I have interned at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. The premier research institute in India, which excels in the area of robotics. During this short stint I developed and tested an Optimization Algorithm to predict Hairpin loop structure by treating RNA molecules as multi-degree of freedom manipulators I also worked closely with a snake like manipulator with six degrees of freedom, swarm robots and investigated the collision detection problem.
Hairpin loop structure problem:
This paper was developed during internship at IIT Kanpur (May-July 2008). The problem is in the area on computational biology but was solved by applying the principles of inverse kinematics and applying formulas used in determining D-H parameters of manipulators. The entire chain of molecules was modeled as hyper redundant manipulator and an optimal configuration was obtained by the minimizing the error in the loop position subject to constraints. The Algorithm was tested on MATLAB and developed for Glaxo, a pharmaceutical giant. The paper was presented to the scholars at IIT Kanpur and was developed under the guidance of Dr. Dasgupta; it is in process of being submitted to SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO), a web-based publication devoted to undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics.
About the experience:
The research experience is summarized in the 6 points mentioned below but it is the place which is worth mentioning, I have always had tremendous respect for IITs and that has only grown after the 2 months at IITK, the freedom to to live as you want, the facilities laid out for you to make the best of, the trust in you to work any time you want, sleeping at 6 in the morning and waking up at 2 in the afternoon ......
IITs are the closest we can get to experiencing grad schools in India, its a must !!!
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