Research Centre for Robotics

Robotics is the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

A robotics engineer is a behind the scenes designer who is responsible for creating robots and robotic systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable or prefer not to complete for a variety of reasons. Through their creations, a robotics engineer helps to make jobs safer, easier, and more efficient, particularly in the manufacturing industry.

The goal of the Robotics Research Center is to encourage and facilitate fundamental robotics research, both theoretical and experimental. Participants are exploring basic issues in manipulation, mobile robotics, manufacturing, control, motion planning, graphics, and other topics.

Vision

  • To Develop the humanoid, which serves the society and to create entrepreneurs, who leads the nation towards innovation
  • To provide affordable robotic solutions that enable natural modes of interaction between man and machine
  • To develop the humanoids to treat the autism therapy and to assist the elderly people.
  • To focus on intelligence, perception, human machine interface, mobility navigation technologies to improve the robotic performance in complex and dynamic environments.
  • To develop ethical technology to support autonomous systems.

Mission

We introduce younger people to the range of activities involved in the research projects including

  • Team Building
  • Planning
  • Technical design
  • Technical build
  • Testing
  • Maintanance

To use the medium of robotics to inspire the next generation to take their involvement with engineering to the next level.

To develop our own project management and technical engineering experience by leading others.

To create, build, sell autonomous intelligent systems, including robots, robotic vehicles for the benefit of humanity, such that our staffs thrive, our students flourish, and our society is completely satisfied.

FACULTY MEMBERS

NAME OF THE MEMBERS QUALIFICATION DESIGNATION
Dr. S. SENTHILKUMAR B.E,M.E,PhD.,(MBA),MISTE DIRECTOR
Mr.JAISHANKAR BHARATHRAJ B.SC(CS),M.SC(IT),M.SC(PHY),(PhD-AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY) CO- DIRECTOR
Mr. J.DHANASEKAR B.E,M.E,M.B.A,(PhD) ASSISTANT- DIRECTOR
Mr.M.ACHUDHAN B.E,M.TECH,(PhD) RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
MR.K.LINGESWARAN B.E,M.E RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
MRS.R.RAMAPRIYA B.E,M.E RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
MR.M.SIVA CHANDRAN B.TECH, M.TECH SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
MR.D.MOHAN KUMAR B.TECH, M.E SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
MR.C.SENTHIL KUMAR B.TECH, M.TECH SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
MR.M.KRISHNA KUMAR B.TECH, M.TECH JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
MS.R.RADHIKA B.TECH, M.TECH JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

THRUST AREA

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Parallel Mechanism
  • Human-Robot Co-Operation
  • 3d-Sensing
  • Robot with Soft Touch
  • Prosthesis

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It is an academic field of study which studies the goal of creating intelligence, whether in emulating human-like intelligence or not. Major AI researchers and textbooks define this field as "the study and design of intelligent agents", where an intelligent agent is a system that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chances of success. We are trying to create a software to understand when the driver wants to go towards a certain object, like a table or a chair. Even if this is an amazing process, the EEG has a rather limited accuracy, and only a few commands are detectable. The more shared control you have, the better the brain-computer interface, and the faster the person can get from one place to another

Parallel Mechanism

Parallel mechanisms are found as positioning platforms in several applications in robotics and production engineering. Today there are various types of these mechanisms based on the structure, type of joints and degree of freedom. An important and basic planar mechanism providing three degree of freedom at the end-effector (movable platform) is a 3-RPR linkage. Here the underscore below P indicates the presence of actuated prismatic joints and 3 indicates the number of legs used to carry the mobile platform. A lot of work has been done on this mechanism since 1988. In the present work, the kinematics of 3-RPR linkage is specifically studied to understand the synthesis procedure. The forward kinematics in parallel mechanisms is a multi-solution problem and involves cumbersome calculations compared to inverse kinematics. In inverse kinematics, we design the actuator input kinematic parameters for a known table center coordinates. In other words it is a transformation of platform pose vector to the actuator degrees of freedom. In 3-RPR mechanism considered in present task, the actuators are sliders and hence the slider displacements reflect the input degrees of freedom. On the other hand, for a known posture (available slider displacement status), the table center coordinates are predicted in forward kinematics. In present work, forward kinematics solutions are obtained by defining error function and optimizing it using genetic algorithms programs. Also, the workspace and Jacobian matrices are computed at corresponding solution and singularity analysis is briefly highlighted. Main objective is to fabricate a scaled model of this planar manipulation mechanism with calculated dimensions and observe the practical workspace obtained. An attempt is made in this line to some extent. The objective is to optimize the different length ratios of the mechanism in order to have a reduced torque required for the bending motions. The parallel system is compared with the serial mechanism equipped with a pitch and roll revolute joints with concurrent concurring rotation axes.

