The centre would be inaugurated on Thursdayt in the presence of IIT Kanpur Director Prof Indranil Manna and TCS Chief Technology Officer (CTO) K Ananth Krishnan.
At this Hub, academic and industry collaborations will also be a key focus area. IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, DRDO, National Metallurgical Laboratory, Georgia Tech and Purdue are some academic institutions and labs with which the Hub will be collaborating.
ICME is an emerging discipline with huge potential in materials development by integrating varied disciplines to cut down on time and cost required in development and manufacturing. For instance, an automobile, which needs several years for development, could be developed in a much shorter time span with ICME.
Besides, ICME-based solutions have huge potential in government sectors such as defence, atomic energy and railways as well as public and private industries working in the area of steel, aluminium and automotive.
The Hub will work on providing ICME-based solutions for these sectors. The current focus areas for research comprise structural materials such as high strength steel and aluminium, engineering polymers, composites and additive manufacturing.