6th National Conference on Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (NCMDAO 2023)

December 6-8, 2023, IIT Guwahati



About Us

With deeper understanding of physics of the system along with growing powerful computing technology, it is now viable to design more efficient and optimized engineering systems incorporating multiple physics. The field of Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) enables the researchers and designers from academia and industry to build optimized systems that are efficient, accurate, reliable and robust.

The 6th edition of the National Conference on Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (NCMDAO 2023) is going to be organized at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati during December 6 - 8, 2023. The conference is jointly organized by IIT Guwahati and Design division of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI). The conference provides a unique platform to bring together the researchers and industry professionals working in the field of MDAO and share the expertize in the form of contributed paper presentations, interactive poster sessions, keynotes and invited talks, panel discussions, and a master class on contemporary topics.

The focus is on design and analysis as applicable to optimization of engineering systems in aerospace, mechanical, automotive, manufacturing, biomedical and other domains. The overall theme of the conference, to be held at IIT Guwahati, is classified into the following technical tracks:

Track – 01: Structural Optimization: Size, Shape, and Topology

Track – 02: Design and Optimization of Materials and Metamaterials

Track – 03: Multiscale and Multiphysics Problems

Track – 04: Metamodeling or Surrogate Modeling

Track – 05: Systems Design and Optimization

Track – 06: Machine Learning and Data Science in Optimization

Track – 07: Mixed Integer and Linear Programming

Track – 08: Evolutionary, Bayesian, Heuristic Optimization Techniques, and Quantum Algorithms for Optimization

Track – 09: Uncertainty Quantification, Reliability, and Robustness in Design

Track – 10: Optimization and Additive Manufacturing

Track – 11: Industry Applications and Case Studies in MDAO

Track – 12: Emerging Trends in Optimization, Online Optimization

Track – 13: Optimization in Industry 4.0/Digital Twin/IoT/Smart manufacturing

Track – 14: Generative engineering/ design synthesis

Track – 15: Miscellaneous Topics

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Previous editions of NCMDAO: NCMDAO 2022, NCMDAO 2021, NCMDAO 2020, NCMDAO 2019, NCMDAO 2018


Important Dates

Last date of extended abstract

31st August 2023

Notification of acceptance

15th September 2023

Deadline for submission of full-length paper

3rd October 2023

Deadline for early bird registration

24th November 2023

Conference dates

6th – 8th December 2023


Conference Programme

Updated on December 5th, 2023

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Guidelines for the presentation

  • Each presentor will get 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for question and answer session.

  • Presentors are free to choose any template for the presentation. However, the presentors are requested to adhere to the time limit.

  • Please include paper ID along with paper title, name of the presentor/authors and affiliation. Also, please include slide numbers in the presentation.

  • Laptops and desktops will be provided for the presentation. In case the presentors wishes to use these laptops or desktops, they are requested to submit and check their presentation files before the session starts.

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Invited Speakers


Prof. G.K. Ananthasuresh


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Title: Structural Optimization using Topological Derivatives

Abstract: The topology derivative gives the sensitivity of a functional to topological perturbations in the design domain. Introducing an infinitesimal hole or inclusion amounts to a topological perturbation. The boundary conditions on the new hole (or inclusion) can be of Neumann (zero force) or Dirichlet (specified displacement) type. We discuss both cases in 1D, 2D, and 3D.

We first discuss the concept of introducing holes. The topological derivative defined over the domain can be used as a level set and thereby develop an efficient optimization algorithm to design a structure. The basic idea is that the topological derivative enables us to identify where in the domain an infinitesimal hole can be made to achieve the optimal solution. Doing this repeatedly will lead to a Pareto curve for the considered cost functional and volume of material. It will be illustrated for stiff structure optimization. We then present the concept of introducing inclusion. In particular, we calculate topology derivatives for adding and removing fiber in a matrix material. We use topology derivatives thus derived in the level-set approach to arrive at pareto optimal designs considering three phases, namely, the matrix, fiber, and void. Illustrative examples and a 3D printer that can print composite structures with multiple continuous fibers that are spatially steered will also be presented.

