IISc Research Monographs Series

Through IISc Research Monographs Series (IRMS), the IIScPress intends to publish books in the contemporary topics of science and engineering. This series reaches out the distinguished researchers throughout the world to bring out books of top quality.

IRMS Editorial Board:

Series Editor: Prof. Kesava Rao


  • R. Krishnamurthy <hrkrish@physics.iisc.ernet.in>
  • P. Vijay Kumar <vijay@ece.iisc.ernet.in>
  • S. Ramasesha <ramasesh@sscu.iisc.ernet.in>
  • Usha Vijayaraghavan <uvr@mcbl.iisc.ernet.in>
  • Rahul Pandit <rahul@physics.iisc.ernet.in>

Published IRMS book:


IRMS 1: Basic Control Volume Finite Element Methods for Fluids and Solids , Author: Vaughan R. Voller Year of Publication: 2009 Number of pages: 170 (Hardbound) Price: $54

The Control Volume Finite Element Method (CVFEM) is a hybrid numerical method, combining the physics intuition of Control Volume Methods with the geometric flexibility of Finite Element Methods.The concept of this monograph is to introduce a common framework for the CVFEM solution so that it can be applied to both fluid and solid mechanics problems. To emphasize the essential ingredients, the discussion focuses on the application to problems in two-dimensional domains which are discretized with linear-triangular meshes.


IRMS 2: Modern Applications of Automata Theory, Author: Deepak D’Souza and Priti Shankar,  Year of Publication: 2012, Number of pages: 656, Price: $ 175

Automata theory has come into prominence in recent years with a plethora of applications in fields ranging from verification to XML processing and file compression. In fact, the 2007 Turing Award was awarded to Clarke, Emerson and Sifakis for their pioneering work on model-checking techniques. To the best of our knowledge, there is no single book that covers the vast range of applications of automata theory targeted at a mature student audience. This book is intended to fill that gap and can be used as an intermediate-level textbook. It begins with a detailed treatment of foundational material not normally covered in a beginner’s course in automata theory and then rapidly moves on to applications. The book is largely devoted to verification and model checking and contains material that is cutting at the edge of verification technology. It will be an invaluable reference for software practitioners working in this area.

IRMS 3: Aqueous Lubrication-Natural and Biometric Approaches,  Author: Nicholas D. Spencer, Year of Publication: 2014, Number of pages: 269, Price: $ 115

Man lubricates mostly with oil. Nature lubricates exclusively with water. Pure water is a pure lubricant, but the addition of proteins, especially glycoproteins, can modify surfaces to make them far more lubrication at slow speeds. Understanding how nature does this, and the physical structures involved, is not only important for the understanding of diseases such as osteoarthritis, but also essential for the successful application of articulating implants, such as hips and knees, as well as the development of medical devices such as catheters and contact lenses. A host of important applications of water-based lubrication are already in place in the personal care and food industries, and further industrial applications of water-based lubrication could have a significant positive impact on the environment.

This book is the first of its kind. It brings together the latest research in biological and biomimetic, water-based lubrication and is authored by the world’s experts in the field.