Adding another innovation to their credit, hard-working scientists and researchers at Lovely Professional University have earned one more ‘Patent’ granted. Under the signatures of the Controller of Patent, the Government of India’s Patent Office, the patent is for an invention entitled “A novel method for water-quality parameter evaluation using machine learning”.

Pulsing that water quality testing is an important part of environmental monitoring, LPU scientists used an innovative way of water-quality parameter monitoring using ‘Machine Learning’. They feel when water quality is poor, it affects not only aquatic life but the surrounding ecosystem as well. Water quality parameters include chemical, physical, and biological properties.

Through novel machine learning technique, LPU scientists have measured a variety of properties to determine water quality as per the wants of society. These include temperature, acidity, dissolved solids for specific conductance, particulate matter, dissolved oxygen, hardness and suspended sediment. They especially emphasized more important biological parameters which determine the quality of drinking water, in terms of a direct effect on human health. Here, they identified quality affecting bacteria, protozoa, virus, algae and more.

LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal has acknowledged the untiring efforts of the team of result-oriented researchers for getting another patent granted for LPU’s Division of Research and Development. Mr Mittal holds that LPU is ever focused on finding solutions for social and real-time challenges. He adds that LPU has regularly been contributing towards technological advancement with a vision to empower Indian and global citizens.

LPU has emerged as a leading ‘patent enthusiast’ amongst higher education institutions of the country and is doing novel research in various fields. Its research focuses society oriented projects in pharmaceutical, medical, computer technology, IOT, clean energy, environment and more.

LPU’s research and innovation team, comprising Executive Dean Prof. Dharam Buddhi, Assistant Dean Dr. Runjhun Tandon and Dr Sandeep Bansal, informed that machine learning was used for accurately specifying the importance of parameters in the evaluation of water quality. For example, the ‘pH’ parameter contributes more than the temperature of water in modifying the quality of water.  Also, the usage of ML works efficiently in different environments and conditions.

Worth mentioning, Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) at LPU houses a wide range of high-end instruments for leading research in science and technology to higher levels. These help the faculties, research scholars and students to carry out globally competitive research in basic, applied and medical sciences. Some of the social problems solving patents by LPU are ‘Sugar-Free’ ayurvedic asava – a chemical-free herbal solution for diabetics; Algae-based air purifier; Cost-effective bio-filter; ‘Smart’ drug delivery system; Flying Farmer for smoothening agricultural processes in the fields; pendant Kawach to maintain social distancing amid COVID Pandemic, and many more.