Finally, we consider how topological derivates with Dirichlet boundary conditions on the newly introduced hole could be used to identify new anchor points in the design of stiff trusses and compliant mechanisms.


Prof. Palaniappan Ramu

Associate Professor

Department of Engineering Design

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

Title: Reimagining the world of optimisation with visual analytics: Principles, progress and prospects

Abstract: Optimization of complex systems are usually computationally expensive and typically the decision maker prefers to understand the design space over having just an optimal solution. In addition, when the objective or constraint functions are not available explicitly, which is usually the case, knowledge of the design space permits intelligent and accurate construction of approximations also called surrogates. Hence design space exploration is important but challenging in high dimensions.

The talk will introduce interpretable Self Organizing Maps (iSOM), an ANN as an approach to visualize design space enabling graphical optimization in higher dimensions, visualize Design of Experiments facilitating intelligent sampling, and make decisions on the pareto fronts with a visual cue permitting tradeoff decisions, among others. In addition, scope to use iSOM in transfer learning and explainable outcomes will also be presented.


Prof. Dhish Kumar Saxena


Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Joint Faculty, Mehta Family School of Data Science & Artificial Intelligence

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Title: Machine Learning Assisted Evolutionary Multi and Many-Objective Optimization

Abstract: Evolutionary multi- and many-objective optimization algorithms (EMaOAs) iteratively evolve a set of solutions, towards a good Pareto Front approximation. The availability of multiple solution sets over successive generations, makes EMaOAs amenable to application of machine learning (ML), for different pursuits. This master class will begin by highlighting the existing studies on ML-based enhancements for EMaOAs, before focusing on the recently proposed innovized progress operators within the gamut of reference vector (RV) based EMaOAs. This will include a detailed discussion on how the convergence and diversity capabilities of RV-EMaOAs can be simultaneously enhanced, by learning efficient search directions through a judicious mapping of inter- and intra-generational solutions, respectively. Results on hard-to-solve test problems will demonstrate the utility of the above approach, in light of convergence-diversity balance, ML-based risk-reward tradeoff, and avoidance of extra solution evaluations.


Dr. Vinay Ramanath

Principal Key Expert Scientist

Siemens Technology

Title: Optimization and Uncertainty Quantification “a peek into the future”: Challenges “pronounced” as opportunities

Abstract: The talk will delve into the key challenges in todays’ optimization solvers and how these challenges presents as opportunities for further research. The talk will elaborate on how the emerging technologies such as Generative AI, Quantum Computing, Industrial Metaverse, and Sustainability are shaping the world of optimization to solve every demanding problems of the customers and the resulting innovations that we see, which are at the intersection of these technologies.


Dr. Monalisa Pal

Senior Engineer, Education Team

MathWorks India Private Limited

Title: Modeling and Solving Optimization Problems with MATLAB and Simulink

Abstract: Discover the power of mathematical optimization techniques in scientific and engineering applications with this masterclass on MATLAB. Learn to represent your problems using an intuitive syntax, starting from their mathematical descriptions. Master the following skills through practical examples: 1) Create arrays of optimization variables indexed by numbers, 2) Construct objectives and constraints using operators and functions involving optimization variables, 3) Incorporate black-box functions into optimization models, 4) Apply automatically selected solvers for efficient optimization solutions.

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Mr. Ashish Uppu

Comsol Multiphysics Pvt. Ltd.

