International Conference on Robotics & Automation for Humanitarian Applications 2016 at Amrita

RAHA 2016, an International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications, was held December 18- 20, 2016, at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus. It was the world’s first conference dedicated to robotics solutions for social good. Speakers included Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, father of the Indian supercomputer; Ms. Meg Jones, Chief of Economic Empowerment at UN Women; rehabilitation robotics expert, Dr. Sunil Agrawal of Columbia University; founding co-chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society; Technical Committee of Ethics; Dr. Ronald Arkin of Georgia Tech and Dr. Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo, Vice President of Robotics Society, Japan. Dr. Asama was involved with the deployment of robotics technologies during the Fukushima disaster response. Highlights included talks, paper and poster presentations, robotics competitions, workshops and tutorials. Over 385 registrants included students, staff, and international delegates from all over the world.

International Conference on Advanced Materials Held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

The first International Conference on Advanced Materials (SCICON’16) 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. 

SCICON’16 - International Conference on Advanced Materials Held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

The first International Conference on Advanced Materials (SCICON’16) 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.

PES & IAS Joint Student Branch Chapter, ASE, Bengaluru, Conducts Appreciation Meeting 2016

A meeting was arranged by IEEE-PES and IAS joint student branch chapter, Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru, on December 20, 2016. The aim of this meeting was to show appreciation for PES and IAS joint student branch committees and volunteers.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Designs Robotic Coconut Tree Climber

The students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has developed a robot prototype to help farmers pluck coconuts, named Amaran. A team led by institution'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.