March 21, 2012
Bengaluru and Coimbatore Campuses
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Amrita’s Bengaluru campus organized a national-level seminar on Computer Vision for Robotics during February 24-25, 2012.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Coimbatore campus hosted an IETE-sponsored workshop on Computer Vision and Image Processing Techniques during February 21-24, 2012.
Both events saw good participation from research scholars, faculty members and students of interdisciplinary domains of engineering from across India.
Dr. Jharna Majumdar, Former Scientist at DRDO, delivered the keynote address in the research seminar at Bengaluru. Highlighting various sponsored projects of DRDO, she elaborated on computer vision for autonomous robots. The address included live demos of computer vision modules.
Other speakers at the seminar included Dr. R. Venkatesh Babu from Super Computer Education Research Centre at IISc, Bengaluru and Dr. J. Amuda, Associate Professor, Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru.
While the former speaker detailed object tracking algorithms with live demos, the latter provided insights into a computational visual attention system for robotic cognition that could handle an enormous amount of data collected through multiple sensors.
Hands-on sessions focused on vision software from National Instruments. Participants also learned the implementation of algorithms for object tracking and pattern matching in LabVIEW.
“We want to establish a robotic research lab in our institution; hence we attended this seminar to learn. We found the seminar very useful,” shared Profs. Saravanakumar and Rashmi Ranjan Das from VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology).
“Our workshop provided a platform for research scholars to meet and discuss existing applications and issues and collaborate to work towards solutions in the field of computer vision and image processing,” stated Dr. Karthi R. who played a key role in coordinating the workshop at Coimbatore campus.
Participants included postgraduate students from many universities. Lectures were delivered by Amrita faculty as well as invited guests from industry including Dr. Manish Shiralkar, R & D Manager, Machine Vision Division, Soliton Technologies, Benguluru and Mr. Mahesh Anand, Co-founder & Technical Head, PHLOX Techno Labs, Bengaluru.
Dr. K. Somasundaram, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Gandhigram Rural University also shared his expertise with participants.
All participants also had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in MATLAB and OpenCV platforms.