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I am Professor G.C. Nandi, currently serving as the senior-most Professor (HAG) and Advisor at the esteemed Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. I have had the privilege of assuming the role of Director, which is equivalent to the President of a US university or the Vice-Chancellor of a UK university, at two crucial junctures in the institute's history: from January 2014 to April 2014, and from July 2016 to May 2017, during significant transitional phases.
My primary goal is to inspire my students to embrace creativity and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. Interacting with such talented young minds is a truly gratifying experience for me.
Witnessing the impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, which have been my areas of interest and specialization for the past three decades, on society has been nothing short of amazing. These fields have the potential to revolutionize our lives and enhance the overall quality of life. I regularly teach subjects such as Machine Learning (Soft Computing), Deep Learning, and Robotics. At IIIT-Allahabad, I have spearheaded the development of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (RAIL), which is widely regarded as one of the best in our country. Recently, the RAIL has been upgraded and designated as the as the Center of Intelligent Robotics. My vision is to see a future where smart robots coexist with us in our homes, providing companionship, assisting the elderly, performing mundane household tasks, and even sharing emotions. Furthermore, these robots will play a vital role in supporting skilled workers in factory and manufacturing environments through the Collaborative Robotics (Cobotics) framework. To make this dream a reality, we conduct extensive research in these areas.
One of our noteworthy technological achievements is the development of AMAL (Adaptive Modular Active Leg), an artificial limb controlled by a Biologically Inspired CPG (Central Pattern Generator). AMAL offers maximum comfort to amputees at a minimal cost (approximately US $500 as of October 2022). For a detailed understanding of AMAL's underlying technology,
I collaborate with a diverse team consisting of undergraduate students, master's students, and Ph.D. scholars, primarily in the field of Machine Learning, with a special emphasis on Deep Learning and its applications in Collaborative Robotics. Our research focuses on areas such as multimodal human-robot interactions utilizing speech, gesture, and emotion, as well as intelligent robot grasping. For more information, I encourage you to visit my YouTube channel.
Prof G C Nandi being greeted by the Hon'ble President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, at the Presidential Palace, New Delhi, Nov.16-18, 2016.