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Robots are making their way into public spaces in India. Despite the fact that India’s robotics industry is in a developing stage in comparison to that of the United States and Japan, it is only a matter of time before the country — which already has a growing presence in the Global Information Technology community — becomes a major player in Robotics design and manufacturing.

The Bigger Picture

Robotics can produce a customized machine that can do anything, when combined with Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, computers, and the correct software application. A robot can help you, communicate with you, and even replace your position if necessary. Years ago, computational power and artificial intelligence (AI) couldn’t keep up with the pace of robots or the potential of robotics. Fortunately, new technology, an upgrade in India’s educational franchise and proper robotics training will allow robots to become what they were intended to be in the past.

Researchers in India are learning to work collaboratively

  • The Robotics Society of India is trying to foster collaboration between Indian robotics experts and their international colleagues. The association also hosts national conferences, produces newsletters and journals, and collaborates on projects with major international robotics organisations like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) , and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) .

  • The Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) is also trying to enhance Indian robotics . CAIR was founded in 1986 and is one of India’s earliest robotics research institutes. It began as a laboratory inside the Indian military ministry’s Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), focusing on robotics, artificial intelligence, and control systems. CAIR integrated R&D departments from various different areas under DRDO in November 2000. As a result, it has established itself as India’s foremost laboratory for defence robotics, information technology, and communications technologies.

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) is one of 15 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established around the country to serve as centres of excellence for science, engineering, and technology teaching, research, and development. Master’s and doctorate degrees in mechatronics and robotics are now available at IIT Delhi. Visiting students can also participate in cutting-edge robotics and mechatronic research projects.

  • IIT Delhi researchers are also working on the control of Wheeled Mobility Robots (WMRs), a challenging technology. They’re developing advanced control algorithms to deal with the collective behaviour of a huge number of interacting agents working toward a shared goal. This might result in swarms of various sorts and sizes of autonomous and human-controlled vehicles.

  • The Government’s Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) took a crucial step towards adopting this technology and the robotics sector in India by developing a robot called Daksh to detect and destroy hazardous objects.Daksh has already been recruited into the Indian Army, and other agencies such as the Police are using it for anti-terrorism and anti-sabotage operations.

Indian Robotics Firms step up

  • GreyOrange India Pvt. Ltd. which was founded in 2011 and is situated in Gurgaon, specialises in robots that are meant to improve the efficiency of logistics and distribution operations. GreyOrange has developed from a two-man startup to a multinational that is quickly expanding across Asia-Pacific, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. The warehouse automation firm presently employs around 350 people.

  • Gade Autonomous Systems Pvt. Ltd. is a firm based in Mumbai that specialises in sophisticated social and service robots. AdverTron, the company’s flagship product, is a marketing and advertising robot that can play music, converse with humans, and communicate with a variety of smart gadgets.For stores, shopping malls, trade shows, exhibits, museums, and different marketing initiatives, the robot may also function as a mobile information desk, a tour guide, a company mascot, or entertainment.

  • Sastra Robotics India , based in Kochi, is a four-year-old company that designs and distributes robots for a variety of purposes, including systems for consumers, businesses, and university research laboratories. Anette, a telepresence robot with autonomous navigation, real-time audio/video, and obstacle-avoidance technology, is one of Sastra’s products.

Scope of Robotics Engineering in India

India’s economy is still developing. Manufacturing and other sectors haven’t fully adopted the technology of automation. As a result, if automation is fully implemented, there will be a large demand for robotics in India.

  • Space research- A Robotics Engineer can serve in any of the space research institutions . It’s a fascinating field, and organisations like the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) make substantial use of AI and robotic technologies. As a result, robotics engineering has a bright future in space research organisations like ISRO.

  • Medical- The use of robots in the medical field is still in its early stages. There is a fantastic future for increasing the number of robots used in clinical settings to conduct long and hard important jobs, as well as for hospital management. Therapeutic robots are being used for treatment and are expected to become more common in the near future.

  • Investigation- Robotics provides the scope to work with intelligence authorities. Artificial intelligence and robotics are used by these authorities to detect potentially hazardous items and aid in the investigation process. Kerala police also unveiled the KP-BOT, the world’s first RoboCop, which is now undergoing training. That is just one state and one robot out of 29 states where the robotics sector is yet to be tapped.

  • Airports- Automation is being used in several airports these days. KEMPA, a customised robot assistant, is employed to aid confused passengers in English and Kannada at the Bangalore airport. As a result, India is anticipating similar techniques in a number of other airports and locations, demonstrating its enormous market potential.

  • There are similar possibilities of Robotics in Military and DRDO , wherein we are continuously trying to improve in terms of warfare and technology. As described about Daksh, Robotics has already impacted the Indian Military.

  • In India, robotics has struggled to gain traction in the banking sector. YES Bank unveiled new robots as part of its YES Transact smart trade product package on March 15, 2018. It enables importers and exporters to enhance their operational efficiencies dramatically. HDFC Bank has launched IRA 2.0, a service that answers consumers’ questions and guides

India is a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse. Under the “Make in India” strategy, companies with advanced and automated technologies will assist satisfy global demands and create a new global standard. India First Robotics is taking the initiative to educate young people about the robotics industry. Rancho Labs, an initiative by IIT Delhi alumni and professors is helping young minds to discover and pursue their passion in Robotics. With courses on Robotics and AI, each curated and customized based on needs and interests of the students, this Ed-tech is a go-to-institution for fun learning and practical education.

With so many applications in several industries, India’s robotics sector has to go beyond its traditional divisions and into new areas such as education, rehabilitation, and entertainment. As a result, robotics technology utilisation is expected to skyrocket in the future years.

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