The first International Conference on Advanced Materials was inaugurated in the presence of a galaxy of scientists from over all the globe on December 19, 2016, by Dr. Amit Goyal, Director RENEW, University of Buffalo, USA. He emphasized the need of translating research findings in the field of materials sciences to useful products in order to help the society. “Recycle, Reuse and Re-manufacture are the need of the hour,” he added. He congratulated the institution for organizing a conference which addresses the need of sustained development.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, hosted The conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications (RAHA) 2016, the first-of-its-kind event on the branch of study, which brought together some of the brightest minds across the world. Indians are yet to make it big in creating indigenous hardware. But the institution has made rapid strides in software development. Those who gain expertise in such scientific pursuits should contribute and work towards nation building.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri campus, won two prestigious awards at the recently held International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications RAHA 2016, Amritapuri, during December 18-20, 2016.
The students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has developed a robot prototype to help farmers pluck coconuts, named Amaran. A team led by University's Laboratory Director Rajesh Kannan Megalingam along with M.Tech students of Robotic department developed the robot. First version we developed is the wired climber with one DOF arm for cutting coconuts. The second version is wireless smart phone based control with 3 DOF arm for cutting coconuts. This version has a camera attached to the climber which can send the live video of the coconuts at the top of the tree, which helps the user in positioning the cutter precisely to cut the coconuts. A patent has been filed for this innovation and is expected approval any time this year.