Title: Optimization Techniques in COMSOL Multiphysics

Abstract: In this session, the attendees will be introduced to the Optimization Module and its various features corresponding to different application areas in COMSOL. A basic problem will be set up using the Optimization interface. Physics Features: During this session, attendees will learn about the constraints and objective functions, derivative-free and derivative-based optimization. The attendees will also be introduced to 1) Parameter Optimization 2) Shape Optimization 3) Topology Optimization


Mr. Rut Lineswala

Founder and CTO

BosonQ Psi

Title: Quantum-Driven Design Optimization: Unveiling the Frontier of Possibilities

Abstract: Design Optimization is the art of finding the best design within a set of constraints. It's the driving force behind efficient engineering, material science, and even logistics. But as problems grow more complex, classical computers struggle to keep up. Quantum computing, with its unique capabilities, promises a revolutionary leap in optimization power, supercharging the design optimization process. The talk will delve into the core principles of optimization methods, highlighting their limitations. Afterward, the discussion will introduce the magic of Qubits, the building blocks of quantum machines, and how their unique properties enable parallel processing and superposition, tackling complex optimization problems in ways classical computers simply cannot. Subsequently, the talk will explore specific applications like topology optimization, where quantum algorithms can design lightweight structures with unprecedented efficiency, and shape optimization, where quantum techniques can improve the aerodynamic efficiency of aircraft. The discussion will also cover the quantum advancements in machine learning techniques, which have the potential for Design Optimization. Acknowledging hurdles like limited qubit counts, noisy qubits, and the necessity for specialized algorithms, the talk will underscore the undeniable potential at hand. By combining classical optimization knowledge with quantum computing's raw power, we stand on the cusp of an optimization revolution that promises to reshape industries and unlock previously unimaginable possibilities.


Conference Proceedings


The selected peer-reviewed full-length papers of the conference will be published by Springer in Scopus-indexed book series titled: Advances in Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization. The publication is contingent upon the final quality and ethics checks by Springer. Only papers that meet the Springer requirements will be published.



Registration Guidelines

  • At least one of the authors of accepted extended abstract/paper must register for the conference in order to present it.

  • If more than one author of an accepted extended abstract/paper wishes to attend the conference, they need to register separately.

  • Each author registration covers only one accepted extended abstract/paper.

  • Students are requested to upload their valid student ID cards (front and back sides) during the online registration process.

  • The registration fee includes the conference kit, access/admission to tutorials & technical sessions, lunch on all conference days, morning and evening tea/coffee breaks, and banquet dinner. Please note that the registration is inclusive of all taxes and levies. Gateway charges, if any, will have to be borne by the registrant.

  • Registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Please keep a copy of the transaction receipt.

  • Please note that NCMDAO 2023 will not be responsible for any loss, financial or otherwise, caused by improper transactions conducted online. While the organizers have taken all reasonable precautions to ensure a safe online transaction, it is the registrant’s responsibility, while paying the registration fee, to secure their user IDs, passwords, Paper ID, etc.

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Extended Abstract/Full-length Paper Submission

Author(s) can submit extended abstract(s)/full-length paper(s) in one of the following submission options in NCMDAO 2023.

Option 1: Full-length Paper Submission

  • Author(s) can submit full-length paper(s) of 6 to 8 pages.

  • One author registration fee can cover up to a maximum of one (1) technical papers.

  • Any additional submission will require a co-author to register.

Option 2: Extended Abstract Submission

  • Author(s) can submit extended abstract(s) of 2 pages (maximum).

  • On acceptance of extended abstract(s), author(s) will be invited to submit full-length paper(s) of 6 to 8 pages. However, the submission of full-length paper(s) is optional.

  • One author registration fee can cover up to a maximum of one (1) technical papers/extended abstracts.

  • Any additional submission will require a co-author to register.

Link to the Submission Portal: Click Here

Template for Extended Abstract/Full-length Paper

Click on the following links to download MS Word / LaTeX template(s)

MS Word Template for Extended Abstract/Full-length Paper

LaTeX Template for Extended Abstract/Full-length Paper

Additional Information

About IIT Guwahati

The campus of IIT Guwahati is on the northern banks of Brahmaputra and abuts the North Guwahati town of Amingaon. The campus is on a 700 acres (2.8 km sq.) plot of land around 20 km from the heart of the city. It has the Brahmaputra on one side and hills and vast open spaces on others. IITG fraternity welcome you to one of the most beautiful and green campus with a Campus Tour Video prepared by one of our student clubs: Anchorenza & RadioG club.

