Our Research Area

The research areas to start with will be “Underwater Domain Awareness” and “Anthropogenic Noise and Its Impact on the Marine Eco-system.” More areas will be added as the work progresses along with more experts joining. The book by the first MRC fellow and now Director adequately brings out the broader vision of MRC. These areas are new areas globally and potentially can give MRC an opportunity to make a mark.



All research activities at or supported by MRC will be translated to publication in the appropriate journals, conference proceedings, magazines, etc. These publications will be under the affiliation of MRC. MRC will support Seagull magazine with regular articles and in the future attempt to collaborate with a well-known national and international journal for regular publication of its research efforts.

Articles Written by Dr(Cdr) Arnab Das:


  • Acoustics-Maritime Security    
  • Challenges of Effective Underwater Domain Awareness in the Indian Ocean Region    
  • A Comprehensive Maritime Strategy    
  • Indian Leadership Must for IOR  
  • Assam Tribune    
  • Underwater Noise Pollution
  • Playing in the waters(Assam Tribune)    
  • Resource generation will be undertaken through all known soft funding means like institutional memberships, student internships, sponsorship, project funding, collaborations, etc. Any funding received for MRC will be managed under the established procedure and accounts of IMF.
    Governing Council (GC) will continue to guide and support the activities of the MRC. All proposed activities and procedures will be put through the approval process of the GC. Dr.(Cdr) Arnab Das, Director MRC will independently manage the activities of MRC in consultation with the Governing Council. The GC will comprise of:
    (a) President IMF - Cmde Rajan Vir (Retd)
    (b) Vice President IMF - Capt Anand Dixit
    (c) Director MRC - Dr(Cdr) Arnab Das
    There will be a panel of advisers who will guide and monitor growth of MRC on specific aspects. These are people with significant contribution and reputation on subjects of value to MRC. Their association with MRC will bring maturity and direction in shaping the growth of MRC. Director MRC will regularly update them on all activities and seek their directions. The panel will meet once in six months to review the growth of MRC and formulate directions.
    The following will be advisers to MRC:
    (a) Strategy and Security - Vice Admiral SCS Bangara (Retd).
    (b) Technology & Innovation - Vice Admiral DSP Varma (Retd).
    (c) R&D and Human Resource - Prof PSV Nataraj, IIT Bombay.
    (d) Blue Economy - Mr. Praful Talera
    (e) Marine Environment - Mr. Vivek Menon, CEO WTI
    (f) Overall Coordination - Capt Inderjit Roy
    There will be a group of experts on specific subjects who will support Director MRC in formulating and conducting research and strategy formulation. These experts will supervise students working on multiple projects at MRC and also support Director MRC in formulating project proposals.
    The following will be experts at MRC:
    (a) Maritime Security - Rear Admiral S Y Shrikhande (Retd)
    (b) Underwater Acoustics - Dr(Cdr) Arnab Das.
    (c) Maritime Law - Mrs. Minoo Daryanani.
    (d) Hydrodynamics - Dr(Cdr) Vijay Kumar, IIT Chennai.
    (e) Communication - Ms. Scharada Dubey
    (f) Marine Mammals - Dr. Dipani Sutaria
    Students, professionals and practitioners desirous of working at MRC will be required to join as student intern for six weeks initially with a nominal registration fee. The internship will be towards understanding the work and project ideas at MRC and formalize their areas of interest. On completion of this initial attachment, meritorious students will be offered long term opportunities as research assistants and associates based on their background and abilities. Project based and research based hiring is also planned through the student internship model. Students desirous of working with MRC may contact Director MRC with their CV and Statement of Purpose. Customized association can be formulated based on individual requirement based on approved models from the Governing Council.
    Academic institutes and corporates can opt to become institutional members of MRC with a nominal annual registration fee of Rs. 50,000/- for academic institutions and Rs. 1,00,000/- for corporates, to avail all benefits.
    The institutional members will be entitled to:
    (a) Sharing of expertise with regular interaction.
    (b) Sharing of research outcomes and publications.
    (c) Invite to regular events and co-hosting of events.
    (d) Access to the Maritime Library.
    (e) Participation in the Open Day event held every six months.
    (f) Participation in the research activities.
    (g) Data sharing only for research scholars at MRC.
    (h) Hosting of students for project work with expert guidance
    (i) Joint submission of research project proposals is possible.
    Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) will be signed with institutes on very focused collaboration programme with clear terms of references. Institutes need to become institutional members prior to signing MoUs.
    The activities at the MRC will be focussed on industry relevant research that are able to contribute towards real world problem solving and also generate competent human resources for the growing maritime sector. The MRC will act as a meaningful interface between the academic institutes and the industry.
    The activities will include:
    (a) Seminars and workshops at MRC or premises of academic institutes.
    (b) Training programmes for the industries on specific areas of interest.
    (c) Open day to facilitate interaction between students and industries.
    (d) Student project support on industry relevant ideas.
    (e) Long term research participation for research scholars.
    (f) Field experimental research for industry and user agencies.
    (g) Policy formulation and business development models.
  • Final November Report    

  • Maritime Intership report    





  • Ongoing Projects


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    (d) Machine learning formulation for underwater signal analysis.
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    Spacio temporal low frequency ambient noise mapping in IOR using AIS data for marine conservation efforts to counter acoustic habitat degradation
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    (b) Ambient noise assessment in the IOR for security related formulations and sonar deployments.
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    (e) Design and Development of Underwater Vehicles for enhanced UDA in the IOR.
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    Acoustic capacity building for River Linking Project
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    A new dimension to environmental impact statement in fresh water system.
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    Prototype formulation and application of underwater glider for effective UDA in IOR
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    Formulation of Ground Thruthing Strategy for Measurement of Underwater Radiated Noise from Marine Platforms