Aakaar IIT Bombay is proud to launch its fourth International Civil Engineering Symposium, with a prime motive of encouraging young research enthusiasts in the field of civil engineering to engage in vigorous research and take civil engineering to a whole new level. ICES IIT Bombay looks forward to bring together and support such talented and enthusiastic people.
"Research is the distance between an idea and its realization." -David Sarnoff

The theme of the ICES this year is Challenges in Civil Engineering. ICES IIT Bombay intends to bring together leading researchers in this domain of interest from around the world. It looks forward to witnessing and demonstrate the remarkable range of interests being pursued in and beyond the classroom.

The International Civil Engineering Symposium (ICES) will act as a platform to exchange ideas and scientific knowledge through intense professional interaction among the aspiring civil engineering researchers who are inclined towards discovering, learning and innovating new domains. We believe this will lead to fruitful germination of collaborative research work.

If you are a research enthusiast and feel that your research paper has got something extraordinary. ICES IIT Bombay is a platform to showcase your talent in front of eminent professors, industrial professionals and talented students in a formal conference.


The theme of the symposium for this year is CHALLENGES IN CIVIL ENGINEERING.

The word ‘Challenges’ in the theme represents both current and future challenges in civil engineering. The major global challenges of the 21st century are Urbanization, habitat, environment, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Civil Engineering has a vast scope for research and innovation. It has been in existence since BC times. Civil engineering practices involve multitasking where there is a high probability of challenges. There have been many challenges in the civil engineering field which are either currently being faced or would be faced in the future. It has lots of challenges that are not solved yet. We need to address those problems and think about how to solve them. We have to work on them. We need solutions to overcome these challenges to create a better world.

Civil engineers plan, design, construct and operate facilities that are essential to modern life. Now the civil engineering alters the era of development by the implementation of new innovative technologies and overcoming the challenges to make a better world. Today's world is undergoing vast changes and the complex multi-tasks create unique challenges for civil engineers of every subdiscipline. These challenges are often very complex in nature and require integrated approaches to solve.

The grand nature challenges are established through an extensive literature review that highlights the challenge’s economic, environmental, and societal impacts.

By keeping our theme so, we are not restricting the inputs to any particular topic. We encourage everyone to participate in our symposium. In the real world of civil engineering “Challenges” exist in every discipline of civil engineering. We can conclude this is a broad topic for research and will also avid the interest to go deep in the particular fields of research.

Thus Symposium established a platform for every person doing research in civil engineering to present their work in the Symposium. We also encourage you to present your work if you feel it doesn’t fall under this year’s theme.

Some of the major challenges in civil engineering include:

  • Use of recycled materials
  • Increasing age of concrete
  • Enhancing disaster management through infrastructure resilience
  • Improving building energy efficiency
  • Monitoring the health of the infrastructure
  • Enhancing construction site safety
  • Reducing the carbon footprint in manufacturing(LCB)
  • Construction waste & demolition waste
  • Reducing soil erosion
  • Managing groundwater
  • Managing stormwater
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Urban water engineering
  • Corrosion of steel
  • Transportation safety
  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • The Internet of Things(IoT)
  • Hyperloop
  • Traffic control
  • Transportation accessibility & mobility
  • Sensor development
  • Flood mapping etc...


  1. To encourage participation in the civil engineering research area.
  2. To provide an excellent platform for an exchange of new ideas and knowledge among Academia, Industry professionals and Research Scholars.
  3. To give students an exposure to the designing of research papers and paper presentation in a formal conference.
Aakaar invites all the civil engineering students to attend the International Symposium to explore various research opportunities ahead in civil engineering irrespective of being an accomplished researcher or any person interested in research and innovation.
We will be very honored and happy to have you as one of our most delightful participants in the international symposium.

Event Schedule

  1. The event Paper Presentation will occur on the first day of Aakaar, i.e., 14th March, 2020
  2. The accommodation and further details will be announced soon.
  3. Submit your paper in correct format by 20th Feb'2020.
  4. Deadline for Registration Fee Payment is 20th Feb'2020 (tentative).


  1. Register as a team with a maximum of 3 members.
  2. Submit your abstracts before the given deadline.
  3. Abstracts will be scrutinized and finalists will be invited to the International Civil Engineering Symposium during Aakaar.
Register Here Pay Registration Fee

**For the participants other than from India, the symposium will be held through video conferencing.

Registration Rules:

  1. The team should consist of a maximum of three members and no team member should present in more than one group
  2. You are required to submit an authentication letter (signed by your mentor) which confirms that you are doing the research for which you have submitted the abstract. Note that IIT Bombay students are not required to submit an authentication letter.
  3. Download the Blank Authentication Letter from here. Please fill it completely and then scan it.
  4. Save your file as "LastName-FirstName_ICES20_Authenticationl as the image (jpg/png) or in pdf format and email it to us along with the abstract at
  5. Registration starting date(04/10/19) and the deadline(06/12/19)
  6. Abstracts submission deadline(30/12/19)
**Note:- All are hard deadlines.


An abstract is a concise version of your research presented in skeletal form, which focuses on the essentials of a larger idea or claim. It should be sufficient enough for reviewers to discern the nature and significance of your research, the fairness in your approach, and the nature of the results or progress to date.

