ARTPARK concludes Robotics Challenge, more than 134 teams across India participated in the competition to showcase innovations in the field of robotics
The challenge saw stimulating demonstrations by teams, where they performed janitorial tasks in a washroom, showcasing their innovative indigenously designed robots
● The challenge is part of ARTPARK’s mission to support, nurture and co-create a robotics ecosystem to make India the global leader in robotics platforms and technologies
Bangalore-based not-for-profit foundation, AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK), concluded the Robotics Challenge on Saturday at JN Tata Auditorium, IISc campus, Bangalore. The challenge required robots to demonstrate janitorial tasks that would be typically performed in a washroom. Out of the 134 applications received from across the country, the top four teams Cerberus, Gryffindors, Giga Robotics, and Robo Jyothians made it to the finals, where they demonstrated janitorial tasks in a washroom using innovative robots. Gryffindor was declared the winner of this competition, while Cerberus team and Giga robotics team shared the runner-up spot.
The finale witnessed the presence of leading industry leaders like Vishal Dhupar (MD Asia South, Nvidia), Sandeep Dixit (Head New Technology, Adani Power), Pranav Saxena (Chief Technology & Product Officer, Flipkart Healthtech), Prof Pradipta Biswas (Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing, IISc), Umakant Soni (Co-founder & CEO, ARTPARK) and Prof Bharadwaj Amrutur (Research Head & Director, ARTPARK).
Umakant Soni, Co-founder & CEO, ARTPARK, said, “Service Robotics Market is expected to Garner $153.7 Bn, Globally, by 2030 at 21.2% CAGR as per Allied Market Research. In fact, developing AI and robotics skills will be crucial to thriving in the future job industry. The ARTPARK Robotics Challenge is in sync with this vision, giving learners an opportunity to nurture their skills in this space and create technology solutions for real-world problems that exist in India. We are extremely delighted with the response this event has garnered, and we will be building upon this response to build a strong AI & Robotics community to help build and expand the robotics ecosystem in India.”
Prof Bharadwaj Amrutur, Research Head & Director, ARTPARK, said, “India deployed 3200 robots, one of the highest numbers of robot installations in 2020. This next-gen robot technology has already proved as a game-changing asset for various industries, and the need to invest in this tool will only increase in the years to come, given the kind of innovation it brings to the table. Such robots will only augment the capability and productivity of our workforce, making India a global leader in various industry verticals like manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, etc. At ARTPARK, we aim to boost such innovations through skilling and capacity building via our stimulating competitions and give youth a platform to learn, showcase and nurture their AI and tech-related skills, for it will enable them to thrive in the future job industry and also bring transformation across the value chain. What is different about how ARTPARK has conducted this competition is that it has mentored and materially supported the finalists over a one-year period to scale the difficult problem statement of the competition”
The service industry is constantly struggling with rising labor costs, a lack of true performance standards, and a churning workforce. In spite of all this, hardworking service providers are fighting to measure and prove their differentiated offerings in the market on a daily basis. Tackling these challenges can be accomplished by automating routine and hazardous physical tasks and improving the lives of employees, via automated technology such as service robots.
In this challenge, the tasks were limited to clearing any rubbish that may be on the floor followed by cleaning the washbasin and the washbasin counter using a sanitizing liquid. The main technical challenges included (autonomously) creating an accurate map of the washroom and the surroundings by using appropriate sensors, designing a robotic platform and a manipulator to perform the navigation, pickup, mopping tasks, and devising perception algorithms for accurately recognizing, estimating the locations and orientations of the various objects in the washroom. The robots were given a brief opportunity to scout out the washroom area ahead of time so that they can assess the environment and create a representation of it for planning and navigation purposes.
ARTPARK focuses on problems relevant to India and the developing world and strives to address them with innovative solutions. To achieve this goal, it keeps generating newer learning opportunities for the Indian youth, through which they can nurture, build and showcase their skills to the entire world, and become future-ready to tackle real-world problems with technology innovations. The ARTPARK Robotics Challenge was part of the same long-term vision.
Innovative Ideas and Breakthroughs from NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering
The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences
The Civil Engineering department of NMIMS MPSTME has been making significant strides in the field of disaster management, flood resilience, and sustainable infrastructure. The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences, and completed several student-led projects on topics such as renewable energy, groundwater modelling, and self-healing concrete.
