Amrita School of Biotechnology's Bioinspired robotics study titled "Using Cerebellar Architecture to Control Low-Cost Robotic Arms" was presented as an invited talk by Dr. Shyam Diwakar at the International Symposium on the Neuromechanics of Human Movement, 4th–6th October 2016 organized by University of Heidelberg, Germany. The symposium was organized by Dr. Manish Sreenivasa of IWH and included other speakers including Francisco Valero-Cuevas - U. Southern California, USA, Andrea d'Avella - U. Messina, Italy, Massimo Sartori - U. Göttingen, Germany, Marjolein van der Krogt - VU U. Medical Center, Netherlands, Roger Enoka - U. Colorado Boulder, USA, Hartmut Geyer - Carnegie Mellon U., USA, Auke Ijspeert - EPFL, Switzerland among others.
October 18, 2016
September 17, 2016
Supported by Italy's Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica "F. Severi" (INdAM), Prof. Giovanni Naldi and Dr. Thierry Nieus of University of Milan organized the NeuroMath Meeting bringing together experimental and computational researchers working on various topics in theoretical/computational/mathematical neuroscience. Amrita School of Biotechnology Associate Professor Dr. Shyam Diwakar presented an invited talk on modelling the computations of cerebellum circuits and how robotic arms can employ such reconstructions for movement control.
August 31, 2016
Application for grace mark, for the Cultural/ Technical/ Arts/ Sports/ Seva Activities conducted during July 2016- December 2016 are invited. Details like criteria for grace marks/maximum grace marks, etc, are given below. Students are requested to submit the filled application with recommendations from the co-ordinator, to academic cell on or before November 30, 2016. Applications received after November 30, 2016 will not be entertained. Relaxation in the date will be given upto December 31, 2016 for events conducted during the month of December. Application Form for Grace Marks »» Criterion for Grace Marks »»
Dr. Ananda K. Sarkar (NIPGR) Gives Invited Talk on Regulation of Plant Stem Cells and Meristematic Activity at School of Biotechnology
August 30, 2016
Dr. Ananda K. Sarkar, Scientist from National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) in New Delhi and a specialist in plant stem cells, visited Amrita School of Biotechnology on August 12th and spoke to the students and faculty about his work. In his talk titled, “Regulation of Plant Stem Cells and Meristematic Activity by Related Factors”, Dr. Sarkar discussed various discoveries in Arabidopsis thaliana concerning the interactions between cells in stem cell niches in both shoot and root apical meristems which are essentially responsible for plant growth. In shoots, regulatory cells nearby stem cells express wuschel (WUS) which activates clavata 3 (CLV3) in stem cells resulting in meristem formation. This mechanism is regulated through a negative feedback loop. In roots, WOX5 – a member of the WUS homebox (WOX) family – is actively expressed in the quiescent center.
Integrating Sciences from a Holistic Perspective: How Human Microbiome and Soil Food Web Might Work Together
August 30, 2016
Earlier this month, Dr. Bodo Eickhoff, Senior Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at Molecular Diagnostics, a large multi-national pharmaceutical company, visited the Amrita University, Amritapuri campus, and addressed the students, faculty, and staff in a seminar titled “Integrating Sciences from a Holistic Perspective: How Human Microbiome and Soil Food Web Might Work Together”. An expert in many fields, Dr. Eickhoff initially focused on research, working on HIV co-receptors and cancer therapy, but then moving on to an industry which revolved around producing novel biotechnology products and getting patents. He took an even larger step away from his starting point when he went into manufacturing. Dr. Eickhoff explained that these radical changes in his career provided him a chance to view situations from different perspectives. Science was more complex and based on rationality and logic, whereas business was linear and required an aspect of socially interacting with people. Through these changes, Dr. Eickhoff understood that the biotechnology industry is not solely about making a product, but is also about customers who are human beings.
August 23, 2016
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, addressed graduands at the 13thConvocation of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham at Coimbatore campus on 21st August, 2016. Reproduced below, is the complete text of his speech. Respected President Sampujya Swamiji Amritaswarupananda Puri; Pro-Chancellor Brahmachari Abhayamrita Chaitanya, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Venkat Rangan, Medical Director Dr. Prem Nair; Registrar, Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, faculty and graduands of Amrita University and parents. A very good morning to all of you.