Human-Robot Co-Operation

Robots are now physically capable of locomotion, object manipulation, and an essentially unlimited set of sensory motor behaviors. This sets the scene for the corresponding technical challenge: how can non-specialist human users interact with these robots for human robot cooperation? Children with autism are unique; with their own personality, their own interests, their own world...Even if many of them are attracted by robots, they still need personalized education. NAO is an innovative aid for these children. We are combining our research from brain psychology of these children from Autism Centers and we combine our research to build a program capable to learn and respond to surrounding for the children in need for our special care.

3D – Sensing

A 3D scanner is a device that analyses a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance (e.g. color). The collected data can then be used to construct digital three-dimensional models. Many different technologies can be used to build these 3D-scanning devices; each technology comes with its own limitations, advantages and costs. Many limitations in the kind of objects that can be digitized are still present, for example, optical technologies encounter many difficulties with shiny, mirroring or transparent objects. For example, industrial computed tomography scanning can be used to construct digital 3D models, applying non-destructive testing. Collected 3D data is useful for a wide variety of applications. These devices are used extensively by the entertainment industry in the production of movies and video games. Other common applications of this technology include industrial design, orthotics and prosthetics, reverse engineering and prototyping, quality control/inspection and documentation of cultural artifacts.

Robot with Soft Touch

Soft robots enjoy several significant advantages over traditional hard-material robots. The inflatable design of soft robots minimizes if not outright eliminates the risk of injury upon accidental contact. And the robots lightweight design gives it greater flexibility along with gains in speed and agility. Lightweight joints are inexpensive to make and their membrane material keeps mass density and overall weight of the robotics structure low. The result is an inflatable, versatile, and programmable arm that has taken a novel approach to making robots gentle enough to physically interact with humans. We are trying to achieve though it is theory ;When pressure is applied to the surface of one of the sensors, their pliable half-sphere shape is slightly deformed, an action which instantly changes this distribution of infrared light from the LED inside. Photodiodes at the base of the sensor pick this up so that a clever piece of software may calculate the deformation and, therefore, the force currently being exerted on the sensors by an object. The electronics, indeed, consist of standard components -- it's the type and combination of silicone layers above the PCB that the team is working hardest to customize. Soon planning to make a prototype from this concept and research which is undergoing.

Prosthesis

When the i-LIMB hand debuted in the United Kingdom in July 2007, people caught a glimpse of the future of robotic prosthetics. The i-LIMB applies myoelectric technology, where the prefix myo- denotes a relationship to muscle. Myoelectric prosthesis are controlled by placing muscle sensors against the skin at the site of amputation. The electric signals generated by the muscle at an amputee’s stump controls a processor aboard the prosthetic. This myoelectric technology allows for greater control and precision in the five fully functional digits, enabling recipients to perform everyday tasks such as picking up coins and opening tabbed aluminum cans. Trying to learn and recreate this technology at our research labs we seek to add capability to sense temperature and texture of its surroundings and send the information to a processor which will convert and send signals to the limb and therefore reach brain. We hope in completing this task as soon as possible so as to bring back the natural order in the amputees’ life.

List of the Projects(Completed)

Sl. No. Name Funding Agency Amount(INR) Status
1. Wireless coupled GSM robotics Internal BIHER Rs.60,000/- Completed
2. MEMS Based Activity Robot for energy Harvesting Internal BIHER Rs.1,00,000/- Completed
3. Voice controlled Robot Internal BIHER Rs.50,000/- Completed
4. Rescue robot with human and metal detection Internal BIHER Rs.1,30,000/- Completed
5. Rescue robot for military purpose Internal BIHER Rs.50,000/- Completed
6. Soccer robot using bioloid Internal BIHER Rs.2,40,000/- Completed
7. Line follower robot Internal BIHER Rs.35,000/- Completed
8. Robot for blind navigation Internal BIHER Rs.75,000/- Completed
9 Wireless Control Racing Robot Internal BIHER Rs.48,000/- Completed
10 5DOF Pick & Place Robot Internal BIHER Rs.86,000/- Completed
11 Wireless Fighting Robot Internal BIHER Rs.47,000/- Completed
12 Quad copter Internal BIHER Rs.53,000/- Completed
13 Material Handling Conveyer System Internal BIHER Rs.3,92,062/- Completed
14 LOC Spy Robot Internal BIHER Rs.57,000 Completed

List of the Projects(On Going...)