For more information on the campus, visit IITG Campus Maps


How to reach IIT Guwahati

From Airport: IIT Guwahati is around 30 min drive from the airport. Getting to the IIT Guwahati campus from the airport will cost about Rs. 550-700 in app-based (Ola, Uber, ASTC City Cabs) reserved taxi, which is available at the airport. Additionally, prepaid taxi services are also available right outside the arrivals gate.

From Railway Station: For commuting from the railway station to the IIT Guwahati campus, taxi and auto-rickshaws are available. IIT Guwahati has also its own transportation facilities to ply to and fro from the campus to the city. The bus starting point is opposite to Hotel President, Panbazar, which is at 15 minutes walking distance from the railway station. The updated time-table will be posted week prior to the conference dates.


Conference Venue

Conference Centre, IIT Guwahati, Assam, India

How to reach Conference Centre



Weather in December

The city of Guwahati enjoys a subtropical humid climate. The average high temperature is 29° C and average minimum is 19° C. During the month of December, the mercury reading of city of Guwahati remains around 10° C to 23° C. Winters have scanty rainfall and the mornings and afternoons are usually misty and foggy.

Please check the following link for the detailed weather information and forecast.


Exploring North East

The eight states of North East India are blessed with scenic natural beauty, comfortable weather, rich biodiversity, rare wild life, historical sites, distinct cultural and ethnic heritage and most importantly, warm and welcoming people. The region offers unforgettable visits for tourists interested in wild life, religious, cultural and ethnic tourism, river cruises, golf and a host of others. There is also great scope for mountaineering, trekking and adventure tourism in the region.

Northeast India is home to many wildlife sanctuaries such as Kaziranga (which is famous for the one horned rhinoceros), Manas, Nameri, Orang, Dibru Saikhowa National Parks in Assam, Namdhapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, Balpakram National Park in Meghalaya, Keibul Namjao National Park in Manipur, Intanki National Park in Nagaland, Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim. Brahmaputra river flows through the length of Assam where tourists can enjoy memorable river cruises and the flowing rivers of Arunachal Pradesh which feed the Brahmaputra offering incredible white water rafting experiences.

Places to visit in Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple atop the Neelachal hill, an ancient temple associated with many mythological stories. Initially, it was a place of worship for the Kiratas: early settlers of Assam, belonging to Sino-Tibetan origins. The earliest temple was established around 8th to 9th century A.D., which was brought to ruins in the 15th century. Construction of the existing structure was started in the mid 16th century.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: A wildlife sanctuary on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra in Morigaon district in Assam and 35 kms from Guwahati.

Deepor Beel: Protected wetlands harbouring rich biodiversity within the city's premises.

Nearby Places

Sualkuchi: Assam produces three unique varieties of silks: the Golden Muga, the White Pat and the warm Eri Silks, that are grown all over the state and find their way to Sualkuchi, 32 kms from Guwahati. Sualkuchi is one of the world's largest weaving villages often called the Manchester of the East. The entire population here is engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics. A renowned centre of silk production, particularly known for Muga - the golden silk of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world.

Manas National Park: A tiger reserve and a world heritage site, the park harbours more than 20 endangered species and is famous for its unique scenic beauty. About 130 km north to Guwahati, the Manas National Park gives you the opportunity to take a peak at Bhutan which is across the Manas river flowing through the national park. Manas is famous for birding activities, elephant rides and river rafting in the pristine Manas river. There are several hotels, bed and breakfasts and even resorts right at the gates of Manas National Park. You can visit the official website of Manas National Park for details.

