporations and various local educational institutions and governmental agencies various metros. PCE is a project partner of SAFAR. The ultimate objective of the project is to increase awareness among general public regarding the air quality in their city well in advance so that appropriate mitigation measures and systematic action can be taken up for betterment of air quality and related health issues. It engineers awareness drive by educating public, prompting self-mitigation and also to help develop mitigation strategies for policy makers.