Sl. No. Name Funding Agency Amount(INR) Status
1. Building a six feet humanoid robot (BIOMAN) Internal BIHER Rs.10,00,000/- On Going
2. Gyrocopter for SPY Internal BIHER Rs.7,50,000/- On Going
3. NAO robot for Autism Therapy Internal BIHER Rs.20,00,000/- On Going
4. Trash Robot Internal BIHER Rs.4,50,000/- On Going
5. Wheel chair with Brain Interface Internal BIHER Rs.8,50,000/- On Going
6 Automatic Wall Slotter with dust vacumizer Internal BIHER Rs. 7,60,000 On Going
7 Swarm Robot Internal BIHER Rs,1,50,000 On Going
8 Prosthetic limbs Internal BIHER Rs,18,00,000 On Going
9 Plastic Removal From Sea Internal BIHER Rs,6,20,000 On Going

ACHIEVEMENTS

International Competitions

Sl.No. Date Name of the Faculty/ Student Name of the Award Agency
1.        19th to 22nd oct’2010 Anirudh M Iyer (CSE) AUTCUP 2010 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
2.        19th to 22nd oct’2010 Aravind Padmanabhan (ECE) AUTCUP 2010 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
3.        19th to 22nd oct’2010 Baljeet Singh Jandu (Mech) AUTCUP 2010 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
4.        19th to 22nd oct’2010 Deepan Ignaatious (E&I) AUTCUP 2010 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
5.        19th to 22nd oct’2010 Aparna Mariam Thomas (E&I) AUTCUP 2010 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
6.        19th – 22nd Oct’2011 Anirudh M Iyer (CSE), Singapore robotic games’2011  Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
7.        19th – 22nd Oct’2011 Aravind Padmanabhan (ECE), Singapore robotic games’2011  Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
8.        19th– 22nd Oct’2011 Baljeet Singh Jandu (Mech) Singapore robotic games’2011  Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
9.        19th – 22nd Oct’2011 Deepan Ignaatious (E&I) Singapore robotic games’2011  Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
10.   19th – 22nd Oct’2011 Aparna Mariam Thomas (E&I) Singapore robotic games’2011  Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
11.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Baljeet Singh (Mech), Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
12.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Dayanand Chakravorthy (E&I) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
13.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Linsu Mery Eapen (Mech) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
14.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Bhargav (ECE) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
15.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Rahul Achargee (Civil) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
16.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Shuma Rose (Arch) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
17.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Soma Chatterjee (ECE) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
18.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Arvind (Bioinfo) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
19.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Nihar Mohonty (EEE) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
20.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Christopher Samraj (E&I) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
21.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Vignesh (CSE) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
22.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Kadhiravan (M.Tech – P.E.D) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
23.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Megha (M.Tech – P.E.D) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
24.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Jessiah (M.Tech – P.E.D) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
25.   4th – 5th April’ 2011 Nousheen Wani (M.Tech – IT) Robocup Singapore Open ‘2011 Singapore polytechnic & Robocup
26.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Ayenampudi Venkata Bhargav (ECE) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
27.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Sricharan Sabat (ECE) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
28.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Akash Nagpal (Mech) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
29.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Abhishek Kumar Sharma (Mech) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
30.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Sanidhya (CSE) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
31.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Yuvaraj (Mechatronics) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
32.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Rajeev Ranjan (EEE) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
33.   5th – 11th July’ 2011 Rahul Acharjee (Civil) Turkey Robocup ‘2011 conventional center
34.   7th to 10th Nov’ 2013 Mr. Dileep (CSE) AUTCUP 2013 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
35.   7th to 10th Nov’ 2013 Mr. Yukesh (CSE) AUTCUP 2013 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
36.   7th to 10th Nov’ 2013 Mr. Muzammil (Mech) AUTCUP 2013 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
37.   7th to 10th Nov’ 2013 Mr. Mohit (ECE) AUTCUP 2013 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
38.   7th to 10th Nov’ 2013 Mr. Vijaykumar (Mech) AUTCUP 2013 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