Kaziranga National Park: Kaziranga National Park is a world heritage site where the major attraction includes close look at rhino, swamp deer, thousands of local and migratory birds flocking in wetlands and the scenic beauty of Karbi Anglong Hills. Kaziranga is about 200 km east to Guwahati. Road trip to Kaziranga in itself is a wonderful ride flanked by rice fields and betel nut trees on either side of the road. The national park is not open to tourists for about five months from April to October as a precaution due to warning of floods. December is perhaps the best time to visit the Kaziranga national park as the climate is mild and dry. The chances of spotting rhinos are more in winter as the grass burn off and the background becomes clearer. You can visit the official website of Kaziranga National Park for details.

Majuli: Assam is famous for Majuli, the world's largest river island. Majuli situated in the midst of river Brahmaputra, is the centre of Vishnava culture. There are over fifteen Vaishnava monasteries or satras on Majuli. The major satras are Kamalabari, Natun Kamalabari, Auniati, Garmur, Samoguri, Dakhinpat and Bengenaati. These satras are regarded as the main centres for Assamese art, music, dance, drama, handicrafts, literature and religion etc. Auniati is famous for its considerable collection of Assamese old utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. Upper Majuli is inhabited by tribes like the Mising and the Deoris and is the centre of a living heritage of colourful costumes and festivals. Plenty of migratory birds of great varieties are also seen. For more information, visit this website.

Shillong: Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya state, is also called the Scotland of East because of its natural beauty, has been one of the important tourist destinations in the north-east. The amazing series of waterfalls, the mystic mountain peaks, crystal clear water lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and zoo - Shillong has a different facade for everyone. Towering pines and gurgling mountain streams, awesome waterfalls that go by the name of Elephant, Crinoline, Sweet Falls, and the twin Bishop and Beadon are the major attraction of Shillong. The state website has all the relevant details for various places in and around Shillong.

Some of the main tourists circuits identified based of difference themes and starting from Guwahati are as follows:

  • Guwahati – Kaziranga – Nameri – Dirang – Tawang – Bomdial – Tezpur – Guwahati (Tawang Arunachal circuit 8 nights/9 days)

  • Guwahati – Cherrapunji – Shillong – Mawlynnong – Guwahati (Meghalaya circuit 5 nights/6 days)

  • Guwahati – Hajo – Sualkuchi – Borduwa – Sivasagar – Majuli – Jorhat (Assam circuit 5 nights/6 days)

  • Guwahati – Kaziranga – Kohima – Imphal – Moreh - Guwahati (Manipur circuit 5 nights/6 days)

You can visit the following links for more details on the north-eash tourism



The 6th edition of the National Conference on Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (NCMDAO 2023) is going to be organized at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India during December 6 - 8, 2023. The conference is jointly organized by IIT Guwahati and Design division of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI). The conference provides a unique platform to bring together the researchers and industry professionals working in the field of Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) and share the expertize in the form of contributed paper presentations, interactive poster sessions, keynotes and invited talks, panel discussions, and a master class on contemporary topics.

The conference is tailored to provide an interactive and dynamic atmosphere for industry professionals and leading researchers in MDAO to interact and share their experience leading to future collaborations.

TIH IITG TIDF will be a co-organizer of a session.

NCMDAO 2023 is looking for sponsors and the details of sponsorships are as follows:


Sponsorship Details



  • Booth space (~80-120 sq. ft.)

  • Registration fee waiver for 5 attendees from the company

  • Logo on brochures, flyers, proceedings, website (large font)

  • One session of Master Class/Keynote

4 Lakhs INR + GST


  • Booth space (~50-80 sq. ft.)

  • Registration fee waiver for 4 attendees from the company

  • Logo on brochures, flyers, proceedings, website (large font)

  • One session of Invited Speaker/Session Chair

3 Lakhs INR + GST


  • Booth space (~30-50 sq. ft.)