Four important elements of an abstract-

  1. The research focus (i.e. statement of the problem(s)/research issue(s) addressed);
  2. The research methods used (experimental research, case studies, questionnaires, etc.);
  3. The results/findings of the research;
  4. The main conclusions and recommendations

Abstracts are invited on any topic associated with civil engineering. The topic can belong to any of the following fields:

  1. Construction Management and Methods
  2. Concrete Technology and Building Materials
  3. Geotechnical Engineering
  4. Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering/Ocean Engineering
  5. Remote Sensing (GPS/GIS)
  6. Structural Engineering
  7. Transportation Engineering
  8. Environmental Engineering

Abstract submission guidelines:

  1. Download the Abstract Word Template
  2. In the template provided, you should click and enter text directly in the boxes provided.
  3. Complete all fields: Poster title, Name (if multiple authors then separate names by a comma), Advisor name, Abstract, keywords, and Category.
  4. Make sure that Title is in Times New Roman, font size 14 (Bold), center-aligned, all letters capital, and proper names only, followed by a single blank line.
  5. Author and Advisor names should be in Times New Roman, font size 11, italicized, right-aligned, followed by affiliation in the next line.
  6. The abstract should be of 150-300 words.
  7. After completing the above procedure save your file as
    "LastName-FirstName_ICES20_Abstract" (Last name and first name of the first author mentioned in the abstract) in word's default file format (.docx) and email it to us at in along with your authentication letter after filling the registration form. The subject of the email should be "Abstract_ICES20_".
Please note that your abstract will be reviewed by our review committee. Therefore, you are requested to submit a high-quality version of your abstract approved by your mentor. Any plagiarism will lead to disqualification.


  • Download the Summary Paper Word Template.
  • Save your file as "LastName-FirstName_ICES20_Summary Paper" (Last name and first name of the first author mentioned in the paper) in word's default file format (.docx) and email it to us at and the subject of the mail should be "Summary Paper_ICES20
  • In the template provided, the font size for all types like as- headings, titles, etc
  • Those font sizes provided in summary paper word templates have followed to make your paper. All the types of font sizes mentioned in summary word template for different types of heading which is used to make the paper.
  • There is maximum page limit of 6 pages.
  • Submit your paper in correct format by 20th Feb'2020


What type of research paper can I present?

Research paper covering any of these eight categories of civil engineering can be presented in ICES20.

  1. Construction Management and Methods
  2. Concrete Technology and Building Materials
  3. Geotechnical Engineering
  4. Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering/Ocean Engineering
  5. Remote Sensing
  6. Structural Engineering
  7. Transportation Engineering
  8. Environmental Engineering

Who is eligible to participate?

All undergraduate and postgraduate (B.Techs, M.Techs, Dual Degree students, PhDs) students undertaking research work in the field of civil engineering are eligible to participate.

My topic is related to civil engineering but it is not listed in the specified categories. Am I still eligible to participate?

Yes, you are eligible to participate. Select the category which fits the most to your field of research.

What is the procedure of application?

Under the Important Guidelines section, go through the guidelines of abstract submission carefully. After this go to the Registrations section, fill the form completely and upload abstract and proof at the specified mail id. You will soon receive a mail from our side confirming your registration.

Is it compulsory to attach an authentication letter signed from faculty/mentor?

Yes, it is mandatory to attach the authentication letter failing which your paper will be rejected. It serves as proof of your research work.

Who should attend?

Researchers, technical staff, secondary, vocational or tertiary educators, professionals from the public and private sector, or anyone who is interested in learning about new research in the field of civil engineering can attend Symposium. Visitors (who are not presenting any research paper but just want to learn about other research) can register by filling the Visitor FormThere is no fee for visitors.

How should I start preparing my abstract?

Since your abstract gives an overview of your research work, we recommend you to take help from your mentor while writing an abstract. Abstract submitted should be of high-quality version verified by your mentor.

Can I register for two projects?

Yes, you can register. We highly recommend that one of your projects is a group project with other students.

Is a group allowed to register for one project?

Yes, a group can present one project. There should not be more than three members in the group. Please include the names of all the members while doing the registration.

What if my work of research is not yet finished? Can I still apply?

Yes, students can present research that is still in progress. As long as it has sufficient content to be displayed in the presentation, it is perfectly acceptable.

How will I receive information and updates about the Symposium?

Information and updates will be conveyed to you through our Facebook page and website. Very important updates will be sent to you via email also. It is recommended to check the website, emails and follow our Facebook page regularly for all the updates and reminders.

I have submitted the abstract but I need to make some amendments. What should I do?

Changes can be made within the stipulated deadline. You should not register again. Mail us with your query at or you can contact any one of the Symposium Managers. We will respond to your query ASAP.

What if I forgot to attach the authentication letter? Can I submit it separately?

Abstracts submitted without the authentication letter will be straightaway rejected. In this case, you need to again mail us the abstract along with the authentication letter at Please note that this is allowed only within the specified deadline.

Who reviews the abstracts and determines who can present?

All the abstracts are sent to our review committee which comprises of Civil Engineering Department, IIT Bombay's faculty members.

Where can you get the idea to prepare research paper?

All undergraduate and postgraduate (B.Techs, M.Techs, Dual Degree students, PhDs) students undertaking research work in the field of civil engineering are eligible to participate.You may collect the information from any source. It can be the internet or some books, journals, newspapers, magazines etc.
You have to first arrange the information in the form of:

  1. defining the topic
  2. details about the topic
  3. current events if any, related to your topics
  4. advantages and disadvantages
  5. cause and their remedies, if any
  6. application

What is all about the paper presentation?

Paper presentation is all about how you put your point or present your topic in front of the audience and judges. They see the way you put your point, your presentation style, your body language and how promptly and effectively you answer their questions.