National Competitions

Sl.No. Date Name of the Faculty/ Student Name of the Award Agency
1 25TH –26TH July K.Girishwaran (Mech) INTECHO’14’ Madras institute of technology
2 25TH –26TH July Muzamil Ahamed Palyam (Mech) INTECHO’14’ Madras institute of technology
3 28th AUG 2014 B.Lakshmisree (IT) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
4 28th AUG 2014 E.Jacob Evanson Solomon (Mech) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
5 28th AUG 2014 Varun Anand(CSE) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
6 28th AUG 2014 D.Venkatesh(CSE) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
7 28th AUG 2014 Muzamil Ahamed Playam (Mech) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
8 28th AUG 2014 Lakshmi Priya(IT) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
9 28th AUG 2014 K.Giriswaran (Mech) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
10 28th AUG 2014 R.Arun Kumar (Mech) MECHNOCRAFT- 2K14 Sri Venkateshwara college of engineering and Technology
11 28th DEC 2014 Jacob Evanson Solomon (Mech) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
12 28th DEC 2014 Rishaban (Nano) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
13 28th DEC 2014 Swarna(ECE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
14 28th DEC 2014 Angel(ECE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
15 28th DEC 2014 Pavithra(ECE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
16 28th DEC 2014 Priyanka(ECE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
17 28th DEC 2014 Sangavi(EEE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
18 28th DEC 2014 Hemalatha(CSE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
19 28th DEC 2014 Lashmisree(IT) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
20 28th DEC 2014 Sathish Kumar (Cse) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
21 28th DEC 2014 Girishwaran (Mech) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
22 28th DEC 2014 Harsha (ECE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
23 28th DEC 2014 Shyam Charan (Mech) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
24 28th DEC 2014 Koushik (Mech) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
25 28th DEC 2014 Monica (ECE) INDIAN ROBOTICS LEAGUE 2014 BIHER
26 14th FEB 2015 Muzammil Ahamed Palayam (Mech) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
27 14th FEB 2015 Jacob Evanson Solomon (Mech) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
28 14th FEB 2015 Rishaban(Nano) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
29 14th FEB 2015 Swarna(ECE) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
30 14th FEB 2015 Angel(ECE) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
31 14th FEB 2015 Pavithra(ECE) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
32 14th FEB 2015 Priyanka(ECE) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
33 14th FEB 2015 Sangavi (EEE) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
34 14th FEB 2015 Saiful (NANO) EXPELLIARMUS’15 Kongu Engineering College
35 20th Feb 2015. M.Angel(ECE) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
36 20th Feb 2015. K.Pavithra (ECE) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
37 20th Feb 2015. Priyanka (ECE) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
38 20th Feb 2015. Muzammil Ahamed Palayam (Mech) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
39 20th Feb 2015. Jacob Evanson Solomon (MECH) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
40 20th Feb 2015. Hemalatha(CSE) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
41 20th Feb 2015. Lakshmisree (IT) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
42 20th Feb 2015. Arun Kumar (Mech) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
43 20th Feb 2015. N.Koushik (Mech) EXPRO’15 Madras Institute of Technology
44 27th Feb to 2nd MAR 2015. B.Mukeswaran (ECE) ROBOTRYST-2015 Robosapiens Technology Pvt.Ltd
45 27th Feb to 2nd MAR 2015. N.Koushik (Mech) ROBOTRYST-2015 Robosapiens Technology Pvt.Ltd
46 11th sep 2015. Datiki Ravi Teja (Mech) MECXTREME-2K15 Loyola Institute of technology
47 11th sep 2015. Chitturi. Rajasekar (mech) MECXTREME-2K15 Loyola Institute of technology
48 11th sep 2015. Mohammad Ilyas Ahmed (Mech). MECXTREME-2K15 Loyola Institute of technology
49 11th sep 2015. Muzammil Ahamed Palyalam(Mech) MECXTREME-2K15 Loyola Institute of technology