The first patent, ‘Automated Flood Water Regulating Multipurpose System,’ proposes a novel approach to flood resilience by constructing multipurpose wells on the banks of rivers to discharge excess water and generate hydropower. The second patent, ‘Aqua Barrier,’ is an automated mechanism that can protect any flood-prone area, regardless of its size, from any disasters caused due to water.
The student-led projects are equally impressive, with topics ranging from low-volume rural concrete roads to oscillating tidal wave energy converters. These projects showcase the department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and innovative design.
The faculty at NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department, led by Head, Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar and Research coordinator, Dr. Jigisha Vashi, played a vital role in guiding and mentoring students toward research excellence. Their expertise and guidance have enabled students to participate and win awards in prestigious competitions such as the CDRI’s ‘Imagining Disaster Resilient Structures’ and The University of Queensland’s ‘Engineering Design Challenge, and AAKAR at IIT Bombay.’
The department’s success is further evidenced by the achievements of its students in national and international conferences. Students presented their research papers in Scopus Indexed papers and conferences such as the 9th Indian Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference and the Eighth Indian Young Geotechnical Conference.
Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department, MPSTME, NMIMS, said, “The achievements of the NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department demonstrate its commitment to developing innovative solutions for complex problems in the field of civil engineering. The department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, disaster resilience, and renewable energy is essential for addressing the challenges faced by society today. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both students and faculty and their commitment to excellence.”
Embark on a Journey of Scientific Empowerment with NMIMS School of Science’s Innovative Programs!
The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country
SVKM’s NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) has officially announced the commencement of the admissions process for its Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs. The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country.
Aspiring students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of science can now apply for various undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs offered by SDSOS. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs are available in Applied Psychology, Biomedical Science, and Animation and VFX, while the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs are offered in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Applied Psychology, and Physiotherapy. The school also offers Ph.D. program in Science with various disciplines such as Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.
With a focus on creating industry-ready and research-savvy graduates, SDSOS has been at the forefront of imparting cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills through constantly evolving curriculums and state-of-the-art facilities and is situated in the heart of Mumbai.
Dr. Purvi Bhatt, I/C Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science, said, “The school provides a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. Our interdisciplinary approach to education prepares students for successful careers in science and beyond, while our emphasis on co-curricular and extracurricular activities ensures their holistic development.”
The school has a student-centric environment that supports research in niche areas of Science & Technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and equipment to enhance students’ hands-on skills, and a library facility that is constantly updated with the latest information. The labs at SDSOS provide modernised infrastructure and the latest equipment such as the animal tissue culture lab and the wet labs at the department of Biological Sciences offer cutting-edge technology to mould students into scientists.
School of Science offers a wide range of opportunities for students to explore their talents and interests, as well as gain valuable practical experience. The events and activities mentioned, such as Excalibur, National Science Day, Open day, Guest talks, Book Talk, Sports Day, Psych Film Fest, and club activities like photography and art, these programs provide a platform for students to demonstrate their abilities and gain insights from their peers.
The Future of Architecture Takes Center Stage at NMIMS BSSA
Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe
NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture was excited to host Open Studio 2022-23 program by the renowned architectural theorist and digital design expert, Neil Leach, on 28th March 2023 and the title was, “Tell me that AI ain’t scary”
Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe. Leach has published over 40 books on architectural theory and digital design, including “Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects” and “The AI Design Revolution: How AI Will Transform Architecture.”
In the lecture, Leach highlighted the potential threat that artificial intelligence (AI) poses to the field of architecture. With the recent launch of GPT4 and the growing capabilities of AI, there is concern among architects that their jobs may be at risk. Leach provided an informed overview of the current state of AI and its potential impact on the architecture profession.
“We are very happy and proud to host Professor Neil Leach at the school. As a leading school of architecture, we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of design. Our Open Studio program and public lectures, and talks by experts like Neil Leach, play a critical role in this mission by enabling students to learn from distinguished scholars and practitioners and engage with cutting-edge ideas and technologies. We are excited to continue providing these opportunities and look forward to seeing the impact they will have on the future of architecture and design,” said, BSSA Dean, Dr. Kaiwan Mehta. As the field of architecture continues to evolve, it is essential to stay informed about emerging technologies and their potential impact on the profession. NMIMS BSSA School enables students to learn from experts and engage with pressing issues in architecture and design. By inviting renowned scholars and practitioners like Neil Leach to share their insights and expertise, the school provides a valuable opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the field.
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