PUNJRobotics: Robotizing Solutions

Robotics is a high-importance and targeted R&D area in many regions (eg, USA, Europe, Japan, China and Korea) because it is deemed essential for meeting the emerging global societal challenges, and many coordinated activities are on-going (human-robot interaction, robot safety, robot modularity, etc). India, as yet has not participated in these activities in a major way but it is an upcoming potential market for robotics likely to represent 15% of the world market by 2020 (http://electronicsforu.com/).  

In view of these issues, the PUNJRobotics is formulated to set up a robotic centre at IIT Ropar able to coordinate local activities in robotics but also link up with regional, national and international activities so that India starts to become a major player and contributor to advancing world robotics. Contacts have been made with other robotic groups within India and there is strong support for such networking to bring the community closer.

Why PunjRobotics ?

To assist in uplifting the interdisciplinary field of Robotics – within the institute and around – and towards the establishment of a common platform for Robotics oriented work-exchanges and discussions. 

Currently the status is that in each institute 5-10 researchers are working in various areas of electrical, mechanical and sciences, related to robotics and automation, with adhoc or No interaction. This leads to duplicate actions and wastage of effort and resources. PunjRobotics aims to bring the common activities together, through the identified faculty, students and staff. 

PR Studios
The activities are grouped into two areas to reflect high energy robot and low energy robot applications as follows. 

Studio 1: High energy robots such as industrial, defence and agricultural robot applications are worked upon in this section, where powerful actuators (electrical motors, pneumatic systems, hydraulic) are necessary. Extreme safety measures need to adopt to separate humans from the robots when possible yet allow detailed human monitoring when close human-robot interaction is needed. The work related to modularity for this sector needs to ensure high precision in all the operations as well as a high degree of reliability. 

Studio 2: This will include low energy robots such as service robots where close human-robot interaction is essential. Two applications are covered, namely healthcare and medical domains to develop wearable robots for assistance and rehabilitation and customized surgery robots.

Created by Pushpendra P. Singh for PunjRobotics   |  pps.at.iitrpr.ac.in