  • Registration fee waiver for 3 attendees from the company

  • Logo on brochures, flyers, proceedings, website (small size)

2 Lakhs INR + GST


  • A poster of company highlights can be displayed in the hall (Company to provide soft copy of the poster)

  • Registration fee waiver for 2 attendees from the company

  • Logo on flyers, website (small size)

1 Lakh INR + GST


  • Registration fee waiver for 1 attendee from the company

  • Logo on flyers, website (small size)

0.5 Lakh INR + GST

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  • Rajeev Ahuja, Officiating Director, IIT Guwahati

  • Kota Harinarayana, Chairman, Design Division, AeSI


  • K. S. R. Krishna Murthy, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati

Advisory Committee

  • K. Sudhakar, IIT Bombay (Retired)

  • Kalyanmoy Deb, Michigan State University, USA

  • Pankaj Priyadarshi, VSSC

  • Vinay Ramanath, Siemens

  • G. K. Ananthasuresh, IISc Bangalore

  • Palaniappan Ramu, IIT Madras

  • Ravi Salagame, Autobotik

  • Deepak Sharma, IIT Guwahati

Local Organizing Committee

  • Deepak Sharma, Organizing Secretary, Mechanical Engg.

  • Ujjwal K. Saha, Mechanical Engg.

  • Santosha K. Dwivedy, Mechanical Engg.

  • Pratul C. Kalita, Design

  • Abhishek Kumar, Civil Engg.

  • Sajan Kapil, Mechanical Engg.

  • Sanjib Ganguly, EEE

  • Tapan K. Mankodi, Mechanical Engg.

  • Sachin Singh Gautam, Co-Organizing Secretary, Mechanical Engg.

  • Sukhomay Pal, Mechanical Engg.

  • Arindam Dey, Civil Engg.

  • Prakash Kotecha, Chemical Engg.

  • Arup Nandy, Mechanical Engg.

  • Karuna Kalita, Mechanical Engg.

  • Rinku Kumar Mittal, Mechanical Engg.

Technical Committee

  • Phanisri Pradeep Pratapa, IIT Madras

  • Prabhat Kumar, IIT Hyderabad

  • Abhijit Gogulapati, IIT Bombay

  • Puneet Kumar, Energy Vault, San Francisco, USA

  • Basant Singh Sikarwar, Amity University, UP

  • Rajib Chowdhury, IIT Roorkee

  • Bishakh Bhattacharya, IIT Kanpur

  • Saurabh V. Naik, Microsoft, Redmond, USA

  • Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan, NTU, Singapore

  • Kaisa Miettinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

  • Raghu Adla, Paninian

  • Raktim Biswas, Paninian

  • Vipin Kumar Tripathi, NIT Agartala

  • Arijit Biswas, Tata Steel

  • Karthik Sindhya, Solita, Finland

  • Abhishek Seth, TE Information Technology, USA

  • Anupam Saxena, IIT Kanpur

  • G. Saravana Kumar, IIT Madras

  • Dhish Kumar Saxena, IIT Roorkee

  • Mukunda Madhav Nath, SABIC Technology Centre, Bangaluru

  • Rajkumar S. Pant, IIT Bombay

  • Salil Kulkarni, IIT Bombay

  • Tapabrata Ray, The University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Hemant Singh, The University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Srinath D.N., LM Wind Power,Bangaluru

  • Punit Singh, Eaton India

  • Shahi Kant Ratnakar, Paninian

  • Shubhajit Sanfui, Siemens

  • Dilip Datta, Tezpur University

  • Abhay Kumar, Siemens

  • Monalisa Pal, Mathworks

  • Sunith Bandaru, University of Skövde

Finance Committee

  • Rinku Kumar Mittal, Treasurer, IIT Guwahati

  • Rakesh Kumar, Design Division, AeSI

Contact Us

For additional information and queries, email us at ncmdao@iitg.ac.in