Workshop on human robot interactions begins at IIIT-A

Published on Nov 25, 2022 12:19 AM IST

A three-day workshop on Human Robot Interactions (HRI) organised by Centre of Intelligent Robotics (CIR), Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad (IIIT-A) began at the institute’s Jhalwa campus on Thursday.

IIIT-A campus (File photo)
IIIT-A campus (File photo)
By, Prayagraj

A three-day workshop on Human Robot Interactions (HRI) organised by Centre of Intelligent Robotics (CIR), Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad (IIIT-A) began at the institute’s Jhalwa campus on Thursday.

Inaugurating the workshop, Dr Alok Mishra, a renowned gastroenterologist spoke on how advancements in technology and engineering have boosted the medical field. One of the areas where technology has enhanced medical field is endoscopy, he said.

In his address, Prof GC Nandi, head of CIR said that had there been robust robots and technology in general, situations such as the Covid pandemic could have been handled more effectively and efficiently.

He also stressed that practically applied robots in environments such as large warehouses which have sizes of multiple football fields, have potential of performing more efficiently where unmanned robots can collaboratively work with humans. The workshop intends to provide comprehensive technical knowledge to the participants as well as give them hands-on training on HRI, he added.

Dr Sujit PB from IISER-Bhopal said that HRI is currently not well known in the Indian community as it is in some of the developed countries, but he also pointed out that there is growth in institutes or academia in India, stressing that CIR is a part of bringing about this awareness.

Satish Singh, registrar, IIIT-A welcomed the guests and the participants while Rahul Kala, assistant professor of IIIT-A proposed vote of thanks.

Earlier, the day started with an expert talk by Prakarsh Mishra and Natik Udeshi from AGNIi Mission, where they gave a talk on “AGNIi Mission: Engaging National Priorities Through Emerging Tech”.

The brainstorming session was chaired by Prof GC Nandi, head, CIR alongside Prof SK Saha, IIT-Delhi, Narender Gaur, I-Hub Foundation for cobotics, Prof Anirban Guha, IIT-Bombay amidst several other dignitaries.

In the hands-on session, the robots and software used at CIR were demonstrated along with hands-on sample experiments based on the projects carried out at CIR.

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